Far Cry Primal has received mixed press over the last week or so. Some reviewers are really enjoying it, others are criticising it for its lack of content, or substance. I myself can’t deny that it has its faults – it’s far from perfect, that’s for sure. But, still, I’m really enjoying the game. Here are my five reasons designed to convince you to pick it up and give it a go – if not now, then perhaps when it falls in price a little, later in the year.
1) The novelty
Of all the things that I’m really enjoying about Far Cry Primal, the main aspect of the game that I love is its novelty. The novelty being that the game is set in 10,000BC – a period of time which is mostly unloved in the video-game industry. It’s an absolutely fantastic, immersive world, and I really enjoy being transported away as pre-historic man. Whilst the mechanics themselves aren’t novel, the weapons, beasts, characters and settings are, and that’s a real strength of this game.
2) The combat
It’s refreshing to play a game that isn’t your average RPG FPS. Bows, slings and javelins replace guns, and clubs replace swords. Sure, the actual combat systems aren’t anything new – there have been plenty of games (and plenty of Far Cry games), that use one or two of these weapons. But to have an entire game based on primitive weaponry is definitely a breath of fresh air in a relatively oversaturated genre.
Probably one of the best aspects of the game is the taming system. Whilst it isn’t exactly difficult to tame a wild beast, it sure is fun. There’s currently only a small selection of beasts to tame, but the ones that are tameable are pretty damn awesome. My personal beast of choice is either the Saber-toothed Tiger, or the Grizzly Bear – both have their merits, and both are lethal on the battlefield. You can even ride Mammoths (once you’ve unlocked the ability) and that is an incredibly satisfying experience. Not that it’s a new concept in the Far Cry series, seeing as you could ride their less hairy descendants in the previous Far Cry title.
4) The setting
All of these aspects combine together to create a completely unique setting. Whilst the skin isn’t exactly unique, Far Cry Primal’s gameplay, story, wildlife, enemies, combat and world combine to create a really interesting experience within the setting of a pre-historic landscape. From babbling streams, to sprawling forests, to barren icy plains – Primal really does have it all! I’m struggling to think of a setting that I’ve enjoyed this much in a game… at least in the past few months.
5) Crafting and gathering resources
Ubisoft have done a fantastic job of forcing the players to ‘live off the land’. You can recycle arrows, or spears that you either use or discover on fallen enemies, sure. But most of the time you’ll have to craft ammunition and weapons. You’ll need to collect those materials as you play, either from the world or from your resources cache which is available at the different camps. This creates, for me at least, a real sense of survival. I’ll be in the middle of a fight, and realise that I’ve run out of arrows and spears, and that my clubs are running low – so I’ll have to briefly leave the fight to find some resources to craft the necessary weapons or ammo. In general, this really adds to the experience, rather than takes away from it.
What do you think? Do you have Far Cry Primal and, if so, are you enjoying it? Are you thinking of getting it, or are you avoiding it like the plague? Let me know in the comments below!