If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That is the sort of mentality the developers at Ubisoft Toronto probably had while developing Far Cry 6. The game ticks all the right boxes when it comes to an open-world Ubisoft game, so you should know exactly what to expect when that logo flashes across the screen for the first time. If you’re a fan of the series, you will love this. If not, well, you have been warned.
Back to the island
Far Cry 6 takes place on a fictional Caribbean Island called Yara, which is ruled by the tyrannical dictator Anton Castillo with his son Diego by his side. You play as Dani Rojas, a guerilla fighter who aims to overthrow Castillo’s regime and liberate the island of Yara. You do this by doing all the Ubisoft things we love, like liberating outposts, military bases, checkpoints, destroying military installations and ‘Rambo-ing’ through the entire Yaran army. So, a pretty normal day for a Far Cry protagonist.
You do this by doing all the Ubisoft things we love, like liberating outposts, military bases, checkpoints, destroying military installations and ‘Rambo-ing’ through the entire Yaran army. So, a pretty normal day for a Far Cry protagonist.
That all said, Far Cry 6 does seem to dial things back a bit, and this is definitely a good thing. An issue with some of these massive open-world games is that while there is just too much to do. It all becomes very repetitive after some time and in some cases, it can be quite annoying. Far Cry 6 avoids this to some extent by honing in a bit more than previous titles. The bases you need to liberate, for example, aren’t too numerous or too large. And because of this, they are a bit more varied than what has been seen before. All of it also seems a bit more practical as some of these military installations are repurposed buildings like an old school or apartment block. You also get checkpoints on the main roads which need to be taken care of, which is rather quick and not too much of a hassle, but once again, it never felt like the formula was getting stale in the thirty-odd hours I spent playing the game. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a ton of stuff to do in Yara, so if that is what you’re looking for, you will still feel right at home.
Far Cry 6 is an over-the-top game with over-the-top gameplay and mechanics. It really doesn’t care too much how you want to go about liberating Yara; Whether you want to do it all ‘sneaky sneaky, or just blow everything up! Of course, there is the odd mission here and there that requires you to go one way or the other, but for most of the game, you can choose your way to play. The gunplay and combat are a lot of fun with a wide variety of weapons to choose from, including some special weapons with special abilities called Resolver weapons. These include things like madly furious flamethrowers or even a gun that launches CDs are your foes at deadly velocities. You also have Supremos; Essentially a backpack you walk around containing special abilities like rockets firing out of it, or the ability to heal and revive yourself or shock your opponents. The Supremos are a sort of one-shot thing that requires recharging before it can be used again. As is always the case, all your weapons (except for some special ones) can be upgraded and modified with different scopes, sights, ammo types etc. This obviously requires resources which, you guessed it, you find by going out and liberating Yara – one military installation at a time.
Each animal Amigo has a unique trait that can be used, like distracting an enemy with its cuteness (Chorizo is the sweetest little sausage) or just ripping your enemies apart, because your pal Guapo is a rather ravenous crocodile.
Animal companions make a return in the form of amigos, which follow you around and can be used in combat. Each has a unique trait that can be used, like distracting an enemy with its cuteness (Chorizo is the sweetest little sausage) or just ripping your enemies apart, because your pal Guapo is a rather ravenous crocodile.
Viva la Libertad!
In the past, the villains of the Far Cry series have been the biggest focus of the story, and Far Cry 6 doesn’t depart too much from that bit of the formula either. Anton Castillo (portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito) is a very well written and realised villain who is ruthless and callous and rules Yara with an iron fist. Some of the things he does are just downright nasty, and when a cutscene with him starts, you pay attention. That said, Far Cry 6 has a very well-rounded cast of characters which compliments the well-written story. The best of these, and probably the biggest surprise is the main protagonist, Dani, who is either a female or male depending on your preference. The voice acting here is very well done, and the dynamic between Dani and the other guerilla fighters feels fresh and real, thanks to some stellar voice acting all around. There are some characters that grind my gears a bit but since everyone in this game tends to be a little over-the-top, larger than life characters, it can be expected that not all will be liked by everyone.
A very well-rounded cast of characters which compliments the well-written story. The best of these, and probably the biggest surprise is the main protagonist, Dani.
Yara, the fictional island that you run around on and cause havoc, is split into three provinces, each with its own factions who you need to convince to join the revolution against Castillo and his regime. Each of the factions has different motivations and reasons to fight with you, as well as a different big bad lieutenant of Castillo to take care of. Clearing the area and liberating the province will convince them to fight with you when you eventually decide to take on the big boss himself. It all sounds very generic, and truth be told, it is. But the characters, along with good writing, make the plot worth experiencing.
More Far Cry
Unlike the theme of the game, Far Cry 6 is nothing revolutionary. It is exactly what you should expect from the series, or even a Ubisoft game in general, and there is nothing wrong with this. It does help that it has modern-looking graphics and effects, as has a decent story to go with it. However, it is made for fans who just want to run around a sandbox, collect loot and blow stuff up. Nothing more, nothing less. So, if you’re looking for a familiar fun Far Cry romp, Far Cry 6 is more of the insane entertaining same.