As a brochure for a(n imaginary) place, these Far Cry 4 trailers aren’t doing a great job of selling me on Kyrat. Sure it’s got the natural beauty of snowy mountains, lush plains and ancient ruins but literally everything there is trying to kill you. There’s animal attacks, rebels with mortors, mad dictators, spirit people, arena fights – for a (pretend) small Himalayan state they’ve sure crammed in a lot of death. These two latest videos focus specifically on this place and what you’ll find there.
The first centres on the lowlands, which looks to be where you’ll begin the game. It also introduces one of the game’s main antogonists, De Pleur, who runs the drug smuggling operation there for Pagan Min, the big boss. Also: meat-directed controllable bear attacks.
The second is about the midlands and mountain region. This is where those battle arenas come in, another of Pagan Min’s lieutenants running a Roman-style gladiator combat sport where you’re put up against wolves. Wolves always get the short end of the stick for an animal that is basically a cooler dog. You wouldn’t kill a dog, would you? There’s also some sort of mountain prison.
Something in Far Cry 4 has me excited. I dabbled with the second but bored reasonably quickly (controversial – ed!) and never touched 3, devoid of a decent platform to play it on. These kind of open world things always flummox me too – my answer to “you can go anywhere” invariably being “yes, but where?” But Ubi’s take on it is always so structured, giving you logical options rather than just telling you to get on with it. I know for some it’s the antithesis of what these games are about, but I find that guiding hand very useful.
We can all go off on our kablamming holiday on November 18th. A recent achievement leak (spoilers through the link, and some mechanical ones to follow for those who dislike that sort of thing) suggested that there’ll be a homebase to protect and you’ll have a choice as to what happens with the characters who oppose you, once they’re defeated. There’s also hints at a multiplayer mode beyond the co-op fun already announced.