Elephant Man-Shooter: Far Cry 4 PvP

Far Cry 3 may not have been all things to all people, but it was many different things to many different people. For me, it was a game mostly about driving offroad and getting into various scrapes involving three-way battles between myself, a gathering of Komodo Dragons and a gang of gun-toting grunts. For some, it was a game in which they could hunt goats with a rocket launcher and maybe there were even some people who thought the story missions were the best bit as well. It’s essentially a game about vehicles and animals falling over.

The sequel, which is out in three weeks, should allow you to relive all of your favourite Far Cry memories while killing your friends. With an elephant. The three PvP modes are explained in the video below.

I don’t know (or care) enough about the plot to definitively state that the Golden Path are ‘good guys’ in any way, shape or form, but evil chap Pagan Min’s Rakshasa certainly seem to be the villains of the piece. It makes a change, I suppose, that the sneaky bow-wielding magic of the land folks are led by a despot rather than a plucky rebel leader. The Golden Path, with all their modern weaponry and military precision seem like the baddies in Avatar rather than the army fighting against a despotic ruler.

But wait! Creative Director Alex Hutchinson explains that the Golden Path aren’t all good. Not necessarily at any rate.

“With the Golden Path, what we wanted to achieve was this idea that even though they’re the good guys, they’re kind of muddled about how they should achieve their aims,” Hutchinson explains. “So the player will be able to choose which leader of the Golden Path they’re following. They both want to target Pagan Min, but how they do it, why they do it, and what the consequences will be are radically different.”

Not that any of those details will matter in multiplayer, which sounds enviably carefree and daft. The Outpost and Propaganda modes are about control of areas and destruction of items, respectively, while Demon Mask involves hunting for and capturing the eponymous items and the powers that they provide.

In Outpost, the Rakshasa will be the attacking force, using stealth and infiltration techniques such as the hilarious blink arrow, which allows them to teleport onto opponents’ heads. They can also summon animals, which makes them automatically the best side to choose.

And, of course, you can ride an elephant straight into the jeep that your friends are driving around in. Good.


  1. Synesthesia says:

    Those golden path guys sure know how to aim a mortar

  2. SuicideKing says:

    Wow is this a weird colonial/imperial “technology will civilise the natives” implication? Sure sounds like it.

    “Rakshasa” is a term used for demons or monsters in Hindu mythology, by the way.

    • DuncanIdah0 says:

      “Rakshasa” is a term used for demons or monsters in Hindu mythology, by the way.

      And a Shivan cruiser

      • pandiculator says:

        It is debatable which use of the word is more significant.

        • SuicideKing says:

          Both, I guess, seeing that Shivans and their ships were mostly named after Hindu mythology stuff.

      • SuicideKing says:

        You just made my day :D

        I refrained from pointing that out, thinking I post too many “OH BUT IN FREESPACE” comments. :D

  3. AyeBraine says:

    The amount of Far Cry 4 on RPS is frightening.

  4. rpenm says:

    Elephants and mountains don’t mix. Ask Hannibal.

  5. steves says:

    “maybe there were even some people who thought the story missions were the best bit as well”

    They need to be burned. With flame-throwers. And trampled by elephants too for good measure. Burning elephants, just to make sure.

    Seriously, the ‘story’ is what ruined FC3 for me. Obnoxious characters aside, it was just plain tedious, and got in the way of the otherwise excellent murdery fun.

    Although, to be fair, getting high from burning cannabis plants with that flame-thrower, whilst being serenaded by Skrillex was a bit funny…

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I can understand people disliking the story missions, but outside of that you spent the entire game doing the same thing over and over. I don’t mean that in the sense that you do the same over and over in every videogame. Everything outside of the main questline was *literally* doing the same things over and over. It would be like playing Skyrim and spending the whole time doing the randomly generated quests, except that those actually take you places that aren’t identical.

      • Geebs says:

        Exactly. It was also impossible to navigate because everywhere looks exactly like that one FC3 screenshot. You know, the one with a bit of dirt road, a bit of grass, a guy in a red bandana being mauled by a tiger, and some trees. Then you do a 180 and it looks exactly the same. Even Oblivion had more actual landmarks to navigate by.

    • SuicideKing says:

      Yeah, I hated the story too. It was…stupid.

    • KenTWOu says:

      I’ve read several interviews with FC3/4 devs. It’s odd, but FC3 devs didn’t know how people will receive Far Cry 3. They were very surprised when they realized that open world activities, outpost liberations, hunting, exploration and emergent events were more interesting for players than single player campaign. But it was too late. This time they develop Far Cry 4 keeping in mind that CoD like campaign isn’t FC3 main forte. This time they’ve tried to make open world experience deeper and more meaningful. For example, enemies could take outposts back and enemy convoys will attack you even on already liberated areas.

    • AyeBraine says:

      I loved the story. The lost and confused CIA man the most, then – the unlikely hero. I’m getting a feeling American audience actually REQUIRES a protagonist to be a nice guy.

  6. Shadowcat says:

    Hyphens: 1
    Ambiguity: 0

  7. Jason Moyer says:

    The best part of Far Cry 3 was the standalone DLC. Willing to bet the same will be the case here.

  8. Alistair says:

    You go for years with no blink arrow then two games come along at once…