Perhaps you’ve missed Far Cry 4‘s hundreds of previous trailers, and want one single trailer which explains everything – the plot, the world, the characters, the weapons. Then I’ve got good news! Maybe you’d enjoy all of this information being delivered to you by an in-game radio host, for some reason. Then, oh wow, this eight-minute trailer was specifically made for you. That’s weird.
I like that at some point the game’s artists have decided to dress all the villains in stylish colours and leathers, like anime villains or George Michael. The more cartoonish these silly games get, the better – otherwise it’s po-faced meta-narratives all the way down.
Despite the usual fears and reserved judgement, Far Cry is the point where my cynicism for annual sequels gets overwhelmed by my enthusiasm for open-worlds and hurling myself from clifftops. Far Cry 3 was, themes and plot and missions aside, a wonderful playground to mess around inside. That so soon afterwards there’s now another Far Cry game, offering the same toys, a new setting, and a few new features like co-op… How isn’t that a wonderful thing? These kinds of games used to arrive years apart. I would tire of it eventually, but I’m not there yet, and all the grumbles about sequels and the Ubisoft formula seem churlish when it’s in the form of a game I’ve previously enjoyed.
The game’s out next Tuesday, November 18th. I’m speaking to Ubisoft to find out when we can review it.