|Initial Release: PS4, Xbox One|
|Other Release: PC (3/1/2016)|
|Release: February 23, 2016|
|Players: Single-player, Multiplayer|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content|
The visuals were also a sore point for me, personally. At times they looked great, especially when the sun perfectly reflected off the trees in the distance, but then other times they look downright terrible. The towering rocks surrounding the map look pretty cool when you first discover them, but then you catch a glance of the tamed sabertooth following behind you and he looks like something out of a PlayStation 2 game with his unrefined textures and fuzzy composition. The inconsistencies were difficult to navigate and eventually became more comical than anything.
Things can also become repetitive with the constant encounters with wild animals trying to rip your limbs off, not to mention the other tribes looking to send you straight into extinction. This should be expected, as it might very well be the way things were back then, but nonetheless it can become cumbersome. Allowing Takkar the ability to stealthily move through the vegetation would have been welcome, but instead we're forced to grind out small battles in order to properly navigate the terrain.
Similarly, I still couldn’t quite figure out my overall purpose, even after spending some quality bonding time with it. I came across what I think are main story missions, but I was never given a full explanation as to why I needed to complete them. I think the underlying purpose of the game is to free as many fellow Wenja tribe members as possible, but I could be wrong.
All in all, Far Cry Primal does a lot of things right - nailing the prehistoric setting to a T, providing players with a real sense of being a Stone Age warrior, the countless amount of weapon upgrades, and the awesome skills Takkar learns along the way. Yes it is somewhat foundationally good, certain aspects are a lot of fun to toy with, and it’s certainly highly addictive on a level I find it hard to explain.
However, it also manages to let players down, and for some that'll be in a big way. The flimsy combat mechanics, inconsistencies in gameplay graphics, and the general misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the overall concept leaves Ubisoft’s latest offering with slightly more questions than answers. This one is worth your time if you’re simply looking for a unique take on the classic sandbox genre. Otherwise, it might not be a bad idea to lay low and wait for a price drop in the future.
Date: February 22, 2016