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Release Date: February 23rd, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016

Far Cry Primal

Overview -

What started on PC with Crytek, long ago became a series of first-person view titles that put the player in a world that was a 'Far Cry' away from a modern day big city. Over the years, vehicle and weapon variety has ballooned while hunting and crafting has become a big part of the single player. And yet, the huge Ubisoft series has been malleable enough that going prehistoric almost seems logical. So comes 'Far Cry Primal.'

'Far Cry Primal' was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, one of Ubisoft’s largest divisions, and one that also works on the 'Assassin’s Creed' and 'Rainbow Six' franchises, among many others. 'Primal' is the first 'Far Cry' title since 'Far Cry 4' and constitutes its own unique entry in the series.

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Highly Recommended
Rating Breakdown
VIDEO
AUDIO
Tech Specs & Release Details
Release Date:
February 23rd, 2016

Video Review

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The Dunia 2 engine maintains the pleasant standard set by prior titles, but some advancements have been made in the weather system and day/night cycle. Motion capture has seen some serious improvements. The tribal art design, such as the cave paintings, tattoos, bone armor and so on, is lovely. Performance is nearly perfect throughout the campaign.

There is a lot of familiarity in the menu, HUD, animations, and other trappings, but 'Far Cry Primal's setting makes it a worthy standout for the franchise. It adds some freshness to Ubisoft's blueprint, and it doesn't hurt that prehistoric games are pretty uncommon. I still had to keep an eye on ammunition and other resources, but everything I needed was always within arm's reach, in the environment itself.

Audio Review

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The entire game uses specially made tribal dialects and is subtitled in the language of your choice (from a decent list). The dialects sound suitably caveman-esque and add to the immersion. The score, from 'Tomb Raider' and 'Dead Space' composer Jason Graves, is heavy on the drums and very appropriate for a game set 12,000 years ago.

Final Thoughts

'Far Cry: Primal' doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does have addictive caveman gameplay and a fascinating sandbox to play around in. It does feel like a 'Far Cry', but the setting makes it something new and special. Just like 'Blood Dragon', I find these off-year or "side" releases in the series to be the most fun, although the series' core formula is still captivating.