Far Cry 4‘s basic plot sees you, as Ajay Ghale, returning back to your home country of Kyrat to scatter your late mother’s ashes. Of course, if that was the only objective in this game then you’d feel rather short-changed for your money, so it’s a good job that sharp-suited music maestro Martin Fry from 1980s pop group ABC stops your bus in its tracks… (pardon? What? It’s not him? Who is it?…. Pagin Min? He wasn’t in ABC. Oh, he’s an evil government overlord? Oh, that’s okay then)
So, I’ve just been informed that apparently it’s not Martin Fry, but actually… oh, you heard. Okay, well, while he seems to be all sweetness and light to begin with, he soon turns out to be a bit of a fruit-loop, bumping people off without a second thought. He’s the King of Kyrat and he leads with an iron fist and a sarcastic and murderous glint in his eye.
Before too long, your travelling companion Darpan is captured, you meet up with Sabal, a member of the Golden Path faction, and you find yourself going off with them, your presence welcome because they were founded by your father, Mohan Ghale. The destination, is Lakshmana, in Northern Kyrat, with the intention of scattering the ashes, along with dispatching of any baddies you come across in the meantime.
Far Cry 4 Example gameplay – Propaganda Machine (1080p HD)
Far Cry 4 follows on two years from the release of Far Cry 3, but I have to say the only one in the series I’ve played before is the original title, and on Xbox 360, so it’s been a while. I opted for this one on PC and while it is available on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it’s clear that it really excels when you have the full 1080p HD graphics on display. Given my rather aging PC, I couldn’t run the game on High or Ultra, so had to settle for Medium, hence the gameplay footage is a little choppy but the quality of the visuals still shines through, especially on my 50″ plasma and makes it quite a joy to zoom round the jungle on a quad bike amongst other vehicles – well, it’s faster than walking.
In fact, given the recent comparisons online between the next-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V, which showed how the PS4 version superior and the Xbox One is quite lacking, I came across one for Far Cry 4 (below) and while there are sometimes small, and sometimes large differences between the two consoles, the PC version wins out tops every time, particularly with some stunning misty effects across the Himalayan-like mountains. There were still some oddities, however, such as the time I knocked a box full of beer bottles over and they still stayed in the crate, even though in real life they’d spill out all over the place and/or smash.
As for the audio? Either baddies are shouting at you or you’re all firing at each other. It’s crash/bang/wallop and it’s fantastic.
Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the game.
Far Cry 4 – PC vs. PS4 vs. Xbox One Next-Gen Comparison (1080p HD) – Candyland
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.