Review: Far Cry 4 (Xbox One)

farcry4screenshot1The Far Cry series is one of the most venerable in videogaming history. Starting with the original game, released in 2004, it was initially one of the benchmarks used by PC owners to test the prowess of their video cards. Featuring then-state-of-the-art environmental graphics combined with first-person shooter and action/adventure elements, the game was a huge success. Later sequels have expanded the series from its PC-focused roots into the realm of console gaming. The most recent entry, 2014’s Far Cry 4, is the first to be released on the next generation systems alongside the PC and last gen consoles. My introduction to the series was on the Xbox One.

Taking place in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat, the plot centers around Ajay Ghale, who was born in Kyrat but raised in the United States. The game opens as Ajay returns to his country of birth carrying the ashes of his mother with the intention of spreading them in her homeland as she’d requested. However, Ajay immediately finds himself thrust into Kyrat’s struggle to free itself from the rule of maniacal (and quite eloquent) dictator/king Pagan Min.

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