Crafting is back, and will take over your life as it did the last time. Getting the rhino hides will be tricky, but you force yourself to find a way to outsmart the tank-like creature. Even the skill system is back, it is presented in a slightly different way but you unlock skill points as you level up and you have two types of skills to choose from; aggressive moves or character improving skills such as more health. The store is also back, and has been redesigned to make it quicker and easier to use so less time is spent looking through it and more time is spent actually playing the game.
If you have a habit of collecting everything in a game, and are a completionist, Far Cry 4 will keep you as busy as the last game. There is a ton to do and find, and the main story will take you around 15 hours if you play though at a normal pace. It is clear the developer wants you to collect these items, as they have spent a lot of time crafting quirky and detailed locations off the beaten path, specifically for all you collectors out there. I for one am glad they chose to do this again, as it somehow validates the hours I spent in Far Cry 3 and will undoubtedly spend in Far Cry 4 too.
A large percentage of the improvements of this game series are predominantly incremental, but they all add up. However, the largest new feature to be added is the Co-Op and the online co-op play options. Every time you start the game you can choose to play it online or offline depending on how you prefer to play. Nothing forces you to play this way, although there are “fortresses” that would be easier to overthrow if you had a buddy to help you on your way.
If you are looking for a fun game, that has a good story and will last you tens of hours to fully complete then look no further than Far Cry 4. However, if you got bored of the last game and got little enjoyment then you should probably avoid Far Cry 4. It is more of what we liked from the last game, but with a new location to experience all those emotions we felt before.
This review is based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
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