Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:22pm 14/02/19 | 0 Comments
And the answer to that question is far more nuanced than a simple yes or no. What we can walk away with here is that Ubisoft has once again delivered a fun and chaotic experience as their blueprint calls for, but is it now a formula we're simply too familiar with?
Here's a snippet from our review:
I wanted to make a joke about this just being Far Cry New Skin, because it is. But it isn’t. Well, it is because the game is quintessentially Far Cry 5 just fast-forwarded in time with pretend RPG mechanics tied to it -- numerical value hit points on enemies an RPG proper, does not make. Missions and distractions are also the same. Trucks with ethanol are randomly parading about the map, and you need to collect these. Highwaymen, the new Eden’s Gate Hope County bullies, appear at random and in recognisable gear. Animals are Far Cry angry, you liberate, you collect treasures, you find loot. So much fucking loot. And solve minor puzzles for entry to various interiors. Vehicles lie in wait for you to abscond with, despite the key ingredient in the game each of game-world’s denizens is crying out for, is fuel.
And it’s that last point that gets us back to the point about arcade. You see, Far Cry 5’s setup was scary and almost too on-the-contemporary-political-and-societal-nose. It still is. And how it ended, even with all of the loose silly stuff in between, remains a concept people are weary of. Now, New Dawn which is set 15 years later takes that threat; that scary notion, and runs with ‘what if?’. But the what if is built around a greater sense of fun. Nothing in this new game-world actually really makes any sense, and Ubisoft Montreal isn’t afraid to take that to a level we can all bite into, without really ever having any attachment to it.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:38pm 24/01/19 | 0 Comments
Our ever-reliable Adam "Griz" Mathew was invited out to Ubisoft in Sydney this week to be among the first to get in-depth time with Ubisoft Montreal's surprise standalone Q1 2019 release, Far Cry New Dawn. He walked away with some stories to tell.
He also walked away with 30-minutes of his own gameplay capture, which we've conveniently embedded in the feature linked below. But first, here's a snippet from his hands-on shenanigans:
Now that a nuclear winter has been weathered, the sun has come back and the plants have reasserted themselves in what David Attenborough would call a “super bloom” (a real-life phenomenon, apparently). Hope's survivors began farming the land again, rebuilding and rethinking their approach to civilisation during a peaceful period of around ten years. Unfortunately, this abundance of peace, love and delicious homegrown mungbeans has attracted The Highwaymen, a group of petrol-headed pricks whose main import is other people's stuff and their chief export is ultra-violence.