Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5 Double Pack - PS4

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Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5 Double Pack (PS4)
Also for: Xbox One
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Compilation
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 20 Jun 2019 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
Features: 1080i, 1080p, 720p
Accessories: DualShock 4 Vibration function
Connectivity: Network play, PlayStation Plus

Summary

Two games, one box, lots of Far Cry.

Far Cry 4
Far Cry 3 was a commercial and critical hit and, while Ubisoft has given the series a bit of a beefing up for the sequel, it knows not to mess to much with a winning formula. Like its predecessor, Far Cry 4 is an open-world shoot-'em-up that encourages players to take their own approach to both the expansive terrain and the enemies they have to take down.

Players take on the role of Ajay Ghale returning to Kryat, the country of his birth, to fulfill his mother's dying wish and scatter her ashes. It's a country nestled in the Himalayas, with brutal snow-capped mountains that plummet to lush, exotic forests. And it's riddled with strife. There's a rebellion underway to overthrow Pagan Min, the oppressive dictator known as much for his eccentric style as for his cruel reign.

The vertical landscape is a calculated decision by Ubisoft, designed to change the way gamers play, grappling up cliffs or soaring along valleys in their wingsuit. New to the series is the gyrocopter, which allows players to take to the skies for quick travel, and to see Kryat in all its glory.

As ever, players have a variety of gameplay options open to them. It's up to you whether you take a sneaky approach, snipe from a distance or just pile in guns blazing. Don't neglect the wildlife, though, as animals can be just as big a threat as the humans you face. Or, they can be allies. The most obvious example being that you can use an elephant for transport, or maybe just use it to trample your foes.

For the first time players can invite a friend to engage in some open world co-op. In a nice little nod to Far Cry 3 Hurk, from the Monkey Business add-on for Far Cry 3, joins the fray.

Far Cry 5
For the first time ever, Far Cry is going to America.

Players arrive in Hope County, Montana, as the new junior deputy. It's bad news for everyone (except the player) as this arrival accelerates a years-long coup by a murderous doomsday cult, the Project at Eden's Gate, and triggers a violent takeover of the county. Cut off from the rest of the world, players must range over a vast open environment of farmland, forest and mountains, to form a resistance and take it back piece by piece.

Much of how Far Cry 5 plays out will be pleasingly familiar to fans of the series. It's still about capturing outposts, hunting wildlife and exploring a massive world, but certain tweaks and a greater emphasis on characters and cooperation change things up a bit.

One difference is that everything you do contributes to your 'resistance' meter, and as this increases cult leader Joseph Seed will get more irate, dragging you into story missions and throwing greater defenses at you.

Another is a greater emphasis on teamwork. You can play the whole game online in co-op mode, as well as recruit hired guns to help you in your crusade to take back Hope County. You can recruit fighters with different skillsets, adding a greater tactical element to the game than previous series outings.

In other words, Far Cry 5 is offering players to get deeper into the game's world than ever before.