Ever wondered what it would be like visiting a fictional country? Well look no further as I make you experience Kyrat with Far Cry 4!
This game was good, dare I say, better, than Far Cry 5 (which I reviewed here!) in some ways. It does have its problems, but all in all, it was a satisfying experience.
Read on below to find out what I think of this lovely game!
This game is about…
Far Cry 4 is a 2014 first-person shooter game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows in November 18, 2014.
It is the fourth main installment in the Far Cry series, predecessor to Far Cry 5. The game takes place in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country. The main story follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American, as he is caught in a civil war involving Kyrat’s Royal Army, controlled by tyrannical king Pagan Min, and a rebel movement called the Golden Path.
Far Cry 4 was met with a mostly positive critical reception upon release. Critics praised the open world design, visuals, soundtrack, and characters, particularly antagonist Pagan Min, as well as new gameplay additions and the wealth of content. However, some critics disliked the story and found the game too similar to its predecessor. The game was a commercial success, and was the biggest launch in the franchise’s history.
Much like all of the Far Cry games, gameplay focuses on combat and exploration; players battle enemy soldiers and dangerous wildlife using a wide variety of weapons, from pistols, to bows, to flamethrowers, there’s a lot to choose from!
The game features many elements found in role-playing games, such as a branching storyline, and side quests. The game also features a map editor both cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.
It also features a skill tree system, in which you can get using skill points earned by getting experience points (XP). These skills help you make your “vacation” in Kyrat easier.
The gameplay, as always, is fantastic. It features semi-realistic movements in certain actions, like when healing yourself without a first aid kit, falling down from a height, crashing your car, etc. Even certain movements cause the camera to move along, just like you’re the one experiencing them. These small reactions add a bit of immersion to the game, which is always cool.
You can also take over fortresses and outposts during the game, and discover A LOT of interesting locations, all of which have a story of their own, treasure, or both.
You can also drive a number of vehicles, including cars, vans, jeeps, a “buzzer”, ATVs, and more! You can even ride boats, and explore Kyrat while sporting a wingsuit!
Besides the main story, you can also do plenty of side quests, each with their own small story. These quests expands on Kyrat’s history, or generally just to help the Golden Path altogether.
The beautiful country of Kyrat
Ahhh the majestic country of Kyrat. Not gonna lie, when I first played this game, I genuinely thought this was a real country. It felt like it was. It has its own people, called the Kyrati, has its own culture, has its own religion, has its own deities. It even has its own radio station, playing songs from Nepal and India.
Well, Kyrat is a small, fictional country, situated somewhere in the Himalayas (you actually get to go to the Himalayas in this game). It is stated that the country lies somewhere north of Patna, India The country is based on Nepal and Tibet, mixing some of their elements to form Kyrat. It is a mostly mountainous country, with rivers and lakes spanning the whole country. It is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, so the climate is mostly cold. Like a sunny, light winter of sorts.
It has its own culture and religion, partly based on Nepal culture.
Kyrat also boasts a plethora of wildlife that you will encounter as you explore the country, from tapir, to wolves, to tigers. It even has small elephants (probably based on Asian or Indian elephants), which you can ride! All of these animals are not friendly, and will attack you whenever they can, so be prepared! Except the elephants, they will not attack you unless you attack first.
As Kyrat is a mountainous country, there are roads, but they look more like pathways, and driving will more often than not take you to zigzag roads, or the forest altogether.
You will also encounter small towns, settlements, and camps filled with people. You can interact with them. They are called the Kyrati people, and they are based on Nepalese and Tibetian people. They speak Hindu and English, so will likely have a Indian accent.
You know, if Kyrat were a real country, I’d hop on the first plane going there. Really loved how Ubisoft made this country.
The cast of characters, stunning!
I’m mainly gonna be talking about the two most interesting characters in the game, the protagonist, and the “antagonist”. 😉
Okay, in this game, unlike Far Cry 5 (which again I reviewed here!), you play as Ajay Ghale (or Ey-jey Gale, if you prefer the Western sounding of the name), a Kyrati born dude who fled Kyrat with his mother, relocating to America. He lived there until his mother passed away, in which her last request was to have her ashes sent back to Kyrat. So Ajay returned to Kyrat to fulfill his mother’s wish.
What should’ve been a simple return escalated into a full-blown civil war for the freedom of Kyrat, as Ajay becomes entangled in the conflict between Kyrat’s tyrannical goverment, led by Pagan Min, and the rebellion known as the Golden Path, led by Amita and Sabal.
What’s interesting about this is that although you will side with the Golden Path for the entirety of the game, you can choose who to support, either Amita or Sabal.
Amita and Sabal
Just to touch on these two, Amita’s ideology is that in order for Kyrat to be truly free and thrive, it has to let go of its past and outdated traditions and be in touch with the “modern” way of life. While for Sabal, his ideology is that Kyrat must embrace and continue to uphold these ancient traditions, and use them as an inspiration for Kyrat’s liberation. Who’d you side with if you were given the choice?
And now, for the antagonist. Pagan Min. He is a druglord from Hong Kong who took over Kyrat by cunning and force. As King, he is shown to be tyrannical, sociopathic, narcissistic, and ruthless. Even though he is viewed as such, he is surprisingly well spoken, exhibits a calm demeanor, he dresses nice and fancy and has a soft side for people who trust and obey him.
But, what belies in his ruthless personality is a story very interesting to say the least, and I won’t go into spoiler territory. Just no that he is not what he is shown to be. Although he is still a dictator, to put it mildly. He is one of my favorite video game antagonist, simply because of how his story unfolded. And he’s hot.
There’s other cast of characters that you would meet in your travels. Some will help you, some will not help you. It really adds to the immersion as you will meet a lot of characters in this game, whether they are important to the story or not.
This game is bloody fantastic. From the story, the characters, the setting, everything just clicks. There’s a few problems, like the hitboxes DO NOT REGISTER correctly sometimes, the sudden rise and dip in difficulty at some points, but this didn’t ruin the game for me, at all.
Exploring Kyrat was great, you get to see the effort put in by the developers at making the world as vibrant and as beautiful as possible. Like I said earlier, I really thought this was a real, existing country that they just rendered in game.
Let me go to Kyrat!
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