Saturday, 9 January 2016

Far Cry Primal Still Violent Even Without Guns, Animals Take On Larger Role

Ubisoft Montreal is taking a slightly different approach for Far Cry Primal. Instead of the usual crime lords, vehicle and gun shooting rampages, the new title would focus on hunting and avoiding poos of mammoths.

Image: Far Cry Primal (c) Ubisoft

The first Far Cry game, made by the popular Crytek, included mutant experiments on an isolated island. It was also renowned for being ahead of other 3D titles at the time in terms of aesthetic and graphics.

Far Cry 2 was literally far from the first game's concept. Instead of a beautiful, lost paradise, the setting was in a barren land somewhere in a fictional African state. Mutants were also taken out of the plot. Essentially, it was a different story from the first game. The antagonist was a wanted man who is the main reason why a civil war is made possible in the state. It was not well received by both the original and the new fans of the franchise.

Ubisoft recovered with Far Cry 3, which takes the player back in the paradise setting. Like with the other sequels, it was also a different story. It featured a plotline powered by psychedelic drugs and mystical tattoos. The recent Far Cry 4 took a similar approach by putting players in another paradise in a mountainous region. However, some critics have said that the studio was playing safe and the result was a very similar game compared to its predecessor.

New Approach For Far Cry

Now, Ubisoft Montreal is set to create another hit with Far Cry Primal. The game will put players back in the Stone Age. No modern guns and no vehicles. Players will have to do with blunt and sharp weapons instead of machine guns. The protagonist's name is Takkar, according to Digital Spy.

The setting would still be open-world and hopefully stay true to the sequels' aesthetic goals. It could comprise of jungles, caves and mountains as well. Since there would be no guns and other technological marvels present in the game, players would most likely find this as a different experience. However, it would still comprise of the same mechanics in first person shooters.

Far Cry Primal Game Mechanics

Players would need to kill to survive. This may involve melee kills in the earlier part of the game and soon evolve into shooting things and animals with bow and arrows. Of course, Ubisoft would not leave out the RPG aspect of the game as well. Levelling up and learning new skills would be part of the game, as well as upgrading weapons or customising them to an extent.

Animals have been a part of the previous Far Cry games, but they did not play a large part of the game mechanics. They were often skinned or looted for valuable crafting items and that was that. In Far Cry Primal, some of the animals could either kill the player outright or become one of the player's best assets in the game. Takkar is a Beast Master, which means that he could tame other animals to do his bidding.

Hunting for resources was quite simple in the previous games. All the player needed was a good gun and to hit them at the right spot. In the new title, players are not the only ones who hunt animals. Other predators are also present. They have the potential to hurt the player directly or by taking the supposed to be prey from them.

The tamed animals, such as wolves, could also help in the hunting part. Instead of trying to creep up on Yaks, the player can just send in a wolf to do the job. They could end up killing the prey or be killed by other much stronger predators waiting a few steps away.

Early Disappointments?

In the gameplay walkthrough posted by Ubisoft in December, it was shown that a dead goat on the ground usually meant that there are predators nearby. Ubisoft Toronto Creative Director Maxime Beland and Creative Director on Far Cry Primal Jean-Christophe Guyot played the walkthrough with their commentaries.

One disappointing part was how easy it was to tame a wolf. All the player needed to do was to toss a slab of meat on the ground near the animal and let it calm down. After calming down, the player only needs to approach it and press a button. The whole process can be done in just under half a minute.

The animation for looting dead animals is also very similar to Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. One kind of new aspect is how predators appear. Once a prey or another animal has been killed, it could possibly attract predators in the area. Players would have the chance to run from the area to avoid being seen by the other predators or just set a trap and kill that animal too. Setting up traps could also remind players of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III which also involved hunting animals.

Animals and the Player

Some of the tamed animals also have unique abilities. The wolf can growl to alert enemies nearby for a distraction. Meanwhile, the owl acts as the player's binoculars which allow them to tag spotted enemies. Owls can also carry fire bombs and dive attack some enemies. Jaguars can crouch and move stealthily with the player. The Sabertooth can do surprise attacks on enemies too. The walkthrough also showed that the player can summon bears.

Radio towers have been removed because of the Stone Age. However, Ubisoft decided to place bonfires instead. They will be used for fast travel as the game world map is really huge. It could also be a place to stash some of the player's inventory items. Vehicles aren't present, but the player can still ride some of the animals like the young mammoth. The player can throw spears at enemies while riding.

Far Cry Primal PC Specs Requirements

Ubisoft recently rolled out the PC requirements for Far Cry Primal. Surprisingly, the specs are not all that scary.

Minimum PC Requirements for Far Cry Primal

Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB VRAM) | AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1GB VRAM) or equivalent.
Processor - Intel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent.
Hard Disk Space - at least 20 GB
Supported Operating Systems - Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)

Recommended PC Specs Requirements for Far Cry Primal

For those who want to play the game at a high setting for graphics, they may want to upgrade their computers first.

Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 280X or equivalent.
Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K | AMD FX-8350 or equivalent.
Hard Disk Space - at least 20 GB.
Supported Operating Systems - Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)

Far Cry Primal Release Date

Ubisoft is expected to launch the game on February 23, 2016 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. PC players will have to wait until March 2016.

by Lord Marin