What’s Left for Far Cry?

There comes a point in the course of every long-established gaming franchise where one finds themselves asking the inevitable question: what next? After all, within any genre, there is only so much that can be done before repetition becomes the name of the game. Ubisoft and their Far Cry series are no strangers to this. Far Cry has had one of the most fascinating developmental histories out of many of the global franchises making their rounds. Kicking things off as a first-person shooter set upon a tropical archipelago featuring a bad dude that’s ex-military, players found themselves swept up in […]

Could Far Cry Usher in a New Dawn For A Colourful Apocalypse?

Ubisoft continued their trend of spin-off releases in the Far Cry series recently with their latest entry, New Dawn. Despite an apparent decline in the series and the less than stellar sales figures for Far Cry 5. New Dawn takes place in the same map as Far Cry 5 but is set after the events of the main game. For anyone still playing Far Cry 5 look away now because, spoiler alert, everything gets nuked. That is the canonical ending as well with New Dawn taking place 17 years later in the recently irradiate Hope County. There are some changes […]

Unforgiving Environments: The Most Hostile Worlds

As players we are continually told we are “The One”. A prophesied hero, the world our oyster — with sword in hand we’re set free in search of pearly fortunes. However, not all games are so emboldening. There are occasionally hostile worlds where even survival is a struggle, where you feel more like an unwelcome stranger than a powerful champion. The World Is Your Oyster Alongside the rise of open world games a tendency towards maximising player choice and freedom developed. Virtual worlds became bigger and players were able to decide where to go and who to kill. In short, […]

The Power of Video Gaming’s Greatest Mountains

Mountains have long gripped our imagination. Their peaks call to us with a primal urgency, creating a sense of awe and wonder when we finally reach their top. What are video gaming’s greatest mountains, and how do they have such a similar allure to real ones? A climb can be symbolic, a rising or powering up that leads to the highest point and to victory — think of Mario’s defining climb in the original Donkey Kong. As well as this, mountains are often used as a staging ground for the final battle or a hide for the darkest and most […]

Far Cry’s Red Wilderness: From Island to Frontier

Now a flagship Ubisoft title, the Far Cry series has often been criticised for becoming overly formulaic. The games have recently settled into a groove of fight-the-power resistance: equip yourself with increasingly dangerous weaponry in an extensive fight to clear a map of icons and reclaim foreign land. Despite this shared quality, moving between the five main games in the Far Cry series inflicts a kind of whiplash. Narratively and tonally each Far Cry is distinct, and sometimes even at odds. The games shift wildly, from the camp to the deathly serious, as different developers have attempted to pin-down a […]