There’s definitely something nice about familiarity. Sure, getting out of your comfort zone is great, but it’s also pretty nice to step back into it when the day’s adventure, innovation and intrigue is done. The same could be said for game series that don’t deviate too far from what they’ve always done – when a new one comes out, it feels a bit like coming home. That’s certainly the case with Far Cry 6, the latest in Ubisoft’s long-running series of stealthy, ‘splodey action games. It doesn’t do too much out of the ordinary, but it’s pretty good at making the ordinary seem great.
Yara’s a pretty nice place. Tropical beaches, delicious food, plenty of exotic flora and fauna to check out…some might call it paradise, even. That probably wouldn’t include many of the Yaran natives, though. The country is ruled by dictator Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito), who will stop at nothing to keep everything running exactly as he wishes. As rebel Dani Rojas (Nisa Gunduz or Sean Rey, depending on what gender you choose), part of the liberation army Libertad, your job is to ensure that’s exactly what doesn’t happen, freeing Yara from Castillo’s iron grip.
You’ll accomplish this by blowing stuff up, mostly! Sneaking around and killing people is also a thing, I guess, but are you really being sneaky if you run around lighting people on fire with a flamethrower? If not, why bother with stealth at all? Much like its predecessors, Far Cry 6 offers a wide variety of weapons and vehicles that allow you to deal with missions (mostly of the usual “kill this guy, steal this thing, burn this stuff” variety the franchise is known for) in whatever way you see fit.
This entry encourages a bit more thinking thanks to specific weaponry being better against armored or soft targets, but it’s never rocket science. Along with this, you’ve got a wide selection of equippable gear that offers perks allowing you to specialize in various ways. Like using poison weapons? You’ll probably want to make yourself immune to your own toxins. Big on fire? There’s some gloves for that. Putting together the perfect set for the right situation is always a good time.
You can cap off your loadout with an Amigo, a helpful animal buddy like a crocodile, adorable wheelchair-bound puppy or a murderous chicken, then take all of that on the road in whatever crazy vehicle you can dig up. Who wouldn’t love Guaopo, the t-shirt wearing croc with a taste for flesh?
Speaking of rocket science, if that’s what you want you’re probably interested in the Supremos. These are back-mounted super weapons that can be fired after they’re charged by killing baddies. You’ve also got Resolver weapons, which are basically the crazy patched-together makeshift weapons from Far Cry: New Dawn. There’s even a cockfighting minigame that plays like a traditional fighter. If nothing else, the game isn’t wanting for content.
It’s nice when Far Cry 6 leans into its goofier side, as it’s definitely better then when Ubisoft goes for trendy trendy social commentary. “The American dream doesn’t come in our color,” says one character to our hero over somber music…approximately five minutes before said hero admits that he enjoys the Yaran revolution in large part because killing people is fun. Majestic.
To be fair, killing people to advance the Yaran revolution is pretty fun. It certainly looks nice; the PC version of Far Cry 6 runs like a dream, even on higher settings, and I didn’t encounter any technical issues throughout my time with the game. Likewise, the sound design and acting – especially by Breaking Bad / The Mandalorian’s Giancarlo Esposito as the villainous Antón Castillo, is top-notch stuff like always. You really can’t have a proper Far Cry without a proper baddie, and this game delivers.
Every indication is that the console releases are solid too, and Ubisoft’s press really wants you to know the next-gen consoles can run this game like butter. So if that’s your preferred platform, fear not.
Far Cry 6 is yet another example of Ubisoft taking their usual and polishing it up to a radiant sheen, and you probably know by now if you like the formula this series is offering. It’s a fantastic open-world kill-and-sneak-and-explode-’em-up, just like the previous several Far Cry games, and at the moment it’s probably the best and most polished entry in the series so far. It’s worth taking a trip to Yara. Just make sure to pack some uranium and make sure to keep your flamethrower fueled.