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Published on September 8th, 2014 | by gareth

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Far Cry 4: Hands On At PAX Prime 2014

During our coverage of PAX Prime 2014, I got some hands on time with the latest Far Cry game during my visit with Ubisoft. I have to say that in all my years coverage games and attending conventions, I never had to test a game while an animal cage match was going on but thanks to some clever marketing, guests donned animal suits to Sumo it up in a fighting cage to take a chance at some big prizes.

Far Cry 4 has the great graphics and large and detailed maps that one comes to expect from the series and the Hymilain setting of the game gave designers a great canvas which they have filled with cliffs, animals, vegetation, and plenty of bad guys.

Very early in my demo I had to scale a mountain and learned how to fire a grappling gun so I could climb.. Once I had ascended I saw an enemy whom I quietly dispatched with a crossbow. I learned that I needed to disable an alarm box, which I did by climbing into a village and taking out a guard.

Once I had taken out the alarm box, I was able to toss some meat into the map which drew in a wild animal that attacked several guards and provided me a chance to heal my injuries and escape back to my elevated vantage point.

The reason for this tactical move was due to a mortar that I had spotted and I was able to use the distraction provided by the animal to blanket the village with shells and in doing so, decimate the army that was massing against me. I was able to take out most of the bad guys and the two remaining were finished off easily enough.

While I completed my demo soon after, I was shown video of a player in a small mini copter shooting grenades from above in a nod to the co-op mode of the game.

While my sample size was small, I liked what I saw and really look forward to the release of the full game as it not only combined great graphics and action but promises some great online play as well.


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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.



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