If Far Cry 5 introduced the collection uneasily near house with a sensible illustration of rural America caught within the grasp of an extremist cult, then Far Cry New Dawn is right here to tug the collection again into the realm of snug silliness, wearing a spiky crop prime, with screwdrivers for fingers and a lit stick of dynamite tucked behind its half-bitten ear.
Far Cry New Dawn, at its most simple, is similar to Far Cry 5, and with lower than a 12 months between the games’ releases that was all the time going to be the case. But New Dawn strips out extras corresponding to Far Cry Arcade – the place you possibly can construct and play by means of user-generated ranges – as an alternative selecting to concentrate on the core pillars of Far Cry: assembly kooky characters, box-ticking exploration and useful resource gathering, all overlayed by explosive, excessive risk-reward fight.
New Dawn is the primary Far Cry to run as a canonical sequel to its predecessor, and 17 years after the “true” ending of Far Cry 5 we discover Hope County in a a lot modified state. The panorama is acquainted, however with a brand new, extra assorted color palette that leans closely on neon pinks and darker, overgrown greens, whereas the wildlife – from stripey buffalo to snow-white grizzly bears – wouldn’t look misplaced at a Manchester rave.
Enter The Highwaymen
The arrange is a well-recognized one. You play as an outsider who involves the world with good intentions, solely to wind up dealing with off in opposition to a charismatic and maniacal villain. This time round, you’re the unnamed head of safety for Thomas Rush’s band of post-apocalyptic do-gooders, seeking to assist put together Hope County survivors for all times within the new world and guard in opposition to the specter of roaming gangs like The Highwaymen – led by twins Mickey and Lou.
What I performed fairly carefully adopted the Far Cry blueprint: navigate the open world and all of its distractions to your goal, make your assault stealthily or all-guns-blazing, chat with somebody and gather what you want, then make your – often explosive or animal-aided – escape.
The formulation is refreshed considerably although by the introduction of a greater story development system than Far Cry 5, and some mild RPG mechanics – little question impressed by their inclusion in Ubisoft’s different main franchise: Assassin’s Creed.
Where in Far Cry 5 you’d be compelled into a brand new story mission when you’d crammed a meter that was continually topped up by your actions, Far Cry New Dawn’s development is tied to upgrading your private home base, Prosperity, in addition to finishing quests. Upgrades require a brand new useful resource, ethanol, that you simply collect from the open world. It has the potential to grow to be a bit a grind should you’re solely within the story, however a minimum of this time you’ve got a bit extra management over your personal course.
Weapons, autos, and enemies at the moment are grouped into tiers starting from one to 4 that decide their energy stage, with increased ranked goons feeling considerably extra highly effective. It does quite a bit to extra visibly change up the tempo of outposts and missions, because you’re not simply preventing the identical three dudes again and again. To compensate for the stronger baddies, increased tiered weapons really feel much more highly effective too. Your makeshift assault rifles begin off firing extra squirrelly than Rocky and Bullwinkle, however rapidly grow to be lethal as you increase their accuracy and add melee attachments.
More Far Cry staples have been given the tiered makeover, too. Now when you’ve cleared an outpost, The Highwaymen will refortify it as a harder problem with increased ranked enemies. This goes some method to addressing the criticism that Far Cry 5 may begin to really feel fairly secure and empty when you’d liberated massive areas of the map. Or alternatively, makes slogging by means of samey actions take thrice as lengthy.
Far Cry New Dawn Expeditions
The entire game is playable in co-op with buddies, and the showpiece addition to New Dawn is unquestionably created with that in thoughts. Via a Canadian helicopter pilot who’s taken up residency at Prosperity, you’ll be able to go to new areas all throughout post-nuclear America for self-contained Expeditions in distinctive settings like a beached Floridian plane provider and a dilapidated theme park.
These expeditions are a bit just like the Spec Ops missions from previous Call of Dutys, and like outposts might be replayed at increased difficulties as you get higher gear and extra accustomed to New Dawn. The early ranks aren’t exhausting in any respect, however there’s simply sufficient selection in strategy routes and techniques to help a number of playthroughs, particularly in co-op.
Expeditions are accessed instantly out of your mission journal, which make them excellent for brief, targeted blasts of enjoyable you can simply bounce straight into.
As a package deal, there’s not an entire lot that separates Far Cry New Dawn from its predecessor; however what it does supply is a extra fantastical setting, a extra replayable world, and a doubled-down concentrate on the gameplay fundamentals of the collection.