Ubisoft’s long-running Far Cry series is one that takes great pleasure in throwing players into worlds where they must help fight against cruel rulers while also surviving against wildlife which inhabit the region. Far Cry 6 releases in just over a week and while it treads some familiar territory, it changes up the formula a little bit too. Here are 10 reasons why we’re excited for Far Cry 6!
1. A Distinct Protagonist
Some of the games in the series have placed characters in the shoes of random protagonists who are really just there to carry out your desires. However, some of the most memorable instalments have featured distinct protagonists such as Jason Brody and Ajay Ghale from Far Cry 3 and 4, respectively. Far Cry 6 follows in the footsteps of these games, letting players assume the role of Dani Rojas, a local Yaran and soldier-turned-freedom fighter. It’s interesting because Dani was born and raised in Yara, they’re invested in the liberation of their home and know what needs to be done in order to do so. Plus, Dani will be fully voiced, making them feel like a little more than an avatar with which to wreak havoc.
2. Holstering Your Weapon
This is a little one but it has us excited all the same. Stealthing around guards is always fun in Far Cry games and that doesn’t have to change. However, sometimes you just want to take the easy route and focus on your mission instead of getting into a firefight. Far Cry 6 has introduced the ability to holster your weapon so that you aren’t perceived as a threat by the game’s enemies. As mentioned before, this is a small feature but it’s most certainly a welcomed one. Also, it’s going to be a lot of fun holstering your weapon and then surprising them with a sneak attack. Additionally, it should be mentioned that it has the potential to create opportunities for varied approaches to completing missions.
3. Urban Environments
Many Far Cry titles have featured campaigns which have mainly taken place in big open spaces in the wilderness. Sure, Far Cry 5 had some towns and small settlements, but they were incredibly rural and functioned more as a safe area than a place where combat could also take place. Far Cry 6 will feature urban environments, which should make for some situations with a lot less wiggle room when it comes to combat. For a series which has thrived on everything taking place in mainly large spaces, it’s going to be interesting to see how well this will be implemented.
4. Weapon Customisation
This has been present in previous instalments, to a degree However, Far Cry 6 will be expanding on this. Instead of just being able to alter the appearance of your weapon and maybe add a silencer, you’ll have 5 slots available to you for customisation. Four of the slots allow you to edit the type of ammo, the muzzle, the sights and the pointer. Instead of just making use of a silencer, players will also be able to equip a compensator. The fifth slot is the use of a mod, which grants perks such as improved aiming while running or dealing extra damage with the first shot of a new clip. The number of slots may vary from weapon to weapon though.
5. The Resolver Spirit
Continuing the conversation of weapons, Far Cry 6 displays creativity when it comes to its Resolver weapons. These are quite literally weapons created from whatever was available and they’re honestly just crazy. We saw a glimpse of this in the Shovel Launcher in Far Cry 5, but this latest instalment turns it up a notch. Homemade flamethrowers, battery-powered EMP cannons and CD launchers are just some of the weapons we’ll be able to wield during the game and wow, it is going to be wild.
6. Vehicular Mayhem
While vehicles have always been a part of Far Cry, we’ve never really been able to customise them. You could get lucky and find a vehicle with a mounted gun on the back, but it wasn’t possible to have one that was prepped for battle. Far Cry 6 introduces some custom fittings for your vehicle, including mounted guns and a battering ram. It’s going to be a nice change of pace firing from a car without having to switch seats, plus prepping for missions and seeing how well it might pay off.
7. Teamo Supremo
When it comes to the combat in Far Cry 6, there’s just one more little thing I want to speak about (I promise) and that is the Supremo Backpacks. These babies carry more than just supplies for your escapades. Depending on the Supremo that you have equipped, you’ll be able to perform special, devastating attacks on your enemies or even revive yourself when your health is depleted. Each one is reusable and has a cooldown before it can be used again, similar to how special abilities work in games like Borderlands or Destiny. There are currently four confirmed Supremos in the game, but hopefully there are a few more that we can get our hands on.
8. Guerilla Companionship
Far Cry 6 introduces some brand-new companions that we can take with us on our adventures around Yara. Most of the series has featured companions in human form here and there, but it was with the release of Far Cry 5 that we saw this extend to the animal kingdom. Boomer the dog, Cheeseburger the bear and Peaches the mountain lion made for some interesting battle pals. Far Cry 6 is going a step further with even more obscure animal companions including a gold-toothed crocodile, an adorable Dachshund and an extremely aggressive rooster. Each of these companions has its own attacks, abilities and situational uses, so it’s going to be pretty cool to tackle missions in a particular way based on the companion you have with you. The best part though? You can pet them all.
9. Cooperative Destruction
Since Far Cry 3, in one form or another, co-op has been available. It wasn’t until Far Cry 5 that we would be able to play the entire campaign with a friend though. Far Cry 6 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, allowing for cooperative play throughout the entire game. Playing the game solo is already a heap of fun and this is only multiplied when you add a friend into the equation. Not to mention that players will be able to mix and match Supremos to be prepared for anything the game has to throw at them.
10. Antón Castillo
Yes, you read right. One of the reasons we’re excited about Far Cry 6 is because of the big bad himself. Antón Castillo is the dictator or Yara and seemingly, the game’s main antagonist and is played by none other than Giancarlo Esposito. He’s well known for portraying the mild-mannered, but actually ruthless drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring, a character in the crime drama series Breaking Bad. While hiding in plain sight was more his game, I’m excited to see what he can do with a character that is unabashedly evil, with no positive public image to uphold. Here’s hoping that we get that and more!
Far Cry 6 is set to release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC and Stadia on October 7th, 2021 and personally, I’m looking forward to it.
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