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Back in March when the World Health Organization first declared COVID-19 a pandemic, I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands. As the months passed by, I began to get bored of the video games I had consistently played, such as MLB: The Show, Minecraft and Call of Duty. Then, on July 12, the first trailer for Far Cry 6 was released, which reinvigorated my enthusiasm to revisit one of my all-time favorite games, Far Cry 4.

For those of you unfamiliar with Far Cry 4, the sixth installment of the video game series is played from the perspective of Ajay Ghale, who is a Kyrat-American that fled with his mother to the United States to escape the villain of the story, Pagan Min. Ajay’s father, Mohan Ghale, founded the Golden Path, the fictional rebel resistance fighters who are at war with Min’s forces to liberate the country from his dictatorship. Kyrat is located in the Himalayan region and while it incorporates real-world elements, the country, storyline and settings are fictional.

Ajay is forced to finish what his father started and liberate Kyrat in order to spread his mother’s ashes at Lakshmana deep within Min’s territory. The Golden Path is led by Amita and Sabal, and the missions the player undertakes determine who the commander of the Golden Path will be. Throughout the missions, Ajay is given choices that alter the outcome of the story. There is no real spoiler to the storyline. Each player must determine their own path, whether that be after 15 minutes or 30 hours of playing time.

As of the time I am writing this article, I completed 84.81% of the game over a period of 28 hours and 20 minutes of playing time. Needless to say, these numbers support how much I personally enjoy the game. The campaign missions are the heart of the story, obviously, but the game itself is a free-roam experience. Aside from the thrilling campaign missions, there are several side missions that need to be accomplished. There are hundreds of hidden Masks of Yalung, Propaganda Posters and Mani Wheels that take the player to each corner of the map. The Shangri-La experience transports the player to a mystical location to defeat the demonic force, Rakshasa. 

I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants to get lost in a free-roam world. The game was released in 2014, so of course there are some missing game mechanics that are present in more recent titles. Even as the highly anticipated release date of Far Cry 6 approaches, Far Cry 4 will go down as one of the most engaging and exhilarating games of the 2010s.

 

Rating: 8/10