I had a chance to go hands-on recently with the first couple of hours of Far Cry Primal and was blown away by how much I had enjoyed this brief snippet of gameplay.
We had already seen a significant chunk of what Takkar could do in 10,000 BC Oros, whether it was taming animals, crafting weapons, or burning down villages. What this new gameplay segment really highlighted, however, was the game?s characters.
Takkar loses everything he knows and holds dear at the beginning of the game. He must start over from scratch, slowly clawing his way up the food chain in order to survive. This struggle is evident from the moment our demo started and Takkar?s progression over those first couple of hours felt both natural and fulfilling, giving me the sense he might be my favorite Far Cry hero yet.
Things really pick up, though, when Takkar starts to expand his ragtag band of Wenja. Bringing experts from the wild under his banner and into his village expands his abilities and increases his people?s chances for survival. And whether it’s the wacky shaman or the gathering guru, it only adds more layers to the story when each of these personas adds his or her own unique charms to Takkar?s story.
The most interesting characters aren?t limited to just within your clan, however. Our demo also introduced us to the Wenja tribe?s two primary human threats, the Udam and the Izila. Batari leads the Izila. She is a cunning, ruthless woman who uses the fanaticism for fire her sun worshiping followers have to her advantage. Her people tout better technology than you and are nimble, crafty warriors. Ull, meanwhile, leads the cannibalistic Udam. You can see my first encounter with the Neanderthal leader in the original video above.
Whether ally or foe, it?s clear that Far Cry Primal is continuing the series? long-running standard of producing colorful characters to go alongside its over the top action. Now it?s just waiting to see how far these characters will go to survive when Far Cry Primal drops on February 23 for Xbox One and PS4, and March 1 on PC.