Far Cry 6 – Review: Become the Liberator of Yara Island

Ubisoft excels in launching the new version of Far Cry, with the participation of star Giancarlo Esposito and Ray Tracing technology

We finally got our hands on the long-awaited Far Cry 6, the new version of the game from Ubisoft that combines dense, deep stories with unbridled first-person action. It's been 17 years since we ended up on an island after a mad scientist with his human experiments controlling a Special Forces agent. We are no longer those characters full of tactics and resources to blow everything up in the best 80s action movies style (that's Far Cry Blood Dragon). The world of Far Cry has become less “black and white” and more “gray”.

And maybe that's what Far Cry 6 wants to show a little bit. That the world can be more “gray” and less “good and bad”. Of course, there is little doubt about the actions of Antón Castillo, the dictator of the fictional island of Yara, a typical “banana republic” that populates the many small islets in the Caribbean Sea, inspired by current Cuba, which we have seen in so many films , such as the “Mercenaries” of Sylvester Stallone. That typical situation of “I love my country and my people”, but governs everything with an absurd authoritarianism. Antón Castillo is a dictator in every way.

But, still, is there something more to his motivations? Is the relationship with your son Diego really as problematic as the game would have us believe at first? Could it really be that tobacco plants sprinkled with Viviro could be the miracle medicine that will cure cancer? Is it worth the lives of those who die on the plantations with the toxin in exchange for a medicine that would end cancer around the world? As Mr. Spock would say in Star Trek, in this case, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”?

Finding out what makes the player continue their journey (or at least that was my motivation) to embark on Far Cry 6. And, so far, I haven't come to a conclusion yet.

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Dani Rojas, the protagonist of Far Cry 6

Yara needs you in Far Cry 6

The game's open world is fantastic. And even more, using Ray Tracing technology, you'll get lost in the jungles, forests and alleys of the city, not because the scenery will confuse you, but because you'll be enchanted with the quantity and quality of details that the game puts in your front. Every wanted poster, every mark on the walls, every tall weeds hides the whim of the production team and you'll want to stand there looking at them until you see it all.

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And if by chance your PC can't handle Ray Tracing, that's fine. The game remains amazing even in "Low" quality. Unless you are that person who is “counting pixels” you will have no problem appreciating the work of Ubisoft and the various studios that worked on the game.

In any case, the trip to Yara will leave players delighted with the technical quality placed by the company in the game and, mainly, by the excellent story that the game will tell players and, for those who are a fan of the Braking Bad series, the participation of Giancarlo Esposito (we'll talk more about it later), it's an icing on the cake!

The game was released in Standard versions, which come with the base game; the Gold version, which includes the Battle Pass; and the Ultimate version, which comes with the Battle Pass and the DLC Jungle Expedition Pack, Crocodile Hunter Pack and Vice Pack.

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Viva La Revolution

The game begins with a broadcast from Yara's own leader, Antón Castillo, speaking to his people about how he wants to return his country to its former glory, after years of economic embargoes by the big imperialist countries that have harmed Yara for so many years. Castillo is “armed with the truth,” saying the people have chosen a cure for the evil that corrupt politicians have done to the country for years. The people's hope is Viviro, a medicine capable of curing cancer and developed by the Yaranista scientists after a modification in tobacco leaves fertilized with a “pure fertilizer”, sprayed by planes over the plantations. However, the images that are shown contradict Castillo's words.

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People working under a blazing sun while planes spray the toxin over the crops, regardless of the lives of those below them. Soldiers in protective clothing kill those who refuse or are unable to return to work, while Castillo continues to promise Yara's return "to paradise". Opposition politicians are arrested and killed, while Castillo talks about how “enemies will never understand” that paradise has a cost.

He announces that the “Recruitment to Paradise” will be extended and the Yaranistas will be taken to work through a lottery, while a billboard shows an image of proud Castillo with tobacco leaves in hand, Yara's flag in the background and the sayings “From our hands to the world: Viviro”.

The game has a Street Fighter Rooster Edition

The image changes focus to an old TV showing the dictator saying that even his son, Diego, could be drawn for work, but someone turns it off as they are tired of listening to this conversation. Alejo (Is this a reference to the legendary Super Nintendo International Superstar Soccer player?), Lita and Dani (the player's character) talk about the situation in the country. Lita wants to fight the revolution to free Yara from Castillo's hands and Alejo is also disgusted with the situation but doesn't care about politics and revolution. Dani just wants to get out of Yara, board his boat and flee from there to the United States.

At this point you can choose whether Dani will be a male or female, giving the possibility to choose the protagonist's gender, something I don't particularly remember if it's happened before in the franchise. However, there are no other changes possible. The character is predefined and it is not possible to customize it.

Lita and Alejo continue to discuss the situation on the island, while Lita tries to recruit Dani for the “Libertad” guerrillas, they watch from the top of a building, the soldiers “recruiting” some “drawn” Yaranistas to Viviro's labor camps. In a reckless action, Alejo throws a beer bottle at the soldiers who shoot and kill him. So begins the gameplay with you Lita fleeing the soldiers, running through the alleys and roofs of Yara, passing through the sewers while watching moments when soldiers execute citizens and see the blood that turns the waters red.

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The Encounter with Castillo

When they finally reach the port, some of the smugglers argue with people who want to escape on the boats, but without the money, there is no ticket. You step in and tell the "coyotes" that Alejo won't be coming anymore, so there's room for a lady and a teenager trying to board. You leave and the boy gives you a baseball card in thanks for your help and the boat leaves. But halfway through, you hear the boat captain arguing with someone and shooting.

Then Antón Castillo himself goes down to the cargo hold where the fugitives are hiding. He talks about his youth fishing with his father and how he managed to find a big fish. His son, Diego, who was trying to leave the country.

Diego argues about not wanting that life anymore and tries to ask his father to spare the people on the boat, but in vain. The soldiers shoot the boat, killing everyone on board. When you wake up, you are lying on the beach, along with the bodies of those who were with you. Lita, with her last strength, asks you to find the base of the guerrillas, commanded by Clara. You are the only survivor and now, with a cell phone and a machete, you are going after the rebel base, looking for a way to get a boat to leave Yara.

When you finally reach the base, you explain what happened to Lita, and Clara, the rebel leader, explains to you the plan: burn the tobacco plantations, find a way to liberate the harbor, and resurrect the guerrillas who are at a vast disadvantage. Lita believed that you would be important to the revolution and Clara says that if you want to leave Yara, she will give you food, shelter and a boat, but you have to help them in return. Grab your weapon and start your revolution.

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you are being watched

This entire course is the most basic tutorial of Far Cry 6. Here you learn the basics like hiding and sneaking, climbing walls, using ziplines, rappelling, running and so on. You'll find your first basic equipment like a pistol and some ammo, learn how to do stealth kills, find equipment you can use, and all the basics of the game, as well as be introduced to the world and the starting characters. After that, you are free to explore the world as you please. And believe me, there's a lot to explore.

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not so revolutionary

It's no surprise that the new chapter in the series would be a neat chapter and one that would deliver a great gamer experience. Indeed, the marketing the company did about this new game showed an interesting title, but still Far Cry 6 is a game that is not as revolutionary as the revolution you have to make in the world. It's a consistent chapter in the series, but it's also consistent in its fundamentals: Explore a vast open world, blow it all up, shoot, race cars and talk to eccentric people and defeat a great megalomaniac villain.

If you've played any of the latest Far Cry's and know something about the plot, then you know what to expect from the game. You travel around this island, blow up and burn some stuff and other “routine” activities in games. Now, that's not to say that's a bad thing, especially with some refinements put into this mix, but it's worth emphasizing from the start. If you've just left a game with this “dynamic”, like Just Cause, for example, you might be better off taking a break before embarking on Yara.

Here you can walk around the world, without being captured all the time, as happened in Far Cry 5, and if you are one of those who likes to explore the world at will, you won't have that kind of problem. A hit by Ubisoft over the previous game that displeased older fans of the franchise. After the beginning that takes you through a kind of “corridor”, you are free to explore.

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The Power of Ray Tracing

A little RPG is good

Although the game is an FPS in its essence and that hasn't changed, as in Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft has put a “pinch” of RPG here to spice up the game. You don't have a skill tree in this game anymore, which I think is quite interesting. Instead of releasing the skill with experience points and evolution, Dani will acquire tools and her perks and abilities are tied to pieces of equipment like gloves, helmets and pants, which can be a good thing, depending on your need.

If you're on a mission that relies on stealth, swapping your fire-resistant boots for sneakers with a stealth bonus might be a good idea, just as a glove that helps you open locks might be more helpful than another that has a bonus for using weapons on a specific mission.

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In a game where your skill is unlocked in a tree, you will have that skill all the time and it can be useful all the time, and if you don't have equipment with an A or B bonus, you will fall behind in a given situation. It's all a matter of micromanaging your inventory. Also, over time, your weapons can still be upgraded.

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With the right resources piled up enough, you can elevate weaker weapons with scopes, silencers, and other far-reaching benefits, so nothing seems like a waste if you don't want to use them anymore. Also, you don't need to get rid of that weapon that has an attachment because it has gotten weaker than others.

Customization in general is a big focus in this game. Of course, for those who don't want to be customizing weapons or looking for scrap metal, the game also offers some ready-made weapons with unique features and modifications. Of course, the scrap will not only be used for the evolution of your character or your weapons. You will also need to evolve and improve your base, so don't completely neglect the resources the game gives you, even if you didn't want to keep modifying weapons and equipment. Your bases also provide structures that will help you on your journey, skill enhancements, and some fun mini-games.

As fun as these customizable weapons and mini-games can be, they also cause an “escape from immersion” when they say they are 'guerrilla' weapons. Within the gameplay proposal that has always been Far Cry, with all the poetic licenses and historical divergences (we can say Blood Dragon is the pinnacle in this sector) reasonable, firing a burst of colorful fireworks from a tank is simply not “like the guerrillas are fought,” and you don't have to be an expert at this to know.

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Lita and Alejo
Lita and Alejo

This part even reminded me of a mission of Genshin impact, in which we exploded fires inside Shogun's castle, and from that movie “The Interview” (with James Franco and Seth Roger), that they are driving a tank and listening to Katy Perry.

So, while they create more interesting options than traditional rocket launchers, they help to “take you away from the experience” that Ubisoft is supposedly trying to offer. You don't feel like a guerrilla but like a gang member from Saints Row who will beat soldiers with a bat dildo.

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Revolutionaries, Dictators and Pets

In addition to Dani, who as said before, can be a man or a woman (I recommend playing with Dani woman, by his voice actor Nisa Gunduz), being the first time you see your character and he has an active voice in the game.

“Whenever you're telling a story about guerrillas or revolution, you need to 'enter' that character as a vehicle,” Far Cry 6 narrative director Navid Khavari said in an interview on the subject. “And then having a silent protagonist wasn't going to work for us to tell the story effectively. And I think from the beginning it was, 'How can we tell an epic narrative that's also character-driven?' I think seeing Dani, experiencing the progress of her journey and her interactions with other factions and rebel groups, you can see and feel Dani's opinions, her thoughts about what's going on. So it was extremely important.”

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In addition to her, there is Yara's fierce dictator Antón Castillo (the game's “propaganda boy” played by Giancarlo Esposito), and his son who no longer wants to be a part of his father's games, Diego, a president-in-training who is very less dogmatic. Their family dynamics are explored in scenes throughout Far Cry 6, such as local TV interviews or speeches, as well as in some, but not many, face-to-face encounters like what happened on the boat. These feats create real tension when you're in their presence and urge the player to continue the story.

Of course, the voices in Portuguese, made by Marcelo Pissardini (responsible for the actor's voice in the series Breaking Bad), gives you that necessary familiarity for you to get a little more involved with the character, as if you already knew him from somewhere. If you liked him in Breaking Bad, maybe you like him here. And if you didn't, maybe you'd love to hate it here in Far Cry 6.

Almost everyone else – from eccentric supporting characters you'll recruit to fascist underlings you'll “remove” from the map – show up as Far Cry's “pure sausage stuffing”. Do you know them. You know how these characters tend to be developed. Some of them have a bit more personality than others, like Juan Cortez, a “guerrilla master”, tired of the world that equips Dani with clumsy weapons, including a backpack that fires missiles, and El Tigre, a legendary revolutionary who immediately becomes attached to Dani and refers to her as "Baby Tiger." The rest of them? They won't be in your way for long. For good or for bad. Of course, in this department we can highlight the pets you find along the way:

very nice
Very handsome

Guapo: A jacketed crocodile that is a lethal force and you don't have to imagine much what it can do to enemies.

Chicharon: A punk rooster with green painted feathers and a piercing in the beak and a lot of attitude. It's hilarious to see Antón's soldiers reacting to Chicharon's “attacks”.

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cry: Chorizo ​​is the cutest thing on the entire island of Yara. A wheelchair-bound dashound (or better known as “sausage”) that can be used as a distraction for sneak attacks.

For those who don't like listening to NPC dialogues or reading mission descriptions, you can skip the conversation of the 50+ story missions in the game. As the game is somewhat familiar at this point, you might want to expedite the conversation about why the NPC wants you to go there and burn down the drug field for the tenth time. It's not bad that you have the option, but don't abuse it, as you might miss some interesting details of the Far Cry 6 story.

After all, is it good or not?

Putting everything in balance, yes the game is very good! It's not the most innovative of Far Cry's (Blood Dragon and Primal take that title to me). You have that “little formula” of the game and they follow it without risking too much of it: A place with beautiful landscapes, vast space to explore, unbridled action and lots of explosions, a charismatic and scary villain, who steals the show for his megalomaniac personality , ambiguous motivations and few (or none) scruples about putting them into practice.

Bugs in the game? Have. Of course there is. It's not uncommon for a large open world game to have bugs, but I haven't found any that break the game in a way that makes it unplayable. There were sporadic things that popped up around the scene, like weirder deaths, people who kept talking normally while they caught fire. Things that, if you're not looking, you won't even notice.

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Of course, maybe the game could “get out of the box” a bit, but that's not a nuisance, especially for the franchise's most loyal fans. In fact, it's a relief to them, as some of the changes that happened in Far Cry 5 weren't so well-regarded by Far Cry's old guard fans.

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For me, who had little contact with the Far Cry series, playing Far Cry 6 is a good news that gave me a good story and motivates me to go after previous games to meet the villains of previous games. I'm not the biggest FPS fan, but I really want to see why players like it so much. villain Vaas, from Far Cry 3, and Pagan Min, from Far Cry 4.

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Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Distributor: Ubisoft
Platforms: Amazon Luna, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Pros:
A great story with charismatic characters;
Voice and customizable protagonist;
Lively songs with a touch of Caribbean rhythms;
Chorizo;

Cons:
It needed to get out of the "comfort zone" to be more "revolutionary"
Some aspects of the game take the player out of immersion;
Crafting system may seem confusing at first;

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4.8

Minimum and Recommended Requirements

Far Cry 6 is not a light game. You'll need a state-of-the-art machine to play the game with maximum quality and with ray tracing turned on. If you're not keen on playing at 60FPS or more and in 4K quality or all those features that current games include, you can try with a slightly more modest computer. Ubisoft thought of everyone and created a game that everyone can enjoy. If your PC is able to handle the latest games without any problems, it's quite possible that you can play Far Cry 6 too. Also, the game looks good at any resolution. See the requirements:

Minimum requirements to play at 30fps

Operational systemWindows 10
Disk Space:60 GB available
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 1200 1200 @ 3. Ghz or Intel Core i5-4460 @3.1GHz
Memory8GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD Radeon RX550 (4 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (4 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12

Recommended requirements for playing at 60 fps

Operational systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Disk Space:60 GB available
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600X @ 3.8 Ghz or Intel Core i7-7700 @ 3.6 Ghz
Memory16GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX Vega 64 (8GB) or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB)
DirectXDirectX 12

Recommended requirements for playing at 2K, 60 fps and without Ray Tracing

Operational systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Disk Space:60 GB available
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600X @ 3.8 Ghz or Intel Core i7-9700K @3.6GHz
Memory16GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 5700XT (8GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8GB)
DirectXDirectX 12

Recommended requirements for playing at 2K, 60 fps and with Ray Tracing turned on

Operational systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Disk Space:60 GB available
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5600X @ 3.7 Ghz or Intel Core i5-10600K @4.1GHz
Memory16GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 6900XT (16 GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12

Recommended requirements for playing at 4K, 30fps and with Ray Tracing turned on

Operational systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Disk Space:60 GB available
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5900X @ 3.7 Ghz or Intel Core i7-10700K @3.8GHz
Memory16GB (Dual-channel mode)
Video cardAMD RX 6800 (16GB) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB)
DirectXDirectX 12

Now, leave it there in the comments: Did you like the new Far Cry game? Did you find the island of Yara beautiful? Did you like Chorizo? Enjoy and read more reviews on our website.

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