E3 came with not one but two demonstrations of Far Cry 4, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s hit shooter franchise. Expanding on the previous cinematic trailer and its introduction to the fictional setting of Kyrat, the latest footage provides an insight into the actual gameplay of Far Cry 4 and its move towards a more co-op orientated experience.
As with previous titles in the series, players will still be able to go at it alone in Far Cry 4 if they wish. However there is now also the option to tackle the open world aspect of the game with a friend. Upon inviting a friend, the game seals off the main story missions and leaves players to roam the open world environment, taking on fortresses (expanded versions of the outposts from Far Cry 3), towers and side quests as they see fit.
Entertaining co-op multiplayer is certainly something to anticipate especially for PlayStation 4 owners following the announcement that they will be able to invite any PSN friend to join them in the game, even if said friend doesn’t happen to own a copy of Far Cry 4 themselves-- a feature that appears to be exclusive to PS4.
Besides the big news regarding co-op, Ubisoft also had plenty of new gameplay features to show off, one of the most exciting being the new grappling hook. This device allows players to traverse previously impassable terrain such as cliff faces and crevices. Through so-called “Adventure Zones”, it will be possible to reach hidden areas and side quests using the grapple. It remains to be seen just how scripted these areas will be, or if it’s possible to do grapple any old rock face. It’s a very welcome addition to Far Cry 4 specifically, considering the mountainous setting of the game.
Along with the grapple come glimpses of some other exciting features. No longer will players be restricted to escaping from pursuing foes using their driving skill alone, or needing to take the risk of leaving a vehicle to engage on foot. It is now possible to not only open fire on enemy troops and vehicles while driving, but also perform vehicle based takedowns. These takedowns see the main character James Bond their way from one car to another, eliminating the enemy occupants along the way.
The 007 homages don't stop there, as Far Cry 4 features a Gyrocopter like the one from You Only Live Twice (though perhaps I’m the only one seeing that link) , with room for two. This is not only a kick ass way to get around the world, but allows for some great fly by shooting moments to boot. Those who get airsick can rest assured that all the fun isn’t aerial based with the option to either stampede elephants towards enemies or, and who could resist this, hop onto an elephant and use it to charge down some foes yourself.
Far Cry 4 stampedes its way to PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 18 for North America and November 21 in Europe.