A Far Cry 6 PC Review

This Far Cry 6 PC review dives deep into the latest Ubisoft open-world shooter. How much is the gameplay polished, what’s new in this series, did we get a compelling villain this time? All that and more waits down below, so start reading!

Common questions

But first of all, let’s start things off by answering some of the most asked questions.

When does Far Cry 6 come out?

Far Cry 6 was released on October 7, 2021, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and Amazon Luna.

Where does Far Cry 6 take place?

Far Cry 6 takes place on a fictional Caribbean island called Yara that closely resembles modern-day Cuba.

Who do you play as in Far Cry 6?

Players assume the role of Dani Rojas a male/female guerilla fighter.

Is Far Cry 6 on Steam?

Far Cry 6 is not available for purchase on Steam.

Where can you buy Far Cry 6 on PC?

You can buy Far Cry 6 on the PC via the Ubisoft and Epic Games Store.

How much does Far Cry 6 cost?

As with any modern triple-A game, Far Cry 6 costs $59.99 / €59.99. But we have a better offer for you at the end of this article so keep reading.

Does Far Cry 6 have co-op?

Far Cry 6 offers two-player co-op.

Now it’s time to start the actual Far Cry 6 PC review so let’s get into it!

Far Cry 6 offers your standard over-the-top chaotic gameplay

Machete kills, sniper kills, assault rifle kills. Far Cry games love it when you go Rambo. Just spread death everywhere, doesn’t matter if it’s with a gun or you’re running people over with a horse. Yes you can ride a freaking horse in this game and it’s not perfectly executed but it’s still a cool thing to do. Far Cry 6 further streamlines its already amazing gameplay formula and lets you start roaming the island of Yara as soon as you start the game.

Playing Far Cry 6 for this PC review felt great as there’s not a lot to write down while you’re playing. Roaming from place to place, killing enemy soldiers, or blowing up their vehicles just flows. It’s hard to explain to someone that isn’t familiar with Far Cry games. Let’s just say you get into the groove of being a one-man army that rolls over everything pretty fast. And it feels great as always to wreak havoc in Ubisoft’s playgrounds, but the game is far from perfect. However, first I’m going to cover the bit of Far Cry 6 gameplay that shines the most.

Lots of ways to cause chaos

Far Cry 5 had some interesting human companions that assisted you in battle. Yet you’re going to avoid human assistance in battle in Far Cry 6 and opt for a wilder option instead. What’s cute but also deadly? Animals. All kinds of animals, from an insanely adorable dachshund in a wheelchair to the bloodthirsty rooster called Chicharrón, and let’s not forget the slow but deadly crocodile called Guapo.

Dani wielding a Resolver weapon
Image credit: Ubisoft

Far Cry games have a tendency to mix in some comedy into its pot of pure carnage and bloodshed. And it works as always, especially with your adorable animal companions that will viciously tear your enemies apart.

The Supremos

Yet we’re not even at the best part of this Far Cry 6 PC review. What’s the best part? Could it be that Far Cry 6 has crazy-ass weapons for use to use in our guerilla missions? Sort of. We all saw the Far Cry 6  trailer. All 20 of them. And I think all of us noticed the crazy backpacks that launch missiles at people. That’s hard to miss. Those are called Supremo. Flamethrowers, EMPs, rockets, there’s a lot for you to use in all combat situations. Overall, Far Cry 6 ups the mayhem factor significantly, but in a good way.

The only problem is the cooldown. It’s too long, which sucks when it’s tied to a spectacular invention like this one. There’s only one way to reduce its cooldown, I won’t say which, but it’s really not efficient. If you’re giving us a backpack that shoots rockets, let us use it a bit more. That’s all I gotta say.

You also have Revolver weapons, like the CD Launcher that plays Macarena. On one hand, they’re extremely fun to use. On the other hand, you have to make them using uranium that you have to collect all over the place. Far Cry 6 has awesome weapons, but a lot of them become available a bit later and you can’t use the craziest ones often. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your SVD sniper rifle or the Spas-12 shotgun and boot them up with all kinds of modification and have a blast either way. Stealthy approaches with headshots, bloody carnage playthroughs with melee and short-ranged guns, Far Cry 6 still supports a wide array of playstyles fully.

So Far Cry 6 still has killer gunplay, animals, and lots of insanity. But is Ubisoft’s open-world formula still enjoyable?

The best Ubisoft open-world so far

Far Cry 6 impresses with its gameplay even though we’re all familiar with it. The same goes for the game’s map and open-world design. While the island of Yara is fictional, its stunning beauty is very real. Fantastic sunny beaches, lots of locals where you can’t buy the tasty food they’re selling, lots of enemy soldiers that can’t wait to put a bullet between your eyes. It’s all there and it serves its purpose excellently.

What’s the point of all the crazy Far Cry 6 weapons if you can’t use them in a fitting playground? Thankfully, unlike previous Ubisoft titles, this game lets you enjoy everything from the get-go. There are no “hidden” or “shrouded” parts of the map that you have to unlock via towers or anything like that. You’re free to roam as much as you can. Granted, you won’t have a good time if you’re in a place that’s out of your league but the game lets you go there nonetheless.

Dani in front of a large building
Image credit: Ubisoft

A level 5 and level 10 part of the island isn’t the same when you’re level 3. Far Cry 6 has a map with a lot going on in it, so you want to explore everything. The nicest way of letting someone know they’re not supposed to be there is to send a tank to blow them to smithereens.

A lot of interesting side activities

Similarly, the game does send you on a lot of missions that let you experience the parts of the island you’re actually supposed to visit. Story missions, side missions, you even have treasure hunts. Puzzles, collectibles, ambushes, insanely well-guarded missile bases, there’s so much to do in Far Cry 6 and its huge map that you’ll never be bored.

I mean you need to destroy any anti-aircraft guns you run into as they shoot you down. You can’t fly a plane around if anti-aircraft weaponry exists in that part of the island. It’s excellent and organic world-building and I love it.

Both the hero and the villain lack substance

I get it, you don’t play the Far Cry games for the writing, the story, and so on. Still, some of the games delivered on that. In my opinion,  Far Cry 3 had the best protagonist and the best antagonist by far. A batshit insane villain and a hero that slowly starts going off the deep end in a beautifully twisted story that plays off the dynamic of these two from start to finish.

Over here we have a story about freedom fighters and a cold, calculating tyrant that managed to set up a modern slave labor operation without anyone to dispute it. Far Cry 6 did a lot of magic with its story trailers, but the execution in-game just isn’t up to snuff. Writing this Far Cry 6 PC review mostly made me remember how Vaas is a villain that Ubisoft won’t ever top.

Dani Rojas, the legendary guerilla fighter

Far Cry 6 lets you pick between a male and female version of Dani Rojas. You can’t customize your protagonist, but that doesn’t matter much. You’re playing as an orphan that was in Yara’s military but managed to get out. So she or he already knows who works for this country and naturally, not all of them are evil people that are doing the tyrant’s evil deeds with a sinister grin on their face.

Dani talking with a fellow freedom fighter
Image credit: Ubisoft

Anyways, Dani leaves the military to become a freedom fighter. A legendary guerilla savior that’s going to liberate the people of Yara. This point is hammered home when EVERYONE constantly talks about GUERILLA fighters ALL the time. Think like a guerilla, fight like a guerilla, BE THE GUERILLA. It doesn’t leave much of an impression when this freedom fighter thing gets shoved down your throat constantly. It loses its nuance and becomes annoying and cheesy.

Even other characters you ask to join your cause need little to no reason to abandon their old life and become guerilla fighters. There is an excellent freedom fighter story somewhere deep in this sensationalized take on this kind of thing, and that’s a shame.

Bits and pieces of an actually sinister villain hiding in plain sight

Ok so Far Cry 6 didn’t impress with Dani Rojas. No problem there, we already had weak protagonists before. However there’s still room for an amazing villain. After all, Anton Castillo has a presence and the powerful voice of Giancarlo Esposito. That’s everything you need to make a powerhouse evil that dominates a story such as this.

However, there’s nothing like that here. Of course, Anton has a lot of monologues that go over his position, why he needs it, how he’s actually doing all this messed-up shit for his people, and you know how the rest of it goes. And then you have Anton that just wants his son to be like him. A twisted and power-hungry maniac with no actual substance to his ideology and motivation.

A driving scene with shooting
Image credit: Ubisoft

I mean when you have the president’s forces powering through Yara’s capitol and killing everyone on the draft list you’re going to start questing this whole thing. There’s evil and there’s just being a cartoon villain that does stuff just for the sake of being evil and insane I’m guessing. We need “grounded” insanity, which even the previous Far Cry antagonist achieved even though most people hated Father for some reason. Joseph Seed is a villain that you understand and you know why he’s so messed up in the head. We don’t really get this with Anton. And he was supposed to be this dark, manipulating, calculated psychopath that had a plan for every move you made against him.

Overall poor character writing

This Far Cry 6  villain had a lot of hype behind him. Hell, Ubisoft even went and hired Giancarlo Esposito to be his voice actor. All of the characters feel totally unreal, like they’re in a cheesy action movie from the 90s or something like that.

I can support Far Cry 6 and its whacky but entertaining gameplay. But when your characters and their motivations appear like something out of a cartoon, it kills the vibe. At least if its something that you care about. A lot of the time I didn’t take the story seriously. Most people do that with Far Cry games. So if you want your hero to be well-written with realistic behavior that goes against a twisted and corrupted villain that acts like an actual human tainted by power and greed instead of a Mr. Evil type character, you’re in for a bad time.

Conclusion

Listen, Far Cry 6 delivers the gameplay you wanted. It’s seamless, chaotic, and fun as hell. You won’t be bored no matter what you’re doing in Ubisoft’s best open-world to date. But Far Cry 6 really isn’t for anyone that’s looking for a compelling protagonist, intriguing story, and a presence-demanding villain.

Dani holding a weapon
Image credit: Ubisoft

On the other hand, do Far Cry fans even want anything but a big world full of things to shoot in all kinds of ways? I’m not sure, but now you know what kind of experience Far Cry 6 has in store for you with its gameplay and story/characters.

Anyone that likes the Far Cry formula is buying this game no matter what, but someone new to the franchise? Maybe if they’re into blowing people up with backpacks that launch rockets. I mean who wouldn’t like doing that anyway? It’s just a shame so many Far Cry 6 trailers focused on a story and villain that just weren’t all that memorable.

Where to buy Far Cry 6

The end of this Far Cry 6 PC review. So, you’re excited to try the latest Far Cry game but you’re not really don’t want to pay full price for it. After all, this is another triple-A game that was just released. Saving up every euro or dollar would be great, wouldn’t it?

That’s why you have us, fellow gamers. HRK Game is here to deliver discounts even for the most recent releases.  And while you’d normally pay full price for this game on many stores, HRK Game has an offer for you.

And since most fans of the franchise that made it to the end of this Far Cry 6 PC review want to buy this game, head on over to HRK Game and get the game for -18% off. Even Xbox players can get their hands on Far Cry 6 Gold Edition and Far Cry 6 Ultimate Edition as well which are also discounted.

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