Far Cry 5 has officially been unveiled, with the series focusing in on a fictionalised group of murderous far-right fanatics. It's a bold choice, one that's seen some series fans longing for simpler times - times when Far Cry was about getting questionable tattoos and being offered plates of Crab Rangoon.
Just over a year ago, I published a video presenting my theory on how all the Far Cry games might be connected.
Food's alright really, isn't it? It tastes nice, stops us from dying and helps keep TV chefs from getting into trouble - let's face it, Gordon Ramsay would just be an angry man yelling in a bus shelter if it weren't for the food industry.
Given how frequently video game characters take damage, you'd think most developers would be medical experts by now. Sadly, that couldn't be farther from the truth; you only need glance at some of the healing methods in video games to know that something is rotten in the hospitals of Denmark.
With the exception of a few characters from Far Cry 3 popping up in Far Cry 4's Kyrat, the general assumption is that each Far Cry game stands alone, lacking any significant narrative links. The thing is, I'm a massive Far Cry nerd and, after noticing numerous subtle details in Far Cry 4 that seemed to reference past games and characters, I decided to dig a bit deeper. After wading through the endless swamp of online speculation, I've got a pretty solid theory (I think) that not only ties the whole series together, but also points us toward a possible setting for Far Cry 5.
It doesn't take much more than a cursory glance at the pastiness of my skin or the way I flinch at the words "team sports" to realise I have never been a fan of the great outdoors. Nature seems a little bit too adept at making terrible things happen to adequate people for my liking, and video games seem to agree.
Ah, good old permadeath - who isn't a fan of when a beloved family member or pet passes of this mortal coil, never to return again? It's great in video games too, as Far Cry 4's new DLC, Escape from Durgesh Prison, proves. In this new slice of open world action, you're given 30 minutes to reach a goal, your success in side missions helping unlock new tools to help boost your chances. Die, though, and that's it - there's no coming back. Just like that time my cat had a spinal embolism!
If there's one thing better than playing video games it's talking about them, and fewer games in recent years have had the ability to tell yarns quite as good as those spun by Far Cry 3. Quick-fire follow-up Far Cry 4 is an even better story generator, it seems, as Aoife Wilson attests having come back with an extended hands-on complete with tales of wrestling bears and clumsy companions. Far Cry fan Ian Higton quizzed her on the time she spent with the game, and you can see the results of all that below.
Far Cry 3 veterans will recognise Far Cry 4's familiar gameplay loops of commandeering vehicles, hunting animals, climbing towers and liberating outposts, but there are new bits too. Take Far Cry 4's new karmic levelling system, which awards you karma points for good deeds and deducts them when you are a jerk.
Far Cry's multiplayer has, in the past, had the capacity to something a little bit special, so it's no wonder whenever Ian Higton's had a chance to speak to the developers of Far Cry 4 he's hassled them about how that part of the game is going to take shape. They're yet to fully reveal what it'll involve - and they've kindly refrained from getting a restraining order from Ian - but they did let slip that it'll be asymmetrical multiplayer.
Far Cry 4 looks very much like more of the same, which is a slight disappointment from a series that's always done a wonderful job of reinventing itself with each new entry, but at least it has one new and very exciting feature in co-op play. Aoife went to go and play through some of the campaign and chat to the developers recently, which all went awfully well. Playing co-op with another person, though, less so. Have a look at what happened below, and get some helpful tips on how not to be an absolutely dreadful partner in Far Cry 4.
Hello, Eurogamers! Welcome to your weekly selection of videos from Outside Xbox, where this week we've focused on job efficacy. Take the legendary Kyrati warrior you play as in Far Cry 4's Shangri-La side missions, for instance, he's very good at what he does. He slows time with his bow and arrow, sics white tigers on demons, and spins prayer wheels to restore peace and good times.
Now that the annualisation of Assassin's Creed isn't quite enough for Ubisoft, which is pushing ahead with two new games in the series this year, is Far Cry the next to be subsumed by the development churn? Far Cry 4's come relatively quickly after Far Cry 3 - which was, of course, brilliant - but there's some small concern it's a quick reskin, especially given the series' appetite for reinvention with previous iterations.
Way back a couple of weeks ago in Cologne, Ian Higton spent some time wandering around in a drug-fuelled haze brandishing all sorts of unwieldy weapons. And in the game.
It's been a while since Far Cry 4 was announced, and we've yet to hear much on its multiplayer. UNTIL NOW! Ian Higton met up with game director Alex Hutchinson earlier on today, and wouldn't let him go until he told him about how exactly online competitive play will work in the new game. You'll see the full details in the video below.
Welcome to your weekly videoblast from Outside Xbox. This week we played Far Cry 4 in the triumphant return of the Far Cryathlon, our digital sporting challenge par excellence. The event this time is a fortress liberation challenge: each contestant is assigned a liberation method and the quickest to liberate the Ratu Gadhi fortress is the winner. Expect mortars, elephant rampages and many, many explosions in this new Far Cry 4 gameplay.
Hi Eurogamers, welcome to your pick of the week's best videos from outsidexbox.com. This week, we decompressed after the mayhem of E3 and realised not everything we expected to see actually turned up to that games industry bunfight.
In more than 50 years of broadcasting, Dr Ian Higtonborough has circled the globe to document the living world in all its majestic wonder. Now, in the landmark series Kyrat Life, he goes in search of the animals in Far Cry 4. Dr Ian Higtonborough's Kyrat Life is told with stunning photography, state of the art visual effects and the captivating charm of the internet's favourite naturalist.
Ubisoft's online store appears to have inadvertently revealed a few story snippets for the recently announced Far Cry 4.
A now-deleted paragraph (still available in Google's cache of the page) revealed the player character's name and why exactly it is you'll be trekking round the Himalayas.
This time, it seems, you're not a bratty American teen on holiday.