From the wilderness of Montana to the frozen peaks of the Himalayas, the Far Cry franchise has taken players around the world for action-packed adventures. Far Cry 6 continues the series’ trademark of delivering a massive open-world playground where players fight for control against a powerful villain. While the dark story is at times in stark contrast to the goofy side content and characters, Far Cry 6 fires on all cylinders to deliver one of the best games of the series.
Far Cry 6 is a non-stop thrilling ride from start to finish, with a wide variety of activities to pursue in its massive open world. The main missions often focus on infiltrating enemy-controlled territory to undermine the rule of Antón Castillo, the ruthless dictator of the fictional Caribbean nation of Yara. Whether you’re blowing up Castillo’s fuel tanks, burning down his plantations or taking out valuable targets, Far Cry 6 offers a variety of action-packed ways to overthrow the ruling regime.
True to the series, Far Cry 6 allows you to play your way. The strong shooting mechanics allowed me to easily string together headshots with my suppressed rifle as I moved through an area undetected. If I screw up a kill and the enemy caught my presence, the solid firefight works well in the chaos of a firefight.
Mostly I used standard rifles, pistols and shotguns (all of which are customizable). You also have access to unique unlockable Resolver weapons (special weapons with unique abilities and attributes) and Supremos (ultimate abilities that work on cooldown), which add a ton of firepower to your repertoire. I preferred to use stealthy tactics whenever possible, so I loved carrying a Resolver nail gun for silent takedowns. However, I was also happy to have a Supremo with target missiles on hand to take out armored tanks and pesky helicopters.
If you want to get away from the main story for a while, the huge and extraordinarily beautiful island of Yara offers great variety and seemingly never-ending side content. Bringing down military checkpoints, firing anti-aircraft guns, and helping characters with side missions are all extremely satisfying ways to push Castillo’s empire toward erosion. Despite Yara’s sheer size, getting to your next destination is easy thanks to summonable vehicles and a wingsuit; you can even fly with an airdrop on fast travel points to fly fast in any direction.
While you can approach most situations however you want, sometimes the AI hinders your plans. Sometimes enemies ignore nearby dead bodies, while other times they had a seemingly supernatural perception of my presence. Coupled with uneven levels of difficulty and sometimes unforgiving checkpoints, these inconsistencies lead to frustrating moments in an otherwise excellent experience.
Narrative, Far Cry 6 kicks off with a punch to the stomach. As Dani Rojas you have a one way ticket outside Yara. After things go south through a series of emotional scenes, Dani joins the Resistance. As a member of Libertad, Dani’s primary job is to recruit other guerrillas with the ultimate goal of dethroning Yara’s bloodthirsty dictator.
Giancarlo Esposito, van Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian fame, masterfully portrays President Castillo. Though he only appears in cutscenes between main story missions, his presence looms large thanks to regularly played propaganda speeches, giant billboards with his face and his name at the center of most conversations. In Far Cry’s rich annals of fantastic opponents, Castillo stands among the most threatening. But Castillo isn’t the only notable villain, as he surrounds himself with really despicable people I couldn’t wait to take a chance on.
The rest of the cast is memorable and Dani is arguably the best Far Cry protagonist yet. However, for every authentic character, there is another who is a caricature. These borderline cartoonish people are especially shocking in a story that revolves around a bloody revolution. You see a lot of terrible things happening to both good and bad people, and Far Cry 6 still struggles with the precarious balancing act of telling a dark, serious story and delivering the carefree thrills players have come to expect from the franchise.
The dissonance between the two sides of Far Cry has always been a challenge to reconcile, but Far Cry 6 handles this better than most of the entries in the series. A lot of crazy missions and storylines have been relegated to side content and player choice; if you don’t want to free a group of hostages using a CD launching rifle next to a cute sausage dog named Chorizo, you don’t have to.
Far Cry 6 is an immersive open world action game from start to finish. The main storyline is exciting and I’ve never been short of side content to enjoy. Far Cry 6 isn’t revolutionary in its performance, but it executes the franchise’s formula better than any of its previous entries.