Far Cry Primal Review – Queen Of The Stone Age

You can ride a bear in this.

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Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Format: PC, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: February 23, 2016
Copy provided by publisher

I have to hand it to Ubisoft. After Far Cry 4 played it safe and delivered more of the same to a tiresome degree, Far Cry Primal represents a dramatic departure in theme, adding new meat to an old skeleton. Though it is unmistakably Far Cry, Ubi’s prehistoric jaunt is exactly what the series needed to get its energy back.

Set in the fictional European valley of Oros, Primal takes us back to 10,000 BCE and into the loincloth of Takkar, a hunter from the beleaguered Wenja tribe. Beset on two sides by the cannibalistic Udam and zealous Izila, the Wenja struggle to eke out a living in a harsh world populated by predators and threatened by desperate conflict.

The narrative presentation is true to Far Cry‘s roots – melodramatic first-person cutscenes lead to missions that involve typical “protagonist gets captured a bunch” missions and the occasional trippy dream sequence – but exposition is a noticeable step up from previous games. I found myself drawn to the plight of not just the Wenja, but the fears and cultures of their antagonists as well, as Primal fully realizes a diverse cast of characters.

Supporting characters are numerous and likable, with their own silly quirks and humorous interludes, while the main villains are oddly sympathetic despite their initially cruel actions. The Udam leader, Ull, strikes a particularly resonant tone the more he’s encountered.

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A big part of the story’s success lies in how much effort’s gone into devising each of the three tribes. Drawing from Epipaleolithic inspirations, Primal does an impressive job of creating three very distinct factions in the Wenja, Udam, and Izila, each one boasting unique dress, architecture, and behaviors.

Even more remarkable is the script, which uses a fictional language built from the Proto-Indo-European tongue and boasts three distinct dialects for each tribe. This language (translated via subtitles, of course) is a huge part of what makes this story the best in the Far Cry series.

I was skeptical about my ability to root for stone-age people so readily, but Primal is fantastic at making its ancient characters relatable, as well as amusing – there’s a surprising amount of comedy, especially when Takkar is recruiting the more isolated and unstable Wenja personalities.

With Far Cry going Mesolithic, some dramatic changes have been made to the old formula – guns are out, with the traditional bow becoming a focal ranged weapon. There is a far greater emphasis on melee combat, with a brutal club that serves to be an unwieldy but powerful ally, and spears that can be thrown or thrust into the opposition.

I’ve got to say I find Primal‘s combat more gratifying than in any previous game. Takkar’s club feels perfectly ferocious, and battles are faster and more chaotic than ever before. That said, I would kill for some adequate blocking or dodging to accompany the melee offense – there’s just no suitable defensive moves when the clubs are out and swinging.

As Takkar unlocks new crafting abilities, a few liberties are taken with history in order to provide some exotic and fun sub-weapons – bombs that explode in a cloud of deadly bees, poisons that turn enemies against each other, and a range of fire-flavored armaments.

By far the most important new addition to the combat is Takkar’s Beast Master ability. Many prehistoric creatures roam Oros, ready to be hunted for skins and meats. A number of them can be tamed with bait and turned into lifelong allies, giving players the power to command lions, wolves, bears, and saber-toothed tigers.

Most importantly, you can ride some of them. It’s rather pleasing.

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From the lowly dhole to legendary boss creatures, these archaic beasties accompany Takkar and can attack enemies on command as well as provide potential passive bonuses. Bears draw aggro from opponents, while wolves extend the range of the minimap and growl when danger is close.

Takkar can also summon an owl at will, which players get to directly control, flying overhead to tag enemies, drop various bombs, or directly swoop down to murder somebody. Yes, it involves a suspension of disbelief to accept that this otherwise nonmagical cave man can see through the eyes of one random bird, but it’s fun to dig one’s talons into some post-Paleolithic prick’s face regardless.

These new toys are draped around an intensely familiar structure. Skill progression, crafting menus, and combat techniques such as takedowns all return from previous Far Cry games, but delivered in this new context they benefit from a genuine sense of freshness. Without the usual guns to fall back on, battles are more personal and vicious, while extra caution is needed when trying to engage from a distance.

You acquire power quickly and go from feeling like prey to predator, but you’re never allowed to feel invincible, and you’re always readily reminded this a world where everything’s trying to smash and/or eat you.

Animal companions cannot be relied on fully, as they may quickly become overwhelmed and will need healing with meat. Some enemies are able to launch poison bombs, or wield fire, and are more than capable of taking an unwitting player down in seconds. Predatory animals are abundant, moreso than in prior games, giving Oros a beautiful but ultimately perilous atmosphere.

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As is common for pretty much all Ubisoft games these days, Primal‘s sandbox of distractions is an absolutely overwhelming affair – stuffed full of nebulous content including collect-a-thons and repetitive side missions. There is a whole bunch of bonfires and encampments to capture in order to unlock fast travel points, and you’ll be expected to gather a ton of resources in the wild to craft useful gear.

Far Cry‘s religious adherence to busywork makes for a cluttered world map and the sense you’re chipping into a mountain with a plastic spoon, especially as it takes some time to work out what tasks are worth pursuing and what one’s aren’t.

There are most certainly some great side activities to indulge in off the beaten path, including brilliant hunting missions that see Takkar tracking and taming Oros’ most dangerous animals, and a number of fun optional quests given out by important Wenja tribespeople.

Even with all the content padding, Primal is so much more engaging than past releases thanks to a memorable environment that’s vastly entertaining to explore. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the settings for Far Cry 3 and 4 anymore, having found nothing truly lasting about them. By contrast, Oros is a rich land full of distinct areas and terrain that one grows to fondly regard as home.

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The Wenja village, in particular, is wonderful to watch grow, as Takkar gathers materials to upgrade specialists’ huts and draw more people to the fold.

It helps that you just don’t see worlds like this often in the big budget gaming space. Free to explore a rarely tapped vein of creativity, Ubisoft has created a striking and special place. It makes a change from drab cities and war-torn jungles.

Primal is an eminently pretty game both in terms of the artistic and technical, though some bugs get in the way of things. I encountered nothing game-breaking, mostly physics glitches that saw characters floating in the air or clipping through solid objects. The bugs I witnessed were funny more than aggravating, even if they did spoil the mood sometimes.

In addition to the great linguistic work and authentic vocal performances, sound factors heavily overall into Primal‘s world building. The way clubs smash into skulls or big cats scream in the woods makes for a damn evocative presentation. Combined with beautiful character animations (the look of shock on an enemy’s face before it’s bashed in is incredible) and a colorful backdrop, the audiovisual production is stellar.

Ubisoft’s latest open world dalliance can’t quite shake all the shackles that made Far Cry 4 a dreary affair, but the dramatic switch to prehistory and the associated gameplay elements easily balance out those wider series shortcomings. The Stone Age was a bold move, and the gamble’s paid off in spades, delivering an action-adventure game that gets its cake and eats it too – treading well-charted ground while being able to look and feel completely unique.

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Far Cry Primal is a great example of trying new things in a smart and relatively safe manner, demonstrating how a popular series can keep itself invigorated.

While other venerable franchises like Call of Duty are afraid to challenge themselves and make only halfhearted gestures toward invention, Primal plots a course through uncharted waters with a battle-tested vessel and actually commits to making its new ideas more than vapid window dressing.

The result?

You can ride on a goddamn bear.

Enough said.

8.5/10
Great

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Positive review for a free copy of the game. Go figure

Benj
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Benj

OMG his opinion has been bought by being provided with the tools essential to carry out his job! Conspiracy!

Alejandro Gorgal
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Alejandro Gorgal

Or maybe…I dont know, he liked the game?

disqus_pRi3bGdpC4
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disqus_pRi3bGdpC4

Non-sensical comment from someone nobody cares about. Go figure.

sabretooth1971 .
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sabretooth1971 .

please leave the site

Ces
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Ces

the review he posted before this was also of a game played with a free copy and he gave it 5/10 along with a pretty unflattering review calling it boring.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Layers of Fear which is made by a small studio and in beta. Big whoop if he pissed them off. He gave Unravel a 4/10… Funny thing is he wasn’t given that game for free. Plus it’s metacritic score is 80

Jordan Doyle
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Jordan Doyle

Maybe, just maybe… They were bad games and this one isn’t. *GASP*

Huttj509
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Huttj509

He gave Mad Max a low score. Your point is invalid.

(I can’t believe that’s actually relevant, I feel dirty)

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Look at the Mad Max review. Copy Purchased. Makes my point very valid.

Even Luck
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Even Luck

Look at his Dragon Quest Heroes review, copy purchased.
Makes everyone else’s point very valid.
http://www.thejimquisition.com/2015/10/dragon-quest-heroes-the-world-trees-woe-and-the-blight-below-review/

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

My point is when he purchases the game he is just a gamer giving an honest review. When he is given a copy from the publisher he gives it an unusually positive review because he wants the page clicks for early reviews.

Even Luck
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Even Luck

That literally does not make any sense whatsoever.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

He did give Black Ops 3 a poor review (copy provided) so please show me a new Activision game since then they provided.

Even Luck
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Even Luck

You just said: “When he is given a copy from the publisher he gives it an unusually positive review because he wants the page clicks for early reviews.”

And I just showed you a review where he gave a game that was provided to him negative marks.

That’s a little contrary to your statement, is it not?

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

No because Activision hasn’t given him any free games after his negative Black Ops 3 review. So he may have done an honest review but he burned his bridge with Activision

Even Luck
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Even Luck

And yet he still gets game copies from Ubisoft even after that Assassin’s Creed Unity review which was over a year ago. .

Also, Activision haven’t released any major games since Black Ops III. Just a rerelease of Pitfall and another Skylanders game.

You’re not gaining any ground here.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Odd how he was given a copy of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Maybe Primal is his last shot with Ubisoft and he gave them exactly what they wanted.

Even Luck
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Even Luck

Well, if you truly believe your speculative garbage, you’re not convincing anyone.

Triple777
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Triple777

BLOPS 3 just came out not too long ago you dumbass. And this isn’t the first COD game he negatively reviewed

KaoTeK
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KaoTeK

Yeah to get all that juicy ad revenue.

Oh wait there’s no ads on this site…

Belsameth
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Belsameth

Lol. Go buy some tinfoil. Also, pageviews are mostly important when running adds. Guess what this site doesn’t have…

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Yes because a glowing review paid for by a Publisher isn’t advertising it’s new game

Jim Sterling
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Haha, fuck off.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

What you want to censor a critic. Odd I hope you have made several videos talking against that.

Jim Sterling
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Amazing.

Bakimono
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Bakimono

Sir, you are disrespecting this distinguished critic giving point for point critical review of your review…

I mean, clearly, all one has to do to be a critic is go on social media and say things like “you suck” and laughing them off is very, very clearly censorship.

Also there should be a sarcasm font.

wvstolzing
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wvstolzing

> Also there should be a sarcasm font.

Comic Sans, maybe?

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

A disqus commenter is hardly a critic. If you want to start a discussion on ethics in game journalism, go ahead. Provoking people in order to get a reaction is a bit pathetic, even for an attention seeker.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Anyone is a critic if they critique something. I didn’t saw I was a patreon fueled youtube personality, who gets paid for reviews

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

If Jim is so bloody corrupt, why do you bother with him? I mean, I’m sure he got a Lamborgini for his glowing review… Being super corrupt and evil , Jim really doesn;t need your attention/ Just go away and let us be EVIIRU together with Jim 😛

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Because I know he is better than this. Did you even read this “review”. It simply tells you about all the features of the game. He doesn’t really say anything negative because he probably signed some “Shadow of Mordor” contract to give it a glowing review.

raphsere
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raphsere

Ok, I’m now convinced you’re either a troll or a crazy man with a tinfoil hat.

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

Don’t you think your blind hatred for the franchise is clouding your judgement? How do you know it’s not a good game anyway ? If you really have played the game, write a decent rebuttal. I always find that the stronger argument wins, if it’s presented properly. Go ahead, I’m waiting. If your rebuttal is good, I’ll personally help you promote it.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

I don’t have a blind hated for the Far Cry series. However this quick entry doesn’t even remotely look like a near perfect game

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Wait. 8.5 = near perfect?

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Oh cool, more retardation in the comments. I thought Unravel would burn us out longer than this.

Even Luck
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Even Luck
Look, you seem to be new here, so I’ll cut you some slack. But people don’t like it when others try to desperately discredit critics through…….disingenuous means. Just because you found some strange correlation between the tone of the review and the fact Mr. Sterling got the copy for free (which is how all of the other reviewers got their game, too) does not imply a connection between the two. Believe whatever you want, but we’ve gotten comments like yours for years, and we’re always gonna respond the same way. We’ll probably continue getting comments like yours for years to… Read more »
Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Just because IGN and others do reviews like this doesn’t mean they aren’t paid for reviews. Jim could buy his games so he can give honest reviews and not have some backdoor contracts restraining him.

Even Luck
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Even Luck

I still don’t see why you think that’s the case, honey, but whatever.

Ivan Sorensen
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Ivan Sorensen

DId you escape from Reddit?
This is like prime gator copy-pasta.

Milo Pilkington
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Milo Pilkington

Telling someone to fuck off isn’t censorship, it’s just telling you to fuck off 🙂

Anton
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Anton

Yes, you’re clearly censored.

“Censored” means the comment is not deleted and clearly visible, right?

galactix100
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galactix100

You’ve not actually critiqued anything though. You’ve just levelled a baseless accusation against someone.

George Hornsby
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George Hornsby

Guys, it is rare to see such a prehistoric creature in the wild, try not to scare him off. Like the crocodile he hasn’t evolved for many years, however as his natural 4chan habitat is under threat he must try to integrate with a new environment. Remember he is more scared of you than you are of him…

Even Luck
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Even Luck

Ah, there we go. Gotta have at least one of these on each review or else the universe will collapse.

Nightic
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Nightic

Wait, people like you still exist? How quaint!

Anton
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Anton

They’re like cockroaches; they will outlive us all.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

You mean people with basic observational skills. Yes we do still exist

Jonathan Roth
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Jonathan Roth

Observational skills don’t help much when they’re filtered through paranoid conspiracy logic.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

Or blind fanboy logic

Jonathan Roth
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Jonathan Roth

And there’s the paranoia.

Steven Smith
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Steven Smith

I don’t think that word means, what you think it means

Jonathan Roth
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Jonathan Roth

Well you did just dismiss me as a fanboy in an instant. Same behavior I see from conspiracy theorists dismissing critics as “paid shills in the pockets of big whatever”.

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Yes, you have basic observation skills, and they are only that. Basic. Now when it comes to critical thinking…. Not so sure.

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

Come on Steven u should know Jim Sterling better than that. Besides this dispute – the general consensus across the video game community is that’s its around a 8/10.

Bakimono
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Bakimono

Because clearly there’s no way he actually just thought the game was decent and judged it accordingly without buying it himself.

Does this mean that I don’t actually love my phone because it was provided by my service provider?

Reclusiarch Reclu
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Reclusiarch Reclu

Dude, Jim ended in various publishers’ black lists because of his reviews and/or opinions about their practices/products, which weren’t favorable to them. You seriously believe that he just now is starting to favor them for some free copies?

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

Is it even possible to cram this much retardation into a single human brain?

Belsameth
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Belsameth

Donald Trump.

Benj
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Benj

Never mind all that bollocks. The important thing I want to know is… are there radio towers to climb?

Mandarine
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Mandarine

Wouldn’t be surprised if there were little wooden towers with drums, or special places with smoking fires…

Belsameth
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Belsameth

Nope. Bonfires to conquer instead.

Bilal Ahmed
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Bilal Ahmed

Jim why don’t you do video reviews? You’ve got the charisma for it. You can do it just like the jimquisition plus you can just copy the script from the written review you just wrote and convert it to video form. I used to like reading articles but now a days I’ve gotten used to watching video reviews.

Sammich
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Sammich

Probably because it would take too much time to edit together the video on top of playing the game and writing the review. That’s quite a lot of work for a one-man band.

disqus_pRi3bGdpC4
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disqus_pRi3bGdpC4

It would be another source of money though, I’d gladly watch ads to get these in video form

Sammich
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Sammich

Jim’s also said that he doesn’t want to run ads on the main site.

Though I agree with you that video reviews would be cool. Maybe Jim could think of it as an option for games he really loves (or hates)

Anton
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Anton

Wow, and just as I thought that Ubisoft had been completely played out. This gives me hope that maybe they can freshen up the AC series as well.

Ahh, who am I kidding….

Tom Solearis Berecz
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Tom Solearis Berecz

Great to see a review embargo before an actual release of a game. Thank you for the review sir! Might give this one a whirl after reading your review.

Paul Barnes
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Paul Barnes

How’s the performance Jim? I loved FC3, Blood Dragon less so (amazing setting, poor execution) and FC4 didn’t stand out to me – but the always looked great visually. Is it particularly demanding?

MyBodyIsReady
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MyBodyIsReady

The classic Ubisoft map of busywork is what’s stopping me from buying this. The Division has one too

Anton
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Anton

To be fair, Ubi games generally allow you to ignore it if you’re so inclined. The sheer abundance of options means that you’re not obligated to grind every single upgrade path.

But still, you’re right, the amount of sheer mechanical repetition in these things is staggering.

Father
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Father

I was able to get a copy today and so far I’m having a blast!

PowerSerg
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It’s like being a real historic game only your white because you have to be white it is video games after all.

Germanicus
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Germanicus

You’re.

Bakimono
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Bakimono

I do believe that if the story takes place in what is now europe they would have, indeed, been white / Caucasian but I suppose it wouldn’t have hurt much to be more inclusive.

Chloride
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Chloride

If you go back 10,000 years Europe basically had several different “ethnic” groups.

This included the predecessors of Germans, the brown-haired, blue-eyed and dark skinned people from Turkey, and by extension Middle East, smaller groups of paler and more “asian” red- and blonde-haired people from current Russia and Siberia (part predecessors of the Sami and some Ugric nations) and the fairer skinned, brown-eyed future agrarians that crossed from Asia after the earlier hunter-gatherers.

In 10,000BC there most likely weren’t any people in Europe who could be considered completely “white” by current standards.

Mandarine
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Mandarine
It should be noted that we don’t have the slightest clue what skin and hair colour was prevalent back then, as obviously no records with detailed descriptions survived from over 10000 years ago. And on the other hand, we do have Roman records of what could be described as the “Hollywood European” among the Germanic tribes (especially being relatively tall for their time – considering that we today have probably more than a quarter metre on average in height). Last but not least we should consider that humans back then lived basically in a survival camp their whole short lives.… Read more »
Chloride
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Chloride

You’re right on everything but the thing about skin and hair colour. Historians and biologists have an increasingly realiable idea about those things that comes mostly from research of genes and science performed on very, very specific cases of old (not 10,000 years old though) bodies.

This combined with standard anthropological, genetic and linguistic study has given us an idea about the increasingly diverse (as in we know more about it) history of European migration including the most-likely-not-fair-skinned origins of the “Hollywood European” Germans.

PowerSerg
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They might have been, white. Becoming white sort of happened as we adapted to things and moved further but it wasn’t until we dug deeper and stuff. At least that is the current science we all started black and this is a cavish man so he would likely be a dark skin color perhaps not black but likely darker skinned. More so from the exposure to the sun being constant and what not.

Germanicus
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Germanicus

Takkar doesn’t look totally white, he appears to have mediterranean features, black hair and olive skin. The first female character you meet looks to be of white/black mixed race. The shaman you meet soon after is black. So your attempt to somehow insinuate that Ubisoft have a racist agenda is totally incorrect.

PowerSerg
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My bad, I’ll look at all the not white Ubisoft protags, the huge amount of them. It’s always about historic accuracy and what not but here we don’t have that. White people, at least looking at what current thoughts are weren’t around in the stone age. They came into being later but I mean it could be wrong. All I’m saying is that they would say if this was London be like “It has to be a white guy.” I’m not saying they are racist I’m saying maybe it shouldn’t have been a white guy. Maybe this was the game… Read more »
UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

Incidentally, has anyone else in the EU PSN experienced payment errors of late? It seems like once every quarter PSN glitches out for around a week… Any tips for fixing this in time for Primal would be greatly appreciated

person
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person

How long is the main campaign of this game? I was put off by AC: Rogue which had half as many interesting main quests as other Ac games but just as many boring side quests (or more) to pad the play time out. How long does this game take to complete if you ignore the padding?

artisticMink
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artisticMink

I feel like they just jumped on the Ark / Steam Survival Game bandwagon. But i might give it a try. Even if i can’t shave the bears. That’s a minus.

ChoberiGudenswager
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ChoberiGudenswager

This review is great and all, but, how do you unlock the map?

Poop .Stink
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Poop .Stink

Prehistoric radio towers (trees)

Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

Campfires it seems.

Poop .Stink
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Poop .Stink

Boo 🙁

Germanicus
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Germanicus

Might give this a go, Far Cry 4 was just dull, I gave up on it after half an hour.

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

Maybe it’s just me but it seems like it’s been a year since the last grand AAA failure (Order 1886)? It’s almost as though there’s hardly a reason to be cynical about AAA lately. This really looks like the 2nd strong and kinda innovative UBI release in the last 3 months 🙂 (R6 being the first)

Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

Depends on what you consider failure.

Order 1886 was an extreme one in disappointing content and reception, but if we’re talking misleading customers (to a point) and failing to communicate clearly what the product is: Early Access, while asking a full price,

Street Fighter was last week.^^

With misleading customers I mean that looking at the storepage on Steam they talk about some features being released later, they do NOT mention which and you have to get the info of what state the game’s in right now elsewhere.

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek
The state of the release is a separate issue for me. All games I played last year failed to optimize in one way or another. And while this is super-subjective, I personally don’t feel like release issues took away from my enjoyment of said games. The sad reality is that patching sprawling open worlds like the Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 is much easier than quality control before the release. The street fighter thing is another thing entirely. Some AAA devs are flirting with the concept of early access without understanding why we like early access in the first place.… Read more »
Gorantharon
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Gorantharon
Why is it a separate issue? I see the same hubris there. The order 1886 devs where convinced that the cinematic experience would carry their short, no replay, full AAA price, but rather pedestrian cover shooter. It didn’t. Capcom is convinced that pleasing the hardcore tournament crowd is worth enough,so that they don’t need to put a big “not finished and your peripherals won’t work (likely)” warning on their product, when many people only or mainly play the arcade modes of those games. Even worse, by not supporting common fight sticks they even pissed off the players they aimed to… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!

I found the lack of stick support genuinely hilarious.

Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

One part of me iss laughing my ass off.

Another’s mad with rage that obvioulsy not one person with any reason was taking a look at that or being listened to.

At least all of those fuckers don’t work in any seriously important parts of society I guess.

UncleBartek
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UncleBartek

I would argue that the difference is kinda significant. With Street Fighter you still have a large group of people who are having fun with it. Underneath all the blunders you still have a good fighting game with good mechanics etc.

The Order was a defective product through and through and no one was happy with the value proposition.

However, I have to reiterate that I’m an incredibly casual and sucky fighting game player 😛 you might have a much worse experience because of reasons I cant even begin to comprehend 😛

Sielanas
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Sielanas

Jim has a connection with the cannibal. Not sure if I should be reading anything into that.

Belsameth
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Belsameth

I don’t think its a secret that he enjoys the taste of meat… :p

Even Luck
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Even Luck

Seems like a lot of other reviewers think otherwise, in terms of story, but it looks interesting enough for me to try.
In about two years when my backlog is finished.

Mandarine
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Mandarine

Well, it’ll be a heck of a lot cheaper then. For example, I recently got Far Cry 3 (or was it 4?) in a Humble Bundle for less than two cinema tickets. And considering that cinema here is absolute garbage because I have to put up with garbage-ified translations, that was a pretty sweet deal…

Alan the Reborn Penguin King!!
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Alan the Reborn Penguin King!!

I’m glad they took a risk and it seems to have paid off. Innovation is in short supply in the AAA market. Although I’d be interested to see how much the success of ARK influenced Ubisoft’s willingness to proceed with this

Zotamedu
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Zotamedu

The timeline doesn’t really fit ARK being an influence. Ubisoft revealed Primal a couple of months after ARK released their first early access version. That’s not nearly enough time to do much of anything. They must have worked with this for quite some time before that. They started developing this straight after Far Cry 4 was released so Ubisoft must have greenlit this back in 2014.

AlreadyFlying
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AlreadyFlying

Could this have been a short game, like Blood Dragon? I thought it was a bold move to position this game as a full AAA priced title when previous launches of experimental ideas were $15 – $20 titles. Is it padded out?

Alan Baxter
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Alan Baxter

Nice review Jim, it’s good to see the big publishers occasionally trying something new. One quick question: I realise, you reviewed the PS4 version but does the PC version still require Uplay to be installed and run? I stopped buying ubisoft games after a bad experience with Far Cry 3

Chris
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Chris

Is Far Cry Primal out already? That angry commenter below seems to have already played it since he thinks your review is wrong…

Al Pi
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Al Pi

I don’t think I’ve ever seen you have a review up before anyone else. Did you accidentally break an embargo?

Jim Sterling
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Actually this went up 13 minutes after embargo because I overslept. 🙂

Al Pi
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Al Pi

Well, I’m glad you won’t be suffering the ire of Ubisoft. 🙂

Mandarine
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Mandarine

Be glad that you live in the US and thus don’t have to deal with the America-centric view regarding time zones of those companies. Nothing like having to put out your content two days after the buzz is already over, because the company decided a separate European embargo based on the European release date would be a smooth thing…

Although, luckily, these things happen less and less. Especially with more companies dropping regional release dates.

Sidrat Flush
Guest

I wish TV shows would be aired with less of an air date gap. Bones especially is a series I enjoy watching, but can’t be on twitter with the cast live tweeting through the Eastern time zone airing and spoiling the episode for every other non US fan.

Thankfully I’m not usually awake at that time as often, but it’s still annoying.

qqq
Guest
qqq

“Far Cry Primal is a great example of trying new things in a
smart and relatively safe manner, demonstrating how a popular series can
keep itself invigorated.”

What the flying fucc ? The game tries exactly zero things and lol, invigorated. By treading the exact same gamedesign and goals ? By having identical structure to the last two games ? Seems a different paing colour and slight change in some game elements even if they serve the exact same function as before is enough for some less adequate reviewers today to be succesfull. Jesus.

Jim Sterling
Guest

Grow a spine and say “fuck.”

Fuck.

It’s not that hard.

qqq
Guest
qqq

Didn’t know i could. Other sites censor bad words or put them on pending. Fuck.

Sielanas
Guest
Sielanas

This is clearly not “other sites”.

Bakimono
Guest
Bakimono

Fuck shit piss cocksucker motherfucker.

There, demonstrated that this, indeed, is not “other sites” Carlin style.

Al Pi
Guest
Al Pi

You missed “[♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]” and “tits.”

Bakimono
Guest
Bakimono

That’s actually a reference to George Carlin.

wvstolzing
Guest
wvstolzing

The ‘heavy seven’ in order:

Shit, piss, fuck, [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫], cocksucker, motherfucker, tits.

Sidrat Flush
Guest

shit is higher than [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫] and cocksucker and tits is even on the list?

wvstolzing
Guest
wvstolzing

I should have mentioned that they aren’t ordered as to ‘heaviness’.

It’s the sequence that sounds most melodious to Carlin’s ear. He explains thus: https://goo.gl/PwjsAz

The accents are supposed to go like this:
tam – tam – tam – tam | TAM – ta – ta – ta – ta – ta – ta | TAM

Sidrat Flush
Guest

Ahh I see.

Sinjun Balabanoff
Guest

Did you play the game? Do you have anything at all to backup all that hyperbole?

Chris Mitchell
Guest
Chris Mitchell

Said the idiot who hasn’t played it to the veteran games reviewer who has played it.

William Dehaas
Guest
William Dehaas

Do people realize how difficult it can be to take anything they write seriously when it looks like the above? Why the fuck are you even here, “Triple-q”? Ran out of things to wank to between Destiny pvp matches?

Sir Bummington
Guest
Sir Bummington

How was the frame rates , resolutions and all that shizzle?

Gorantharon
Guest
Gorantharon

I’d really like to know.

minty_viper
Guest
minty_viper

At first glance it seemed to me just to be a tacked on expansion to far cry 3 and 4 that was being drawn out into a full game just to charge $60, I am glad that it is able to stand on it’s own two feet as a staple of the franchise.

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