With the game being scheduled to release on the 23rd of February for Xbox One and PS4, PC getting it on the 1st of March, Far Cry Primal gets a new trailer showing characters and story elements. Nonetheless, even amidst all the hype surrounding the stone-age FPS game, some gamers are still somewhat skeptical in regards to the game’s gameplay elements and story.
Far Cry Primal does seem to tear itself apart from previous installments in the franchise by a rather significant margin. This new game is almost completely different to Far Cry 3 and 4, considering that Far Cry 4 was more or less a reskin of Far Cry 3. But by doing this, the new game seems to lack an interesting antagonist.
The story still puts you in charge of a group of people with the goal of protecting them and ensuring their triumph over their enemies. This is similar to how Far Cry 3 did with the Rakyat and Far Cry 4 did with the Golden Path. Things are still more or less the same.
Players were able to play FC 3 and 4 extensively because of their main antagonists, Vaas and Pagan Min. But due to the fact that this new game is set in the stone age, some people are wondering how you can create a compelling main bad guy if he is basically a neanderthal. Hopefully, by removing the emphasis from the antagonist and putting it on the main character that you play as, you will actually be placed in the shoes of an interesting and complex character.
That would be a breath of fresh air, if one would take into account that Ajai Ghale from FC 4 was nothing more than a cardboard cut-out or a pair of pants that the player wore in order to experience the beauty of Kyrat. In FC 3 on the other hand, Jason Brody actually had a character arc, transforming from a rich kid into a homicidal maniac with severe mental disorders, unsurprisingly so, given the fact that over the course of the game you kill thousands of people.
Another issue that might rear its ugly head in Far Cry Primal might be in the form of its gameplay. The current gaming market has started to become over saturated with open world games. The effects of this phenomenon could have been easily spotted when looking at Just Cause 3, an incredible game held back by the fact that it was an open-world one in the midst of tens of other similar games.
Even if Far Cry Primal gets a new trailer showing characters and story elements, it will be interesting to see if replacing normal weapons like guns and rocket launchers with clubs, bows and animals will entice gamers enough to invest hours upon hours into the game. Another interesting question revolves around how Ubisoft will manage to put yet another radio tower element into its game, just like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs and basically almost every game that came out of that studio.