Far Cry Primal’s look back at the Ice Age starts off as an intimidating place to live, but once you’ve tooled up a bit, the land will bend at your will – especially when you have a pet Sabre-toothed tiger by your side – but if you crave that feeling of struggling against the odds, striving out as the early cave men may have done, then Far Cry Primal’s new survival mode will certainly tick those boxes.
The free patch is available now and strips the game of its minimap and forces you to pay more attention to your surroundings – scavenging properly for resources and hunting the old-fashioned way – not relying on your hunter abilities to highlight everything. To add to your torment, you must now manage a stamina bar and rest up in between physical exertion – thankfully you still have your beastmaster skills, although the pets have reduced health and can not be revived!
For the ultimate survival experience switch on permadeath – how far can you get?
Here’s a handy infographic of the new mode and what you can expect from its mutators…
If you mention Far Cry Primal to some people you might get the response, been there, done that and got the t-shirt but life in the stone-age is about to get a whole lot harder. Ubisoft have announced that a free patch is coming to Far Cry Primal on April 12th titled Survivor Mode. Survival Mode will bring key changes to the exploration, crafting, and difficulty of the game to make it even more realistic. It doesn’t stop there though and alongside the key changes there will also be other options the player can activate to further intensify the game.
Here is a quick overview of some of the features coming to with the update:
Permadeath – if you want real realism then this is the mode for you. Full permadeath means its game over if you die, no second chances (except in vision missions, which aren’t “real”). If that seems just too real then you can select the second-chance option that will give you one backup life. This life can however be replenished at certain checkpoints within the game.
A stamina gauge has been added making Takkar slower and weaker when it runs out, and forcing him to sleep in order to replenish it.
The minimap is now turned off by default, and the fog of war has been strengthened, lessening the amount of the map you reveal as you explore.
The amount of humans and animals you encounter while you explore has been reduced meaning hunting now takes time and patience.
Fast Travel now consumes food and stamina so use it wisely.
The animals you can tame are now less powerful and the most powerful beasts like sabretooths and bears, will not let themselves be tamed so easily. You’re going to have to fight them up to the moment that they are at half-life, then bait them and tame them.
If animals that you have tamed die, they are now gone for good. You still have a chance to save them but this will make you think twice on your strategy especially with the legendary beasts like the Bloodfang Sabretooth, once they are dead they are gone for good.
Takkar has also been tweaked in a few ways:
He can no longer rain remote-control death on foes using his owl, for example.
Crafting ammo now takes a few seconds rather than instantaneous.
He’s more susceptible to cold, which increases his dependency on fire, and makes crafting cold-weather gear a top priority if you’re planning to venture into the chillier parts of Oro.
His Hunter Vision has been increased – which should come in handy for surviving the longer, darker, deadlier nights that now befall the land of Oros.
But it’s not all about take take take, Ubisoft have introduced four new Ubisoft Challenges. New Xbox Live achievements aren’t possible in this update but there’s a special reward for anyone who completes the game whilst accepting the challenge of playing in Survivor Mode with expert difficulty and activating permadeath.
The Far Cry Primal Survivor Mode update will be available for free to all owners of the game on April 12th.
Very few developers have been brave enough to put down the rifles and rocket launchers and opt for a primitive take on the FPS genre. Ubisoft have done just that with Far Cry Primal. There’s spears, arrows, clubs and not a single grenade or pistol in sight.
Set in Central Europe around 10,000 BC, you play as the caveman Takkar of the Wenja tribe in search of Oros, a land rife with life and opportunity. Unfortunately for the Wenja two other tribes also live in Oros. The Udam and Izila have established large settlements in Oros and haven’t taken kindly to the appearance of the Wenja, massacring the tribe, leaving the survivors spread out across the land. Takkar arrives with one goal in mind – to unite the tribe and establish a new Wenja community.
Animals play a huge part in the game. You can hunt them for their skin and meat, or track rare species for their unique skins to craft the best gear. There’s even the opportunity to go on larger hunts with other Wenja to kill or tame the most furious of beasts – tame I hear you ask? Yes tame. Once the shaman Tensay has drugged you with his deadly home cooking, a hidden power awakens inside of Takkar – the power to stare down any beast and have it obey your every command.
The combat of Primal is extremely satisfying, particularly when you launch a spear at distance into an enemy’s skull. Takkar can’t block or dodge attacks, which can make some fights a bit of a grind, particularly the boss battles – in one fight I found myself running around a large rock taking cheap shots at the boss and getting out before I got battered.
Boss battles aside, Primal balances its primitive weapons perfectly. A bow and arrow may seem a little daunting when up against a tribe of warring Izila, but by using distraction techniques or throwing in a hive of angry bees, the tables can turn in your favour quickly. Failing that you can opt for a dose of poison to turn enemies against one another. Then there’s your pets – flying in to claw out eyeballs, your owl makes a worthy scout and a dangerous aerial ally, able to pick off enemies one at a time. Of course if you want to make an entrance then you can always jump on the back of a mammoth and go marauding through enemy camps. But nothing compares to the awesome and terrifying sight of a Sabre-toothed Tiger – sending him in to do your dirty work may seem cheap but it works a treat!
The story of Primal rolls around as background noise – the world of Oros is begging to be explored and can easily take the focus away from the main task at hand, especially as the narrative isn’t as flamboyant and prominent as previous games in the series. There’s collectibles to find, locations to explore and materials to gather so that you can craft gear and better homes for your growing community.
The thrill of the hunt or the excitement of being chased makes the world of Oros an intense place to live when you only have sticks and stones to defend yourself. Thankfully with Tensay’s help Takkar quickly turns from meek caveman to badass beast master making Oros a less scary place to live. Once tamed, animals will hunt by your side, warding off other predators and attacking rival tribes – I always felt safer with a ferocious beast by my side.
The sights and sounds of Oros are as believable as the landscape you find yourself in and this is topped off by an incredibly realistic language that has been created solely for the game – complete with dialect changes within the tribes – the language that Ubisoft has created is deserving of commendation. The words are relatively simple and I’ve heard them so often that I could almost speak Wenja myself! This does lead to a somewhat simple narrative lacking in depth when compared to previous games in the Far Cry series. Cavemen don’t make the most interesting bad guys either, that accolade is reserved for your fellow Wenja, particularly the crazy Urki – a descendant of Hurk from Far Cry 4.
While there are hues of Far Cry mechanics littered throughout, Primal doesn’t feel like a mere reskin of the last game, something Far Cry 4 was heavily criticised for. There’s a greater emphasis on gathering and hunting making Primal almost play like a survival game – but with respawns rather than a game over screen – encounters with the aggressive Udam tribe and the many ferocious animals never feel too life threatening.
Far Cry 4’s co-op was rather light in what you could do together, but Primal doesn’t have any, and this makes me sad. I would have loved to go hunting with Dave – setting a trap or running an animal into a choke point.
Far Cry Primal takes a bold step into a genre that has only dipped its toe into waters where guns have no place. Bows, spears and clubs are all that stand between Takkar and uniting his lost Wenja tribe. Throw in a crazy shaman with mad herbal skills, and this Far Cry makes for one heck of an experience that will strike a chord even with those that hold Far Cry 3 close to their hearts. Far Cry Primal is a prehistoric playground that’s fun to explore, hunt and survive in.
Far Cry Primal is out in a mere few days, but if you can’t wait for Ubisoft’s latest take on the Far Cry formula, this time set in the Stone Age, then the short documentary video below that explores the recreation of the Stone Age is just what you need:
The documentary talks about what it takes to create a game set 10 000 years ago. The creation of a brand new language, Wenja, based on the Proto-Indo-European language, and the combined efforts of animators, programmers, historians and movement coaches to achieve the level of realism and authenticity the team wanted for the game.
Far Cry Primal is out on February 23rd on Xbox One.
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With the launch of Far Cry Primal later this month, Ubisoft has released their brand new live action trailer “The Charge”. This trailer gives players a glimpse of the challenge that will await them when they travel back to the Stone Age in Far Cry Primal.
Far Cry Primal will be coming to Xbox One on February 23rd but is available now to pre-order via the xbox store.
GAME is going back to the Stone Age this month as 49 stores kick-off 2016 in pre-historic style with a tour of Far Cry Primal sampling events. The special openings will give gamers a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated title a month before its release.
Should you be a fan of the series, heading over to www.game.co.uk/events and finding your nearest GAME store running the sample event will allow you to get hands on with the latest release ahead of the general launch date.
You can also pre-order the game in-store ahead of launch on 23rd February, including the GAME exclusive Legend of the Mammoth Special Edition. This edition includes 3 extra missions, the ability to drink from the shaman’s cup to play as the mighty mammoth, stomping enemies and defending herds against prehistoric peril.
Events will be taking place in store weekdays from 12-5pm and weekends 11–4pm.
Check out www.game.co.uk/events for further details on the GAME Far Cry Primal Tour taking place at a store near you.
Gamers must be 18 and ID will be required to take part and play.
A new trailer for Far Cry Primal has been released by Ubisoft. You can see a description of the trailer, tilted “King of the Stone Age” can be found below with the trailer.
In Far Cry Primal, the majestic land of Oros has been torn apart due to the confrontation of the three dominant tribes who seek the same single purpose: to conquer it. Takkar’s people, The Wenja tribe, is at risk. They are being attacked by both the cannibals of the Udam tribe, led by the cruel warrior Ull, and the fire worshipers of the Izila tribe, led by the high priestess Batari. Immersed in the untamed world of Oros, a land full of dangers, Takkar will have to unite and protect the Wenja people from their dangerous enemies, the Udam and the Izila.
Far Cry Primal is due out on February 23 on the Xbox One and March 1 for Windows PC
As part of the promotion for Far Cry: Primal – Ubisoft are giving a lucky(?) winner and their friend/enemy the chance to spend a night in a cave, yes you read that correctly.
CaveBnB will give players the opportunity to experience the wild and untamed world of Far Cry Primal, while travelling back in time to the Stone Age to discover the extreme conditions in which our ancestors lived. The winner, accompanied by a person of their choice, will travel to an undisclosed location in France and participate in expert survival training, pushing them to their limits. By day, they will develop new skills, and by night, they will have to use them to survive.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is send a tweet to prove you have what it takes to win the two day survival experience. The Twitter competition will start at 10:00 UK time on Januarye 18th and end at 23:59 UK time on January 21st. To take part in the CaveBnB contest, users will have to add the hashtag #cavebnb and mention @farcrygame in their tweet.
To see more of the cave, check out the video below.