From the top of the Himalayas to the mystical world of Shangri-la, Far Cry 4 takes players on an journey they will never forget. This stunning world holds danger round every turn and behind every elephant.
The single-player story follows Ajay Ghale, an English-speaking Nepalese native who returns to Kyrat, a wild and untamed region of his home country to scatter his mother's ashes. Once there, he becomes caught up in a civil war as the people struggle under the despotic regime of self-appointed king Pagan Min (Troy Baker). Far Cry 4 marks the first time in the Far Cry series that the main characters are natives to the country in which the game takes place.
A trip to Kyrat wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Throughout the game, players come across a series of missions located at the peaks of snowy mountains. The Himalayan missions push them to extremes as they encounter avalanches, ride snowmobiles and fight for each breath as they live the effects of high altitude. The wingsuit might be their only chance at survival.
Kyrat is also a beautiful land deeply rooted in its rich mythology. Shangri-Là is a fabled place that is part of that folklore and has been sought after by mortals in the hopes of finding enlightenment. Presented as a parallel and esoteric universe, Shangri-Là is a place where players transcend into the limitations of their own mind and go to a place where legends live.
They’ll encounter a completely different set of mythical enemies with unexpected and surprising behaviors. Players have an ally, a noble white tiger, the protector of Shangri-Là. The tiger comes to the player's defense when provoked or can be sent to attack nearby enemies. The Shangri-Là bow, with the exclusive ability to momentary slow time, will also be available while players unlock skills within the main skill tree.
Pagan Min, Far Cry 4's chilling yet charming antagonist. Sadistic dictator.
Psychopath. Best dressed man in Kyrat. These are just a few traits on Pagan Min's lengthy resume as the self-appointed King of Kyrat.
Pagan Min was born in Hong Kong, the son of a mid-level drug boss in the Golden Triangle. His father was a small fish in a big pond and even as a young man, Pagan was as ambitious as he was flamboyant. This peacocking drove a wedge between them. Pagan worked for his father, hated him, and was frustrated as a lieutenant, seeing his father as a dinosaur. Nobody knows how his father died, but it wasn't natural causes.
After his father's unfortunate passing Pagan inherited his small piece of the pie. He then left his old identity behind and adopted the moniker "Pagan," naming himself after an old Burmese king who murdered his family to take control.
Of course, he changed the pronunciation to be western so that he'd be more unique. Pagan quickly started carving himself more of the pie he believed that he deserved. He built considerable assets, a small private army, and started angering his allies in the heroin trade. He didn't fit in and he knew he couldn't kill them all; it was only a matter of time before the old guard decided to have him killed.
This is when his eyes fell upon Kyrat, a small failed state with multiple warring factions in the wake of the collapse of its monarchy. He allied himself with the Royalists, propping up a distant heir to the throne who he used to swell his ranks and to remove all opposing faction in the country. After a few bloody months, Pagan and the united Royalists took the palace by storm, but Pagan betrayed the Royalists by murdering the heir and seizing the throne for himself. He then started a purge of anyone who didn't fall in line, executing his opposition. The betrayal led to the formation of the Golden Path, a small resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing Pagan.
Far Cry 4 weapons trailer sets a president that you can and most defiantly should bring anything and everything to a gunfight in Kyrat!
This latest trailer is all about the game's weapons, which include (SPOILER WARNING) knives, guns, bigger guns, guns with telescopes stuck to them, guns that shoot flame, guns that are actually bows, and tigers. The tigers don't have triggers or an ironsights view, but are effective enough once you hoik a piece of delicious meat at the target. Be aware that there may be a slight delay before the tiger takes effect.
Far Cry 4‘s narrative director Mark Thompson expressed that he wanted the narrative of the game to correct shortcomings he felt the previous game Far Cry 3 had. In Far Cry 3, the open world nature of the gameplay was at odds with the plot as it allowed the player to perform protracted acts of exploration despite situations in the narrative which were supposedly time critical.
For Far Cry 4 efforts were made to ensure the open world gameplay and story complemented each other. In addition, the writers chose to minimise the amount of voice over from the player character to allow the player to better immerse themselves in the role, and added Tarantino-like dark humour in order to address the contrast between the game's heavy violence and any enjoyment the player will get from playing the game.
If the Far Cry 4 release date holds up, the game is due to hit shelves on Nov. 18, 2014, for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
Will you be getting lost in the beauty that is Far Cry 4 come November?