With its eerily familiar locations, its plot about freeing an island from brutal dictator, and a casually-murderous villain from the TV show Better Call Saul, Ubisoft’s upcoming Far Cry 6 immediately feels like a knowing throwback to the genre-redefining Far Cry 3. The crucial difference between them, however, lies in the point of view. Where FC3 wanted players to feel baffled and intrigued by the strange new world they were exploring, FC6 puts them in the role of a citizen of Yara, the fictional Carribean island on which the game is set.
HIGH It’s more Wasteland 3. That’s great!
LOW Most of the new additions and ideas sound interesting but don’t really work out.
WTF There’s no way to stop companions from slaughtering factory workers?
Hell Is Other People
HIGH The survival systems are fantastic.
LOW Whenever the story mode decides to tell a story.
WTF “Green Hell” as a title.
I Became My Own Worst Enemy
HIGH Surviving long enough to witness a galactic empire rise to glory… or infamy.
LOW Having my empire absorbed repeatedly by mid-game.
WTF The xenophobic AI humans hated me while I was playing as human.
Point After Touchdown
HIGH There’s a move called the “Screw****er Death Kick”
LOW The open world traversal is downright awful
WTF Could we maybe get just one woman in a Suda game that isn’t a sexual fetish come to life?
A Mother’s Work Is Never Done
HIGH Some of the puzzles are entertaining.
LOW Hearing the main character’s terrible voice acting again and again.
WTF It’s so bad, I had to disable her voice altogether.
A Game To Say Goodbye
HIGH A touching story built around a unique stageplay look.
LOW I wanted to find out what happened after the end!
WTF No dogs to pet, but plenty of cats.
A Game Of Cat And Mechanical Mouse
HIGH Narrowly escaping a treacherous stretch of obstacles is thrilling.
LOW The risk/reward ratio for difficult collectables is not worth it.
WTF Can one MouseBot really eat that much cheese?
A Puzzler That Pulls You In
HIGH The satisfaction of clearing a stage with minimal pauses.
LOW Input lag and speed of the comet make the pauses hard to time.
WTF Directing a comet towards paw prints in order to rescue a cat devoured by a black hole!?
I Got Nothin’
HIGH A classic-looking 8-bit beat-’em-up.
LOW It’s very, very difficult.
WTF Why do dropped items disappear after only five seconds??