Far Cry: New Dawn is a tough game to present in terms of the value it offers. It follows up shortly after the events of Far Cry 5, and is set in the same map with a fresh new skin on it. It’s significantly shorter, but also priced appropriately to reflect that. It is also immensely fun.
Here’s the caveat though – play it on a PC. For whatever reason, the shooting mechanics just don’t feel right to me on the console this time around, even though Far Cry has previously nailed it on a controller. Maybe it’s the time I have spent recently with games like Apex Legends and Destiny 2 on the PS4, that when I got to Far Cry New Dawn on the PS4, it just felt sluggish to me, So I decided to get my hands on the PC version, and the difference was night and day. I was moving faster, shooting better and, with almost all hud elements off, had better spatial awareness.
Set seventeen years after the bombs fell at the end of Far Cry 5, New Dawn presents a lush, vibrant post-apocalypse, where the wilderness has taken over. One would assume that a nuclear winter would drive some sense into folks and they would try to make peace with each other, but, in the words of one Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) – “Peace sells, but who’s buyin'”.
The main antagonistic force, The Highwaymen, is led by twin sisters, and they want what others got. The plot is simple, and the characters are fine. There’s nothing that really stands out here, but the world is beautiful and the gameplay is sublime (on a PC!). It’s the same old Far Cry formula, with some new tweaks and a RPG bend to it. Enemies no are level gated, and with some enemies way above your level, you can’t make a dent. But once you do get into the grind of leveling up, unlocking better weapons and gear, it’s becomes a good treadmill to run on.
Outposts can now be scavenged – once you take over an outpost, you can scavenge it for resources, turn it over to The Highwaymen, and fight them again while facing tougher enemies for better rewards, and take the outpost back. It’s a simple yet effective tweak that makes for a more satisfying experience.
The main attraction however are the Expeditions – these are special locations outside of the main map that you go to to locate and collect valuable items and face a formidable force of enemies. You go in via helicopter and extract the same way. Expeditions had some of my favorite moments in a Far Cry game ever, especially when I had a friend tagging along for a ride. Oh yes, Far Cry: New Dawn is best played with a friend alongside you, and you can play the whole game in co-op.
Overall, Far Cry New Dawn is a fun game, and is absolutely worth playing. If you are not completely burnt out on the Far Cry formula, give this one a try, and you will not be disappointed. It is a bit shorter, but definitely has good replay value.
Score – 8.5/10
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