Is Far Cry Primal Good?

Far Cry Primal

Is Far Cry Primal good? Personally, I find that this prehistoric installment of the franchise was a breath of fresh air and it was better written than the previous games I’ve played in the series, so yes, Far Cry Primal is a good game. This journey through the Far Cry collection first started out as a way to fulfill my craving for some shooting games, then it started becoming a binge playthrough of the whole series.

After about two games that were extremely similar to each other, Primal provided a nice little break from the usual routine of being thrust into a war that we really had no business in and shooting everything in sight. With this installment though, war made sense and there were many reasons for it, I actually supported it.

So, here are my reasons why FC Primal is a good game, one that I found to be much more enjoyable than the previous titles.

Making a Home in Oros

Far Cry Primal Mammoth

If you’ve read my other reviews on Far Cry 3 and 4then I think it’s pretty obvious that my experience with the stories were less than stellar.

That’s not the case for this particular Far Cry entry though. Going into it, I was like “I’m ready for another confusing, trippy and mediocre story!” I think it’s safe to say that by this point of the binge playthrough my expectations were pretty darn low.

But then I got into the introduction of the game and was pleasantly surprised. Being greeted by a herd of mammoths, creeping through the grass trying to find one that’s off by itself and not too big so our little hunting group could eat. It made me feel like an ant and set up the rest of the game for a unique experience.

The story of Primal is much better and has restored my faith in the series, it provides a refreshing perspective that makes me believe the franchise is improving, I’m actually looking forward to playing the next game in the lineup for once.

You play as a young caveman of the Wenja tribe and are trying to make a home in the land of Oros for your people. Of course, a task like this isn’t easy, especially when you’re the only one capable enough to do anything, save for maybe one other person of the tribe, but he’s more of a support character anyway.

Fighting your way through the deadly wildlife, hunting, gathering and just plain surviving, I was really immersed in it all. Also, trying to come out on top of the other 2 competing tribes for this land added another challenging layer to this monumental goal of establishing a home in Oros. Having to deal with cannibals and sun worshipers is a little tough and scary, almost everything is out to get you. Truly a “dog-eat-dog world.”

Despite this though, the game itself felt tiring, what I mean by this is, the shadows of its predecessors loomed over this primal entry. Everything felt new and familiar at the same time, roughly keeping and transplanting the formats of the other Far Cry games kind of put a damper on the gameplay.

I got bored with it halfway through, but that’s only because of doing repetitive things like saving more of your people in missions that were the same. Still though, this game was fun and unique in its own way, but not enough to break free from its older brothers.

You Can Have a Pet Sabertooth Tiger

Far Cry Primal Sabertooth Tiger

Here’s the most fun part of the game, you get to tame. Half of the wildlife in Oros are predators, ranging from wolves, leopards and their bigger cousins, the mountain lions, to bears and of course the very top of the food chain, saber tooth tigers. You even get a pet owl!

Don’t forget the honey badgers either, those little guys are absolutely fearless and vicious, but if you tame one, they can be quite cute to interact with. Then of course, there are the mammoths, these colossal creatures can’t be tamed, but you can ride them as long as their not the fully grown and full sized ones.

This mechanic is the highlight of the game and is pretty much the biggest reason why I wanted to play it. Can you imagine having a saber tooth tiger for a pet? They’re like the best kind of bodyguard you could ever have in a world that is out to kill you and they can be ridden!

Tearing through the land on the back of a saber tooth tiger or a mammoth, not many things can stop you and it makes conquering Oros that much easier.

Personally, I prefer traveling on the back of a mammoth, those guys are living tanks. I’ve taken over many enemy outposts with them, flinging foes every which way, even the toughest of enemies are thrown around like rag dolls when they go up against a mammoth, it’s fantastically exhilarating.

Being The Ultimate Caveman

Far Cry Primal Mammoth Riding

Riding and taming some of the most fiercest predators definitely made me feel like I was playing the ultimate caveman. It also helps boost the ego when you can single handedly destroy enemy outposts and strongholds, even though you have a lot of tamed animals (assuming you like to tame them all like I do), sometimes it’s just best to go in alone and snipe or silently take them all down.

I mean, you COULD go in throwing spears left and right, clubbing each one over the head, but I find this method to be unsustainable and will most likely end in your death. Sometimes it works, if the enemies are weak or come at you in perfectly timed intervals, but that doesn’t usually happen.

This “one man army” style of gameplay is one of the things that I’m glad is persistent throughout the whole series, but it would still be nice to have some competent teammates to help you out.

At least in this game, I found the friendlies to be a bit more effective but, I’d still like to be carried to victory by my fellow cavemen from time to time instead of doing everything myself or sending in my apex saber tooth to clear out the small armies for me. We both need a break now and then.

Same Open World Formula

Far Cry Primal Oros

Another thing that I don’t mind being reinserted into the core of the game is the open world sandbox that is always being used in each Far Cry title so far. Exploring and unlocking travel points is a great way to encourage immersion and see all there is on offer in the world that we get to play in.

Unfortunately, this is also the main thing that casts a huge shadow over the otherwise unique and different feeling of the game. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s because of the repetitive way that I play. Going from one outpost to another, liberating them for my fellow Wenja, stopping now and then to hunt for food or help out captured brethren.

There are side quests of course, but they are all the same, once you’ve done one, you’ve done them all, I guess that’s what slightly spoiled the experience for me.

If they had just taken the time to make unique side quests like they did with a new and refreshing main storyline, this title could have been better and this FC entry would have finally stepped away from the monotony of its previous games.

Still, I enjoyed the game and it successfully got me hyped to play it, at least for the first bit of gameplay, the environment looked fantastic and the atmosphere really made me feel like I was at the bottom of the food chain trying to survive and get to the top.

It’s a 7/10, A Definite Improvement

Far Cry Primal Stonehenge

Overall, Far Cry Primal was enjoyable, there are still things that the franchise could improve upon, such as having more variety when it comes to side quests and tasks instead of the same rinse and repeat content that is present with each game in the franchise. 

Anyway, I’m sure many people have had a different experience with the game and if you haven’t tried it yet, I can safely recommend that you try Primal out, I think it’s one of the safer more fun options in the series anyway. 

So, those were my thoughts on Far Cry Primal, what did you think of it? Let me know what your pet peeves were about the game in the comments down below!