Ubisoft is going all-in this November. On the 11th alone we're getting Assassin's Creed Rogue and Unity both on last and current-gen respectively, and a massively ambitious open-USA racing game in The Crew. Even Wii U owners will get a way-too-late port of Watch Dogs at the end of that month, but that's not all. No, ladies and gentlemen, we'll have plenty more to be grateful for on Thanksgiving than family, pie, hacking, road trips and Parisian architecture. Far Cry 4 is coming November 18th. Trading their tried and true tropical tropes for lush, mountainous farmland and frigid Himalayan peaks, Ubisoft is aiming to elevate every aspect of the signature gameplay with more varied environmental design and greater vertical gameplay dynamics. They'll have to, if they hope to give us something bigger and badder than Far Cry 3. Our introduction to The Rook Islands was unforgettable, but not because of Far Cry 3's pop-trash, American bro-tagonist, thankfully we've moved past the cliché, castaway white guy becoming an ultimate warrior, retaining all the absurd action we love. If we're to get a sense of everything Kyrat has to offer, we'll want to start our epic adventure on a fresh note by playing with all the elements Ubisoft does best and breaking in those that have changed for the better. These are the first 20 things we're aching to try out in Far Cry 4.
20. Star In A Gorgeous Intro Cutscene
To be fair, the E3 reveal is a cutscene snapped straight from the opening sequence, but we could have called this one. Cinematic, first-person intros are now as native to Far Cry as repositioning dislocated thumbs. We know Ajay is an English-speaking native of Nepal returning to Kyrat to bury his Mother's ashes, so we expect some captivating mountain views and a swelling score to back them up before we get caught up in a full-scale civil war. If Ubisoft can effectively establish a massive open-world that isn't an island, Far Cry might actually feel like part of the broader planet Earth. We'd love to fly in, land, and seamlessly transition into an uzi-spraying wingsuit-setpiece, but something more subtle will do just fine.
19. Meet Troy Baker
Speaking of subtlety, or a general lack thereof in Pagen Min's brand of leadership, when someone makes a mistake, stabbing them to death in front of a dozen armed witnesses is just a perk of being the self-appointed, despotic King of Kyrat. We're not expecting the undeniable gravitas of Far Cry 3's Vaas here, but we're more than interested to see what Troy brings to a half-Asian, half-English cross between Heath Ledger's Joker and Javier Bardem in Skyfall. Min relates to Ajay Ghale in such a colloquial way, it seems like they've got history. If someone in purple pants held a knife to our throat and demanded we guess the rough context of their relationship, we'd say Pagan wants to use Ajay's local ties to his advantage, hence the well-known cover image of Min resting a tyrannical palm on the head of a dude who looks an awful lot like Ghale. If Ajay is genuinely wedged between his Kyrat roots and Min's psychopathic, paramilitary uprising, that's an easy moral choice for us. Sounds like we might have some double-agent action going on.
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