You shouldn’t play each Far Cry recreation. You’ll be able to, after all. I’m positive individuals exist who do purchase and play each single one. However for those who’re unsure about Ubisoft’s most checklisty of map video games, you must solely test in on them sometimes. And whenever you do, you must attempt the Far Cry facet tales first.

Far Cry: New Daybreak is a type of facet tales. Like Primal and Blood Dragon earlier than it, the open-world shooter options new characters and missions, but it surely reuses the map from its most quick predecessor. Additionally it is a smaller, extra manageable expertise. Ubisoft displays that lowered scale within the worth. It sells these video games for $40 as an alternative of $60 … or as an alternative of $20 relying on for those who view New Daybreak as a downscaled sequel or glorified growth pack.

However New Daybreak has lots to love. It’s smaller, but it surely additionally feels scrappy, like, by some means, a tiny staff made it and never one of many largest online game publishers within the historical past of the world. For those who haven’t touched a Far Cry recreation ever, or in just a few years, I’d bounce in right here versus anyplace else within the sequence.

What you’ll like (to this point)

An inviting, lovely world

Ubisoft’s gross sales pitch for New Daybreak is sort of embarrassing. Each advert performs up that it’s the apocalypse however with a whole lot of pink and fuchsia coloring. And whereas that concept already feels worn out because of Bethesda’s Rage 2 utilizing the identical actual messaging, I believe Far Cry: New Daybreak appears nice.

Far Cry: New Daybreak takes place in a world the place the bombs fell. However they fell in close by metropolitan areas and never within the backwoods of Hope County that you just discover. So fewer individuals are stomping world wide, and nature has had an opportunity to reclaim the floor. Which means the sport is brimming with deep greens, and — sure — Ubisoft pops most locales with a splash of pink flowers.

What this accomplishes greater than anything is making a blue-sky chipper angle that avoids the dour and miserable. I can recognize a great dour and miserable world, however I’ve seen one million of them at this level. And video games must do a whole lot of work to counter the hopelessness of a bleak brown-and-gray pile of rubble. New Daybreak doesn’t really feel hopeless. As an alternative, you get the sense that you just simply want to beat the human risk, after which the world is able to present no matter you want.

A easy, straightforward gameplay loop

For New Daybreak, Ubisoft combines its welcoming surroundings with a comparatively easy and comprehensible mechanical loop. You’ve gotten a camp with various crafting tables and workbenches like a medical facility and helipad. You’ll be able to improve each single one among these stations by going out into the world and discovering supplies. Certain, New Daybreak has story missions and facet quests, however the core of the sport is build up your services.

And it does an ideal job of placing the camp and camp upgrades entrance and heart. Each time you come back to your hub, you possibly can go searching and see all the things that’s upgradeable. Nothing hides. And I discovered myself going out on the earth to seek out the hostile highwaymen enemies simply so I may rob their sources to place into enhancing my storage.

It’s fundamental, however I like that. It’s not going to overwhelm you. You’ll be able to accomplish issues and get tangible advantages, like higher weapons and autos, with out having to throw your self into the sport for hours and hours.

What you gained’t like (to this point)

It must be having extra enjoyable

The most important downside with New Daybreak is that it isn’t frivolous sufficient. It is a direct sequel to Far Cry 5. It takes place a few years later, however you might be in the identical city and coping with the identical character or their offspring. The story has you working with varied teams to take out the marauding Highwaymen gang pair of black ladies often known as The Twins run.

It’s all by-the-numbers Far Cry, and meaning it’s straightforward to disregard. I think about that some individuals will recognize the thought of a shared-universe sequel story. However I believe that’s a step backward for a developer that made a wild 1980s sci-fi motion movie riff with Blood Dragon.

Conclusion (to this point)

New Daybreak a whole lot of what makes the Far Cry video games work with out a whole lot of the distractions. You discover an enormous map, get into gunfights, and improve your character and camp. It’s simply lacking a number of the manufacturing values of a “actual” Far Cry, which suggests you’re not going to get as many voiced characters. And I’m OK with that.

What’s here’s a manageable approximation of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. You’ve gotten a ready-to-go camp that you just simply must pour sources into. That’s a development system that anybody can parse, and I recognize that New Daybreak doesn’t bathroom down its core expertise. However it’s nonetheless very acquainted. For those who’ve performed a current Far Cry, you possibly can simply skip this. For those who haven’t checked into the franchise just lately, you’ll discover lots to love. However even you’ll want Ubisoft did one thing extra inspiring with the setting.

Far Cry: New Daybreak is out February 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation four. Ubisoft offered GamesBeat with a obtain code for the aim of this overview.

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