The Far Cry series has long had a bit of an identity crisis. Are they a tale of survival, or a fun of physics, complete with flamethrowers and bears as pets? It's "a bit" which is a positive thing. Far Cry 6 isn't in line with that. Although the flamethrower isn't going anywhere, the new installment has some improvement and is the best game in a long time. However , it is missing some steps in its updated inventory system. That creates new problems.
Far Cry 6 puts you back in the open-world, run by an extremely charismatic madman. This time, he comes from the fictional country of Yara. Even after playing for so many times, it's still fun to make every red dot on your map blue. You can either sneakily disarm every guard, or take the less obvious route to shoot and Molotovs at anyone until they're eliminated.
The dictatorship of Yara Shahidi in Anton Castillo is a direct influence from Cuba. Giancarlo Emposito plays this villain superbly. His regime is too evil to believe sometimes and that's if it wasn't for its actual-world South American and Central American influences. It's the unwavering dedication to his vision of the "perfect" Yara, along with Esposito's natural gravitas and the cool, confident charm he projects to his still-loyal subjects and his supporters, that make Esposito a perfect foil for the diverse group of revolutionaries who you're trying to unite in you attempt to topple the dictatorship of El Presidente and his aides.
Castillo's subordinates aren't always anything to write home about quiz they range between "psychotic navy Admiral" to "psychotic air force Captain" to "psychotic propaganda director." They're all well-acted and even the impossible quiz more fascinating characters like the North American pharma tycoon and Yara's very own neighborhood mad scientist are familiar entries in the Big Book of Video Game Bad Guys particularly when compared to the Esposito character Castillo.
Every scene of Esposito's is fascinating, especially the ones that involve his son Diego. His father is of the opinion that noble ends justify the most grotesque means. This causes a lot of tension although it's one-sided. It's a shame that there isn't a more clear resolution at the end of the story that resolves all the conflicting points. Castillo, however, remains an unforgettable antagonist. Esposito was largely responsible for the movie's success. The film's animation team deserves praises for accurately capturing the details of Castillo's performance onto digital character models.
FC6 is clearly striving to be more responsible socially than its predecessors. It does, however attempt to tackle some social problems. The script might be a bit off in some of these moments. The game isn't able to present a true representation of Latin American culture or a simplified version that appeals to the impossible quiz majority of Western players. The world itself is gorgeous and accurately reflects South as well as Central American life. But the script relies heavily on colloquialisms, making it feel like it is trying to present an authentic representation. Or, even more troubling, the cockfighting game that's basically Mortal Kombat minus the chickens. It's technically legal in Cuba.
Far Cry 5 puts us in the midst of pirates and mercenaries (not to mention evil cavemen and cybercommandos) however, Far Cry 6 gives us an organized and well-equipped army. It is a bit simpler than the previous Far Cry games, but it also offers more engaging and varied encounters. Captains of the enemy can call reinforcements or airstrikes for you to be pushed out of the sniper's hut. In addition, Medics can bring back wounded comrades Engineers and Medics can put up autoturrets. These are great additions to your usual "shotgun guy", "molotov guy and heavy guy" list. They also give you fascinating reasons to choose your targets beyond "who is likely to shoot me in the next round?"
Far Cry 6 has the best record in series history when it comes to turning tanks, helicopters, and trucks into fiery metal. While it's still super satisfying to clear a checkpoint without raising an alarm or even an eyebrow (this is how I spent the majority of my time playing) It's also a unique kind of excitement which comes with speeding down the highway and destroying the road with mounted machine guns, while blasting Ricky Martin, and the huge arsenal that Far Cry 6 puts to your disposal makes playing loud an especially appealing option this time around.
Far Cry 6 was some of the most enjoyable shows I've watched in the last decade. Although the cast gives strong performances Far Cry 6 is a fun story with a predictable plot that isn't always able to take huge swings. Even with some flabby new inventory mechanics and strange design choices, it's capable of creating a unique weapon that lets you destroy an outpost or snatch a convoy. or simply take an adventure with your friend.