Far Cry New Dawn – Xbox One Review
Far Cry New Dawn follows on from Far Cry 5 using the same base map in the way that Far Cry Primal did with Far Cry 4.
Essentially this game is set 17 years after the ending of Far Cry 5, Spoilers may well follow!
After the nuclear holocaust the world has started to recover and some semblance of civilisation is getting foothold, the graphical changes to the world look nice and change things enough that you still feel familiar with the environment but the blooming of new flowers (the pink ones are everywhere) and the run down, rotted and damaged buildings give the air of it being different enough to warrant exploration.
Some of the characters from the previous game make an appearance along with new acquaintances, the map doesn’t seem quite so big and daunting as Far Cry 5, this game has a little less to do but that’s not a bad thing, there is still plenty to do and a pretty good storyline to follow.
The main antagonists this time around are a pair of twin sisters Mickey and Lou who have a serious bad attitude.
The Far Cry formula is in full effect again here with the perk system back, the guns for hire is back, you get to spend time clearing outposts this time earning Ethanol for the rebuilding project to continue back at your new home base, this time you have the option of scavenging the outpost and attacking it again against bigger harder forces of enemies but for bigger rewards.
There is a lot of fun to be had being able to approach the missions however you like, Sneaking around an outpost disabling the alarms and hitting the enemies with silent takedowns to clear the outpost undetected is very rewarding.
Graphically this is very similar to Far Cry 5 albeit with a slightly more outlandish palette and the animals are either slightly oddly coloured or seem to be mouldy looking if they classify as the monstrous version (these guys are much harder to take down).
Far Cry has always had some really good graphical effects and the fire has generally been one of the standouts, it doesn’t disappoint here either, throwing a Molotov and setting buildings, people and the environment on fire is highly impressive, the blowtorch does a pretty good job of starting massive fires too as I’ve found out to my own downfall.
Although this is pitched as a more budget version of Far Cry being priced at £39.99 instead of the usual £54-59.99 region, there is a lot of content in here and very enjoyable it is too, however if you didn’t like Far Cry 5 or just don’t get along with the Far cry series there isn’t much different here that will turn your head.
Overall I had a really good time playing Far Cry New Dawn, the story is just enough to follow on from last years game and gave me some good feelings of déjà vu as I wandered around the world seeing what had become of it after my last visit.
If you haven’t played Far Cry 5 there are some very good bundles available too with both games included.