Far Cry (series)

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Far Cry
Far Cry logo
Official series logo
Genres First-person shooter
Developers Crytek (2004)
Ubisoft Montreal (2005 - present)
Publishers Ubisoft
Platforms Microsoft Windows, Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Platform of origin Microsoft Windows
First release Far Cry
March 23, 2004
Latest release Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
April 30, 2013
Official website Official website

Far Cry is a franchise of first person shooter computer and video games, following the name of the first game of the series. Crysis is a conceptual sequel to Far Cry, but is not part of the Far Cry series.

Main series[edit]

Far Cry (2004)[edit]

Main article: Far Cry

Far Cry is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Crytek Studios from Germany and published by Ubisoft on March 23, 2004 for Windows. Far Cry sold 730,000 units within four months of release. The game's story follows an ex Special Forces operator named Jack Carver, who is stranded on a mysterious archipelago in Micronesia. He is searching for a female journalist he was escorting after she went missing when their sailboat was destroyed by mercenaries.

Far Cry 2 (2008)[edit]

Main article: Far Cry 2

The plot revolves around "The Jackal" who has turned two fictional factions in Africa against each other. The player must stop him in the 50 km2 open world. The AI is said to be highly intelligent, both with respect to the player and their surroundings. The game's 'sandbox' game play has been highly touted, allowing the player access to 50 km2 of African terrain, complete with open savannah, forests, animals, and towns. The game was released on October 21, 2008 in North America and October 24, 2008 in Europe.

Far Cry 3 (2012)[edit]

Main article: Far Cry 3

The Third installment in Far Cry series. The plot revolves around "Jason Brody" and his friends, American tourists arrive on an unmarked set of islands in the Pacific and are abducted by pirates who lay claim to the land, led by the insane Vaas. Jason escapes, and must learn the ways of the jungle to survive and rescue his friends. The game was released on November 29, 2012 in Australia, November 30 in Europe, and December 4 in North America.

Far Cry 4 (2014)[edit]

Main article: Far Cry 4

The fourth installment in the series. Set in the fictional untamed country of Kyrat in the Himalayas, which is currently ruled by a despotic self-appointed king named "Pagan Min".[1] It is assumed the protagonist, Ajay Ghale, will be caught in a war and have to overthrow Min. The game will be released in 2014 on November 18 in North America and November 20 in Europe.".[2]

History[edit]

The game's story follows a former US Army Special Forces operative Jack Carver, who is stranded on a mysterious archipelago. He is searching for a female journalist he was escorting after she went missing when their boat was destroyed by mercenaries. The game includes thematic elements relating to the dangers of weaponizing genetic engineering and the genocide of local islanders as can be seen by the deformed creatures created by a mad scientist named Krieger.

The terrain in Far Cry varies greatly. Set on a South Pacific archipelago, the landscape includes beaches, dense rain forests, towering canyons, mines, swamps, and even volcanic forests. Many of the interiors range from simple beach huts and army camps to elaborate complexes, an underground temple, and ultra-modern research labs. Several of these mazes use the remains of Japanese WWII-era fortifications and bunkers.

The unveiling of Far Cry 2 took place on July 19, 2007 in Paris, France,[13] by head company Ubisoft. Ubisoft stated that the game had been in development by the Ubisoft Montreal team, and would be released on October 23, 2008.

The protagonist of previous Far Cry games, Jack Carver, is not featured in this game. When Ubisoft interviewed players about the original Far Cry in their research for this game, the interviewees did not find the character very memorable or likable. As a result, in the sequel the player chooses from nine different characters to play, each with a unique look and back story.[14] The game's producer, Louis-Pierre Pharand, said that the single-player game will "potentially have close to 50 hours of game play."[15][16] Lead designer Clint Hocking stated that at least 100 hours are needed to experience all of the game's content.[17]

A pre-alpha video of the game, showcasing the visuals and 13 minutes of gameplay with developer commentary, was presented in Leipzig in August 2007. The demonstration showed off the gameplay involving gunfights and driving sequences, and unique features such as first aid and physical maps were also shown. It also showcased several graphical features tying in directly with the gameplay, such as procedural breakage of vegetation and its regeneration over time, dynamic propagation of fire, and volumetric wind effects capable of breaking vegetation and spreading fire. Man-made structures were also shown to be highly destructible.[18]

In August 2010, PC Gamer reported that development of Far Cry 3 was in "full swing" at Ubisoft Montreal.[14] In the same month, Game and Swedish retailer Webhallen listed the game for a 2010 release, which didn't happen.[15] In January 2011, Ubisoft declined to comment on speculation that Far Cry 3 would be hitting shelves in October after Game Informer listed the game as an October arrival in its 2011 preview feature.[16]

In February, the Official PlayStation Magazine suggested that the game was due for release at the end of 2011 as the following quote suggested, "Start taking the malaria medicine in preparation: Far Cry 3 could be arriving before the end of the year."[17] This statement was withdrawn in next month's edition where it was stated that the game would be shown on 2011's E3 and that the release date would be bumped back to 2012.[full citation needed] In May, the CVs of a couple of stuntmen listed Far Cry 3 as one of their previous projects.[18]

Far Cry 3 features a sandbox editor.[19] Furthermore, after confirmations of PC split screen on the Far Cry 3 official site as well as content delivery service Steam, the feature was dropped days before release.[20]

The game's writer Jeffrey Yohalem claimed that the intention of the game's plot was to make a statement about "what shooting means and what it does to humanity". The game's protagonist Jason Brody is not a trained soldier, but rather an everyman who is forced to become a killer over the course of the game. Yohalem claims that as a result the game examines "what happens when that guy is put into a situation where he has to survive minute by minute and save his friends? Will he pick up a gun and how does that affect him? [...] This is a story about a normal guy who picks up a gun and that can't end well".[21] Producer Dan Hay emphasized that the emotional "turns" in the characters were a major theme in the game, stating that "that was the emotional thing we wanted and when we first saw it, it was with Vaas." Hay further commented that the game merged the systemic feel and emotional feel from the previous two Far Cry games in order to take the game in a "very, very surprising direction."[9] |-

Timeline of release years

2004 —
Far Cry

2005 —
Far Cry Instincts

2006 —
Far Cry Instincts: Evolution

Far Cry Instincts: Predator

Far Cry Vengeance

2007 —
Paradise Lost

2008 —
Far Cry 2

2012 —
Far Cry 3

2013 —
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

2014 —
Far Cry: The Wild Expedition

Far Cry 4


Games & Reception[edit]

Title Release date Platform(s) GameRankings Metacritic Information
Far Cry 2004 Windows 89.38%[3] 89/100[4] Far Cry is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Crytek Studios from Germany and published by Ubisoft on March 23, 2004 for Windows. Far Cry sold 730,000 units within four months of release. The game's story follows an ex Special Forces operator named Jack Carver, who is stranded on a mysterious archipelago in Micronesia. He is searching for a female journalist he was escorting after she went missing when their sailboat was destroyed by mercenaries.
Far Cry Instincts 2005 Xbox 86.67% 85/100 Far Cry Instincts is a video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Xbox console. It was planned for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 as well but those versions were canceled. There are some significant changes from the PC game Far Cry. As Instincts was designed more with consoles in mind, the maps are less open-ended since consoles were incapable of rendering the PC version's vast islands. It makes up for this by including extra multiplayer modes through the Xbox Live service, alongside new abilities (feral powers) and a map creator mode which allows the users to create their own maps for multiplayer.
Far Cry Instincts: Evolution 2006 Xbox 76.62% 78/100 Far Cry Instincts: Evolution is a sequel to Instincts and was released for the Xbox on March 27, 2006. Evolution includes a new single-player campaign, although it is considerably shorter than the campaign found in Far Cry Instincts. The storyline focuses on Jack Carver's work for a woman named Kade, which results in him being hunted by local governments due to a frame-up during a botched arms deal.
Far Cry Instincts: Predator 2006 Xbox 360 77.03% 78/100 Far Cry Instincts: Predator, an Xbox 360 title, was released on the same day as Evolution. It includes graphically enhanced versions of both Far Cry Instincts and Evolution.
Far Cry Vengeance 2006 Wii 37.71% 38/100 ''Far Cry Vengeance is a video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Wii console. It was released on December 12, 2006. Far Cry: Vengeance is similar to Far Cry Instincts: Evolution in that Vengeance has essentially the same story as Evolution, and also features three new levels, new weapons and vehicles, and different controls.
Paradise Lost 2007 Arcade N/A N/A Paradise Lost is an Arcade version of Far Cry Instincts released in 2007 by Global VR.
Far Cry 2 2008 PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 84.42% 85/100 Far Cry 2 is the second installment in the series. Players choose their character from among nine different mercenaries, none of whom are Jack Carver, though some argued that Carver is The Jackal character. Both have very similar traits and descriptions.

The plot revolves around "The Jackal" who has turned two fictional factions in Africa against each other. The player must stop him in the 50 km2 open world. The AI is said to be highly intelligent, both with respect to the player and their surroundings. The game's 'sandbox' game play has been highly touted, allowing the player access to 50 km2 of African terrain, complete with open savannah, forests, animals, and towns. The game was released on October 21, 2008 in North America and October 24, 2008 in Europe.

Far Cry 3 2012 PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 89.18% 91/100 Jason Brody and his friends, American tourists arrive on an unmarked set of islands and are abducted by pirates who lay claim to the land, led by the insane Vaas. Jason escapes, and must learn the ways of the jungle to survive and rescue his friends.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 2013 PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 83.85% 80/100 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a stand-alone expansion to the 2012 open-world FPS Far Cry 3, developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game takes place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil and stars '80s action man Michael Biehn (The Terminator and Aliens) in the role of eye-patched protagonist Sergeant Rex Power Colt, whose mission it is to defeat a rogue cyborg army.
Far Cry: The Wild Expedition 2014 PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Far Cry: The Wild Expedition is a compilation consisting of the original Far Cry, 2, 3 and Blood Dragon. The original Far Cry is an HD remake titled Far Cry Classic. It also got a standalone release on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. [5]
Far Cry 4 2014 PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Voice Actors (Main Game Series Only)
Far Cry
(2004)
Far Cry 2
(2008)
Far Cry 3
(2012)
Far Cry 4
(2014)
Jack Carver Peter Thias
Harlan Doyle Cornell Womack
Valerie Constantine Adriana Anderson
Dr. George Wilhelm Krieger Robert Burns
Colonel Richard Crowe Ken Samuels
The Jackal Dwayne Hill
Reuben Oluwagembi Andy Marshall
Oliver Tambossa Bayo Akinfemi
Dr. Leonid Gakumba Carlos Diaz
Flora Guillen Chantal Quesnelle
Jason Brody Gianpaolo Venuta
Riley Brody Alex Harrouch
Vaas Montenegro Michael Mando
Liza Snow Mylène Dinh-Robic
Citra Talugmai Faye Kingslee
Dr. Alec Earnhardt Martin Kevan
Ajay Ghale unknown
Pagan "Gang" Min Troy Baker

Film[edit]

  • A film based on the video game was directed by Uwe Boll, the film received negative reviews with most critics saying it does the games no justice.
  • An official Far Cry film is currently in development by Ubisoft along with Watch Dogs and Rabbids films.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw-Williams, Hannah (June 9, 2014). "‘Far Cry 4′ E3 2014 Trailer Introduces New Villain & Protagonist". GameRant.com. 
  2. ^ Dyer, Mitch (May 15, 2014). "Far Cry 4 Announced for 2014". ign.com. 
  3. ^ "Far Cry (PC)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Far Cry Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  5. ^ Purchese, Robert (9 January 2014). "Far Cry: The Wild Expedition is a compilation". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Ubisoft To Make Movies Based on ‘Watch Dogs,’ ‘Far Cry,’ ‘Rabbids’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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