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Far Cry 6 review: Take down Giancarlo Esposito with a roided rooster

Should you play it?

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What do you get when you cross an evil dictator, a crate filled with guns, and a fighting rooster pumped with steroids? Far Cry 6 continues the long-running first-person RPG franchise from Ubisoft. Much like its predecessors, the sixth major entry in the series brings players to an isolated, almost-dystopic country in a quest for survival and (eventually) dominance.

In Far Cry 6, players choose between a male or a female Dani Rojas. The newly minted guerilla then fights against Yara’s cruel dictatorship ruled by Anton Castillo and his son Diego. Dani will have the help of a dynamic cast of characters from the Libertad revolution and a quirky set of pets including a gator, a handicapped dog, and the aforementioned rooster.

Graphics: Vacation in paradise

Before gameplay even starts, one of the most notable aspects of Far Cry 6 is its picturesque graphics. The game fully makes use of current-gen technology to deliver the best-looking island the series has ever seen. Even without the optional HD textures pack, details are crystal clear, colors pop, and characters are rendered perfectly without going into uncanny valley territory.

Further, the game comes with AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution which can produce high-resolution frames even with low-resolution inputs. It gives you an option to prioritize framerate or performance without murdering your entire rig.

Gameplay: Best of all worlds

Six entries into the series, Far Cry 6 already knows which gameplay elements to focus on. The game takes the best features from the third through the fifth entries: the survivalist jungle setting of Far Cry 3, the vertical traversal of Far Cry 4, and the micro-territorial format of Far Cry 5.

Years ago, Far Cry 3 skyrocketed the franchise as one of Ubisoft’s flagship series. The game was a difficult but manageable jungle survival simulator with ferocious animals and enemies. The sixth entry somewhat brings this back by sticking players into a harsh tropical island.

However, though enemies can still be difficult, the new game does lose a bit of its survival aspect. Animals aren’t as roaming, and hunting isn’t an absolute necessity anymore. That said, the reduced focus on survival can make the game more enjoyable and allows users to focus on other gameplay elements. And, considering that Dani already has a military background, it makes sense that it isn’t a survival game anymore.

Secondly, Far Cry 6 takes the vertical movement of Far Cry 4 and makes fun traversal and parkour puzzles for exploration. Getting around the game isn’t just through vehicles or running around the map. A lot of times, the best way to get from point A to point B (without fast travelling) is going through a large mountain. It involves grappling, finely timed jumps, and swings. Unlike a lot of games with that form of travel, air travel in Far Cry 6 — parachute, wingsuit, and vehicles — is easy to control.

Finally, the game takes the territorial gameplay of Far Cry 5. Like the previous game, Far Cry 6’s map is divided into different sections: a tutorial island, a main hub, three different regions controlled by minor bosses, and a major boss region. However, unlike the previous games, the map isn’t a color-by-number collect-a-thon. Though the map is still littered with objectives, the goal isn’t necessarily to claim every region for the revolution. Enemies still spawn regularly even if you’ve captured an entire region.

Amid the game’s similarities to its predecessors, Far Cry 6 still has a lot of exclusive tricks up its sleeve. For one, the RPG-style levelling system is gone. Though there’s still a way to rank up through the revolution, most of the perks are now obtained through the crafting system. The decision may or may not hold everyone’s attention, especially those looking for a more traditional RPG experience, but it’s quite an adventure crafting the best gear for your guerilla.

Plus, the game offers a way to manage the revolution from camp. There’s a choose-your-own-adventure style map wherein you send teams on raids with sometimes-humorous prompts. There’s a co-op area wherein you (and an optional partner) can raid smaller maps not found in the main game.

All in all, Far Cry 6 offers a familiar experience for long-time fans while keeping things fresh for both new and old players.

Writing: When’s the Netflix series?

From the outset, Far Cry 6 exudes a caliber of writing ahead of those in Ubisoft’s standard fare. The cinematic intro, which plays every time you launch the game, looks like it came from a Netflix show, and it hints at what you’re in for.

Yara’s story doesn’t pull a lot of punches. Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Anton Castillo, carries the entire game on his back. Reminiscent of Far Cry 3’s charismatic Vaas Montenegro, Castillo is a terrifying villain to go up against. He’s ruthless, unyielding, and would mess up even his allies just to maintain his grip over Yara.

Meanwhile, opposite Castillo is a cast of dynamic, funny, and strong side characters helping you throughout the revolution. In fact, each region tells its own story. While one region might focus on Viviro (Yara’s alleged cure for cancer), another will center around Yara’s navy. Each region also has its own smaller guerilla movement. And rather than being subservient to the greater Libertad revolution, they have their own missions, wants, and needs. It plays off like three short stories connected only loosely by a grander narrative.

Unfortunately, while a lot can be said about Yara as a whole, it’s hard to see Dani Rojas as anything other than a playable character. Far Cry 6 brings back a named protagonist, unlike the bland and silent one from Far Cry 5. However, it doesn’t dwell much on Dani’s story. Dani does get a moment of pathos at the beginning of the game, but they hinge on this one moment for the entire adventure. They never quite grow into their own character after the fact, unlike 3’s Jason Brody or 4’s Ajay Ghale. Though Dani’s voiced lines were a treat to hear, Far Cry 6’s story was more about Clara Garcia’s Libertad versus Anton Castillo’s Yara. Though it’s not exactly a fault on its own, it might put off those looking for a purely protagonist-driven story.

Should you play it?

Issues with Dani aside, Far Cry 6 remains an enjoyable romp through the jungles and streets of Yara. Gamers might balk at the game’s more unconventional decisions, but one thing’s for sure: taking down a government led by Giancarlo Esposito makes for a fun time.

SEE ALSO: Far Cry 5 review: Immersive playground in the heart of cultist America

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t for everybody

And, that’s fine

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure third-person video game. The game is developed and produced by Ember Lab. In the game, you play as Kena. She’s a young spirit guide who uses her magical abilities to help people pass on into the spirit world.

The game is stunning and deep dives into spiritual aspects like emotional entanglement with the physical word after passing away.

In case you don’t have a working pair of eyes

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a gorgeous game. Stunning yet scuffed at times, this game is nothing short of eye-candy. The background details and character design is just *chef’s kiss*. But, big butt (Editor’s Note: Not sure if this is a typo but we’ve decided to keep it as is), by the way, this aesthetic might not be to some people’s liking. Hear me out: this game looks and feels like you’re playing through a Disney Pixar movie. And, honestly, that might not be for everyone.

On the scuffed end of things, you’ll find that some things glitch through objects and terrain. But, to that, I think it adds to its charm. The silliness is often welcome and strangely expected in the whole gaming sense. This isn’t the first scuffed game to come across a gamer’s life and it won’t be the last. I think each game has its improvements and patches to develop and incorporate and the glitches make the whole experience memorable and meme-able.

The crutch everyone won’t shut up about

This game is weirdly forgettable for people who’ve played a lot of third-person action adventures. Why? Well, this isn’t the first of its kind. Kena: Bridge of Spirits takes from many games before it and blends its inspirations together pretty nicely without overcomplicating its mechanics.

I would say though, that this can be what I personally found to be endearing with Kena. It unapologetically makes for a good entry-level action-adventure game for people who might not normally gravitate to games like it. With its beautiful visuals and memorable take on grievances, Kena pulls at sentimental heartstrings without the stupidly complicated skill building of most other action adventures out there.

Don’t hate the game

Nor, the player. The game is simple. That can be refreshing for some players or just boring to some. Which, I’ll say now, to each their own. Most games under the same category are far more convoluted and complex. So, if that’s something you like, this isn’t for you. And that’s totally fine.

Most of the game plays on collecting cute Rot along the way. And, on top of the usual skill building, most rewards you’ll find in hidden spots are either more Rot or hats for them. It doesn’t really require that much mental gymnastics to play this game. You can play to relax and just enjoy the journey. Which, for me, is great! Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the perfect game for when you want to play with family watching. I’m sure it’ll feel like a movie to them.

Is this your GAME Match?

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game worth trying no matter how familiar you are with video games in the same category. The barrier of entry is super friendly and simplistic so, you won’t need that much video game experience to immerse in the story. Plus, you can customize the game for when you want more of a challenge.

I do have to say though, that this game might fight to keep your interest at times but, it sure can lure you back in. As for me, I was happy to play this game. It was challenging at times and, it might not be the best one on my list. But, it gets honorary points for being simple, gorgeous, and family-friendly.

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Call of Duty announces a new anti-cheat system, Ricochet

Will this solve all the rampant cheating in game?

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Picture this: you just finished up a good amount of work for the day and you just wanna play video games. Specifically, you boot up your PC or console and play some good ol’ fashioned Call of Duty: Warzone. All of a sudden, even playing this game isn’t enjoyable because of all the cheaters in your server. It’s not fun, but the developers of Call of Duty have a solution for that with their new anti-cheat system, Ricochet.

Basically, Ricochet will serve as the game’s way of tracking and investigating any and all kinds of cheating activity taking place on the server. Apart from this, the anti-cheat system allows for tighter account security especially when playing on your PC. With a dedicated PC kernel driver, the system will assist users in identifying cheaters and cheating software present in their systems.

In terms of rollout, Ricochet will be available on Call of Duty: Warzone later in the year. Meanwhile, the anti-cheat will make its way to Call of Duty: Vanguard at a much later date.

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Nintendo Switch OLED Unboxing and Review

Should you upgrade?

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Michael Josh might have forgotten to pre-order the newest Nintendo Switch OLED, but that doesn’t stop him from lining up to the nearest Nintendo Store in New York.

After hours of waiting and shopping spree, he finally ordered not one, but two on the line!

Other than the classic red and blue Switch, there’s also a new white version available.

But should you upgrade? Or do you just need to keep your existing Nintendo Switch for now?

Head over to our Nintendo Switch OLED Unboxing and Review now!

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