Far Cry Primal Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Far Cry Primal RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Open World Video Games Set In Historical Eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:06:55 -0500 Louis Bulaong

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Learning about history has never been so much fun. These titles have shown that video games can also be an educational way of learning about the past and see just how awesome our ancestors were when they kicked butt back then. With titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance on the way, expect a lot more historical games to be released in the future. 

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Until then, grab a medieval sword, cowboy pistols, and a history book and go have some fun with these games on the list!

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Red Dead Redemption

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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When Red Dead Redemption was released, it not only changed how historical games are made, it revolutionized how open-world video games should be played as a whole.

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In Red Dead Redemption, you play as John Marston, a former outlaw who is forced by the government to save his family. While open world games set in the Wild West are not a new idea (just look at previous titles like Gun and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood), Red Dead Redemption is different by adding a morality system. This system affects gameplay whenever players act as a protector of the law or a bloodthirsty criminal.

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Players can traverse through the dying American frontier and across diverse environments, including snowy mountains, swamps and rivers, green forests, and deserts. They can also can gamble in towns, herd cattle as a cowboy, hunt animals, and engage in gunfights and duels. Everything from the diction and horses, to even the newspapers and moving pictures of the day is depicted accurately. Top it off with an amazing, Oscar-worthy story, and one could reasonably argue Rockstar created one of the greatest video games of all time.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Steam

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Of all the historical open world video games out there, the Assassin’s Creed series is by far the most well-known. The entire franchise spans many different historical eras, from the Third Crusade, Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions and many others. The best game in the series however, is the one that takes place in the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

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In the game, players take control of a pirate named Edward Kenway, and it certainly delivered on the swashbuckling action and high seas exploration that was expected of it. As a pirate, players can raid ports and other ships, find treasure hidden in uncharted islands or deep underwater, and fight soldiers and other pirates with cutlasses and flintlock pistols.

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While not entirely the most historically accurate game in the bunch (the series is sci-fi, after all), the game does well in resurrecting the Carribean during the age of the pirate, from the environment to even the historical individuals like Black Beard and Anne Bonney.

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The Saboteur

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

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There have been a lot of World War II games, but only one that used an open world environment. The Saboteur is an action adventure game starring an angry Irish resistance fighter named Sean Devlin, as he fights for liberty and vengeance in Nazi-occupied Paris. With an assortment of WWII weapons and vehicles, Sean Devlin fights for the French people by battling soldiers and destroying their war machines.

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What makes The Saboteur unique from the others is that it combines the gameplay of two of the best open-world game series, but in a WWII setting: Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. Sean Devlin can roam around the city, stealthily destroying enemy outposts like V2 rockets and AT guns, or climbing famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, that have been decorated in Nazi symbols. It's difficult to find another game that immerses the player so fully in the setting and combines setting so skillfully with gameplay.

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Far Cry Primal

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam

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Far Cry Primal is a bit different, since it's one of a few games set in pre-history--the time of cavemen, massive creatures, and life without the perks (or life expectancy) of civilization. The Far Cry series is known for its creative use of first-person gameplay in a free-roam type setting, but this time developers replaced firearms and vehicles with stone-age weapons and ancient beasts.

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In Far Cry Primal players take control of a hunter named Takkar in the Mesolithic age, as he treks through lush, but unforgiving environments, hunts beasts like mammoths and saber-tooth tigers, and fights other cavemen and tribes for vital resources. Takkar can also tame animals that he can use at his disposal--an interesting and chronologically accurate depiction of the transition of mankind from a hunter-gatherer society to the time of settlement and conquering nature itself.

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

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Available on: Xbox 360, Windows

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The long-running indie series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been scratching that open-world detective video game itch for over a decade, long before L.A. Noire. In this series, Sherlock Holmes solve a variety of cases, many of which pitted him against other famous characters, like Arsene Lupin, Jack the Ripper and the Cult of Cthulhu. Besides giving the players the chance to solve mysterious crimes, many of the games in this series also offer the chance to roam around places in Victorian England.

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Frogwares has done well in meticulously researching the history of 19th century London. But when the sixth installment, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes came out, more effort and attention to detail was given to really create that authentic look for the HD generation.

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While not entirely an open world game, players are still free to roam around the downtrodden Whitechapel District itself to see the dark Gothic buildings and the dreary economic state of much of the city. This great attention to detail turned this indie title into one of the best detective games of all time.

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Mafia II

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

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From games like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Sleeping Dogs, it's easy to say gangsters are one of the most popular protagonists in many open world video games. So who wouldn't want to play as a tommy gun-wielding mobster in the 1950s? Thankfully for those who do, developer 2K Czech released Mafia II in 2010, where players take control of mobster Vito Scarletta throughout his criminal career. This particular game makes you feel like a true gangster better than many of its contemporaries.

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Unlike L.A. Noire, where you play as a law enforcer, in Mafia II, you play as a gangster who is free to cause carnage with tommy guns and a variety of classic cars. The developers included multiple details, large and small, to give the game a nice '50s vibe, from the rock and roll music, to the classic mobster suits and greasers jacket, and even collectibles in the form of vintage Playboy covers.

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L.A. Noire 

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One

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Rockstar, a developer that can easily be seen as a master of open-world games, has released several sandbox games set in various historical eras. One of them is L.A. Noire, a detective game that takes place in the scandalous era of 1940s Los Angeles.

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Players take control of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who joined the police force, as he climbs the career ladder from beat cop to renowned detective. The game is reminiscent of all the classic noire stories and pulp fiction of the past, with players interrogating witnesses and investigating crime scenes across the colorful landscape of Los Angeles.

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Players fight criminals using tommy guns, Hollywood style gossip can be indulged in, and you can even drive along the old Hollywoodland sign. And let's face it: everyone wants to do that. One downloadable mission even has Cole Phelps solving the Black Dahlia murder. Los Angeles has never looked as gritty as it was in the old days in L.A. Noire.

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Mount & Blade 

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Available on: PC, Steam

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When it comes to medieval games in the industry, it seems one has to have at least a dragon, an elf, or magic to be popular, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Dragon’s DogmaMount and Blade on the other hand, deviates from these fantasy trends and instead, depicts the so-called Dark Ages as they were more than a millennium ago. Even without the magic and the sorcery, Mount & Blade is still considered to be one of the best medieval action RPGs of all time. 

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Players only have their swords, bows, and other medieval weapons for support, as they journey through the countryside of Europe, fighting battles, conquering castles, and raiding villages. Players must personally lead their men into battle in either all-out brawls or smarter strategic assaults. There's just as much medieval fun to be had out of the less fantastical elements of the period than you might think.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Available on: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

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The popular Grand Theft Auto series isn’t a historical open-world game in a sense, but there are many titles that takes place in certain time periods, and one of them is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

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Like many GTA games, players take control of a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he rises from the bottom to the top of the criminal world, filled with brawls, gunfights, and vehicle drive-bys. What sets it apart from others, however, is its satirical portrayal of 1980s America.

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Audio consists of iconic pop music of the time, vintage cars can be driven, and there are a ton of cheesy 80s references from aerobics, Rambo, Phil Collins, and even "99 Red Balloons." It captures everything related to how the era is stereotypically portrayed in pop culture. Even the game’s story is heavily influenced by the 80s idea of liberty, promiscuity, and rampart drug epidemics. 

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Way of the Samurai 3

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS

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In this third installment of the long-running Way of the Samurai series, Way of the Samurai 3 lets players take control of an unnamed samurai as he fights through battles and duels in Sengoku Japan. Developer Acquire did a great job in recreating the Warring States Period of Japan, a time where factions and clans wage war until whoever can finally take control of the islands.

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The protagonist can be customized in terms of general appearance and clothing, as well as what type of Japanese weapon he can wield. Players can roam around the countryside, either helping people or causing mayhem with a katana or naginata. And in an era filled with treachery and betrayal, players can choose which side he wants to fight for, which can lead to different endings. 

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If you're a big fan of classic jidaigeki films like Seven Samurai and historical anime like Rurouni Kenshin, then give this one a try.

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With open world games set in modern day cities, cybernetic worlds, and fantasy kingdoms done to death at this point, there is no wonder that historical games such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Red Dead Redemption 2 are trending in the market. Not only do these games bring variety to a popular genre, but they also bring with them the chance to relive history and walk and interact with the people and events of yesteryear.

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You can play as a knight, pirate, samurai, noire detective, gangster or a cowboy; ride horses and mammoths or drive vintage cars; and roam around places like the Old West, Victorian London or Nazi-occupied Paris. The choice is yours to decide, but we've put together a list of the 10 best open world games with historical settings to help get you started.

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What is it about Open World Exploration Games that makes them so Popular? https://www.gameskinny.com/a5m5i/what-is-it-about-open-world-exploration-games-that-makes-them-so-popular https://www.gameskinny.com/a5m5i/what-is-it-about-open-world-exploration-games-that-makes-them-so-popular Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:09:58 -0400 Richard Sherry

People’s desire for exploration and drive for adventure are as old as humanity itself. Open world exploration games invoke that innate sense of curiosity and discovery by using variety, beauty, and innovation to light the spark. These are games that focus on giving the player choice to tread their own path through a large world with few barriers or limitations, allowing us to shape our own story.

No Man’s Sky is the most recent and high-profile open-world exploration game, while other examples include the masterpiece Shadow of the Colossus, Firewatch even the less-remembered Endless Ocean. The genre has continued to grow and become more diverse, creating more and more interesting experiences to draw in gamers.

Open world games have begun taking over the AAA industry, spurred by the successes of games such as Skyrim and GTA V. Nowadays you’d be harder pressed to find a Ubisoft game that isn’t open world; so clearly the popularity of exploration within games is paramount.

Exploration is one of the pillars of gaming and game design; because developers know as well as anybody that people love to explore, learn and engage with the world around them in both real life and games. By achieving this, open world exploration games make you feel like you’re really a part of the world you’re traversing, rather than a detached observer experiencing someone else’s story. And by truly putting you into the shoes of your character/avatar they can elicit deep emotional responses from the player.

Exploration games, when done well, create a level of immersion that is hard to rival elsewhere. When a large, organic and detailed world is built -- full of interesting characters, locations, and objects to uncover and interact with -- it’s hard not be drawn in. From the sprawling Texan deserts of Red Dead Redemption to the prehistoric wilderness of Far Cry Primal, appreciating the levels of detail and variety is paramount to enjoying one’s time exploring huge worlds.

This variety can come in many forms. From questing and collecting to platforming and traversal, a good range of activities helps to populate large worlds with interesting and rewarding things to spend your time with outside of the main story progression. This variety keeps players engaged for longer with something for everyone to enjoy.

Instead of simply following a single set path laid out before you through waypoints, linear level design and singular narrative (which is not a bad thing in the right situations of course), masterful exploration games open up all sorts of new avenues. They create unique levels of freedom, choice and player agency, letting us fully participate in the world and make it our own.

Don’t want to follow the main narrative and talk to that quest-giver right now? Feel free to wander off the beaten path into the dense forest instead, happening upon a hauntingly beautiful ruined monastery and a pack of ravenous wolves. Escaping by the skin of your teeth, perhaps you’ll find yourself scaling a mountain or reading long-lost documents that shed new light on the world and its history. Or you could be forging uncharted paths through space, discovering new planets and lifeforms, surviving run-ins with space pirates and trading your resources for new technologies.

Smaller games like Firewatch and ADR1FT are also refreshing for their abilities to innovate and throw out the standard rules and stereotypes that games often rely on. Quite a few, for example, do away with combat and shooting, which can be a very welcome change of pace in an industry that so often seems to rely on those mechanics to stay relevant. While some people dislike such games that become little more than “walking simulators”, they provide experiences that aren’t to be found anywhere else in gaming and that many people find novel.

While we can’t necessarily forge new frontiers all too often in the real world nowadays, we can still get those feelings of intrepid adventure while exploring fictional worlds (or even fictional representations of our own world). Open world exploration games can fulfill these spiritual itches as an innate part of the human condition. The joy of diving into another world, spending hours upon hours wandering its environments, means that open world exploration will likely maintain its popularity for some time to come.

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Deal: Far Cry Primal for $24.99 https://www.gameskinny.com/kizi7/deal-far-cry-primal-for-2499 https://www.gameskinny.com/kizi7/deal-far-cry-primal-for-2499 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:00:01 -0400 kate.farrow

If you haven't played Far Cry Primal yet, now's your chance. The physical copies for PS4 and Xbox One are on sale for $24.99 on Amazon. PC physical copies are 48% off at $35. Grab it while you can!

 

I’m always looking for new awesome products, so please send me your favorites at commerce@LaunchMediaNetwork.com.

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Xbox One Cuts Price to $299 https://www.gameskinny.com/qikam/xbox-one-cuts-price-to-299 https://www.gameskinny.com/qikam/xbox-one-cuts-price-to-299 Tue, 31 May 2016 09:17:15 -0400 JunaeBenne

The Xbox One price has dropped to $299 for a limited time -- it truly is a Spring miracle.

Microsoft really wants its console to stand alone -- and with the major improvements plus this price cut, the Xbox One is continously making headlines. The cut is a total $50 decrease for the Xbox One, lowering the price to $299.99.

Microsoft started cutting prices on Xbox One bundles by $50 back in March. This new cut includes all Xbox systems at any retail store. But there isn’t any say whether the Xbox will return to the regular price of $350.

Along with this price cut there will be significant discounts on PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 compatible video game titles. You can save 40 to 60 percent off over 150 titles. Titles will be available in the Xbox Store for both silver and gold members. A few titles that will have this discount are: Call of Duty Black Ops III, Halo 5, Far Cry Primal and  Fallout 4.

Microsoft has been doing tremendous outreach and listening to their consumers. Microsoft customers and O.T. Genasis have been saying the same thing:

“Your price is way too high, you need to cut it,” and Microsoft has listened.

This is the cheapest Microsoft has ever sold a console. Check out this Spring Sale on the Xbox website, the offers are continously being updated.

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Amazon locks certain games as exclusively available for Prime members https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5kw/amazon-locks-certain-games-as-exclusively-available-for-prime-members https://www.gameskinny.com/tt5kw/amazon-locks-certain-games-as-exclusively-available-for-prime-members Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:49:48 -0400 Scott Simpson

It seems Amazon has quietly introduced several games to their list of Amazon Prime-Exclusive items, with GTA V, FIFA 16, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Minecraft and Far Cry Primal all currently marked as "exclusively for Prime members", among others.

It's unknown how many more titles are affected by the change; however, the games are still available to purchase through third-party sellers on the site.

It's something of a bizarre move for the company, who are clearly trying to incentivize customers to fork out cash for their paid service. Membership requires an annual subscription fee of $99, or £79 per year for UK customers, and gives members access to free next day delivery and their Amazon Instant Video service, amongst other features.

One can't help but wonder, though, if the change might have the opposite effect, with customers simply going to other retailers or buying from third-party sellers instead. It also begs the question...how far will Amazon go with its "exclusive" merchandise?

Other games currently affected by the decision include: Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Elder Scrolls Online, Battlefield Hardline, Rainbow Six Siege and, somewhat bizarrely, Farming Simulator 15. Strangely, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes also seems to be included, but not Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

What are your thoughts on the move? Would you consider paying for Amazon Prime in light of this? Or do you think Amazon have just shot themselves in the foot? For those who are already Prime members, how do you feel about the change? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Far Cry Primal animal taming guide https://www.gameskinny.com/eqr92/far-cry-primal-animal-taming-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/eqr92/far-cry-primal-animal-taming-guide Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:54:53 -0500 Ty Arthur

It's every cave man's dream to pet all the cuddly leopards and bears in the wild, and Far Cry Primal (read our review here) finally lets you indulge that pre-historic instinct!

While most of the beasts found across Oros are there for hunting and skinning, some of them can instead can be baited and then tamed. You will definitely want an animal companion around, as it makes you much safer while traversing the landscape or assaulting an outpost.

Far Cry Primal Animal Taming Basics

Before taming any beasts, Takkar has to complete the first Tensay mission and recruit him to the Wenja tribe's base. To unlock skills for taming more impressive creatures, you then have to upgrade Tensay's hut.

Finding most of the animals isn't particularly challenging, as the map clearly marks where each type of animal is likely to be found. There is a random element to this mechanic though, so hang out in that region of the map until the animal you are looking for shows up. Certain animal types – such as the Bloodfang Sabretooth – are only accessible in elevated areas after you acquire the grappling claw.

Check your map for animal locations

Using the owl for reconnaissance can greatly cut down on the time spent waiting around, since you can actively find animals from above. Killing off all the other wildlife you come across also seems to increase the chances of a rare version showing up.

For the upgraded rare versions of animals, keep an eye out for a yellow scent trail while you have Hunter Vision active. A few of the rarest and most power animals aren't available randomly and are instead located in specific hunting side quests, which are noted below.

The scent trail reveals rare animals

To tame an animal, you have to sneak up on them and set down bait. If they notice you, aggressive animals will attack and you'll have to start over; or they may just flee instead. When you end up having to kill an animal you are trying to tame, go rest for a day and return to the area so it will respawn. Be sure to also head to animal areas at different times, as some creatures – like the tapir – are more prevalent at night.

Below is a full listing of all the animals you can tame and their special skills. For more help in exploring Oros, be sure to also check out:

Dhole

Ability: Skins carcasses and gathers resources after a kill / gathers nearby resources when you’re idle

Stats: Strength 1, Speed 2, Stealth 5

You'll find these everywhere and while they are useful at the start, dholes really have glass jaws. They get taken out easily, but are very helpful while wandering around the wilderness for automatically gathering plants and skins.

Dhole

Rare Dhole

Ability: Same as base dhole, but also resistant to fire

Stats: Strength 2, Speed 2, Stealth 4

With slightly upgraded stats, the rare dhole can be more helpful in combat situations, but otherwise the only draw is the change in fur color.

Rare Dhole

Wolf

Ability: Growls to warn of nearby enemies, reveals nearby terrain and larger area of minimap

Stats: Strength 1, Speed 3, Stealth 3

Another prevalent animal found all across the environment, the wolf is less strong than you'd expect based on his size and feral appearance, but his special ability is incredibly useful.

Wolf

White Wolf

Ability: Same as regular wolf

Stats: Strength 2, Speed 3, Stealth 3

Essentially just the same as the regular wolf with slighlty upgraded stats, the white wolf of course is also re-skinned for a more interesting appearance.

White Wolf

Rare Striped Wolf

Ability: Same as regular wolf and white wolf but resistant to fire

Stats: Strength 3, Speed 3, Stealth 3

Who doesn't want an even stronger wolf that takes less fire damage? Grab one of these as soon as you see the tell-tale scent trail!

Rare Striped Wolf

Snowblood Wolf

Ability: Same as the regular wolf

Stats: Strength 4, Speed 3, Stealth 4

Only acquired through a beast master hunt side quest, this is the ultimate wolf form to be tamed in Far Cry Primal and clearly a messy eater as well.

Snowblood Wolf

Jaguar

Ability: Attacks unsuspecting targets without alerting nearby enemies

Stats: Strength 2, Speed 4, Stealth 5

The jaguar is the stealth companion used for taking down outposts without alerting everyone. If you don't prefer the frontal assault approach, get yourself a jaguar.

Jaguar

Rare Black Jaguar

Ability: Same as normal jaguar but also resistant to fire

Stats: Strength 3, Speed 4, Stealth 5

Upgraded from the regular jaguar, this is the ultimate stealth animal. If you don't want those other tribes to know you were there before taking them down silently with arrow or spear, this is the companion to choose.

Rare Black Jaguar

Leopard

Ability: Automatically tags nearby enemies

Stats: Strength 3, Speed 4, Stealth 4

A very solid all around companion, the leopard has both great stats and a great special ability that ensures you won't lose track of enemies.

Leopard

Cave Lion

Ability: Automatically tags nearby enemies

Stats: Strength 3, Speed 3, Stealth 3

The poor man's leopard, the cave lion is nonetheless still useful for the same reasons as the previous animal.

Cave Lion

Rare Black Cave Lion

Ability: Automatically tags nearby enemies and resistant to fire

Stats: Strength 4, Speed 3, Stealth 3

If you want a strong companion with the tagging skill, be on the lookout for the yellow scent trail while Hunter Vision is active and try to tame one of these with your bait.

Black Cave Lion

Badger

Ability: Revives itself after death, keeps other animals away, and immune to poison

Stats: Strength 3, Speed 1, Stealth 3

These little monsters are just the worst. They're incredibly ungrateful, and they bite you when you try to pet them.

Badger

Brown Bear

Ability: Draws enemy attacks, gathers resources while idle, and can be ridden with Beast Rider skill

Stats: Strength 4, Speed 3, Stealth 2

The bears are essentially your front line damage soakers, as your enemies will target the bear first and ignore you.

Brown Bear

Cave Bear

Ability: Draws enemy attacks

Stats: Strength 5, Speed 3, Stealth 1

There's absolutely no stealth capability here, but who needs it when you have a gigantic bear ripping them an enemy camp?

Cave Bear

Great Scar Bear

Ability: Draws enemy attacks

Stats: Strength 5, Speed 2, Stealth 2

Only acquired through a beast master hunt, this is the final bear to be found in Far Cry Primal, and it's clear from his appearance that he's survived more battles than Takkar ever will.

Great Scar Bear

Sabretooth Tiger

Ability: Can be ridden with the Beast Rider skill

Stats: Strength 4, Speed 5, Stealth 3

Tigers are the fastest animal companions, so if you want to get around a large area without using fast travel points, these are the beasts you want.

Sabretooth Tiger

Bloodfang Sabretooth

Ability: Can be ridden with the Beast Rider skill

Stats: Strength 5, Speed 5, Stealth 3

Only acquired through a beast master hunt, this is easily one of the best animals in the game in terms of strength, speed, and riding ability.

Bloodfang Sabretooth

Have any tips on perfect spots for always finding each animal or any strategies for using them in combat? Let us know in the comments section!

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Far Cry Primal's best easter eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/myes4/far-cry-primals-best-easter-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/myes4/far-cry-primals-best-easter-eggs Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:03:35 -0500 Ty Arthur

Although not quite equal to the unending string of hilarious easter eggs from Just Cause 3, the newly unleashed Far Cry Primal has its share of in-jokes and nods to the fans.

If you don't feel like covering every inch of the world map to find 'em yourself (but seriously, you should), then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show...

The Assassin's Creed Connection

Found by accepting missions from Urki at the southeastern end of Oros, this easter egg is available during the “Fly Like Bird” quest. After bringing all the feathers to Urki, he'll perform a leap of faith, hurling himself off a tall cliff into a pile of twigs and leaves (not at all unlike the silly way you save your game in Ubisoft's other major franchise).

The “Kanda Of Faith” achievement/trophy also has a similar connotation, tasking you with climbing to the top of the Pardaku Lookout peak and jumping off to land in the pool of water below (although it's more likely you're going to break your neck on the protruding rocks).

The Blood Dragon's Origins

In a secret cave located above a waterfall in the snowy northeast corner of the map, you'll come across a familiar skeleton for fans of Far Cry's hilarious neon 80's action spin-off.

Finding the carcass also unlocks the “Mark 4 Wenja” achievement/trophy, referencing all-American action -- Rex Power Colt from Blood Dragon

Stone Age Sex

OK, I'm not actually sure if this really an easter egg or just something the developer put in to simulate the visceral nature of the setting, but those who are so inclined can watch some stone age Hot Coffee action.

Different NPCs around the game will occasionally get it on, but one location in particular seems to get the cave men all hot and heavy. Head south of the Paysha River outpost and near a campfire you'll frequently find a couple hanging around.

When you first catch sight of them, they'll walk up close together and then they touch a bit, and finally they drop to the ground and start going out in with some digital bump 'n grind action. Unfortunately for the voyeur Takkar, the couple never seems to get to finish, because wild animals are always running in to eat the mating tribe members!

Pre-Historic Foot Traffic

You can have a bit of a yabba-dabba-doo time in Far Cry Primal if you know where to look. In the southwest section of the map is a large lake marked by the symbol of a bitefish.

Jump in for a swim and just off the shoreline you'll see a Flintstones-style car, complete with no floor for foot-powered movement. There's even a steering wheel and everything.

Of course, the Flintstones reference just reminds you that there's no dinosaur animal companions -- and what a terrible missed opportunity that was. Come on Ubisoft – dinosaur DLC please!

Death From Above

In a nod to Far Cry 4, giant birds of prey will swoop down and steal animals you are hunting – even larger quadrupeds like goats! Enjoy the hilarity of one truly perplexed player witnessing it in action below.

These are all the easter eggs we've found so far while venturing across Oros, but there's bound to be more discovered. Be sure to let us know about any you find in the comments below! Need help surviving the harsh Oros landscape? Check out our Far Cry Primal tips and strategies here.

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Far Cry Primal tips, tricks, and strategies https://www.gameskinny.com/s4hut/far-cry-primal-tips-tricks-and-strategies https://www.gameskinny.com/s4hut/far-cry-primal-tips-tricks-and-strategies Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:58:14 -0500 Ty Arthur

With everything from stone club-wielding tribesmen to sabretooth tigers freely roaming around, just staying alive through the night is no small task in Ubisoft's new 10,000 BC survival simulator.

It might be a Far Cry game, but there's nary a PKM or Skorpion to be found, so you're going to need some extra help avoiding death by spear or claw in Primal's pre-historic, mammoth-hunting environment. For those still on the fence about the setting and mechanics in this unexpected twist on the series, you can read our full review here.

The Basics Of Far Cry Primal Exploration

Before heading out to explore the open world apart from the main quest, be sure to find and recruit Wogah to unlock the grappling claw, which greatly expands the areas you can effectively reach. Finding all the various main Wenja tribe members provides access to new upgrades, but Dah in particular is one you want to recruit to make life easier on the combat and survival front.

Recruiting missing tribe members is critical

While the specific skill-related tribe members are important, your village's overall population goes up on its own when you complete quests, capture outposts, or light bonfires. Increasing your tribe's population provides daily stash bonuses (meaning less time spent foraging for needed items). Those bonuses increase at specific population tiers: 20, 40, 60, and so on.

When you start exploring Oros in earnest, there are points of interest you specifically want to head towards. Rather than fixing radio towers or destroying a base like in Far Cry 3, you'll have to take over outposts and light bonfires in Primal to expand the map and have new fast travel locations.

Since there's no humvees or speed boats for quickly getting around the world map, you'll want to take the time to get new fast travel spots whenever possible.

Bonfire, radio tower, what's the difference?

Outposts and bonfires are at fixed locations, but animals are found randomly in certain ranges indicated on the map. Keep your eyes peeled in any given area, as the yellow scent trail visible while using Hunter Vision leads to rare animals. You want to drop what you're doing and chase after them, as rare skins are needed for certain upgrades.

Far Cry Primal Skills

There's a staggering 80 different skills available during the course of the game, and as expected some are more obviously useful than others.

To make different sections of the skill layout available, you first have to find and recruit specific tribe members (as mentioned above), and some skills are only available after you further upgrade that person's hut.

  • Recruit Tensay to unlock Beast Master skill section
  • Recruit Jayma to unlock Hunting skill section
  • Recruit Karoosh to unlock Fighting skill section
  • Recruit Wogah to unlock Crafting skill section
  • Recruit Dah to unlock Melee Resistance, Primitive Heal III, and Double Berserk Bomb
  • Recruit Roshani to unlock the fire-based skills

For critical skills, Hunter Vision (unlocked automatically during the story) is a must, and of course the extra health and health regeneration skills should be accessed as soon as possible. The various taming skills are among the highest priority, allowing you to tame ever more dangerous creatures until you've got a retinue of bears and sabretooth tigers ready to be called on.

80 skills are available for combat, crafting, and more

The real goods for surviving combat are from Dah's skill tree, which significantly increase your resistance to damage from either animal attacks or angry primitives with clubs. In terms of utility, the Craft Arrow skills are incredibly useful, allowing you to make more ammunition while using fewer resources.

Since the Tag Enemy and Tag Animals skills are permanent, they make hunting down a specific animal or lone straggler much less frustrating. When combined with the owl companion, you can effectively recon an area ahead of time and tag all the enemies before heading in to throw spears or fire off a few arrows.

Far Cry Primal Combat

Recruiting Karoosh provides access to crafting the devastating two-handed club -- and while it's a slow weapon, it lets you dominate in up-front melee combat.

When dealing with human opponents, stealthy head shots with your bow and arrow are the way to go whenever possible, although the humble spear is surprisingly effective as a short distance ranged weapon. Two or three spear throws will take down difficult enemies more quickly than repeated melee swings / stabs.

He'll teach your tribe to survive the harsh Oros lifestyle

When you've been spotted or there's a large number of opponents, its time to put your animal companion to use, distracting enemies while you either take them down at range or rush in for melee. The animal riding skills also give you a huge advantage in combat later on.

While exploring the wilderness, don't underestimate the power of fire. It's one of the few advantages you have over the many feral animals to be found in Oros. A flaming club can keep the aggressive nocturnal predators at bay, while flaming arrows can damage large and powerful enemies like bears and keep them from charging directly at you.

Besides fire, crafting and laying traps is helpful for taking down larger creatures that are difficult to outrun (the Vicious Traps skill increases their effectiveness). But in most cases other combat-related skills or health increase skills will be more useful overall.

Launch one of these into an enemy camp and watch the fun begin!

By following these stone age guidelines, you should be well on your way to rebuilding the Wenja and taking on the rival tribes. Let us know if you have any other Far Cry Primal tips and tricks that have worked well for keeping Takkar alive!

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Far Cry Primal: same gameplay, but with all the prehistoric animal mayhem you could ever want https://www.gameskinny.com/7fh53/far-cry-primal-same-gameplay-but-with-all-the-prehistoric-animal-mayhem-you-could-ever-want https://www.gameskinny.com/7fh53/far-cry-primal-same-gameplay-but-with-all-the-prehistoric-animal-mayhem-you-could-ever-want Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:29:43 -0500 Ty Arthur

Out now on consoles (with an agonizing wait until March 1st for the PC master race), Far Cry Primal arrives just slightly over a year after the release of Far Cry 4 with a noticeably sped-up release schedule.

With the Assassin's Creed Unity debacle still fairly fresh in people's minds, there was understandably a lot of concern about the shorter development time. Many an online commentator speculated that this Far Cry entry would essentially be the last game copied and pasted into an ancient environment.

Far Cry Primal - More Of The Same?

In some ways (OK, a lot of ways) that's not too far off the mark. There are plenty of familiar elements: collecting local flora, upgrading your equipment and skills, “bases” to overtake for adding fast travel locations, the weapon wheel, and so on.

The skinning animations are very similar to past games (the exact same?), although here the collecting / skinning mechanic actually makes more sense than it did in the previous two games.

Look familiar?

As expected, your pre-historic hunter Takkar will unlock new items and upgrades over time, although on this go around they become available after recruiting tribe members or improving huts on your quest to reunite the Wenja tribe.

Far Cry Primal isn't really dragged down all that much by the intense similarities, though, because this formula is still fun, and there are some changes to be found. Combat, for instance, has a heavier melee slant, instead of being almost entirely focused on gunplay like in the previous games. Stealthily taking down enemy encampments without an all-out confrontation can also be a harder route to take due to your animal companion.

Far Cry - Beastmaster Edition

Although you don't get one right off the bat, the animal companion system is really the heart of the game and what sets it apart from any other Far Cry entry.

From the adorable dhole (which can't help but make me think of the hyenas from The Lion King) to cave bears and bloodfang sabretooths, there's a wide range of fanged beasts to find, tame, and unleash on your enemies. They all work differently and provide different bonuses, so there's some fun to be had just in trying out different animals for overland travel or taking out camps.

Who's a good dhole? Yes, you are, yes you are!

It's interesting to watch the progression of the role animals play in the Far Cry universe between the more recent titles. While mostly for skinning in Far Cry 3, the real MacGuyver players used them to help take out bases. Setting a leopard free from a cage was an easy way to soften up a base, but there were other ways available if you planned ahead. One of the most satisfying was using molotov cocktails to light a section of jungle on fire and send all the animals stampeding into the base.

That accidental animal usage became more of a planned element in Far Cry 4, and now it's a central gameplay mechanic here in Primal. If that trend continues, I'd almost expect the next game to feature a shapeshifting, werewolf-type protagonist. I'm only half kidding – after all, who expected the '80s VHS extravaganza Blood Dragon or even for this game in the series to go back in time thousands of years?

Now onto the question you are all waiting for, though: are there dinosaurs? Nope, at least not that I've found yet. That's an area that's just crying out to be explored in DLC or a standalone mini-release along the lines of Blood Dragon.

Yes, I know dinosaurs weren't still hanging out with people around 10,000 BC but seriously, how did they not know everyone would want that as soon as the animal companion system was revealed? Instead of dinosaurs... you get a badger (mushrooms and snakes sold separately).

While the focus is on combat, animals aren't just for tearing out a tribesman's throat. You can ride quite a few of them, so there's actually less need for stealth when you can move around so rapidly, and like with that last game, there's an undeniable appeal to going nuts while riding a mastodon. The owl can be used for reconnaissance, like the stone age equivalent of a drone.

Stone Age Scouting Solutions TM

The setting should have tipped you off that animals aren't just your friends, though. Since we're in a pre-historic environment, there are more feral animals roaming around the open world – and in larger groupings.

While in Far Cry 3 you got to a point where even deadly beasts weren't particularly worrisome anymore with your fully upgraded and silenced weapons, that won't be as much of the case with Primal. Packs of animals are deadly and work together to take you down, especially at night.

Far Cry Primal's Story And Characters

Many of the exaggerated characters present in Primal are actually memorable (despite the absence of fan-favorite villains like Vaas), although the story is essentially a non-entity, only really there to give you an excuse to explore the environment and assault camps.

As a major fan of classic text heavy RPGs, normally that would be a problem for me, but Far Cry Primal is really more about the gameplay than the story.

Sure, I'll drink whatever bloody concoction you just brewed!

It's a game that's named incredibly well – you will feel like you are a taking an incredibly primal journey for survival in the far past. There's loads of fun to be had using a bow and arrow, spear, or club instead of an LMG or sniper rifle.

While there's less opportunity for taking out groups of enemies with grenades (you get beehives instead this time around!), your animals companion essentially serve that purpose. Set a bear loose in an enemy camp and you'll effectively wreak just as much (or more) havoc.

 The setting does feel alive with the primal fury of nature

The Bottom Line

For the tl;dr crowd, here's the what you need to know: this is essentially Far Cry 3 / 4 in a different setting, with a bigger focus on animals mayhem.

While I hope the series doesn't go the Assassin's Creed or Call Of Duty route in the future, in this particular instance, the quick release time and similarities to previous games didn't actually kill the game, and if you couldn't get enough of the previous two titles, you'll probably love this one too.

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Go back to the Stone Age with Far Cry Primal -- out today https://www.gameskinny.com/fceej/go-back-to-the-stone-age-with-far-cry-primal-out-today https://www.gameskinny.com/fceej/go-back-to-the-stone-age-with-far-cry-primal-out-today Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:54:52 -0500 Jeff D_7921

Ubisoft Montreal's prehistoric take on the Far Cry series is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version will be released on March 1st.

Far Cry Primal is an action-adventure game set in 10,000 B.C.E. Taking place in the Oros Valley, players will take on the role of Takkar, a tribesman who is stranded in Oros after his hunting party is ambushed. From there, the structure is similar to other Far Cry titles, take over enemy camps and hunt wildlife to enhance your character. 

What distinguishes this from other games in the series is the beast master element. Takkar is able to tame a variety of animals to serve as companions, each with their own abilities. For example, the Owl can scout ahead and mark enemies, while the Sabre Tooth is a one-cat wrecking crew, assisting in combat and quickly disposing of enemy tribesman.

Certain animals can also be used as mounts. Players can look forward to charging into an enemy camp on the back of a bear, mowing down enemies and looking majestic in doing so. 

Since there are no firearms or vehicles in Far Cry Primal, players will have to rely on crafting weapons. The list includes spears, clubs, bows, etc... There is also a day/night cycle in the game, which is used for more than just visual appeal. For example, predators are more aggressive at night, forcing players to use fire for protection. 

It is clear that Far Cry Primal is Ubisoft's attempt to mix up the series a bit after many complained that Far Cry 4 was too similar to Far Cry 3.

Are you excited for the release? Do you think the game has gotten too formulaic? Let us know in the comments below!

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Far Cry Primal available for early digital download, with free bonus game https://www.gameskinny.com/8bnc5/far-cry-primal-available-for-early-digital-download-with-free-bonus-game https://www.gameskinny.com/8bnc5/far-cry-primal-available-for-early-digital-download-with-free-bonus-game Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:50:29 -0500 Anson Chan

If you just can't wait to get your hands on a copy of Far Cry Primal, then you're (kind of) in luck. According to Major Nelson, Xbox One users can download their copy of the game before Far Cry Primal's release date of February 23. Obviously, you can't play it until the 23rd, but at least you won't have to wait for anything to play it on the release day. 

Naturally, Far Cry Primal comes in two editions, both with their own pre-order bonuses. The normal edition comes with three bonus missions where you drink some shaman's magical mystical shaman juice to get to play as a mammoth. It also comes with a free copy of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a 2D adventure puzzle game where you follow the story of various characters (along with a dog) from both sides of World War I.

The Far Cry Primal Apex Edition comes with the magical mystical mammoth missions, a copy of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and five in-game bonus item packs. These bonus packs include a bloody club made of bone and teeth that cannot be broken by fire or combat (in other words, feel free to bash a large number of skulls in), various crafting recipes and crafting materials, and various animal companions (which are variations of the mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and owls that you can normally obtain in the game, of course).

Including Valiant Hearts: The Great War as a pre-order bonus is an interesting incentive though, even if it was one of the free games that you could download several month ago. On release, Valiant Hearts received fairly positive review scores with most reviewers praising the art style and story, though the gameplay wasn't considered to be anything revolutionary. 

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Everything we know about Far Cry Primal https://www.gameskinny.com/bs3sn/everything-we-know-about-far-cry-primal https://www.gameskinny.com/bs3sn/everything-we-know-about-far-cry-primal Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:20:56 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Ubisoft’s Far Cry has always been compared to Bethesda’s open world hits such as Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Many consider contributions from Bethesda to be superior to those of Ubisoft. However, the last two installments of Far Cry proved that there is much more to the series than just being another open world clone.

The new game titled Far Cry Primal, to be officially released on February 23, 2016, will once again strengthen the place of the series in the world of gaming. It is clear now that it will mainly focus on hunting tactics, looting, crafting, and taming wild animals, whose role is now more important than ever.

The developers are well-adapted to changes in the new era of gaming and it looks like Far Cry Primal will be the most complete and well thought out game in the series to date. Let’s see what we already know about its main features.

The setting and the story

Far Cry Primal Takkar main character

The setting takes us back in time to the Mesolithic era that took place 12,000 years ago. If you’re not familiar with the era, then imagine a stereotypical Stone Age with hordes of savages, wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and other wild pre-historic animals.

The protagonist of the game is a man named Takkar whose hunting group is murdered and he winds up the only survivor. Now he needs to re-gain his authority and create a tribe of his own. During the course of the campaign, Takkar will fight his way through the main storyline alongside wild beasts that will help him successfully gather a strong tribe around his new family.

The story is quite simple, and it looks like there will be a huge number of side quests, too. The developers promise that the new game’s map size is on par with Far Cry 4’s map, so there will be more than enough things to do.

Game mechanics

Far Cry Primal riding sabretooth

Wild animals play the central part in Far Cry Primal’s gameplay. One of the most important features that animals will be used for is transportation. In Far Cry 4 it was relatively easy to travel around with all the abundance of vehicles, which you could seize and drive to almost any part of the map. But in 10,000 BC these possibilities were limited solely to riding the wild animals.

However, if you remember, in Far Cry 4 you could also ride an elephant and in the Blood Dragon expansion players could ride a dragon, so these mechanics transitioned into Far Cry Primal as well. Here, Takkar will tame and ride wild animals such as bears, jaguars, wolves and others.

Scouting mechanics had to be re-invented, too. Previously the protagonists could use their binoculars, but in the new game you have to use a bird or an owl. You can control this owl just like you would control the drone by directing its path of flight over the land. More than that, this wild creature can attack enemies from above, which is a nice addition to an old trick.

Creatures and their abilities

Far Cry Primal taming sabretooth

Taming wild animals in Far Cry Primal is really easy - all you have to do is throw some kind of bait, wait before the creature reaches the bait and use your tame ability to get hold of the wild animal. In this way, you will be able to tame a lot of different creatures, where each of them has its own peculiar abilities.

You will start with the smaller ones, such as the owl and the badger, and then you will be able to tame bigger ones like bears, wolves, sabre-tooths, lions, etc. So, this means that the tame ability will be upgradable, and your companions will grow bigger in size.

At a certain point there will be a whole herd of wild animals in your company. You will be able to take care of them and even bring back to life, if they die on a mission. It is important to have different kinds of animals, as some of them are more useful in specific situations than others.

  • For example, panthers are highly resistant to fire damage, while dogs can bring you food and other useful items.
  • Wolves are your living and breathing security system – they will howl at the presence of an enemy, thus alerting you.
  • Jaguars are excellent for stealthy attacks; however, they are not very good in the open combat. They will also imitate your behavior, so if you start crawling, they will do the same.
  • If you decide to go into an open battle, then bear is your best choice.

Weapons and crafting

Far Cry Primal close combat

These two aspects of the game – weapons and crafting – are closely interconnected. Takkar will have to craft all of his weapons using items scattered around the map. But it doesn’t mean that his weapons will be primitive.

His most versatile and used weapon is a longbow, which can be crafted and used alongside a whole range of different kinds of arrows. There is also an opportunity to make bombs of various types: some can contain poisonous gas while others might hold a swarm of bees.

When you’re going to be out of your arrows, you can quickly make plenty of throwing spears, as they are the easiest things to craft in the game. Other more common types of weapons, such as knives and maces will be present as well. You can also use fire to burn enemies and their settlements.

Lack of co-operative mode

Ubisoft took a leap of faith and decided not to include multiplayer in Far Cry Primal and limit this particular installment only to a single campaign. Who knows, maybe this decision will have a positive outcome for everyone involved, as previous attempts at co-op have never been received too well.

The best multiplayer in Far Cry could be experienced years ago, at the times of the very first game in the series developed by Crytek. But hopefully, the changes that Far Cry Primal brings to the gamers’ tables will have a huge resonance in the community no matter what.

What are your predictions concerning the upcoming Far Cry Primal? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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Why are cavemen so 'in season' for gaming? (Cavemen... So hot right now) https://www.gameskinny.com/a4weu/why-are-cavemen-so-in-season-for-gaming-cavemen-so-hot-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/a4weu/why-are-cavemen-so-in-season-for-gaming-cavemen-so-hot-right-now Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:16:51 -0500 Justin Andress

If you’re the kind of gamer who pays attention to industry trends, you may have noticed a strange phenomenon. Over the course of the next year or two, developers will be releasing several games that focus on humanity’s distant past. 2016 and 2017 are going to provide gamer’s with ample opportunities to cling to only their most basic instincts as they plan for hardship and survival as a caveman (or cavewoman, or caveman-like person).

We’re not the first person to notice this trend. Remember when storming the beaches of Normandy was fresh and exciting? Or when wading through a horde of undead was spine-tingling? And now they’re just boring. That’ll probably be cavepeople in five years, but right now our troglodytic cousins are set to take the stage in a big way.

Just check out what developers have in store:

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK Survival Evolved screen shot

Already released to great acclaim as an open beta, you can currently get your prehistoric groove on through either Steam or Microsoft’s Xbox One Preview Program. The full game will be released later this July; at the moment, though, it’s basically just a sped-up simulation of the evolution of technology. And that all begins by waking up naked on a beach, fashioning crude instruments of survival, and overcoming the elements. (If you want a leg-up, check out some of our Ark guides.)

Sure, you eventually graduate to metal buildings and automatic rifles, but you begin your game as man once did, afraid and alone in a hostile wilderness. Then, of course, you get to ride a Bronto.

WiLD

WiLD screen cap

The creator of platformer Rayman has something new in mind with his latest, the PS4 exclusive WiLD. French designer Michel Ancel is set to blend the fantastic with humanity’s real history. Set in the Neolithic period between 6,000 and 5,000 B.C.E., WiLD follows a shaman who’s able to commune with nature in some pretty cool ways. Summon gods, build colonies, and commune with animals to help tame the vast procedurally generated open world of ancient Europe.

As Ancel explains, “In this period ... the spirits are a mix of animals and humans, because nature was the most powerful thing on earth.” Also, there’s animal taming.

Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal

The folks at Ubisoft are set to take the Far Cry experience to a place its never been before. After exploring Africa as a mercenary, bro-ing your way through a dangerous tropical paradise, and freeing an oppressed people (only to get them re-oppressed almost immediately), Ubisoft Montreal is expanding on the caveman-esque dream sequences of Far Cry 4 with Far Cry Primal

Set for release on February 23, Primal throws players into the central Europe of 10,000 B.C.E. Expect a heavy reliance on the game’s patented melee combat and sneaking mechanics (which have developed into the best part of the series, anyway), as you lead your player character, Takkar, to his destiny as a tribal leader. Here's the first 50 minutes of gameplay for your consideration.

P.S. More animal taming.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

horizon zero dawn still pic

Another PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn sets itself apart from the crowd because it actually features a woman for once, and there is no animal taming (that we know of). Also, while it incorporates caveman-like fighting tactics (a la the bow and arrow), it’s technically set 1,000 years in the future and the primary enemies are robotic dinosaurs for some reason. Honestly, do you really need a bunch of context to get excited about a game starring evil robo-dinos?

A huge, post-apocalyptic journey awaits the game’s star, a hunter named Aloy, as she embarks on an epic journey … yada yada yada … big secret … blah blah blah … forgotten civilization, etc. We're just happy the premise is actually unique within this new cliche. Anyway, the gameplay looks killer.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Ancestors the humankind odyssey still

The guy who re-worked Prince of Persia and invented Assassin’s Creed, Patrice Desilets, is now working on a game that hopes to explore humanity’s history in its entirety as a third-person action survival game. Players can expect only the first episode or two to focus on our Stone Age origins. What’s more, Desilets seems to be going for something of a more peaceful vibe with this open world outing.

For example, according to the developer

“Our ancestors back then weren’t that violent. They weren't fighting each other. Cooperation and compassion are really part of the reason why we survived...There's no evidence of war before the invention of agriculture on this planet. That doesn't mean they didn't exist, but we've never found any evidence of it. There's not a lot of human beings on the planet, and once you first come across one, your first thought is not of killing them. It's like, 'Holy s*** there's somebody else! Let's try to help each other to survive because there's not a lot of food and there's a lot of beasts out there.’”

Before

Before screenshot

Facepunch Studios (the guys behind Rust) unveiled Before in late 2014. The highly stylized RTS(?) stars a bunch of cavemen trying to establish themselves in a hostile world.

Not a whole lot is known about this one, but you can check out the ongoing (and painstakingly slow) development of the game right here.

But, dear god, why all the cavepeople?

Old School Game Caveman Ninja

Game Informer attributes the popularity of these mechanics to the popularity of Minecraft, saying, “many of these games center around the hunting/gathering mechanics popularized in games like DayZ, Rust, and ARK: Survival Evolved, which in turn were all born out of a genre pioneered by Minecraft. So, it's entirely possible that this current rush of primal titles is thanks, in large part, to Mojang's uber-popular sandbox.”

And that may very well be the case; Minecraft is crazy popular and the gameplay itself is incredibly fun. Yes, building and taming play a part in several of these games, but that isn’t their unifying trait. These games seem to share a desire to examine humanity’s path across history, on the course we have charted since we first crawled down from the trees. 

Some theorize that when our world itself seems on the brink of drastic, potentially cataclysmic change, artists cushion the blow by imagining a world more hospitable than we fear (see: The Flintstones). 

With looming threats of global warming, nuclear armament, and Electronic Arts, it’s only natural to assume that the end is near and developers are projecting their imagination into that possible future.

Honestly, though, it’s probably just because the whole hunter-gatherer thing hasn’t been done a lot lately. There’s a currently under-utilized glee in stalking prey across an open world, having only your wits and the most basic of instruments, knowing that your victory in battle means the difference between life and death. Add to that the ability of the ‘roided up current-gen graphics engines to depict an immersive natural world teeming with life sounds like tons of fun. They aren’t wrong, after all.

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Far Cry Primal Takkar (Story) trailer breakdown with images! https://www.gameskinny.com/i8w8s/far-cry-primal-takkar-story-trailer-breakdown-with-images https://www.gameskinny.com/i8w8s/far-cry-primal-takkar-story-trailer-breakdown-with-images Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:35:03 -0500 BlackTideTV

Late last night the story trailer for Far Cry Primal, dubbed "Takkar" was released exclusively to email subscribers. The video above remains unlisted on YouTube, and reveals a host of new information on the game. To learn more about the release of the trailer, see my article: Far Cry Primal UNLISTED Story Trailer Revealed

Cue the mystical music, it's time for our Far Cry Primal "Takkar" trailer breakdown. 

In what seems to be a swamp we instantly meet one creepy mystical shaman who feeds us what looks to be liquefied brains - eyeballs included - out of a lovely skull mug. We can immediately tell this game is going to be gruesome.

Far Cry Primal Shaman Eyeball Brain Soup

Yummy.

What could the drinking of the gooey stuff do for us? My immediate reaction is that the drugged up missions will be back, however, instead of two potheads injecting the player with whatever funky drug they've mixed up, we'll give that job to our friendly neighborhood shaman.

After the shaman lets out a laugh just as terrifying as his whole persona, a ton of images fly by. You probably missed some of these. Firstly a moose or caribou-esque animal in a forest. Nothing special here. Next a menacing cave drawing.

Far Cry Primal Cave Drawing Prophecy

Prophecy?

Is it some sort of prophecy by chance? The central figure is wearing a horned headdress - much like the image of the caribou/moose before it. This guy is probably the player leading his tribe (the people around him). The tribe is surrounded by darkness - some ominous foreshadowing - and there are very large creatures approaching from the left. Demons, maybe?

Next we see what I can only describe as spirit animals scattered about a forest.

Far Cry Primal Spirit Animals - Owls and Wolves

Could the player be tripping from too much brain juice?

The possibility that this scene happens right after the good ol' shaman hits us up is high (no pun intended). We've got golden spectre-y owls and wolves moving through the forest... definitely not something that will happen often in the campaign.

The next frame plays host to a large rock, with, for lack of a better term, caveman imagery painted over it. Then we see what will probably be the biggest turning point of the entire game. Get ready for SPOILERS. 

We see a flash of a solar eclipse with a large eagle flying below it and then we get a larger image - my personal favorite part of the trailer.

Far Cry Primal Game Changing Eclipse

Could this be a MAJOR part of the story? YES!

This is a seriously cool image. Something massive is going to happen in the game when the player sees this. This will either be the turning point of the game or the final scene. We've got a Stonehenge-esque rock circle with cavemen script and a massive solar eclipse. There also seems to be some sort of solar flare shooting off to the right of the screen. Epic, and to think: we're only 20 seconds into the trailer.

A LAND OF EPIC BEAUTY

The trailer slows down and shows the calm before the storm. NPCs are living their lives, minding their own business, gathering, hunting mammoth. The graphics and lighting effects are surreal. If Ubisoft manages to pull this off in-game people are going to go berserk. 

A TIME OF BRUTAL SAVAGERY

Speaking of berserk, we get our first look at the beautiful Ull, seemingly the main enemy of the story.

Far Cry Primal First Look at Enemy: Ull

Charming isn't he?

Ull does the usual bad guy thing and threatens to feed the player to his tribe, who are obviously cannibals - lovely. One extra thing to point out about this still: there's a small child next to Ull. His son perhaps?

After this scene we get a glimpse of what Ull is capable of. He's seen with his tribe throwing people off cliffs, smashing people in the face with clubs, and feeding his enemies to a sabertooth cat. The player extends a hand to try to save a fellow NPC, but fails to do so.

Far Cry Primal Ritualistic Sacrifice Blue

Ritualistic sacrifice? Is the shaman involved?

Enter: the boys in blue. No, not the cops! Some strange tribespeople dressed and painted in blue arrive and stab some poor souls on a bridge. Ull didn't seem to be wearing blue. Is this our tribe? ANOTHER tribe? Is the shaman involved?

We watch as a man that could possibly be the hero falls to his knees, dead cavepeople all around him. A woman cries out in the night. 

ONE MAN WILL LEAD HIS TRIBE

A few shots fly by with a central character leading what seem to be NPCs through the forest. One scene sticks out...

Far Cry Primal Man and Sabertooth Cat

Could our hero be Professor Xavier? How does he control the cat?

A superhero team up of spear-guy and his furry friend. This must be a high-level ability. From what we've seen the sabertooth kittens do before, they could annihilate most of an enemy tribe in minutes.

IN THE BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

The player moves his hands to his mouth and makes a bird call. An owl bursts through the space-time continuum (or so it seems) and comes to our aid. Another ability for sure - this one lower on the scale. Summoning birds and summoning sabertooth cats are two very different things.

Our hero raises a spear, an enemy (that looks a lot like Ull) runs toward him. We catch a glimpse of a female NPC presumably on our tribe - a love interest perhaps? The ESRB content descriptors did include "Nudity" and "Sexual Content" after-all.

We see a man using a log as a drum kit as the pace of the music quickens. Our lone hero wanders through a couple canyons, the shaman shows his face again, then suddenly the blue people are back.

Far Cry Primal She-Shaman - Blue Witch

This woman is a particularly interesting character.

Now, not to offend anyone (I'm all for equality) but in the stone ages, women were not particularly in a position of power. This woman seems to be the leader of the blue tribe but that probably isn't the case. She's likely some kind of witch or shaman. 

Whenever she appears in the trailer there's fire and strange masks, lots of hand movements... she's always in a ritualistic setting. She may be channeling her inner Citra (the goddess from Far Cry 3), or she could be, as above mentioned, a shaman.

We get a few more images of the boys in blue all sporting fancy masks and another look at Ull. His face is hideously scarred.

We are told, "You must kill Ull, and restore our homeland." Did Ull take our homeland from us? The woman that tells us this appears to be the same woman that we assumed would be a love interest earlier, though she may be manipulating the protagonist at this point.

Far Cry Primal Direwolf Attack

Werewolves? I thought this was Far Cry not The Elder Scrolls...

Okay, maybe it's just a dire wolf. Wait, this isn't Game of Thrones either! Anyways, a massive wolf teams up with the guy on the far left to take down the two guys on the right. This could be another ability, much like the sabertooth cat team-up earlier. 

Another semi-logical conclusion is that left guy started attacking right guys and - without left guy's knowledge - the wolf just decided it was lunch time.

We see a bear attack the player and the creepy blue woman holds a knife to our throat. 

Far Cry Primal Snow Leopard Possible Seasons?

A snowy setting is a nice change of pace.

The snow brings new enemies and dawns a whole new light on the game. The snow leopard attacks what looks like Ull, but I'm more concerned with the season itself. 

Will Far Cry Primal have constantly shifting seasons or is the snow just a byproduct of being too far north? Only time will tell.

Next we get some hand-to-hand combat with three of the most menacing enemies in the game - Ull, a wooly mammoth, and another dire wolf. 

RISE ABOVE EXTINCTION

A lot of action in the last few seconds of this trailer. The player fighting people, the player fighting animals, NPCs fighting animals, animals fighting animals. One scene sticks out in particular. 

Far Cry Primal Red Tribe Vs Blue Tribe

Red guys fighting blue guys. Who's good? Who's bad? Who cares?

Yes, this confirms suspicions from earlier, the red guys are bad, the blue guys are bad, and the red and blue guys don't like each other, meaning the game includes AT LEAST three tribes including the player's. 

What's great about having more than one rival tribe is provoking them into hunting each other. This could possibly cause distractions that a tactical player can use as an advantage.

We get one more ominous image before the player spears some guy Assassin's Creed style and the trailer ends.

Far Cry Primal Ominous Hooded Figure - Protagonist?

This is one creepy mutha.

I'm going to go out on a limb and make a huge guess at the game's plot with no evidence. I think this creepy, hooded guy is the player. At some point down the line something crazy is going to happen to our man and he'll have to resort to the shaman and his wacky ways, landing him in this photo. Just speculation, but I'm sticking to it.

Just like that, the trailer comes to an end and we get a reminder of the release date, February 23rd, 2016.

What do you think about all of these subtle images in the trailer? Speculate in the comments section below!

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Far Cry Primal UNLISTED Story Trailer Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/dodxw/far-cry-primal-unlisted-story-trailer-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/dodxw/far-cry-primal-unlisted-story-trailer-revealed Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:26:57 -0500 BlackTideTV

The Far Cry Primal trailer above was released to email subscribers earlier tonight. Dubbed the "Takkar Trailer", this story trailer does not disappoint.

After nearly two minutes of non-stop action - mostly killing - we can glean that the game will be absolutely brutal. In the first few frames, the player is drinking from a concoction of eyeballs and other nastiness, given by what seems to be a mystical shaman. 

Far Cry Primal is the first game in the series to drop out of the modern age, taking on a pre-historic setting instead. The game will have players lead their tribe through the savagery of the land "of epic beauty", battling the evil Udam tribe lead by a monstrous man by the name of Ull. It is unclear if Ull will be the major enemy in the game or if he will be a misdirect like [SPOILER] Vaas in Far Cry 3

After Ull threatens to feed us to his cannibal tribe, we see a host of quick clips. Sabertooth cats eating people alive, a middle-aged woman screaming into the night, a roaming tribe (presumably the player's), some ritualistic images featuring the shaman, other interestingly dressed characters, and more.

A more in-depth trailer breakdown will be posted on GameSkinny very soon, but for now we know: this isn't your grandma's Far Cry.

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Ubisoft offering Far Cry fans an all expense paid night in a cave https://www.gameskinny.com/rx8k7/ubisoft-offering-far-cry-fans-an-all-expense-paid-night-in-a-cave https://www.gameskinny.com/rx8k7/ubisoft-offering-far-cry-fans-an-all-expense-paid-night-in-a-cave Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:42:46 -0500 Lad Johnson

Ubisoft has a bright idea to promote the next entry in the Far Cry series. Far Cry Primal is set in the stone age, so to celebrate they want a fan to experience stone age living for themselves. The winner will receive a free stay in a French wilderness cave. They're accomplishing this through the "Night in a Cave" sweepstakes. The winner will have to explain, via Twitter, why they think a free night in a cave is a good idea.

You get to sleep outside for free!

Sorry American fans, the event is not available to you. "Night in a Cave" is open to France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. One person and a companion will win a stay in a 500€-per-night cave located in the Pyrénées area of France. 

The lucky winner will be flown to a Hotel where they will spend the evening. In the morning they will then receive professional survival training. Your night in the cave begins that night! A video explaining the promotion was can be viewed below. Although bizarre, this is really an official Ubisoft promotion.

 

Fans can enter by sending a tweet to @FarCryPrimal and including #cavebnb in the message. The message should include why they want to stay in a cave in the French wilderness in the middle of winter.

Full contest rules are available here. Have fun tweeting ahead of this epic release. Far Cry Primal will launch February 23 for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC edition release the following week on March 1.

 

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No love for Far Cry: Primal https://www.gameskinny.com/jr8bp/no-love-for-far-cry-primal https://www.gameskinny.com/jr8bp/no-love-for-far-cry-primal Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:48:30 -0500 Kaj_5807

A month ahead of the official release and the gaming community has already started to judge Far Cry Primal. The verdict? Not so good.

A lot of people have already started calling it a re-skin of Far Cry 4, an opinion no one who saw the trailer and gameplay can argue with. Some are fidgeting at the thought of "gun-less Far Cry," I mean, come on, who doesn't like shooting Amita and Sabal before bombing their lifeless bodies?

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There's also the issue of co-op being stripped from the game and people are divided on their opinion. Good thing or bad thing? While others may not like the single player campaign, some are adamant that stripping co-op elements is simply not something that will completely destroy a game.

There are after all a lot of games with strong single player campaigns that tend to be extremely enjoyable.Skyrim for one, and yes, some of you will say you can take stewards with you, but the game is just as enjoyable playing alone. 

On the plus side, Far Cry: Primal has adopted the mechanics of Far Cry 4's Shangri-La mission. Not a lot of people liked this, but it was something new and maybe Ubisoft has polished it enough to be something fresh and enjoyable. Plus, seriously, it's almost like playing Pokémon, except not as cool. Sorry Ubisoft. 

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The 11 most anticipated FPS games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/kaips/the-11-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/kaips/the-11-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2016 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:07:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

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Of course more shooters will likely land next year (and some of these may get pushed back), with Titanfall 2 possibly the biggest question mark. While news is supposed to land early next year about the title, it seems likely 2017 is a better bet for the actual release date on that franchise.

If you're also wondering just where Deus Ex: Human Revolution was, it's sitting solidly over on our list of most anticipated RPGs for next year instead.

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What did you think of our upcoming shooter picks, and what FPS game are you ready for in 2016?

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Lawbreakers

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Another team-based arena shooter, this PC-only title is set to drop sometime in 2016 and is notable for being free to play. 5 vs 5 combat is the name of the game here, with each type of character changing up the play style from melee to advanced maneuverability to slow moving tank, and from the trailer it looks like some extra elements will get thrown into the mix.

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We've been burned by promises of interesting skills in FPS skirmish matches before (remember the ill-fated Shadowrun shooter for the Xbox 360?) but hopefully Lawbreakers manages to keep up with the bigger names found earlier on this list.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

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Moving to an open world model, this title in the Ghost Warrior series puts you in the role of a special forces operative behind enemy lines where he shouldn't be.

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The environment looks like it will play a huge role in this game, as you have to deal with adverse weather affecting your equipment, use ropes to scale up and down cliff faces, and activate drones to survey the area before heading out and getting killed by hidden obstacles.

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There's no specific release date or trailer for this one, but 24 minutes of gameplay footage have come online and can be seen below.

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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

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Since there's no Arma title confirmed for 2016, Rising Storm 2 is the one to look out for if you prefer a more challenging, realistic shooter environment. Forgot about jetpacking around the battlefield or using sci-fi powers that are all the rage in most shooters these days, because Rising Storm 2 is taking us back to the jungles of Vietnam for a gritty historical experience.

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Far Cry Primal

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The Far Cry series has gone all over the map in terms of story and locations, from the island theme of the original title that bizarrely went sci-fi halfway through to the groundbreaking third entry that introduced the stronghold assault elements and serious interactivity with local wildlife.

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Far Cry: Primal is going way, way back in time to a prehistoric era where you can chase down mammoths and rival tribesmen with a spear. If you've ever wanted to play an FPS in 10,000 B.C. then this will be the game for you in 2016.

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Battleborn

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The first game on this list to actually have a confirmed release date, Battleborn is due to drop on May 3rd, 2016. This Gearbox-developed title has some very clear similarities to Blizzard's Overwatch both in terms of style, gameplay and the huge number of characters available. It remains to be seen which will come out on top, but Gearbox may have a leg up here if the dark humor and outrageous characters of the Borderlands series manage to shine through.

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Shadow Warrior 2

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Oh yeah, this one's going to be a good time. A wise-cracking samurai named Wang will slice and dice his way through a world populated by demonic beasts, and when necessary, pull out the SMGs, rocket launchers and of course wild magic powers. There's reportedly more than 70 different weapons to choose from to dismantle a wide array of enemies in this very tongue-in-cheek first person entry.

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Battlefield 2016

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Following the typically modern war-themed Battlefield 4 and follow-up “war on crime” entry Battlefield: Hardline, EA revealed another Battlefield entry will in fact arrive in 2016... but not precisely what form that would take.

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While it's expected to return to a warzone rather than a crime-ridden city, not much more than that is currently confirmed at this point. Let us know where you think the story will take place and what you'd like to see changed in Battlefield 5 when it lands next year!

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Overwatch

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After moving in on the MOBA craze and dominating with Heroes Of The Storm, Blizzard is also jumping on the teamed-based, arena shooter train with Overwatch. Meshing a cartoon style with frantic combat and a ton of different play styles that clearly echo the large cast of character from Heroes Of The Storm, it's a good bet this one is going to steal a whole lot of hours from shooter fans.

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Homefront: The Revolution

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The original Homefront put a spin on the shooter franchise, keeping all the basic elements there, but putting us just slightly into an alternate future where America is occupied by a more technologically advanced unified Korea. Engaging in Guerrilla warfare to take back the homeland led to some interesting story elements and gameplay.

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For the sequel we're headed to Philadelphia, a place that has a whole lot of history when it comes to America and rebellion. Some definite stylistic changes are in place, and it should be a load of fun to drive dirt bikes across a blasted cityscape while strapping explosives to drones and remote controlled cars to cause all sorts of mayhem.

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Infinity Ward's Call Of Duty 2016 Title

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Debate is fierce as to just what this game will actually be – in fact we've got a whole article dedicated to laying out the arguments for each option! While it seems most likely we'll be getting a sequel to Call Of Duty: Ghosts, it's always possible there's more Modern Warfare action in store, or even something entirely different in a new series kick off.

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Either way, the end result is likely to be high quality, as before all the jet-pack mayhem of Advanced Warfare and many other shooters thinking in multiple dimensions, Infinity Ward was always at the top of the pack producing the best Call Of Duty material.

The Modern Warfare series is responsible for bringing up a whole generation of shooter enthusiasts, and no matter which direction Infinity Ward goes, this one is likely to make a big splash when it's finally confirmed.

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Doom

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Franchise reboot? Check. Long-awaited sequel? Check. Contender for goriest shooter of all time? That's a major check right there. The single player elements will satisfy those who want to chainsaw apart demons rampaging through futuristic Martian structures, while the alpha footage revealed so far on the multiplayer front makes it look like a serious attempt is being made to overtake the frantic fun of the classic Unreal Tournament shoot outs.

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It remains to be seen whether the changes in the formula will be heralded as much-needed or maligned by a rabid fan base ready to tear this apart if it doesn't deliver, but either way it's a good bet there will be a strong reaction one way or another when Doom drops in 2016.

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If one thing is certain in the gaming industry, it's that there will be a slew of first person shooters available year after year. A staple of gaming that props up several major publishers and developers, the FPS genre is frequently criticized for releasing an endless stream of titles with little innovation.

While the core mechanics may remain the same, 2016 will see its share of interesting and unique titles in the FPS genre that offer up something different. Of course, the flagship titles will be there as well if you prefer something more tried and true. From smaller free-to-play titles to the biggest AAA blockbuster, these are the 11 first person shooters we're most looking forward to next year.

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Far Cry Primal officially announced with release date https://www.gameskinny.com/pidi0/far-cry-primal-officially-announced-with-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/pidi0/far-cry-primal-officially-announced-with-release-date Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:47:04 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Ubisoft has officially announced Far Cry Primal, which is set to release on February 23 for PS4 and Xbox One, then in March on PC.

Far Cry Primal is a new game in the popular series and it will take players back to prehistoric times where you will fight wooly mammoths, rival tribes, and the environment in order to survive and prosper. You can check out the official announcement trailer below.

Far Cry Primal was teased yesterday on YouTube with a live stream of a cave painting, then it was accidentally announced via IGN Turkey's Twitter page - which was then suspended. The game had been rumoured earlier in the year, but it seemed unlikely due to Far Cry 4 only having released last fall. Given the very quick turnaround, it's obvious that Ubisoft handed the reigns of this spin-off to another internal dev team.

Set in 10,000 BC, Far Cry Primal puts you in the shoes of Takkar, "a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of his hunting group." In order to survive the dangerous land of Oros, players "will have to craft weapons and tools partly from the bones of slain beasts, hunt for food, master fire, fend off fierce predators and face off against other tribes to conquer Oros."

It seems that Primal will follow many of the usual Far Cry tropes: hunting, killing and skinning animals, strategically taking down outposts, and upgrading your character. There are a few new features like using fire and corpses to attract animals. The art from the cave painting, however, does suggest you will have a sabretooth tiger as a companion. Yes, please! Check out this cool development video from Ubisoft where they discuss the game's inspirations and aspirations.


Far Cry Primal is set to release in February and March of next year, which officially reveals it to be the AAA game Ubisoft referred to in its last investor report. The announcement of Primal means the spring release schedule is now more hectic than ever before. It seems that the success of Dying Light and Bloodborne, among others, have made studios realize that we will buy games at any point in the year, not just the fall.

Next spring will see the release of (in chronological order): Lego Marvel Avengers, The Witness, XCOM 2, Battleborn, Mighty No. 9, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Far Cry Primal, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Tom Clancy's: The Division, Hitman, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Quantum Break, Dark Souls III and more. And that isn't even counting likely Q1 releases like Adr1ft, Doom, Star Fox Zero, and Ratchet & Clank. Basically a ton more games than any normal person can afford.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all future news and footage of Far Cry Primal and the 4.8 quintillion other games coming out in the near future. It's a great time to be a gamer!

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Far Cry Primal Accidentally Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/a9y2q/far-cry-primal-accidentally-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/a9y2q/far-cry-primal-accidentally-announced Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:44:50 -0400 Curtis Dillon

IGN Turkey's Twitter account has accidentally revealed the new Far Cry game, entitled Far Cry Primal.

Ubisoft have been teasing an announcement on its YouTube channel today with a live stream of a cave painting (which over 11,000 people were watching) but the IGN Turkey Twitter account revealed it to be an Ice Age Far Cry game. The Twitter account has since been suspended, hence why we cannot embed the tweet in this article. However you can check out the above image that was revealed in the tweet, as well as the live cave painting video below!

If you watched some of the stream you probably noticed cavemen fighting Wooly Mammoths and sabre tooth tigers, skinning Elk, performing rituals and more. No word yet on what mammals, or dinosaurs, may feature in the game. On a personal note, I can't help but wonder how exactly this game will work with weapons and modes of transport, I mean, yes there are weapons but what about upgrades? And what modes of transport could there possible be. It will be really interesting to see the full reveal.

It seems that, for now at least, this is being taken as a spin-off game in the series, which would make it the first of its kind. Of course Ubisoft did release the very well-received Far Cry 3 DLC Blood Dragon and that seemed to give them leeway with the series and the option to do more outlandish things. I do find the timing of this announcement a little odd, considering Ubisoft has Assassin's Creed Syndicate coming in less than 3 weeks, then Rainbow Six Siege in December.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for the inevitable official reveal of Far Cry Primal and hopefully more details very soon.

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