Far Cry 4 is set to be completely different this time around. As opposed to previous entries, a strong emphasis has been placed on the vertical aspects in this open world which is set in the Himalayas. As a native to the region (the first game in the series in which the protagonist is a native to the area), you have returned to fulfil your mother’s final wish of having her ashes scattered over her homeland. You quickly find yourself caught up in a raging civil war being led my a fearsome man known as Pagan Min.
For the purpose of our demonstration we were tasked with infiltrating and liberating a small fortress over run by Pagan’s crew. Three options were given too me. I could choose between sneaking, flying or riding. ‘Sneaking’ is your basic stealth option, you are given a sniper rifle, cross bow and grappling hook to scale rock walls to use at your discretion to achieve your goal. ‘Flying’ arms you with a tiny one man helicopter where you can attack from the skies with grenades and rockets. Obviously this louder more direct approach is going to cause mayhem for you as enemies can call in their reinforcements. Finally ‘Ride’ lets you mount the back of an elephant, steer it around as its own vehicle, barging down the front door and assaulting anything in sight with a shot gun and machine gun. The elephants can also be used to attack foes, after all it is getting shot at as well and doesn’t appreciate it.
I opted to go with the stealth or sneak option. I managed to enter the fort undetected and take down a few adversaries unnoticed until a small slip up cost me dearly. I miscalculated a shot as the guard moved and the missing shot whistled past his head alerting him to my presence. Within the blink of an eye, reinforcements were called in and I was well and truly on the back foot. Making a near death escape, I found myself outside at the font of the fort, only to find that the elephants were just leisurely enjoying a frolic in the river. I was reluctant knowing that they could be harmed but I scaled the elephants back and rammed down the front door. Using the panic and confusion of the guards to disembark the elephant only to find him fighting on my side as he trampled and threw enemies like they were rag dolls. I ducked off too the side and sniped a few enemies until I found one of their guns that I could pick up. I did and turned the tides almost in an instant as I picked off the enemies in clusters with grenades and my gun.