I have played and loved every Far Cry, for different reasons.
1 was great for its time, mostly because it delivered such a great engine, but has aged the worst. Super linear, ultra basic plot, no real characters.
2 remains the most flawed and most interesting Far Cry to date. Honestly, I still miss some of the features...like the map that your character actually pulls out and looks at. It's the Far Cry I've finished the most times, and really has a fantastic set of characters, though sadly the compression algorithm on the voices really detracts from the experience.
3 is many people's favorite, even today, but for me, it's distinctly so-so. The game play is good, Jason is a fine protagonist, and the story is serviceable. It has a really fantastic villain in Vaas, but Hoyt is a real let-down, and the pacing is terrible. Though it does introduce Willis Huntly, who is always a treat.
4 is my current favorite. They learned all the right lessons from 3. Great villain? Check. Villain actually STAYS AROUND? Check. Same great gameplay as 3. Perfectly serviceable protagonist. Great supporting cast. Fantastic environment. Huntly doing Huntly things. And we get Hurk! This one checks every box for me. Can't go wrong.
Primal was....interesting. Fun for a bit, but I ultimately got annoyed that I couldn't walk more than like 50 feet without getting jumped by a tiger.
5 should have been great. They had almost everything they needed. Good villains, good characters, good story, great mechanics....hell, I even ended up enjoying the hell out of the fishing, which I totally did not expect. But there was one HUGE problem for me - the move back to a silent protagonist. BOOOOOOOOOOooooo. Like, I don't need much out of my main character. Neither Jason or Ajay exactly light up the screen. But I do need SOMETHING. I figure they just didn't want to hire an extra voice actor for the female option...but seriously, that's bullshit. AC: Odyssey did it, and I hope they never go back. (side note - Cassandra RULES)
Can't wait to play 6. Looks fantastic.
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