Hands-On: Far Cry New Dawn

Hands-On: Far Cry New Dawn

* PS Nation was invited to an event in San Francisco, California by Ubisoft for a hands-on preview of Far Cry New Dawn. Travel was paid for by the studio and the game was played on PlayStation 4 Pro.

** WARNING ** The following post has some story spoilers from Far Cry 5 since Far Cry New Dawn ties directly into that game.

Far Cry 5, one of the best-selling games across all platforms in 2018, came out less than a year ago. It was one of the best games I played last year. Since it had only been about nine months since Far Cry 5 was released, it came as quite a surprise that Ubisoft showed off a trailer for Far Cry New Dawn at the Video Game Awards show in December.

Far Cry has always made the setting of the games one of the main focal points and the creators have always wanted to do one in a post-apocalyptic setting. Hope County from Far Cry 5 presented the perfect opportunity for that. You will venture outside of Hope County on special missions, but the majority of your time will be spent in familiar surroundings.

You play as a Security Captain alongside your leader, Thomas Rush, who is known for helping rebuild settlements after the wave of destruction. You have been called to Hope County to provide aid and on your way there, your train gets attacked and you’re separated from Rush.

Far Cry New Dawn is centered around a post-apocalyptic Hope County seventeen years after the bombs went off at the end of Far Cry 5. The campaign begins by explaining to you what’s happened over the last seventeen years in terms of the world recovery and rebuild after the bombs went off. Prosperity is your new home base in Hope County and it’s where most of the county has come to rebuild their lives after the destruction. 

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Similar to Far Cry 5, you can go wherever you want and start digging in. You’ll need to unlock guns for hire and you’ll recognize some of the characters, though your character won’t know who they are.

While exploring the open world you’ll find tons of info about what has been going on over the last seventeen years. Upgrading Prosperity is the best way to build up your arsenal. Doing so gives you access to new upgrades and ways to get Prosperity safe such as having helicopters on demand.

Outposts are a larger factor in New Dawn than they were in Far Cry 5. You can now take control of an outpost and earn tons of materials that will be needed for making upgrades to your main facility.

Liberating each of these outposts the first time proves to be a challenge. The less alarms and detection triggered during your liberations of the outposts, the more materials you will receive. You can then reset the outpost to attempt to take it back again with an even stronger challenge, rewarding you with more materials. Liberating the outposts after resetting them is a great opportunity for co-op with friends which works the same as it did in Far Cry 5.

Far Cry New Dawn has also added a tiered system to the enemies along with the weapons you acquire and can upgrade. As you progress through the content or try to liberate outposts numerous times, you will start to come up against higher tiered enemies. If you’re not equipped properly, you’ll certainly struggle. This system is great to see since in Far Cry 5 as you got more and more powerful the content got easier and it made the open world feel downright empty or boring.

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The main villains are “The Twins”, Mickey and Lou, leaders of the Highwaymen. They will look after their own first unless you get in their way and then they will take care of you. The Twins have grown up in this broken world so it’s all they know. They’ve learned that the best way to get what they want is with pure force. The Twins will “Make you or break you.” 

The main villain from Far Cry 5, Joseph Seed (The Father), makes a return in this game. The people of Eden have rebuilt, but in a much smaller capacity and they’re now a cult relying on themselves and dealing with the lack of technology. Seed is portrayed as a broken man making a final stand for what he believes in.

When Far Cry New Dawn was announced I reacted by scratching my head. Now it’s a game that I cannot wait to play. I loved what I’ve seen so far and I’m excited to get back into the game and see where the story goes.

Far Cry New Dawn releases on February 15, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, priced at $39.99.

Written by Dave Hunt

Dave Hunt

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