Far Cry 6 – PC Review

Far Cry 6 – PC Review

Far Cry 6

Welcome to Yara home of the revolutionary President Los Poll.. I mean Antón Castillo.

This time around Far Cry 6 sets us loose to topple a corrupt evil President who has
managed to create hell for the ordinary citizens of Yara. You take on the role of Dani Rojas
a skilled former soldier (chosen between a Female/Male look) who’s task it quickly becomes
to unite the different revolutionary groups on the islands of Yara to take the fight
all the way to the El Presidente (pictures of the map and island above)

After some really impressive cutscenes to set the games story and meeting some new friends,
You now have a huge map to explore in good old fashion Far Cry style. I will not talk about
the story per se, but the voice acting and motion cap done by all the various characters is
some of the best in the series so far, and this sets you up for a really enjoyable time in Yara.

Scenes all range from funny to ultra violent throughout the game, as you meet more friends
some even crazier than the previous one you met, it’ll keep you wanting to meet more people
all the time, and don’t worry there is quite a lot of folks you will meet, and Amigos..
Your faithful animal companions, to name a few; a tame crocodile named Guapo that loves to
eat enemies, or the wheelchair bound floofball Chorizo.. just adorable.. and many more.
Your animal companions also come with skills, so there is definitely use to switching them
up a bit depending on the mission (like your cars, planes, boats, clothes, guns everything is
customizable)

Talking about the environment, I have included above a ton of screenshots from in game with the
included photo mode, so what you see is what I have seen with the settings I use when playing.

Yara is simply stunning, and a large map to traverse so as expected you can traverse across
the map with everything from horses to tanks to helicopters or bomber airplanes, you unlock
more rides as you go along and finish side quests and missions, also as in good ol’ Far Cry style
you unlock territories by liberating outposts, or blowing up air defenses so you can roam more
freely with your newly acquired helicopter or airplane, or the good fast travel feature if you
are on limited playtime or want to finish up a mission perhaps quicker.

The guns are some of the most insane ones so far for the series, you have special backpack
(supremos) related weapons that range from shooting missiles and throwing gas around…
to a glorious large flamethrower you will acquire when meeting a friend who plays a larger
role in the game.

The regular guns and the shooting in the game feel fantastic, I always felt a little bit that
Far Cry 5 moved and felt a bit stale, but in 6 it’s totally the opposite.. the guns and the
shooting mechanisms to me feel great, everything from the recoil making it harder to hit
with an AK style if you go full Saiyan, to super stable marksmanship rifles..
there is just something so satisfying doing one shot kills in this game,
which also helps you out if going the stealthies.

I mentioned earlier on you have a whole wide arsenal of vehicles at your disposal,
and here is where some of my negativity comes in, the planes, boats, helicopters
Ubisoft knows how to do.. but when it comes to driving cars or trucks in the game
It’s like they have not listened to fan feedback at all from their previous games, it feels
like your power steering went out the window and you have minimal control, though the brakes
on the trucks actually felt fine.

Speaking of the AI traffic, I’m not sure if it is a buggy part of the game or have the
enemies just been programmed to be this ruthless, but say if you are travelling with a horse
on the open road avoid getting close to trucks or you’ll be rammed and killed horse included..
I learnt this the hard way numerous times, even when I thought there
was no one recognizing me and no guns visible.. (insert GTA V Wasted picture in your mind).

Also you might encounter some minor graphical bugs on the PC version, camp fires might look
odd from time to time, but these are all such minor things that I am sure will be corrected
in the coming patches from Ubisoft etc.

So before I move on to the graphical part and final conclusion, I’m sure you are asking yourself
but what about the overall length of the game, I finished the game at around 15 hours for doing
the main missions pretty much in a row as I could, pretty much in a rush. So I would say you
are looking at 20 hours normally to finish the game, and then slap on another 10-15-20 for
everything else to 100% the game if you are into that. There is so much to do with all the side
quests in the game, minigame.. (cock fighting for example), and just the whole map to explore
and finding new fast travel spots or liberating them, Just go out there and enjoy.. You’ll
finish the game when you feel like it 🙂

 

Graphically like I mentioned previously and as you probably already looked at the screenshots
I included in the gallery above, you can see that the game is gorgeous, not only gorgeous but
also sounds really good. For the review my system comprises of an i5-9600K and 16GB of ram,
a Nvidia 3070 RTX, and playing on 1440p with FSR (AMD’s answer to Nvidias DLSS) which is used
in the game (you can also use raytracing for shadows with RTX) the game I would say was averaging
on the 90 FPS throughout my playtime, lowest I can recall would be around 75-78 FPS and at peak
it would hit 120 FPS and this was with FSR on Ultra at 1440p.

The game is definitely demanding on the hardware specially with the detail
levels turned up, unfortunately for me the 3070 only has 8GB of memory so I could not utilize
the HD texture pack, which requires a minimum of 11GB of memory .. So I can only imagine how
good the game looks with HDR turned on and 4K Ultra. One of these days.. One of these days.

In conclusion, and this will be rather short.

You like a good story with great actors, You love action and shooting, You love exploring a map
filled with friends and secrets, You love a game that looks great. If even 1 or 2 of the boxes
are a yes for you, You should pick up Far Cry 6 and be ready to spend some serious time on
Yara to 100% the game. I promise you, you will not regret it, specially with more free content
coming later on to the game, with weekly challenges etc, there won’t be a shortage of things to do
in the foreseeable future.

 

9
Out Of 10
Pros
  • Huge map with plenty of things to do
  • Satisfying combat
  • Good actors and voice talent
  • Your Amigos
  • Ton of customization
  • Beautiful world and good implementation of FSR technology
Cons
  • A few odd graphical glitches
  • AI can be wild with cars
  • Driving still feels rough Ubisoft

Thank you to Ubisoft for the sponsored review code Far Cry 6 is out now on Playstation, Xbox, and PC systems. See your local store online or physical store for regional pricing.
F1 2021 – PC Review

F1 2021 – PC Review

It’s lights out and go go go!

Another year has passed and we are up to the 2021 season of the popular
F1 racing game from Codemasters. I get giddy and all kinds of excited
every time we close in on release time for a new F1 game, thinking about
what the new things could be that Codemasters has in store for us.

And

This year we have a story mode, called Braking Point starring a young
up and coming driver named Aiden Jackson, and an old fox named Casper
Akkerman who is coming to the end of his career, right at the beginning of
the story mode you get to choose from a few teams whom you would like to
drive for in this pretty lengthy story. Williams, Haas, Alpha Tauri,
Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin. I’m not going to spoil the content of the
story mode, but it involves a ton of chapters that I clocked in around
5-6 hours playing through, the content here is a mixture of Drama
(think about Drive to Survive), some superb cut-scenes, and traditional
racing scenarios, some of the chapters are shorter with less racing and
more drama, but all in all though a bit cheesy at times, and a phone
that keeps constantly ringing I had fun playing through it. And would
recommend you do the same if you aren’t feeling like committing to
a full race in the normal modes available, it’s good fun. Check it out!

While F1 2021 has not added a whole lot of New things to this years game,
they’ve for sure updated a ton on making the game feel more realistic
than the previous years iterations. I feel that in general the AI has been
updated to have more situational awareness, and the AI takes more risks
in trying to make an overtake. Also the driving in general feels like you
need to be more focused on taking corners, the throttle use could put you
in some serious pickles if you mess around on curbs or in the wet, bumping
over curbs also can cause damage to your car here more easily, so there’s
definitely improvements to the drive-feel to folks who are familiar with
the series from previous years. For new and old fans of the game alike
there is plenty of customization options for the difficulty levels in game,
so don’t worry, you will definitely find your own settings that work for
you, and once you get more comfortable with the game you can always ramp
the difficulty up.

My Team has had some minor changes to it in 2021, but nothing ground breaking
if you are familiar with it from the 2020 version, a welcome change though
has been in the practice session programs that they have been reduced
severely, which to me always felt like a really rough chore to do for those
points needed in upgrades. For those new to 2021, My Team is the mode
where you create your own team, logo and colors, hire and manage drivers,
just like in real life you have to start somewhere, so that means you aren’t
going to be the overnight success straight up, having to hire cheaper
drivers and sign less generous sponsors, it’s a great mode to insert your
own touch and feel to the F1 2021 series and definitely a mode I enjoy.

One thing you will notice rather quickly is also that not all the tracks
on the calendar right now are in game, these will be added to the game as
free DLC addons a bit later on, so that’s all fine and dandy.

The biggest update to the game besides Braking Point in my opinion
would have to be the inclusion of a 2 player career mode, which is fantastic
if you have that friend you’ve kept time trialing with and beating,
now both of you can play on your terms a full season and see who comes
out on top of things, nothing better than a rivalry between you and your
friend who supports that other team you don’t right?

Graphically the game this year I feel has taken a step upwards again,
there is definitely more detail to be seen in game, and with RTX (Raytracing)
shadows and light (on compatible graphics cards) also present is DLSS support
Nvidias AI controlled feature that helps you get additional frames out from
the game at higher resolutions while using Raytraced options.

I have included quite a few screenshots from in game that you can check out
above, and there is also benchmark information there for the tech savvy.
But the game on my i5-9600k with 16GB ram and a 3070 (8GB) card, playing at
2K resolution (1440p) garnered around 130-144 frames per second with DLSS
enabled. It’s truly a joy to play with high frames and if you have made
the switch from Console to PC recently, you will definitely enjoy the above
60 fps content if you have the hardware capable of it.

As a long time fan of the F1 series from Codemasters, F1 has also become
my favorite franchise within the racing genre, it’s a ton of fun to play
and now with added modes like Braking Point and 2 player career, there’s
never been a better time to jump into the franchise and take it for a spin
yourself, I highly recommend it and I am pretty darn sure you will too have
a blast playing it for months and months until the next release in the series.

 

Thank you to Codemasters for the review code
Appreciate the kindness.

F1 2021 is out now on all major platforms, Steam, Playstation and Xbox.
Please see your local store / console / steam store for regional pricing.

9
Out Of 10
Pros
  • Beautiful & Smooth
  • Challenging
  • 2 player career mode
  • Braking Point cheesy writing
Cons
  • Braking Point cheesy writing
  • Not all tracks included yet
New game trailers 11th December 2020

New game trailers 11th December 2020

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Back 4 Blood – Game Awards Gameplay Demo

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – Official Gameplay Trailer

The Callisto Protocol – Cinematic Trailer Reveal

OPEN ROADS | Teaser Trailer

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The Next Mass Effect – Official Teaser Trailer

 

Bluecoats North & South – PC Review

Bluecoats North & South – PC Review

It has been a while since I played North & South, a game that I have
fond memories of on the Amiga home computer. The game released back
then in 1989, and featured RTS battles between the armies of the
Northern States and the Southern States.

Based on the Comics that were published in France in the 1970’s,
the game itself bears minimal accuracy to the Civil War in the US
back in the day, it is more or less only borrowing a familiar
setting for the game. Unlike it’s Comic counterpart that served
as a fun to read Historical lesson.

Fast forward to 2020, and the game has been re-worked to fit into
the era that is today, with quick RTS (Real Time Strategy) battles,
FPS (First Person Shooter) styled attack and defend Forts & Trains,
on a smaller scaled map of the United States.

The gameplay setting is simplistic, you start with your home states
and a few ground troops that can be moved between state lines to
secure new borders, or used to take over Forts and attack enemy
troops. (See above pictures of Map & troop placement) as you progress
and take over forts (minimum 2) you will earn each turn gold from
the trains that run between the forts. Playing as the North you
will get reinforcements through sea transports as well. Getting enough
gold will allow you to purchase extra troops, and or immunity to
the weather, or indian attacks that could possibly happen.

Your objectives are simple, taking over all the states and forts to
win the game, there are various levels of difficulty to choose from
so the game is also a great game for folks who might be new to
RTS/Strategy games and or PC playing in general, the game is also
suitable for the younger one’s since it features no blood in battles.

Each of the battles in the grand scheme are short encounters, the
Real Time Strategy battles (starting with 6 riflemen, 1 cannon and
3 horsemen) is timed for quick exchange of fire. The Train attack
/defend scenario is also a fairly quick exchange, but you do have some
more time to play around the fort that you are attacking or defending.

The FPS encounters are the most fun in the game, enabling you to run
around the fort stopping attackers or defenders, picking up Ammo and
Health as you go. The train scenarios aim is to defeat all the attackers
and try not to fall of the train, or let in anyone into the helm,
and vice versa for the attacker, getting to the front of the train
stops it, and you have completed a heist and gained all the gold
the train is carrying between the forts.

There are four scenarios to play in the game, all equipped with the
same map layout, and encounters, but set in different Years, 1861-1864.

Overall each scenario can take anywhere from an hour to fully win the
game, to slightly more.. this is though depending if you made wise
moves or not.

There is also a free play mode where you can pick and choose from all
the maps in the game for the quick battles (RTS part) and the
Fort & Trains encounters. The game also features co-op if you have
a friend near by, or you can play through steams couch-co-op option.

The game does not require anything insane performance wise from your
PC to run, but there are a few things I need to point out about the
current state of the game, You will want to play the game on a Controller
as it is 100x easier to control the movements and flow of the game this way.
Keyboard buttons are not re-mappable right now, and the mouse sensitivity
is off the charts until you get it set to your own right level.

You are also limited to a max 1080p (1920×1080) resolution, which kind
of surprised me. But then again there is nothing wrong with 1080p
the game looks good with it’s Cartoon-homage-esque graphics.

Final word

The game is fun, and if you want a few hours to fly by quickly..
this is just the game for that. Simplistic is some times the king,
and ideas from the 1980’s still work in 2020 as we can see here.

 

 

 

 

7
Out Of 10
Pros
  • Fun strategy game
  • Setting is interesting
  • Game modes (Fort attack & defense)
  • N&S brought into 2020
Cons
  • 1080p max resolution
  • Non remappable keys
  • Missing accurate scenarios (historical battles)
  • Limited troop selections

Thank you to Microids for the review copy of the game. Bluecoats North & South is out now on Steam (see local pricing) and will be released on additional platforms at a later date.

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