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Lifewire / Kelsey Simon
Far Cry New Dawn is a great addition to the Far Cry series, with beautiful visuals and first-person shooter controls that are fun and smooth.
Far Cry New Dawn is the sequel to Far Cry 5, picking up the story seventeen years later in a brightly colored post-apocalyptic future. Its action-adventure first-person shooter gameplay is addictive, and combined with the games stunning visuals, makes for a fun gaming experience. We took a closer look at Far Cry New Dawn on the PC, look at its gameplay, plot, and graphics.
You will launch Far Cry New Dawn by either downloading the game onto your PC, which will require you to let Steam do its setup process, or inserting the disc into your system. You’ll have the option to select if you’d like to play as a man or a woman, and eventually, after an introductory cutscene, you’ll be given the option to select what you’d like your character to look like.
Far Cry New Dawn takes place seventeen years after Far Cry 5, in a reborn world that has survived nuclear fallout. Carmina, a teen who made an appearance in Far Cry 5 as a baby, introduces you to this new world, showing you its bright colors and unique animal life―and also showing you the town her family tried to established called Prosperity and the Highwaymen that come to destroy it.
Her people reach out to Rush, the leader of a community who helps rebuild in this post-apocalyptic world, and Rush agrees to come help. But on the train to Prosperity, the Highwaymen attack and the train crashes. You wake in the rubble as Rush’s Captain, struggling to get free and fight your way to safety. Rush is captured and you meet Kim Rye, another character from Far Cry 5. She asks for your help, and you agree, setting out to find Rush, rebuild Prosperity, and kill Highwaymen.
New Dawn is a game focused on presenting you with fun gameplay while looking good, and giving you enough of a plot to keep moving forward―and it does that perfectly well.
Overall, the plot for Far Cry New Dawn is about what you’d expect for a Far Cry game. There’s enough of one present to propel the gameplay forward and to give you an understanding of your purpose in the world. What New Dawn attempted to do differently from previous Far Cry games is to give you stunning almost otherworldly visuals in this reborn world. But as with other Far Cry games, the story just isn’t that great. The dialogue is often cheesy and caused us to roll our eyes more than once.
Characters, in particular, felt stereotypical. The twins, who are the games main antagonists, are so over the top evil it’s cringey. But even through all of this, our response is: who cares? That’s really not what Far Cry is about, and the developers know this. New Dawn is a game focused on presenting you with fun gameplay while looking good, and giving you enough of a plot to keep moving forward―something it does that perfectly well.
Far Cry New Dawn is an action-adventure first-person shooter, following the same gameplay style as with the other Far Cry games. With an open world, you can wander or drive across the map, allowing you to pick and choose what you’d like to do. Whether that’s heading straight for the main storyline missions, or taking some time to kill enemies at different outposts, it’s really up to you. There are three main things that you’ll be required to do though: find experts to join you at Prosperity, take over outposts to gain more ethanol to upgrade Prosperity, and of course, the main story missions that involve saving certain characters, or fighting others.
As with other Far Cry games, you’ll be able to upgrade and pick and choose your weapons. You can go full stealth with a silenced sniper rifle, or even with a bow and arrow and throwing knives. It’s more addicting than you’d think, and trying to take over an outpost without being spotted is loads of fun. But if being silent isn’t your style, you can also approach with assault rifles and shotguns to take down enemies from strategic points. Either way, the weapons handle nicely, and the controls surrounding the gunplay are smooth. The takedown ability is fun to use and the enemy spotting system seems fair.
With hours of gameplay and a variety of goals from capturing outposts and materials hunting, there’s a lot to do in New Dawn that makes it worth the price.
Overall, we didn’t have any complaints when it came to the games controls and its guns. Whether you’re shooting up an animal that’s gotten aggressive with you or killing Highwaymen at an outpost, the game does a great job of making it easy to tell who you need to kill, where you need to go, and which materials you need to collect.
This leads us to one of the bigger negatives of the game: there is a fair amount of material collection. You’ll have to find certain materials to unlock fast travel to specific areas, and you’ll need these materials to build new guns and refresh your ammo. While this focus on material collection can at times feel grindy, if you enjoy exploring, there won’t be too much of an issue collecting what you need. It’s when your focus is only on the story missions that you might find the grind a little annoying.
We were lucky enough to set the game’s graphics on Ultra, the highest setting―and we were blown away. The game is visually stunning, and New Dawn did a great job of embracing this bright, new, post-apocalyptic world to create beautiful, eye-catching views. Bright pink flowers pop against the blue sky. The colorful cars of the Highwaymen stand like markers around outposts, highlighting areas where one needs to be alert. Animals roam around the countryside with speckled fur and red antlers. Overall, the world New Dawn created is beautiful, making it hard not to stop and snap screenshots.
The game is visually stunning, and New Dawn did a great job of embracing this bright, new, post-apocalyptic world to create beautiful, eye-catching views.
However, the characters themselves fall a little flat. The face variety in New Dawn is minimal, and the characters all look a little clunky on the outside. There’s just something odd about the shadows on people’s faces, or the way clothing hangs on their bodies―but thankfully, this is another one of those, ‘who cares’ moments. You don’t spend much time staring at your own character. In fact, the characters you do spend time up close with are the ones you’re killing. The things you do spend time looking at―the outposts, the forests, the sky―are visually stunning, and very well done.
Far Cry New Dawn released in February 2019, and its cost still reflects the fact it is a newer release. On Steam, the game costs $39.99, but there have been sales for less since then. You might be able to get the PS4 version of the game for cheaper, but the controls are hard to beat on the PC, as the game’s main focus is it being a shooter.
It’s nice seeing a new game not release for the standard cost of $59.99, and for twenty dollars less, New Dawn is worth the purchase. With hours of gameplay and a variety of goals from capturing outposts and materials hunting, there’s a lot to do in New Dawn that makes it worth the price.
Obviously, if you haven’t already played any of the other Far Cry games and enjoyed New Dawn, we would suggest taking a look at Far Cry 5, which is only about a year older. You might also look at the Uncharted series, which has a similar action-adventure feel. If you’re looking for a first-person shooter with co-op, like New Dawn has, we’d suggest looking into the newer Resident Evil titles, but prepare for more jump scares and darker visuals. The last game we’ll mention, as there are a lot of action-adventure shooters out there, is Rage 2. It’s another post-apocalyptic game with some great visuals, and shares the same enjoyable and sometimes mindless shooting that New Dawn does―but be warned, Rage 2 isn’t nearly as good.
A fun, mindless shooter worth getting lost in.
Far Cry New Dawn is a great addition to the Far Cry series. It continues the story of Far Cry 5, with similar gameplay but in a new beautiful setting. Whether you want to run around shooting everything that moves, or taking the stealth approach, New Dawn is a game with fun content that will appeal to players looking for a game with simple, well-designed, and addictive gameplay. Considering its lower than average release price, it’s worth the purchase.