‘Far Cry 6’ Hands-On Preview: The Good, The Bad And The Wacky (2023)

I recently attended a Far Cry 6 remote hands-on preview event and was able to play several hours of the upcoming open-world shooter’s single-player campaign, and a bit of that campaign in co-op.

The preview was remote so the game I played didn’t look as good as the final product (at least on my end) and I had to juggle some technical issues before I could really sink my teeth into it (mainly input lag, which won’t be an issue at release). But overall, I enjoyed my time with the game and didn’t experience many bugs with the game itself (as opposed to the software running it remotely).

It will probably shock no one to learn that the game is very, very similar to Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5, as this is a franchise that certainly iterates, that changes exotic locales and nefarious villains, but still feels astonishingly similar from one game to the next.

Far Cry 6 is set in the fictional island nation of Yara—essentially Far Cry’s Cuba—ruled by the ruthless but charismatic Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito).

Castillo wants to turn Yara into a paradise—or at least that’s his equivalent of “Make America Great Again”—and it doesn’t matter how many men, women and children he has to kill to get the job done. He’s also turning the island into a pharmaceutical research lab and you, Dani Rojas, alongside a zany team of freedom fighters, have to stop him and set things right.

Far Cry 6 Has A Tone Problem

Here we come to our first problem with the game. A brutal dictator ruthlessly murdering countless of his own citizens, sometimes directly in front of his young son, sounds like the trappings of a very dark game—and sometimes Far Cry 6 wants you to think of it that way. It’s dark, it’s violent, it has something to say about the post-colonial world.

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But also you have a pet alligator who follows you around, and an adorable pet chihuahua. The alligator will tear enemies to shreds in a heartbeat; the chihuahua is more of a charmer. Oh, and your new pal Juan Cortez will help you craft all the weapons your heart desires, including super-powered backpacks called Supremos that can fire rocket barrages or give you the ability to jetpack around like Iron Man (sort of) and so on and so forth.

It’s wacky!

It’s grimdark!

It doesn’t know what the hell it wants to be . . . .

Far Cry 6 is the ultimate AAA open-world game, at once attempting to be a Very Serious game about colonialism and tyranny and a goofy FPS sandbox extravaganza. If you get a bit of tonal whiplash while playing don’t be surprised. This, of course, is nothing new for the series.

There are callouts to Far Cry 3—burning fields of genetically altered tobacco is a direct nod to that games pot-burning mission—which makes you reminisce fondly about that 2012 game.

Far Cry 3 was the first game in the series to really set the formula for what we have now. Both Far Cry and Far Cry 2 are quite a bit different from what followed. Far Cry 3 was widely praised when it released and it really was a great game, but now three main games later, almost a decade after its release, we’re still largely doing the same things, for better or worse.

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The setting changes. New characters arrive. But the formula is more predictable than ever. Zanier weapons? Yeah, Far Cry 5 already started down that path and it didn’t make that game any better. Like that game, Far Cry 6’s Supremo and other DIY weapons never make the gameplay as over-the-top as you’d hope. Again, this is a problem with tone: Ubisoft doesn’t know if it wants to make a serious first-person shooter with a grounded narrative or a wacky sandbox with a silly narrative, and so it waffles endlessly between the two.

A Very Bad Change

While much of this is just par for the course with a new Far Cry, there is one change in Far Cry 6 that is so decidedly awful I’m not sure I can emphasize how badly I want Ubisoft to change it before October 7th when the game comes out.

Enemies now have different vulnerabilities to different types of ammo. So “heavy” guards and “light” guards are now more easily killed with two different ammo types, for instance, and you can mod your weapons accordingly.

This is enormously stupid. You basically get 4 weapons at a time, one of which is your Supremo. If you want to take down enemies at a distance, you’ll need a sniper rifle. But if your sniper rifle is modded for standard rounds you won’t be able to one-shot heavies; if it’s modded for armor-piercing rounds you won’t be able to one-shot other types of enemies. The point is, you’d essentially need two separate sniper rifles with different types of ammo to take down enemies from range.

In closer quarters this becomes agonizing. Six or seven different enemies rushing you at once, you can’t really tell which is which and now you have to swap between guns based not on how they fire, what range they fire best at etc. (all the types of previous considerations you’d make) but on the ammo type and who’s vulnerable to what. This is not fun, Ubisoft. This is a chore.

Okay, But Is The Rest Of The Game Fun?

Yes! You see, I’m a sucker for this type of sandbox game and for the Far Cry series in particular even though I get frustrated by the sameness between titles, even though I wish they’d stick to a tone.

Getting to drive around (or ride horseback this time—how on earth were horses not a thing in Far Cry 5, which was set in my home state of Montana???) and take over enemy bases and parachute from helicopters and ride your squirrel suit down the sides of mountains and all the other silly things you can do in these games is a blast.

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Besides, Yara is gorgeous. The new island setting, with its bustling urban areas and its beautiful wilderness, is yet another great area to explore. We’ve had tropical islands (Far Cry 3) and the snowy Himalayas (Far Cry 4) and the wide-open prairies and mountains of Montana (Far Cry 5) not to mention all the spin-offs, and now we have more tropical islands though of a very different flavor than Far Cry 3. Yara is earthier, browner, more rugged and lived in than the green tropics of Far Cry 3’s Rook Islands.

Watch my hands-on video preview, including footage captured from my playthrough, below:

I don’t love the Supremo or the new ammo nonsense but I always have fun finding ways to sneak in and take down an enemy base. Plus, co-op is fantastic fun.

I played around four hours of Far Cry 6 and definitely enjoyed the game during the last hour or so when I was fast-forwarded to a much later mission, equipped with a much more robust arsenal and then joined a second player to test out co-op.

In the co-op session, myself and another player flew our helicopter out over an enemy base and then parachuted in. I landed on the central building and started sniping enemies silently. He took a different approach and when the bad guys noticed us we mopped them up in no time. It was a perfectly executed operation, which is more than I can say for some of my attempts at taking down an enemy fort.

We took a boat to another base—I didn’t do any story stuff during this part of the session, opting to just go to enemy POI and eviscerate the enemy forces—and set up at sniper distance and took down the entire base without the enemy even spotting us, which was hilarious.

As far as things like exploration and platforming went, everything seemed just fine and pretty familiar. Grapple here, jump to this ledge, blow this obstruction up and proceed. Take damage, light a cigar and use it to cauterize the wound. Rinse, repeat.

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I’m okay with all of this. Sure, I sometimes wish that Far Cry would dial it back a little, putting a little more emphasis on telling a good story and letting us use our own creativity to take down enemies rather than all these wacky weapons—or, conversely, making our arsenal so insane that the story and missions have to rise to that level also. But the Supremo is no super-suit with its long charge times and ultimately this game remains just grounded enough not to fly, and just flighty enough not to be grounded.

But still fun as an open-world FPS sandbox, so if that’s your idea of a good time you probably won’t be disappointed. We’ll see on October 7th when the game releases on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X, PS5, PC and Stadia.

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How do you beat the good boy Mission in Far Cry 6? ›

Once you've obtained at least one piece of crocodile meat, you can return to the Camp. Use the fast-travel to save some time. Interact with the food bowl on the ground to complete this quest. This finishes Who's a Good Boy?

How many endings does Far Cry 6 have? ›

Far Cry 6 has two endings. The first ending can be obtained by playing through every operation in the game, from La Noche De La Muerte to The Battle Of Esperanza. The first ending will trigger after completing the final mission. The second ending is the secret ending described below.

Will there be a Far Cry 7? ›

Ubisoft is reportedly working on both Far Cry 7 - its next mainline release in the series - and a standalone Far Cry multiplayer game.

How do you get the secret ending in Far Cry 6? ›

Keep going until Dani says "Not my fight" and the screen will fade to black. The game will then cut to 'three months later' and show Dani sitting on a beach listening to a news report about how President Castillio has killed Clara and ended the revolution.

Does Far Cry 6 have more endings? ›

In total, there are only two different endings in Far Cry 6. Players shouldn't get their hopes up about having a plethora of choices to decide the fate of Dani on the island of Yara. Far Cry 6 in general doesn't have a lot of choice in terms of narrative, and is meant to be experienced as an on-rails linear story.

What happens if you do the secret ending in Far Cry 6? ›

After watching the secret ending, you can load your save and you'll be back where you started on the rooftop in Esperanza. You aren't trapped here, meaning you can fast travel away to a previously unlocked location, but you are free to explore this high level end-game area if you choose.

Does Diego Castillo survive? ›

Diego Castillo Can Survive Far Cry 6, But He Can't Be Saved

Anton reigns as the unchallenged leader of Yara once more. Diego only meets his untimely death in Far Cry 6's true ending due to Anton's desire to free him from the consequences of the rebels' victory.

What is the max level in Far Cry 6? ›

The simple answer is that level twenty is the highest rank.

How many hours does it take to fully complete Far Cry 6? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Far Cry 6 is about 23 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 58 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Is Far Cry 6 male or female? ›

Unlike Far Cry 5, which provides full character customisation, Far Cry 6 has a fixed lead - Dani Rojas - which can be male or female depending on your choosing. You'll make this choice at the very beginning of the game, with little context of what it means.

Is Far Cry 6 for kids? ›

The goal of this game is to stage subversive content: raw violence, very suggestive content, raw humor, gambling, drugs. Not recommended for minors.

Will Far Cry 6 have Vaas? ›

Vaas: Insanity is the first DLC to be released for Far Cry 6. It was released on November 16th, 2021.

How do you get pregnant in Far Cry 6? ›

To reach La Moral's leader, and make your introduction, you'll need to go to Concepcion, all the way on El Este's east coast in Conuco. Grab a chopper (or the stalwart Angelito FW Turbo) and make your way to Concepcion.

Does Far Cry 6 save insanity? ›

In Far Cry 6 Vaas Insanity, players can save upgraded weapons and their progress in Safe Houses.

What happens if I shoot McKay Far Cry 6? ›

If you decide to kill McKay, you'll obtain a new piece of wrist gear, that'll reward you with extra money if you eliminate enemies with poison damage. On the flipside, if you spare McKay, you'll obtain 5000 Pesos, which can be used to buy an ample amount of gear from the local merchant at this point in the game.

What is the secret ending in Joseph Seed? ›

The secret ending references Joseph's final call to his wife before realizing he's lost her and his child. It's a painful experience that feels odd in contrast to other secret endings in Far Cry 6, but the big realization comes with the name of his wife: Faith.

Can you get the Far Cry 6 secret ending after beating the game? ›

Much like the other Far Cry games, there is a secret ending in Far Cry 6. Technically, you can achieve the secret ending before beating the game, but it could be a bit more satisfying if you wait before the final showdown against Anton Castillo.

How many secret endings are in Far Cry 6? ›

If you've already charged through Far Cry 6, you'll know the game has one proper ending and one secret ending, plus a post-credits scene, and all of these things are well worth talking about.

Is there a point of no return in Far Cry 6? ›

ALERT - POINT OF NO RETURN: If you continue beyond this point, you will not be able to explore, upgrade items, or gain more weapons or equipment until the end of the mission. Confirm that you are ready to proceed to continue, triggering a cutscene.

What happens if you don't shoot Sabal? ›

If the player decides not to shoot Sabal, Ajay tells him to go. Sabal takes his Kukri and drops it on the ground, telling Ajay "Gone, brother, gone."

Should I shoot Pagan Min? ›


You can do whatever you like, but if you're only going to play the Campaign once, we heartily recommend this ending. If you don't shoot, Pagan will chat with you as he finishes eating, then get up and take you to Lakshmana.

Is Diego Castillo hurt? ›

Mariners' Diego Castillo: Placed on injured list. Castillo was placed on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation Thursday, retroactive to July 26.

Who is Diego Castillos mother? ›

Diego Castillo is the son of the dictator of Yara, Antón Castillo. María Marquessa is his secret mother, and José Castillo is his cousin.

What disease does Anton Castillo have? ›

During the war between Libertad and his regime, Anton was kept alive through the medicine known as Viviro. However, it began to stop working by 2021 and he begins to slowly die of leukemia again.

Is Far Cry 6 bigger than 5? ›

When directly comparing Far Cry 5's map to Far Cry 6, for example, it is obvious Yara's map is bigger. At just over 12 square miles, Far Cry 6 is almost 2.2x bigger than Los Angeles International Airport, which itself spans 5.5 square miles.

What is the best sniper rifle in Far Cry 6? ›

Best Far Cry 6 sniper rifle

The MBP . 50 is the best sniper rifle, though like other sniper rifles, it won't come into its own without some mods. The MBP has excellent damage output and good rate of fire and velocity, making it perfect if you prefer a long-range approach to problems.

What is the best assault rifle in Far Cry 6? ›

Arguably the best assault rifle in Far Cry 6, the SSGP-58 brings the pain train to Yara. With near-perfect accuracy, the SSGP-58 also has above-average ratings in every other category, making it one of the best weapons all around.

What is the longest Far Cry game? ›

Far Cry 6 Is The Longest Game In The Series

For those looking to explore every nook and cranny of Yara, a completionist run looks to take around 44.5 hours.

What do you need to 100% Far Cry 6? ›

To get 100% Completion in Far Cry 6 it takes about 35 Hours – this estimate includes having done every single quest and treasure hunt, having found every single collectible (including all unique weapons and armor), and having destroyed all military targets.

How many hours is God of War? ›

How many hours is God of War Ragnarök? It should take you over 20 hours to finish the story in God of War Ragnarök. That's the time it should take you if you focus on and steamroll your way through the story, ignoring side quests and not pausing to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Kratos' latest adventure.

Is male or female Dani better? ›

There is absolutely no gameplay difference between the male and female versions of Dani Rojas in Far Cry 6. The only differences are the protagonist's appearance and their voice.

Is Far Cry 6 Mexican? ›

Far Cry 6 takes place in 2021 in Yara, a fictional Caribbean island nation inspired by Cuba and ruled by the dictator Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito).

How old is Dani Far Cry 6? ›

Fortunately, Far Cry 6 has the option as well, offering both a male and female version of the main character, Dani Rojas. The 25-year-old guerrilla fighter plays a significant role in the story this time around, and they are both fully voiced.

Can a 11 year old play Far Cry 6? ›

Okay, so this game is rated PEGI 18 in the UK and Mature 17+ in America. That said, it's definitely not a game for young children.

Why Far Cry 6 is 18? ›

The game's brutally violent, with lots of blood and gore throughout. There are scenes of torture, executions, violence against animals, etc. It also makes frequent use of strong profanity and shows characters drinking alcohol and occasionally taking drugs.

Why is Far Cry 6 m? ›

This M rating means the game has been deemed inappropriate for anyone under the age of 17. The ESRB rating for Far Cry 6 has Content Descriptors for “Intense Violence,” “Blood and Gore,” “Mild Sexual Themes,” “Strong Language,” and “Use of Drugs and Alcohol.”

Is Vaas canonically alive? ›

The ending where Vaas dies is known as the “non-canon” ending. Thus making the one where he lives, canon. Fans of Vaas want to have him alive, while Far Cry lore fans consider him dead.

Is Dani Rojas male or female? ›

They are either male or female depending on the player's choice. Unlike the previous two games, Dani is more heavily involved in the plot and is a fully-voiced protagonist, with the male Dani being voiced by Sean Rey and the female Dani being voiced by Nisa Gunduz.

What ethnicity is Vaas? ›

Patterson observed that while Vaas is presumably native to the Asia-Pacific region, most likely Malay in his view, the accent that Mando uses is Hispanic.

Can you get Boomer in Far Cry 6? ›

Far Cry 6. Boomer returns in Far Cry 6 and can be recruited as an Amigo. Dani Rojas finds him trapped inside a shipping container while searching for American weapons. A letter in the interior reveals that Hurk sent him off to Yara in hopes that he'd have a better life there than in Montana.

Does Hurk appear Far Cry 6? ›

In a developer AMA on Reddit, the team elaborated on its decision to keep Hurk out of the game. Ubisoft wanted to "spotlight" characters from Yara, the fictionalized take on Cuba that serves as Far Cry 6's setting. Because of that, Hurk will instead be off on "other adventures" during Far Cry 6.

Is the Far Cry 6 kid Vaas? ›

In short, the idea is that Far Cry 6 is a prequel to Far Cry 3, and that Diego is actually a young version of Vaas, the villain of that game played by Michael Mando.

Is Vaas a good guy? ›

He is the leader of the pirates on Rook Island and the brother of the Rakyat leader Citra. As part of a major running theme in the game, Vaas and all of the other villains are mentally unstable. Vaas is also known to be a charismatic but psychotic man at the same time.

Are Vaas and Citra actually related? ›

Background. Very little is known about Citra's early life, but it is revealed, through conversations with Vaas, that Citra is believed to be the older sister of Vaas. She, and her supposed brother, were most likely born from an illicit relationship.

Does killing McKay affect the ending? ›

Luckily (depending on how you look at it), your choice doesn't influence the story. The ending is the same, either way, so the only difference is the reward you will claim at the end of this mission. (Yelena will be upset by sparing him, but it will have no mechanical impact on your game.)

Does killing McKay change the story? ›

There's no real plot divergence either way; McKay is out of the story and he has no plans on coming back anytime soon. Yelena will be upset that he still lived, but this just alters a few dialogue lines rather than the actual course of the game.

Should you let McKay live? ›

Recommended: Kill McKay

If it feels like letting 5,000 pesos go is too high of a price, don't necessarily let that dissuade Dani from making the right choice. Killing McKay yields a few lines of extra dialogue as he dies and the guerillas reward Dani with the Canadians, Eh? bracelet.

How do I get rid of Guapo in Far Cry 6? ›

Once done, navigate to the Amigos tab to see a full list of Amigos that you've unlocked. If you're reading this guide, chances are you only have Guapo unlocked thus far (you adorable little man-eating alligator, you). As such, if you want him gone for the time being, click on his portrait and press the Dismiss button.

How do you skip missions in Far Cry 6? ›

To quit ongoing Special Operations: Open the in-game menu. Select the System tab. Choose Withdraw from Operation.

Is there a way to save the kid in Far Cry 6? ›

Diego Castillo Can Survive Far Cry 6, But He Can't Be Saved

Diego only meets his untimely death in Far Cry 6's true ending due to Anton's desire to free him from the consequences of the rebels' victory.

Can Guapo revive you? ›

Guapo's main ability is passively recovering health after a fight. He can also self-revive after a short time: every other animal companion must be revived by the player manually.

Can you get Guapo back? ›

If they want to call Guapo back, hold down right on D-pad instead. Guapo is not recommended for stealth-based missions as he will draw enemy attention. Have him sit outside outposts with alarms to avoid drawing hordes of enemies.

How do I have Guapo revive himself? ›

Reptile Metabolism is his final ability. Once Guapo reaches 50 total kills, he gets this buff to his self revive.

How many hours does it take to beat Far Cry 6? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Far Cry 6 is about 23 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 58 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Do you have to restart Far Cry 6 if you do the secret ending? ›

Yes, you can go back and keep playing after the ending of Far Cry 6. As is par for the course in open-world games these days, Far Cry 6 will allow you to continue ticking off side missions and searching for collectables for as long as you want after the credits have rolled.

What happens if you let Mickey live Far Cry 6? ›

If you decide to kill McKay, you'll obtain a new piece of wrist gear, that'll reward you with extra money if you eliminate enemies with poison damage. On the flipside, if you spare McKay, you'll obtain 5000 Pesos, which can be used to buy an ample amount of gear from the local merchant at this point in the game.

Can a 10 year old play Far Cry 6? ›

Okay, so this game is rated PEGI 18 in the UK and Mature 17+ in America. That said, it's definitely not a game for young children.

Can you take over Fort Quito in Far Cry 6? ›

Fort Quito is impossible to capture in the game, but you can still get to the area during Demolition. However, your chances of grabbing Fort Quito are slim to none in your strategy. There are a number of ways to loot the area and gain access to Yaran Contraband after completing the first section.

Can you buy Moneda in Far Cry 6? ›

Unlike pesos, moneda cannot be looted off enemies or gathered from green purses. If players want moneda, they can either do Bandido Operations, Co-op Missions, Special Operations, or Weekly Insurgencies.

How many missions are in El Este Far Cry 6? ›

Far Cry 6 has a total of 106 missions (not counting Special Operations) scattered across Yara's five regions. Missions are broken down into Operations, Yaran Stories, and Treasure Hunts. Objectives that aren't included are the red icons marked on the minimap for “Ambush” or "Checkpoints."


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