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Far Cry Primal review: Caveman (or -woman) action

Spears are part of the arsenal in Far

Spears are part of the arsenal in Far Cry Primal. Credit: Ubisoft

PLOT Survival is the name of the game.

RATED M for Mature

DETAILS PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; $59.99

BOTTOM LINE Embrace your inner caveman — or cavewoman.

At its core, Far Cry is a series that drops players into a beautiful setting, gives them tools to survive and then lets them loose. In the latest entry, Far Cry Primal, you play as Takkar, a warrior who is separated from his tribe after a mammoth hunt ends in disaster. He heads to Oros, a lush and bountiful landscape where he meets a fledgling tribe of hunter-gatherers called the Wenja. They’re not alone, however, facing threats from the fire-wielding Izila and the brutish Udam. It’s up to you to tap into Takkar’s innate skills as a hunter to build the Wenja’s settlement and fend off their attackers.

Takkar’s arsenal consists of upgradable clubs, spears and bows that you craft by scouring the world for materials. The game’s best moments center on hiding in the brush, armed only with a bow and arrow as you size up a cluster of enemies.

Primal makes up for a lack of modern tech with Takkar’s Beast Master abilities. He can tame a wide variety of creatures, from badgers to massive cave bears, and have them fight by his side. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they’re all helpful when raiding enemy camps. As you move the story along and grow your settlement, you attract new villagers who teach you how to use additional weapons like bee-filled bombs, mind-altering berserker shards and firebombs.

This is a full Far Cry experience, with top-notch production and another massive open world to explore. Primal will let you live out caveman fantasies that you have not known you’d been harboring.

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