One thing I’m looking forward to about Far Cry 4 is the game’s interesting-sounding co-op multiplayer. Sony, which is trying to sweeten the deal by letting PS4 players invite friends who don’t own the game into the action, just released a new gameplay video showing how the game’s collaborative modes will play out.
The part that stands out to me comes after the five-minute mark, when the two people playing set about trying to infiltrate one of the strongholds in Far Cry 4’s open world. Invading camps was one of my favourite parts of Far Cry 3, but that was more of a single-player type feature since that game’s co-op mode was relatively self-contained in comparison to how Ubisoft and Sony are describing Far Cry 4’s system. Being able to sneak into a base, set off traps and release deadly animals, and generally wreak havoc? Sounds like a blast, if you ask me. I remain tentatively excited. Excited because Far Cry 3 was an amazing shooter, and Far Cry 4 looks similar in a good way. Tentatively so because some of the coolest open-world and multiplayer features that are coming to new-gen consoles, like the nemesis system in Shadow of Mordor, aren’t fully understood yet. Still: you have my attention, Far Cry 4.
Also, one final thought: Is it just me, or is it awesome that blockbuster shooters are putting co-op multiplayer front and center these days? There’s Destiny, obviously, and now Far Cry 4 — which will allow you to invite friends who don’t own the game into the action. For too long, it seemed like Gears of War was the only shooter that took this stuff seriously. Which is a big part of why it’s still the best in its class, in my opinion.