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There aren't many modern first person shooter franchises that could release a game set 12,000 years prior to all previous entries and not miss a beat. Without some kind of clumsy alien or time travel conceit, the likes of Call of Duty or Halo would have a tough time on an Earth lacking firearms. But then, the shooting was never what made Far Cry so interesting.


Far Cry Primal is a game about a caveman who explores a new land. If you play on the game's default settings, it's also about a caveman who methodically conquers that new land thanks to his helpful smartphone GPS.


Far Cry Primal is frequently violent and occasionally, unexpectedly sweet. The caveman action game is an excellent concept best experienced by people who haven't been playing every entry in Far Cry, another of gaming's perpetual franchises.


You know how sometimes you do a high five, but the high five is too powerful so your hand really, really hurts, but you pretend it didn't hurt because high fives are supposed to make you look cool. And you really want to look cool.

In Far Cry Primal bears don't care about that stuff. They just keep on high fiving until one of them is dead.

That's commitment.


Who needs guns in a video game when you can tame and command bears and saber-toothed tigers to kill for you? That's what I've been doing in Far Cry Primal, though there's something to be said for just stopping and petting these furry four-legged instruments of death.


Everyone else is talking about the games they can't wait for this year, and I want in on the fun! I don't know much about what the second half of the year will bring (or if we'll have another Fallout-style announcement), but there is a huge amount of quality in the first half of the year. So here's what's on my radar.


2016 is looking to be an odd one for game releases, at least from this side of the year. Big AAA releases are few and far between, with no hugely anticipated games like last year's Fallout 4. Even Assassin's Creed is rumoured to be giving it a miss. In fact, one of the year's most anticipated games is No Man's Sky, being developed by a small team over in the UK. 2016 could easily turn out to be a great year for both indies and new IPs.


We've already seen that the main guy in Far Cry Primal will be pretty chill with animals, taming and commanding them after suppressing their whole eat-the-human instinct. But lead character Takkar will have some gnarlier interactions with his fellow humans. As in "ears cut off and kept as trophies".


At face value, Far Cry Primal looks like an easy diversion for Ubisoft to take from its main line of militaristic shooters -- a side project full of vicious animals instead of rifles and rocket launchers. I'd argue it's something more than that. Primal is the apotheosis of the series' post-Far Cry 2 design trends.