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Far Cry New Dawn Review [Is it WORTH it?]

The Info

Released: 15/02/2019 | Price: £24.99 (standard edition)

Platform: PC via UPlay

Play Time: Just over 40hrs including pretty much all side stuff at max level.


Developer: Ubisoft | Official Site:

Dive into a transformed vibrant post-apocalyptic Hope County, Montana, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe. Lead the fight against the Highwaymen, as they seek to take over the last remaining resources.

The Good
  • A smaller map in this case means more lean / focused content that is less likely to overstay it's welcome compared to most Ubisoft creations.

  • Expeditions a fun change up especially while you need the rewards they offer.

  • Loot and weapons systems works better than 5 and in this more focused gaming.

  • Varied, colourful interesting environments to explore filled with lore and items from new and past FC5 characters.

  • Some great companions with some great lines!

  • Fun shooting mechanics, dialogue and exploration loops.

  • Animals are back! Far Cry 5 made them fodder, new dawn makes them come in much more fierce variety due to the RPG damage mechanics system.

The Bad
  • Still little bit of feature creep / fat here and there that would have been much better left as a 1-time thing only especially for the achievement / OCD completionist types.

  • Story's okay, could be more fleshed out / better for some characters.

  • Repeating dialogue combined with a lack of reaction to certain events in part due to a lack of direct dialogue choices.

  • Vehicles (the garage) are pretty pointless, especially when combined with the highest level fast-travel system in this iteration for some reason.

  • One or two guns for hire better than others (really, one is pretty bad in my opinion) in function and personality.

The Ugly
  • Some things don't link together enough narratively which is common to most open world games.

The Score

8.5/10 An improvement over the previous main campaign with a better loot system thus a more enjoyable exploration loop. The smaller size and play time makes the whole thing more elevated. Not without it's flaws however.

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