- + Yetis
- + Same open-ended gameplay
- + New area to explore
- - Doesn’t quite match the intensity of ‘Blood Dragon’
Want to look beyond the score? Read the full written review below…
Thinking back to Far Cry’s humble beginnings, it would’ve been a stretch to ever think I’d be crossing paths with a Yeti. Fast forward over a decade, however, and it’s time for me to face the snowy behemoths. Though Far Cry 4’s Valley of the Yetis doesn’t present as much of a mix up as Far Cry 3’s Blood Dragon DLC, it does its fair share to freshen up the atmosphere for any returning players.
You’re once again tasked as lead protagonist AJ Gale, who after surviving a helicopter crash, must explore a new part of the Himalayas in a bid to find out where he is and why there are huge snowy footprints everywhere. Ok, perhaps the snowy footprint investigation is an exaggeration, but they’re still important.
Containing a wealth of new content, Valley of the Yetis presents six main ‘relic’ missions, alongside countless side quests and the ability to hunt and upgrade, just like in the main campaign. Shortly into your journey you’ll set up at a relay station, which will act as your safe house and main point to start new missions. When you decide to turn in for the night and get some rest, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in fighting off waves of enemies around your base. There are five nights to survive in total, and they’ll gradually increase in difficulty as you progress.
Though the snowy monsters are the focal point of the content, they’re more of an underlying threat throughout your journey. When I did encounter one, it was a terrifying experience. On first meeting you’ll have no weapons, so stealth is paramount. On your second, however, it’s pretty much the opposite.
Whilst I was defending the relay station on the third night, from nowhere a Yeti crashed into the playing field, throwing enemies around like paper dolls. Since I was wearing my gaming headset, the suspense I’d feel as it ran up behind me was almost too much. Letting out a few shrieks of terror, I continued to run in circles and clambered over rooftops. Somehow I survived, and had eventually weakened him enough to perform a take down. Your first Yeti kill will be thrilling, but almost certainly unrelenting.
Of course, the main campaign of this story add-on offers just a small piece of what’s on offer. With the ability to play exactly as you wish, there’s endless ways to take on each mission. Instead of going into each situation guns blazing, I took my time and silenced all of my equipment; using my bow and taking guards down with a knife. I easily spent an hour replaying one mission and trying out different tactics. Whether you’re working solo or cooperatively with friends, there’s plenty of side missions to delve into and countless upgrades to unlock. The Yetis were a bonus, in my opinion.
The inclusion of Yetis in the Far Cry universe is a welcome addition. It proves that with a little imagination, adding mythical creatures and bizarre scenarios can really spice up an open-world shooter. Though they might be terrifying to face and take down, their legendary status keeps you intrigued as to their whereabouts. Download Valley of the Yetis if you’re done and dusted with the main campaign and are looking for something fresh and quirky to get stuck into.
*Valley of the Yetis was provided to Start Replay on PS4 by Ubisoft UK