E3 2014: I Piloted a Gyrocopter in Far Cry 4

Death from above.

Fellow GameSpot editor Daniel Hindes had a great time stampeding into an outpost in Far Cry 4 on an elephant. Now don't get me wrong: I like elephants, and the elephants of Far Cry 4 look remarkably fireproof, but I know that even a pachyderm's wrinkled skin can't shield it from flames forever. And so when I played Far Cry 4 today at Ubisoft's E3 2014 booth, I decided to forego the stampede and forget stealth. I wanted to save the elephants, and make sure my victims were of the human variety, so I chose to liberate the outpost by mounting the game's funny-looking gyrocopter and wreaking a different kind of havoc.

That may make me sound remarkably bloodthirsty, and indeed, my assault on the outpost was anything but silent. Once the game loaded, I approached the nearby copter and had a seat. Rising into the air was as simple as holding X on the PlayStation 4 controller, while descending was a matter of holding the circle button. The copter didn't have a weapon of its own, but I was in possession of an automatic pistol, a grenade launcher, and a handful of grenades. The glee was immediate. I aimed my launcher in the general direction of the snipers dogging me, and soon I I watched enemy corpses fly into the air like ragdolls. The gyrocopter might look a little silly, but there was no doubting that I had the upper hand.

I couldn't retain the upper hand for long, however. I could hold triangle and heal myself up in the copter, but I was taking too much damage to stay in the air for much longer, so I bailed and used my windsuit to sail softly to the ground--in the middle of a crowd of combatants. I scurried into a nearby hut, took down a few enemies with my pistol, and then took stock of my situation. I was low on ammo, and I could hear a helicopter whirring overhead. Reinforcements had arrived, and I needed to consider my options.

There was only one true option, however: shoot my way out and grab whatever ammo and guns I could find. Success! I grabbed a semiautomatic rifle from the ground and aimed it at the guardsmen flanking my position. I could see on my minimap that I would need to take care of a few stragglers, but my primary concern was the helicopter firing at me from above. The rifle wasn't much help, so I whipped out my grenade launcher, which had only three grenades left in it.

Grenade one: a perfect shot. The ordnance landed and the helicopter reeled, but the damage wasn't enough to destroy it. I needed to fire again.

Grenade two: a dud. The grenade sails past the helicopter and lands beyond, causing a small blast but taking no one down with it.

Grenade three: another perfect shot. And thank goodness, since it was my last one. The helicopter bursts into flames and falls to the ground. I have vanquished my greatest foe in the short Far Cry 4 demo. Well, aside from the honey badger I made the mistake attacking afterwards. That honey badger really didn't give a s***.

All that was left was a bit of easy cleanup. I headshotted one guard and stabbed the remaining one in the back, and the outpost was mine. Gyrocopter aside, the action was very much in the Far Cry 3 vein, which is to be expected in this circumstance. The sequence was great fun, and I can't wait to discover more ways to get myself into trouble in Far Cry 4. Elephants and gyrocopters are a good start. Now where is the gun I can shoot honey badgers out of?

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25 comments
havanasammich
havanasammich

The bad guy in this is Neymar with Benedict Cumberbatch's voice. And he's pretty fabulous

cynicritic
cynicritic

It would be foolish to assume this footage is a representation of the final product. Or have you forgotten FC3's E3 2012 footage so soon? It's criminal how they do that.

josher8
josher8

I wonder how high up you can go with it, and if there is airplanes in the game?

themc_7
themc_7

I'm so pumped for this game. It appears to have taken the core elements and awesome-ness of Far Cry 3, just better and added more stuff!

raddys2001
raddys2001

I love this villain and think he is much better then Vaas I just love him in the trailer.

fluxetreflux
fluxetreflux

The first video "World Gameplay Premiere" does not work for me. By cons when I watched the second I just had a shiver of happiness or whatever ... I think my brain is remembered that I had made the previous opus at 100%. Yes you read that 100%,! I have done all the boxes / treasures to open... I can not even tell you the time I spent there. My wife was not happy because we could not make the adventure together, but when I tell her, if I understood correctly, that there is "drop in/drop out" co-op in this episode. I do not imagine her joy ... In fact, it is a detail, but I love this elephant that smashes the jeep!

othermind
othermind

I want to understand how a friend  without the game (paid version) can help me in coop mode...  

genjuroT
genjuroT

A dud means it didn't explode. A dud doesn't mean 'a miss'

RELeon
RELeon

Please add weapon deterioration back into the game!! That was the best part of Farcry 2! It added a lot more realism to the game. And a harder difficulty would be great too. Farcry 3 was a tad too easy.


Other than that, game looks amazing already!

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

Sounds fun, that would be cool if they dropped a public demo

Ayzed
Ayzed

@RELeon  Guns breaking and becoming unusable in like 30 minutes is realistic? haha, hahahaha.

genjuroT
genjuroT

@RELeon ikr, I don't know why but I fell in love with the jamming weapons.

Foppe
Foppe

@quickshooterMk2 ...then you may pick up the game case and look at it, before picking another game to buy...

RELeon
RELeon

@Ayzed @RELeon Uhh actually yeah Ayzed. The rate the weapons broke in Farcry was a bit fast, obviously. But have you ever used weapons in harsh environments like a desert? If you don't clean and maintain those things constantly, they start having issues.


It is the concept that is realistic, not how they executed it in Farcry 2. However, the idea is fun to have in a game that tries to emphasize surviving in harsh environments.

Chatch09
Chatch09

@RELeon Guns that are picked up from poorly trained militia members who barely know how to shoot let alone clean them, yes. Also, lets not forget you are in a jungle type setting. Dirt, mud, water, etc. being in your gun creates an excessive amount of fouling when your sending rounds out the barrel.

RELeon
RELeon

@genjuroT @RELeon They were great because they added more realism and somewhat of a survival aspect to the game. You had to keep your weapon clean, or find a new one while you are out and about. Instead of just getting your favorite guns and carryin them the whole game, you had to adapt and find replacements.

havanasammich
havanasammich

@RELeon @genjuroT I don't recall bring able to repair or clean them bro. They just exploded in your face from time to time.

themc_7
themc_7

@RELeon @genjuroT how did that work? did weapons require repair and upkeep to prevent jamming or was that just a random thing that happened sometime?

Perhaps weapon jams, etc could be an optional setting: enable/disable

RELeon
RELeon

@themc_7 @RELeon @genjuroT Yeah Themc, the more you used a weapon, the more it would start to jam, have misfires, less accuracy, etc. It made you have to swap out weapons more often as they would slowly deteriorate and break, rather than just using the same gun the entire game.