Making Friends With Yaks and Snow Leopards in Far Cry 4

Chaos in the Himalayas.

With the help of my trusty wingsuit, I've just soared across a massive chasm high up in the Himalayas. My mission is to take down the leader of a small but heavily militarized outfit of bad guys. This high up, in the ruins of an old monastery, the scenery is dominated by snow, rocky cliffs, and howling winds. But though my mission seems like a challenging one, I've got one secret weapon at my disposal: yaks.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. Yaks? Surely I must have had a sweet crossbow, some C4, or even one of those shotguns that are kind of impractical in most situations but the reloading animation is so awesome that you use it anyways. Well, yes. I had all of those things. But remember: this is Far Cry, a game where half the fun is using the majesty of nature to your advantage. And let me tell you, there is nothing more majestic than a yak.

It took a little while to get things going. At first, I wasn't sure what to do with these rugged beasts milling about just outside of enemy territory. Foolishly, I approached them thinking they were docile creatures who wouldn't hurt a hair on my head. I continued to think that as they began dragging their feet on the ground while lowering their heads in righteous indignation. Were they scratching their feet? Prostrating themselves to their new human overlord? No, they were just gearing up to stampede right at me.

So that's how I died the first time in Far Cry 4. I'll admit, I was a bit naïve to think I could waltz up to these yaks and just sic them on those enemies stationed only a stone's throw away. The second time I tried a new tactic, realizing that Far Cry 4 now gives you the ability to carry around bits of meat to use as bait. I threw a few hunks of meat toward the yaks thinking I could rile them up with a taste for blood. But these yaks, being herbivores, really couldn't care less. So I did what any reasonable person would do and unloaded my entire supply of bait in a frenzied display of anger.

Now that seemed like a great idea right up until the point that a snow leopard appeared from out of nowhere and pounced on me. Turns out, snow leopards actually are attracted to the smell of raw meat. Lesson learned! So, after a bit of brainstorming, I decided to employ the big takeaways from all of these deaths: snow leopards love tasty flesh and yaks will charge at you if you get too close. Somehow, some way, this would be my strategy for completing the mission.

And so, on my third attempt at a mission whose primary goal I had pretty much forgotten at this point, I set my plan into motion. I crawled up onto a nearby ledge and hurled a few bits of meat in the general direction of a few key enemies. Then I dashed back down and greeted my yak friends, taunting them enough to draw their attention. In a fit of rage, they began charging me. But I knew better than to stand still. Just as they dashed toward me, I turned tail and ran, luring them through an enemy outpost that was now in full panic mode thanks to the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty mountain cat.

With the first few enemies either distracted or mauled to death, I continued kiting the yaks along toward another group of foes. After introducing them to my angry yak friends, I took off toward a quieter and much safer corner of the outpost. On my way I encountered a bear in a cage, so naturally I released it as a sort of insurance measure against any more enemies I might encounter.

It was all such wonderful chaos. The enemy encampment was awash in cries of terror and gunfire and very angry wild animals. A few moments later, I stumbled onto the leader of the group. Hey, wasn't I supposed to kill this guy or something? Probably. So I took out my assault rifle, popped his bodyguards, and set my sights on my primary target.

Then the bear showed up.

He had been following me ever since I released him from the cage, and in the few seconds it took me to reload my gun, he came running up and stole my final kill right out from under me. That commander didn't even see it coming. I mean, sure, he probably he did. This bear was huge. And loud. And very, very angry.

But that was it. I had completed my mission, and I managed to do it by firing only a scant few rounds from an actual gun. Everything else was nature at work, or at least some virtual approximation of nature where men carry giant hunks of meat in shoulder bags everywhere they go. But who cares? It's Far Cry, it's the snowy Himalayas, and it's wonderful.

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43 comments
neptune432
neptune432

(Warning: Great Wall of Text)

FC3 was only slightly fun for me. Once you leveled up, it became super easy. The game did hold your hand in many ways. Being able to get free weapons by getting to radio towers was one of the many things that ruined it for me. The copy and paste for many things was something else. If they could add some of the actually good points of FC2 (weapon degradation, how you used maps, variety, less hand holding, etc.) add some of the good points from FC3, then make sure that even when you level up it can still be hard by making it so the A.I. get used to your common tactics or maybe introducing new, harder enemy types and also make it so that even when you clear an area of the map from enemy influence, enemies from other areas can come to re-establish control when you don't realize, plus a few more things (like maybe making the gunplay less arcadey for example), then I'd definitely buy that version of Far Cry. If Far Cry 4 at least fixes the issues that I had with Far Cry 3 and adds a few new things as well, then I'd buy that too.

sethfrost
sethfrost

Preserving the wild life in Far Cry = ze power of ze video games...

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I hope FarCry 5 goes back to Jungle setting, but with a Dinosaur island far off in the distance you can visit(minus the post apocalyptic setting, robots, and annoying rave colors). Add Cannibal tribes and Megalodon shark easter eggs to the game, and you haver a masterpiece.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Well, definitely NOT pre-ordering now, I will read reviews first. 

Why?  One of the things that greatly tarnished FC3 was animals everywhere who were always trying to attack you.  I felt like I was never safe unless I was in a car, I don't know any wilderness on earth that dangerous.  After reading this article it sounds like it has way too many deadly animals attacking you way way too frequently. And they were rarely a part of the mission, usually they were an annoyance that came out of nowhere.

I liked some deadly animals and utilizing them in FC3, but I got sick of worrying about them every time I was trying to snipe or do stealth, or walk around.

Yeah, animals will attack humans in real life, but where do they consistently attack the same guy like 5 times a day, and how many animals actually would need a full machine gun clip to put them down?

Please, chill out with this a little.  That's a little more suited to a Cabella's hunting game or something.

krasnauskis
krasnauskis

IT LACKS DRAGONS!!!! I wanna ride a dragon while shooting everyone with RPG or bombarding enemy territory with cheese rolls.

IronBeaver
IronBeaver

You BETTER be able to get rid of that minimap in the bottom left.

djentmaven
djentmaven

What is it about snow that makes games so much better. FC3 was amazing this looks even better.

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

Very cool stuff this is looking great. I hope the AI is a little better than FC3 though...

CBN16
CBN16

This looks like an even better Far Cry 3, so I'm excited.

That dude's voice is badass.

bledsoe45sbc
bledsoe45sbc

leave it to mcinnis one minute into gameplay he's greifing a yak , what a monster

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I was expecting the final plan to be a little more unified, like throwing the raw meat into the herd of yak, and drawing in the leopard with it's arrival prompting the yak to stampede. But I suppose a load of bulky yaks aren't going to be afraid of a single, small kitty-cat.

It's cool that you can weaponise animals like you can, but I was expecting more of a chain reaction.

Snowx1
Snowx1

Still looks amazing:). Still on radar to pick up when it releases. I have been amazed so far with the announcements being made from this convention:). The new Silent Hill looks freaking amazing a long with the announcement of MGSV for PC. I say that it has been a fairly good time for gamers:). The new Walking Dead game could be alright as well. The announcement of Shadow Realms was not what I was expecting at all. I thought that it was going to be a horror based MMO. I will still probably give it a whirl regardless. Just so much:). Easy to nerd out on a lot of the announcements.

Fursnake
Fursnake

A yak once bit my sister...no, wait it was a moose.

lovely_dime
lovely_dime

Skins Leopard for bigger money pouch

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

Have to admit thats a pretty good looking snow leopard. Would be awesome to have it attack people, or maybe stealth takedowns who knows.

kieron68
kieron68

Looking insanely good. And it's only a a few months away, perfect.

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

To add to the chorus, so stoked for this game!

:)

Ayzed
Ayzed

This games gonna be awesome man can't wait!

cductv
cductv

This was an entertaining read, well done

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Another game I will be passing up ( Unless it's adventure or fighting games one per genre is all I buy and I got destiny for FPS choice) Again nothing bad about this game just out of all of them destiny is my purchase choice.

themc_7
themc_7

I'm so freaking pumped for this game. November cannot come soon enough!

np3trop
np3trop

Haha, GS asked for the Snow Leopard and they got it :)

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ganondorf77
ganondorf77

I don't say no to fun, but animals that need 100 bullets in their head to die is not fun at all. The solution is not this one.

attackmonkey
attackmonkey

There had better be a Yeti at some point in this game.

ritamray32
ritamray32

Scared of deadly animals trying to kill you ?

I am sorry bro, you are scared of one of the most "fun factor" of the entire series

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@krasnauskis blood dragons were boring. The stupid rave colors and dead post apocalyptic environment only made that game even more boring. Real Dinosaurs would be much better.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@krasnauskis  I found the Blood Dragons really annoying in Far Cry Blood Dragon.  They were often hard to avoid, and then you had to run away from them, often messing up whatever task you were working on.  It wasn't until I got the minigun and it was easier to kill them (without using your whole inventory) that they started to be less annoying

skipper1993
skipper1993

@Fursnake Yeah man I remember that like it was yesterday... No, wait I wasn't there.

cooolio
cooolio

@Kinguard73 But Destiny will never be able to offering anything remotely close to The experience of world of Far Cry 4.  Even so, do your thing.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@steaminpotatoes  you and 9 people must have never heard real music before. Skrillex is complete trash. I bet you guys liked the Rihannah tune in the Farcry 3 opening, and thought Jason Brody and his friends were cool too.

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

@steaminpotatoes We mash up da place turn up da bass and make them all have fun <3 

I freaking did that mission again and again for this song!