What’s New: 7 Ways Far Cry 4 Trumps Its Predecessor

Far Cry 4‘s November 18th release date is drawing closer by the day — are you ready? For a while, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was. Though a two year gap between games is lengthy by modern AAA standards, it’s actually quite quick for the Far Cry series, which has seen gaps between entries of up to four years in the past.

Regardless of how I felt back then, a run-in with some wild animals at PAX Prime convinced me otherwise. I’m all in for Far Cry 4, which means I need to brush up on what separates the game from its predecessor, and why its speedy two-year development cycle — relative to the changes being made — is surprisingly deceiving.

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As such, I’ve compiled the below gallery to deliver that information in the most digestible way possible. What is it that excites you about the newest entry in the Far Cry lineage, anyway? Is it the terrifying despot-villain Pagan Min? Or maybe it’s the densely-packed region of Kyrat? You’ve surely heard about elephant rides by now, and as someone who’s already taken one, it can be easy to forget how exciting the idea probably is for everyone else. When it comes to riding bareback atop elephants, I must admit I’m completely spoiled.

Far Cry 4 is releasing on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on November 18th, so pack your bags and make sure you’re not too unsettled buy guys with weirdo hair-does. Seriously; that bleached-out, sweaty Macklemore mop is not normal.