Ubisoft’s Far Cry series has become one of the world’s top gaming franchises. Combining exploration with a dark tale of survival in an exotic location, Far Cry 4 continues the legacy. This time players are transported to the Himalayan mountains, to a land caught up in a civil war against the tyrant Pagan Min.
Following Ubisoft’s tradition for producing some very special editions of their games, for Far Cry 4 they’ve produced the Kyrat Edition– named after the unfortunate country from the game.
The Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition comes in a big box, not at big as the Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition, but nevertheless, it’s still sizable. Stuck to it (using some rather Heath Robinson rolled up bits of sticky tape) is a piece of cardboard detailing the goodies inside.
It’s got a map (that, interestingly, looks nothing like the picture on the back of the package), a faux leather notebook, a propaganda poster and some exclusive DLC. As is the norm, with thse Ubisoft specials, the centrepiece of the package is a figurine, this time of Kyrats despotic psychopath of a leader, Pagan Min.
Let’s take a look inside.
Even with the cardboard wrapper off, how to actually get into the box isn’t entirely obvious. At the front there’s a little paper tag with “Far Cry” written on it.
Similarly on the top, at the back is what looks like a drawer with a paper tag, again, with “Far Cry” written on it.
Pulling the tag at the front releases the fold-out side of the box, revealing the statue of Pagan Min in his plastic packaging.
Next up, there’s that bizarre drawer at the top.
Pulling it up reveals the game and the notebook. Both of which promptly fell out onto the top of the box. Bit of an odd design, there.
Pulling out the drawer makes it all much easier to get to. Let’s take a look at the assorted goodies, within.
First there’s the “Travel Journal”.
Whilst it doesn’t look bad with its embossed faux leather cover and that little metal Far Cry machete, I’d have preferred an art book.
Instead we get a blank notebook- something that you’ll never look at again.
The propaganda poster is fun and has a Fry Cry 4 poster on the back.
I’ve got to say I’m a little disappointed with the map, I liked the look of the detailed map on the back of the box, but instead we have a reproduction of the in-game map. But, never mind- let’s move on to the Pagan Min statue.
Sitting atop a huge throne shaped like an ornate elephant, Pagan Min has a collection of assorted weaponry at arm’s reach.
It’s not the most detailed Ubisoft figurine, but up close like this it does seem to capture Pagan Min’s calm, sociopathic personality quite well.
There’s some lovely detail in the cloth.
And even in his shoes.
But, still it all seems a bit cheap compared to last week’s Arno figure in the Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition. Those hands look like flippers.
Moving away from Pagan Min, himself, the rest of the statute is of a much higher quality. Look at these tiny grenades. They’re no bigger than your little fingernail.
These bullets are half the thickness of a matchstick.
All these tiny weapons are expertly crafted.
The bullets draped over the arm of the chair look very cool.
The throne is very detailed and actually looks like a lump of stone.
It’s nicely painted as well.
There’s a curious little drawer on the back of the statue.
It contains noting but a tiny rolled up bit of paper.
Unrolling it reveals a Kyrati Proverb “A Mortar is worth a thousand bullets”.
I can’t say that I was overly impressed with this statue. From afar it looks good, but it doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny, unlike the recent Assassin’s Creed figurines from Ubi Collectables. Still, it’s not bad. It’s just that Ubisoft have spoilt us in the past.
Finally, let’s look at the game itself. Like the box in the Assassin’s Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition, the case has a “Not to be sold separately” note on it, because it has extra stuff inside.
As well as the little manual and an ad for the season pass, there’s two cards with DLC codes to redeem.
The first is the Hurk’s Redemption Limited Edition DLC, which adds three extra single-player missions and a harpoon gun to the game. This is likely a cut down version of the “Hurk Delux Pack” DLC available as part of the season pass offerings.
The second card has a code for the PS4 exclusive Keys to Kyrat DLC. This enables players to give invite ten friends to play the game in co-op with them even if they don’t own the game. Pretty sweet.
Overall, the Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition is a nice package. Not at all up to the standard of the Assassin’s Creed offering, but still worth the money, if you like your gaming merchandise.
The notebook, is a bit of a letdown, especially as I’m sure Ubisoft has a ton of concept art that they could have shared with us instead. The statue of Pagan Min is going to look good on your shelf, but just don’t look at it too closely.