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The Best 'Far Cry' Games, Ranked

Updated July 16, 2020 196 votes 42 voters12 items

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Easily one of the most popular FPS series of all time, the Far Cry franchise has been transporting players to all sorts of cool and unique locations since 2004. Whether it's the story, the setting, the gameplay, or the characters, few games have been able to match the grit and originality of Far Cry. But while Ubisoft's acclaimed franchise has been met with mostly positive reviews, some releases were more successful than others. That's why we're ranking all the best Far Cry games, with your votes.

Originally released on the PC, the first Far Cry became an instant hit, raking in more than 700,000 sales within the first four months of its release. Subsequent remasters and enhanced versions have been released on different consoles, and in the intervening years the series has taken some seriously drastic turns.

Whether you're new to the series and are looking to see which game you should start with or a seasoned veteran and definitely prefer some releases more than others, vote up all your favorite Far Cry games so other readers can see which releases are held in the highest regard.

  • Far Cry 3
    Photo: Ubisoft Montreal

    Metacritic score: 88%

    Often cited as the game that really helped elevate the series to new heights, Far Cry 3 introduced a bunch of new gameplay elements (namely crafting and skill points) but also expanded upon the original gameplay mechanics in all the right ways.

    That said, one of the most noteworthy aspects of the game is its amazingly insane protagonist, Vaas, who's easily one of the most iconic and memorable video game villains of all time.

    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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  • Far Cry 5
    Photo: Ubisoft Montreal

    Metacritic score: 81%

    Set in rural Montana, Far Cry 5 centers on a nefarious cult, the Project at Eden's Gate, as players take on the role as a rookie deputy who's sent to arrest the cult's charismatically maniacal leader.

    Like the previous installments, Far Cry 5 features a vast open world with plenty of adventures to undertake.

    • Release: 2018
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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  • Far Cry 4
    Photo: Far Cry 4/Ubisoft Montreal

    Metacritic score: 80%

    Set deep in the Himalayas, Far Cry 4 found players caught in a civil war of sorts that was purposely made to resemble the ongoing conflict between India and Nepal. The fourth installment sees the series hitting its stride in terms of style and mechanics, though many advocates claim this outing — above the others — features the most powerful story.

    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
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    Far Cry Primal

    Far Cry Primal
    Photo: Ubisoft Montreal

    Metacritic score: 76%

    Instead of sticking to the tried-and-true modern FPS formula, Far Cry Primal decided to dial the years back a bit, taking place sometime during the stone age. Trading guns and rifles for clubs and bows, Primal removed the ability to purchase weapons; instead, players need to 'craft' their own weapons.

    Primal also places an emphasis on game animals, letting players both capture big game and tame them.'

    Release: 2016
    Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows


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