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Mixed or average reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 70
  2. Negative: 1 out of 70
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  1. 90
    Far Cry New Dawn shares a lot of great similarities with Far Cry 5, but it’s the minor tweaks that allow it to stand as its own title. With so much to do, so many places to explore, and a post-apocalyptic world that is grounded in realism, there is no shortage of entertainment to be had in Hope County. While Mickey and Lou may not seem as threatening as previous instalments’ villains, they and the Highwaymen with their vibrant neon graffiti and motocross-influenced gear are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Welcome back to Hope County – and good luck.
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    90
    Far Cry New Dawn is an awesome addition to the series, especially since it's the first sequel for another game. The combat makes you feel like a badass, but that doesn't mean you can go in without gearing up. On the lighter side, there's plenty of quirky characters to make you laugh during these hard times.
  3. Feb 14, 2019
    88
    Though Far Cry: New Dawn treads similar ground as its predecessor, this direct sequel signals the franchises is stretching its wings by introducing RPG mechanics and easily replayable content. This is still a game packed with zany characters, bizarre moments, and fast-paced fun.
  4. 85
    Far Cry New Dawn reskins the entire map of Far Cry 5, adding enough new mechanics to prevent it from feeling like a retread. While the new villains are lackluster, the return of Joseph Seed is very welcome, giving new depth to the character and his world. With Outpost invasions, Expeditions, and treasure hunts, there is a ton of content here, and almost all of it is fun. There is very little filler in Far Cry New Dawn, and by streamlining the content, Ubisoft delivers a game that is razor sharp.
  5. Feb 14, 2019
    85
    Surprisingly, Far Cry New Dawn is much more than just a spin-off, and it can be easily considered as one of the main and best titles in the Far Cry series.
  6. Feb 14, 2019
    81
    Far Cry: New Dawn is a good spin-off for Far Cry 5, but doesn’t completely match the value of the parent game. If you enjoyed FC5 and want more, this is a good "more". Otherwise, play FC5 first.
  7. Mar 19, 2019
    80
    No doubt about it, Far Cry: New Dawn can give you tons of fun for hours, but if you've played a Far Cry game before, you know what you're getting into, for better or for worse.
  8. Feb 16, 2019
    80
    Far Cry: New Dawn is a well-put-together Far Cry title that does a great job of bringing the story of Hope Count to a satisfying conclusion. It’s fun for all the reasons Far Cry is fun with some addictive survival and base-building elements that shake up the formula just enough to make New Dawn stand well on its own.
  9. Feb 15, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn is a worthy entry to the shooter franchise, but it’ll feel too familiar to fans, and not different enough to those who have been put off by the game’s most recent entries. It’s competently made, with flecks of dark humour and some great action sequences, but aside from a few interesting new mechanics and a fascinating new setting, Far Cry New Dawn is wider than it is deep, the kiss of death for shooter fans currently being swamped with new content.
  10. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Although playing Far Cry: New Dawn just like playing any other Far Cry games, this one does stand out in some ways. The apocalyptic world looks both wild and cute. The Expeditions are fun and full of various playing strategies. If you enjoy most of Ubisoft's open-world games, don't miss this one.
  11. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn doesn’t feel like a true sequel to Far Cry 5. Instead, it repurposes the map as a post-apocalyptic wasteland and cleverly places the focus on scavenging for resources to make Hope County new again. The overarching emphasis on crafting compels you to explore the map far and wide, completing objectives both big and small. The result is a more rewarding Far Cry with a wider variety of missions and a deeper challenge. The story is bad, but it doesn’t get in the way. Overall, it’s the best Far Cry game available on PS4 and Xbox One.
  12. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry: New Dawn has some nice new ideas that set it apart from it's predecessor, but ultimately they can't hide that their similarities. But rest assured: if you're looking to have fun shooting, knifing and making things explode, this game will not disappoint you.
  13. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn is your regularly scheduled stop-gap Far Cry, with some lovely tweaks like the ranked enemies and weapons, and a fantastical element that reaches its natural conclusion.
  14. 80
    Far Cry New Dawn is definitely another Far Cry game, though the changes it makes to keep everything feeling fresh are intriguing. a very light RPG touch makes much of the typically repetitive content feel new with a difficulty curve that will challenge how people play. While it can be played independently, Far Cry 5 and New Dawn together create an interesting story package featuring some great twists, turns, and betrayals of the player (even if those pesky convenient macguffins keep coming into play).
  15. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    It may not really do anything especially new, but ar Cry: New Dawn is an experience that encapsulates everything great about the franchise. It’s instantly familiar to anyone who has played any of Ubisoft’s shooters over the last couple of years, but it’s a confident approach that works well as a colourful diversion at the end of the world.
  16. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn may be a smaller game with a shorter shelf life by the series’ standards, but that still amounts to a meaty 20+ hour campaign. Much of that time is spent grinding for resources, but in spite of that, it’s engaging to make progress, upgrade the home base, and craft better gear. Although the game is technically a standalone expansion, newcomers will want to play Far Cry 5 first for a more fulfilling experience that properly introduces Hope County. In a similar vein, this direct sequel may not appeal to those who want to see something novel from the series. But for fans of the predecessor who were left wanting more resolution, a new dawn awaits you back in Hope County.
  17. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn might be a spinoff game, but it’s sure to have a lasting impact on what we think of when Far Cry comes to mind.
  18. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    I don't know what to expect from the future of Far Cry, and that's so exciting.
  19. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry: New Dawn is an unexpected but welcome continuation of Far Cry 5. Hope County was an enjoyable setting, filled with memorable characters in conflict against one of the more compelling Far Cry villains, so it’s nice to return to it and help clean up the mess from the disaster Joseph Seed orchestrated.
  20. Feb 19, 2019
    78
    As a big fan of the series, New Dawn was a welcome return to Hope County, Montana. It didn’t wow, but the new progression system, fixed bugs, tighter maps, and nostalgia factor combine to make for a fun and familiar gameplay experience. Still, if you didn’t care for Far Cry 5 there’s probably not enough here to change your mind.
  21. Feb 14, 2019
    78
    I had fun again in Hope County. Even though I bothered with many things again and was forced to hide certain things, fortunately, the over-excited Far Cry-Action remains.
  22. Feb 14, 2019
    78
    Far Cry: New Dawn is a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5. The game is not as large as the original, and the formula needs some innovation, but the RPG mechanics combined with gunplay and nice characters make it a really good experience to be played.
  23. Feb 14, 2019
    78
    New Dawn remains a fun title and able to satisfy the tastes of Far Cry fans, but it is clear that the future of the saga depends on its ability to bring the substantially new to the table.
  24. Feb 14, 2019
    78
    Far Cry: New Dawn takes us into a post-apocalyptic Montana, which is fascinating and insidious at the same time. The story is nice, but the evil twins aren't as good of a collective nemesis as the previous one was and the RPG elements don't feel solid as they should.
  25. Feb 14, 2019
    77
    Far Cry New Dawn sets out to continue the story where Far Cry 5 left off in a fresh new take on what the apocalypse means. The detail in every aesthetic is absolutely gorgeous, and the sense of isolation when out on the road feels eerie but real. The system for upgrading Prosperity means you always have something important to do and the game does a good job of putting you in the shoes of someone trained to survive, however the lack of creative new weapons, apocalyptic customization, and what feels like less content than its predecessor really hold New Dawn’s potential back.
  26. Feb 18, 2019
    75
    I'm not sure if this sequel was necessary, but if it's positive or negative, it's already here. Although there's many things that are similar in quality and that I enjoyed the same way as in Far Cry 5, this game is not as good. But it's not as bad as the three DLC from last year.
  27. Feb 15, 2019
    75
    Far Cry: New Dawn fails to give a compelling story like the previous installment, despite some minor additions the game provides the same enjoyable and fun experience but need some renovation going forward.
  28. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    If you thought Far Cry 5 was too big and repetitive, you will enjoy post-apocalyptic Hope County. Though New Dawn is just meant to be "in between", there is a lot of variation thanks to the Expeditions, missions and the possibility to conquer bases.
  29. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    An interesting continuation for FC5, with a powerful RPG component and an impressive artistic design. However, it's also too similar to Far Cry 5 in its core gameplay.
  30. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    Far Cry New Dawn has great ideas, tons of activities, but the RPG system doesn't work as expected in the mix and there are too many bugs. Rivals are not as strong as the series deserves, but the story covers what needed to be told.
  31. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    As someone who loves the Far Cry formula and will take my fix wherever I can get it, revisiting Far Cry 5’s slightly reworked open-world map in New Dawn proves there’s still quite a bit of joy to be found in clearing outposts and generating as much chaos as possible, in single-player or co-op. I could’ve done without the silly story and disappointing final boss, but Expeditions are a thrilling new mode, and the story missions are exciting more often than not. New Dawn is an enjoyable diversion while we wait for Far Cry’s next big thing.
  32. This is Far Cry reduced to its core elements, both good and bad.
  33. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    New Dawn is a good entry for the franchise, but as expected it doesn't deliver a complete new Far Cry experience. Instead Ubisoft builds further on Far Cry 5’s destroyed world and added some great RPG elements in the progress of it. This makes the game fresh and enjoyable, but because of the reused world and mission structure it may feel repetitive at times. The AI is unfortunately still a miss and the open-world may feel empty while exploring. When playing this game in co-op it will reach its full potential.
  34. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    Far Cry New Dawn is a refined but unexciting adventure. For those who have exhausted all the previous Far Cry games and are still craving more, New Dawn will scratch that itch but those hoping that it might advance the core gameplay are going to be disappointed.
  35. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 14, 2019
    70
    One thing New Dawn does superbly, however, is prevent player fatigue. After the first dozen hours, you feel empowered, you’re comfortable with the rhythm of outpost captures, and there’s still plenty for you to do. Which weapon or vehicle will you hunt materials for next? That double jump you’ve unlocked will come in handy for the treasure hunt you couldn’t quite finish. And so on. [Issue#160, p.91]
  36. Mar 5, 2019
    70
    The replayable Outposts and Expeditions are a blast (even moreso in co-op) and the mild RPG mechanics of base building is a great start, even if it needs to be expanded upon. However, in a larger sense, the adventure is brought down by a comparatively small size and cookie-cutter bad guys. New Dawn isn’t a terrible experience, but it would have been better served by being delivered as DLC material, not passed off as a full game.
  37. Feb 22, 2019
    70
    I had the most fun in New Dawn during two states: when I was at my most stealthy and, conversely, my most reckless. Those are Far Cry’s sweet spots. Either doing one-click takedowns on enemies you sneak up on, or just turning the entire place into a run-and-gun wonderland of destruction. If you play Far Cry in the middle, then it’s a middling experience. But if you embrace New Dawn’s ridiculousness, there’s a fun, casual level of violence to enjoy.
  38. 70
    Far Cry New Dawn while being a great experience feels more like an expansion to Far Cry 5 than it does its own stand alone title. This is not a bad thing, but if it had to be compared? It would be like saying New Dawn is equivalent to The Witcher 3’s Blood & Wine which was a great addition to the main title.
  39. Feb 18, 2019
    70
    Far Cry New Dawn is an interesting experiment for the franchise. While it borrows some mechanics from the Ubisoft family that feel out of place and suffers from frustrating padding, the core Far Cry experience might be enough to tide you over once it finally gets going.
  40. Feb 15, 2019
    70
    New Dawn retains all the good elements from Far Cry 5 -like the intense gunplay, the beautiful graphics and the massive open world- and tries to implement new ideas with its "Light RPG" mechanics. And while some of the new ideas really work, you can't help but get the feeling that you've seen and done everything before, but this time you’re doing them in a "post-apocalyptic" world that feels uninspired and bland.
  41. Feb 15, 2019
    70
    Far Cry New Dawn does try a few news things and it adds a fresh new style to a known world, but it does not really go out of bounds. If you are not done with Far Cry yet, you will enjoy yourself but if you are done, this is just more of the same thing.
  42. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Far Cry New Dawn is as good as it is inconsequential. Even though it has the great mechanics that characterizes the franchise, its story, allies and villains are empty throughout the game. So, we get an addictive and fun-to-play title that, at the same time, lacks soul and singularity, looking too much like Far Cry 5.
  43. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    New Dawn’s post-apocalyptic landscape makes for a more focused version of the Far Cry package, which is great if you just want to kill time capturing outposts and hunting animals.
  44. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    This new Far Cry shines from its variety of side quests and a setup that gives a fresh taste to the formula. We would have loved a better scenario and a brand new AI system.
  45. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Far Cry New Dawn offers a leaner take on Ubisoft’s open world formula clocking in at about 13 hours, but hardcore completionists can stretch beyond that. The characters and narrative drag down the fun, but the variety in your tactics and arsenal allow you to approach each activity in different ways. It doesn’t revolutionize the series, but New Dawn is a solid entry that makes us eager to see where the franchise goes next.
  46. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    The core formula of this series holds up, but New Dawn struggles to make worthwhile contributions to it. Beyond the expedition missions, little about New Dawn actually feels new, and the only interesting narrative threads are the tie-ins to Far Cry 5. When all the best parts of a new game are the old parts, it’s hard to be excited about what comes next.
  47. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Far Cry New Dawn isn't bad by any stretch, and judged on its own it's a pretty good game. Its combat is still satisfying, capturing outposts never ceases to be entertaining, but the issue is that it both isn't different enough from or as good as its predecessor. Far Cry 5 is a better game and New Dawn is too similar to recommend unless you literally just want more of the same, but with less vision.
  48. 70
    Far Cry New Dawn suffers from clashing tones and cringey writing, but it offers some unique quests and a fun, chaotic wasteland to play around in.
  49. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Although there's fun to be had in New Dawn, it feels a bit like a downgrade compared to Far Cry 5. An okay story, weak antagonists and mostly empty world are being held up by the franchise's usual standard for combat and graphics.
  50. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    New Hope has changed after the Apocalypse and the new generations are hungry for battles. The core of the fun is the same as always and Ubisoft should have dared a better plot and new mechanics.
  51. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Whilst Far Cry New Dawn isn't a completely new Experience, it does have a few features that give it new life, and despite the bugs and weak story, it was nice revisiting Hope County.
  52. JeuxActu
    Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Ubisoft has to be careful not to exploit the Far Cry franchise too much. New Dawn is an intermediate Far Cry, which will satisfy the fans waiting for the next major part, but it's nothing exceptional. Nice to play, but clearly not a must-have.
  53. Feb 18, 2019
    68
    New Dawn is more Far Cry for those who have extinguished all their other options, but its new additions aren't fleshed out quite enough to captivate newcomers looking for a substantial open world experience, or entice deserters that have grown tired of the franchise formula.
  54. Feb 14, 2019
    65
    Far Cry: New Dawn is a quickly produced FC 5 with a new texture pack and some funky colors. Although the plot does not reach its potential, the game has some really creative missions, the graphics are beautiful, and the music is great. If only the cool shooting mechanic wasn't limited by the new "color system".
  55. May 14, 2019
    60
    Far Cry New Dawn does everything you'd expect from a Far Cry title. However, it failed to deliver the same level of polish and enjoyment its predecessor enjoyed, and while it’s still packed with buckets of fun, I couldn't help shake the feeling that I’ve done all this before.
  56. Edge Magazine
    Mar 28, 2019
    60
    New Dawn is a clearing of the air after Far Cry 5, but calling it a "new dawn" is preposterous. What we have here is a sideways hop, a purgatory of a sequel in a series that has no idea what to do with itself, beyond giving you another mapful of nodes to flip. [Issue#331, p.116]
  57. Feb 28, 2019
    60
    Far Cry: New Dawn offers fans of the series much of what they have come to like about it and does some good work as a direct sequel, but its reduced scope has led to some changes that are not for the better, and it definitely stands as a minor entry.
  58. Feb 19, 2019
    60
    Far Cry New Dawn falls short in many ways, but it still retains the qualities of the formula set by the series with Far Cry 3.
  59. Feb 18, 2019
    60
    Far Cry: New Dawn can quite easily provide a weekend of fun, but when it comes to recalling your favourite games of 2019, don't expect to remember this post-apocalyptic adventure. Its streamlined RPG elements do add some welcome structure, but this trek through Hope County may seem familiar to a fault. It's almost a shame that Ubisoft didn't go all-in on making New Dawn a totally over-the-top spin-off, rather than a sequel that struggles to tell an all-too-serious story.
  60. Feb 15, 2019
    60
    It all feels mightily uneven. For every thrilling gunfight or anecdote-worthy encounter in the wilderness are other stories of frustration or key non-player characters wandering away from the objective and getting stuck on a rock. It perhaps betrays the short turnaround since Far Cry 5, with its ideas and changes not given room to flower and make New Dawn the disruptive series experiment it could have been. But if you are willing to look past its niggles and familiarity, New Dawn still provides plenty of post-apocalyptic punch.
  61. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    A direct-to-video style sequel to Far Cry 5 that’s still perfectly playable but fails to make use of its own premise in any interesting way.
  62. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    Even if it offers some new ways to play that can make the formula evolve in the right direction, Far Cry: New Dawn suffers from having a poor story and very forgettable characters, that make it look like a Direct-to-DVD sequel to Far Cry 5. The real new dawn for the series is has yet to come.
  63. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    Far Cry: New Dawn is not a revolution for the series, tweaking the Far Cry formula and hitting it to hard with microtransactions for mixed levels of success with the series' first direct sequel.
  64. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    Far Cry New Dawn is a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5, but it adds nothing of meaning or value to the original story. If you just want more Far Cry, this is worth checking out. Otherwise, you're not really missing much here.
  65. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    Fire may have rained from the skies and wiped out entire nations, but the action in Far Cry New Dawn is pretty much the same as it ever was, only less so. A few interesting new tweaks to the series' formula are overshadowed by a cut-rate campaign, a story that gets colossally dumb in the third act, and a resource system that feels both unbalanced and pointless.
  66. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    Far Cry New Dawn is fine, functional, and sometimes fun, but it mostly just hovers around the middle, neither touching greatness nor mediocrity but occupying the safe, boring plateau in between.
  67. Feb 14, 2019
    60
    There's a lot of potential in the ideas seeded in New Dawn, but there isn't enough room for many of them to breathe and feel fully realized.
  68. Feb 18, 2019
    58
    Far Cry expansions were great ways in which developers could try something new and wild. Sadly, New Dawn is not the case. The game feels safe, simple and generic. It's time to let the franchise rest and let some new ideas flow.
  69. Feb 14, 2019
    50
    Sequel or side story, New Dawn feels like an overextension of both the story and ideas in “Far Cry 5.” Even as a streamlined experience tweaked to play up its strengths, the formula feels tired and bloated. A trip down memory lane always seems like a good idea, but sometimes it better to leave the past in the past.
  70. Feb 21, 2019
    40
    If New Dawn is as mute and monotonous about the issues that led to the nuclear war and the philosophies that shape its vision of America, that’s because it’s only interested in serving up a gamified version of survival, logic be damned.
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  1. Feb 14, 2019
    An over-familiar follow-up, perhaps, but New Dawn whittles away the rough edges of Far Cry 5 for something extremely enjoyable. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    The end result is a game that I enjoyed but which also frustrated me greatly.
  3. Feb 21, 2019
    My biggest gripe lies in its lost potential. If Ubisoft had embraced the game’s fundamental silliness instead of cutting its narrative off at the knees by spackling over it with morality, I can only imagine what kind of truly Mad Max-esque shenanigans would have been possible. Its enemies and I are both the villains, but they’re allowed to be comfortable with their morbid, violent fun.
  4. Feb 21, 2019
    New dawn, old gameplay! Far Cry New Dawn is perfectly acceptable entertainment. If you liked Far Cry, and want more Far Cry, then New Dawn is more Far Cry. It pays lip service to its apocalyptic premise, but it's still got plenty of Far Cry for you to enjoy.
  5. Feb 14, 2019
    New Dawn is an overly familiar experience that, while a lot of fun, gets away from the best part of its predecessor without adding enough that really feels new. Even when the world ends, Far Cry stays the same.
  6. Feb 14, 2019
    Over 22 central story quests, and a clutch of side objectives, New Dawn is surprisingly good at throwing up varied tasks.
  7. Feb 14, 2019
    It’s a game that refuses to engage with itself mechanically, thematically, or narratively. As players, we’re left with two options: do the heavy lifting for a game that can’t and won’t, or once again embrace a hollow and half-hearted spectacle. Or we avoid it entirely, and let Far Cry 5’s nuclear winter linger a little longer in the hope that, when the skies clear, they’ll reveal a world that someone, somewhere, can bring themselves to care about.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 445 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    Easy cash-in for Ubisoft before the inevitable cross-gen FC6 next year.

    - lazy re-use of the Far Cry 5 map - the game pretends to be
    Easy cash-in for Ubisoft before the inevitable cross-gen FC6 next year.

    - lazy re-use of the Far Cry 5 map
    - the game pretends to be post-apocalyptic, but honestly the differences compared to base FC5 are minimal
    - bullet sponge enemies and pointless rpg elements
    - worse graphics than base FC5 game
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  2. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    Re-used Far Cry 5 locations with sunny-rainbow post-apocalypse land. 40$ for re-used DLC? No, thank you.

    Racism, stupid story and bad
    Re-used Far Cry 5 locations with sunny-rainbow post-apocalypse land. 40$ for re-used DLC? No, thank you.

    Racism, stupid story and bad characters is included. Do not waste your money for this game.
    Ubisoft is just want to make some trash game under good franchise to make money on fans.
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  3. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    This title is totally trash, this is even worst than AC Syndicate in my opinion. All ubisoft games look and works the same: go to the point A,This title is totally trash, this is even worst than AC Syndicate in my opinion. All ubisoft games look and works the same: go to the point A, go to the point B, attack enemy base, free hostages etc etc it is so boring and repeatable ... Hope they start listen players ... someday and not making mistake like FC New Dawn again. Full Review »