Ubisoft’s caveman adventure Far Cry Primal has been one of the stranger, more beguiling games of 2016. Last week, they added a free survivor mode for console and PC players. If you’re willing to start a new game to try it, it makes things much more interesting.
I initially played Primal for about six hours, until the thrill of playing as a prehistoric survivor wore off and I found myself playing just another Far Cry. As I wrote at the time, I was playing in a difficult, distinct way: No minimap, no fast travel, and no subtitles. I never knew what anyone was saying, though I was able to decipher the simplistic story through gestures and gist.