Xbox Series X/S Review: Far Cry 6 – Vaas: Insanity

Do you know the definiton of insanity?

In Vaas: Insanity, players become the Far Cry 3 villain portrayed by Michael Mando (Better Call Saul). Mando came back for the DLC, which offers an experience inspired by roguelites. Starting with nothing more than a pistol to defend themselves, players will need to find new weapons and unlock power-ups to become stronger and progress deeper into the depths of Vaas’ psyche. Blending intense action and storytelling, Vaas: Insanity will provide a unique opportunity to better understand Vaas’ past, personal demons, and motivations.

Far Cry 6 was criticised for perhaps playing it safe and not pushing the series forward, but my thought is that if it isn’t broke, why fix it? The Far Cry formula has been working for a long time now and ultimately its still fun at its heart. The first DLC of the Season Pass “Vaas: Insanity” lets you play as Far Cry 3 villain Vaas in a roguelite mode that has you trying to escape your mind by gathering the 3 pieces of the Silver Dragon blade to Citra for her approval.

There are several throwbacks to Far Cry 3 as you would expect and in this, it paints FC3 protagonist Jason Brody as the bad guy. Vaas’ mind is clearly a messed-up place based on what you come across here, including corrupted animals and at times multiple and different variants of Jason. The roguelite element works well here and you can get permanent unlocks using in-game cash for things like increased health, keeping a certain amount of money after dying, being able to go back to where you died and pick up your inventory and other perks.

Fallen enemies will also drop temporary perks like certain weapons delivering more damage or increasing max health and these can also be sold for cash. Your first run will be moderately easy, but doing so will unlock higher difficulties which will also need to be attempted for achievement hunters. It’s not the toughest DLC out there, but its still a decent challenge.

The Verdict

Vaas: Insanity is a great addition to Far Cry 6. A roguelite mode makes a lot of sense here and it’s brilliant to see Vaas back, next up we play as the Far Cry 4 antagonist Pagan Min…

Score: 8.5