REVIEW NOTE: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD
Far Cry 5 is set in Hope County, a fictional town of Montana, America. Players are thrown into a beautiful, broad open world and will be fighting against a strong central villain this time Joseph Seed, the leader of the Eden’s Gate cult. He preaches from the Book of Revelations that the end of the world is coming and it is your job to stop him at all costs.
Gorgeous open world
Far Cry 5 looks absolutely gorgeous, from water reflections to expansive grasslands and even detailed character models, it’s a visual treat. That’s a good thing because you’ll spend a lot of time exploring it, first looking for people or animals to hire and the best way to sabotage cult outposts. Whether you are taking the speedboat along the river or running through the forest you will not be disappointed with Montana’s beauty. Not only is the open world a beautiful place but the animals are recreated to be as realistic and true to its real-life representation. One thing we found extremely important in any Far Cry title is the ability to kick ass in an environment that is appealing to the eye with animals that vanquish our enemies 🙂
GAMEPLAY & STORY
Many improved and fluid mechanics
As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden’s Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Caught off guard and drawn into a power struggle, players must disrupt the carefully laid plans of the Project at Eden’s Gate, and fan the fires of resistance to help liberate the Hope County community and themselves.
Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance. The fight against the cult will take players to unique locations throughout Hope County that provide different gameplay experiences. During their journey, players can fly planes to engage cult forces in aerial dogfights across Big Sky Country. While tracking down cult members and gathering resources for survival across farmland, forests, mountains, and rivers, players can get behind the wheel of iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs and boats. Vehicles also provide refuge when under attack by animals or as a way to quickly escape when things don’t go as planned.
To take down the cult, players will need to utilise any and all weapons at their disposal, including ranged weapons such as guns and grenades and melee weapons like a sledgehammer or baseball bat. Additionally, players can recruit Guns for Hire from a large cast of characters, or even Fangs for Hire, specialised animals like bears and cougars to complement players’ playstyles whether they’re going in stealthily or forcefully. How players approach each situation and the chaos they create in Far Cry 5 is up to them. Far Cry 5 will also see the return of the map editor, giving players the opportunity to create and play an infinite amount of new playgrounds. The map editor will include new features that add a new dimension to the content created by fans, with more details coming soon.
FAR CRY 5 ARCADE
Some features make you come back for more
Far Cry Arcade is a mode within Far Cry 5 which combines the map editing of previous games but with far more assets and possibilities. Ubisoft has included assets from numerous games outside of the Far Cry including Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed, and the editing tools let players create maps and games that let the imagination run wild. Far Cry Arcade will include a hub featuring a progression system, matchmaking, and in-game currency rewards, all wrapped around retro-inspired pixel art. It appears to reverse the downward trend the franchise’s map editor had been on over the past couple games.
Joseph Seed would be proud
The best thing we can say about Far Cry 5 is that it is one of the most entertaining sandbox survival adventures in the franchise. Montana is a gorgeous slice of new terrain that is fraught with peril and the road ahead that Far Cry Arcade represents is exciting, to say the least. Simply put, the fifth version in Ubisoft’s series of madness, freedom, and exploration is Far Cry perfected.