Sometimes when you play a game you feel like the developers made the game with you in mind. This is exactly how I feel with Far Cry 5. The explosions, the mayhem, the vehicles, all in an open world where I can do whatever I want. Sign me up.
Far Cry 5 is an open world series that continues to show that Ubisoft knows how to make great games. The combat, physics, wildlife, and explosions all mix together to create an epic, fun-filled environment. When the unexpected can happen at any moment, and where the shenanigans are at every turn in the single-player co-op.
Before I get into the details of the review of this game I need to tell you a few things about myself. I have what many of my close friends have dubbed as gamer ADD. I flip-flop between so many games so often that I have earned the reputation of never completing an open world game. Assassins Creed Origins? Horizon Zero Dawn? Kingdom Come Deliverance? Nope, haven’t completed any of them. I finally completed Skyrim just last year after the remaster was released for Xbox One. Keep that in mind as you read my review.
In Far Cry 5 is a first-person shooter where you play as a newly recruited sheriff’s deputy and are part of a task force sent to Hope County, Montana. The world is a massive open world playground where there are things to constantly blow up, shoot, hunt, and there never seems to be a shortage of crazy cultists lining up to fight you. All this and the game beautifully captured the lakes, mountains, valleys, forest, and more of Montana.
As you play through the story, you are tasked with building the resistance. There are four ways that you can do this.
- Rescue Civilians
- Destroy Cult Properties
- Complete Missions
- Liberate Cult Outposts
The format of the game gives you incredible flexibility to do whatever, and go where ever you want.
As I mentioned before there is never a shortage of fun interactions in this game. I found myself chuckling so many times at some of the NPC dialog. Including a moment where one NPC told me it was getting “swampy” down south and he needed to change his underpants.
The bow has quickly become one of my favorite weapons in this game. There is something so satisfying about going a little Rambo in this game. Let’s not forget about the incendiary arrows as well.
Ubisoft gives the gameplay some nice complements with the implementation of treasure hunting and environmental puzzles. The sidequests make you use your head for a few of the puzzles rather than just blowing it up. You can purchase weapons, clothing, vehicles, and turn in animal skins for money. I’ve never played any of the other Far Cry games so, I am not sure how these all stacks up on the predecessors, but this one feels fluid and fun.
Add to this that the entire story can be played online as a two-player Co-Op makes this game highly entertaining. And as a social gamer like myself, it tends to be a more social friendly game. Toss into the mix the new Arcade mode.
Far Cry Arcade allows the community to build, share and play an endless variety of custom maps with up to 12 players. The Arcade feature allows you to use assets from previous Far Cry games along with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Watch Dogs. I have not had the opportunity to jump into the arcade mode but I can only imagine the fun you can have in this game mode with friends.
Perk System and Unlockable NPC’s
Another interesting take on the game is the perk system and unlockable guns for hire; including helicopter pilots, your own personal dog, and much more. The progressions system for the perks allows you to get stronger by completing challenges and earning more points. These points are handed out once you reach a certain milestone or complete a challenge. You can fish, go hunting, or do a variety of other things. Once you complete the challenge you are free to pick whatever perk you would like to unlock, as long as you have enough points for it. You don’t have to follow a specific skill tree and can randomly pick different perks to tailor the game more to your play style. One of the first perks that I picked up allowed me to equip a third weapon. Even though the perk wasn’t one of the cheapest or the first in the line of perks I could pick from I was not forced to spend points in 3 or 4 different perks before I unlocked it. You got the points, you can unlock it. The perks are split into four categories. Some of those perks include:
- Assault Perks
- World perks
- Guns for hire perks
- Hunting perks
Each perk allows for certain advantages in gameplay.
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I really enjoy RPG’s and open world games, but as I mentioned at the beginning of this review, if it slows down too much or I get bogged down in the gameplay I will typically need another squirrel to chase. Far Cry 5 seems to have finally hit that perfect blend to keep me engaged and entertained. Between the sometimes hilarious voice acting of NPC’s or the fact that any given moment there might be an awesome gunfight, this game is highly entertaining. It has offered me two things. Loads of action, but also balanced with an interestingly creepy story. I can chase objectives or just aimlessly wander around blowing stuff up. The last few days that I have played online with friends I was asked several times what I was doing. My reply was, “I don’t know, I’m just blowing stuff up.”
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