Alright, let me start off by saying I have been a fan of the Far Cry series for a while now, owning Far Cry 4, Primal and now 5 so far. Ubisoft has given us a great series of games that have gotten increasingly more intriguing and fun to play as the series has progressed.
I did play a little of the first two games in the series, but never got too deep into them, as of writing this review, I haven’t played Far Cry 3 at all, but, with a thirty dollar season pass for Far Cry 5 and I can have that one as well.
How It Is
The first game in the series was developed by Crytek back in 2004; Ubisoft ended up helping out with the games development and release, so the license was folded into the company’s ever increasing library of games like Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy series, and so many more. The second game in the series was released in 2008, and then staying on a four year cycle ever since.
note: review is based off the PS4 version of the game
The Far Cry series has always been known for two things, a massive open world to explore how you see fit, and a hell of a story. Each story has literally put you face to face with some of the worst villain’s you may have ever encountered, but not all of them are evil.
Some times in the course of these games, you wonder if what you’re doing is right, if you’re not seeing a bigger picture, or if the bad guy in front of you is actually your enemy? Far Cry has been able to do that with their stories, hell, some of them actually have hidden endings just for that purpose. Its things like this that makes this series so compelling.
As For The Review
Now, on to the basis for this review, Far Cry 5. While I’m not going to spoil anything for you in this review, I will tell you this. Pay attention to everyone’s story, pay attention to your environments, to the radio. It’s important, trust me.
This game starts out on a Helicopter heading into Montana with a Sheriff, a US Marshall, and you, the Sheriff’s unnamed Deputy, or Rook as they like to call you. You are on your way to the Edens Gate compound to arrest The Father, the leader of a dangerous cult that has completely taken over the surrounding area with his “family”.
It’s a fairly simple set up, one that leads to a huge amount of chaos and craziness that will follow. Now, as you can imagine, things don’t go according to plan, and that helps open the game. You attempt to arrest the Father, and everything goes wrong, to the point that your chopper crashes, your partners go missing and the whole of the Eden’s Gate cult is after you.
The game moves forward from there, you are rescued by one of the many NPC’s in the game and brought to a bunker. Finally, you are let loose on this world. You are told of the three big bosses that are controlling the three big areas of the game, told of some possible missions close by to get you use to the game mechanics, then boom, your neck deep in it.
And let me tell you, there is a metric ton of stuff to do in this game. As of right now, my play through has gone 25 plus hours, and while I have beaten the story, I have yet to complete everything in the solo campaign.
The game is a first person shooter with heavy emphasis on exploration and “leveling up” your character. I use quotations around leveling up because you are actually just opening perks that make you faster, carry more ammo, help your NPC partners fight better, these type of things.
There is no leveling system, just perks. You earn in game currency for completing missions that help you buy weapons and gear, and you can also modify every weapon in the game with scopes, bigger clips, silencers and the like. As you progress you will open up more weapon slots, which is a big help by the way.
By the end of it all, you should have three primary weapon slots, plus, a melee, handgun, and 2 thrown weapons slots. My advice, make certain the Bow is in your arsenal, it’s a huge help when stealth is called for, and that will happen. Plus, it’s great for hunting.
Yes, you read that right; you can go hunting in Far Cry 5, and fishing too. There have been quite a many hours spent in the wild, trying to hunt down more than one animal, or spent lakeside, trying to get a bigger fish (my record is 17lbs.).
You can drive around in the vehicles you find or buy, or take to the water in a boat, or even the sky in a plane. My personal favorite is climbing to the top of a mountain and then jumping off with my parachute and wingsuit, it’s a gorgeous view, just gotta watch out for those trees.
This is a pretty game too. During a cut scene, you might think you’re watching some actor playing the Father as he addresses you after you kill one of his underlings. Beyond just that, the attention to detail in the world itself is amazing.
One thing I loved doing was running through the dense woods and coming out over a clearing, or a Cliffside, watching the trees sway in the digital breeze, the tall wheat or grass blowing along with it, the fish jumping out of the water as your running by a lake. It’s all done extremely well.
See, I could tell you about the three DLC packs that you get with the season pass, or the arcade mode you find scattered throughout the games, or even the co-op mode that allows you to play through the game with your buddies, but I’m not going to do that. It’s there, it’s worth it, it’s all fun, and you will spend countless hours messing with all those things. But, here is what I’m going to do.
Time To Play The Game
This review I wanted to keep as to the point and spoiler free as I could because you should be playing this game, that’s pretty much it. Some reviews have said this game was mediocre, or just a rehash of the fourth game in a new setting, well it’s not.
I have played 4, and its story has its own darkness, but this one is a beast all its own. I highly recommend you get yourself a copy on your console of choice, sorry Nintendo owners, and do what my wife and I did, just sit down and play, get absorbed into the world of Far Cry 5, with or without the season pass.
So, in closing, my final score on this game is a solid 5 out of 5. If you’re lucky to get it on sale, then all the better, but, even at its 60 dollar price tag, it’s well worth it.
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