Far Cry 5 Review – Buy, Borrow or Pass

Far Cry 5 Review – Buy, Borrow or Pass

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Far Cry 5 Review – Buy, Borrow or Pass

*The following review does NOT contain storyline spoilers*

The latest installment of Ubisoft’s Far Cry series is finally here, entitled Far Cry 5. The game was released on March 27th, 2018 for PS4, Xbox One & PC.

The Far Cry games are popular first person shooter adventure games that take place in an open-world environment. They often have a sassy, satirical twist, with a tendency to poke fun at current politics and societal issues (similar to the Grand Theft Auto series).

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Premise

Far Cry 5 takes place in Hope County, Montana – a run-of-the-mill small town in the USA. Hope County is divided into five main areas, all of which can be unlocked and explored in-game.

In Far Cry 5 you play “The Deputy“, a junior deputy on the local Hope County police force. The Deputy is Far Cry’s first fully customizable protagonist, including the ability to choose the character’s gender and race.

As junior deputy, you’re sent to aid federal Marshals with the arrest Joseph Seed (aka “The Father”), a radical preacher and leader of the “The Project at Eden’s Gate” doomsday cult who is infiltrating & wrecking havoc on Hope County (with the help of his siblings and cult members).

Things don’t go as planned with Joseph’s arrest, turning Hope County into a place of hostility and warfare. It’s up to you, the deputy, to create a guerrilla resistance against The Father & his followers, all while being completely cut off from the outside world.

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Gameplay

Although the game plays similar to the other Far Cry franchise games you know and love, a few tweaks have been made that improve the overall experience.

Location – Far Cry 5 is the first in the Far Cry series to take place on American soil, whereas all the other games have taken place in fictional exotic locations. Although the land may not be quite as unique as the previous games, the change is refreshing and well-needed.

Map & Exploration – Gone are the days of climbing radio towers. Yep, you read that right! Ubisoft decided to develop a more natural way to explore in lieu of icons on the map. In fact, the mini-map was nixed all together, forcing the player to navigate the beautiful landscape of Hope County first hand, unaware of the peril (or grandeur) that lies ahead.

Story Progression – Arguably the best enhancement of the game is the player’s ability to control the story line and pace of the game. The main story is no longer linear, and can be completed in any order at any time. The game flows naturally and feels much more sandbox like.

Same Far Cry Formula – If you’re a die hard Far Cry fan, don’t fret – there are a lot of aspects that remain the same as the other games in the franchise. In fact, more is the same than not. You can still hunt, fish, explore, tame animals, etc. There are still side quests, outposts, clues/mysteries and stashes. The game stays true to its roots.

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Weapons

Far Cry 5 has some interesting weapons, including slingshots and farming tools – but other than that the rest of the weapons are pretty much the same as the previous games – lots of guns. Melee weapons did however get a face lift, and now offer more unique (and gruesome) ways to off bad guys.

There are a set of Prestige weapons that can be purchased in-game or with real money. Unfortunately, the only thing that seems to be better about these weapons are the fact that they have customizable skins, there is no improvement to performance (at this time).

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NPCs & Multiplayer

Companions – Ubisoft threw in some pretty awesome NPCs (non-playable characters) in Far Cry 5 that make your Hope County adventures that much more interesting. They also included the ability to use “guns for hire“, both animals and soliders who act as companions and help you as you make your way through the game.

Villains – As far as the villains go, Ubisoft threw in some unique and interesting characters for the main baddies, from Joseph “The Father” Seed, to his three equally weird siblings, “The Heralds”. Aside from the main antagonists, the rest of the villains (and animals) appear pretty much the same as other Far Cry games. There does seem to be an excessively high enemy spawn rate, making the game difficult & chaotic at times. Even during NPC conversations & side quests, random sandbox chaos can arise.

Co-op – Although there is still no true multiplayer aspect to Far Cry 5, there is now a co-op mode where another player can join the host and help with the campaign mode (aside from the initial tutorial). As awesome of a feature as this is (and well overdue), there are also some pretty major limitations. The non-host player is simply just a gun for hire – they cannot wander off, start missions or side quests on their own, and helping the host with their game will not advance the non-host’s game. You also have to be friends with the host, as there is no matchmaking.

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Far Cry 5 In a Nutshell

The Good

Far Cry 5 has plenty of great aspects to it, such as:

  • Stunning Visuals & Sound
  • Improved Mechanics & Gameplay
  • Natural Exploration (no more mini-map or radio towers)
  • Enthralling Story Line
  • Character Customization (gender, race & appearance)
  • Open-World Map / Non-Linear Story Line
  • Varying Combat-Styles & Unique Weapontry
  • Interactive Animal & Human Companions
  • Flyable Planes (first-appearance in Far Cry series)
  • 2-Player Online Co-op (campaign)
  • Arcade Mode (player created maps)
  • Abundance of Side-Missions
  • Satirical Humor

The Bad

There are a few not-so-great aspects to Far Cry 5 as well, such as:

  • Holes/Missed Opportunities in Main Narrative
  • Limited Character Customization Items
  • Lackluster Live Events
  • Limited Capabilities for the Non-host Player in Co-op Mode
  • Excessive Enemy Spawning & Sandbox Chaos
  • Missions Are Repetitive
  • Not Very Different From Other Far Cry Games As Promised/Over-hyped

Final Verdict – Buy, Borrow Or Pass?

Although it’s apparent that Far Cry 5 has its flaws, we think this game is a BUY for sure. You’ll fall in love with the gorgeous visuals and sounds. The updated gameplay and mechanics allow you to feel like you’re actually a part of the game – not just following along in a linear story. You get to make choices. You get to call the shots. Lastly, there is no shortage of fun things to do – whether you’re looking to explore, hunt/fish, kick bad guy ass or simply enjoy the enthralling story line.

Let us know if you plan on getting Far Cry 5, or if you already have, what you think of it!

Happy Gaming!

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I'm Stephanie, creator of We Are Gamer Girls. Horror & Adventure games are my favorite but I'll play just about anything. I game mostly on console (PS4) but own a PC as well. I'm a sucker for tacos, fluffy animals, and dark chocolate. ♡

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