Far Right - Far Cry 5 Review

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 9:08 AM
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If your tootin' needs a rootin' and your moon needs a-shinin', and that helicopter over there needs a-shootin' from the sky with a rocket-propelled grenade, Far Cry 5 is finally here to bathe you in the blood of a new batch of irredeemable bad guys, this time in the good ol' US of A.

I've got to admit, I've been a-lookin' forward (stop that now. Ed.) to this one for a while. The thing that Far Cry has always done pretty well is that Heart of Darkness, Lord of the Flies type feeling where civilisation has fled screaming and what remains is the darkest part of man's will. Stories of cloying menace where nobody is wholly innocent and in order to achieve your goals you have to give up a part of your humanity. Far Cry 2 delivered this with aplomb, and Far Cry 3 took it in a slightly new direction, hinting that even the most clean-cut, socially integrated college kid was just one ill-fated parachute jump away from the beast within. And Far Cry 5... well, it doesn't really do this, does it? I mean, on the surface, it certainly hints at it.

We're expecting this premise of being cut off from society and left to survive in a badland filled with murderous fanatics who have taken the law into their own hands but Far Cry 5 sort of seems to misunderstand its own underlying story, and gives you a nice clean route to the re-establishment of the rule of law. You're a cop, for starters. And while I'm not deaf to the whole "OMG the Heart of Darkness is closer than you think and could happen right here in Anytown USA!" subtext, the spooky doomsday cult and the plucky resistance who fight back against them undermine the meaningless brutality that paradoxically gave meaning to the previous games.

OK, whatever. Squee is stroking his chin about the underlying themes. Is it any good as a shooter? Well, yes, I guess. It's fine. There are a ton of ways to get around from star-spangled muscle cars to helicopters, and many of these vehicles carry weapons. You can hire NPCs (or co-op chums if you have any) to man these weapons, or even drive the car while you shoot if you'd rather. The roads are clogged with enemy supply trucks (which make a satisfying boom when you slide a stick of dynamite under them) and prisoner transports (which have to be taken out with a little more finesse if you're going to free the prisoners unharmed) and pretty much everyone you meet who isn't trying to kill you will point you toward another side mission.

The wise decision has been made not to force a certain type of activity on the player in order to progress - unless you count killing the bad guys, naturally. You can still spend your time hunting wolverines with a bow if that's your thing, and the game caters to that. But it's not required in order to increase the amount of ammo you can carry. You can go fishing, rock climbing, parachuting, and zip lining to your heart's content but you're never forced into a repetitive pattern of behaviour just for the sake of completeness. Early on, you're straight-up told to your face that you won't have to climb a load of communications towers all over the map. In fact, there's a communications tower that you have to climb just in order to reinforce that you won't have to do this throughout the game. Which is weird, but there it is.

At its heart, though, gameplay is really not all that different from previous Far Cries. Everything you'd expect to be upgradable is - guns, vehicles, character skills - and capturing enemy outposts helps unlock shops and other upgrades. Graphically it's as pretty as you'd expect. Nothing really surprising or unusual. That said, the map is crammed with locations that are well-thought-out and, on the whole, quite interesting. It's stuck together in a believable way and many happy hours can pass wandering aimlessly and just exploring whatever location you happen across, trying to figure out the story. As with Far Cry 4, there is co-op throughout, and it's been carefully balanced to address the more common complaints. Multiplayer is basically just a middle-of-the-road online shooter, nice to have if you don't have a better option, but nothing to write home about.

Okay, so let's get down to the core of it. Far Cry is - and always has been - a big murderous sandbox where you can parachute out of a helicopter, shoot a couple of wolves with a bazooka, chuck a knife at the driver of a quad, steal it, drive it off a cliff into a lake and jet ski into the sunset. If something looks like it might explode it invariably does, and consequences for mayhem are kept to a minimum. That's the point. All of my moaning about the pedestrian storyline and cardboard cutout villains (a less interesting bunch than I've seen in previous Far Cry games if truth be told), the point of a Far Cry game is to generate your own ridiculous tales of chaos. All of the tools you need to make action scenes that would have Michael Bay wondering where he went wrong are handed to you in the first couple of hours. The roster of available aircraft is greatly increased. Oh, and there's a pretty fun dog you can hang out with. There is the usual menu of on-the-rails car chase shootouts and scripted battles but Far Cry 5 shines - predictably - where the others did - in off-script nonsense that makes you laugh out loud on your way to the next mission.

I know it's redundant for me to say - and I'm directly quoting Jon's Far Cry 4 review here - "That growing Ubisoft problem of over-familiarity rears its ugly head once again". If you've had long enough since FC4 or Primal to hunger for more, or you just really hate religious cults, there are many hours of mindless, gun-nut paradise to enjoy here. But it has to be said that if you've played one, you've kinda played them all.

Pros

  • Sandboxy fun

Cons

  • Very similar to previous games
Score

8

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14:20 Apr-05-2018

The Endings ruined it for me, plus the fact that you cannot play after completing the Story.


Also when the Bosses forced you to fight them, some Missions got blocked and i couldn't finish everything :/


Lacking 1 specialist & 4 missions because of that.

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13:06 Apr-10-2018

Oh, seriously, Fuck the ending. Worst in the series. Makes me wanna refund the game.

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12:41 Apr-05-2018

What is Far Cry 5 in the end? easy, is a mediocre shooter with a more mediocre plot. Far cry 1 was stunning with decent plot and was a benchmark, Far cry 2 was decent but BORING, than Far Cry 3 worst for combat but best for plot, then Far Cry 4 Boring again, but less than FC 2, Far cry Primal Not to be considered a Far cry, and then Far Cry 5 is a mix of a Boring story with a mediocre Combat Sys, set in a Megamap and sold as an adventure but is a sandbox. It could be a good side, but this is Far Cry and not Skyrim so it will not support mods.


7 hours (2 paused for champions league) uninstalled.

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17:28 Apr-03-2018

I got bored of Far Cry 3 real quick after having bought Far Cry 4 and played Primal first but I enjoyed Far Cry 4 a lot. Primal felt like a chore though.

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13:37 Apr-03-2018

"IGN Review :- Too Much Far And Less Cry "

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12:27 Apr-03-2018

For me the "Very similar to previous games" is really pro for me. I love Far Cry 3, 4 and even Primal and if the game is similar but only with different story, that is great! That is what I am looking for! Especially for me, who do not like to replay games over, because I remember them too well :-)

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15:35 Apr-03-2018

You will love this then. It's perfect for you.

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12:24 Apr-03-2018

Tried Far cry 3, lost interest after 2 missions.
Then i got Far cry 4 Gold edition finished it completely 100%
Now im playing Far cry 5 and its even better than 4. FC5 is by far the best one.

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14:25 Apr-03-2018

A lot of people say FC3 is the best one, i lost interest in it quite quickly. Then i got a "cough cough" version of FC4 and loved it, played it thru a couple times then bought a Far Cry bundle with every game for around 36€ or so which was a steal for me and jumped on it, then i was fortunate enough to get FC5 to performance test/review and think it's the best one by far. The fact that nothing gets revealed you actually need to travel the whole map is a plus.

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10:48 Apr-03-2018

I have played FC3 and thats the only far cry game i have played....And i loved it.


Far cry 4 and primal didnt seen interesting


FC5 , i saw some game play and i gotta say this looks very interesting. Definitely seems a far cry (pun intented) from the gameplay of FC3

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10:32 Apr-03-2018

I skipped Primal for the reasons mentioned in the last paragraph but I may go for this one at a later date (in coop preferably) because I like the setting.

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09:51 Apr-03-2018

i am playing it since its launch and believe me this game is one of the very best open world games ubisoft ever created...
i am just lovin it!!!

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09:41 Apr-03-2018

"Very similar to previous games"
Aka same procedure as every year, but colored slightly different.
It's honestly amazing to me how people are still buying Ubisoft open world games. Play one and you played them all.

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11:29 Apr-03-2018

Right?! Its mindblowing how people can still waste their money on the same damn thing! I mean, after you played this, you feel totally milked, nothing new has happened - no satisfaction in the end what-so-ever!

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12:09 Apr-03-2018

Unless you've actually played both you can't have a fact on both just an opinion. I've played and own every single one (got 1-Primal for dirt cheap couldnt pass it up), Primal is the different one but 5 isn't anywhere near 3-4 in that regard. It's like saying play one racing game you've played em all, play an fps and you've played em all. At that rate you wouldn't be able to play anything at all haha. It's like me saying I played F1 2011 and F1 2017 is the same, yea same genre but MUCH more fun.

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14:33 Apr-03-2018

I have played Farcry 3, Farcry 4, and seen my brother play Assassin's Creed: Unity.
I'm not gonna buy the same game a third time just because they slapped a 5 at the end of it and added a dog companion.
Your comparison with racing games doesn't hold up by the way. You expect a racing game to be a racing game, you don't expect anything mind blowing.
However an open world game can be so much more than what Ubisoft is doing with it, for reference see The Witcher 3, JRPGs, The Elder Scrolls, and so on.
Meanwhile Ubisoft manages to release the same bland gameplay colored slightly nicer year after year, no thanks.

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17:47 Apr-03-2018

While this was a good back and forth, I think I gotta side with Myrmiron on this one. Also, the recent Jimquisition episode on this same exact topic, I do recommend you guys give it a watch if you haven't already. Here it is

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18:17 Apr-03-2018

That's a fair evaluation..... but he admits the games are still good, just that they don't bring much new to the table in terms of core gameplay

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18:21 Apr-03-2018

Agreed but then again, I've actually played 3/4 AND 5 so that's just me.

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18:24 Apr-03-2018

Yeah that's the thing. It really blew my mind when he said that if FC5 was the first FC game in about 5 years then it would have been hailed as a masterpiece. I mean, I haven't played the game so I gotta go with what he is saying and he mostly says rational and well thought out stuff, so I'm fine with trusting his opinion. So.. back to the point, it shows how much the repetitive gameplay loop is just like temporary profits and benefits and not long term recognition and praise, artistic integrity, stuff like that. (which is kinda ironic I think, because the whole repetitive gameplay thing is based on the "live services" backbone, which itself was created to maximize player retention in a single game) The live services model manages to keep the player playing for a lot more. But in the end..

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18:26 Apr-03-2018

as Jim boi said, Ubisoft games end up being the games that you play in between playing other games. Filler in some ways I guess, highly polished filler at that too.

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18:47 Apr-03-2018

I've played FC, FC2, FC3, FC3 Blood Dragon, FC Primal, AC3, AC4, and the Crew....... they definitely share core gameplay elements, but they're all GOOD games, and even though they may play similarly, just being in new settings to explore with new things to do is enough to justify getting the game if the new settings appeal to you..... and I definitely wouldn't mind exploring backwoods 'Murica in a Far Cry game!

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05:20 Apr-04-2018

But how can you even feel satisfied afterwards?

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07:08 Apr-04-2018

What's exactly stopping someone from feeling satisfied? Just because games may share gameplay elements doesn't make them exact clones of one another.... different terrain to explore, sometimes in different ways(cars the Crew, from the back of a Sabertoothed Tiger FC Primal).... not to mention, missions and story line, different weapons, fighting different enemies for different reasons....... Why should we be unsatisfied?

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08:39 Apr-04-2018

Maybe its just me.... still I'm deeply jealous that I can't find anything for my liking lately while others can. Funny, a few years ago I could not afford stable gaming equipment and just wanted to be able to play the newer games, now I'm just hovering and re-playing older games (pre-2011 including), in other words, the games I was stuck to play before :D

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03:30 Apr-06-2018

While one can objectively say that Ubisoft are repetitive and share pretty much the same gameplay elements over all IPs, when it comes to actually enjoying those universes then it becomes an entirely subjective discussion. One might like something, while the other might not. For me personally, its a mixed bag... for eg, AC Unity was really boring, but I really liked Rogue and Syndicate. I loved FC3 but uninstalled FC4 midway through and I didn't even attempt to play Primal. Watch Dogs was good for the gameplay, but the story was really :(
So yeah, that's what I had to say on it.

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