Culling the herd in Far Cry 5.

Derek Hamilton

Ubisoft struck gold with their Far Cry video game series. Far Cry 3 set the standard for the series with its hectic gameplay, thriving open world, and memorable villain. They perfected this formula with Far Cry 4. Far Cry 5 successfully draws on earlier success, while improvising in exciting ways that only improve the series.

Far Cry 5 takes place in the fictional land of Hope County, Montana. This takes players out of the jungle, where past games have taken place, and into the plains and forests of the United States. The players find themselves playing a sheriff’s deputy in a part of the country which has become overrun by an evil apocalyptic cult, Eden’s Gate. Eden’s Gate are as vicious as they are insane.

Taking on members of this cult is anything but easy. Their leaders, the Seed family, are fantastic villains, as Far Cry always delivers. Luckily, in this game you’ve got some help. Players can unlock teammates who are extremely useful. I recommend finding all the “Fangs for Hire” missions as early as possible, because these critters are extremely helpful in Far Cry’s hectic world. Cheeseburger the bear is a great bullet sponge, and having boots-on-the-ground teammates means having several opportunities to be revived when downed.

This iteration of Far Cry took some notes from their earlier games on how to add challenge to a game. I found myself scrounging for ammo during gunfights because the pistol is powerful in this game, which is actually nice. Some games have sidearms which are almost completely useless, but Far Cry 5 makes it a crucial part of your inventory, especially early in the game.

Far Cry 5 does nothing to comment on any political or social issues present in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the story isn’t compelling. The cult slowly attempts to brainwash the deputy whom you play as, using drugs to create hallucinations and bring in the player to meet the boss of each area once they’ve been unlocked. Players can unlock boss events by racking up Resistance Points in respectively controlled areas. Remember that little bits of RP go a long way.

Overall, I had a good time with this game. The combat is as good as ever. The world is total chaos, saturated by truly detestable villains. The ending is memorable. Definitely worth playing if you are up for the challenge of never knowing what will happen next.