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What is Far Cry 5 Going to be About?
Far Cry games have become something of Assassin’s Creed’s less active older brother, and that’s kind of unfair, but also understandable. Assassin’s Creed has given us nearly annual releases since 2007, while Far Cry was always more content with launching a game every four years or so.
A change of scenery and mood
So far all Far Cry games have taken place outside of American soil: on tropical islands, in reclusive mountainous countries, or, in fact, in Africa. Not so this time. This time Ubisoft is going to strike closer to a home of the franchise’s American audience.
Far Cry 5 gameplay (and story, obviously) is going to take place in Hope Country in Montana, a very secluded region in an already extremely spacious state. It happens to be a perfect setting for the kind of conflict depicted in this iteration of the free-roaming shooter.
You see, the Hope County has been taking over by a family of religious lunatics led by a character called Joseph Seed, a local preacher who clearly went off the deep end, established a heavily armed cult of like-minded wackos, and decided to take over the towns and villages in Hope.
Far Cry 5’s player role
The players will take on the role of a deputy sheriff, who is a part of a task force sent to cut short Seed’s rule of terror. For the first time in the franchise, we’re going to get to customize our protagonist’s appearance, down to gender and skin tone. Gone are the days of playing pasty 20-somethings or nondescript protagonists with a gruff attitude. Although the depth of the customization system remains undisclosed so far, it’s still heartening to know for a change we’ll get to create our own alter ego to create the traditional Far Cry mayhem. It always helps immersion to put a bit of yourself in the games you play.
Companions and hirelings
You can have a dog. Is there anything more you need to know? Boomer will be able to harass enemies, steal their guns, bite their nads, bring one of those to you at your command, and most important of all: it’s going to be a good dog.
There are also human companions, I suppose. One of them is going to be a crop duster pilot packing some serious heat, because this is Montana and the good deputy sheriff’s going to need destructive air support, probably. Another is a pastor of a parish converted at gunpoint by Seed’s lackeys, so the pastor is going on something like a warpath. Presumably on the basis that the Bible is fuzzy on the subject of kneecaps. Reportedly there’s also a bear companion, so that’s nice. There are some more, but we’ll leave them for you to discover during your time with the game.
In all honesty, though, why would you want to roll about with potentially unhinged individuals instead of a dog which is playing deadly fetch with a favorite human?
It is a Ubisoft game, and a Far Cry one to boot, so it almost goes without saying that the amp is going to have a bunch of optional, but beneficial objectives peppered all over it, and a number of extracurricular activities to complement them.
Fans of hunting games from previous iterations of the franchise are going to have their way cut out for them, with enough wildlife to make dozens of backpacks. Fishing is also appearing, for better or worse, and since the game is going to feature an online co-op, we’re going to have the distinct pleasure of boasting to our friends about that time we fished out a huge boot out of a pond. Overall, the developers speak of their desire to make Far Cry 5 an engine for anecdotes, providing players with memorable events, scripted or otherwise, anywhere they go.
If the talk of planes got your blood rushing, you’ll be delighted to know the planes are going to be fully operational, potentially opening up a way for some dogfighting.
Overall the activities are likely to be tied into the “build the resistance” motif going on, although one hopes it will be something more captivating than just gathering resources.
Far Cry 5 is taking some risky steps with its setting and premise, but this is a risk that can certainly pay off in the long run, making the game distinctly different thematically from its predecessors. With recruitable allies, a region underexplored in video games, and a controversial topic, Far Cry 5 is bound to stay in gamer memories for a while, for good or ill.
The game launched on March 27th this year, barring possible delays, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Are we going to meet on the fields of Montana?