The Far Cry games have always done a fantastic job to straddle that grey area between the bombastic, ridiculous, thought-provoking and tactical; and Far Cry 5 is no different. After the somewhat empty-feeling Far Cry: Primal, Ubisoft is back with a more refined and true-to-formula Far Cry game that fans and newcomers will enjoy; but, as with most games in the series, FC5 is not without its hiccups.
The game detours away from the tropical islands and exotic foreign locations the franchise has become known for, in place for a shoot-’em-up tale in middle America. Stranded in Montana alongside some pretty hostile extremists, you’ll use your tact and skills to chip away at their maniacal plans, while inciting a resistance from the locals who will help you on your missions. The story and hyper-religious themes are enjoyable dressings for the action, but fail to leave a lasting impression as previous games’ narratives have done. On the plus side, in typical Far Cry style, the gameplay is solid, and you have access to a ton of vehicles and ways to dispatch of your enemies.
The shooting mechanics are as punchy as ever and are once again the cornerstone of what makes Far Cry games so much fun. You have a huge variety of weapon types at your disposal, but if you’re a series veteran, there’s not too much the standard-fare of shotguns, rifles, and pistols will bring you that you haven’t already seen. The real enjoyment comes from how you approach each situation and use your weapons, and FC5 provides a lot of variety in the form of using resistance backup, animal compatriots, hiring a plane to attack from the sky, or just going in guns-blazing ala Rambo.
In terms of missions, the game is as jam-packed and admittedly overwhelming as ever. You can easily follow the main strain of primary objectives, and make your way through the game in 20-odd hours, but for the completionists, there are more than enough side distractions and subsidiary tasks to keep you entertained for months to come. While there is no competitive multiplayer, there is co-op for the entire campaign, which is a huge plus for those looking to take on the gun-wielding zealots of Montana with a friend!
With Far Cry 5, you know what you’re getting – and that’s not a bad thing at all. Ubisoft has returned to the recipe that works best, providing a colourful and interesting setting, tons of bad guys to shoot, the firepower to do it with, and delivered a villain for some just motivation – and that’s all we really want from a Far Cry game.
Far Cry 5 is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.