The essence of the games of the Far Cry franchise always boils down to a very simple concept: the protagonist confronts his superior in all respects of the enemy army in the spacious outdoor world. This can be a tropical island in the Indian ocean, the African Savannah or the Himalayas – the essence remains the same. The important thing is that “one man’s war” perfectly entertaining players. This year, French publisher Ubisoft decided to make us the fifth numbered game in the series, which is set in the American heartland under the control of a destructive cult “Gates of Eden”, led by self-proclaimed prophet Joseph led.
Game: Far Cry 5
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
Genre: First Person Shooter, Action, Adventure
Release date: 27 Mar 2018
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Far Cry 5 has remained true to the proven formula. As the saying goes: if something works well, you should try not to break it. The first difference of the game from its predecessors is the character editor, where each player can construct a protagonist to your taste and color. Previously we always played the hero, which was completely created for us developers. Now you can unleash the imagination: to choose a character’s skin color, gender, clothes, hairstyle and so on. Of course, by and large, it has no effect on the gameplay, however, many players love to associate themselves with the protagonists, so they must remain satisfied with this novelty.
As I said just above, the plot of Far Cry 5 set in the fictional hope County of the U.S. state of Montana. Joseph Sid and his minions to keep the local population in fear preaching their destructive religion. The cult of checkpoints scattered throughout the map and if someone of the locals trying to rebel against the existing regime, it is immediately punished by all the rules of the “Gates of Eden”. At some point local law enforcement come into conflict with the cultists, after which several officers are killed. This marked the beginning of a real war. Residents of the district hope, able to bear arms, form a resistance and trying to fight the cult.
We have to play for a Sheriff’s Deputy who was assigned to arrest the head of a cult. Joseph sid, also known under the alias “Father”, and help three of his closest henchman: a former military man Jacob, a talented lawyer, John, and faith – pseudo-pacifist, trying to make the local population believe that “the Gates of Eden” is the only possible way of salvation for them. To confront them will be no less colorful characters from resistance: pastor Jerome, whose members were captured by the cultists and converted to their faith, the bartender, Mary, whose father was killed by the cult members, as well as a brave pilot Nick fighting for a future for their children.
The open world of Far Cry 5 is abundant with available to the player ways to entertain themselves. The map is divided into three spacious region and from the first seconds of the game you can go to any of them without any restrictions. In addition to the story quests, there are of course the traditional series of seizures of checkpoints, collecting rare items, destroying buildings representing the sects of particular value, hunting of animals, fishing and many other side-missions that can keep you busy for dozens of hours. Secondary objectives will allow you to upgrade the protagonist, and his skill you can improve with the help found magazines. Not without echoes of the previous games: you can still use a flying wing for planning from a great height, and hook-cat to overcome various obstacles.
In the fight against the sects will help you with a wide Arsenal of weapons consisting of shotguns, pistols, rocket launchers, bows, grenades, and, of course, weapons for melee. In the course of going even unusual items like baseball bats and sledgehammers – in a battle all means are good. The list of vehicles for travel on roads, lakes and skies of Montana is also quite extensive. In addition to the jeeps with machine gun mounts, coolest muscle cars, ATVs and armored trucks will be accessible to boats, helicopters and even airplanes. Part of the quests tied to the vehicles, so learn to manage you will have to compulsorily.
Very pleased with my system assistants, controlled by artificial intelligence. In order to get your tiny army of unique soldiers have to perform special quests. But believe me, it’s worth it. In the game there are ordinary randomly generated NPCs who join the resistance as you progress through the story, as well as unique special fighters. For example, grace is an excellent sniper, and Sharkey – good with the flamethrower. Other well-firing from a silent bow, a grenade launcher and other weapons. But-the people this list is not limited. You can also get at their disposal tame animals: bear named Cheeseburger, a faithful dog Boomer and Cougar Peaches.
The main goal of the player is to obtain a certain number of “points of resistance” in each of the three regions hope, and victory over three lieutenants of the head of the cult. Of course, the final boss is Joseph Led. The many sidquests optional, but helps a lot in the main game progress. Periodically you will stumble upon random events, in which you have to save the local residents from the sectarian, to find caches and to open a safe with valuables and to destroy property “the gates of Eden.” Try as often as possible to communicate with the NPC you encountered. They provide you with important information, add notes to the map and new quests in your journal. The game is very friendly to users and adequately rewards the execution of any, even the most insignificant tasks.
Visually Far Cry 5 looks nice though based on the same graphics engine Dunia Engine 2 (heavily modified CryEngine), as two previous games in the series. Give credit to the developers, because they have carefully studied the state of Montana and painstakingly recreated it on the screen in the smallest details. The nature of the game – one of the most beautiful in my memory. You can endlessly admire the lakes, forests, meadows and other beauties of the County hope. Disappointed me is that the range of drawing, when objects can sometimes arise in front of you from nowhere (and, the problem is relevant even for the owners of consoles like PS4 Pro). And even during plane flights, this lack of downright hurt the eyes. The rest complain about the graphics component of Far Cry 5 I don’t want to.
The music for the game was written by the talented composer Dan Romer. He has created soundtracks for such films as “nameless beasts” (2015), “beasts of the southern wild” (2012) and “Circus freaks” (2017). Background music perfectly accentuates what is happening on the screen, and each of the four main villains have their own theme music. Moreover, each of the three regions differs from the rest is its unique musical style. OST skillfully blended the genres of country music, glam rock and even industrial music, creating an amazing atmosphere, enveloping the player in the past dozen hours of gameplay.
It’s nice that the game has the ability to pass the storyline campaign together with a friend. True progress missions is stored only on the main player, the second player has at their disposal a new combat skills, weapons and money. In any case, to take the storyline and side quests together with a friend – very interesting and exciting. Especially interesting missions when you have to drive a vehicle while your buddy shooting from the enemies of installed on the machine gun. Cooperative gameplay, which is so rare in our days, perfectly complements the game and makes it even more attractive for purchase.
The disadvantages can be safely attributed the fact that in Far Cry 5, Ubisoft did not hesitate to use proven mechanics of the previous games. Yes, the decor and ambiance has changed, but other than that, you ever notice that in front of you all the same series without any major changes. Such copying itself on the one hand is understandable, it is not clear why the developers are so tight on the past and not allow myself to move forward. If you look carefully, you will notice the game has a lot of imperfections and flaws. Periodically you will encounter minor bugs and glitchy, which, in principle, possible to live, but the General impression they still have a negative effect. Take, for incredibly aggressive turkeys that peck of the player with a few strokes (fortunately, the bug has already been fixed for the recently released patch). Of course, the game was not without microtransactions, which allow you to unlock weapons and new clothes for the character. They are not Intrusive but still noticeable.
- Huge, beautiful and dynamic open-world.
- Cool setting of the U.S. state of Montana and the vivid characters.
- Gorgeous action to keep you bored for a second.
- An impressive amount of game content and game mechanics.
- Four wonderful villain with his unique charisma.
- Great soundtrack, intertwines a multitude of genres.
- Great AI-assistants and tame animals.
- The possibility of cooperative transmission game.
- Ubisoft does not hesitate to resort to copy itself, it’s frustrating.
- The plot is at times frustrating repetitive approaches.
- Problems with the range of drawing objects.
- Microtransactions spoil the overall picture.
- Small gaps and minor bugs.
Far Cry 5 without a doubt will please fans of the series have a variety of gameplay and a clever choice of the region where the unfolding plot twists and turns. The abundance of sidquests, activities, and the ability to beat the game together with a friend makes the game more attractive to fans of the genre “sandbox”. Far Cry 5 really is possible to spend many hours just exploring the large open world, enjoying nature and discovering new secrets of this virtual world. Disappointing is that the fact that the developers are afraid to part with the developments of the past and full exploit in their new game. So she gets me 8 points out of 10, but this does not mean that the project does not deserve your attention. If you love this franchise, Far Cry 5 is subject to mandatory acquisition. It’s the best and most intense game of the series to date.