Far Cry 5 Review – Another hit from Ubisoft Montréal

Far Cry 5 continues Ubisoft Montreal’s surprising revitalisation of strong franchises that had lost the element of surprise. Far Cry 4 was ok… but didn’t feel new… And I am not talking about the boring Far Cry Primal.

But like last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5 doesn’t throwaway the playbook, but does substantial rewrites to craft something that not only feels new (though recognisable), but more complete. It takes the best parts of Far Cry and improves them, and those aspects that had become overplayed or too familiar and reworks or reduces them for the ultimate balance.

Players take on the role of a rookie sheriff deputy who ends up getting involved with a sting operation in the fictional Hope County, Montana to take down the cult leader Joseph Seed, known by his devout followers simply as The Father. Things go horribly wrong and the deputy, along with the sheriff, another deputy, and a US Marshall are now trapped in a cult infested Hope County and now must find a way out, along with bringing up a resistance with the local citizens who have refused to go along with the “Cult”.

While Joseph isn’t as visible as Vaas or Pagan Min, because three of his “brothers and sisters” shoulder some of the responsibility, Joseph is an equally formidable presence peering over your shoulder. He’s so creepy… Just like all his family!

Some Gameplay…. watch out for the bears….

Ubisoft Montreal did a tremendous job with the look of Far Cry 5. The game is gorgeous and captures that clear blue sky, mountainous feel that most of us would expect northwestern Montana to be like. There are fish jumping in and out of water, deer grazing in the forest, birds chirping in the distance, and predator growls in the shadows. The world feels alive and always moving when you and the other characters are standing still.

Along with nature’s glory, there are plenty of ranches, farms, small towns, and store fronts that fit right in with the environment. And if you explore deep enough, you’ll find caves, abandoned shacks, and underground bunkers filled with loot and gear. Hope County is such a huge open world that even if you didn’t attempt any missions, the environment itself will keep you busy for hours.

Along with a hearty single player campaign, Far Cry 5 boasts a rather interesting and expansive multiplayer option. The entire story can be played co-op with another player. The unfortunate thing about that is the guest player only carries over their character progression, NOT their story progression so all those outposts liberated and missions done while guesting in my friend’s game will have to be done again in my own game. C’mon Ubisoft… it’s 2018! Gear of War is able to do it for years…

Glad I had the week off…. lot of time spent in Montana….

Good:

  • Montana is such beautiful and rich open world… especially in 4K on the Xbox One x
  • The game is packed with action and multiple missions
  • Able to play with a friend with the co-op mode but….

Bad:

  • …the guest player only carries over their character progression, NOT their story progression so all those outposts liberated and missions done while guesting in my friend’s game will have to be done again in your own game.
  • Some parts of the game may be too much “zombies”!

Rating: 9.25 / 10