Far Cry 5 is here, and it’s the biggest, most ambitious Far Cry game to date, loaded with plenty of things to do and see in the wild west world of Montana. Since we’ve not fully played through the game, and haven’t even really gotten past the introduction bit, this is a game review looking at some of the more critical aspects of the game, covering the different gameplay and narrative elements available to players. This game has a very distinctive setting, one that is an attempt to try and recreates that feel of an American frontier, but with a heavy dose of magic, fantasy, horror, secrets, monsters, and more. The main storyline follows a young girl called Ash, who has just managed to get herself recruited as a member of the ‘Furduck’ crew – a group of explorers and seekers who are on their way to find the legendary ‘Furduck’. However, things do not go according to plan, and Ash ends up getting locked in a cabin, surrounded by hostile monsters, while the rest of the crew makes a run for it.
The video game world of Far Cry 5 looks and feels very life-like, as you get to explore some of the most authentic looking and smelling real life locales possible. Although the world is made to look as though it’s based in the early 20th century, the setting and period of time can be compared to that of America in the late 19th century. Throughout the game, you’ll be able to pick up the various types of weapons, vehicles and even use them in combat – although there are some weapons in Far Cry 5 that are a little out-of-date, such as the pistol. The gun, as you may know, is one of the earliest forms of weaponry used by man.
Far Cry 5 does a great job of recreating some of this early history. In fact, some of the earliest video game consoles such as the Atari didn’t feature any form of camera, which explains why you never see your character handling an object in third-person view in Far Cry 5. This is perhaps one of the biggest selling points of Far Cry, as the lack of a camera enables players to become immersed in the experience of playing the game, instead of merely watching it. Even enemy AI is very well designed, with enemies going into hiding and remaining hidden until they are the right time to attack.
Far Cry 5 features three different types of gameplay. The sandbox allows you to go into a lot of the different environments and pick up weapons and items that the game has to offer, without having to work for them. The ‘cover system’ involves using a variety of cover-ups to protect yourself and get the best results from any given battle. Finally, the ‘coop run’ allows you to work alongside other players in an open-world PvP environment. These run through missions, and you have the option to switch between them to make the most of each situation.
Unlike previous games in the Far Cry series, you are not limited to a gun or a melee weapon. Instead, you are given a large selection of tools to use in combat, which you can switch between using depending on the situation. One of these tools is the Jason voice patch, which allows you to transform into Jason, complete with all of the Jason characteristics – including the tongue, for an added sense of comedy – and grants you a variety of abilities based on your personality. This includes a jet pack, which is great for taking down large numbers of opponents, as well as the ability to disguise yourself and blend in with the environment. You can also pick up a crowbar to use against larger groups of enemy soldiers.
Far Cry 5 features a new perk system based on first-person shooting. Perks include everything from being able to distract multiple enemies to gaining the ability to hack into computer systems and steal information. All of these perks can add up quickly, making it important to balance your skill level with your ability to perform well in Far Cry 5’s numerous missions. The perk points can be stored up by gaining experience points throughout your gameplay, so it is easy to level up while you play.
Far Cry 5 is a first-person shooter video game, like many of the current crop, based on an interactive storyline. You will start out as a small group of individuals, who are seeking to escape from a mental institution where they feel they are treated worse than criminals. Throughout your journey, you will learn about the different cults operating in the region, and about how your new leader, the leader of the free world, has transformed the whole country. Although this may sound like it is going to have the same type of storyline seen in dozens of other first-person shooter games, Far Cry 5 provides an element that sets it apart from the crowd. It offers a first-person perspective, which adds an air of adventure, and allows players to take on a different role in the storyline.
Far Cry 5 also offers an option to play as any one of eight characters. Each character class has its own set of weapons and uses different perspectives during combat. Each character also possesses special abilities and perks, which can make them more effective in combat, as well as making them more likely to succeed in missions. These classes include the “Wolves” who are equipped with powerful bows and arrows, who can often hide from the enemy long enough to allow you to sneak up on them, and who possess a strong defense. The “aires” are a bit more vulnerable when it comes to fighting, but possess a powerful flaming attack, which is very effective against large groups of opponents.