The newest entry in the Far Cry series is coming at the end of the month. After taking some time off since Far Cry Primal, the series is back. Just like what Assassin’s Creed did by taking their break and coming stronger with Origins, the fans of Far Cry will be given a vast new twist to this series. While core mechanics will make the game feel like it always used to be, there are plenty of new additions to make it fresh. Let me get you up to speed with everything in Far Cry 5.
Release Date and Console Content
The game was initially scheduled to come out at the end of February. However, the game got pushed until March 27th, 2018. As usual, the game will be out for PS4, Xbox One (along with its two other versions), and PC. PlayStation players will be able to receive free content, while the other plays on Xbox and PC will have to unlock such content through the Ubisoft Club.
Time and Place Setting of the Game
Initially, the next entry in the Far Cry series was rumored to be a Western. When the game was announced, it was revealed that the game will take place in modern day. The setting is something new. Previously every game has been in places such as Africa, Asia, and other areas around the world. Now we are being taken to Hope County, Montana. The game taking place in America along with its story has been controversial. If you look into the previous games, then you would realize that controversy follows every entry in some capacity.
Story and Characters
You play as the sheriff’s deputy who must combat against a religious cult which has taken over the area. Something must have happened to prevent anyone from leaving Hope County or calling in the National Guard. The family who runs this cult is run by Joseph, also known as The Father. He is teamed up by the oldest brother Jacob, the youngest brother John, and their half-sister Faith. You will have characters team up with you to fight against this enormous threat. Pastor Jerome Jefferies, Mary May, Nick Rye, and animals such as a dog companion. Each of these friends has a specialty of their skills set. Whether you need a sniper or someone to drop bombs from a plane, you will choose a character for that specific job.
Vehicles and weapons
As always there will be a wide range of vehicles and weapons. Some of the vehicles include a semi truck, crop duster, pick up trucks, quad bike, and many more. These vehicles are all customizable, but we will get to that later. Weapons include melee weapons like shovels and baseball bats, assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, and more.
Key New Gameplay Features
Everything from cars to your character will be fully customizable. This will be a first in the series to allow you to create the character that you want. In a first-person game that usually does not matter, however, the game will be completely cooperative with a friend. Before you could play with a friend through certain parts of the game, but not you can complete everything with another player. To discover new objectives, things to do, and the general map will be different. Before the player would have to climb a tower to unlock more of the map to see what is around them. Now, this experience is more organic. Players will walk around and talk to people for information on Hope County. Signs will let you know about specific areas in the map, and other details will give you hints of what is around. For those of you who are creative, the map editor is back. This feature has been absent since the second title in the franchise. Not a lot of details are known, but players will freely be able to create game types and maps. The mode is described to let players utilize 5,000 assets from both Far Cry and other Ubisoft games such as Assassin’s Creed. Taking more control of Hope County will make the cult leaders react. If you are in an area that is more run by Jacob and you start to get on his nerves, he may send attack planes your way or other threats to stop you. Everything you do will have an impact on Hope County, both positive and negative.
A recent announcement revealed what the post-game content will look like. One will feature a Vietnam adventure, a crazy zombie experience, and players will go to Mars to fight aliens. As always, Far Cry is keeping things weird and fun in its DLC.
What to do?
Players will have more than going into compounds and other areas controlled by the cult. Hunting wildlife has always been an option in every entry. Bears, deer, wolves, and much more will be featured to hunt down. Fishing will be another relaxing past time to take a break from explosions and murder. As you take down resistance areas that the cult has under control, you will gain more people on your side to resist against the cult. This will earn more side quests and objectives to do. There will be a mix of new activities such as fishing while you will get your typical experience from any game in the series by taking down enemies in various places around the map.
That should be all to catch up to speed for Far Cry 5. Are you excited for the game? Let me know how you feel about it and if you are going to buy it. You can expect a review of the game sometime in early April. Here is a trailer to give you an idea of what everything looks like.
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