What We Know: Far Cry 5

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.

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DLC

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.

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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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The Last of Us 2: 2017 Update and What We Know

My favorite video game ever is The Last of Us. No game has ever brought me such emotion while playing. Everything from the story to gameplay is nearly perfect. When The Last of Us Part 2 was announced, I was beyond excited. This and the new Spider-Man are my top games I am looking forward to. E3 2018 is when we will see more footage and information on this upcoming sequel. Just this weekend was PSX, Playstation’s big conference that shows off new games or information on games we know are already coming such as The Last of Us Part 2 and God of War 4. Internet personality Hannah Hart was honored to host The Last of Us Part 2 panel that had the cast and writers of the game discuss this experience and give some new information. Like any promotional Q&A, most of the questions could not be answered. Luckily, we got some information.

First off, let’s knock out what we knew before PSX. The game takes place five years later. Ellie is now 19 years old. The story will continue to be about Joel and Ellie since to Neil Druckmann, the creative director and lead writer for the game, explained that these games are not about the world or infected, it is about Joel and Ellie. The player will be playing as Ellie. The overall theme will be different as explained, “If the theme of the first game was about the love between these two characters… then this story is the counter to that: it’s about hate,” says Neil Druckmann. Nobody knows why Ellie is angry and is out to kill some people, but it is safe to assume that it can be about this mystery cult who were shown in the latest trailer for a couple of months ago. Gustavo Santaolalla will be returning to compose the sequel’s soundtrack. He did an amazing job to find the right music to fit this brutal world that these two characters are living in. Graphically and technically the game will be the most advanced game to his the PS4. Neil discussed a while back that Horizon Zero Dawn is considered to be so beautiful that he is aiming for The Last of Us Part 2 to outshine Horizon. The character models will be so advanced unlike anything before. Every couple of years a game managed to break new boundaries with character models and face recognition technology, but Naughty Dog might have everyone beat in their upcoming game. The variety of facial expressions will show the complexity of the human face. Druckmann says. “Just the way the flesh can move over the bone… we could never cut to a close-up of eyes before because we could never get the fidelity. Now we can.” As we have seen from the two trailers so far, he is right about all of that. Below is Ashley Johnson who plays as Ellie, making faces to capture a variety for the camera. You can view a whole video of this here:

Let us move onto the new information we received during PSX and the last couple of months. The panel as mentioned earlier was hosted by Hannah Hart. Along with her was Troy Baker (Joel), Ashley Johnson (Ellie), Ian Alexander (Lev), Victoria Grace (Yara), Laura Bailey (mystery women), creative director and writer Niel Druckmann, and co-writer Halley Gross, known from being a writer from the HBO show Westworld.  The show started with Troy and Ashley singing a song that had some lyrics that hint as possibilities in the story. The song they play can be viewed here:

Many theories have emerged over the last few months since the last trailer. The mystery women are assumed to being Anna, Ellie’s mom who we all assumed was dead. This would make sense for many reasons. She does look a bit like Ellie. One of the cultists does bring a knife to her stomach. This could be threatening to brutally disembowel mystery woman, or the cult knows of her pregnancy, so this is meant to be a threat to rip out her stomach. Not only killing mystery woman, but the small cell growing to become her daughter. In the song mentioned above, a mother is referenced several times. Neil was asked whether this was literal or not and gave a vague answer. It could be safe to assume this is her mother at a flashback because Neil reluctantly gave in to some vague, but important information on the influence that Halley has had. He says, “After the first day, Halley goes home and talks to her husband, and she’s like, ‘I think I got someone pregnant.’ And you’ll see what that means.” Since Ellie is a lesbian, it is safe to say that whoever gets pregnant will be heterosexual. Unless they want to go full Game of Thrones and have a character get raped, then that is possible too. Speaking of that, Niel discusses the stakes. The stakes have been raised in which he teases: “No one is safe, not even [Joel and Ellie].” He said, “like Uncharted 4, they wanted to raise the stakes for The Last of Us, Part II, but unlike Nathan Drake’s latest adventure, The Last of Us is far less lighthearted.” There will be some lighthearted moments like the first game, but the darker moments will be the primary focus. Another theory was picked up from the first trailer and got more popular after the second trailer, that the game takes place in Seattle. People picked this out based on the look of the area and more importantly, the signs in the area. How anyone managed that is beyond me, but they were right, so that is all that matters. Neil confirms that a significant portion will take place in Seattle. He was reluctant to mention any other place that might be visited in the game.

As far as characters, we have three new characters. Mystery women played by Laura Bailey was given no additional information, but the other two were given some background. Yara (Victoria Grace) and Lev (Ian Alexander) are two siblings in this apocalypse. It appears that they will be fighting alongside mystery women. It is safe to say that these three will cross paths with Joel and Ellie at some point. Fighting off the cult and infected together, it should be okay to assume they will be on the same side as Joel and Ellie when they all meet. The fireflies will make a return as Neil hinted and the symbol was found in the first trailer. It appears the main villains will be this mysterious cult, but there will be plenty of other people in the way who will be a threat to the protagonists.

Not much is known overall, but hopefully, we get a lot more next year at E3. Neil mentioned that the game is about halfway done, but at this point, the game will probably come out 2019. The game has no release date yet, but it is likely to be another year or two before the game is released. The Last of Us Part 2 will be out on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. You can view the latest trailer here:

 

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