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Monday, 30 April 2018

Far Cry 5 Review


Having spent the best part of the past few weeks sinking as many hours into Far Cry 5 as possible I kind of get the impression that Ubisoft were trying to break away from their usual cookie cutter style of sandbox game. The majority of the publishing behemoths previous releases have all followed a standard blueprint of a map littered with icons each representing a different type of event or opportunity. It's a tried and tested formula that we've seen replicated over and over again in the likes of the Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs and of course the Far Cry series. However, with Far Cry 5 Ubisoft have taken away the traditional tower climbing method of revealing those in-game activities and instead opted for a more exploration based approach. In order to discover the different missions available to you in each area you need to spend time talking to the various characters you meet along the way. Thankfully you have the option to skip the often lengthy and dull dialogue that each individual spouts at you during these meetings and crack on with the task in hand. Ultimately though when all is said and done what you're left with is a vast map covered with icons.


The aforementioned map is divided into three regions, each of which is overseen by a relation of the games main villain Joseph Seed. The leader of a sadistic religious cult. You won't see much of Joseph throughout the game other than in cut-scenes. Instead your main focus will be on bringing down his family members John, Faith and Jacob in order to weaken his grip and power over the area. You are free to tackle each region in the order you see fit from the start but each of them has the same overall objective. Complete missions and activities to build up resistance points. The main story missions mostly follow the traditional sandbox formula of travelling to a certain location and clearing that area of enemies before collecting a specific item. While the side missions tend to be a bit more stripped back, often revolving around fetch quests, (I've lost my collection of baseball cards. Can you find them?) to more obvious filler material such as the tedious Clutch Nixon stunt missions. If you're familiar with previous Ubisoft games you'll know exactly what to expect here.


Visually, Far Cry 5 looks gorgeous. It genuinely feels like you're wandering around in a real-life, lush, world that's teaming with wildlife and activity at every turn. My only real criticism is the lack of variety in the environments and a lack of polish on some of the character models. I also encountered some severe slowdown and almost crippling frame rate drops on a number of occasions towards the end of the game.

I kind of get the feeling that Ubisoft were trying to change things up a bit with Far Cry 5 and in many ways they've succeeded. There's no denying that it's a fantastic game and one that you'll definitely want to sink a considerable amount of time into. It still bears a striking resemblance to most other Ubisoft sandboxes though, and after a playing for a while you'll start to feel like you've seen and done it all before.

If you enjoyed the previous game and are yet to pick up Far Cry 5 my advice is to wait for the inevitable price drop.

Version played: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Buy it here: https://bit.ly/2KoSuuU



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