Should You Buy Farcry 5?

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Alright short answer: Yes. Let’s talk about why.

I have to admit, I’m a big Farcry fan. Ubisoft is generally hit-or-miss for me, even with the Farcry series (looking at you Primal) but I was never really worried abou this game. Everything about this game has had me excited. I love the setting, the villain, the aesthetic, all of it. That said, I’m going to do my best to be objective here. I’m still working my way through the game. I can’t rush myself on this one but I feel I have enough under my belt to give a fair review. 

Let’s start with the good. This game is gorgeous. The world is intimidating in scale but exploration is fun and rewarding. The tower system is gone and although I miss it at times I’d say the gameplay is better off without it. Strongholds are back and as fun as ever. In fact, I’d say the stealth gameplay I’ve experienced during my attempt at taking strongholds undetected is better than any found in Assassin’s Creed games. As always, there is some sort of spiritual element and it’s pretty good. I like it better than the one from 4 but it’s never been something I’m fond of. The character customization is cool, albeit pointless touch. I guess it will be good for multiplayer. The companion system is a good feature especially for those who prefer to play offline and the companions are actually worth having. Last but certainly not least, there’s the story. The meat of this game is what sells it. The charcters feel real and you actually find yourself wanting to help them (unlike 4 where I kinda wanted to kill both of the “protagonists”). You feel a real sense of progress as you see friendly militia troops starting to take over the areas you clear. The cult is full of leaders who are charismatic and despicable in their own ways (and they all have lovely eyes). Perhaps as an American the idea of a radical militarized cult overthrowing a county just hits close to home but this definitely feels like the most grounded game in the series. 

Now, let’s hit what I didn’t like. First, the spiritual missions seem to hit randomly when you take damage from cetain enemies. This can happen when you’re right in the middle of something and when you complete your vision quest it spawns you just wherever. I mean you spawn back in like a different place that relates to the level you just finished but it’s probably nowhere near the thing you were doing. Another issue I have is that there’s tons of good hunting to do but if you want something like a bigger quiver or another holster, that’s part of the perk tree and not craftable. You can craft explosives on the fly though which is handy. A lot of stuff is actually tied up in the perk tree. The good news is you earn perk points pretty often. These things aren’t deal-breakers by any stretch but I do think they could be handled better.

So TL;DR It’s great. Pick it up and you’ll sink plenty of time into it. In fact, pick up the season pass too. It’s only 30$ (USD) and it comes with some stuff that looks pretty great (and a copy of Farcry 3). I’m gonna say 4/5.