When Ubisoft obtained the rights to pick up where Far Cry 1 left off, fans of the original Far Cry were split on whether the decision was good for players. Far Cry 2 was hard. It also introduced elements that have been reused in almost all Ubisoft games since. After Far Cry 3, several futuristic spin offs were created, and after Far Cry 4, Ubisoft took us back to prehistoric times in Far Cry Primal.
As you can see, it isn’t rare for Ubisoft to make drastic changes to one of their longest running franchises. Far Cry 5 ventures into unknown territory as well. Previously, when Ubisoft isn’t exploring the past or the future, Far Cry always takes place in a remote, often fictional dictatorship. Far Cry 5 brings the franchise to American for the first time. In Montana, players are tasked with taking down a local cult in Montana. The game is littered with side objectives and other distractions. Some critiques from fans are actually that there is too much to do and this makes it feel more populated than the real Montana.
This of course isn’t a large complaint. It’s more of an interesting fact than a flaw. Gamers from all over the world have picked up Far Cry 5 to explore the vast open world Montana. In fact, this is the biggest launch week for Ubisoft since the release of The Division. Far Cry 5 is the fastest selling edition in franchise history.
Far Cry 5’s decision to bring the series to America has ultimately proved successful. Ubisoft’s string of recent releases have brought about a new revolution for the company. Fans were sour after the mishaps of Assassin’s Creed Unity during launch week. Players were falling through buildings and plagued with abundant animation glitches. Due to the success of Watch Dogs 2, The Division, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and now Far Cry 5, it seems that Ubisoft is back on track to delivering the games that people love to play.
The new trailer for Far Cry 5 is now astonishing and amazing video game fans worldwide. This new entry in the beloved video game series is definitely going to make waves. While previous entries in this series tended to feature exotic or tropical locales, Far Cry 5 is set in North America. In fact, this video game is set in rural Montana, a place fraught with myth and history. According to earlier reports, this game features a hero who squares off against a fanatical religious group that is engaged in nefarious activities. The plot details of this game have some interesting political dimensions. You see, the sinister cult featured in Far Cry 5 bears some resemblances to certain real fundamentalist, anti-government groups within the United States.
I am curious to see how the gaming public will respond to the innovations and provocations that Far Cry 5 may present. Of course, we won’t know how the public’s response will take shape until after the game is released on February 27, 2018. Whether or not this game precipitates great controversy, it will likely affect the world of video gaming in a significant way. After all, the Far Cry series has already become a cultural touchstone for millions of gamers. With its emphasis on deep, immersive storytelling, the Far Cry series has taken the first-person shooter (FPS) genre to new heights of sophistication.
Hopefully, the managers of the Far Cry series have learned valuable lessons from the relative failure of Far Cry Primal. Although that prehistoric-themed game had its supporters, many felt that the game’s lack of weapons and features produced a fairly monotonous gaming experience. This is a common pitfall for open-world games. Game designers must work mightily in order to produce an open-world experience that doesn’t feel aimless or meandering. I have confidence that Far Cry 5 will meet the expectations of gamers in most ways. Even if it doesn’t ultimately live up to the promise of the first two Far Cry games, there is every indication that Far Cry 5 will make a worthy addition to the series. Journalists have covered the newly released game trailer with palpable excitement. If Far Cry 5 lives up to its dynamic trailer, this might turn into one of the best games of 2018.
The “Far Cry” series has developed a reputation for beautiful locations, plenty of guns, impressive voice work and courting controversy by placing the blank-slate protagonist in exotic locales with guns pointed toward the local populace. Previous games have been set in the South Pacific, Africa, an oceanic archipelago and even a fabricated country located within the Himalayas. Far Cry 5 seems to be breaking away from this world tour approach by taking place within the United States. In recent press materials for the game, Far Cry 5 indicates that it will be set in Montana with a religious cult of rural, pro-gun Caucasians as its primary source of antagonism.
Drawing inspiration from real life, the imagery seems to be taken from the 2016 occupation of an Oregonian wildlife refuge. With the exception of the “Grand Theft Auto” and “Postal” franchises, few modern, “triple A” titles feature American citizens as the enemy; most games go for a non-controversial element, having the player contend with extraterrestrials, the undead, sentient machines, Nazis or faceless “foreigners.” While plenty has been explained about Far Cry 5’s setting and antagonists, the identity of the player character is a complete unknown. Far Cry 2 let the player select his ethnicity; Far Cry 3 had a white collegiate gaining tribal tattoos and Far Cry 4’s protagonist was returning home to spread his mother’s ashes. Whatever ethnicity the Far Cry 5 protagonist is, the choice will likely be made to counterpoint its antagonists.
Initial impressions of the game’s press materials have been mixed, but sharp on both ends. Where some people commented that they would find out which company makes the Far Cry series so that that company will never receive a cent by purchasing their games, others responded with the perceived hope that Caucasians would become evil by promising to follow throw and others still greeted the opportunity to mow down proxies for religious bigots via chain gun with great enthusiasm. While it’s unknown how Far Cry 5 will offer the usual beautiful settings and dangerous weapons, its press kit mentions that it will discuss video game violence and why the acceptance of murdering virtual people is entirely dependent on which political, religious or ethnic group happens to be in the gunner’s sights.