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Video Game of the Week

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Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure first-person shooter game. Far Cry 5 is developed and published by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Toronto, and Ubisoft. Far Cry 5 was released in March on the 27th and it’s available for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. It retails for about $60.


Far Cry 5 is developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai, and also Ubisoft Reflections offered assistance. The lead producer for Far Cry 3, Dan Hay was the lead director, with writing led by Drew Holmes. The game’s development used Dunia Engine and a modified version CryEngine. The team agreed on the set to take place in Montana since the state is set on the frontier to recreate that environment, the team traveled to Montana for 2 weeks to collect any information and regarding its biomes and the “self-reliant” nature of locals. The setting and tone of Far Cry 5 is originated from separatism. According to Director Dan Hay, when he was young he felt unsafe during the conflicts with the cold war and it manifested the twenty-first century with all of the terrorist attacks happening, for example, the 911 terrorist attack, and financial problems. Ultimately the concept of the “global village” began to collapse, which sets the theme of the game and prompted the team to write a story that sets the main antagonist as a doomsday cult. Creating a memorable story, the characters in the game were designed to have different views and opinions on important events, and different ideologies. Despite the dark theme, the team wanted to ensure that the game is still fun and entertaining to play. Therefore, the team implemented a large arsenal of weapons and open-ended gameplay possibilities for players to use.


Similar to its predecessors, Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure first-person shooter set in an open world environment which the player can explore freely on foot or via various vehicles. Unlike previous titles in the series where the player takes on the role of a set character, the game gives the player the opportunity to customize their character’s appearance. The player has a variety of ranged and explosive weapons to fight against enemies, with the game placing a renewed emphasis on close-quarters combat compared to previous Far Cry titles by introducing a wider range of melee weapons. In addition, Far Cry 5 features a new weapons ballistics system that includes elements like a bullet dropping over a distance to make it more realistic. The game also features a recruitment system in which the player can recruit locals in the county to fight alongside them similar to the “Buddy” system used in Far Cry 2 or the “Guns for Hire” system in Far Cry 4. In this Guns for Hire system, the player can recruit locals to join their cause at which point they will fight alongside the player. In addition to these Guns for Hire, the game also includes “Specialists” or non-playable characters with their own unique skills and personalities. The recruitment system replaces the beacon system used in previous titles. For example, Far Cry 4 featured bell towers that the player had to climb in order to open up parts of the map and various activities in the region. Far Cry 5 removed this system and instead rely on the player forging relationships with other characters to discover story missions, events, and other characters.

Reviews pros & cons

Throughout all the review pages I read, most of them gave Far Cry 5 an 8 or 9 out of 10. On high the ratings are Far Cry 5 seems like a really good game to the editors and players out there.


  • Offers a huge open world to explore as you systematically dismantle a dangerous cult
  • Far Cry Arcade holds potential for an array of interesting content
  • Reworked mission system feels more natural and contextualized
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Vibrant characters and intricately designed scenery
  • Loaded with action


  • An occasional janky moment during a mission can break up the action
  • Doesn’t have much of importance to say when the explosions die down
  • Not engrossing enough as compared to Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4
  • Does not focus much on the other villains
  • Not a lot of variety
  • Repetitive missions

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