Far Cry 5 review: Brilliant open-world expansion comes at a price

FAR CRY 5 excels when it comes to open world entertainment, but is it enough to make up for the lack of an in-depth story?With each passing moment in Far Cry 5, I was astounded at how outright crazy things could get with just a small amount of input from me. Traversing rural America while trying to depose a religious cult leader may be the start and finish of the story but what really makes Far Cry 5 an interesting game is everything done in between.

Starting off as the unnamed and silent deputy, I was briefly given a small amount of information on the leader of the cult “Eden’s Gate”.Headed up by Joseph Seed, it was clear that this family was up to no good. It doesn’t take long before as expected, the plan to arrest Joseph goes south.It takes a short amount of time until you have a vendetta to take out not only Joseph but his three siblings who all control a different area of Hope County as well as different aspects of the running of this cult.

Each Seed child has motives that change the gameplay in their local area.It’s an interesting premise and is set up really well but after the opening half hour or so, the story seems to come second to actually getting out into the world.It’s certainly a positive that as soon as the training wheels are off that the whole world is there to be explored and conquered in any way necessary; but the freedom comes at the detriment of telling an interesting tale.

When you are set free on the game world, every corner of the map is explorable. There’s no funnelling towards any “correct” path; just a pat on the back and “go fix this problem”. It was simple to go out into the world and find the tools to use to really make an impact. Within the first hour, a helicopter was there for the taking.

Unlike other games that may gate these kinds of things off until a player has “put in the time” to explore the world, Far Cry 5 seems to want to let players have the fun that they want to have.A helicopter certainly isn’t required to enjoy the beauty of Hope County. Every area is filled with natural beauty and provides a real sense of scale. Large trees give off an imposing feeling and rivers look like they have been carved by years of ceaseless flowing.

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