Far Cry 5 lets you customise your character, play the campaign in co-op

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by Paul Davies

Welcome to Far Cry 5, an epic of biblical extortions

There’s a new gang of crazies in town – Hope County, Montana to be more precise. Who’s going to stop them? Well, believe it or not, that will be you. Yes, in Far Cry 5 there is no answer to Jason Brody or Ajay Ghale to take care of business with a pocketful of quotes. This time, you’ll customise your own avatar and do things your way; a first for the franchise.

Before moving on to set the scene for you, we’re pleased to learn that Far Cry 5 allows the entire campaign to be completed in co-op too. You and your buddy, sticking it to the man.

That man is Joseph Seed, a contender for the most despicable adversary in Far Cry history. Together with his family, whom he has appointed – nay anointed as his ‘Heralds’, Seed has established the Project at Eden’s Gate: a small army of religious extremists. Their warning to the people of Hope Country is “You Must be Prepared to be Tested”; an excuse to terrorise families in their homes, forcing them to pray with guns to their heads, and drag innocent people to the river to be baptised, which looks a lot more like drowning.

At the beginning of the story, you, as you, are called in to help in the role of Deputy Sheriff. Much to your own surprise, Joseph Seed hands himself in willingly. Of course, it was never going to be as easy as that. The fruitcake’s friends and family come riding to his rescue, resulting in your being kidnapped. After making your escape, you decide that this means war.

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Far Cry 5 could be the most charismatic chapter in the series, focusing on the people that get involved in a big way, requiring players to figure out friend from foe. The gist seems to be that you rarely act alone, and that to successfully undo the evil that Seed has sown, it’ll take the whole town to rise against him, a network to form the Resistance.

Ubisoft hasn’t gone into the details just yet, but we have met three of your main allies from Hope County. Pastor Jerome, is a preacher who wears a bullet vest and keeps pistol stashed in his bible. “Woe to the man who leads my flock astray,” he says, reaching for the shotgun.

Mary May is described as a business woman in charge of a bar called ‘The Whistling Beaver’. She grew up in Hope, and watched helplessly as the Seeds took her mother and brother.

“F*ck no, this place is ours!” she says. Finally, we meet Nick Rye who appears to be performing routine maintenance on his crop duster. In fact, he’s attaching a chain gun to the front of it, explaining “These f*ckers around here, people are scared man!”

The whole show is set to blow like a powder keg on a very short fuse, and the trailer sets things up nicely with an ominous “something is coming” line that is as corny as the fields, but appropriate and fits the bill. “I am your father, and you are my children,” says Seed, as if we don’t already suspect that this man is totally insane. “We will take you, willingly or not.”

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But why did Ubisoft choose this controversial direction for Far Cry 5? It’s a sign of the times, is what they’re saying. America is as good a place as any to reflect upon the volatile state of the world; there’s anger and confusion everywhere. The Seeds ride into Hope County, telling people what they want to hear, offering a way out, a means of salvation. We’re not sure if Joseph Seed is truly a religious man, genuinely crazy, or some combination of both. But we do know that we will put an end to the suffering his misguided regime has caused.

Ubisoft says there is more to be revealed about this living, breathing world in the weeks to come. E3’s a pretty safe bet.

Last Updated: May 26, 2017

  • Oh yes! The Americans are going to go BAT shit crazy for this…

    • Admiral Chief

      What about the mossies? Can’t the mossies go crazy?
      And the hadeda? I think hadeda poop is crazier

    • Hammersteyn
      • Jim of the Banana

        When I die, I hope James Brown plays during my end credit – with all the outakes.

        • Hammersteyn

          Freddy Mercury

    • Jim of the Banana

      So, I’m driving around the map with your avatar on my hood again? YOU’RE GOING TO BE MUH HOOD ORNAMENT!!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    What? People love Ubisoft now?

    • Admiral Chief

      I know Ottokie does

      • Hammersteyn

        I do to, but I don’t need Uplay

  • Original Heretic

    Heretic is gonna kill some religious types. YEEEEEE-HAAAAAW!!

    • FITCamaro

      Yes because killing Christians is a great thing……said ISIS.

      Don’t get me wrong, clearly the game is out to show a twisted, completely insane, mockery akin to what CNN tries to make conservative Christians out to be vs the reality of Christians who are conservative. But that doesn’t make your comment any less disgusting.

      • Original Heretic

        Wow that’s an idiotic comment to make.
        You do realise that my comment was a play on words, considering my online moniker, right?
        And that if someone dislikes Christians, it doesn’t mean they’re in ISIS, right?
        And that CNN is a terrible place to get news from , so people with actual brains in their skulls tend not to use them as a source, right?

        Either that, or you’re just trolling. If that’s the case, then good one.

  • Far Cry 4’s co-op was rad as hell. This lets you do the entire campaign with a friend. Sold.

    • Jim of the Banana

      Yeah, but you didn’t want to play with me… 🙁 I was killing Neanderthals all on my lonesome.

    • Captain JJ

      Yea, but there were problems with the one player also gaining proper XP. But I’m super exited to play FC5 like that as well.

  • Jim of the Banana

    <3

  • Jim of the Banana

    Meanwhile on Polygon, The Verge and Lolytaku… “But muh Republicans!!!!”

  • Jim of the Banana

    What… NICK RYE is in this game?
    Different Nick, Jim!
    Really?
    Yes!
    But what if he’s a ginger…? Can I put a flamethrower to him?
    YES!

    (The voices in my head have spoken… KILL NICK RYE)

    • Hammersteyn

      XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      If you get confused just remember Nick Rye Bread, not Nick Ginger Bread.

  • Jim of the Banana

    I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a game since I saw the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn.

    Sniff.. Thank you Ubisoft!

  • FITCamaro

    Because this game shows actual conservative Christianity….

    We’ll just ignore that for the past nearly 20 years, Islam has been the connecting dot for nearly all world-wide terrorism. But we can’t make games that show that so we’ll continue to push the idea that Christians are the threat to the free world and want to stop all progress of society.

    • Mephisto

      We’ve had FPS games in the past were you kill Muslim terrorists. But in order to be victims, the morons who no doubt PLAYED those games, are pretending that’s never happened and want to cry about “Muh feelingz! Muh persecution complex!” when the religious extremists being killed aren’t Muslim for a change. Get over yourselves you pathetic man-children.

      And it’s good to know that you think “actual Conservative Christianity” involves kidnapping, brutal murders, and burning down opposing churches. That’s quote telling about conservatism.

      • FITCamaro

        I was being sarcastic with that line. The only people who think this game would represent actual conservative Christians are those at places like CNN.

  • konfab

    Cool. They can make fun of Christian extremists in the US.

    Will they set Far Cry 6 in France with Islamic extremists then?

    Far Cry 7 can be Jewish extremists in Israel.

    Of course Unisoft will be fair about who they make fun of right everyone?

    That aside, this is going to be a great game.

  • Deceased

    Definitely getting this

  • Captain JJ

    FC5 is looking excellent.
    I won’t buy on release, because Uplay, but I’ll get it on the first sale for sure.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    “Far Cry 5 allows the entire campaign to be completed in co-op too.”

    First you had my attention, now you have my curiosity :3

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