Far Cry 5 Lost on Mars (3)

Mars. The red planet. More devoid of life than the inside of Donald Trump’s head. Man, that would be a great place for a game to be set, right? Unfortunately, Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars isn’t exactly a riveting tour de force across the Martian landscape, but rather a perfectly fine jaunt through a bug-infested landscape that serves as the unlikeliest comedy vehicle of the year.

It’s you as daredevil pilot Nick Rye, sucked up into the craziest adventure of his life since Joseph Seed laid siege to his life with his Eden’s Gate cult and that good ol’ boy Hurk is along for the ride. Well, at least his head is as certain shenanigans have resulted in the Far Cry staple being eviscerated and barely saved from the brink of death by a benevolent computer AI system that totally doesn’t have ulterior motives in mind when you help it purge Mars of a severe hostile organism infection.

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Like the Hours of Darkness DLC before it, Lost on Mars is Far Cry 5 from a different angle. This time, the focus is more on action and low-gravity jumps as players fight their way across a surface that hides a few references to Tremors. Towers need to be reactivated, alien queens need to be eviscerated and somebody needs to put Hurk back together, one impossibly not decomposing limb at a time.

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That’s it really. Lost on Mars keeps its action and focus more streamlined and far more simple, perhaps even too basic. More Starship Troopers than Alien in its structure, Lost on Mars jettisons stealth from a nearby airlock and instead goes all in on providing players with numerous shootouts that include some admittedly delightful laser weapons.

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Mars may be barren, but the various structures dotting the copper sand of the planet gives some life to a moderately-sized map, while the new gravity belt helps you cross gaps quickly as extra-terrestrial exterminators chase after you. And I’m utterly fine with. After the incredibly lacklustre setup of Hours of Darkness, Lost on Mars feels like a perfectly adequate game for anyone who lowered their expectations after that disappointment arrived.

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Lost on Mars is a shooter with basic ideas and zero surprises. It’s a time-killer with competent action and some fantastic dialogue between Nick and Hurk during the course of the adventure. That’s the biggest draw of Lost on Mars, as Hurk’s constant company is a gold standard in intelligent stupidity, much to the chagrin of Nick. Lost on Mars is downloadable content that can be taken at face value and while it’s not exactly the best use of Far Cry’s assets, it’s very very far from the worst thing that Ubisoft has ever developed.

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It’s perfectly OK. I’m just glad that Hurk didn’t decide to explore Uranus.

Last Updated: July 23, 2018

Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars
What you see is what you get with Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars: Plenty of Hurk, a ton of bugs to kill and a straightforward romp on the red planet that’ll kill a few hours of your time.
6.0
Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars was reviewed on PlayStation 4
57 / 100

13 Comments

  1. Currently, I’m good on the shooter front. Started jamming Titanfall 2 and BLOODY HELL it’s brilliant.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 23, 2018 at 14:48

      I’ve been put off FPS’s for a number of years, but Titanfall 2 had my interest for a week I think. Worth it? Never tried it.

      Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 23, 2018 at 14:48

      I’ve been put off FPS’s for a number of years, but Titanfall 2 had my interest for a week I think. Worth it? Never tried it.

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      • Original Heretic

        July 23, 2018 at 14:49

        It is SERIOUSLY awesome. Cannot rave about it enough.
        Recently picked it up on sale, PS Store had those “games for under R260” thing going on. Totally worth it.

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        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          July 23, 2018 at 16:53

          Cool! Gonna try it out. Hopefully I will be thanking you and not cursing you.

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          • Original Heretic

            July 23, 2018 at 16:57

            Don’t just take MY word for it.

            https://www.criticalhit.net/review/titanfall-2-review/

          • Geoffrey Tim

            July 25, 2018 at 09:32

            yes. Do take MY word for it. Brilliiiiaannnnnnt shooter – and I’m not a shooter fan.

          • Original Heretic

            July 25, 2018 at 09:36

            Put that feather in your cap, Mr Tim!
            Ever since reading that review, it’s been on my wishlist. It’s just taken THIS long for me to finally get to buying it.

    • Craig Lotter

      July 23, 2018 at 15:29

      Couldn’t agree more. Titanfall 2’s campaign is absolutely brilliant (finished it over the weekend). Loved it, wished it was a bit longer!

      Reply

  2. Tbone187

    July 24, 2018 at 13:12

    Lookin like Half Life.

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  3. Geo Thomas

    July 25, 2018 at 09:01

    Funny how you trash Trump and yet he’s done more for this country then any other president in modern history. Don’t know about them? I’m not surprised coming from a CNN user. In case you haven’t looked lately trump is winning, liberals are losing, Democrats will be going to jail and trash media like CNN and their ilk are losing viewers by the thousands. NYP just laid off half their reporters you say? Maybe you should be brushing up on current affairs instead of immersing yourself in entertainment and rotting your brain.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      July 26, 2018 at 09:48

      Dude when your so called president gets the balls to stand up to Putin in public then MAYBE you could pretend he’s winning. America is the laughing stock of the world right now, how about that North Korea deal which NK is making a mockery of.

      Not to mention his old colleagues are the ones in jail right now. Manafort, Cohen etc.
      Kindly remove your head from your nether regions and face reality.

      Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      July 26, 2018 at 09:48

      Dude when your so called president gets the balls to stand up to Putin in public then MAYBE you could pretend he’s winning. America is the laughing stock of the world right now, how about that North Korea deal which NK is making a mockery of.

      Not to mention his old colleagues are the ones in jail right now. Manafort, Cohen etc.
      Kindly remove your head from your nether regions and face reality.

      Reply

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