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Far Cry 5

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: March 27, 2018

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6. 'Far Cry 5' (PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden's Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: I'll admit that I have something of a love-hate relationship with the Far Cry franchise. I love that the previous games have been enjoyable romps through one locale or another, and I still maintain that the people behind Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon didn't get enough money thrown at them in praise of that bonkers game. At the same time, I couldn't say with a straight face that the gameplay of the series has changed much since Far Cry 3, and I don't want to climb up yet another radio tower to unveil the map. I suspect that Far Cry 5 will be entertaining, but I have my fingers crossed that it's not yet another copy-paste of the same template.

Adam Pavlacka: Ever since Ubisoft took over the Far Cry franchise, I've been a huge fan of the series. Far Cry 3 set an open-world bar. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was an amazing stand-alone expansion pack that came out of left field and has yet to be topped. Far Cry 4 refined the gameplay rather than evolving it, but the polish (including the secret ending with a 15-minute playthrough) was obvious throughout. Through careful planning or pure happenstance, Far Cry 5 looks to be the game that pushes the franchise forward, both in gameplay and story, with a plot that could almost be based on real-life events. Far Cry 5 is easily at the top of my personal most wanted list.

Andreas Salmen: Far Cry has become such a big name in the industry, but I hope Far Cry 5 will deviate from the formula, just like Assassin's Creed: Origins did. The setting is fresh and eerily relevant, and the gameplay should be fantastic. All I need is the actual game on my hard drive and, please, don't let me climb up a million towers again.

Thomas Wilde: I was a lot more interested in Far Cry 5 before I found out it's all through the eyes of a customizable, silent protagonist, which has always felt a little weird to me. All the same, I think the time is precisely right to be fighting off religious zealots and cult leaders in America's backwoods.

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