If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need me to tell you that we are rapidly approaching the release of Far Cry 5. After Far Cry Primal, Far Cry 5 is promising to be a return to the Far Cry norms of more guns, vehicles, and charismatic antagonists than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a look at just a few reasons you should be excited.
Guns are Back
Being excited that Far Cry 5 will have guns might sound like being grateful that Need for Speed has cars in it, but after Primal, this is a real thing. Not to diss Primal – despite all the flack it caught for “not being a real Far Cry game,” Primal did a lot of things very well. That said, there’s no denying that fans of the series have been jonesing for firearms, which is one of the things that Far Cry does best.
The variety of guns available in previous entries in the series has generally been just right, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Any game can provide loads of weapon options, but it’s much more difficult to make gunfights as satisfying as most Far Cry games. Control, fire-rate, and ability to aim are all on the list of reasons we desperately want our guns back in Far Cry 5. The good news is that from the content that’s been revealed so far, we have every reason to maintain our high level of anticipation.
No, not the kind you get at the drive-thru. This is a very different kind of Cheeseburger. For starters, he’s a bear. If there was ever any doubt that this game would lack the hallmark Far Cry sense of humor/weirdness, let this lay your worries to rest. It has been confirmed that there is a series of missions which involve liberating an outpost which contains a domesticated bear named Cheeseburger.
To put it plainly, he’s bloody adorable.
Cheeseburger the grizzly bear is arguably the best thing I’ve heard about in the gaming world since the announcement that you’ll be able to play the hurdy gurdy in Sea of Thieves. You know how excited everyone’s been about Boomer, the dog companion in Far Cry 5? Multiply that by a really big number, and you’ll get close to how excited I am about Cheeseburger.
He even has a collar with cheeseburgers printed on it. As I said – adorable.
That’s right – for the first time ever (because we’re not counting the Buzzer mini-copter from Far Cry 4), you’ll be able to fly planes and choppers. While Far Cry still isn’t at GTA levels in regards to vehicles (and it never should be), the addition of new-fangled flying machines like helicopters and seaplanes with machine guns attached adds a whole new world of possibilities that will help fill the time while traversing the untamed wilds of Big Sky Country.
Car-based shenanigans were rarely the focus of previous games in the Far Cry series, instead being more of a legitimate means of transport. Now, though, I can absolutely see people spending hours devoted to flight, creating little challenges for themselves – hit multiple vehicles with a single missile; sweep low enough to the ground to hit a person without crashing; survive a skydive from the highest elevation the plane will go.
For those who aren’t terribly excited about adding a third dimension to their already crappy driving skills (I feel your pain), fear not! There will be several companions with the ability to fly aerial vehicles, so you’ll still be able to get all the benefits of air travel without having to worry about manning the controls yourself. Some people might call this laziness, but I call it realism. Ubisoft knows that not every player will be jumping up and down in their seats for the chance to be a pilot, and giving them an out is a nice touch.
The Testicle Festival
There are way too many jokes to make about this, so I’ll just share my initial response: “Hell yes.” For the uninitiated, Rocky Mountain oysters or prairie oysters are terms for animal testicles that are prepared as food, and they’re mentioned a lot during the mission in which you are given the task of ensuring that Hope County’s Annual Testicle Festival goes off without a hitch.
This is what Far Cry games are all about. The overplot is egregious, but also undeniably serious – homegrown terrorists taking over an entire county in rural America is properly terrifying. Having events as patently silly as the Testicle Festival to contrast the gravity of Father Seed’s cult kidnapping/murdering everyone is just the thing to keep the mood relatively light.
The Testy Festy, which is guaranteed to make me smile the first 1,000 times I hear it, is a vital part of the local culture and history. Hope County’s version of haute cuisine is all the testicles you can hope to cram down your gullet. To be fair, the local chefs take it very seriously, and you can order bull testicles boiled, fired, sauteed, well-done, rare, “blue” – I recommend looking that one up yourself – every method in which you could conceivably cook bull balls is covered.
Testy Festy… I’m telling you, I’ll giggle for months.
Every other Far Cry game to date has been set in exotic regions, such as mountainous Kyrat and tropical Rook Island. The whole reason the series is called “Far Cry” is because you’re a far cry from civilization (at least, that’s how I’ve always interpreted it, and I’ve never been told I’m wrong). This ostensibly means that no Far Cry game could ever be set in an urban environment – it just wouldn’t work.
Ubisoft may have found a compromise, though. Rural America, specifically the fictional Hope County, Montana, provides that same sense of isolation while also adding a dose of familiarity. At least some of the outposts will be small towns, and unlike the ramshackle huts and ancient temples we’ve previously seen in the series, players will now be rescuing Americans from pseudo-Christian extremists in houses and shops very much like those in our hometowns.
While some have argued that Montana isn’t interesting enough for a Far Cry game, I have to thoroughly disagree. Big Sky Country has enough variety of landscape to keep things from getting samey, and knowing that this is set in our own backyard (for Americans, anyway) makes the game a little more real, a little more personal. It was a bold decision, but one I’m glad they made.