Far Cry 5 has to be game of the year. It might just be the best game I’ve played in 20 years. Once I figured out it is basically a Walking Dead simulator I am able to completely lose myself in the world, to live there in my head. Driving down the road in a pickup that every one of our grandpa, uncle or dad owned with your sidekicks chattering about things relevant to modern America is so emersive that I rarely use fast travel or helicopters. It makes me want to be in the dirt, having the adrenaline build up as the waypoint gets closer, running into people going mad max on each other, helping where you can. It is such an effective SHTF simulator that I no longer have fantasies about the zombie apocalypse and what life would be like in the chaos after the government falls since this game is that dream. And it’s brutal. Sure there is plenty of comedy to keep things entertaining and sure you can knock off any of Negan’s...errr... Joseph’s patrols or outposts, but when the wrath comes, it comes hard. Hearing that percussion of a plane engine circling overhead immediately grabs your focus. It envelopes you. It triggers your real fight or flight instincts and that is were the magic of this game is found.
GotY? Mighty bold talk with RDR2 on deck. Still, everything I've seen indicates a great, mindless fun game. Unless you're an SJW water-carrier that was looking for that big "fuck you" aimed at half of the country.
The setting really helps in FC5. I’ve never been a cowboy in the Wild West or a member of the space marines, but I have run around the forests of the Pacific Northwest with my red rider playing army and unleashing genocide on anything that moved. I’ve also driven the back roads of the Rockies thru Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, seeing small towns and gas stations along the road that the game mirrors well. Once you can get over the “this couldn’t really happen in the US” part and look at it as total government collapse, the familiarity of your surroundings puts this world a notch higher than all the others.
Yeah it's a really fun game.. it falls apart a little in the middle/end as things get a tad repetitive.
I did John / Faith / Jacob, but I guess you could do them in any order.
The "kidnapping" storytelling wore a bit thin.. but overall I really enjoyed the experience. ProTip: Ignore all the collectibles. They ain't get you shit in the end, and take forrreeeevveeerrrr to get them all.
I might start a new game and make the HUD super minimal, so you're just kind of wandering around and have to organically find where you need to get to. I did that with Ghost Recon at certain points and it was very immersive.
The Xbox One X 4K graphics are out of their mind most of the time.. whew. The sun poking through the trees.. very nice.
I almost wish Helicopters and planes were not in the game, as helo's are seriously a cheat code/easy mode. I didn't come across a single enemy with a rocket launcher who tried to shoot me down when I was in the air. The enemy planes were a bit of a pain, but they're still few and far between. I think I'm going to tell myself no Helicopters if I do another run. Like PCS said, the driving around middle america in ruin is a big part of the draw.
Only Faith’s people used rockets against my helo and I must admit it is the reason I learned to drive a gun truck around. In Jacob’s region, you only have the annoying flaming arrows as air defense which led to me mowing the lawn with my airborne twin .50’s for most of the outposts. I feel they did a good job making each region unique with the enemies you face, but yeah, the constant kidnapping knocks a star off of the score.
I don’t want to cull the heard Jacob, there is still plenty to hunt down outside at my own leisure.
Yeah, I have one outpost left to clear, and have been 'raiding it' for kills and then running away before I capture it, lather rinse repeat.. trying to finish all the different challenges.. it's crazy because otherwise there are almost no bad people left in Montana!
My only gripe with the game is when it forces you to do story driven missions for the regional bosses. The patching seems to have eliminated most of the really wacky glitches which I’m mixed about. They added to the humor and kept it light hearted.
Not sure with Playstation, but Xbox makes you stick the disc in and then automatically downloads the newest version. If your console is completely offline, I'd assume you will get full crazy. The supply trucks launching into the air, enemies spawning on top of each other and the way too frequent animal attacks will be all yours to enjoy.
I stopped playing 2 weekends ago once I got trapped in the 3rd boss' final story mission. His missions are particularly brutal with a clock timing your killing spree and I just have not been in the rage mindset to complete it since my grandmother passed that weekend. Sucks because I am unable to casually play until I cull the herd. Maybe I'll get a bottle of bourbon and conquer it this weekend.