I'd buy 4 copies out of support for Ubi if you played as the Father or Deputy from #5, leaving the bunker to find a world run by feminist gangs who keep soyboys chained in the basement as living sperm banks.
Judging by the original teaser trailer that Ubisoft dropped yesterday, this appears to be a game set in the same fictional Montana as Far Cry 5, only several years after that game's devastating ending. Hence all the weirdness in this box-art, from a crossbow that shoots buzzsaws to a couch in the middle of a field and a car stuck in a mound of dirt.
We get one box art picture and Forbes just can not help themselves. Just further proves the Metacritic video's point. Ugh...
I will admit, I can't tell if the two black women on the couch are good guys or bad guys. If they're good guys, then they're rather sadistic protagonists, tying up a guy (a cultist perhaps?) for target practice. If they're bad guys it's far more interesting, but my gut tells me they're not. Maybe there are no good guys or bad guys, just rival factions doing terrible things to one another in order to survive. We'll know soon enough.
(Note: People are telling me they're probably bad guys, so hey maybe that's the case! Good if so. Also, while I'm not sure if this is the case, others are pointing out that the tied up guy looks like the Father, Joseph Seed, the main villain from Far Cry 5. If the two women are the bad guys does that mean we play as Seed, the bad guy from Far Cry 5? If that's the case, well that could be really interesting and somewhat troubling. I guess, if nothing else, this box art has us speculating and talking about it. Perhaps it's more than meets the eye, after all.)
One weird thing about Far Cry 5 was just how inclusive the doomsday cult at its center was. It was a multi-racial militia despite Montana being largely white and despite the fact that most rural militias are whiter still. Even so, the game was all but bereft of the largest minority group in Montana: Native Americans. As a Montanan, I'm a little disappointed to see New Dawn feature a white guy and two black women on the cover when it could have featured a Native American protagonist (or villain) instead, and made up for the unfortunate lack of Native people in Far Cry 5.
But the racial and gender makeup of this box art is largely beside the point in the end, at least in terms of marketing. It's just really uninspired artwork that does nothing to make me excited for this game. I'm glad it's not just another rehash of the tough white guy with a big gun, but this isn't any better. Hopefully the full reveal has more going for it.
And we'll see what the trailer brings.. my guess based on the image.. and remember with FC5 there was an initial cover "leak" (bet its intentional) and then a full spread where you got to see all the different people in the game. The initial cover was just the father and a couple people and the guy tied up.
So my guess.. sequel to FC5, the girls in question are part of an XXXTreme Dirt Bike crew who are doing a competition of some nonsense when the bombs go off (hence all the biker gear). There will be a whole crew of them (see the little biker clad guy in the background kicking a dude). They eventually form a little fiefdom and you have to take back Montana for whatever your faction is (maybe Monster truck dudes?).
Would guess they double down on the crazier aspects we saw in FC5. It just all screams "XXXXX TREEEMELY EXTREME".
Story: "Dive into a transformed, post-apocalyptic Hope County, Montana, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe in the latest installment of Far Cry. With the Deluxe Edition, receive additional weapons, outfits, and vehicles to help you survive a new dangerous frontier. "
AC7 is spectacular for an arcade-y sim on a console. The story is the usual wackiness that is AC, but this time the cutscenes are compelling, really well done. I went out and bought the Thrustmaster stick after playing the first 6 missions on a controller and am in the process of replaying missions to learn the stick and earn enough for an F-18. Mission 7 is a bitch.
Crackdown 3 is a lot of fun, it's not deep or anything, but for a game where you leap from rooftop to rooftop raining down death with rocket launchers.. it hits the sweet spot. It's basically Crackdown 1, Volume 2, which I am more than OK with.
Do want to play Far Cry ND.. but probably when it's $15 or $20. I've seen it on sale for $30 already so I imagine it'll get there soon.
New Dawn is on sale on Xbox for $20.. that was my pricepoint so I jumped in.
It's.. very weird to start.. everything is freaking pink and purple.. but it's growing on me. It has more of a settlement vibe and you need to gather stuff to build and upgrade.. no real money so everything is based on commodity trading.
They've added some new aspects and features I expect to see in future far crys.
The story so far seems ok. It is cool when you come across a place you recognize from FC5. I won't spoil too much, but so far it's all been good. Some nice moments for people who finished FC5.
Gun play etc is typical Far Cry excellent. Wildlife is even weirder and sometimes angrier than usual.. though birds haven't been harassing me as much, which is nice. The weapons descriptions is also still pretty funny.