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03/30/2018 15:37:51 •••

Better of the Same

The Far Cry series has themes and characters well known to it's players: Open world, charismatic villains, dodgy allies and gorgeous locales. Far Cry 5 does not disappoint those who realize such things: It's Montana setting is lush and beautiful, and you never have to go far to find something interesting.

The basic premise of the plot is threadbare and serves as little more than a vehicle: You're a cop delivering a warrant, you get trapped, your fellow cops are taken, and now you have to rescue them.

Fortunately, it's saved by the characters. Hope County is full of wild and outlandish allies, with perverted cougar Adelaide Drubman taking the hilarious cake, but every single one of them is heartwarming, hilarious, or just plain awesome. It makes meeting them and doing their quests a lot of fun.

The villains vary in their charisma. Shell-Shocked Veteran Jacob speaks and notably even sings in a whisper that sounds like a serial murderer about to knife a victim, while Mind Rape aficionado Faith will make the player doubt what is actually true or false. But main villain Joseph blends into the background.

All in all, it's an open world that blends the Far Cry staples with a more organic, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild feel of exploration, with all the joys and pitfalls of open world games. It's mindless fun, but well made and well-acted mindless fun.


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