Since being released on March 27th, 2018, Far Cry 5 has already surpassed expectations from players, reviewers and activists alike. The Far Cry series has always been a first person survival shooter, set in a dystopian society, with the protagonist being the one to kickstart a revolution. Every Far Cry game usually takes place in exotic areas, such as Africa for Far Cry: Primal, and a make believe country in Asia called Kyrat for Far Cry 4. But Ubisoft has pointed its crosshairs at a dystopia in our own backyard: The United States.
Far Cry 5 drops you in Hope County, Montana, having you face off against an evil cult called Eden’s Gate, who controls the entire county with brutal authority. The main antagonist of the game, Joseph Hope, is a charismatic leader who is always used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. You are a sheriff deputy who was called to take care of the Eden’s Gate threat, not knowing they control a massive arsenal, and fanatic members willing to die for their cause.
Far Cry 5 has quickly become the best selling game in the franchise history, meaning the risk of setting it in America in such a tumultuous time in American history has paid off. According to this fan made infographic, people have gone crazy over Far Cry 5, and it shows how much of a labor of love this game has been. 90 fake brands were created for the game, and the cast consisted of 96 different voice actors.
In a time where triple A game companies have been criticized for selling the game, and then selling additional micro transactions inside of the game solely for more money in their pocket, without a meaningful experience, Ubisoft has gone against the grain.