Thursday, March 29, 2018

Opinion coming soon

I still don't think I have played enough of Far Cry 5 to have an opinion on it but I also do not know how much of I will need to play to get there. Choices have been made in its development, some of which I agree with, some I do not, but they at least work towards what I believe the plan to be: a streamlined Far Cry experience.

Hunting is no longer required for crafting. You can still hunt, and there are challenges and perks tied to hunting, but the spoils are sold for cash instead of being stitched together into frankenstein's monster like holsters and bags. Kills no longer grant experience as there is no leveling system. Perk points are unlocked by completing challenges or finding magazines in prepper staches. The upgrade tree is mostly gone, allowing the player to cherry pick bonuses to fit their style.

Now that I have an additional weapon slot (pistol - rifle- bow) and chain takedowns I am set for the foreseeable future.

It's Far Cry with many of the wrinkles ironed out. So why don't I love it? For starters, Joseph Seed is no Vash or Pagan Min. He and his David Koresh mannerisms (and sunglasses) are not compelling, or creepy, or anything. He is just there, along with his three siblings, as a target, a direction for the player to wander in.

Second, and keep in mind this is coming from a man of faith, the Christian cult setting is not shocking or disturbing or even that far fetched. I am absolutely sure that prepper cults like Eden's Gate exist in the wilds of fly over country. They just aren't as well armed or well organized. And the US Government would not hesitate to bomb the shit out of them if things ever got out of hand. It's not supposed to real, it's fiction, but I think the familiarity of the setting is more of a detraction from the immersion than a bonus. I have driven through places like Hope County. Most of my state is full of them so there is no mystery. Far Cry 3 and 4 were mysterious and foreign. This is not.

It is still a good open world shooter. Many people, myself included, expected something that Ubisoft never promised. Fry Cry 5 has nothing to say about racism or classism or the unfortunate rise of MAGA voters. It just a game, after all.

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering if it's the familiarity that makes 5 seem less flavorful than 3 or 4. Maybe if I hadn't spent my life consuming American media, it woudln't feel that way, but I kinda' felt like 3 really made jungles and beaches beautiful, and romanticized them. 4 did the same with soaring, rocky mountains and Tibetan mysticism, but 5 doesn't seem as interested in being as beautiful and romantic as 3, 4 or Primal.

    Or maybe it's just hard to romanticize a culture that's so close at hand, and so normalized.

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