The day has finally come, brothers and sisters: Far Cry 5 now nestles comfortably on store shelves (both high street and “e”) for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game sees you stranded in Hope County, Montana, an area caught in the vice-like grip of a religious cult named “The Project at Eden’s Gate.” With all communication in and out of the county cut off, and the cult believing your presence signals the start of the apocalypse, you’ll lead the locals in their fight back. Like the head of an extreme Residents Association protesting a particularly inconvenient planning application titled “Armageddon.”
Just in case you’re still on the fence about picking up this glorious open-world first-person shooter, we thought we’d fill you in on the response the game has received from critics.
Sixth Axis gave Far Cry 5 9/10, exclaiming, “gameplay is where Far Cry 5 excels the most.” They also took a shine to the cult-leading Seed family, pointing out that the game was “stacking the psychopath deck with even more magnetic maniacs” – which seems quite a boast after Vaas and Pagan Min. They also praised the emergent gameplay, saying that “the interaction between all the systems in place results in all manner of delightful moments.”
PlayStation Universe also awarded the game 9/10, calling it the “best Far Cry to date,” adding that “the great additions and refinements made to the franchise are fantastic.” They even described it as “the ultimate open-world first-person shooter” – which is probably enough to make Creative Director Dan Hay blush (behind his beard) (well, behind the fist that’s behind his beard.)
VideoGamer are also on the 9/10 train (choo choo!), saying that “taking on Eden’s Gate is compelling, horrific, and an awful lot of fun.”
Empire gave the game 5 out of 5, saying that it “subverts expectations” of “been there, played that” sequels, and “delivers the most refreshing instalment in the series for years.” They finish with the glowing sign off that, “Between its complex story and characters, compelling freeform gameplay, and nigh-infinite replay possibilities, Far Cry 5 is a spectacular achievement, proving the new high-water mark for the series going forward.”
The Sun’s Dream Team FC also gave 5/5, suggesting that “the amount of effort Ubisoft has put into this latest entry is mind-blowing.”
GameSpot are running a review in progress (all the cool kids are doing it these days), as they want to ensure they’ve got to grips with Far Cry Arcade and the game’s online features before forming a final opinion – but at the time of writing, their score stands at 9/10. They say, “Far Cry 5 boasts a wonderfully harmonious flow to its adventure, with its smart changes to exploration, discovery, and progression distinctly bolstering the enjoyment of creatively engaging and experimenting with its spectacular open world.”
IGN are running a review in progress too, with the writer currently saying, “I’m really enjoying Far Cry 5 and think this is another great entry in Ubisoft’s most daring, risk-taking franchise.”
Metro GameCentral called 5 “the best Far Cry yet and one of the best open world shooters of any kind, with an impressive variety of missions and non-linear structure.”
If you’d like to see more about Far Cry Arcade, the games multiplayer mode and level editor, why not check out this video in which EuroGamer’s Ian Higton uses it to rebuild EastEnder’s Queen Vic?
Far Cry 5 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage, and stay tuned for all the latest.