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Review: Far Cry 5

March 26, 2018 1 min read

Hope County is heartbreaking. The stretch of Montana country is beautiful but racked by tragedy; a region of breathtaking views marred by the violent and vengeful grip of a doomsday cult called Eden's Gate. That clash of bucolic, frontiersman-like Americana and end-of-days gloom brought on by the cult informs every aspect of Far Cry 5 but also highlights some of its biggest shortcomings. 

Far Cry 5's opening sequence establishes a dark tone. As the junior deputy on a mission to arrest Joseph Seed, the leader of Eden's Gate, players arrive at the commune's base woefully outgunned. Seed stands in his chapel, preaching to those gathered of society's failings and imminent collapse right up until the moment the deputy places him in handcuffs. It's a tense few minutes after that, as players escort Seed back to a helicopter as his flock begins to close in. Eden's Gate is powerful, seemingly unstoppable, and with their leader threatened, it's no surprise that the cult is quick to action. Members throw themselves onto the helicopter willingly, as if their only purpose in life was that single action, and send it hurtling to the ground. Before long, Seed is free, and the deputy takes up arms to stop the cult once and for all.

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