Parents need to know that Far Cry 5 is a violent first-person shooter for the PS4, Xbox One and Windows. Using guns, explosives, a bow & arrow, and other weapons, players have to kill a ton of human enemies, as well as some animals, and it often results in bloodshed. There’s also scenes in which characters are tortured, mutilated, and commit suicide. Players use drugs and alcohol, which impairs their vision, while using homeopathic medicines will improve their skills. The dialog includes numerous references to sex, alcohol, and drugs, as well as some extreme curse words. While in-game money is used to buy new weapons and supplies, players can also use real money to buy special guns and outfits, as well as future downloadable content (DLC).
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In Far Cry 5, you’re a rookie U.S. Marshall who joins local police and your superior officer when they go into a small Montana town to arrest the leader of a violent religious cult that’s like ISIS with a messiah complex. But when your chopper goes down and you’re caught behind enemy lines, you have to do whatever’s necessary to survive. This includes killing lots of cultists and destroying their outposts, looting their bodies and settlements for supplies, and rescuing locals who’ve been taken hostage by the cult.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
In Far Cry 5, you have to survive by any means necessary when you’re trapped behind enemy lines. Except that the enemy in question is an ISIS-esque religious cult in Montana who’ve taken control of the town. Which is why you not only have to use stealth and a wide variety of guns and other weapons to take out the group’s members, but you also have to destroy their outposts, scavenge for supplies and resources, as well as rescue locals who you can then recruit to help you rid their town of these murderous jerks.
But while this is very similar to previous installments, especially Far Cry 4, it does have some interesting new mechanics. Areas are now opened up to you through exploration, as opposed to capturing locations, while people you rescue and recruit are more helpful this time around. You also unlock your own advanced abilities by accomplishing tasks. What also makes this satisfying is that your enemies are clearly bad people; this has none of the moral ambiguity of so many shooting games. Killing them really does make the world a better place. Well, the game’s world, anyway. All of which is why, at its core, Far Cry 5 is the same as its Far Cry predecessors: an engaging shooter with solid controls, interesting scenarios, motivating bad guys, fun stealth mechanics, and enough depth to make you want to come back for a second tour of duty.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 18 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 3 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 5 out of 5
Sex: 2 out of 5
Language: 5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 4 out of 5
Consumerism: 3 out of 5
Release date: March 26, 2018
Genre: First Person Shooter
ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol