Far Cry New Dawn recently came out, and as a promotion on the PSN store, Far Cry 5 went on sale for $15, so I bought both of them.
I have never beaten a Far Cry game before. The series has been around forever, but there are lots of other games out there to play and I just never got around to it.
I started playing New Dawn, but about thirty minutes in, thought maybe I should play through the previous game before exploring... as some of the NPC dialog wasn't making any sense story wise.
So, I loaded up Far Cry 5. First impressions of both games were that they are running on a pretty good engine, and the graphics don't look too bad. They're not spectacular, other games have graphics that are just as good or better.
Five hours in
At this point, it's very apparent that the story is hamfisted. The shooting mechanics are pretty satisfying. The perk system and weapon customization, while very shallow offer at least some character customization.
Ten hours in
The story is getting really bad at this point. I'm getting warped into cutscenes that make little to no sense, and the villains speak... but nothing of consequence is really said. Friendly NPCs are boring to interact with. All of the story is just a vehicle to deliver missions that involve killing a bunch of people at a base. It's still pretty fun.
Something I thought was cool was the companion system. Although they speak a lot which can get annoying, sometimes they'd do some cool stuff like get into vehicles by themselves and follow me around. I found one that had an RPG and stuck with her for much of the game. Lots of explosions.
Sixteen hours in
I've beaten the game by now. The ending was terrible. Character customization and the occasional interesting open world interactions were really all that kept me going.
I feel like if Ubisoft fired all the story writers, and just built more cool systems to interact with in their open world, the game would be be more fun.
Overall it was satisfying though, and I got my $15 out of the deal. A solid 6/10. I'll likely play through New Dawn, but I've had my fill of Far Cry for at least a few months.