During E3 2017, we were fortunate to be part of a Ubisoft media booth tour, taking us across a whirlwind of titles over the course of a few hours. Among those titles was the latest in the Far Cry series, the somewhat controversial Far Cry 5, announced 2 weeks before E3 along with The Crew 2 and Assassin’s Creed.
Putting all the controversy surrounding the setting aside, Far Cry 5 had a LOT to live up to and a lot to make up for after Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal felt underwhelming for critics and fans alike. I was a bit reserved going into the demo, and I made my reservations known to the developers who were around me. They assured me that I would be quite happy with what they had shown off this time around, and boy, were they right.
The demo on the show floor and booth tour was an extended version of what they showed during the conference, your title character comes upon a cult occupied settlement and is forced to confront the cultists and attempt to save the settlers from certain death.
The start of the demo had me picking from three different assistant characters, Boomer the dog, Nick the pilot, and Grace, a sniper. Each character has their own unique use in situations. For example, Nick will fly over head and randomly spray bullets down upon enemies you tag. You can also set a specific target area, and Nick will drop a bomb onto that area, covering a massive range and doing loads of damage. It was an incredible sight to see as I lined up his bombing run with a gasoline tanker and watched the whole thing explode from afar, while I laid into the stragglers with my machine gun. It’s a feeling that I haven’t had in a game in a long time, and I don’t think I’ve ever had In a Far Cry title. I just couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was playing.
While we couldn’t capture gameplay, you can check out the gameplay below from Sony, and make sure you check out this title when it releases February 27th, 2018 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.