Far Cry 5 is officially out there and gamers know a lot more about what this new installment will be. The game will be set in the fictional town of Hope County, Montana and players will create a character of their own. The game might have subtle similarities that Red Dead Redemption featured. However, one thing is for sure; Far Cry 5 is nothing like Red Dead Redemption.
Leading up to today’s reveal of Far Cry 5, there has been a lot of speculation about the game’s main setting. Gamers were thinking the setting, characters and world would resemble that of Red Dead Redemption‘s. However, as we have seen today, Far Cry 5 is a, excuse the pun, far cry from what Red Dead is.
Far Cry 5 is set in a semi-modern, if not completely modern, universe. This new world allows players to wield guns, drive cars and fly aircrafts. Weapons seem to be more advanced than those found in a Red Dead game. The same is true for the types of vehicles players can control.
On the flip side, Red Dead did feature guns, however, they were ones more frequently found in the old Western point of history. There were trains in the first game, and they seem to be in the second iteration, but that’s about as advanced as vehicles went. Automobiles were found in Blackwater, but that portion of the game is an extremely small one. Primary transportation was via horseback or a horse carriage.
From the looks of the new Red Dead, it’ll be staying away from the time period Far Cry 5 is visiting. The only resemblance that there might be between the two is people have similar western accents. Besides, the angle Far Cry 5‘s antagonist and story seem to be taking feels like the perfect fit for this universe.
While Red Dead might touch on religion here or there, Far Cry is going straight for it with its story. There doesn’t seem to be any beating around the bush with the game’s “the Project at Eden’s Gate” cult faction. Religious folks who have taken their beliefs to an extreme seem to be the villains.
This may be a polarizing subject for some, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting context for a Far Cry villain or villains. It is topical, relevant and will most likely rub a few people the wrong way. These are all good things, as great villains aren’t necessarily supposed to make you feel good. If they anger you, then that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
As far as the first Red Dead goes, the villains were born more from personal issues than anything. While Far Cry 5‘s villains will no doubt take things to a personal level, the immediate impression is the villains will be a far reaching, oppressive sort rather than one who is a specific rival of yours, the player.
Ubisoft is extremely smart to take the Far Cry series to this region or setting. Western-style games are rarely seen these days and the ones we have to reference are very successful ones. It is already clear that Far Cry 5 will be providing a very unique take on the Western-style game and I’m confident that we’ll see great things from it.
If you’re still disappointed about Red Dead 2 being delayed, rest easy as we know Far Cry 5 will arrive on Feb. 27, 2018. The game will launch on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Project Scorpio and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Far Cry 5.