Hands-On: Far Cry 5

I got the chance the play Far Cry 5 today during a preview event hosted by Ubisoft. During the event, I was able to play the game 2 hours, straight from the beginning of the story. Being able to play Far Cry 5 in a ‘close to final product’ state was simply amazing. The game is right on track to deliver a solid release later next month but this preview left me wanting for me, find out what’s so good about Far Cry 5 in this special hands-on article.

Meet Joseph Seed

The Far Cry franchise started off as an impressive sandbox game set in an exotic location. Although this is still the game, the focus of the story shifted in Far Cry 3 thanks to the introduction of Vaas, your crazy rival. Since then, Ubisoft made sure to add a new crazy villain in every new Far Cry game, making the story a lot more unpredictable and thus more fun to follow. Far Cry 5 isn’t any different, it introduces us to Joseph Seed, perhaps the most brutal leader yet.


Joseph Seed is a self-proclaimed prophet of Hope County in Montana. Seed thinks a Voice called him to act so that he can save the people of Hope County from the upcoming doom. Sounds like a solid plan but the intro of Far Cry 5 already shows you what kind of character Seed really is. During the first couple of minutes, you’ll have to arrest Joseph Seed in his own church. It’s amazing to see the amount of details that went into this introduction, really setting a dark and gloomy atmosphere, fitting for a character like Joseph. Since he believes in the judgment of his God, he’s not afraid of the law and seems to be able to get away with almost everything. The true power of Joseph is his cult, the amount of people who are willing to kill for him and even die for him if it benefits ‘the cause’.

I must say, I was really impressed with this introduction of the crazy new leader and I can’t wait to see more of him. In order to reach him, you’ll have to take down the cult and regain control over the land, currently under command of Joshep’s brothers and sister. Time to start a revolution!

Liberate the people

Your mission is to liberate Hope County from the evil hands of Joseph Seed and his cult. You do so in true Far Cry fashion. By rescuing hostages, liberating certain areas by defeating all the enemies or by clearing the main missions. It’s a path that’s been taken before but it still works. It’s also fun to see that the franchise knows its own flaws, when we were climbing a radio tower during our first minutes, we were promised we won’t be doing this the entire game. Jokes like these are much appreciated for sure.


During my two hours of gameplay, Far Cry 5 really showed me what it’s capable of. It starts off rather slowly, with you liberating a small island but it does explain the mechanics in a more interesting way than just another tutorial. I was tasked to destroy shrines of the cult, kill enemies in certain settlements and recruit hostages for my cause. Recruiting others is a crucial element of Far Cry 5. The game leans heavily on the companion mechanic and right from the start, you’ll have an extra gun on your side. Giving you companion commands is easy thanks to the fast D-pad actions and it must be said, my companion really helped me survive and take down those extra enemies. Meeting new companions will surely be one of the most fun things to do in Far Cry 5. Besides the multiple faceless companions, you’ll meet veterans from time to time, those will fight by your side once you clear their main missions, it’s really a great concept!

Impressive open world

The thing I liked the most was the open world. The world of Far Cry 5 is extremely alive and detailed. There’s a lot of map to cover and I’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg. It’s good to see that this map really feels alive with wildlife jumping around in the woods and enemies doing their crazy business everywhere you go. I can’t wait to discover the rest of the map but I’m also a bit worried about what I will face. It’s clear, this Far Cry is the most brutal one to date, the enemies you’re facing are truly insane and don’t care about the human rights. The world is crazy and wicked but in the best way possible. Want to know the best thing about it? You’re completely free to go wherever you want, even in missions! It’s always up to the player how his/her story will evolve and how they will tackle the missions. The amount of freedom simply is amazing.


Early conclusion

Far Cry 5 is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the already impressive Far Cry 4. The new villain, Joseph Seed, is pure evil and won’t hesitate to use deadly violence. The atmosphere set in Far Cry 5 feels fresh and unsettling at the same time. I absolutely loved the new open world, filled with things to do and to discover. I’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg but I simply can’t wait to jump back in!

Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.

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