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The Far Cry 5 Debate

One of this year's hottest games has been broiled in some interesting discussion.

Zack, Writer

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The story trailer for Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 has dropped, and it has left many fans and non-fans alike in awe. But some people are wary about this new entry in one of gaming’s most prominent franchises.

When the first Far Cry game came out in 2004, it blew everyone away. With its detailed environments, realistic combat, and stellar graphics, it was that year’s top outlier for video games. Since then, three sequels and multiple spin-offs have been released over a decade. Arguably the most famous of these is Far Cry 3, one of the best selling in the series. It has become a platinum hit for the Xbox 360 and a modern generation classic among gamers. Why is that important to this year’s installment?

Well, starting with ‎Far Cry 4, many players have noticed that the engine used to program the game mechanics hasn’t changed much since the first few games, most notably the third. This exact issue has been brought up again with this installment in the series, as many claim that the game feels just like the others in its movement and shooting mechanics. That may not seem like a huge problem up front, but when you take into account how much variety can help a franchise stay fresh, it’s a refutable complaint.

Ubisoft’s 2012 hit video game, Far Cry 3, has strikingly similar gameplay aspects to its successors.

On the other side of the argument, however, many players say that the unique environment of Far Cry 5 (the game is set in Montana) and its interesting new mechanics, such as fishing and aerial combat, give it a huge amount of variation from its predecessors. While it certainly feels similar in gameplay to previous entries, it mixes enough new elements to make it stand out among them.

Whether you’re on the side of those who dislike the been-there-done-that mechanics or the side of those who appreciate the new features and gameplay elements, it’s safe to say we won’t know for sure until Far Cry 5 is officially released on March 27, 2018. While we wait, it’s good for gamers to discuss these issues, as it changes gaming, as a whole, for the better.

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