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Far Cry 5 Reviews Roundup: Here's What Critics Think

Far Crying out loud.


It's been over two years since the latest Far Cry game, Primal, was released, and nearly four years since Far Cry 4. Thankfully, Far Cry 5's release date is nearly upon us.

The latest in the series takes us to Hope County, Montana, USA, and it appears to continue the franchise's recent sillier tone. It even contains a killer bear named cheeseburger. Pre-release, Far Cry 5 had us confused, but what do we and others think of the final game?

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Our critic, Edmond Tran, awarded the shooter a 9/10 in our Far Cry 5 review-in-progress. The game contains a number of network features and multiplayer components, so we're waiting on the public launch before posting our final review, but until then you can take a look at a selection of critics' opinions below. Alternatively, check out the game's wider critical reception on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Far Cry 5
  • Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: March 27
  • Price: US $60 / £55 / AU $100

GameSpot -- 9/10 (Review-In-Progress)

"Despite some brief irritations and missed opportunities with its narrative, spending time in the world of Hope County remains absolutely delightful. Far Cry 5 boasts a wonderfully harmonious flow to its adventure, with its smart changes to exploration, discovery, and progression distinctly bolstering the enjoyment of creatively engaging and experimenting with its spectacular open world." -- Edmond Tran [Full review]

Eurogamer -- No score

"This is the core truth of Far Cry, a series that still has a lot going for it, but remains in serious need of a revamp. It is a moribund apparatus of conquest that is unable to tell any story other than the rise to power of a well-armed outsider over a lushly imagined, exoticised realm, however urgently it might try." -- Edwin Evans-Thirlwell [Full review]

Game Informer -- 7.5/10

"Far Cry 5's world is meticulously constructed, and it's a remarkable facsimile of Big Sky Country. Unfortunately, too much of the action in it is uninspired. It's a beautiful but bland recitation of what's come before, from both the series and Ubisoft's open-world playbook. It's never bad, but considering how great the past games have been, its overall predictability is disappointing." -- Jeff Cork [Full review]

USGamer -- 4.5/5

"Far Cry 5 is a game that struggles in trying to serve two purposes. On one hand, there's a dark, horrific tale of a cult taking over a small town. On the other, it's a playground of destruction, letting players fly and drive around, blowing up things with a bear and a dog. Both sides are good, but they don't really meet in the middle. If you can survive the tonal whiplash, you'll find a great game here and Far Cry Arcade only makes it better." -- Mike Williams [Full review]

The Guardian -- 3/5

"There are great individual moments in Far Cry 5. The gunplay is excellent, its unpredictable world generates daring stories of accidental heroism, and when it leans into the whole red-blooded American patriotism schtick, it's genuinely funny. It doesn't always fit together as well as it should, sometimes forcing the player to work around the game rather than with it – but the wildly vacillating tone is the bigger issue. It's at once disorienting and noncommittal. Paradoxically, this is an extreme satire of modern America that says pretty much nothing about it." -- Keza MacDonald [Full review]

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