I've been following the development of Far Cry 5 with some interest, as I'm intrigued with the setting and potentially bold storyline. However, it has become fairly clear over time that, for better or worse, the game is not going to be particularly dark/serious in tone or offer much in the way of societal commentary. Honestly, that's a little disappointing, as I feel like they could have done some interesting things there in ways video games rarely do, but I can understand why they don't really want to go there.
Still, all is not lost. The game instead seems to be silly with open-world hijinks aplenty, and I can get on board with that. PC Gamer just wrote an article about Far Cry 5 with an excerpt that I particularly enjoyed:
"At the end of a mission I made my way to the front of a house I'd just cleared out, only to find the guy who gave me the mission lying incapacitated on the floor—must have taken a bullet on the way in. But as I approached to revive him I heard a boom. Then a flaming helicopter crashed just inches in front of me.
I figure that having just cleared the outpost, one of my zealous NPC allies must have quickly moved in and downed the scouting enemy chopper. So far, so Far Cry. I ran around the chopper and ran over to my greasy mission-giving conspiracy theorist friend. But during the time it took for the protracted 'rescue friend' animation to play, the flames from the dead chopper had spread through the dry grass and set him on fire. As soon as I stood him up he fell to the ground and writhed around screaming in the burning grass. I retreated and patted the fire out on my own arms and could do nothing but watch and wait as the guy burned, too important to the game's continuity to actually die.
Eventually he stood up, still screaming. He stood still there for a few seconds, expressionless, lips slightly parted as the blood-curdling screams of a man being burned alive came out of his manikin-like face. Then suddenly, he smiled.
While that's a video game-ass glitch of sorts, it's also hilarious. This seems like the sort of game where random, dumb shit constantly happens (intentionally or not) and the jank is going to be endearing. That the game features co-op won't hurt. I've got a buddy I think would really enjoy finding/creating some shenanigans with me. Also, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if we get some incredible GB content out of Far Cry 5. I need to see Vinny play this, and all the better if Dan is there incessantly trying to make his character do cool-action-guy things.
Hell, now that I think about it, I might actually prefer that this game appears to be far lighter in tone that it first seemed. Politically, everything is such a tiresome bummer right now from all sides anyway, so it might be nice to just have some simple fun crashing a plane into a moose or some shit. With Red Dead 2 seemingly not arriving until Summer at the earliest and likely Fall, it looks like I'll have some time to do some HITMAN-esque stupid/amusing things with Far Cry 5. I'm looking forward to it.