Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is a relentlessly fun, aggressively varied open world shooter that will keep you hooked for dozens and dozens of hours. The game's world has never felt more alive, brimming with animal ecosystems, serene lakes, and verdant forests, with spectacular scenery just begging to be screenshotted.
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is a masterpiece. Ubisoft has refined the core formula and delivered what may well be the best shooter we’ll see this year. The story, writing, and voice acting, remains remarkable throughout. The gameplay is every bit as energetic and chaotic as it ever was, with more depth than ever before. Far Cry 5 is stunning, well designed, and thoroughly engaging.
  3. May 8, 2018
    Ubisoft has crafted a brilliant open-world shooter, but the company has also presented a subversive take on the hero's journey that is both engaging and disturbing. Most importantly, it's a game that makes you think, which is something you don't often see.
  4. Apr 9, 2018
    While co-op is appreciated, it feels tacked on and the multiplayer modes are little more than a distraction, even if the map editor is one of the most comprehensive seen for a while. Despite this, Far Cry 5 is the best addition to the franchise for quite a while and it is well worth spending many hours visiting Montana.
  5. Apr 9, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is a bloody laugh. It doesn’t take itself too seriously – but then the series never has. If you’re a fan of the previous games then this is a must buy for your collection; it is bright, noisy and frantic and I wouldn’t have it another way.
  6. Apr 6, 2018
    While you're not likely to remember its story in a few months' time, and the erratic driving of friendly civilians may frequently alarm you, its gameplay shines and that's what's important. Setting you free in a stunningly realised open world, Far Cry 5 gives you all the tools you need for tens of hours of outrageous fun. Factor in online co-op and the user-generated content of Far Cry 5 Arcade, and you have one hell of a compelling package.
  7. Apr 3, 2018
    Despite some brief irritations and missed opportunities with its narrative, spending time in the world of Hope County remains absolutely delightful.
  8. Mar 26, 2018
    What we get in the end is a Far Cry that is both structured and full of open player-agency and emergent activity. It’s a game whose game-world is designed for you to love and adore, to become intimate and at one with; to be equally terrified of. This is videogames, after all, and that is at the fore of design here.
  9. Mar 26, 2018
    It takes the Far Cry blueprint and expands the highlights while changing the sliders on aspects that became overused to craft not only the best Far Cry game, but one of the best open worlds to explore this generation, whether alone or with a little help from a friend (or AI dog).
  10. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry 5 returns to revitalize the saga, with addictive gameplay, crazy scenes, moments of action and a cruel and enigmatic story.
  11. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is an indispensable title for fans of shooting and action games. Its history is a path worth visiting and its playability will keep you in front of the screen.
  12. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is as good as we were hoping it would be, offering a great campaign with plenty of freedom and things to do, a satisfying narrative and surprising multiplayer options through Far Cry Arcade. A pretty complete package.
  13. Mar 26, 2018
    In its quieter moments Hope County is a picturesque backdrop to terrific Prepper Stash puzzles, and an over-the-top fantasy playground when the volume is turned up. Taking on Eden's Gate is compelling, horrific, and an awful lot of fun.
  14. 90
    We didn’t get it with the last two entries in the series, but Far Cry 5 feels like the generational leap that fans have been waiting for. This installment certainly feels like the biggest in terms of content and it just might be the best Far Cry game to date.
  15. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry is back with yet another great adventure. Far Cry 5 is stunning, fun, has tons of content and a lot of care has been put into every single aspect of the game. The only thing missing is some innovation.
  16. Mar 27, 2018
    The successful transition from exotic locales to America’s backyard makes me excited to see where the Far Cry formula goes next.
  17. Mar 26, 2018
    Far Cry 5 offers a breathtaking adventure with solid shooting action, a living and appealing world to explore and a convincing bad guy. The addition of co-op is great and Far Cry Arcade makes this a package that every shooter fan must play.
  18. Mar 26, 2018
    Ubisoft strengthens the Far Cry formula introducing new features to make the open world gameplay more organic and streamlined; together with a strong cast of characters, this makes Far Cry 5 the best game in the series since FC3.
  19. Apr 11, 2018
    Far Cry 5 is a breathe of fresh air for the Far Cry franchise. Ubisoft’s open-world design continues to evolve in mostly positive ways, granting players more freedom than ever before while presenting more engrossing story and side missions with memorable NPCs to help keep the gameplay loop from getting repetitive. If you’re a fan of Far Cry or first-person shooters in general, Far Cry 5 is an easy recommendation.
  20. Apr 2, 2018
    Should you find yourself wanting to plow straight through to the center of cult activity and really stick it to the Seeds, or slow down your pace assisting every Tom and Nancy you come across, Far Cry 5 has got you covered. Whether you want to play online with a friend and have a laugh or two in a goofy custom map, or get down and dirty with the local country folks, the choice is up to you. After all, this is Far Cry, and this is Hope County, Montana. You’re about to have a hell of a time.
  21. Mar 29, 2018
    The biggest take away from Far Cry 5 was the fact that it was just pure fun. The missions were both fun and entertaining, the visuals are fantastic, and the shooting is refined and on point. Fans of the series have more than likely already picked this up, but if you remotely enjoy first person shooters, this is a must own. It’s not perfect, but it tries its best to be and you know what? It got close.
  22. Mar 27, 2018
    Far Cry 5 improves on a well-established formula by adding mercenaries and removing many of the chores that defined its predecessors. The game is incredibly fun to play, but its story is lackluster and its uneven pace prevents it from reaching its full potential.
  23. Mar 26, 2018
    If you’re a fan of the Far Cry series, Far Cry 5 is a definite must-have. The gameplay is familiar, but there are shiny new features that are a blast to play with.
  24. Mar 26, 2018
    From its tense opening to its blistering conclusion, Far Cry 5 is another cracking instalment in the series, streamlining some of the hunting elements and putting co-op up front for both the campaign and the bottomless Far Cry Arcade. The narrative and characters will live on in the memory once you're done and dusted too, as will the insane random minute-to-minute moments that always succeed in making Far Cry so unique.
  25. Jun 6, 2018
    This fresh take on the Far Cry franchise is clearly visible content-wise, but a tad more discrete on the style. If you're not bothered by the slightly repetitive formula, you'll enjoy the many strengths of this episode.
  26. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 26, 2018
    Murderous and mad, this is one of the silliest, most immersive open worlds on Xbox. [June 2018, p.73]
  27. Mar 26, 2018
    Playing Ubisoft's Far Cry 5 is just like eating a McDonald's Big Mac. It's really appetizing but never surprises me. I already know what it tastes like before actually biting in, considering all the Big Macs are made by the same recipe. So is Far Cry 5.
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  1. Mar 27, 2018
    New changes to the structure are welcomed, but 'Far Cry 5' has no confidence and no heart.
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  1. Mar 28, 2018
    The Far Cry series has given me a great deal of joy over the years and without a doubt it’s one of my most favourite series’s of all time andThe Far Cry series has given me a great deal of joy over the years and without a doubt it’s one of my most favourite series’s of all time and that’s mainly down to the uniqueness each game of the series brought to the table. Thankfully Far Cry 5 carries on this tradition extremely well and it’s that good that it’s my most favourite game of the series so far. A decent story has always been a prominent feature in Far Cry and thankfully it continues here. The story hooks you from start to finish and the writing shines through on all levels adding to the overall gameplay brilliantly throughout your time with the game. A new feature in Far Cry 5 is the added co-op option and this gives the game even more replayability and with the amount of content that’s available you won’t find yourself getting bored anytime soon. The main reason why you don’t get bored is because the world in which the game takes place feels alive at every turn. There is always something to do in this game and the amount of variety each quest has is absolutely fantastic and the variety doesn’t stop there because the enemies and combat also possess a huge amount of variety. The combat has seen significant improvements in my opinion and the amount of moves you can do makes taking down your enemies extremely satisfying at all times. The gameplay on the whole is also extremely satisfying at all times as well and that’s mainly down to all the different mechanics in play at the same time. I was especially impressed with the shooting mechanics in the game and you can definitely tell that a lot of effort has gone in here because everything always feels on point and most importantly the controls that have been implemented never fail you, which is great. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Far Cry 5 is basically perfect and my only gripe is the technical issues it suffers with every now and then, but these issues are only small and they don’t really take anything away from your overall experience. Far Cry 5 has never looked or sounded better and the presentation side of the game really does deliver in all areas and when the beautiful visuals and excellent sound design combine together it makes things become even more immersive and enjoyable. At the end of the day I can see Far Cry 5 being game of the year for quite a lot of people and without a doubt I can definitely see it being in my top five games of the year already, which is very impressive considering it’s only March. I can’t recommend Far Cry 5 enough because they’ve taken what was good from the previous games and improved them quite considerably whilst also adding new features at the same time and fans of the series will absolutely adore this fantastic approach. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2018
    By far the best Far Cry game they've made. On the Xbox One X this game looks absolutely stunning.
  3. Nov 24, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is easily the most bland and least fun Far Cry game ever made. It is a complete disaster.

    1. The story and side quests are almost all really boring, but even worse are the boss battles. They are extremely repetitive and you can't take your companions with you for any of them... which is when you really want to take them. On top of that, the final boss battle is possibly the most pathetic final battle I have ever played. It is so bad that it is embarrassing, and the ending that I got was one of the most dissatisfying endings I've ever seen. Total failure on the part of Ubisoft.

    2. Getting captured and having to escape has become a total cliche in these kinds of games, and I was hoping that they would finally get rid of that nonsense for this game. It's been done to death, and it's just EXTREMELY lazy writing at this point. But in this game you get captured over and over again (like 10 times). It is beyond stupid. Getting captured once or twice in a game like this is MORE than enough. After that, I can no longer take the game seriously. What on earth were they thinking?

    3. Much like in GR Wildlands, there is just too much stuff happening all over the place ALL THE TIME. This completely kills the sense of being immersed in a remote wilderness. Far Cry 3 did the best job when it came to immersion, as you could sneak through the jungle and really feel like there wasn't a soul around. This made those surprise animal encounters or enemy patrols even more exciting. But since then, Ubisoft has gone overboard with this stuff, and has programmed way too much activity everywhere you go. You can barely even loot bodies on the road without another enemy vehicle rolling up, and then another, and then another.... Wildlands had this problem too, and it was one of the biggest complaints that people had about it. For some unknown reason they did the same thing with Far Cry 5. It really sucks.

    4. The weapon selection is extremely limited - shockingly so - and there is no weapon screen for me to check my weapons/attachments/etc. It doesn't even tell you how many rounds are in your magazine. Somebody at Ubisoft just phoned it in and forgot to add this stuff.

    5. There is no mini map, so you are constantly having to stop and check the main map. Again, somebody at Ubisoft forgot to add this useful feature.

    6. Weapons switching is broken. Like in previous Far cry games, you are supposed to be able to switch back and forth between two weapons using the Y button, but in this game as soon as you travel it resets them, and so it constantly pulls out the wrong weapon when you press Y. This is very irritating.

    7. They kept saying that John was dead even before I started his main mission to go kill him.

    8. There are way too many drug effects throughout the game.... like it is the central theme. It's cheesy and annoying. Sometimes you just pass out for no known reason and end up someplace else. It's just one dumb thing after another with this game.

    Overall, Far Cry 5 is a MASSIVE disappointment, one of the biggest of all-time. It is nowhere near as fun as Far Cry 3 or 4, and it isn't even as good as Wildlands. This game is truly terrible, and everyone I know is already bored with it.
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