This mornings post will probably have some minor plot point spoilers for Far Cry 5… so be warned.
I am going to have a pretty short post this morning as I need to get into work earlier than normal… and I apparently did not have the foresight to pre-stage something last night. I am finding myself still very much enthralled with Far Cry 5, and quite honestly this is a bit of a rare occasion with me. I am not normally one of those players that has to finish something they have started. My super power has for years been being able to wander away like a bored toddler from literally any game and pick up another shiny object in my field of view. This is why I have not finished God of War for example, in spite of everything up to the moment I sat it down for a bit… being a truly great experience. Maybe 2019 will be the year that I actually start being games instead of just playing them for a really long time and never quite finishing them.
At this point I have finished another chapter of the game, this one involving Faith Seed… the “temptress” of the Seed family. This played out so much differently than I was expecting based on the media I had ingested about this game. I was sort of expecting her to seduce the player… and in some ways that is exactly what happened… but not in the manner that games normally try and seduce players. Instead of sexual gratification… Faith trades in Bliss… a drug induced state where everything is peaceful and joyous. In this state of ecstasy you become the unwitting puppet for whatever she wills her followers called “Angels” to do. The truth is… I thought the section of the game surrounding John Seed was disturbing… but Faith cranked that sense of everything being fucked up and wrong to eleven.
From there I have moved on to Jacob Seed… the hunter that views that the only way to progress as a society is to constantly cull the weak. While Faith was able to invoke a sense of Bliss… Jacob seems to be able to pervert this into a sense of animistic rage. So far however this appears to be the weakest of the chapters… because while I prefer playing games in Murder Hobo mode… that doesn’t exactly make for a compelling character. There are disturbing things about this chapter, but they seem to be largely centered around the stories that the survivors tell and not the actual actions you are having to go through. You end up working a lot for a character that is essentially the living embodiment of Darryl from Walking Dead which is always cool.
This chapter also seems to have my favorite companion… Jess Black who looks like a jacked up Robin Hood. I like her however because she stays the fuck out of the way… as she focuses entirely on far ranged attacks with the bow. Right now my party of choice is her and Boomer… though as always Hurk is pretty entertaining and also arrives during this chapter. For those who have played any other Far Cry games… Hurk is a repeat character that links the worlds together. He shows up in Far Cry 3 and 4… and you find out he actually comes from Hope County as you meet his very cantankerous and very conservative nut of a father.
All in all I am still enjoying the hell out of this game, but the complaint made in the comments the other day still holds true… the cut scenes that involve the various members of the Seed family always feel like they are interrupting the actual enjoyable part of the game. The fun for me is running around and blowing stuff up.