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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Far Cry 5 is a violent first-person shooter for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows. Using guns, explosives, a bow and arrow, and other weapons, players have to kill a ton of human enemies, as well as some animals, and it often results in bloodshed. There are also scenes in which characters are tortured, mutilated, and commit suicide. Players use drugs and alcohol, which impairs their vision, while using homeopathic medicines will improve their skills. The dialogue includes numerous references to sex, alcohol, and drugs, as well as such curse words as "f--k," "c--t," and "p---y." While in-game money is used to buy new weapons and supplies, players can also use real money to buy special guns and outfits, as well as future downloadable content (DLC).
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What's it about?
In FAR CRY 5, you're a rookie U.S. Marshall who joins local police and your superior officer when they go into a small Montana town to arrest the leader of a violent religious cult that's like ISIS with a messiah complex. But when your chopper goes down and you're caught behind enemy lines, you have to do whatever's necessary to survive. This includes killing lots of cultists and destroying their outposts, looting their bodies and settlements for supplies, and rescuing locals who've been taken hostage by the cult.
Is it any good?
Though it's rather similar to previous installments, the latest in this series of open-world first-person shooters is also as compelling and addictive as its predecessors. In Far Cry 5, you have to survive by any means necessary when you're trapped behind enemy lines. Except that the enemy in question is an ISIS-esque religious cult in Montana that's taken control of the town. Which is why you not only have to use stealth and a wide variety of guns and other weapons to take out the group's members, but you also have to destroy their outposts, scavenge for supplies and resources, and rescue locals who you can then recruit to help you rid their town of these murderous jerks.
But while this is very similar to previous installments, especially Far Cry 4, it does have some interesting new mechanics. Areas are now opened up to you through exploration, as opposed to capturing locations, while people you rescue and recruit are more helpful this time around, with some even having their own unique skills. You also unlock your own advanced abilities by accomplishing tasks. What also makes this satisfying is that your enemies are clearly bad people; this has none of the moral ambiguity of so many shooting games. These people are clearly under the control of a violent madman with a messiah complex, so killing them really does make the world a better place -- well, the game's world, anyway. All of this is why, at its core, Far Cry 5 is the same as Far Cry 4, Far Cry 3, and so on: an engaging shooter with solid controls, interesting scenarios, motivating bad guys, fun stealth mechanics, and enough depth to make you want to come back for a second tour of duty.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does killing other people in Far Cry 5 make you feel different than if you were killing aliens or monsters? And how does it feel when you kill animals in it to sell their skins?
Talk about money management. While you can find lots of guns in this game, you can also spend real money to buy some special ones, as well as some new outfits. Does it make any sense to spend money on these items?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: March 26, 2018
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures, Horses and Farm Animals, Misfits and Underdogs, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- Last updated: February 26, 2020
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