In anticipation of the upcoming Far Cry 5 (set for release on March 27th), here are five reasons to be excited about the new installment in this franchise.

Boomer the Dog

I love dogs (because I’m a human being with a beating heart). I love video games (ditto). So I’m a big fan of well-executed canine companions in games. I’m not ashamed to say that I get really attached to my Mabari Hound/Dogmeat/etc. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing for the virtual civilizations involved that I don’t have to choose between saving the world and saving my dog. And Far Cry’s new addition to the pantheon of game dogs looks like a good one. Boomer (solid dog name, by the way) looks like he will be everyone’s best friend in this game. Not only is he cute, but he is a trusty ally who can help you succeed in the harsh wilds of Montana while trying to dodge crazy, religious, gun-toting nuts. Also, how cute is that one floppy ear?


 

Gameplay (well gunplay)

Far Cry has its fair share of critics, but one thing the franchise has down to a science is its gun-play mechanics. From Far Cry to Far Cry 4 (even Far Cry Primal) the first person shooter mechanics are top notch. Each weapon or tool feels unique. From single bolt action sniper rifles to round-guzzling machine guns like the M249, the weapons feel great and help you feel immersed in the game. Anyone who thinks this is easy to do hasn’t played a shooter where the only difference between a pistol and an M60 is how often you have to reload. Look at this guy. Does he look like someone who would be worried about a .22?


 

Montana

Montana (known as Big Sky Country) is synonymous with the great outdoors and the vast unspoiled wilderness in America. People usually think of camping, bears, and fly-fishing when it comes to this part of the heartland. If you didn’t already know it, this is a stunning area — and a lot harsher than people realize. Don’t believe me? Just google “Montana bear attacks” and read story after story of people being mauled to death by grizzly bears. The lucky ones appear to drag their bloody and scarred bodies miles until they can get help and approximately 100,000 stitches. In addition to grizzlies, there are black bears, mountain lions, wolves, tough weather, and challenging terrain. Thanks to Ubisoft, we can now add crazy cult leader to that list.


 

The Villian – Joseph Seed

Seed appears to be a mixture of Jim Jones and David Koresh. Played by Greg Bryk who you should remember from The Expanse as well as cult hits like “Saw V,” “Shoot ‘Em Up,” and “Fargo.” He does a great job of projecting chilly, intelligent villainy, which leads me to think that this is going to be a villain deserving of the Far Cry franchise (which has produced some of the great evil-but-entertaining baddies in the gaming world).

In the latest trailer, you can see Bryk’s performance is scary.

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