Wait, Why are there So Many Black People in Far Cry 5?

Wait, Why are there So Many Black People in Far Cry 5?

After spending a few weeks with Far Cry 5, I’ve come to the regretful conclusion that there are way too many black people in this game.

It’s not that I dislike black people, in fiction or in real life (full disclosure: I am black). It’s just that for a series that prides itself on realism, my experience of constantly bumping into assault rifle–toting black people in the forests of Montana just seems unrealistic.

Far Cry 5’s premise is that you’re a local deputy sent to arrest the leader of a doomsday cult that has been taking over fictional Hope County, Montana. But for some reason that’s never explained in-game, a large proportion of the cultists are black.

According to the 2016 census, black people make up just over half a percent of the population of Montana. There are only about 6,000 black people in the entire state. Does Far Cry expect me to believe that all of them moved to Hope County?

The developers have tried to explain this by saying that the cult that appears as the main enemy in the game has gotten everyone — regardless of color — to join. But that doesn’t account for the fact that even non-cultists are disproportionately black.

Defending Far Cry 5’s story – Reader’s Feature

Defending Far Cry 5’s story – Reader’s Feature

I felt Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was messy, with a fluctuating tone and some off-putting characters. But I was won over by its sincere call for love and reason to win out over hate and violence. On completing the game this week, I was surprised to find this was also how I felt about Far Cry 5.

I’m generalising, but I see the Far Cry discussion falling into two camps: publications like Polygon and Eurogamer criticising the game for supposedly having a weak story and lack of political commentary; and defenders of the game who insist the story isn’t important, that the game is just fun. I don’t agree with either take.

On a technical level, the game is astonishingly detailed, with features like feuding wildlife, fully-functional aircraft instruments, and catchy propaganda tunes by the game’s evil cult playing on the radio. With so much effort on show, it’s surely rash to dismiss the story as a cop-out or afterthought. That the game’s moody story missions and cut scenes are jarringly at odds with the zanier sandbox mayhem of the open world is impossible to argue with: listening to a harrowing confession of infanticide is definitely a contrast from taking on an enemy outpost with the help of a biddable grizzly bear named Cheeseburger. However, I believe the developers are aware of this and the dissonance is possibly intentional.

‘Far Cry 5’ Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Love The Apocalypse

‘Far Cry 5’ Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Love The Apocalypse

Want to know how to incite an armed uprising by a bunch of doomsday cultists in a rural Montana county, and possibly kick-off the apocalypse? Far Cry 5 will show you.

Released March 27, Far Cry 5 is the latest in a dozen games, spin-offs, and expansions in the open-world first-person-shooter franchise, and fortunately, Task & Purpose had a chance to “review” it on Xbox One, make a bunch of silly mistakes, and lose hours of sleep during work nights, so you don’t have to. (But you totally should.) Be warned though, the prices get steep, ranging from $51 to $90 depending on the platform and whether you splurge on the special editions.

The storyline feels like the fever dream of a liberal arts graduate who thinks everything West of New York and East of California is middle America, and is worried that we’re just one downed cell-tower away from an armed insurrection by hillbilly religious extremists. This game is everything I expect from 2018: it’s violent, beautiful, funny, immersive, and overflowing with deep-seated fears and (mostly) self-aware caricatures.

Far Cry 5 lets the imagination run wild against enemies and the elements

Far Cry 5 lets the imagination run wild against enemies and the elements

There’s a heavily armoured and armed convoy of trucks slowly making its way through rural Montana, and I have to stop it.

There are various ways I could try to accomplish my mission, from the methodical to the chaotic, and everything in-between. I opt for the theatrical.

It just so happens that I recently unlocked a perk that allows me to use a wingsuit when falling from great heights, and a little earlier I found a helicopter conveniently parked up outside an abandoned farmhouse.

Since I’m expecting heavy resistance, I decide to call in one of the specialist companions who can be unlocked as you explore Far Cry 5’s story and landscape. She’s a good shot with a hunting bow, which is sure to come in handy – even if our expected prey will be human.

So, off we go, my companion in the back seat, as I pilot the chopper high above the lush landscape. A few kilometres later and I see the convoy driving along a dirt road. I do what any 1980s film star would and jump out of the helicopter with two high-calibre weapons, a variety of explosives and throwing knives strapped to my back.

Flying around with the wingsuit is a lot of fun, but I don’t have too much time to appreciate the landscape before it’s time to deploy my parachute for a dramatic, barely survivable landing, right in front of the oblivious convoy.

Wait, Why are there So Many Black People in Far Cry 5?

Wait, Why are there So Many Black People in Far Cry 5?

After spending a few weeks with Far Cry 5, I’ve come to the regretful conclusion that there are way too many black people in this game.

It’s not that I dislike black people, in fiction or in real life (full disclosure: I am black). It’s just that for a series that prides itself on realism, my experience of constantly bumping into assault rifle–toting black people in the forests of Montana just seems unrealistic.

Far Cry 5’s premise is that you’re a local deputy sent to arrest the leader of a doomsday cult that has been taking over fictional Hope County, Montana. But for some reason that’s never explained in-game, a large proportion of the cultists are black.

According to the 2016 census, black people make up just over half a percent of the population of Montana. There are only about 6,000 black people in the entire state. Does Far Cry expect me to believe that all of them moved to Hope County?

The developers have tried to explain this by saying that the cult that appears as the main enemy in the game has gotten everyone — regardless of color — to join. But that doesn’t account for the fact that even non-cultists are disproportionately black.

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

I’m not a huge fan of the trend toward more and more co-op video games. The industry has an obsession with this idea that we’ll always want to play everything with friends. The reality is, many of us don’t want that or can’t make that work with our busy work and family lives.

This is one reason I tend to play games like Destiny solo except for when I’m playing PvP or need to play a Strike. It’s one reason why I rarely play much in the Call of Duty zombies mode, or why even though I really like a game like Vermintide 2, I think I’d like it so much more if I could just play it by myself.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Halo 5, The Division and a whole laundry list of other titles were built with co-op in mind. You’re not required to play co-op all the time in all of these. You can, at least, play with AI in Wildlands or Halo 5, but then you’re saddled with AI companions that you may or may not want around. In the case of the former I don’t mind so much. In the case of Halo 5, well, the less we say about that the better.

Far Cry 5 will support two-player co-op across the full campaign

Far Cry 5 will support two-player co-op across the full campaign

A listing for Far Cry 5 that’s popped up on Steam has revealed that it will support two-player co-op action against cult leader Joseph Seed and his siblings, the Heralds. And unlike Far Cry 4, where co-operative play was limited to side quests, Ubisoft said the two-player action in Montana will be available across the entire campaign.

Some of what’s in the listing we already know, such as the ability to recruit Guns (people) and Fangs (animals) to your cause, and it also confirms that along with tractors (which you better be able to play chicken with), the vehicles in the game will include “iconic muscle cars, ATV’s, planes and a lot more.” And while the promise of “a world that hits back” doesn’t necessarily mean anything, it is intriguing, if only because the bad guys in previous Far Cry games have been oddly happy to let me run roughshod over them without really trying to do anything about it. “Wreak havoc on the cult and its members,” it says, “but beware of the wrath of Joseph Seed and his followers.”

The listing also indicates that Far Cry 5 will be available in three different editions: Your basic dude-shooting version, which will sell for $60/£45/€60; the Deluxe Edition, which comes with the Big Game Hunter pack, the Ace Pilot pack, the Explosive pack, the Chaos pack, and the AR-C assault rifle and .44 Magnum pistol with unique skins, for $70/£55/€70; and the gold edition, with all of the above plus the season pass, which carries a $90/£75/€90 price tag.

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

I’m not a huge fan of the trend toward more and more co-op video games. The industry has an obsession with this idea that we’ll always want to play everything with friends. The reality is, many of us don’t want that or can’t make that work with our busy work and family lives.

This is one reason I tend to play games like Destiny solo except for when I’m playing PvP or need to play a Strike. It’s one reason why I rarely play much in the Call of Duty zombies mode, or why even though I really like a game like Vermintide 2, I think I’d like it so much more if I could just play it by myself.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Halo 5, The Division and a whole laundry list of other titles were built with co-op in mind. You’re not required to play co-op all the time in all of these. You can, at least, play with AI in Wildlands or Halo 5, but then you’re saddled with AI companions that you may or may not want around. In the case of the former I don’t mind so much. In the case of Halo 5, well, the less we say about that the better.

‘Far Cry 5’ Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Love The Apocalypse

‘Far Cry 5’ Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Love The Apocalypse

Want to know how to incite an armed uprising by a bunch of doomsday cultists in a rural Montana county, and possibly kick-off the apocalypse? Far Cry 5 will show you.

Released March 27, Far Cry 5 is the latest in a dozen games, spin-offs, and expansions in the open-world first-person-shooter franchise, and fortunately, Task & Purpose had a chance to “review” it on Xbox One, make a bunch of silly mistakes, and lose hours of sleep during work nights, so you don’t have to. (But you totally should.) Be warned though, the prices get steep, ranging from $51 to $90 depending on the platform and whether you splurge on the special editions.

The storyline feels like the fever dream of a liberal arts graduate who thinks everything West of New York and East of California is middle America, and is worried that we’re just one downed cell-tower away from an armed insurrection by hillbilly religious extremists. This game is everything I expect from 2018: it’s violent, beautiful, funny, immersive, and overflowing with deep-seated fears and (mostly) self-aware caricatures.

Defending Far Cry 5’s story – Reader’s Feature

Defending Far Cry 5’s story – Reader’s Feature

I felt Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was messy, with a fluctuating tone and some off-putting characters. But I was won over by its sincere call for love and reason to win out over hate and violence. On completing the game this week, I was surprised to find this was also how I felt about Far Cry 5.

I’m generalising, but I see the Far Cry discussion falling into two camps: publications like Polygon and Eurogamer criticising the game for supposedly having a weak story and lack of political commentary; and defenders of the game who insist the story isn’t important, that the game is just fun. I don’t agree with either take.

On a technical level, the game is astonishingly detailed, with features like feuding wildlife, fully-functional aircraft instruments, and catchy propaganda tunes by the game’s evil cult playing on the radio. With so much effort on show, it’s surely rash to dismiss the story as a cop-out or afterthought. That the game’s moody story missions and cut scenes are jarringly at odds with the zanier sandbox mayhem of the open world is impossible to argue with: listening to a harrowing confession of infanticide is definitely a contrast from taking on an enemy outpost with the help of a biddable grizzly bear named Cheeseburger. However, I believe the developers are aware of this and the dissonance is possibly intentional.

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

This Is Why More Video Games Should Do Co-Op Like ‘Far Cry 5’

I’m not a huge fan of the trend toward more and more co-op video games. The industry has an obsession with this idea that we’ll always want to play everything with friends. The reality is, many of us don’t want that or can’t make that work with our busy work and family lives.

This is one reason I tend to play games like Destiny solo except for when I’m playing PvP or need to play a Strike. It’s one reason why I rarely play much in the Call of Duty zombies mode, or why even though I really like a game like Vermintide 2, I think I’d like it so much more if I could just play it by myself.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Halo 5, The Division and a whole laundry list of other titles were built with co-op in mind. You’re not required to play co-op all the time in all of these. You can, at least, play with AI in Wildlands or Halo 5, but then you’re saddled with AI companions that you may or may not want around. In the case of the former I don’t mind so much. In the case of Halo 5, well, the less we say about that the better.

Fans Have Mixed Feelings About ‘Far Cry 5’

Fans Have Mixed Feelings About ‘Far Cry 5’

At the center of the “Far Cry 5” storyline is a Montana-based cult called Eden’s Gate. In addition, the game boasts some impressive graphics, as well interesting, amusing and disturbing characters.

Of course, the most disturbing character in the game is Joseph Seed, the cult’s founder and leader. Seed displays an intense and nearly-hypnotic gaze, and his yellow-tinted glasses really amp up the creep factor.

From the beginning, the player can go anywhere in the expansive Montana wilderness. There are day and night cycles and dream-like fantastical sequences as well. Fans know the “Far Cry” franchise for its dreamy ambiance, and in “Far Cry 5,” the cult’s drug of choice, bliss, brings on the hallucinatory sequences.

The general plot of the game is both creative and interesting: sent in as part of a team of U.S. marshals to apprehend Father Seed, the player becomes part of a resistance to overthrow the cult.

Without a doubt, the opening sequences are the high points of the game. In fact, the beginning narrative introduces a great villain, focuses on the timeless premise to save the specific part of America from a cult bent on destruction and contains the kind of seat-of-your-pants action that players expect from a good video game.

Oney Plays Far Cry 5 – EP 2 – Vitiligo

Oney Plays Far Cry 5 – EP 2 – Vitiligo

Sorry Oney, I was just alerted about an “Ed Edd and Eddy” full episode live stream, I must click away.

I have to admit it IS kind of weird you didn’t introduce them and their name isn’t on the title, like you do with literally everyone else. I mean are they embarrassed or what? I just think it’s weird this person isn’t getting the same treatment. Ah whatever.

Idk who the other person is with oney but people cant seem to pick and choose whether they are a boy or a girl so can someone fill me in? Lol

Far Cry 5 lets the imagination run wild against enemies and the elements

Far Cry 5 lets the imagination run wild against enemies and the elements

There’s a heavily armoured and armed convoy of trucks slowly making its way through rural Montana, and I have to stop it.

There are various ways I could try to accomplish my mission, from the methodical to the chaotic, and everything in-between. I opt for the theatrical.

It just so happens that I recently unlocked a perk that allows me to use a wingsuit when falling from great heights, and a little earlier I found a helicopter conveniently parked up outside an abandoned farmhouse.

Since I’m expecting heavy resistance, I decide to call in one of the specialist companions who can be unlocked as you explore Far Cry 5’s story and landscape. She’s a good shot with a hunting bow, which is sure to come in handy – even if our expected prey will be human.

So, off we go, my companion in the back seat, as I pilot the chopper high above the lush landscape. A few kilometres later and I see the convoy driving along a dirt road. I do what any 1980s film star would and jump out of the helicopter with two high-calibre weapons, a variety of explosives and throwing knives strapped to my back.

Flying around with the wingsuit is a lot of fun, but I don’t have too much time to appreciate the landscape before it’s time to deploy my parachute for a dramatic, barely survivable landing, right in front of the oblivious convoy.

A journey into an American abyss: Far Cry 5

A journey into an American abyss: Far Cry 5

Postcard-perfect scenery with lots of explosions: that might be the best way to describe the Far Cry series from Ubisoft. Previous editions have been set in the jungles of Central Africa, in the Himalayas and on Caribbean Islands.

The latest version of the first-person shooter, Far Cry 5, takes place in the US state of Montana. The setting is a beautiful, but dangerous wilderness full of voracious predators and gun-toting cult members.

The game’s protagonist is a US Marshal whose goal is to arrest Joseph Eden, the charismatic leader of an apocalyptic cult. The arrest attempt goes badly awry and the player soon finds himself stranded in enemy territory without reinforcements or contact with the outside world.

Far Cry 5 is quite topical with themes such as blind fanaticism, gun lovers and the chasm between the US coasts and its hinterland, but in the end political issues are really only background noise in a game that largely follows the format set by its predecessors.

The essence of the game is, like its predecessors, an open world where the first-person player has to shoot, drive, fly, climb and sneak around while liberating villages and gathering new weapons.