Battlefield V may seem too similar to Battlefield 1, but it’s still an exemplary shooter with visuals that push boundaries, fantastic multiplayer, and a great campaign with the years of expertise from DICE behind the game.
The best voice acting in games aren’t just the best delivery, but how it fits into the game. Is the character tortured, insane, or psychotic? Delivering the characters the way we would see them in person is how a game delivers the best voice acting.
The voice acting of Christopher Judge is just out of this world as an older Kratos. He brings the entire character to life is really rare for a video game character and I couldn’t wait to see the next cut-scene or soak in the next piece of dialog. Judge alone gave a one-dimensional character so many layers and feelings and helped suck the player into the story like no other.
A great multiplayer game makes you want to come back and engages all players. Communication, fun factor, and great modes are what make a multiplayer game great. We didn’t get too many multiplayer exclusive games like we did last year, that really stood out, but some had great multiplayer modes.
Monster Hunter: World
You don’t always have to wipe each other out or curse profanities at someone because your quick-scope wasn’t quick enough. Sometimes playing together can be just as rewarding as fragging someone and Monster Hunter World proved that this year. There’s nothing more satisfying than wiping out a high-level monster with 3 friends and screaming and cheering on the mic…or dishing out mom jokes when they don’t listen to you. Guess you can’t win them all.
This was a great year for multi-platform games. Exclusives were a bit dry, so many heavy hitters came out of the woodworks, so you were happy with any system you owned.
Red Dead Redemption II
Red Dead was the biggest contender against God of War this year and is a no-brainer for the best Multi-Platform game. The level of detail in this game hasn’t been seen since GTAV and has an unprecedented amount of love put into it. There’s no other game like this out there.
Far Cry is one of the many Ubisoft franchises that has been infected with sequelitis and the “Ubisoftitis” specifically. For the last few years, their open-world games have suffered from the same stale structure and layout and they had a hard time finding their own personality. Far Cry 5 is one of the first Ubisoft games in a while that has evolved a little and hasn’t quite carved its own nook in its portfolio but knocked out quite a few chunks to get started. It feels more RPG and the activities and missions unfold more organically with the total freedom from the player to go about doing what they want while some activities and missions are constantly revolving and moving a bit.
You play as Sheriff Deputy Rook who gets a call to head to a small county in Montana that is overrun but a religious cult. Things go south when your helicopter is shot down and you were taken prisoner along with your State Marshall partner. Joseph Seed is your main villain, and like all Far Cry games, he’s the main focus of the game and he’s a great character. While not quite as good as Far Cry 3, Ubisoft unloaded their full-blown crazy bag here and made some insanely sick characters.
The main goal of Far Cry 5 is to take out Joseph’s three siblings that have taken over a third of the map each. These story missions unfold by obtaining notoriety with each sibling as you finish missions and activities. There are three-story segments per sibling that are unlocked and you are warped to a story area. These are some of the best parts of the games as each sibling has their own unique way of controlling the people and has their own sick and twisted techniques. The final mission for each sibling requires you to destroy their bunker, and while this gets tedious, it’s only three times in the whole game.
All missions require gunning Peggies down, but some side missions include freeing prisoners from roaming vans, solving Prepper Stash puzzles where you have to figure out how to get into a building or cave, stunt devil activities, and not to mention the all-new Far Cry Arcade which has various levels scattered around the world displayed as arcade machines or posters. The level is a short variation that includes objectives that are fast-paced and insane.
While there are a lot of fun activities and missions such as fishing and small item hunting ones, it just isn’t quite enough to completely clear the stale air that Far Cry has created over the last few years. I loved the villains and characters, and the shooting is solid with a massive open world, but there are other issues such as each weapon feeling the same, grinding for cash is a chore, and perk unlocks come at a snail’s pace. You can buy gold bars with real-world cash to quicken the weapon and outfit purchasing, so this is probably why it’s a grind.
For the most part, I stuck with the same 4 guns throughout the entire game as I never really found a huge difference between them, and around 10 hours in I started skipping the side activities and gunning for the end of the story. While the world is fun to explore and there is a lot to do and complete, it all starts feeling the same after so long. The game is nowhere near bad, but just repetitive and requires a lot of patience and dedication to complete, but outside the main story, there’s really no drive to.
Far Cry is at its best here and the formula has been perfected and I honestly can’t see where else this series can go. Open-world first-person shooters are notorious for getting stale quick and unless they have an amazing story and characters, there’s no reason to stick around for too long. The Arcade mode may keep you coming back if you really love the shooting in this game, but the main story has so much to offer I rarely dabbled in Arcade mode. Overall, the game is well worth a purchase, but if you haven’t liked Far Cry in the past, then this game won’t really change your mind.