Set in the state of Montana, in fictional and rural Hope County, Far Cry 5 is all about saving the US from a Christian cult – you play as a US Marshal tasked to arrest the antagonist. A rather brave thing for Ubisoft to have done. The reason Far Cry 5 isn’t further up this list is simply that it doesn’t do a lot to change up the Far Cry (since Far Cry 3) formula, with only the crafting system – thankfully – toned back. No longer do you have to go around gathering 5 different pelts and some flowers to make a larger wallet, or bullet sack. In fact, you don’t even need to bother with the crafting, you can simply sell your pelts to buy everything – and they sell for a good amount.
The charismatic antagonist is once again the most memorable character in a Far Cry game. In Far Cry 5 he is a preacher Joseph Seed believing he has been chosen by God to protect the people of Hope County from the end of days (or called “The Collapse” in the game). He formed a cult named Eden’s Gate, who as you guessed it, cause more harm than good – and don’t do anything good at all. This, and the US setting, are a super interesting direction for the Far Cry series, so while the gameplay isn’t anything brand new, there are enough changes to improve the game just enough making it feel a little fresher – the freshness being the best boy Boomer. You can now get a few friends to help you out in fights, one of who is the aforementioned dog, Boomer, who helps pick up weapons and items for you (there are more but Boomer is the best one).
With these changes helping keep Far Cry 5 feel somewhat new, earns it 9th on the ETNL GotY list.