Remember how, in Far Cry 4, you could choose to wait awkwardly at Pagan Min’s dinner table while he’s busy doing taking care of some, uh, delicate business, and then end the game before it’s even properly started, smugly subverting the prescriptive paradigms of contemporary game narrative? You can also do something like that in Far Cry 5.
Far Cry 5 opens with a police raid on creepy hillbilly messiah Joseph Seed’s Eden Gate compound in Hope County, Montana, and after a bit of this, that, and proclamations of imminent apocalypse, you’re told to arrest the guy. But you totally don’t have to. Instead, according to PC Gamer, you can ignore the instruction and conveniently preclude everything else that’s supposed to happen next, saving yourself about 25 hours (but probably not your soul). I actually momentarily considered doing the same thing, but Joseph’s presumptuous assertion that “god would not let them take me” and the opportunity to prove both of them wrong got the better – or worse, maybe – of me. I’m an asshole like that. More spoilers, but things didn’t exactly work out anyway.
Far Cry 5 is out today on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.