Far Cry: New Dawn Review/Rant – Xbox One X

February 22, 2019
by Alanna Elling

SPOILER ALERT! If you either:
A) Haven’t played Far Cry 5 yet and would like to or
B) Are in the middle of it and haven’t finished



Now, I know that there was a lot of mixed feelings at the end of Far Cry 5. I loved the game so much, but I was so pissed. We ended up with the psycho. There were also several unanswered questions. Devastation surrounded Hope County after all the bombs dropped. Where did all your friends end up? What happened to the deputy? Why was Joseph right?! Well, so far into my 10 or so hours of gameplay, I have answers! Well, sort of…

No, I was not excited about this game when I initially heard of it. I have had enough doom and gloom end-of-the-world type games with Fallout 3 & 4. But, I knew that since I had in fact enjoyed Far Cry 5 so much, the next game in the series would have my interest. I went out and got it the day it came out, and I am very glad that I did. The view this game takes on the nuclear fallout is fun, if there ever is a fun take on human-brought mass extinction.

The gameplay between Far Cry 5 and Far Cry: New Dawn is almost identical. You run the same, jump the same. Shooting, swimming, grappling, etc. Your character growth, perk system, followers, all advance as they should. I found the graphics of both of these installments to be beautiful. The vista of Ubisoft’s take on Montana are showed off exactly as they should be. Everything is just brighter and more vibrant this time around a condensed Hope County. Instead of starting in the middle and working outwards from there, you start in John’s former corner of the map. The game then pushes you upwards from here in a more linear fashion, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Prosperity is your home base and it needs help, desperately. This is where you come in! After all, you were on your way to help these poor people anyway.

If you played the previous installment, you know how much fun is was to bust cultist heads. But the highway men aren’t lacking in the entertainment zone either. They party and blast music, which as an aside, can I just gush on how good this soundtrack is? When they aren’t rocking out, they kill everything that gets in their way. They are trying to take over the area and it is up to your new character to stop them from tormenting the poor souls left in Montana after the fallout. As if they haven’t been through enough already! The Twins, Mickey and Lou, are the psychotic leaders. Full stop. At least Joseph had somewhat of a view and belief for doing what he was. These two are just a real bunch of jerks! They killed their own father and then proceed to take over everything, pretty much just for the hell of it. During my gameplay, I have had a few run-ins with these characters, and I definitely think that the development of them could have a bit more background. It is what it is though, and it is one of my few complaints.

Overall, I really enjoy this game. FANTASTIC PLOT TWIST! There are weird glitches that are present in all open world games, and some loading issues that were somewhat present in Far Cry 5 seemed to have gotten worse this time around. However, for not being a full price game, it is definitely worth getting this little sibling if you enjoyed the previous installment. It’s got that same fun gameplay loop intact with a post-apocalyptic twist!


What do you think about the Far Cry series thus far? Leave a comment below and let me know!


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