I'm really enjoying it myself, and I skipped Far Cry 5 & Primal. Sure it has its problems. The constant patrols put Far Cry 2's 'crossroad guards' to utter shame, but once you start to convert the games regions, it becomes much less a problem. There are some technical issues as well. As someone with an older video card with only 2gb of vram, I had terrible framerate stuttering until I found a few tweaks that improved it, but it still happens occasionally.
The story is rather incoherent, but I personally like the lack of a voice character, let's me RP him as I see fit instead. Though the way it forces you to advance the story via these 'cannot win' encounters is kinda messed up. It's true that in parts, it feels rather forced and doesn't always make sense, though the villains are all interesting for their own reasons. The main story can largely be ignored beyond those 'forced' segments. They happen when you hit certain milestones by rescuing civilians, killing cultists, converting locations, etc.
There are tuns of activities, fun side-quests that put interesting twists on the usual 'kill, fetch, fedex' questing. You can go hunting, fishing, do some areal dogfighting, there are fun stunt races (with hilarious backstories), and much more. The game also features an interesting companion NPC system. As you complete side-quests you can unlock new NPC companions, each with their own fighting style and two traits. You can also hire on random NPCs with two random traits to unlock. The NPC traits work a little like the Nemesis-like system from the 'Shadow' games, though far less complex and impactful. Still, it makes using the various companion characters in different situations really useful. The dog - which was my first unlocked companion - marks all enemies and animals nearby, making him fantastic for hunting.
The gunplay is well done - though the AI is braindead if requested to do anything but finding cover & shooting. The friendly AI has a few issues too. The dog can't get into your vehicle, and while you can order NPC companions around, it's a simple system and they too seem to have trouble getting into cars sometimes. There are dozens of weapons, weapon mods, skins, unique weapons (like a sonic gun that will throw enemies, or blow them apart on a direct hit). The game uses a natural cover system, hiding behind trees, vehicles, the odd sandbagged road-side guard post, etc. The healing system is decent as well, with health packs you can pick-up or buy that take a few moments but heal you up. There is a regen system but it has quite a delay and heals fairly slowly. Same with vehicle variety, you can unlock custom rides like off-road buggies, muscle cars, etc. You can buy cars, trucks, 18-wheelers, helicopters, planes, boats, etc. Once I unlocked a combat chopper, boy I had fun with that!
The perk system is well done, though that it is partially tied to achievements can be somewhat a pain. But if you like to do a little of everything, you'll get most of them with ease.
I feel that you should simply never go into one of these yearly open-world action/adventure games expecting it to have a great story. You'll only end up disappointed. But as one of those who've found that genre growing stale of late (though I understand AC: Origins is rather good), Far Cry 5 is a hell of a lot of fun.
This comment was edited on Apr 5, 2018, 13:44.