Far Cry 5 — 3.5/5 Stars
Far Cry 5 is an open-world, first-person shooter that pits a junior deputy sheriff in rural Montana against a cult known as Eden’s Gate. Far Cry 5 continues the over-the-top combat, complete player freedom, and cinematic moments that allow the player to be an action hero—aspects that have become hallmarks of the series.
Far Cry 5 is enjoyable, but definitely not innovative. The gameplay of the previous Far Cry games is repeated rather than re-invented. I felt as if I had done this before, and I would have liked to see something new.
The storyline in Far Cry 5 also underdelivers. Joseph Seed and his family run a cult that has completely taken over the fictional county in which the game takes place. It’s up to you, a rookie law enforcement officer, to rally the people of the county to fight back. While the premise is compelling, the execution leaves something to be desired. The characters are largely forgettable and feel caricatured, making it difficult to become invested in the story.
However, as a Christian, parts of the storyline do have a strong impact. Just like cults in the real world, the cult in the game steals imagery from the Bible, twisting God’s Word to serve the evil purposes of the cult leaders. Rather than a message of unconditional love, the message becomes one of fear, judgement, and violence. The solution in Far Cry 5 is for the “good guys” to pick up guns and answer violence with more violence. As fun as first-person shooters are, this shouldn’t be our response as Christians in the real world.
In the game, a character named Pastor Jerome Jeffries runs the only remaining true church in the county. His church sign reads “Todays reading: Jeremiah 23:16.” When I saw that I couldn’t help but pause my game and pull out my Bible. In Jeremiah we learn: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.’”
After defeating the cult in Far Cry 5 I took some time to ponder how we as Christians should respond to false teachings, especially those that twist the truth of the Bible. I was challenged by this game to be so full of the truth of Christ’s love that by contrast anyone with a Bible in one hand and hatred in the other will be obvious as a false representation of Christ. By letting Christ’s truth shine through us, we become a weapon far more powerful than anything the enemy can throw at us.
Chris Clark | Portland | Northern New England