It's kind of surprising what a huge, AAA franchise Far Cry has become when you consider its rather strange beginnings. The original game was developed by Crytek as a showpiece for their new CryEngine, and mostly felt like a preview for the then-upcoming centerpiece of the technology: Crysis. Shortly after, Ubisoft took over the Far Cry series while Crytek continued to focus on Crysis, effectively turning the relationship between the two games from partners to rivals. While Crysis seems to have stalled out, not having a new entry for nearly five years now, Far Cry has gone on to become one of the most popular and best-selling franchises around.
Far Cry 5 is already earning raves from critics and fans alike who have been spending the last few days digging into this epic new blockbuster. The fifth core entry in the main series trades in the franchise's usual exotic locales for the forests, mountains, and rivers of Montana, USA-- and with its American backdrop comes the expected amount of controversial content drawn from the country's current tense political climate.
We won't ruin any of the plot for you here, nor will we give away any major gameplay spoilers. That said, if you're looking to go into the game 100% fresh, you might want to proceed through this list with caution.
Here are 15 Hidden Secrets You Completely Missed In Far Cry 5.
15 Explore the entire map from the beginning
Like most open-world games, previous entries in the Far Cry series only let you go to specific areas of the map at the start of the game, requiring you to slowly open up new parts as you progressed. In a trope started by fellow Ubisoft title Assassin's Creed, that typically meant climbing a tower and "unlocking" the surrounding area. It was a way to control your progress through the game and not have you see parts of it before the game decides you're ready to do so.
Taking a cue from more recent open-world games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in Far Cry 5 you can go basically anywhere in the entire game world from pretty much the beginning of your adventure. In fact, a character even makes a joke early on about you not having to worry about climbing any towers.
14 Beat the game in under 10 minutes
A neat little feature in Far Cry 4 allowed you to "finish" the game in just a matter of minutes after starting it. Of course, it wasn't actually a true ending, and basically everyone who stumbled upon it immediately played the game again, but it was still a cool little addition that spoke to the open-ended nature of the game's narrative.
Keeping that tradition alive, Far Cry 5 does exactly the same thing, letting you do certain actions that allow you to see the end credits within 10 minutes of beginning your game.
In fact, you can see both a "good" and "bad" early ending in this way.
It's easy to assume that this is going to be a new permanent feature of future Far Cry games, and that Ubisoft will keep coming up with fun and interesting versions of the "early ending" for each subsequent sequel.
13 Go fishing
As part of the hunting mechanic of previous Far Cry games, you also had the option to hunt fish in the same way you could hunt any other animal. Far Cry 5 is the first game in the series that actually lets you grab a pole and fish the old-fashioned way.
Like hunting, Far Cry 5's fishing serves a bigger purpose than just a fun way to pass the time-- though it is, indeed, a fun and surprisingly complex system that's easy to lose hours playing with.
Selling fish can earn you big bucks in the aftermarket, as well as fulfill the requirements of certain missions.
Given Far Cry 5's wilderness backdrop, it was the perfect game with which to introduce a true fishing mechanic to the series and have it feel like a natural part of the experience.
12 Play the story mode as a female
It shouldn't still be a major bullet point in 2018 for a game with a custom character editor to offer a female option, but it unfortunately still hasn't quite become the norm yet. In Far Cry's defense, this is the first game that has had custom characters serve as your avatar in story mode, so at least they are doing it right the first time.
Better still, unlike many games that let you create a female characters, the character creator in Far Cry 5 isn't designed specifically to make the most attractive woman possible. The female characters you create in this game actually look and dress the way you would expect women who were embarking on the mission at hand to look and dress.
11 Recruit animal companions
Borrowing from series spin-off Far Cry Primal, which took place in the Stone Age and let you ally yourself with animals, Far Cry 5 has animal companions that can fight alongside you and assist you in various ways. Don't expect to be limited to things like hopping on an elephant's back and watching the mayhem unfold-- fun as that was-- as the animals in this game due far more complex things and serve a more intricate role in the experience.
Beyond the expected ability of your animal companions to help you by attacking enemies head-on, you can have them scout areas, perform stealth attacks, bring you items and ammo, and keep other animals at bay.
The three animals you can befriend are a dog, a mountain lion, and a bear. Oh my!
10 Run the PC version at max settings without a cutting-edge machine
One of the things that PC players need to know whenever a big new game comes out is how well their hardware can run the game. While new games that just outright don't run on certain PCs are largely a problem of the past, many PC gamers often can't run the newest releases on the highest settings without performance taking a major hit.
Far Cry 5 has been tested on a variety of machines by various members of the gaming press. Most of the reports that are coming back are saying that anyone with a halfway-decent PC that has been running new games from the past year or two should have no trouble playing Far Cry 5 with most of the settings cranked all the way up-- especially if they can already run Far Cry 4 with no issues, as the performance needs are nearly identical.
9 Fly planes
No, it's not the first time you can go airborne in a Far Cry game-- Far Cry 4 had both a one-man helicopter with limited flight, as well as a wing suit that allowed for gliding. But Far Cry 5 marks the first time in franchise history that you can take to the skies in a proper airplane.
Not only do the air vehicles in Far Cry 5 allow for quick travel over long distances, you can also pilot fighter jets that let you engage in mid-air dogfights as well as raining terror down on ground targets.
Thanks to the fairly streamlined controls, flying isn't an especially complex endeavor, and anyone who can effectively drive a car in the game can probably also fly with relative ease.
8 Shoot while driving
While some of the console spin-offs have flirted with it, for the most part, shooting while driving hasn't been possible in Far Cry games. Well, in Far Cry 5, cars aren't just for transportation.
You can shoot guns by hand and drive at the same time, opening up a whole new world of possibilities in tackling missions.
In fact, for console players in particular, the shooting is ridiculously effective while driving because of how lenient the auto-aim is. Depending on the mission and the environmental layout, you can complete many missions without ever leaving your vehicle once you master shooting at enemies, vehicles, buildings, etc from the safety and comfort of the driver's seat. It sounds tricky, but it's actually a lot easier to pull off than you might think-- and don't be surprised if it completely changes how you play the game once you get it down.
7 Upgrade your gear without hunting
One of the key components of the Far Cry series since the beginning has been its hunting system, and the fact that you needed to hunt and skin animals in order to craft new gear. In a groundbreaking move, Far Cry 5 no longer forces you to hunt and lets you upgrade your gear without ever killing a single animal. That said, the hunting is still there, it's still satisfying, and it's still very important.
This time around, the primary purpose of hunting is to earn money, though it also serves other functions specific to various missions and objectives.
Like with the fishing, the hunting takes on a whole different feel in this game, coming off more like sport hunting rather than hunting out of desperate necessity for survival.
6 Alter your character's look even after finalizing it
When you're finalizing your aesthetic choices for your custom character, the game gives you the impression that all decisions are final and that you won't be able to change anything but your character's clothes once you complete the initial process. You can even spend real-world cash on apparel-- though we aren't sure why you'd bother in a first-person game.
There is actually one thing you are free to change after you've finished creating your character, and it's something you can go in and change whenever you'd like-- their hair style.
Just go into the custom tab in the menu and you will see that you can alter your character's hair from your original choice.
It's not a huge change, but for those that get restless with their custom characters' looks after a while, it's nice to be able to alter something.
5 Carry perks earned from Arcade back to the main mode
If you don't already know all about Far Cry 5's "Far Cry Arcade," open a new tab on your browser right now and look into it. It looks to be one of the craziest, funnest aspects of the new game, a custom mode where players can go in and create all manner of wild maps, modes, and scenarios.
The picture above is a pretty good teaser of what we might be in store for in the coming weeks.
Beyond the insanity that Far Cry Arcade is likely to spawn, there is a crucial component that sets it apart from custom levels in past Far Cry games, and most games with custom modes in general-- the ability to keep any perks, cash, and gear you earn in the Arcade and use it back in the game's main modes. It's nice to feel like you're actually accomplishing something by playing custom content for once.
4 Leave your enemies alive to lure out their friends
As with most shooters that have a co-op component of some kind, Far Cry 5 has a health system where you can be beaten within an inch of life but can be revived if an ally finds you before you perish. Your enemies have this same system, and while the most obvious use for it is to be able to get in close to enemies and finish them off in some brutal fashion, it also has strategic implications for those with a little more restraint.
Their allies in the area will often come to revive them-- even if that means coming out of hiding to do so.
In other words, you can carefully shoot a lone enemy who is out in the open but not quite finish him off, and then pick off his buddies as they come rushing out to his aid.
3 Easily ignore the microtransactions
Few terms are dirtier to modern gamers than "loot boxes" and "microtransactions." Thankfully, Far Cry 5 has a complete lack of the former, and handles the latter in a much better way than many of its peers.
Unlike a lot of recent games, which make you feel like you are never quite strong or well-equipped enough unless you pony up a few extra bucks for content, Far Cry 5 can be played very effectively without ever spending a dime beyond what you paid for the core game. There are certainly things available to buy, and doing so will definitely get your character upgraded more quickly. But there is almost nothing that you can buy with real money that you can't also earn with a fairly-paced amount of play time, which is very refreshing for a 2018 title.
2 Animal Love
A serious as Far Cry 5's story is, there is plenty of humor and lighthearted fun to be had around the game's version of Montana. One of the more interesting missions that you can come across is one named after what is actually a real-life event.
Lest you think that we're just being childish by implying that watching animals mate is inherently funny, the game itself tells you that the scene is to be laughed at-- a Marvin Gaye song plays during the act, if that convinces you that the moment isn't meant to be taken seriously.
t's kind of odd that Gaye's estate would approve the use of his classic song in such a ridiculous manner, but it definitely adds to the humor.
1 Play the entire story mode co-op with a friend
In what is arguably the most excitement addition to the mainline Far Cry franchise, Far Cry 5 introduces the ability to play through the entire story mode with a friend (online only).Every game that can possibly have co-op, should have co-op, so it's great to see another entry to the sadly under-served market of AAA co-op experiences.
Some people don't like that Far Cry 5 doesn't have a fully fleshed-out protagonist like past games and instead has a silent, blank-slate avatar, but that is the trade-off for being able to play through any or all of the story cooperatively.
With most open-world games that do have co-op relegating it to some sort of side mode, it's nice that Far Cry 5 just goes for it and lets two people go through the main story together. Your move, Grand Theft Auto.
Is there anything else we can do in Far Cry 5? Share your tips in the comments.