Far Cry New Dawn is a direct sequel to last year’s Far Cry 5 which, at the end of that game left Hope County (and seemingly most of the surrounding area), in dire straights. This is the first sequel for the series, and it offers a continuation that’s worth following. While the game is designed as a direct follow-up, the events are distanced enough from Far Cry 5 so that players who didn’t play that, could pick this up with little friction. Far Cry New Dawn on its own doesn’t really disappoint, but the connective tissue to Far Cry 5 feels like a step back from what would be another amazing entry.
Video games are a form of escapism, and this was a year we needed that more than ever. It’s great that 2018 had some amazing games, from the beginning all the way through until the end. There was something for everyone to enjoy and spend upwards of 100 hours playing. While it made the task of formulating a list of the best games of the year especially difficult, this is a good problem to have.
Justin Celani (of SlasherJPC YouTube fame and former writer here) brings us his list of his favorite experiences and enjoyable games of 2018 in this 🔥 hot 🔥 collab between Saving Content and his YouTube channel series, “Games and Coffee”. Co-branding!
Hours of Darkness is the first DLC for Far Cry 5, going into the past during the Vietnam War via a standalone story. While the events of this DLC doesn’t directly correlate to the main game, it does take one of Hope County’s residents, Wendell Redler as he recollects the events of his time in Vietnam. Those events are rather unsettling at times, but mostly forgettable. Now, Hours of Darkness isn’t anything to write home about, though it’s not a “Dear John” letter either. It straddles a line of just being ‘okay’, and that’s okay.
Montana is an unlikely place for a videogame setting, but in Far Cry 5 it is hard to think of anything more fitting. Taking place in the fictional Hope County, there’s a lot of big sky to traverse and experience. Almost from the beginning, you’re free to go anywhere you please and do things in any order. You’re never limited by what missions you can take on. This is an open-world, with very little linearity. With that, Far Cry 5 is an absolute treasure state.