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Far Cry 5, thoughts and feelings from our first hands-on experience

These isn’t the cult we were expecting

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Myself and Patrick Gill each went hands-on with Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 at E3 in Los Angeles. We visited the Ubisoft booth to talk about what we saw.

Far Cry 5 takes place in modern day Montana where a religious cult has taken over an entire county in a kind coup. Players are tasked with bringing down the Father and his followers using everything from World War II-era fighter planes, assault rifles, 18-wheelers and the family dog.

But some parts of the demo didn’t jibe with our expectations.

As much as its marketing has borrowed the trappings of states rights groups and the militia movement, the story doggedly focuses on the religious aspects of the antagonist cult. The companion characters, who we met a few weeks ago when the game was first unveiled, didn’t seem like the same people that we met in those initial tone videos.

Watch the video above for the rest of our thoughts on Far Cry 5. You can find the rest of our videos and the other big announcements from the show in our one-stop shop for the show's streams.

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