In this politically charged climate, it's easy to see how the country is so polarized. With its edgy subject matter, will Far Cry 5 be too political? Or will it be just political enough?
It'll be fine. Besides, how can anyone say without having played? I see no sense in gamers taking issue with a theme within a game when just about everything is touched upon.
What exactly am I missing with this game? What is "political" about it? Its my understanding that its about a cult in the mid-west U.S. and they are running amok in local towns, killing men that do not join them, taking their women for their own causes, and basically trying to spread their crazy beliefs. What is political about that? They are religious zealots using god as their skewed justification for what they are doing. Do I have this totally wrong? Again, I fail to see how this is any type of political statement. Not when we've had our share of cults in the past that had their own crazy agendas just like these people.
Well people could say that these religious zealots are the republicans that voted for trump. I've seen that connection and that is why there appears to be some kind of political theme surrounding it. As for myself I'll wait till it releases and then look at reviews. A good game is a good game. Nothing wrong with their being politics in a game... theyve been secretly putting in idealogoies and politics, beliefs, etc into games since the beginning anyways.
The only people who relate "religious zealots" and cult leaders to Trump voters are sheeple who believe everything mainstream media tells them. There are a lot of examples of cult leaders brainwashing throngs of followers in the various forms of entertainment but about the only real connection you can make to reality would be people like David Koresh and his Branch Davidians down in Waco, Texas and similar groups. I can tell you from experience that these people do not like the US Government, regardless of what political party is in charge. Some are anarchists, some believe in a more religion based form of law, and others basically just hate being told what they can and cannot do. In a lot of ways, once you take the religion out of it, they are very similar to any leftist fanatical group. But in my experience, most religious groups like that disavow the US Government and don't vote. So while many christians generally do vote Republican, not all christians are republican and not all republicans are christian. I generally vote republican but I am an atheist. But the main point is, that a religious cult is a thing unto itself. They rarely claim any allegiances other than their god and maybe a similar cult or two in a loose coalition. They aren't really big into politics unless one of them starts pushing their own candidate, which has happened a few times in history, but not successfully in recent memory. As far as the plot in Far Cry 5 goes, I would just look at it like an episode of an '80s action show on TV. You are the "good guy" and you have been dropped in a place where the "bad guys" have taken over and it's up to you to rescue the good people being oppressed by them. I don't think one needs to seek any deeper meaning than that and remember it's just a game, not some form of propaganda.
"I think there is blame on both sides."
@EatCrow Yes, people could say that, but they'd be complete morons...Does everyone think Ubi Montreal started putting this game concept together in 2016?! Far Cry 2, 3, and 4 were centered around the politics of a charismatic leader. Needless to say, 5 will continue the trend but in a new setting. No-brainer.
You’re not missing anything, people push their own dumb views into things. Like you see the guy comparing the cult to republicans and trump voters. How? Where does this come from? When you liberate a town you raise the American flag. There are star spangles everywhere. The American left and the Democratic Party hates America. They constantly trash American values and institutions and kneel for the anthem, etc. They are not who you are liberating, they wouldn’t raise an American flag. They would be considered “project Eden” the egalitarian utopian paradise. So if you really want to look at it in a political sense, you are liberating trump voters from radical progressive collective. See how easy it is shape a narrative from your own beliefs? That’s why these game media types should shut up about crap they don’t know about.
Who gives a crap if it is?
Nazis do. They were a bunch of neo nazis complaining about this a while back. So hypocritical of them
We will see... But politics should stay out of games. We have this crap in the realworld to deal with.
Drugs and violence should be out of games, since we have this crap to deal with in the real world. :/ Your logic is poor. Video games are an interactive medium of Art. It doesn't matter what the story is as long as it's well-told and the game is fun. Politics is a subject and in many games. Half of Star Wars is all about the political aspect. Bioshock is all political.
Damn you fried that dude
@Necrum Fair enough and you make a valid point. Maybe I was too hasty with my comment. @RDouble Ow poor me :p
How can people say they don't want excessive SJW crap in games like token gay and black characters just for the sake of adding such characters, but then turn around and say they are OK with politics in gaming, if your ok with politics in gaming then don't complain when everyones agendas start getting shoved down our throats in every game released.
Funny how it's suddenly 'political' now we are shooting Americans instead of foreigners. Personally, I am not biased, I am happy to blast away at any in-game religious nutter regardless of their religious persuasion or nationality.
Oh yes, let's make games that are referenced about the real world last real. /s
Games don't exist in a bubble.They are made by people who live in the real world, and who often take inspiration from the real world to create a story. Saying that you can't have real-world influences and themes in any media (games, movies, books, etc) limits the hell out of what sort of games end up being made. Imagine if a game like Final Fantasy 7 came out today. People would probably complain THAT game is "too political" because its story has heavy themes of terrorism, saving the environment, and fighting against big corporations who stomp on the little people. Those sort of eco-friendly issues were HUGE in the 90s (especially saving the environment and the big ol' hole in the ozone layer) so could you imagine if people complained that one of the most iconic games of all time was "too political" and that Square shouldn't bother making it!
we are in a period where everything is being reviewed with some sort of social/political spin on it...
Well a lot of games have social and political aspects do why not have a discussion about it in the articles?
That's the way criticism works.
Is this article looking for clicks?
No more so than many CoD games, Deus Ex, BioShock series, Assassin's Creed, and tons of other games. It's an attack on Cults who want to force others into their way of life via force, not real politicians or groups that are defended by the law. Was Red Dawn or many other action movies form the 80s too political? Are we associating modern fiction with reality so easily?
Yes. Red Dawn was also political.
That's like saying "too snow" it doesn't make sense.
***That's like saying "too snow" it doesn't make sense.*** Do you understand English? It's even in the title. Please learn about the use of 'too' as an adverb: "to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively."
"Are People Getting Too Sensitive?" No need to answer that, as everyone obviously knows they are. If there is nothing to complain about in any given situation, people will fabricate things to be unhappy about these days. Nothing to see here.
It's what the world needs.
Garuntee this was written by an American journo. It's only a problem when it hits to close to home personally I welcome far cry 5 and it's story. The world is bigger than the US when you consider how political other games are for other countries i.e. BF4 and China, black ops and Russia about a million other titles and the middle East. Plus GTA had been full on political satire GTA IV for example had quite a few missions where you ran errands for ui pager and john gravelli for his political friends. So why is far cry so bad?
So far the marketing has not had the douchebaggery of Wolfenstein (which I dropped all interest in after that web campaign) so I am all in. Looks like it is all about the cult, sounds fun.
Yes, god forbid we say killing Nazis is bad.
No they implied Trump was a Nazi and anybody that voted for him was too. They crossed a line with that mess.
Not even what they implied, but you do you, boo boo.
***No they implied Trump was a Nazi and anybody that voted for him was too. They crossed a line with that mess.*** That never happened. The *only* way you would take it that way is if criticizing Nazis in general was seen as being anti Trump, which means you think pro Nazi is pro Trump.
The marketing didn't label Trump as anything IMO, but some leftist were quick to make assumptions. https://mashable.com/2017/1... "Alternate reality Nazi America" smh
Art always imitates life, so don't be mad white folks
It's not even a white folk thing. It's religious cult which exists in every region of the world.
No, but journalists are.
Yeah really. And the worst part is that they have no idea what they’re talking about. Propagandists towing the line.
So it’s all right for Far Cry to take place in other regions of the world but god forbid it take place in Murica
Everything is getting too political nowadays.
If we can concede that video games are a form of art and can tell a story, then it makes perfect sense for a game to tackle political issues. As the art form matures, I am sure more weighty subjects will be a regular part of our gaming experience going forward. I have been gaming for decades, and it's refreshing to see games maturing along with me.
Who cares. Let them do what they want, its a videogame for crying out loud. Movies, TV shows and music do it way more often.
I think you are looking for a word here. So let's help you out. It's called 'controversial'...On that topic, the only place this "too political" topic seems to be picking up steam is from little poop sites posting BS like this. In case you have missed out on the last few decades of gaming, evil dictators and their soldiers, worshipers and henchmen have been a vital part of a game's theme and storytelling for a long, long time with even more realistic undertones. "political enough"..lol omfg. I just can't.
Politics: the building blocks that make up society. There are politics in everything. This is factual truth. If you feel that Far Cry 5 is too political, you seriously, seriously do not understand the concept.
I just hope there isnt a MAGA reference in this game and I'm okay. Just crazy religious people.
You might want to skip this one then because it’s pretty much the entire premise of the game lol. You are basically making Montana great again. Helping backwoods hayseeds fight off an armed invasion from manbun hipsters and flower children lol.
Hope not. Don't like when a game feels like a propaganda piece.
All games are propaganda pieces. All films, music and art-in-general are propaganda pieces.
Just hope the main character isn't an intolerant feminist SJW
As long as it is a defined by its gameplay and not whatever the politics is.....I'm cool with it.
Far Cry 5 is less political than all these gaming articles making gaming political! I tell you that right now..... Also Im sure Far Cry 5 has some stupid BS in it too, so I dislike both!
I think the themes are obvious in this game. If you are taking this game at face value, then you are missing the point. The good thing is that nobody is forcing me to buy the game. Gotta love free market society!
No such thing as too political. Games are often too skidish to address serious issues but I hope FC5 goes full bore and doesn’t worry about stepping on toes. Real discussion can come from that.
I don’t feel like it’s political at all.
It was never really that political but “journalists” need to make up fake news to make money. The situation is similar to Wolfenstein 2
You mean like how Wolfenstein II was "too political"? I don't think game devs are the ones feeding the current BS political climate, or at least they're not contributing the most to the problem. It's the people who over-analyze games and find a way to link them to the current political climate even if that was never the dev's intention, all for the sake of raising controversy where there is none. I'm not going to say that politics should be kept out of games, because I believe in freedom of speech so even games shouldn't have to be "politically neutral" and walk on eggshells to avoid offending one side of the political spectrum or the other. But, we shouldn't read more into things than is intended either. It seems that at least 9 times out of 10 when a game is "under fire" for containing a "controversial political message", it actually doesn't. Wolfenstein has always involved killing Nazis, and has never made any inference to something stupid that happened in Charlottetown. Far Cry 5 also doesn't strike me as having anything to do with current events, so let's just enjoy games we want to enjoy and stop linking them to things that they have nothing to do with.
No, it's the journalists and click hungry gaming media making it in to something to political.
Im just glad we wont be shooting russians or muslims for once. *edit* Forgot the chinese, it might be good to have video game enemies that don't fall into a steriotype im especially sick of fighting russians i know america and russia have a huge history but its got to the point i know russian words from playing games...
It's clearly the rural-dwelling, Trump-voting middle-class America that's targeted in that game. I just wish it were the big city-dwelling, Obama-voting hipsters who would be targeted for a change, just to see if they would appreciate being given the role of the villains...My guess is not one bit.
Watch some of the let’s plays dude. You got it all wrong. The targets you are describing are the people you save. Not just the main allies like the pilot and the bartender but the random hostages you save running down the street are those rural Americans you’re talking about. Then there’s your boy with the flamethrower going on about how anti-government he is lol. He’s a trump voter for sure. It should be good, don’t miss out because of a misunderstanding. Are the devs mocking these people? I don’t think so, every far cry I have played has been comedic at times. Even if they were I wouldn’t care as long as it’s entertaining. They are they villains. The leader has a man bun lol. It doesn’t get much more hipster than that.
Looking at Ubisoft past is just another game. No need to worry is definitely going to be an arcade action game. Think of it like Assassins Creed 3 😝
This game would be "political" and "polarizing" 25 years ago. Thats a quarter of a century... Now its just old and very un-far cry in design. I miss the tropical settings.
Oh God here we go with this virtue signaling nonsense.
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