Zero Punctuation: Far Cry 5

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Silentpony:

Venatio:
As long as you respect Cow Bingo and Testical Festivals, all is well.

The Testical Festival quest was cute but oddly placed. Like here, lets cut off the balls of some bulls and eat them, while our friends are being tortured and mutilated literally just down the road, and then lets all get drunk and pass out, while an evil cult is, again, literally down the road waiting to attack the town.

Would have worked way better as a post-John Seed quest

If you cancel annual traditions because of current events, then the terrorists win.

ccggenius12:

Silentpony:

Venatio:
As long as you respect Cow Bingo and Testical Festivals, all is well.

The Testical Festival quest was cute but oddly placed. Like here, lets cut off the balls of some bulls and eat them, while our friends are being tortured and mutilated literally just down the road, and then lets all get drunk and pass out, while an evil cult is, again, literally down the road waiting to attack the town.

Would have worked way better as a post-John Seed quest

If you cancel annual traditions because of current events, then the terrorists win.

Yeah but if the terrorists win, the terrorists win. And running around black out drunk isn't a great way to beat the terrorists.

I wrote a review from the perspective of a liberal rural voter: http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2018/04/far-cry-5-review.html

Mind you, it's funny this game gets so much flack for not being a "challenging" game when it has probably the highest representation of diverse companions outside of Bioware. Black Olympic Christian sharpshooter, Redneck married to a Asian American with a biracial child, three action women who aren't love interests, sexually active over sixty heroine.

Oh and Hurk who, admittedly, removes most of those diversity points by being an argument against humanity.

Silentpony:

Squilookle:
Wait- is he saying that having competent NPC allies is a bad thing? I'd much rather have that than the opposite, even at the risk of having my actions trivialised a bit.

I think he was pointing out how useless it makes the player character feel, and dare I say it, the ludonarrative dissonance.
We're told the cult is super powerful, unstoppable, and that only you the hero can save the day.
Then Bill from the pizza joint and his dog Bongo storm a cult fortress and effortlessly take it back. Makes you wonder why only the hero can save the day, and what everyone else is doing.

I getcha. Personally in this case I'd say the game's failing wouldn't be that two guys can storm a fortress, but that the game told me that the cult was virtually unstoppable. Better to ditch that one bit of dissonant description than a whole chunk of engaging gameplay.

After all, in the Battlefront/Battlefield games, you're just an insignificant cog in the machine of a larger army- and I'm perfectly fine with that. Especially because if you pull off something amazing in-game, you know it's because you did it, not because some ancient scroll just *says* you're the Great One or whatever.

Just finished it.

Overall, the game was pretty great. Still one step forward, one step back from 3, but overall, I enjoyed my time with it.

Until the ending, which I REALLY did not need to see right now.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed my time with it. Seriously, Grace and Nick were some of the best party members I've had in a while. I still love Nick's "Welcome to strafe city, population Brat-a-tat-tat!" and his "Man, the only way to stop all this violence is with MORE violence! We can't live like this, man!"

Venatio:

Well suit yourself. But if you really like "conflicted endings" then you should (if you have not already) play the Enderal Skyrim Overhaul. Don't let the description fool you, it's basically another game. You only need vanilla Skyrim, not Special Edition & no DLC at all. It is better than Skyrim in many, many ways.

I've heard great things about it, but never got around to it because I'm not done my (now years old) latest run of the game.

Question, am I supposed to go into it with a new character, or not?

Because if I'm supposed to go in with a new character, I might just go ahead and do that, since I probably lost my save files in the computer reformat and I'm not likely to want to go back to my unfinished playthrough (even though I REALLY wish I could finish that one specific Intersting NPC questline so my heroine Kahjiit can finally romance Amun-La The Swamp Knight and give them both a happy ending)

Edit: Wound up downloading the mod and I'm sad they don't have a cat-person equivalent. :(

lol Yathz you got all the conservatives mad down at YouTube. That means it's a good review 10/10.

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