FarCry5 is now much more playable on modern hardware, thanks to a performance patch released by Ubisoft to celebrate the game’s fifth anniversary.
The update is available for FarCry5 right now, meaning PS5 and Xbox Series X|S owners can take advantage of 60fps performance across all game modes. That includes the single player campaign and multiplayer components. Even the game’s map editor received the performance upgrade, which is a nice touch.
The update will likely be welcome to many fans of the series. Especially those who were abandoned by mediocrity Far Cry 3 Classic Editionand those who felt Far cry 6 has not developed the franchise in any meaningful way.
FarCry5 remains a divisive entry in the series, with many feeling that the setting of the American heartland is a step back from the more exotic locales of the series’ past.
The game’s story was also a bit of a damp squib, with a voiceless protagonist and villains feeling the impact of Far Cry 3’s on the loose Vase out Montenegro or the cheerfully megalomaniac Pagan Min FarCry4.
A far cry of mercy
While it’s always nice to see past-gen games getting free current-gen updates to bring them new life, I doubt many will jump at the chance to play again FarCry5 beyond the most loyal fans. While I personally felt Far cry 6 was a step in the right direction thanks to its setting and absurdly fun special weapons, it also suffers from the same problems FarCry5 did for it, as it was too big an open world overrun with repetitive tasks.
For the next game, I’d like to return to a more cohesive, meaningful open world. Far Cry 2’s survival elements, for instance, while controversial, added a harrowing layer of vulnerability to your player character. Having to take pills to stave off the threat of malaria felt frightening and intense, especially in the middle of a firefight. It was a special punishment game, where every win felt deserved and rewards were strictly temporary.
There are certainly elements of fun to be found in the overt power fantasies of the latter Far Cry. And FarCry5 will notably play better than ever on PS5 and Xbox Series X thanks to the new performance patch. Though I hope Ubisoft plans a significantly different approach for its next Far Cry title. One that makes you a prey, not a predator.
The good news is that Ubisoft may have already picked up on a hint here. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla streamlined elements of its open world, cutting back on repetitive tasks and making found loot more meaningful. It’s an approach that I think the next Far Cry game could benefit greatly from.