Special thanks to AMD Philippines for sponsoring a copy of this game.

Far Cry 5 is one of the enjoyable games we played this 2018! It tried to reinvent itself without sacrificing its essence as a Far Cry game after the hoopla caused by Far Cry Primal.  I didn’t like that game, but Ubisoft obviously turned myself back to the Franchise with this latest game in the series.

Just over a month from the time I finished the game, I had the urge of going back to the fictional Hope County, Montana, and explore its vast last with cult weirdos. The story wasn’t as gripping as Far Cry 3 and 4, but man this graphics is gorgeous, and the renewed mechanics is definitely fun!

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I don’t want to go through the details of the story as it may be too “spoilery” especially to those who haven’t finished the game. I’m neither a fan of the story and the endings, but this is something so relative for you consider as the basis for buying or not buying the game.

In a nutshell, Far Cry 5’s story is a mashup of religious fanaticism, terrorism, and bears wanting to kill innocent people. As a remote county, Hope is a place where all the “peggies”, who believe that Joseph Seed is the new godsend and liberator, live and fight for their belief. 

Far Cry 5 review 7 770x433 - Far Cry 5 Review: an impressive rebound from Far Cry Primal; enjoyable to play even after 21 hoursAs the last boss in the playthrough, Joseph Seed will send out his “army”, commanded by his brothers and sister: Jacob, John, and Faith. Each has his or her own specialty, and headquarters that you need to liberate in order to proceed through the mission. I started with Jacob and ended with Faith before I finally faced Joseph. However, the game will allow you to decide whom you want to deal with before you meet the last boss. Joseph, on the other hand,  is devoid of emotions, and his crazy eyes only spell narcissism and self-righteousness until the very end of the game.

Far Cry 5 review 22 770x433 - Far Cry 5 Review: an impressive rebound from Far Cry Primal; enjoyable to play even after 21 hoursIts story is pale in comparison with Far Cry 5, and the villains aren’t emotionally impactful compared to Vas Montenegro. Yes, for me, Vas is still the best villain in the Far Cry series as Ubisoft succeeded in investing so much on honing and delivering the story behind his craziness.

Gameplay

The essence of Far Cry, which permeates throughout the game, is what makes Far Cry 5 far worth your money. Exploration, side-quests, easter eggs and replayability are few of the features that make the game stick in your game inventory until the next Far Cry comes out.

Ubisoft snuck tons of new features in the game, which ultimately make it really fun to play.

Specialists

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The biggest change is the inclusion of Specialists in the game. This allows you to bring up to 2 companions in your missions. Each one has its own speciality so you have to carefully decide whom you want to tag along with you. If you’re a run and gun type, then you’ve got someone who plays a plane rigged with carpet bombs and another who has a rocket launcher. If they get injured during your escapades, you’ll temporarily lose them until their spawn period refreshes. The latter may be improved as you gain more perks points.

Perks and Challenges

Perks are actually new to the game, but Ubisoft streamlined it a bit, and make it more straightforward. Points may be received as you finish off missions and side quests, which are quite plenty. This, along with the benefit of traveling across Hope County, will grant you the points you need to get through certain pedestals and challenges in game. Yes, the game has “Challenges” too, which grants you per points and items every time you clear one.

Multiplayer – Arcade Mode

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Returning to the franchise is Multiplayer, but they included another interesting sandbox multiplayer mode, which allows you to create scenarios with key criterias and publish it so everyone can play in. It’s an interesting take on encouraging players who have the knack of creating custom games and playing around with Far Cry 5’s assets.

Multiplayer with Friends

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That’s Jam, and I’m about to shoot him on the face!

I played most of the time online with my friends: Jam Ancheta of JamOnline.ph, Vincent Haoson of DAGeeks.com and Kokoi Viterbo, our co-founder. It was hella fun, and the bugs we encountered are bearable. Apart from not being able to go too far from another player – I still don’t know why they are imposing distance limit – the game’s multiplayer feature is solid and far to enjoyable to pass. As someone who finished the game, I’d be willing to help another player with his quests as I’ll be carrying over a few items I got from his instance like perk points, moolah, and consumable items.

Verdict

This game should be part of your collection. Even after 21 hours of playing the game, I still find time enjoying it. I’ve got a few perks and costumes to unlock, and I don’t mind spending a few more hours playing this game.

The Season Pass, which only sells for PhP1,100, gives you additional stories, modes and even a remastered version of Far Cry 3. If you’re just new to the series, the Season pass is a must buy too not only because of Dead Living Zombies, Hours of Darkness, Lost on Marks stories but also with the extra Far Cry 3 game. The latter isn’t technically a remastered version as it’s simply a single player port of the original game, plus a few improvement notches on graphics.

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Our Verdict
This game should be part of your collection. Even after 21 hours of playing the game, I still find time enjoying it. I've got a few perks and costumes to unlock, and I don't mind spending a few more hours playing this game.
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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

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3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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