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Far Cry 5 hands-on: Taking Falls End with your dog Boomer

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Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 demo at Gamescom took me through the Falls End demo that they showed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). But this time I was able to capture video from the demo so you can see how it looks.

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At Falls End, you encounter a small town that has been taken over by cultists who are spreading through a fictional Montana region called Hope County. At the outset, I got to choose a “gun for hire” to help me with the task of cleaning out the cultists. I chose the dog, Boomer, who could tie down and even take out a number of the cultists while I fired away with my guns.

Above: Mary is part of the resistance in Far Cry 5.

Image Credit: Ubisoft

I could have gone in silently, but I decided I had no patience for that. So I went in with guns blazing. Soon enough, I had more than I could handle. It took a few tries before I was able to take out everyone, since the cultists called in reinforcements.

After I finally beat the cultists, I went into the Spread Eagle bar and met the owner, Mary. She admired my knack for taking out the cult members, and she suggested I head over to Nick Rye’s place.

I got in a pickup and drove past some hostiles and over to Rye’s place. I drove right into some cultists, and Boomer jumped out and went to work. It didn’t take long at all to take out the enemies.

Nick thanked me, and he sent me up in his plane to drop some bombs on some stockpiles of the cultists’ bomb materials. I did that, and then jumped into an aerial dogfight with another plane. Luckily, I had both a machine gun and rockets on my plane.

Above: Far Cry 5 will still have a lot of Far Cry style combat, including fighting in the air.

Image Credit: Ubisoft

I learned how to fly better since my first attempt at E3. It helped to slow the plane down so I could match the speed of the other plane and stay on its tail longer. Even though I was using a game controller, I found it was easy to fly this time.

The game played faster than during the previous preview, which was good. Ubisoft still has a long time to optimize the game, as it doesn’t come out until February 27, 2018. This demo was definitely an improvement on my experience from just a couple of months ago.

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