It would be an understatement to say that Far Cry 5 is one of the most eagerly awaited games of 2018. After all, the series has millions of followers worldwide, who are likely eager for another Far Cry game.
This latest game also has the added appeal of being set in the West – the first entry in the franchise to take place in the western world – and it also involves a cult and its evil plan to take over the entire USA, starting in the unassuming Montanan location of Hope County.
The Project at Eden’s Gate cult is led by a religious fanatic known as Joseph Seed, a man eager to impose his vision by violent means if necessary as seen in Ubisoft’s latest teaser video below.
Joseph Seed – who also goes by the alias “The Father” – is certainly a colourful character, but he won’t be alone in his endeavour to take over Montana in Far Cry 5. You see, the man is supported by his lieutenants (“the heralds”), more religious fanatics you will be butting heads with should you be playing Far Cry 5 when it comes out next month.
Amongst Joseph Seed’s lieutenants is John Seed, a man who believes in the “power of yes”, according to his own words. And judging by the teaser video below, it’s clear this guy is good at persuading others by unfriendly means (and obviously doesn’t take no for an answer…), so it could certainly be fun to thwart his plans in this latest Far Cry game.
There’s also Jacob Seed, a less subtle guy who trains a force of elite mercenaries to serve under The Father’s orders, and also has a bunch of bloodthirsty wolves under his command… This should at least give you an incentive to try out some of the cool weapons available in Far Cry 5 (like RPGs and high-tech firearms), as Jacob certainly looks like he will be a dangerous adversary judging by the teaser video below.
The last of the heralds is Faith, a woman who appears completely devoted to Joseph Seed’s creed as seen in the teaser below, and someone who at first sight doesn’t look like a dangerous or bloodthirsty adversary… Appearances can be deceiving though, and it’s likely Faith will be as tough and ruthless as other female villains in Far Cry to date such as Pagan Min’s lieutenant Yuma was in Far Cry 4.
But while Far Cry 5’s colourful menagerie of villains looks great judging by these videos, I’m still worried by the fact that none of these characters might be as appealing as the villains featured in earlier Far Cry games. I’m still not convinced Joseph Seed and his siblings will be able to hold a candle to the likes Far Cry 3’s villain Vaas or Far Cry 4’s colourful dictator Pagan Min, which count as some of the best video game characters to date.
Hopefully this won’t be the case though, and Joseph Seed will be as memorable as either of these, something we will find out when Far Cry 5 hits shelves in a couple of weeks time.
Note: Far Cry 5 will be released on March 27, 2018. Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.