8 Games Like Far Cry 5

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Far Cry is without a doubt one of the most popular and influential video game franchises, having received a lot of praise for its open-world gameplay. The franchise has sold well over 50 million units since 2004.

Far Cry 5 was released back in 2018 on the most popular gaming platforms including Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. As you may know, the fifth installment in the game series is set in fictional Hope County, Montana. You play as a deputy sheriff, while the main villain is Joseph Seed, who leads a doomsday cult called Project at Eden’s Gate.

Some people may think that rural America may not be as interesting of a playground as remote mountains or a tropical island featured in some previous Far Cry installments; however, everything that makes these games amazing is still here. It’s an open-world FPS where numerous things are happening at any given time and the game is packed with many cool and unique things to find.

In case you’re a fan of Far Cry 5 and other games in its franchise, here are some similar games you should definitely check out.

Red Dead Redemption 2

There’s a big chance you’ve heard of Red Dead Redemption 2, even if you’ve been living under a rock during the last few years. There’s a good reason for that – this game is amazing in every way. It features a vast world for you to explore, which is filled with incredible locations and very polished details.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, you assume the role of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw on the run who’s been a part of the Van Der Linde gang since his early childhood. You get to explore the enormous world, hunt, fish, rob, and steal. Although you’re an outlaw, that doesn’t mean you can’t also help people you meet along the way. However, that’s up to you! The main storyline is quite rich, but there are also numerous side quests and activities in the game. For example, hunting is done really well, and it essentially feels like you’re playing a true hunting simulator and not a game where hunting is just a small part of the game.

We mentioned how polished the game is and it’s no wonder – the developers spent eight years working on it and they definitely weren’t slacking! The visuals are truly outstanding. Everything looks superb and incredibly realistic, from animal textures to little things like a piece of paper on the table.

It should be noted that while you can play Red Dead Redemption 2 from the third-person view, the entire game is completely playable as an FPS as well! The game is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia.

Dying Light

If you love open-world games and zombies, then this is the game for you. Dying Light allows you to roam a huge city, use parkour to get to locations that would otherwise be out of reach, roam numerous buildings, and fight off hordes of mindless zombies.

The parkour and freerunning aspect of the game is done exceptionally well. Of course, it starts off somewhat slow but becomes super fun once you start upgrading the agility skill tree. Exploring abandoned areas and houses pays off because you can find some precious loot, but make sure to do it by the day. The game features a day and night cycle and instead of being a hunter you become hunted. As soon as the night comes, hordes of biters will be looking for some fresh meat, so make sure that it isn’t you!

Many zombie games will have you mindlessly kill as many zombies as possible, but in Dying Light you have to strategize a bit and use melee weapons more, as ammo for guns is limited. You can also craft certain items such as grenades.

Dying Light was released in 2015, so it may not have the latest and greatest graphics, but visuals are still considered to be quite good and up to par with most modern games. Combine that with excellent sound design and you’ll be sure to have some truly bone-chilling moments. Did we mention it also has co-op mode? Yes, you can fight the swarm of zombies with up to three friends!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the eleventh installment in the successful Assassin’s Creed franchise. It was released in 2018 for Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia. In this installment, you play as a mercenary (Alexios or Kassandra), who explores Ancient Greece. You’ll visit famous landmarks, cities, forests, as well as volcanic islands.

The game features a huge open world, the one you’d expect from such a popular title. Even then, some may be surprised just how big and majestic this world is and the number of detail developers managed to squeeze in. Even history buffs will enjoy this game as it features a lot of historical figures like Socrates, Pericles, Archimedes, and many more.

When it comes to graphics, there are no surprises here. Ubisoft did an amazing job with how rich and vibrant the environment is. Cutscenes are also well done and interesting to watch, which makes the entire experience even more engaging.

If you’ve ever played an Assassin’s Creed game, you will notice quite a few similarities when it comes to gameplay. The combat is pretty entertaining for the most part. You can use a variety of different weapons to defeat your enemies but executions could have been somewhat better. Then there’s sea combat, which plays a big part in the game since you’re going to be traveling between many islands. It is simple but quite exciting. You can also upgrade your ship, recruit new people to join you at the sea, and much more!

Overall, this is a great game, especially if you enjoy the idea of roaming through Ancient Greece and causing havoc.

Fallout 4

Back in 2015, Fallout 4 was one of the most anticipated games and Bethesda delivered! While the game wasn’t received with praise by some hardcore fans in 2015, it is now considered a classic. Basically, everyone prefers Fallout 4 over the newer Fallout 76! But what makes it so special? Let’s see…

In Fallout 4, you are the sole survivor of Vault 111 and you embark on a mission to find your missing child who was kidnapped before you woke up from your cryosleep. Not the most original plot, but it’s interesting enough and the truth is that it doesn’t matter that much.

The world is huge and the opportunity to explore it and roam the wasteland while listening to some epic music is what Fallout games have always been about. Of course, there are numerous side quests and random encounters for players to enjoy. You will also come across a huge number of NPCs, some of whom can become your companions.

Fallout 4 is truly a well-crafted game. Pretty much every aspect of the game, including movement, physics, and gunplay are better when compared to its predecessors. Crafting is also quite good, as you get to create many things including medicine, mods for your weapons, and even the power armor.

Just like in some other popular open-world games, in Fallout 4 you get to choose whether to play in first or third-person point of view. The combat mechanics are not something every gamer is used to, but it’s interesting and easy to understand. All things considered, Fallout 4 is definitely worth your time.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

If you’re into stealth games, don’t even think about it too much, get Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It offers superb stealth open-world gameplay, although if you sometimes feel like going after your enemies guns blazing, that’s an option too! The game gives you complete control over how to approach a certain situation.

In this game, you assume the role of a mercenary called Punished “Venom” Snake. There are plenty of weapons and items at your disposal, including explosives, as well as some interesting stuff that may be useful in particular situations like decoys and binoculars.

Besides the main storyline, there are plenty of side missions, but certain people may find them too repetitive. That being said, some of them are incredibly well thought of.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a great game, there’s a lot of content and things to do, as developers obviously put a lot of thought into every little detail to make the game as smooth and fun as it is. The game definitely requires patience in certain situations, but it’s well worth it!

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical first-person shooter, released in 2017 for most popular platforms like Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the game, you take on the role of Ghosts, special forces operators, sent to Bolivia to take down a drug operation run by Santa Blanca Cartel.

The game features a vast open world consisting of 21 provinces, and you get to explore many interesting locations, from shallow swamps to freezing mountains, on a total of 114 different missions. You can play the entire game by yourself or explore the world and complete missions with up to three friends.

The world is not only beautiful but also quite complex as it features a day and night cycle, weather conditions, and NPCs who have their daily routines. You have to take all of this into consideration. For example, during the night enemies are harder to spot but so are you. This means you have to play it smart and use everything that’s at your disposal including equipment like drones, night vision goggles, and much more! In fact, attacking your enemies at night and during a thunderstorm is quite possibly the most immersive and fun experience in this game.

Just Cause 3

Now, this is an interesting one! While this game doesn’t offer as great of a storyline as some other games on this list, it’s definitely a lot of fun.

You assume the role of Rico Rodriguez, the protagonist of all Just Cause games in the franchise. In Just Cause 3, Rico travels back home to Medici with the plan to take down General Di Ravello, an evil dictator. There is a rebellion against Di Ravello, but it isn’t until you show up that the tide turns. That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the story. Now let’s talk about the fun part.

This game is all about a huge world where you get to do pretty much whatever you want. You can hijack vehicles, jump out of planes, use a wingsuit to glide through the air, and bring destruction from above. You will cause numerous explosions in military bases, prisons, and police stations, and the game shines in this aspect. It’s like GTA on steroids.

If you don’t like blowing stuff up and causing havoc, then this game probably isn’t for you. However, if you just want to relax and have some mindless fun, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Compared to its predecessors, Rise of the Tomb Raider feels like a completely different game. It still follows Lara Croft, as she embarks on a quest to Siberia where she intends to uncover the secret to immortality, but the game is more complex than ever before and there is a sense of adventure in every part of the world.

You need to hunt, gather and craft weapons to survive the harsh wilderness. You have to be very tactical when it comes to fighting many predators that you may encounter, including bears, leopards, and wolves. There are plenty of weapons to find and upgrades to be made, but you must scour the world carefully.

The graphics are also very impressive, as Siberian mountains feature stunningly detailed textures and great environmental effects. There’s not a lot you can dislike in this game when it comes to visuals and mechanics.

Rise of the Tomb Raider differentiates itself slightly from most of the games on this list because it also features a lot of puzzles to solve, but this makes it that much more interesting in our opinion.

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