With such an unparalleled amount of freedom and a focus on letting the player do whatever they want in a large, sprawling open world, it’s a bit of a mystery as to how a full-scale co-op mode hasn’t been implemented in Far Cry until its fifth mainline entry. The series has been ripe for co-op play for quite some time, and having spent an hour with the mode at a recent preview event in Paris, I’m inclined to think playing Far Cry 5 with a mate might just be the best way to play. However, there are still some niggling issues that will need to be sorted out prior to launch for it to live up to its obvious potential.
Booting into Far Cry 5’s co-op is fairly simple, with one player acting as a host and the other joining as a guest. It’s a system similar to that seen in Far Cry 4, where one player will have their story progress continue whereas the other will join in as an anonymous guest player, meaning no story progression will be saved for the latter when co-op activities are concluded.When everything is all up and running, you and your buddy are free to engage in whatever you want to do — story missions, side activities, fishing, hunting, and everything scattered throughout Hope County can be accessed and played in co-op, and most are enjoyable to play with two players.
Spending the majority of my co-op time in Jacob Seed’s territory on the map, another journalist and I undertook a handful of story missions and side activities to see how the game held up as a pure multiplayer experience, and it was an absolute blast. The way Far Cry 5 adapts to how you play and engage in activities means co-op suits it perfectly, and it made for an experience that always dealt out fun moments rather than frustrating ones.Something I really enjoyed during my time in single-player was planning out a perfectly-executed liberation of an Eden’s Gate outpost, which took a fair amount of planning and effort to pull off. Though the goal focused around eliminating all of the enemies in order to achieve liberation, these outposts are usually massive in size and contain more than your fair share of crazed followers, and being spotted can make things incredibly difficult for one player. Because of this, being stealthy and studying enemy walking patterns were key to a successful liberation.