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Far Cry 5 “controversy”

Thomas Vine, Staff Writer

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Far Cry 5 is the latest release from Ubisoft following the patented open world formula.The game which was released on March 27.  But this one is different compared to any game previous published by Ubisoft and is bothering some people.  But first some context.

Far Cry 5 is an open world game set in Montana in which you are pit against a fanatical religious cult. In the game you encounter a crazy cast of characters from a bear to a sharp shooting vet to a dog named Boomer. The game is basically the most American thing you could imagine with a little bit more crazy tossed in for good measure (which is strange considering the development team was based in Canada). The American qualities are full blown American. Sixty percent of characters wear an American flag, there is a gun in the weapons shop called the second amendment, practically every character mentions the Fourth of July, and the radio is about as American as you can get (featuring songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lynyrd Skynyrd).

The game is involved in a controversy around one mission called ¨Patriots Acts¨ which invites controversy just based on the name. The mission is named after the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to spy on everyday American citizens. The mission involves hurting one of the games antagonists by finding a pee tape. Now this is angered a lot of Trump supporters because the mission is about him which out being about him. The mission mentions that tape was made “in a luxury suite” in “Kremlandia” (Kremlandia being a nod to the Kremlin in Russia).  This is all relating to the alleged tape of Trump in a hotel bathroom in Moscow.  Other than this, the game´s  antagonists have no relation to Trump whatsoever so the mission comes off as kind of jarring.

Will this affect the games sales? No probably not. In fact it’s the best selling Far Cry game ever made. This seems like a little thing I call a nontraversey. A “controversy” that only upsets less than a hundred people, but social media can make it look like the numbers are much larger. Ubisoft has remained silent of the “issue”.

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