I wish Far Cry 5 would include some sort of social commentary, I’m also very glad it more than likely (hopefully) won’t.
We need social commentary in our entertainment, right now we really need it. Democracy is in decline, Authoritarianism is on the rise everywhere, Fascism is experiencing a resurgence in the mainstream, and that’s just a few of the current problems we’re all facing. It’s not all bad though, I think at this point it’s safe to say the Overton Window has expanded, as opposed to shifted Rightward. Far Cry 5 is set in Montana, a state with a history that deserves to be confronted. Not to mention, it’s also the home of one of the world’s newest, premier Fascists. It’s nothing short of a missed opportunity for Ubisoft to capitalize on controversy (something that’s already happening regardless, because of course), and more importantly solidify this game as some sort of modern classic that represents or simply has something to say about the times in which it’s set. It more than likely won’t though, and that’s probably a very good thing.
Why is the probable lack of political undertones a good thing? Let’s take a little look back at one of the most overtly political Triple A games ever…Bioshock Infinite (spoilers ahead).
The game is set in a 1912 American city, that happens to be floating. Within the city, a Civil War is taking place. This war is literally between an oppressed group of people, and their oppressors. For some reason, when I first experienced Bioshock Infinite, I had no problem with the fact that the only thing the game had to say about this was “both sides are bad™”. Looking back now, I’m fucking furious about it. Because it wasn’t “both sides are bad”; it was “How dare you fight against your oppressors,[ literal Black woman](http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Daisy_Fitzroy) trapped in a time period where it’s horrible to exist as a woman or a Black person in America, in a city that takes all the worst aspects of America and ramps it up to infinity. How fucking dare you.”
That’s why I’m glad Far Cry 5 probably isn’t gonna say anything political whatsoever. But what does that mean though? People might fuck up social commentary in games, so developers shouldn’t try? Fuck no. That’s literally the exact opposite of what I want. Have something to say and say it. That doesn’t just go for games, that’s everything.
So, if you feel strongly about things and you’re a creator, or an aspiring creator, in the process of creating something, whatever the case may be; don’t ignore how you feel, use it. Because we need it right now.
And to be clear, I am buying Far Cry 5. Because I need this catharsis. I just recently rediscovered my inner Revolutionary, the Klan and some Neo-Nazis are organizing for some kind of rally near where I live; I might as well fight Fascists in-game when I’m not fighting them in the real world, or working or whatever.