After reading the article, I just want to echo the sentiment that I am way more excited for Austin to (hopefully) continue covering the game than I am to actually play it. He said everything I’ve been wanting to say, but better and with a more generous perspective.
I struggle to find the right words to describe how I feel here, but I think it’s mostly frustration. I don’t even know how much of it is Far Cry 5 itself. I think I’m just maybe done with the genre of “make scary strawmen of real-life cultures/groups, then inflict gun violence on them, but it’s ok because they totally want to murder you”. It feels like they took all the complaints of tone-deafness from every Far Cry so far and had a big board meeting that started with some dude going “well shit. what group of people can we let the player murder that won’t make The Internet mad at us???” when like. maybe the problem is the initial proposition in the first place? If you really give a dang about addressing the violent tensions of america, just maybe Gun Murder Game isn’t the place now any more than it was the place for the confused politics of the last 4 in the series.
But I mean hey. I’m really cynical about this kind of thing, and I also just sat through Outlast 2, so my patience for “oh no I just found out poor people exist and i’m TERRIFIED” writing is at an all time low.