The Struggle is Real: Far Cry 5 or God of War?

The Struggle is Real: Far Cry 5 or God of War?

Let me start by stating flat out that this is absolutely a first world problem. Without a doubt, the following piece you are about to read is going to come off as whiny, annoying, first-world drivel. I do, however, have a few points to make so please stay with me. 2017 was arguably one of the greatest years for video games. Alongside the launch of the Switch, we were given numerous properties with which to shatter the contents of our wallets in a frenzy of button mashing ecstasy. In fact, most of us probably still have a number of games from last year on our list of “must-haves” that somehow fell by the wayside. The first quarter of 2018 is just coming to a close, and the biggest release so far must be Far Cry 5. I was fortunate enough to go hands-on with Far Cry 5 at PAX West last year, and when the game was announced and subsequently attacked by those that found the game offensive, I happily replied in defense of Ubisoft’s baby.

This is a game that has been on my radar for an entire year, and as you can see by our very own review, it’s far greater than we expected it to be. In a few weeks, however, is the release of God of War; the soft reboot of an iconic franchise with a hero that is without comparison. One game is open world, balls out action with heavy and very real-world overtones of corruption. The other is a story-rich, mythology laden epic journey that redefines the series and the hero we have come to know and love. Both of these will no-doubt be game of the year contenders, but being that they are entirely different genres, how does one truly compare them?

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Ever since the release of the God of War story trailer I had made up my mind: God of War is the game for me. It’s gorgeous, it’s rich, it’s visceral, and it has been far too long since Kratos graced my screen. That is of course until Far Cry 5 managed to creep its way back into sight. So now I sit here trying to find the answer: Which one do I buy first? Well, the first selling point is simply being on the ground floor of all this excitement. My friends who are playing it now seem positively electric, forums are buzzing with discussions of the game and websites are reporting tips, tricks, and videos – loaded with spoilers – left, right and center. When a new game this big comes out, it’s easy to get dragged with the current and to want to be part of the happy masses. This has been a huge pull for me to choose Far Cry 5, but that’s not to say God of War won’t have the exact same reaction – it simply hasn’t launched yet (and it’s so close!)

Friends often say “Why not get both?” Well, the truth is I am an average person who has bills to pay and –sadly – adult responsibilities, I can’t justify buying two new AAA release games within a month of each other. So how do I make that decision? The games themselves, as I said, cannot be compared – they are completely different, and trying to pit them against each other makes no sense. Which style do I prefer? Well, I’ve spent the last few months playing both Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed Origins back and forth which really only tells me I don’t have a preference between open world freedom or mythology-laden adventure. I even made a poll on Facebook, asking my fellow gamers their thoughts between the games and wouldn’t you know it, it sits neck and neck with no clear decision. Video games are getting increasingly more expensive which is why indie titles are becoming more and more appealing and predominant; often times an indie will offer a new and interesting mechanic or feature at a cost well below that of AAA. Indies are affordable and manageable, but we are talking about two drop-dead gorgeous, game of the year contending AAA titles. If I could afford to buy both MAYBE I would drop the cash and hold onto one for down the road, but why not wait for a sale in that case?

Finally, which one is going to give me the most bang for my buck? Not to be mistaken for asking which genre I enjoy more, but what kind of replay value am I looking at? How many hours is the gaming going to be? Some linear games are fantastic tales but once you complete them you already know the story and there isn’t a reason to go back. If I intend to spend money on a AAA game, I want to know I won’t be completing it inside of three hours. We want our purchases to be worthwhile, so when gamers pick a game to buy – especially a full price one – we want to feel like it was a great investment.

What does this tell me about making a decision? That I am nowhere close to making up my mind. 2017 was a defining year for video games, and 2018 might just give it a serious run for its money, especially having titles like Far Cry 5 and God of War available early on, with huge names like Crackdown 3 and Super Smash Bros. to come. Both games offer me the experience I love to have when I’m gaming, both have unique and interesting narratives, and both are sure to offer plenty of replay value. I’ve watched every video I could on both games and read every bit of information I could find without spoilers, but to no avail.

I suppose I should be thankful the industry has reached a point where my biggest problem is deciding which franchise-expanding epic title I should buy first, but that doesn’t mean the struggle is any less real. Which do you think I should pick? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or the Comments section below, and while you’re at it, tell us your own personal struggle of trying to pick between two games!

  • suli559

    Please don’t compare them to each other. Buy them both and play them, Far cry has been amazing so far and I know for a fact GoW is gonna be epic.

  • Rafoca

    Far Cry 5 because of co-op.

    • J.j. Barrington

      OR because you don’t have a PS4 to play GOW with.

      • Lord God King

        Or maybe GoW doesn’t appeal to him, can you imagine that? :O

        • J.j. Barrington

          In which case, “God of War doesn’t appeal to me” is the most sensible thing to say.

    • andrewsqual

      Ubisoft and co-op??? You mean that thing that was integrated into the “next gen” Assassin Creed Unity broken game engine and then nearly destroyed the franchise forever? No thanks.

      Sea of Thieves has co-op too. It didn’t help it, it needed content, even some 100% offline story and lore would have helped it more.

      • Rafoca

        Far cry has tons of content and coop campaign. 😉

        I would easily choose God of War if it had coop, but Sony has almost no love for coop players, I’m afraid

        • J.j. Barrington

          That’s pretty hilarious.

  • Overload

    GoW because N4G people said so. Real gamers buy PS4 exclusives.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Well, that explains why you don’t buy any, then.

  • J.j. Barrington

    There’s no struggle here.

    • Lord God King

      One game is another linear, forgettable single player experience that you will get tired of after maybe two days, while the other is a fun open world game that you can play with a friend and also has way more replay value. Yep no struggle there.

      • andrewsqual

        I wonder will that be why it will win and be nominated for countless Game of the Year awards.

        Funny, if what you said were true then Sea of Theives is the best game of the last 50 years because ALL you can do with that is play with a friend in an open world. nBut we know its not true and so you are wrong.

        I wonder what you have to say about Spiderman that is going to have a fun “open world” to play in and post release content. Because we all know you lot can’t use that lazy QTE excuse anymore lol.

        • Lord God King

          So you use a game that is lacking in content to dismantle my argument, just because it has open world and co-op? I’m talking specifically about Far Cry 5, not open world co-op games in general. There are other open-world co-op games that are good and others that are bad, I don’t see how bringing up Sea of Thieves is supposed to make my argument invalid.

          I’m waay more hyped for Spider-Man than for God of War actually.

      • J.j. Barrington

        You’re trying too hard. And failing even harder.

        • Lord God King

          With that self-pretentious bio of yours you would think your reply would be more impactful.
          Shouldn’t expect more from a NeoGaf-dweller I guess.

          • J.j. Barrington

            You should use your head, though. Not that that’d be easy for you, apparently. By all means, show me the evidence you have that suggests I’m a “NeoGaf-dweller.” Unless I have some personality that frequents that site that I know nothing about, your assertion is as baseless as most of your other comments.

  • AinurThunder

    The Struggle is Real: Shawshank Redemption or Planet Earth 2?

  • andrewsqual

    Lol plenty of time to finish Far Cry 5 before God of War lands so the article is pointless. That is, if you bought it. Like Far Cry Primal, I simply did not bother with Far Cry 5 and may check it out later when the game has gotten about 5 patches that improves the game just like what happened with Far Cry 4.
    And that’s funny to me because its the ONLY other series I bought this gen from Ubisoft apart from Assassin’s Creed and the first “next gen” iteration of that series this gen, almost destroyed the franchise forever with its awful broken co-op forced game engine.

    God of War Collectors’ Edition day 1 though.

  • sergio

    Bought Far Cry 5 and will also get GoW and spiderman! Games aplenty on PS4!

  • Limit Break

    Pepperoni pizza or watermelon ?