Friends Are Good. Pets Are Better.
Are you playing Far Cry 5? Right now? Probably not right now, but if it’s not on your radar, you are missing out! Arguably one of the best experiences in games I’ve had in a long time (check my full review here), this game offers up a cleaned up version of the open world gaming experience that I didn’t even know I wanted. Some of the best of these experiences is definitely attributed to the animal companions, or your “Fangs for Hire”, that join you on your missions in the game.
Take your pick between Boomer the Dog, Peaches the Cougar, and Cheeseburger the grizzly bear. Each companion has their strengths. Boomer is great for picking out enemies out of sight and marking them for you. Peaches specializes in stealth kills, and Cheeseburger, well, he’s a goddamn bear! What more is there to say, really?
As you traverse Hope County any one of these guys will help you along the way, providing there’s enough pets and belly rubs to go around of course. All of that being said, your Fangs for Hire still leave you with wanting just a tad more from their companionship. Follow me as I pine for the interactions I wanted more than anything while paling around with my favorite furry friends.
5 ) Riding In Cars With Good Boys
This was easily my biggest concern while playing Far Cry 5. Driving was by no means a desirable option in this game. It was, at least for me, a nightmare to battle perspectives of both turning the vehicle and your head on their respective axes. Nothing made this notion worse, though, than the dreadful fear of running over any of my animal companions as they ran alongside me in my vehicle of choice.
One could argue the point that this makes sense if you’re using the ATV given its lack of room, regardless of how hilarious would it have been to have Cheeseburger or Peaches on that back seat. But when driving a pickup truck or The Widowmaker there’s more than enough room to go around. Whether it be in the passenger seat or the beds of said trucks, there’s no reason you can’t cart your furry friend along for the ride in larger vehicles.
Does it ruin the game that you can’t do this? No. Although, it is heartbreaking to discover you’ve run them over by accident in a getaway. This doesn’t usually kill them unless they’ve already been injured, and even then at least you can revive them with a loving belly rub if you reach them within a certain amount of time!
Still, I would have liked to go cruising around Hope County with my best game doggo. Maybe we’ll see this addition later, but if not, that’s fine.