There’s no getting around it: Far Cry 5 had a feel-bad ending.

I respected Ubisoft’s decision to shake things up with a head-turning closer, but in the moment, after dismantling a doomsday cult from the bottom up (and putting an irreversible dent in Montana’s wildlife population), I only felt deflated. All that painstaking progress gone, and for what? Subversion’s sake?

I won’t dwell on the finale’s finer details, but if you’ve heard anything about Far Cry New Dawn, you’ll know that we’ve entered a cotton-candy-tinted post-apocalyptic era. This budget-minded release is a “continuation and a conclusion to Far Cry 5” with rowdy new foes and familiar yet worn-out faces.

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