Play These Shooters to Prepare for Far Cry 5

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Another Far Cry game is on the horizon, and although it has a new and interesting setting, almost everybody knows what they are getting into with the Far Cry games. However, if you are one of the players who never played a Far Cry game in their lives, we've selected 7 shooters that will let you taste the awesome Far Cry experience and get you ready for the newest installment of Far Cry 5

Just Cause 3

Price: From $19.99-$29.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE

Just Cause 3 is an open-world third-person shooter that lets you do whatever you want. The game  throws you on an island with a wide arsenal of deadly tools to unleash total mayhem and chaos. Just Cause 3 also lets you decide whether you want to help the civilians or the bad guys -- it's completely up to you.

Though Far Cry 5 isn't set on an island like most other Far Cry games and Just Cause games are, they both sure let you bring total chaos to all your surroundings. Both game series usually are about two groups who are at war with one another and you find yourself in the middle of their battles.

Even though Far Cry doesn't let you choose a side to fight on, you'll still get to help one side beat the other. Both games definitely allow you to rain down chaos upon your enemies with a wide variety of explosives, weapons, and vehicles all made to obliterate everything in front of you. 

Definitely play Just Cause 3 to prepare yourself for all the explosive action and awesome moments Far Cry 5 is going to bring.

Sniper Elite 4

Price: From $39.99-$49.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE

Sniper Elite 4 is an open-world, third-person shooter set in World War 2. As the title reveals, the game is all about sniping, but on the higher difficulty settings, this is no easy task. You'll have to take many things into consideration, like bullet drop and wind-directions. This game definitely is for the real "sniper elites" among gamers.

From the description, Sniper Elite is nothing like Far Cry 5 ,but with a closer look, the games do share some interesting similarities. Both games are open-world games that use stealth elements, and they both let you approach your mission from many directions.

This gives you the opportunity to find a path to your objective that suits your play-style best but also requires you to adapt whenever things don't turn out the way you intended. This gives both games a lot of replay value and gives the player an opportunity to explore different ways of playing the game.

If you like making up plans on the fly and approaching things from new and interesting ways, be sure to check out Sniper Elite 4

Tomb Raider

Price: From $19.99-$29.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360

Tomb Raider is a semi-open-world, third-person shooter that has a heavy focus on exploration, story, and action-packed gameplay. In Tomb Raider, you'll have to fight through many enemies using everything you have at your disposal, distract enemies with a thrown bottle for a sneaky stealth kill, shoot an explosive barrel to take out a group, and set traps for other incoming enemies. 

Tomb Raider might not have the awesome villains Far Cry has, but apart from that, both games are really similar. They both are story driven and encourage exploration while also having awesome action-packed combat that lets you interact with the environment to create some unforgettable moments.

Story progression is also quite similar. The games both have a clear objective from the start. but achieving the objective is a long way and has several twists and turns to excite and surprise players. If you've never played a Far Cry game before but you do like Tomb Raider, you'll definitely want to play Far Cry 5.

Borderlands 

Price: From $19.99-$39.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360

The Borderlands games are first-person shooters that focus on co-op, action-packed gameplay and tons of loot. The Borderlands games are known for their massive amounts of unique guns and their unmatched co-op gameplay that provides countless hours of fun for you and up to three friends.

Far Cry and Borderlands don't seem to have much in common apart from their first-person perspectives, and frankly, they don't share all that many things with each other. However, both games are even better when played in co-op. Playing with friends is usually much more fun than playing alone, and this is definitely true for both Far Cry and Borderlands.

Both games are awesome co-op experiences that emphasize teamwork and the reward of having lots of fun with your friends. If you can't wait to shoot your way through Far Cry 5 with friends, try the Borderlands series to have just as much, if not more, crazy fun!

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Price: From $29.99-$49.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam 

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox ONE, PS3, Xbox 360

Metal Gear Solid V is a third-person shooter that emphasizes stealth. The game drops you in a large area to complete your mission, and it's up to you what route you take, which guards you'll silently pass by, and which ones you'll take down. This freedom, combined with a set of awesome mechanics, makes Metal Gear Solid V an awesome stealth experience.

The feeling of freedom in Far Cry when it comes to completing your missions is amazing -- you can approach each mission in countless ways. The same goes for Metal Gear Solid V. It might not be open-world, but the freedom and countless possibilities in achieving your objectives are just as good.

Both games implement stealth flawlessly and give you a multitude of mechanics to work with to stay unnoticed by your enemies. If you want to practice being an unseeable ghost and passing by tough guards like they don't even exist, make sure to try Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Crysis 3

Price: From $9.99-$19.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Origin

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter that lets you play the game in two ways: either use stealth to take out enemies one by one, or run in guns blazing and cause total mayhem. Most people will know the Crysis games for their graphical capabilities, but don't be fooled -- they are much more than just tech demos.

Crysis 3 is much more contained and linear than Far Cry 5, but both games understand the awesomeness of blending stealth gameplay with awesome firefights. Both games let you decide when you want to try and kill enemies with stealth or when you just want pull out a rocket launcher and start blowing up everything around you.

The two games allow the player to run into a firefight like a maniac by giving them large health pools and abilities that negate damage. Far Cry has quick, on-the-fly healing while Crysis has active armor. On the other side, both games also give the player many options to use stealth, so it's completely up to you how you play the game.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Price: From $9.99-$19.99

Buy it on: Amazon & Steam

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a semi-open-world, first-person shooter that focuses on stealth gameplay and the use of a skill tree with all sorts of unique abilities that completely change the way you play the game. Deus Ex is also very story driven and has a wide variety of dialogue options and multiple endings.  

The Far Cry series has been as successful as it is due to many reasons. One of them is allowing the player to get creative with the way they play the game and create their own play style through a skill tree that lets players unlock unique skills that change the way they play. Deus Ex is no different from that. Both games implement such a skill tree very well and give the player tons of options to make each playthrough entirely different.

These games also allow the player to complete the missions with their chosen set of skills. Your skills decide how you will have to complete that mission and decide the way you have to play the game overall. Almost like a Metroidvania. If you want to see what play style suits you best, be sure to check out Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

That wraps up our picks for 7 shooters to get you ready for Far Cry 5. If you've got a pick to add to this list, be sure to let us know in the comments. I hope you are all as excited for Far Cry 5 as we are and are able to bear the long wait. In the meantime, don't forget to stay tuned to Gameskinny for more lists and other gaming content.

Published Feb. 28th 2018
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