An excellent licensed soundtrack deployed at exactly the right moments, complemented by fantastic voice performances and a suitably folksy score. Pretty much perfect.
A few glitches and bugs aside, Hope County looks utterly gorgeous, all pristine blue skies, idyllic evergreen forests and craggy mountain ranges. There's the occasional bit of pop-in, even on Xbox One X, but overall, FC5 is a treat for the eyeballs.
Tight controls and stellar gunplay are to be expected in a Far Cry game, while the wingsuit, melee combat and aerial vehicles are also great fun. Flight can be slightly awkward at times and friendly AI can be skittish, which are the only real criticisms.
Plenty of mission variety, a huge map, and a generously proportioned story. Far Cry Arcade is the icing on the cake, offering endless levels and multiplayer maps. There are microtransactions available using Silver Bars, but in-game cash is so plentiful, you'll never need them unless you're supremely impatient. Oh, and there are no towers to climb either.
A typical Far Cry list that doesn't demand doing absolutely everything. Ubi has also managed to chuck in plenty of smart, inventive achievements into the mix too, making for a list you'll want to completely rinse.