Hope County has got thoroughly shafted by life, if you ask me. First in Far Cry 5 its inhabitants survive a psychopathic cult leader and his cronies straight-up drugging the water supply and brainwashing innocent civilians, then when it just starts to look like they’re finally beat, what happens? Nuclear bombs drop and wipe almost everyone and everything out. Yet although the phrase ‘[insert game here] isn’t your typical post apocalypse’ might sound like a trope by now, Far Cry New Dawn really does feel like it’s treating the apocalypse not as a cheap gimmick, but as a hard reboot for the series. Hope County is pushing the survivalist formula further than it’s ever been with its hot pink, music-blaring apocalypse, and it’s paid off.

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