Hammock
Far Cry 5 Presents: We Will Rise Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (93 Reviews)
December 19th, 2020 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pure bliss...

Far Cry 5's soundtrack situation is a complicated one. In total, nine albums related to Far Cry 5 exist and each one presents a different experience. While one could make a comment about the quality and budget of the game itself, none could make such an accusation of it's soundtrack, which is by and large one of the biggest collections of music for one single game in the history of the industry (although there are most likely bigger ones). To sum things up in the best way possible; The game has four main soundtracks, one for the main game, and one for each DLC released. It then has two minor soundtracks for other parts of the game like the Far Cry 5 short film and Far Cry 5 Arcade. The final three albums are a collection of the same ten songs but each of the albums jumble the song order and the songs are in an entirely different genre depending on which of the three albums you listen to. Of those three albums We Will Rise Again changes the ten songs in a Post-Rock/Ambient collection composed by Hammock.

In Far Cry 5, it is necessary for the cult's in-game music to reflect their religious extremism in a palatable way that explains their attractiveness. We Will Rise Again is a representation of one of main villain Joseph Seed's three acolytes, Faith. In the game, Faith controls the distribution of the cults mind altering drug known as "bliss". With it she can control the minds of believers and anybody else her followers capture. Hammock's reinterpretation of the ten radio tunes reflects the drug-addled state of the "peggies" (P.E.G.=Project Eden's Gate) through it's ambient and echo induced choirs and synthesizers.

The most common type of track the album contains is Hammock's usual post-rock styling. These tracks will be instrumental and contain background chorus and a minor guitar focus. Tracks like Oh John contain slow piano ballads and guitar plucking, as a background chorus is played to give an ethereal presence to the whole track. Oh the Bliss is probably the most digital heavy track on the album, with flowing synths and overdubbed male and female vocals. There are other tracks that have heavy vocals. Songs like The World Is Gonna End Tonight and Let the Water Wash Away Your Sins capture a dreary yet beautiful atmosphere with their slow and soft vocal delivery combining with meshed instrumentals. The albums slow and melodic production allows the listener to relax and lower their guard, a trait that appeals to the game as it makes the cult seem more appealing to otherwise skeptical people.

By far the best track is Keep Your Rifle by Your Side. Hammock goes all out here; with an introductory chorus, followed by a slow and melodic guitar plucking. Soon the vocals and instrumentals get louder in volume until all of the song's pieces form a universal whole. It's the type of easily digestible post-rock that bands like Mono would kill to achieve. Notably, this tune is the intro music played when Far Cry 5 is launched and it does establish the theme of the game very well. A relaxing song that leaves behind a menacing message, a cult that preaches things it does not practice.

The truth of the matter is We Will Rise does nothing to advance the genre of Post-Rock. It doesn't experiment and it certainly doesn't try to surprise or subvert the listener in any way. For die hard PR aficionados, this is an immediate deal breaker. It can be argued, however, that this album still contains a great deal of depth. Hammock's goal here was to create a record that would appeal on a more mainstream scale, to lure listeners into it's grasp. And one cannot help but enjoy the album's attempt to drive the genre to it's most basic and primal foundations. We Will Rise is an exploration into Post-Rocks simple definitions; a blissful concoction that helps establish the atmosphere of Far Cry 5's world, while also being a damn good album of sweet and melodic tunes. It is, to sum it up; pure bliss.



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CaliggyJack
December 19th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thoughts on the game.



Pretty damn good. Still glitchy but not as bad as FC4 and Primal were. Honestly I'd go as far as to say it ties FC2 as my fav in the series.

Lucman
December 19th 2020


5106 Comments


Yes, the soundtrack to this game is superb. As for the game itself, it's solid but the weakest FC I've played. FC2 > everything else.

Digging: Mew - Frengers

Narcho123
December 19th 2020


32 Comments


Series hasn't excited me since FC3. 5 was particularly disappointing. The setting had so much potential for substantial commentary that ended up wasted.

parksungjoon
December 19th 2020


25742 Comments


>The setting had so much potential for substantial commentary that ended up wasted.

have you seen how hard gamer manbabies whine about "politics in muh vidya"? lmao

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

CaliggyJack
December 19th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The game actually has a lot to say, it's just more subtle about it

zaruyache
December 19th 2020


23411 Comments


eh it really doesn't say much. The hillbillies are uneducated racists, but they're good people I tell ya! and the bad guys well they're all victims of abuse and exploitation, so nothing is their fault either. it effectively says very little

CaliggyJack
December 19th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKuxJ0ZQZmk&ab_channel=Whitelight



This video explains the depth of the game far better than I can



The game isn't about specific political ideologies. It is about how stressful times and an uncertain future can lead rise to extremists and leave their beliefs appealing to those who suffer. The deputy is a symbolic version of you and how we tend to turn a blind eye as the world crumbles around us, preferring to shelter in our places than go out and help others.



Joseph Seed is a Christian Communist, he openly hates America and it's systems that marginalize and disenfranchise others as such he designs Eden's Gate as a communist utopia where all are responsible for each other under the eyes of the father, these systems are then twisted by his radical version of Christianity wherein God still holds power over others and those who don't follow must be made to follow.



"Republicans bad" isn't exactly saying much, if your looking for that, than just go play BioShock Infinite

zaruyache
December 19th 2020


23411 Comments


they're specifically a christian-like but not christian cult tho. Seed is a cult leader not a marxist

CaliggyJack
December 19th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Except he is. Eden's Gate is designed as a Communist project, wherein all resources are taken and poured into the collective for the good of the project.



There are certain sermon letters in the game you can find where Joseph criticizes various aspects of America, including their system of healthcare. His ideology follows more in line with Ted Kaczynski but there are Communist undercurrents.

zaruyache
December 19th 2020


23411 Comments


eh there's a diff between communistic and communalistic tho. they're doing community development out of material necessity to maintain their hierarchy and grow their movement, not because they want class consciousness and to end hierarchy.

CaliggyJack
December 20th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could agree to that, it's meant to present Joseph Seed as a hypocrite as his beliefs in communal power and collective autonomy clash with his Christian views of the Almighty and the king of Earth.

Gyromania
December 20th 2020


31403 Comments


FC2 had so much utility compared to other titles but FC3 was the most enjoyable for me. FC4 I thought flat out sucked and primal was just lol

CaliggyJack
December 20th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"FC2 had so much utility compared to other titles but FC3 was the most enjoyable for me. FC4 I thought flat out sucked and primal was just lol"



What are you my fucking clone?

Deubah
December 20th 2020


68 Comments


5 is honestly my favorite. If the game wasn’t so inconsistent tone-wise, it’d probably be in my top 10 favorite games tbh

Ohhhhh the blissssssssssssss ohhhhhhhhhhh the blisssss

zaruyache
December 20th 2020


23411 Comments


soundtrack easily best part yeah.

Emim
December 20th 2020


29605 Comments


Best part is easily spearing people in the chest with a shovel.

CaliggyJack
December 20th 2020


4424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHOVEL LAUNCHER LMAO

Emim
December 21st 2020


29605 Comments


Idk what it is but I love impromptu weapons like that. I spend my entire playthrough of games like Hitman sticking screwdrivers and such into the craniums of everyone I find.

MiguelAngel
December 23rd 2020


82 Comments


nice

Digging: Danny Clay - Ocean Park

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
December 23rd 2020


10888 Comments


Enjoyed this game a lot in large part due to the score and the setting. Not a particularly great plot, but fun game to run around and shoot stuff.

Actually didn't hate Primal, but New Dawn was a huge waste of money.



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