Music in Far Cry 5
In Far Cry 5 there’s always music in the air. The apocalyptic cult that runs this slice of rural Montana spreads its message through song, and everywhere you go you hear their hymns: through loudspeakers, echoing from churches, hummed by enemies. The hymns were written by Dan Romer, a producer, songwriter, and composer whose work you may have recently heard on Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation. Audio is rarely the focus of promotion for a game, so it’s telling that Ubisoft is making a point of explaining the philosophy behind this aspect of Far Cry 5, which goes beyond merely sounding good.
The idea of the songs is that, if you don’t listen too closely to the lyrics, you’ll find this gospel-style music beautiful, almost inspiring. But as you get to know the cult, their teachings, and their beliefs (chiefly that the world is about to end and anyone who doesn’t join them is doomed), the songs take on a sinister new meaning. “When the world falls into the flames,” I hear a soaring choir sing. “We will rise again!” The songs were recorded with a real choir in Nashville, which gives them a suitably epic sound.
The hymns also echo in the game’s score, which changes depending on which region of the world you happen to be causing trouble in. When you’re somewhere safe, an area where the cult has been pushed out, you’ll hear the nostalgic country music. In Holland Valley the soundtrack has a glam rock feel; the kind of music you might hear blasting out of someone’s truck. Around Whitetail Mountains the music will be droning and industrial. And in Henbane River it’ll be influenced by ambient and post-rock.