Far Cry 5 Editions: Which ones are worth it? In-game content only

Far Cry 5 is set to be released on March 27th, 2018.  To get access to some bonus content before then, you must Pre-Order the game, or purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition, The Gold Edition, or one of the many special editions. Is it worth your money for the bonus content, or even a Pre-Order? Let’s go over what each of these editions offers for bonus content, and compare and contrast on whether it is worth it or not.

Related Article: Is Far Cry 5’s Season Pass worth it? 3 reasons why it is!

Standard Edition:

The base game without any bonuses already offers quite a bit of content on its own. A huge open world map set in Montana. A large number of weapons and tactics to take out various enemies. The combat will be similar to Far Cry 3 and 4, but with upgraded graphics and new guns. Also, new, you can fly planes, and use planes to fire machine guns and rockets, as well as drop bombs.

Far Cry 5 will make full use of drop in and out co-op, so enjoy playing with your friends. For a complete list of standard edition features, click here to read my overview of Far Cry 5.

Pre Order Bonus:

If you Pre-Order any edition of Far Cry 5 before its February 27th release in 2018, you gain access to the Dooms Day Prepper Pack, which is only available through pre-ordering the game.

As you can see, the Doomsday Prepper Pack is unique cosmetic designs for clothes, a weapon, and vehicle. It will not affect gameplay very much and is just something to look at. Along with the cosmetics, you gain access to extra ammo.

The fact that Ubisoft is offering extra ammo scares me into thinking they will include another one of those horrible loot box systems that are found in so many games today. The last thing I want is to be incentivized into buying loot crates because the game purposefully makes it incredibly hard to get gear and weapons and locks the content behind these loot crates like so many games out there today do. Let’s hope for the best, and it doesn’t happen.

If you are anxious to get your hands on this game, Pre-Ordering it won’t hurt, as you get extra content just by paying full price for whatever edition you want before the game launches.

The Deluxe Edition:

Far Cry 5 comes with two cosmetic skin packs similar to the Doomsday Prepper Pack. It comes with the Ace Pilot Pack and the Big Game Hunter pack.

The Ace Pilot Pack has in my opinion, awkward skins that remind me of some weapon camo out of Call Of Duty Black Ops 3, and the Big Game Hunter Pack is more geared towards skins based on the wilderness. It does fit the Montana rural vibe, that is for sure. Both packs come with character outfits that you can wear in-game.

I think that the Bow and ATV are unique to editions above the Standard Edition, but I am not sure.

Two unique weapon skins:

You also get access to two cosmetic skins for the Magnum and the AR-C Assault Rifle.

Far Cry 5 deluxe edition also gives you access to the chaos pack, the same pack you get from pre-ordering the game. I’m assuming your ammo doubles if you pre-order the deluxe edition, and you also get access to the explosives pack, which gives you four of the following.

C4, Dynamite, Proximity Mines, and Grenades.

Is The Deluxe Edition Worth it?

With the Deluxe Edition, you are going to be spending about an extra $20 just to receive the cosmetic bonuses that the base game does not provide. If the ATV is not included in the base game, as well as the bow, then there is a better incentive to purchase the Deluxe edition. I have not ever cared about cosmetics in video games, and the max players of online in this game is 4, so I don’t see many purposes in trying to show off to a small crowd. In my opinion, the Deluxe Edition is not worth it!

The Gold Edition:

The Gold Edition, of course, offers everything that the Deluxe Edition provides, with the inclusion of the games Season Pass for all of the DLC, and an exclusive sniper rifle.

Is The Gold Edition worth it?

I, unfortunately, cannot find the price of the Season Pass for Far Cry 5, but going off the model of most AAA games around today, a season pass usually costs around $40. A base game costs $60, then add a $40 season pass, and a game with all its DLC costs $100. The gold edition digitally costs $89.99, so for that alone, it does give the Gold Edition some value.

Adding everything from the Deluxe Edition, such as the cosmetics and ammo packs, that also adds Value to the Gold Edition. So overall, if you are a Far Cry fan, and have been anticipating Far Cry 5, want access to all future DLC updates, then The Gold Edition is worth it even without the added Deluxe Edition content.

The Gold Edition will also be coming out with Far Cry 3, you will have access to the Far Cry 3 video game if you purchase the Gold Edition version of Far Cry 5!

Closing Thoughts:

In all honesty, my most recommended version of this game is the standard edition. The purchase of the Gold Edition gives you a lot more value for its price just with the season pass inclusion alone, but spending an extra $30 is risky for the season pass. We don’t know how much value the DLC will truly add to the base of the game. Maybe the base game is enough. Maybe some of the DLC will be good, and perhaps other DLC packs will be horrendous.

Will you be getting Far Cry 5, and will you be getting any of the special editions? If you are, leave a comment below, I would love to know which pack you are getting and why!

About the author


I am a huge fan of Video games, I grew up with them. The first game I ever played was Metroid 2 Return of Samus for the original game boy. I was mesmerized as a kid, I think I was about 4 or 5, my older brother had it on his game boy. I used to get into bickering with him so that I could play it, which usually ended up in my ass getting kicked. Since then I've always wanted to play video games, and I ended up following the Metroid pattern for the most part, it is now my favorite video game series of all time. When I was about 7 years old maybe 8, Metroid Prime came out for the GameCube. I wanted that game so bad, and about after a year of it being out, I convinced my dad to buy me a GameCube and Metroid Prime somewhere in 2003. It took me an entire year to beat that game, but I beat Metroid Prime around 2004 and to this day it remains my favorite video game of all time!Outside of Metroid, I love a lot of story driven action adventure games, first person shooters, and outside of video games, I love to get outside and exercise a lot and workout, I love to travel, in my opinion that is the true way for one to discover themselves, and in my spare time I make animated cartoons using flash, and that is something I am very passionate about!My goal for this website is to provide gamers with a spoiler free way of showing gameplay and perhaps help people stuck on that certain level a way to get through it without spoiling important parts of the game to other players. I hope that those who interact with my will find benefit in my services! Thank you for checking out my site :)

Readers Comments (13)

  1. Hi Jacob,

    Thanks for your post on this. I love the far cry series so glad to hear there is another one coming. I always found the different editions of the game confusing so thanks for clarifying what you get in deluxe and the gold package. I’ve got the same view regarding the cosmetic items as it doesn’t really affect the gameplay. It just highlights who has paid more.


    • Love your view on the cosmetics James. I myself would rather show off real life cosmetics, like a cool paint job on my car or something, but to each their own. Everyone wins with cosmetics if you really think about it. The player feels good about their virtual cosmetics and the developers make more money, hopefully used to bring us even better titles in the future.

      Thanks for stopping by James, glad you found the article to be informative.

  2. So I’ve never played far cry but I do enjoy shooting games, and after reading this I think I would enjoy this one. It appears Far Cry 5 has enough weapons to cater to different playing styles while keeping the game fresh. Interesting enough, this game has a multitude of expansions.

    • Hey Gav you should pick up far cry 3 if on pc or 4 first, they are both excellent with 3 being my personal favorite game ever and not to expensive now on PC. If your playing on a ps4 or xbox then you have to miss 3 and go for 4 you wont regret it I promise.

  3. Great breakdown of the different versions but still no info anywhere online about what is in the season pass which is frustrating

    • Hi Jim, I agree. From what we know, it will likely follow a suit similiar to season passes of other games these days. I’d be willing to guess Far Cry 5 will offer some new weapons, as well as mission packs. When more info comes out, we here at Schilling Pulse Video Games will be sure to have some updates. Thank you for stopping by Jim :)!

      -Jacob Schilling

  4. I ordered the Gold Edition about 5 months ago for the PC on uplay, I just ordered the Gold Edition for the XBOX ONE for my sons, they like the XBOX ONE. I am a sucker for ALL the content. Since I look for deals, I only paid, $75 for the PC version on Humble Bundle and $80 for the XBOX ONE Version at Best Buy. I just wonder how they will distribute the Pre-Order Content for the XBOX ONE.

    • Hi Chris. From what I know, the Xbox One gold edition will have three DLC packs and a single-player version of far cry 3. I think we can expect about a 5-6 month time span for all content to be released for the gold edition, and we can also expect all the bonus incentives such as the weapons and ammo to be available asap when you get the game. For more information on the season pass and the gold edition, check out this post.

  5. I just ordered the deluxe edition for my boyfriend. He’s been hinting he wants the game for his birthday, and probably has a hunch I will get it for him, so I got the deluxe to add an element of surprise because he won’t be expecting that bonus. It only cost $10 extra for me versus $20 or more, which to me isn’t a huge difference when the base game is already $60. I hope it’s worth it! He said he felt bad asking me for a $60 game, so I hope he doesn’t mind I went a little beyond that for him haha

  6. This will most likely be my first time playing a Fry Cry game, and I hope it’s good. (I’ll be playing on PS4 and will probably get gold) BUT, the reason I am commenting is that at the top when you mention the release date, you put Feb 27 and not March 27. Common mistake, just wanted to point it out in case you haven’t noticed. Thanks!

    • That’s strange. I edited this article and I’m sure I changed that. Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy far cry 5, I think the fact that it’s your first far cry game will make it all the more fun

  7. Thanks for the article, it was a super informative breakdown and really sealed my decision to purchase the standard edition. I’ve never played a far cry game before, so I appreciate you putting your opinion out there to help guide others!

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