Far Cry 5 has three companions with whom you can make friends and recruit to help you fight enemy cultists. They will help you and they will follow you everywhere. They just will not drive with you in the car. I can forgive that for the cougar or the bear. In the case of the third pet, a dog, it is frontier criminal, and Ubisoft needs to fix it.
Far Cry 5 Montana's appearance is full of wide-open spaces where you can run around and swim rivers and pee many trees for a good dog. Boomer, now the iconic canine of the game, seems to agree. If he does not scold enemies and steal their weapons, he rushes in front of me into the tall grass or the mountainside and barks at me expectantly. You can also pet Boomer, immediately elevate him to the front of the Video Game Dog Pantheon.
Boomer is a lifesaver. Sometimes I'm shot into a near-fatal condition and fall to the ground. Boomer hurries to rescue me and helps me avoid a "game over" and the loading screen. When he is on the ground and bleeding, I do the same, even if it is not comfortable, even if it endangers my own life.
I do not have much affinity for real dogs whose panting, knotted fur and predilection for drooling are all repelling me on a certain level. Boomer has managed to overcome my prejudices, maybe even what he lacks as a virtual pet, which he can convincingly simulate. He dug his way into my heart. I'm worried about Boomer. He is not real. Just a bunch of polygons and fur textures. But my lizard brain can not help me.
Because I like Boomer so much, I'm really disappointed that he will not drive in a car with me. Far Cry 5 's world is big, so the game gives you helicopters, planes and an endless parade of pickup trucks and ATVs to get it to navitage. Your human companions can join you in these vehicles. Go to a car, get in and they will do the same. You can even drive for you. Boomer and the other animal friends of the game can not. When I'm climbing in a hatchback or 4×4 on tree-lined hills and dusty roads, Boomer tries to stay on foot. He's pretty good at it most of the time. In rare cases, he may leave the game and not be sure what to make of his absence. When that happens, the game bares him and puts him on a cool timer, as if he had been killed in action.
To my surprise, in New York, I often saw people carrying their dogs in their arms while seemingly taking them for a walk. After watching Boomer fade from the rearview mirror too many times to count, I now wish I could do the same with Boomer in Far Cry . Maybe even if he was not ready to get into the passenger seat of my limousine or get into the back of the pickup truck, where there was more than enough space, I could at least take him there and drive to the sea for something Fishing or any of our other favorite Hope County destinations.
I'm not the only one who fought this dead end. Other Kotaku staff writers shared similar frustrations. The Subreddit of the game is full of people who speak Boomers Vehicobia (fear of driving). "Is there any way to get boomers to drive vehicles?" Half-Life and Portal Chet Faliszek recently posted on Twitter. He is not alone. Wherever you look Far Cry 5 players want to know the same.
Kotaku has asked Ubisoft for an explanation – maybe it gives them an interesting technical reason why animals in Far Cry 5 are forbidden to enter cars – but in this important matter one has heard nothing yet. While not a scandal, some frustrated boomer aficionados have pointed to old Far Cry 5 marketing shots showing boomers in the back of a pickup truck, leading to conspiracy theories that make one of The Best Dogs Gaming in Montana was eventually a feature that should be in the game. Who knows, maybe someday it might find its way. Games are now patched regularly and Far Cry 5 has already scheduled his first live event on April 3rd. Hopefully, a Boomer hotfix is not far off.