Far Cry 5: The Ten Best Competitive Multiplayer Arcade Maps (So Far)
Far Cry 5’s Arcade Mode experience has already proved to be quite a hit since the game launched in late March. A big part of the mode’s appeal is allowing players to create their own maps and present them either as a competitive player-versus-player experience or as a solo/co-op scenario. We’ve already looked at some of the best solo/co-op maps which players were able to dream up, and now it’s time to turn that same spotlight on the competitive multiplayer aspect of Far Cry Arcade. Below, you’ll find ten of the best competitive multiplayer maps which are currently available to play in Far Cry Arcade.
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Unsurprisingly, many Far Cry Arcade map makers have turned to other shooter games for inspiration when making their own maps, and the Call of Duty series is just one of those inspirations. This map, which is based off of the Shipment map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, isn’t much to look at in terms of aesthetics or scale. However, if you want to relive those glory days of 360 no-scoping some noobs as you worked towards your fifth prestige, it should do just fine.
Technically, Coastal isn’t a player-created map, it’s one of the pre-built maps Ubisoft included in Far Cry Arcade back when Far Cry 5 first launched. Still, even if it wasn’t born out of the creative zeitgeist of Far Cry 5’s player community, Coastal is still a whole lot of fun to play. Ubisoft themed the map around an isolated pirate’s cove, and those who play the map will find ample opportunities for both close-quarters skirmishes and long-range sniping. Ubisoft even went one step further by naming all of the pre-built weapon loadouts after pirate terms such as Crow’s Nest and Buccaneer. In short, Coastal is not only fun to play, it’s also an excellent benchmark for showing off just how much control map creators can have.
This map drops players into a snow-covered setting complete with a large creepy mansion that’s the spitting image of the iconic Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining. Snowed In is a Deathmatch-style map, which means you won’t have any teammates watching your back. Here’s hoping your nerves are as steady as your trigger finger.
Yet another shooter game which has clearly inspired Far Cry Arcade’s map makers is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This map, which is a direct recreation of CS:GO’s De_Dust2 map, was obviously made by someone who has spent a lot of time playing Valve’s competitive shooter as the attention to detail is, in a word, stunning. Again, it might not be up your alley if you’re looking for more original creations, but if injecting a little Counter-Strike into your Far Cry Arcade experience sounds fun, checking out De_Dust2 is well worth your time.
As its name infers, this moody nighttime map is set on a massive cargo ship, giving players a lot of room to move around while also forcing them to duke it out in a series of confined hallways and rooms. There’s also a solo/co-op version of the same map called Wet Work (https://far-cry-arcade.ubi.com/en-gb/pc/map/5aca14989188ea93cc387eaa), and we’re guessing both maps were inspired by the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare campaign mission Crew Expendable (Modern Warfare also had a multiplayer map based off of Crew Expendable which was called, you guessed it, Wet Work).
Even a cursory search will show that there are several Far Cry Arcade maps based off the iconic Call of Duty map Nuketown, some of which are better than others. However, this map in particular is unique since it features a retro 8-bit aesthetic while also serving as a faithful recreation of the classic Nuketown layout. From the central corridor of parked vehicles to the extreme close quarters which have triggered many a rage-quit, this charming version of Nuketown is absolutely worth experiencing.
While Far Cry Arcade currently doesn’t currently allow players to create competitive attack/defend scenarios, the Beach Assault map is about as close as you can get since it involves one team rushing up an explosion-ridden beachfront as the other team moves to meet them in battle. The map comes complete with drivable boats, a tree line from which to provide covering fire, and a surprising amount of cover thanks to all the large debris which is strewn across the actual beach. Again, not the most out-of-the-box concept, but Beach Assault is still a solid mix of competitive action and immersive set-dressing.
This is hands down one of the most original competitive maps you can currently find in Far Cry Arcade. The map spawns eight players onto a large circular arena which is suspended over a bottomless pit, but rather than give those players traditional weapons, it instead puts them all behind the wheel of their own big-rig truck. The goal is to ram all of the other players over the arena’s edge and be the last player standing, a goal that is much easier said than done when there are seven other players smashing into you from all sides. It may not be the most complex multiplayer map, but Super Sumo definitely gets points for originality.
Paradise Lost is a pretty basic map when it comes to gameplay, but its tropical island aesthetic also conjures up strong memories of Far Cry 3, allowing players to bask in the nostalgia as they frag their friends or total strangers. The map includes an equal mix of outdoor and indoor terrain, ensuring that players of all stripes will be able to find their groove as they seek to eliminate the competition.
This map, which as you’ll notice is from the same author as the Nuketown 8Bit map, takes its inspiration from one of the most popular shooter games in today’s market: PUBG. While Far Cry Arcade doesn’t allow map makers to create massive 100-player battle royale landscapes, Cult Island does a surprisingly good job of recreating the PUBG battle royale experience on a smaller scale. There will (and likely already are) undoubtedly be more battle royale-style maps available for Far Cry Arcade, but Cult Island was undoubtedly one of the first (it was published on the same day as Far Cry 5’s release) and for a first-try attempt it is surprisingly fun to play.
There you have it, a collection of some of the best maps from Far Cry Arcade. Any we missed? Let us know!