Beware Far Cry 5's Rampaging Turkeys

There is a beast prowling the darkened forests of Hope county, Montana. It worships a twisted god and thirsts for your blood. It is a turkey, and if you hear its death-gobble, you had better run for your life.

Last night, shortly after starting the game, I came upon my first of Far Cry 5's many enemy encampments. I did my usual Far Cry thing, skirting the premises and tagging enemies. I slid up against a wall around the back of the compound, confident in my plan to pick the enemy guards off one by one. And then I heard a sound. Gobble.

What was that? Gobble.

Oh hey, it's a turkey! Mr. Turkey trundled up to me and immediately set about savaging my face with its horrible claws.

I panicked. I couldn't shoot it because I didn't want to blow my cover, so instead I figured I could kick it to death. Here's how that went:

Turkey: 1. Me: 0.

I'm not alone in my fear and admiration of Far Cry 5's turkeys, of course:

Screenshot: Bear (Steam)

Amazingly enough, it turns out Far Cry 5's turkeys used to be even more powerful than they currently are. Kotaku EIC Stephen Totilo, who last week was playing an early PS4 copy of the game provided by Ubisoft, told me that the game had required a pre-launch patch to nerf the turkeys.

Photo: Stephen Totilo

I'm reminded of Far Cry 4's terrifying death eagles, which were so numerous and fearsome that the population of Kyrat spent half their time warning one another about impending eagle attacks.

Stephen tells me that the eagles are no joke in this latest Far Cry, too. Appropriate, given the setting.

At this point it's starting to feel like a design mandate: every Far Cry game must feature scenic vistas, hammy villains, and at least one comically terrifying bird.


    I’m having flashbacks to FC4’s Honey Badgers

      Turkey don't care! Turkey don't give a shit. It takes what it wants.

      saw some gameplay, rest at ease friend, the HB will die with an easy arrow to the head.

      the turkeys....

        I think it was more the sudden panic when I was camped in some grass waiting for a shot only to hear the ominous badger grunt. Blood ran cold

        Three bloody .50 cal bullets to put down a sandwich food!!

        That was just after watching a mountain lion stalk and kill a hunter too.

      The cassowaries in FC3 were pretty brutal, too.

    as someone with bird phobia that was one of the most horrifying thing I've seen on the FC5 play through

    actually with modern advances in graphics, realistic birds terrify me. I almost had a panic attack when I first Bioshock Infinite

    Almost feels like a South Park reference to me.

    Did anyone take potshots at the deer and other animals during the first car chase scene? Yet to encounter the Turkeys and hope to see those feathery buggers soon!

    So turkeys killing people in FC5... well hilarious as that is, it puts me off buying the game.

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