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Far Cry 3



Violent, bloody first-person shooter has sex and drugs.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Far Cry 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

The game is a first-person shooter with plenty of violence, blood, topless nudity, illicit drug references and imagery, and very strong profanity. Even though your initial goal is to rescue your friends on a lush tropical island, who were captured by pirates, the game isn't positive in the messaging department. 

Positive role models

Not too much is known about your character, Jason Brody, a "thrill-seeker" who travels with friends and his brothers on vacation and after they've been captured by deadly pirates, vows to rescue them and uncover what's going on in this Godforsaken place. However, Jason uses a wide variety of weapons to maim and kill enemies, including gory melee attacks. He is not a good role model. But we see at the start of the game he doesn't feel good about killing -- even when his brother dies in his arms.

Ease of play

Far Cry 3 is a straightforward first-person perspective shooter (FPS) that's also quite easy to control. Both the console and PC versions use standard FPS controls to move the character, aim, and fire weapons. The first few minutes of the game help players get acquainted with the controls, too, and there are many tutorial screens you can pause and read.


Far Cry 3 is a first-person perspective that's very violent, bloody, and a little gory, too. The gamer uses a number of weapons to kill thousands of enemies throughout the course of the game -- including machine guns, explosives, and even flamethrowers -- as well as quieter sneak attacks to stab an unsuspecting baddie from behind. Combat is punctuated with realistic gun sounds, screams, large explosions, and graphic images of dead or dying enemies. The lead character also skins animals for their hide.


The game has topless nudity. An attractive tribal woman, whose breasts and nipples are fully exposed, is also seen sitting on a man to simulate love-making, from a first-person perspective. But there is no genitalia -- male or female -- seen in the game. The woman also has large, black body markings over her mostly naked body.


The game has some very strong profanity in the dialogue sequences or called out during combat here and there. This includes swear words like "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." It starts right at the beginning of the game and is heard often throughout.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are references in the story about illicit drugs, and one scene in which marijuana is being smoked by one of the characters. The game begins with a flashback scene with Jason and his friends doing shots.


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Far Cry 3 has a lot of mature content, ranging from excessive violence and blood to sexual imagery (including a brief love-making session) as well as drug and alcohol references and strong profanity. Parents should take heed to the "Mature" rating.

What's it about?

In Ubisoft's FAR CRY 3, you'll assume the role of Jason Brody, a vacationing young man who vows to rescue his friends stranded on a mysterious tropical island. Initially, your quest is to find and retrieve your kidnapped friends from the clutches of an infamous pirate named Vaas, but as you dive deeper into the adventure, you'll also learn more about what's really going on here on the island, start a spiritual journey (with the help of the local Rakyat tribe), and decide who to ally with. Much of the game is standard first-person shooter fare, with many weapons at your disposal, while traipsing through various parts of the lush island. The game offers both a solo campaign and multiplayer modes for those who want to venture online.

Is it any good?


Far Cry 3 is a good first person shooter, but be aware of the violent, profane, and sometimes sexual content. While the story has some weak points, the developers at Ubisoft Montreal have painted a huge and interactive tropical world in which to explore. The first-person action and melee combat is, in a word, intense. Players will find that the game's role-playing elements make the game more "sticky" and meaningful. You truly believe there's a huge and lush island to discover here. Adding to the game's longevity is a smart artificial intelligence (A.I.), interesting missions, some vehicle driving, and online multiplayer play. Whether or not you're a fan of past Far Cry shooters, the game's intense action and huge set pieces make it a memorable action title.

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Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Subjects:Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration
Language & Reading: following directions, reading, using supporting evidence
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, investigation
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
Emotional Development: self-awareness
Available online?Available online
Release date:December 4, 2012
Genre:First Person Shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Pirates, Science and nature
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs

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Teen, 15 years old Written bylasercorn December 6, 2012


this game may be violent, but you can turn off the blood. also, 75% of the langauge is in the cutscenes, wich you can skip. The main character is a positive role model, because at first, he doesnt want to kill enimes, and you cant.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bythe wise one December 9, 2012

The Definition of Insanity

Far Cry 3 is a stunning looking game, on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and especially the PC. Set on a beautiful tropical island, Far Cry 3 puts you in the shoes of Jason Brody, your typical 20-something year old "bro" from Southern California. Jason Brody and his friends go on vacation in the South Pacific expecting to have a wonderful tropical adventure. Their trip however, quickly takes a tragic turn for the worst when they skydive into the wrong island and are abducted by brutal pirates. You playing as Jason Brody escape from the pirate camp, and you're left alone on Rook Island with no allies. You eventually befriend a native from the Rakyat tribe, and he assists you in finding your kidnapped friends. While it may sound like a typical B- movie, it eventually changes about halfway through into a complex and deep story exploring the evolution of Jason's normality into insanity as he commits heinous acts of violence in order to survive and save his friends. The gameplay is excellent and offers a variety of side-activities to get involved in, such as hunting, crafting, swimming, assassination missions, taking over enemy bases, poker, platforming, and hang gliding. The landscape is vast, vibrant, and has a plethora of dangerous animals. Deadly encounters with tigers, boars, pigs, alligators, sharks, deer, dogs, and dingos are not uncommon in this game. Far Cry 3 also has a deep weapon customization system, which rewards players for being creative with the large amount of weapons they're offered. Make no mistake parents, this is a very violent game. Killing animals and people are the foundation of the entire game. The violence, however, is not solely what makes the game inappropriate for children. While a bit bloody, the in-game violence is not over the top compared to other games in it's genre. The narrative is what sets this game apart. Throughout the entire game, the protagonist is dealing with his own personal demons and struggling with insanity. As the game progresses, it explores some very dark and sometimes uncomfortable themes. The themes of humanity, racism, trust, betrayal, loyalty, and insanity are explored in extremely dark ways. The violence within game's story contains some extremely brutal events, including torturing your own brother The player experiments with hallucinations and some dark and disturbing dream sequences are presented. The narrative and themes are not only inappropriate for kids, kids would most likely not even grasp them. Strong language while used occasionally, is very prevalent in certain scenes. There are two scenes of sexual content, in both scenes a woman's breasts are fully exposed. Human slavery and brutality are present throughout the narrative as well. On one level, the gameplay itself aside from the story, is like most other first-person-shooter games, such as Call of Duty. Far Cry 3 takes it to another level and offers a deep, complex, and a somewhat introspective narrative coupled with an excellent and fitting soundtrack. The game also has a co-op mode, various online competitive modes, and an excellent map editor in which you can create your own maps. I would recommend Far Cry 3 be played by those only 17 and up due to the violence, strong language, sexual content, and dark storyline.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bygameaddictwn December 7, 2012

Fantastic shooter but not for 15 and under

Far cry 3 is the best in the series, but also the most mature. There is a extreme amount of swearing. F*** is about every fifth word of the main antagonist. F*** is most used but also s*** and a few uses of c***. The violence is is relatively moderate but extremely realistic, which may be unsettling for some. There is some upper female nudity in 2 scenes that can be skipped. The setting thing about the game is it's realism. The characters are realistically portrayed, each with his or her own faults. The voice acting is the best I've seen in a game for a long while. There is also lots of drugs in the game, some of which the character is subjected to. Jason (the main character) is actually a good role model. He is willing to do anything to save his friends and is extremely desperate to save his brother. He will go to any amount to save them, including changing into someone he doesn't want to be. At first he was haunted by the idea to kill someone, and was horrified when he did it for the first time (in self defence). But as he goes on he learns to kill and gets a taste for murder, but its all to save his friends. He was willing to kill everyone to save the ones he cared about, but it turned him into a monster. This game teaches you about consequences. How far are you willing to go to save the ones you care about, and will you be able to handle the person you will become?
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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