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Far Cry 3

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violent, bloody first-person shooter has sex and drugs.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 66 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.

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.


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 Jas... Continue reading
Parent Written byFrank Windler August 6, 2013

Far Cry 3: The Truth

This is going to be a very long, in-depth review of the game, so bear with me. Far Cry 3 is a great game. It's insanely fun, and has endless possibilities.... Continue reading
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 rol... Continue reading
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**... Continue reading

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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