A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- 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
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- 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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