Far Cry 4

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Sex, drugs, violence set amidst beauty of Himalayas.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 15+

Far cry 4 my thoughts for parent's

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Vast, beautiful game has some overall mature elements

Far Cry 4 (2014) is an open world experience set in the fictional country of “Kyrat” alongside the Himalayas. You play as Ajay Ghale, a man setting out to spread his mother’s ashes in the country, however the country is at the brink of war and it is Amat’s job to set it in place, however Pagan Min, the countries leader stands in his way. Throughout, expect frantic gunplay, language, some nudity and drug content. VIOLENCE: MODERATE Throughout, players will shoot and kill enemy soldiers with a multitude of different weapons, however the combat isn’t very bloody or graphic, as shootings only result in brief sprays, and sometimes small splatters, of blood. Enemies fly to the ground, the player can use flamethrowers to set them ablaze, however they just die as they would with a regular gun. None of the combat shows detail or wounds (discounting tiny bullet holes) the more graphic violence in combat appears within “takedowns”. The player can use a machete-like blade to sneak up on and stab the enemy through the chest in an up-close shot, very infrequently through the neck in cinematic moments. None of these takedowns show stab wounds or injury, all of them are very quick and done in little over a second and the only effect shown is a spray of blood. Combat contains no gore or dismemberment and only spurts of blood. Players can hunt wild animals such as wolves, pigs, monkeys and leopards shooting them with guns and arrows, however similar to the combat nothing graphic is shown other than blood spurts. The player can then skin the animal, stabbing their machete-like blade into them offscreen before shoving meat into a sack, once again showing no injury, open wounds or anything, the stabbing is offscreen. The animal appears as a normal corpse afterwards. During the story, players can encounter more graphic acts of violence and disturbing images which includes: a man getting brutally stabbed to death with a pen, causing blood to spray on the killers face and to pool beneath the mans body, a man is stabbed in the back with a fork and is forced to scream before it is pulled out, a man is tortured with electricity, a woman jumps off of a ledge to her death before being eaten by leopards however nothing graphic shown except for a pool of blood, a man is shown slicing his wrist with a knife causing blood to pool on the floor beneath, a woman is shown repeatedly smashing her head against a wall caked in blood, during a trip, the protagonist slices and slashes a hallucination which is revealed to be a woman who is dead on the ground. Innocent people can be killed on the streets or saved by the player. The most consistent appearance of graphic imagery is within healing, a near constant feature in the game where the protagonist heals himself in graphic ways, these include: the protagonist using a stick to pull a bullet out of his arm, the protagonist plucking a bullet out of his arm before healing, the protagonist snapping his finger and hand back in place, the protagonist slowly pulling a shard out of his finger, the protagonist biting out a piece of shrapnel from his hand before spitting it out, the protagonist pulling pieces of shrapnel from his hand, the protagonist ripping an arrow out of his arm and the protagonist wrapping bandages around open wounds. Tamest violence in the series, however some of the disturbing images may be severe. LANGUAGE: SEVERE Frequent uses of “f*ck” and “sh*t” throughout the story and gameplay, 2 uses of “c*nt” (one in an alternate ending), and use of “godd*mn”, “damn”, “hell”, “ass”, “b*tch”, “bullsh*t”, “a**hole” and other swears. SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY: MODERATE Very little sexual content, however infrequent sexual dialogue and material. References to “sticking it in” over radio, mention of prostitution and sex, a woman seductively climbs on the protagonist in a clad outfit and says “no toys in bed” before the scene quickly cuts (this is a hallucination), and some signs outside may have suggestive poses on them, but nothing graphic is shown. Sexually explicit items can be found on corpses, however we never on any occasion see the items, they only appear in text in the form of “condoms”, “sex toy”, etc. Several topless women are shown in a completely non-sexual manner as they drag your protagonist on a rope whom is also completely naked, however this is shown in first person so we can catch no glimpses of nudity except briefly where we see his penis as he stands up. This is the only instance of genital nudity in the game, and like I said this is a completely non-sexual scene in an arena. We see a topless woman always standing outside the arena, who you must talk to whenever you enter. Sometimes she gives suggestive dialogue like “if you keep your eyes up here you can fight”, this isn’t graphic, though, and she is painted. DRUG CONTENT: MODERATE Fields of drug plants are shown and can be burned, packages of opium are also shown and can be burnt, men smoke marijuana frequently, your character experiences drug trips on multiple occasions, however he doesn’t take the drugs intentionally, the player can find opium pipes and countless other drugs on corpses, however they only appear in text just like the other items. A drug empire can be made of a community from the players choice. OVERALL: 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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