Far Cry 4

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Sex, drugs, violence set amidst beauty of Himalayas.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The fight for liberty and freedom from oppression is overshadowed by constant violence committed for your cause.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero returns to the country of his birth to fulfill his mother's dying wish: to bring her ashes back "home." He gets caught in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of a dictator.

Ease of Play

Easy to control, standard shooter mechanics.

Violence

Lots of violence, blood, gore. Weapons include guns, knives, bow and (flaming) arrow, and explosives. Can be stealthy and slit throats or backstab enemies. Some cut-scene sequences include torture and execution.

Sex

Some nudity and sexual references. Man's genitals briefly seen while being attacked. Dialog sequences include many sexual comments, including references to promiscuity, prostitution, sadism, and masochism.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," and "a--hole," frequently.

Consumerism

Part of Far Cry franchise. Optional downloadable content available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug references, ability to take illegal drugs, screen blurs to imply intoxication.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Far Cry 4 is a first-person shooter set in a fictional Asian country. There's intense violence, blood, and gore, as well as disturbing torture and execution scenes. You can also expect some nudity and lots of very mature sexual references (including to prostitution and sadomasochism). Language is very strong, with frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," and a--hole," Along with many drug references, there's the option for illegal drug consumption, with the screen blurring to imply the side effects of use. And to top it all off, there are serious privacy and safety concerns, because multiplayer is unmoderated.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 13 year old Written byAn Average Parent December 10, 2014

Calling all Other Parents!

WARNING:Contains spoilers Hello there reader! I'm Jacob. This is my first review in which I will be talking about Far Cry 4. When I saw this title was com... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written bymikeB1975 December 6, 2014

Depends....

Allowing your child to play this game really depends on you and your child, the game allows you to make good/bad choices giving you different outcomes . For in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byH3NRYMW June 20, 2015

BEST GAME EVER!! READ THIS REAL REVIEW THAT TELLS THE TRUTH!

When I first wanted this game my mom had to look at this review page before I got it. All of the reviews on this page are TOTAL LIES. So I am going to review... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byReedeater January 2, 2015

way overblown

I would like to start this review by saying that what common sense media is telling you is over reacting to simple things. The most maddening thing about their... Continue reading

What's it about?

FAR CRY 4 is a first-person action game; you play as Ajay Ghale, born in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat but raised in the United States. Your mother's dying wish was to have her ashes spread back in Kyrat, but when you return to perform this duty, you find yourself caught in the middle of a civil war being led by rebels who want to overthrow the charismatic but oppressive dictator, Pagan Min. This sequel to 2012's Far Cry 3 lets you explore a vast open world using weapons and vehicles to evade soldiers and wild animals. You can lead the fight by yourself or with friends thanks to the game's drop-in/drop-out cooperative mode. Alternatively, you can also fight PvP (player versus player) in a competitive multiplayer mode.

Is it any good?

If you can get past Far Cry 4's often cheesy dialog sequences and cliched story, it's fun, gorgeous, and replayable thanks to the mission structure and open-ended nature of the environments. Whether you're mastering a variety of weapons or interacting with rebel groups and wildlife, your decisions will change the story's outcome. You'll also be able to choose how to approach a mission, such as trying to infiltrate a compound undetected or going in guns a-blazin' (and Molotov cocktails in tow) to take down guards.

Those who've played previous versions of Far Cry will feel right at home with the controls, environment, and combat. Plus, competitive multiplayer and the new cooperative-play option (to team up with a friend on another PC or console) will keep things fresh long after the single-player campaign is completed. It's not too different from Far Cry 3, which might disappoint some, but it does have a few new tricks to justify the purchase. Where else can you mount an elephant, turn over enemy cars and then jump off, climb a ladder, and take down a helicopter with a rocket launcher? Wild? Yes, but also thrilling. Kudos to Ubisoft for creating yet another gorgeous and entertaining game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence. What's the impact of the lifelike, realistic violence featured in Far Cry 4? Is all of it necessary to the story?

  • What's the impact of seeing game characters use drugs? Are there realistic consequences? Why do you think this feature was included?

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