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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are fighting to free Yara's people from the grip of corruption and oppression running rampant, from drug and human trafficking to forced labor to political executions and more. But they're doing so through violent guerilla warfare. Players also learn teamwork thanks to online co-op play.
Positive Role Models
Dani is an honorable person forced into a situation beyond their control. They continue to fight for the freedom of the people of Yara. And while the Libertad forces are fighting for a greater good, many of the people that players must work with live in morally gray (and some, almost pitch black) areas.
Players can choose to be a female or male version of Dani, but without any other customization options outside of clothing. Yara might be a fictional country, but it's based heavily on Cuba, and features characters with similar ethnic and cultural population.
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Ease of Play
Players familiar with first-person shooters should feel right at home with the bulk of the gameplay. Some weapons, vehicles, and special abilities take some getting used to, but most have onscreen notations. The game does increase the difficulty as players progress, though there's a "Story" option that reduces the difficulty, which can be switched on or off at any time.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is core to the game, with players using all manner of weapons to kill enemies, as well as animals. Stealth assassination attacks are particularly brutal and bloody. Blood and gore are regularly shown onscreen, including scenes that show executions, suicide, and torture. There are also dismembered corpses scattered around the environment and appearing in some cutscenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some sexual material in the dialogue, and some of the background characters are presented as sex workers.
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Strong profanity, such as "f--k" and "s--t", is used regularly throughout the dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
The game is the latest in Ubisoft's popular Far Cry series, which includes not only the main entries, but numerous spinoffs as well. Players can purchase additional cosmetic and story content as downloadable content, and there's a Season Pass which will provide gamers with much of the DLC in one bundle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are regularly shown to be smoking, drinking, and being drunk. There are also numerous drug references, including visible packages of drugs, references to cocaine and opium, and occasional scenes showing background characters taking drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Far Cry 6 is a open world, first-person shooter game available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of a guerrilla resistance fighter trying to overthrow the dictatorship of the fictional country of Yara. Players can choose to play as either the male or female protagonist at the start of the game, each with their own look and voice acting, but with no change in the overall narrative. The game's brutally violent, with lots of blood and gore throughout. There are scenes of torture, executions, violence against animals, etc. It also makes frequent use of strong profanity and shows characters drinking alcohol and occasionally taking drugs. There are also references to sex work, human trafficking, slave labor, and other criminal enterprises.
Is It Any Good?
While Ubisoft is no stranger to making great gaming experiences over the years, the company has honed its skills by creating truly memorable open-world cinematic adventures. Far Cry 6 continues this trend, offering players a huge open world sandbox in which to play any way they like, while still crafting an engaging plot that feels like a summer movie blockbuster. The story is an extreme look at life under the oppressive rule of a dictator. Giancarlo Esposito does an amazing job of bringing the fictional Yara leader to life in all his brutality. Even when his character isn't onscreen, his presence has real weight throughout the game. And by giving players the opportunity to play as either the male or female versions of Dani Rojas, both also superbly represented onscreen, it allows the story to unfold through the eyes of a fully fleshed out character that they can still relate to. This isn't a story for kids though, as there are brutal scenes of violence throughout, including torture, executions, child abuse, slave labor, and more. And even though the Far Cry series has always pushed the boundaries of violence in its themes, there's an extra layer of real-world influence here that makes these scenes a bit more disturbing.
As dark and grim as Far Cry 6's base story may be, its gameplay is a massive open-world toybox of mayhem and fun. The overabundance of absurdity is easy to forgive when it gives players the chance to pull off the wall strategies like parachuting into an enemy base from a makeshift helicopter, releasing a cloud of psychotropic gas before slicing soldiers in half with a CD launcher playing Los Del Rio's Macarena, all while sending your leather-clad pet crocodile to polish off any stragglers. And that's not anywhere close to the craziest thing that you can do. Admittedly, there can be a little repetition in some of the side missions, but considering the range of options for dealing with them, they never feel stale. And as much fun as the story is to explore by yourself, bringing a friend in for co-op play is a great way to share in the shenanigans. Best of all, progress you make in the co-op extends over to the solo campaign as well, meaning there's no reason not to team up. That's not to say everything in Far Cry 6's gameplay is about good times and laughs. There are some parts of the gameplay that can make players feel a bit uncomfortable, like killing guard dogs or betting on cockfights. Still, the bulk of the game is like taking an active role in an adrenaline-fueled action flick. Couple that with a story that keeps players' interest, and Far Cry 6 is a virtual paradise for mature gamers looking to feed their hunger for adventure.
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