A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Set in a post-apocalypse world, the story touches on issues related to family, duty, and survival, with contrasting themes of hope and fatalism in the form of one community working toward a better future and a group that exists solely to exploit the weak. A third group, a religious cult, suggests divine intervention in human affairs.
Positive Role Models
The player's customizable character never speaks, but his or her actions -- fighting to ensure the security of innocent civilians -- suggest someone who believes in freedom and justice. That said, the hero's sole means of solving problems seems to be lethal violence.
Ease of Play
Standard controls for the genre and series should make it easy for most people to begin playing. Multiple difficulty levels allow players to tune the experience to their abilities.
Violence & Scariness
Players kill hundreds of human enemies using guns, explosives, bows and arrows, knives, and, in one mission, a shiv. Blood gushes from wounds and characters cry out in pain, sometimes while burning. Bloody dead bodies are scattered around some areas. Players can also kill wild animals for resources or sport.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Neither nudity or sexual acts are depicted, but characters casually use frank sexual language in everyday conversation, including the words "orgasm," "jizz," and "dick."
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Dialogue contains frequent strong language, including many instances (and variations) of the words "f--k" and "s--t." Songs heard on the in-game radio include "the N-word."
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Products & Purchases
In-game purchases allow players access to powerful late-game weapons whenever they like. Latest installment of a popular franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen rolling and smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. A fictional psychotropic drug called "bliss" fills the air in certain locations, causing the player's character to experience hallucinations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game is set in the United States about two decades after a nuclear war. The customizable protagonist fights to protect a peaceful community led by a caring and optimistic family from murderous roving marauders, using guns, explosives, knives, and bows and arrows to bloodily kill hundreds of enemies. Plot threads touch on ideas of fatalism, religion, and confidence in humanity's better nature, with the latter eventually prevailing (albeit by violent means). Players will encounter scenes that involve smoking, drinking, and hallucinogenic drugs, plenty of strong language -- including the F-word, N-word -- and dialogue containing frank sexual terms. Parents should also know that players can spend real money within the game to gain instant access to powerful late-game weapons.
Is It Any Good?
Think of this installment of the popular action franchise that has been reduced to its core elements, which shows what refined gameplay over time can provide to a series. Indeed, the reduced price of Far Cry New Dawn is indicative of its size and ambition. It's less a true sequel and more an enormous standalone expansion featuring dozens of new missions and outposts with a few familiar characters and locations thrown in. That does mean, though, that any issues players may have had with the previous game are still here, such as a too-simplistic crafting system, an unrealistically overpopulated map crowded with roving enemies, and some very repetitive missions and activities -- though the puzzle-like treasure hunts, which typically involve a bit of thinking, do a nice job of changing up the game's pace.
It's tempting to think of Far Cry New Dawn as a game geared for existing fans who simply want a bit more of what they enjoy, but it's also perhaps the most accessible entry-point for players new to the series. Its shorter length, smaller map, and simpler ambition means there's less for Far Cry rookies to wrap their heads around. It's neither intimidating nor overwhelming, but instead easy to get into and over almost before you know it. It's also enormously polished and playable, showing little sign of the bugs and glitches normally associated with open world games. There's also an empowering combat system that feels terrific from the first skirmish and just gets better as the game goes on, thanks to tight, intuitive controls and some imaginative new weapons. Consider Far Cry New Dawn as a bite-sized Far Cry sampler that will give you a taste of everything the series does well as well as a feel for what it still needs to work on.
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