Far Cry Primal

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Intriguing, if repetitive, violent prehistoric tale.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Good-vs.-evil tale where player tries to save himself, his tribe from death at hands of rivals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play Takkar, Wenja tribesman. The player has to use cunning, stealth, but also violence to survive, accomplish his goals.

Ease of Play

Though similar to previous games in series, skills, hunting, taming, combat mechanics add new layer of complexity, steep learning curve.

Violence

Player uses spears, arrows, a club to kill people, animals; it's sometimes bloody. Blood also spilled when you skin an animal. In one scene, you drink some blood. Scenes of torture that include images of someone being burned alive, another with a hole made in a character's skull while he screams. Character sometimes heals himself by fixing dislocated limbs.

Sex

Some female characters shown topless. During sex scenes, characters are fully clothed but can be heard grunting, moaning.

Language

A character refers to you as "Piss Man."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The game includes some drug-induced visions, but no definable drugs shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Far Cry Primal is a violent and bloody first-person action game. Set in 10,000 B.C., players use clubs, a bow and arrow, and spears to hunt animals and to kill their fellow man, both of which actions result in a bit of bloodshed. There are graphic torture scenes, including one where a character is burned alive and another where you poke a hole in someone's skull as they scream. You also skin animals you kill, which is made even more gross by the realistic sound effects. Additionally, in one scene, players drink a bloody cocktail that sends them on their first of many drug-induced trips. There's some female frontal nudity, and though the love scenes have characters keeping their clothes on, they can be heard moaning and groaning. In another scene, a character urinates on you, and later, he refers to you as "Piss Man." Your companion animal sometimes urinates as well.

User Reviews

Adult Written byChristian alternatio February 24, 2016

It's for kids!!!!

Yes there are some nude things in it but once you get past that it is really good. But let us family's be honest to each other we let kids play other killi... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byPparent February 27, 2016

Fine for kids

The review from the website is not correct. The sexual content is next to nothing. The nudity is just tribal outfits to make the game feel more realistic. There... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 25, 2016

It's not bad.

This game does have violence and blood but it's not bad. There's barely any swearing and the nudity is covered up with paint and it's only once.... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 15, 2016

Interesting, brilliant prehistoric adventure is very exciting but incredibly violent and gory.

This brilliant, visually dazzling prehistoric adventure takes place in 10,000 BC, and you're a primitive man named Takkar. After your fellow hunters are br... Continue reading

What's it about?

In FAR CRY PRIMAL, the year is 10,000 B.C., and you're a primitive man named Takkar. After your fellow hunters are killed, you do what you can to reunite your tribe, build up your village, and defend it from those who would like nothing more than to destroy your home and eat your friends. Oh, and you have to do all this while trying to survive in a land where saber-toothed tigers and other predators run wild and free.

Is it any good?

While its unique time frame prompts this first-person action series to try new things, it spends so much time on how you do them and not enough on what you’re doing that it feels a bit redundant. Because the game is set in 10,000 B.C., much of your time is dedicated to gathering resources and hunting animals, with the rest spent attacking enemy villages and defending yourself from random attacks from predators on both four legs and two. You even get help in the form of an owl that can do aerial recon, as well as wolves, bears, and other animals that can attack on command. All of this works together to make you feel like you're wandering a strange and dangerous land. But it also helps that, when you take up your bow and arrow, the game's spot-on controls make you feel like you studied archery under Hawkeye from The Avengers and then interned with Katniss from The Hunger Games.

Still, while having spears, a bow and arrow, and a club makes the fighting feel different than in previous Far Cry games (which armed you with guns), all the hunting and gathering gets a bit repetitive after a while. This is especially true because you're constantly looking for raw materials, but you don't really have an easy way to cart all of them back as much as you'd like (of course, there's nothing like cars or anything to help you haul items off to your village). It even takes a while for you to learn how to train a bear to let you ride it, meaning that until that moment occurs, you're going to be walking across this massive prehistoric land, which can take lots of time. This isn't to say that all this repetition is bad; it just could've been so much better if your missions were more varied or the game were a lot shorter. Overall, though, Far Cry Primal puts a radical, unexpected historical twist on the first-person shooter genre that will intrigue mature gamers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using violence in video games to solve problems. Is it OK to use violence in this game because that's what life was like in 10,000 B.C.?

  • Talk about prehistoric man. What do we know about what humans were like in 10,000 B.C.? What can we learn at our local library?

  • Discuss using resources. What does this game show us about using thing we find in the world? How can we apply this to our lives, vis-à-vis recycling or repurposing things we don't use anymore?

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