Far Cry 3: Game Review
This game is not for the faint-hearted, but reminded our reviewer of the need to always stand firm.
Far Cry 3 was a brilliant play, the audio and visual aspects of the game, combined with the very selective style of play created an intense and sometimes crazy atmosphere. Filled with guns, explosions and high-speed chases, Far Cry 3 was full of amazing experiences; however it was not always what it seemed to be.
Far Cry 3 was a very challenging game to play, not in the difficulty or sheer number of enemies that I faced, but rather the moral dilemmas and challenges presented in the game. The story places the player in the shoes of Jason Brody, a man who at the start of the game states “I’ve never even fired a gun before”. Before long, you are gunning down the resident ‘bad guys’ left, right and centre. However, this is not what challenged me as a gamer and a Christian man. Rather, what challenged me was that Jason points out this fact also, as the young man turns from being quite innocent, to a cold-blooded killer. Later in the game Jason states “Killing feels like winning”, this rocked me as a player as I realised I felt quite the same way.
Far Cry 3 has been written brilliantly, the game itself seems designed to challenge the player and question the choices that he/she makes. In honesty, I could not complete this game in one sitting, I had a break during the middle of the game just to process all the information that my mind was taking in. This game is written like no other game I have played, and it will challenge any gamer that is attentive to plot-lines.
Far Cry 3 was amazing for my faith, it reminded me that as a Christian man I should always be actively seeking and living in Him. 1 Corinthians 16:13 says this:
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
As Christian men and women we have been given something amazing: our salvation! The Lord God commands these things because we are meant to be set apart from the rest of the world. We are meant to be an example to others of God’s love and grace.
Jason changed throughout the game, he conformed to the society that he had become a part of, he allowed himself to be pushed into killing, and he allowed himself to be engulfed by a world of sin. 1 Peter 5:9 says this:
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
As Christians we are able to stand against sin. How? By remaining strong in our faith and humbling ourselves before God. I encourage you all to stand firm in God, embrace him and invite him into your life. If you have let yourself return back into the sinful, earthly nature of the un-saved, I encourage you, much like Jason eventually did in the game, to rebel against the things you are doing and return to God.
I would suggest this game for any Christian man or woman that is mature enough to handle the game. However, I must impress that this game is violent and does containt sexual references and drug references. For that reason, I would suggest that any player be 17+. The game's challenges on a moral level are very strong and obvious, but there are good lessons to be learned about falling back into an earthly pleasing life.
Keeping all the warnings in mind, I would give Far Cry 3 a solid 10/10 as a game - not only was it written absolutely brilliantly, the aesthetic aspects were amazing too.
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