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Far Cry 3′s Brody is a “victim,” a “babe in the woods”

Tuesday, 31st July 2012 09:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Far Cry 3 protagonist Jason Brody is to make the journey from “victim” to “killer” in the upcoming shooter, producer Dan Hay has told G4.

Hay said: “Jason’s a normal guy. He comes to the island and meets Vaas. He’s put in very abnormal, very disturbing situations. And he’s not a super-soldier. He’s basically got to learn how to fend for himself. He’s a babe in the woods. He’s what I like to call a daylight athiest: super-tough when the sun’s up, but as soon as the moon comes up he’s crying for mom.”

Brody’s situation draws distinct parallels to the upcoming Tomb Raider: he’s a “normal person” forced into a terrifying situation on an island, and must save his friends from death.

Hay added: “By the end of it you’ve gone from being a victim, to being a killer, to making even liking it a little too much. The question is, by the end of the game, who are you?”

While Far Cry 3 shares obvious themes with Tomb Raider in that the protagonist is an everyday Joe – or Joeina – in an action scenario on an island, Crystal Dynamics provoked a ferocious reaction in explaining the new Lara in June, saying the player will want to “protect” Croft and that “you start to root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character.”

The comments were compacted by the inclusion of a sexual element in the scenes that transform Lara into a killer. While sex does occur in Far Cry, it appears to be consensual.

Far Cry 3 releases on November 30 in Europe and December 4 in the US. You can watch the G4 preview, which includes Hay’s comments, below.

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6 Comments

  1. roadkill

    “Crystal Dynamics provoked a ferocious reaction in explaining the new Lara in June, saying the player will want to “protect” Croft and that “you start to root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character.”” Yeah but we have a male in the main role this time. And males don’t complain no matter what s**t happens to them. That’s the main difference between males and females.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Aimless

    @1 That’s funny, I could’ve sworn 90% of this site’s comments section was males complaining about nothing.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if this translates to anything in gameplay terms. For instance, will Jason be inexplicably familiar with the operation of varied firearms when the player picks them up for the first time? Avoiding that kind of dissonance will take a concerted effort; Brody might not start the game as a trained killer, but the player will.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, did some dweeb really just say males moan less? Take a look at any Devil May Cry thread bucko ;-)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    I meant males as in grown-up men. Not children!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^ never heard the phrase “grumpy old men”?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    How about…

    “A man who is not a killer finds other ways to solve problems without employing the use of barbarism.”?

    I don’t know. When it comes to mainstream games I suppose I’m just a little tired of the lack of variety. I miss games like New Vegas where you could progress through the entire thing by talking, and where killing was a conscious choice you made, rather than something that was forced upon you.

    Perhaps even just allowing us to employ non-lethal force would be amazing, like some of the New Vegas mods allowed with all of their forms of stun weaponry.

    I guess I just miss the variety.

    Action-Adventure and in many cases even RPG these days amounts to: See person, kill person.

    #6 2 years ago

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