Though there were a ton of elements contained within the Far Cry 3 E3 2011 trailer that had the potential of drawing players in, easily the most alluring was the game’s main antagonist. Constantly musing on the concept of insanity, and just being an all around malicious character, this mohawked villain seemed like a perfect centerpiece around which to set a story.
To further reiterate the importance of this character, who we now know is named Vaas, Ubisoft has released the first box art image for Far Cry 3, which puts him front and center. While players will take on the role of Jason Brody, ostensibly the hero of Far Cry 3, Ubisoft has certainly painted Vaas as the more dominant force.
The most important thing reinforced by the box art, besides Vaas’ love of torture, is the series’ return to beautiful tropical landscapes. Far Cry 2 was a solid experiment in whether or not the property could translate its formula to alternate locations, but getting back to the lush island of Far Cry 3 feels like the better fit.
After the horrid box art for the Arkham City Game of the Year Edition was revealed two days ago, it’s quite refreshing to see a complex yet clean looking piece of box art. It doesn’t say much about the game, but it absolutely sells Vaas as a maniacal villain, in case you couldn’t gather that from the Far Cry 3 promotional material.
In certain regards the box art resembles that of Dead Island – before it was censored for having a body hanging from a tree. Perhaps since these nondescript characters are hanging from their feet, the implication is that they are not dead, but merely being “stored.” We will just have to see if the PAL rating is replaced by an ESRB one, or if this box art doesn’t make it to North America.
What do you think of this Far Cry 3 box art? Do you think the pretty controversial iconography will prevent it from making its way to store shelves in the states?
Far Cry 3 releases September 4, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.