The game has even less to say about religious cults, belief systems, and American politics than its predecessor.
Following the lead of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the game builds toward an incredibly sobering conclusion.
With this entry, the Far Cry series has suddenly decided to crib story ideas from real American nightmares.
Players who manage to get past the technical issues will find themselves saddled with a generic, emotionless game.
Those desperate for a way to stay busy will find a seemingly inexhaustible number of grains of gameplay here.
For the series, this is a confident step toward something much more disciplined and understatedly profound.
For those desiring a more focused approach to gameplay, Far Cry 4 offers a lengthy campaign with over 40 missions.
Like the natural world it sets out to emulate so well, Far Cry 3 is beautiful and deadly.