Unlike past Far Cry games, in which you played as a named character, you can now choose your appearance and gender. It's a nice new touch, and hopefully we'll see more of it. There are a few downsides to this: Your character is now a mute and, depending on who you are, it can take you out of the immersion that the story is trying to tell. But the good here mostly outweighs the bad. Hopefully we'll get this option in later installments.