Friday, February 20, 2015

Interactive Friction: Far Cry 3: Episode 17: It's Combat

In this episode, we leave behind a swath of bloody, sexy violence in our wake.

People may be able to defend Jason's decision to not kill Hoyt at the meeting with all the nameless, faceless mooks. I'll eviscerate all of those arguments, but they can be made. In the office scene in this episode, there is absolutely no excuse for Hoyt's neck not being cut open by a machete. He has no weapon, no guards, and the only other person in the room is on your side! There is no possible excuse for this blatant oversight in the plans both Jason and Sam.

The other major scene in this episode is the interrogation. It might be because I am an avid consumer of fiction, but I just wasn't particularly moved by this scene. The actors deliver pretty good performances, the animation is solid, and you can see the fear in Riley's eyes. At the same time, it felt like the game was trying to tug at heartstrings that have yet to be established. I can't feel particularly bad for a character that I do not honestly know. After all, aside from the acid trips and the intro cutscene, we have seen nothing of Riley before this.

As for the rest of this episode, I don't have much to say about it. They are serviceable missions that do their jobs, but that's about it. Unfortunately, it is mostly just combat. We've already spoken a lot about the game's combat, so any further conversation is pretty pointless. Because of this lack of conversation, we just start shooting the breeze at this point.

Missed Hoyt Assassination Opportunities: 4

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