What’s so frustrating about the whole Zoya/Hunter/Abby situation is that I struggle to believe Zoya would just easily disregard Abby being that visibly upset no matter what their history. She might not be receptive to her words yet she would take them into account. Zoya, who is the one to tell other girls about guys being fuckboys, wouldn’t question Hunter badmouthing his ex? We’re meant to believe Zoya believes Hunter for…what reason exactly?
For the most part I liked Far Cry New Dawn, but I was disappointed that the writers shoehorned Megan/Ethan into the plot for a couple of reasons:
Ethan was the woooorst.
But more seriously, it rendered the “test” Joseph made when he murdered his baby daughter less significant to his overall story somehow. One would think that if you were a “nobody from nowhere with nothing” who had “sacrificed” his own daughter, he wouldn’t even consider having another child OR having unprotected sex with random Peggies? And then the presence of Megan in Far Cry New Dawn (but not the base game) makes me wonder about the Joseph the player never sees… Would the fact that Megan exists in FCND but not FC5 mean that not only is she insignificant enough to Joseph to not be mentioned at all in the base game, but that Joseph uses his own power and influence as a way to have sex with many women in the Project (like most cult leaders do in real life)?***
I can think of quite a few ways that FCND could have been improved from a story standpoint if both of my points had been addressed by the writers: For one, what if Megan had never come back but we had found her notes all over the place about her affair with Joseph and his suspicions that she wasn’t the only one he was manipulating into some type of relationship? And for two, what if someone else was challenging Joseph’s authority from within New Eden because s/he suspected that Joseph was a charlatan all along? I had no problem walking away in the end of FCND because I was fond of old!Joseph and I dismissed Megan outright, but the note above reminds the player that Joseph’s a villain, doesn’t it? It was so much easier in FC5 to fight Joseph in the end when I remembered that he killed previous Faiths, plucked that guy’s eyes out in the beginning of the game, watched as John tortured people, etc… Wouldn’t knowing about Joseph’s secret life - the stuff he doesn’t monologue to the Deputy and the Captain about - make the ending where Joseph asks you to kill him all the more conflicting if you (a player who is nostalgic from FC5) had begun to suspect he really was a charlatan throughout FCND? Like, yeah, maybe he was right about the Collapse (and maybe you were like me and was like oh shit he was right at the end of FC5), but maybe that was just a coincidence given the fact that empires fall all the time (Jacob), you’ve seen who’s in charge (John), it’s the player who decides what happens (Faith), and Joseph’s not so holy after all (shacking up with a ton of Peggies and doing God knows what else).
*** I don’t think that was the writers intention when creating Megan and Ethan at all - I think it was just sloppy writing - but who knows?
Also, an aside, Rachel was a Faith for seven years, right? That would mean, if Megan is talking about Rachel, that Ethan is roughly 24 years old during FCND… He looks like a 40 year old lol.