Cutscenery: Far Cry 3

Vaas“Way up in the fucking skies, you thought you had your finger on the pussy trigger…”

Thus begins the epic arc of the incredibly charismatic, sadistically charming and ever volatile Vaas Montenegro.

Unquestionably the greatest character to grace the Far Cry franchise (or the gaming landscape in general), every scene with this maniac is charged with an electricity that leaves the game’s narrative and other voice work feeling flat in his absence.

Even though he only manages about 30 total minutes of screen time, he gives actors like Phillip Seymour Hoffman or William H. Macy a run for their money for best supporting performance:

Brought to life by the fantastic voice stylings of Michael Mando, every line out of this guy’s mouth is an instant classic, and sizzles with a palpable undercurrent of lunacy and real danger. This scene above is my favorite of his many great scenes, and it was used to great effect as a promotion for Far Cry 3. It’s unfortunate that he isn’t the game’s main character, rather than the, boorish and lame Jason Brody.

Of course, it’s possible that a character of this magnitude is best ingested in small doses.

“Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?..”