Would you consider me if I advised you there was a personality within the Far Cry franchise that could possibly be hundreds of years outdated? Positive, the open-world shooter actually has its justifiable share of fantastical components, however would Ubisoft dare go that far? I’d prefer to introduce you to the model’s resident redneck, Hurk Drubman. He could look and sound like a beer-swilling dumbass, however typically individuals are greater than meets the attention.
Much less Class, Extra Sass
If Superman was raised within the deep south and his mom smoked meth all through her first trimester, the consequence would probably be one thing like this lovable dipshit. Hurk has a means of endearing himself rattling close to instantly, primarily by means of his lack of giving two squirts of piss about any form of well mannered decorum. Consider him like Larry the Cable Man with heavy explosives and a complete lack of self-preservation. In the case of cartoonish gaming characters, that is about as colourful as they get, whereas nonetheless feeling like he might nonetheless be an precise individual. I might go so far as to say that everyone knows a Hurk Drubman. They is probably not this Hurk, however everybody has not less than one Hurk of their life. In all probability, that is what makes him so goddamn endearing.
At one level or one other, I feel we’ve all had loopy concepts meander into our thoughts which might be casually handed over on account of its sheer madness. An ideal instance is likely to be the concept, “why not weaponize monkeys by strapping them in explosive vests and have them do my bidding?” Any rational individual would write this off as past preposterous, however to the likes of Hurk Drubman, this can be a BRILLIANT plan. In reality, when he’s launched to the participant in Far Cry three, that is EXACTLY the scheme that he’s making an attempt to convey to fruition.
First showing within the GameStop-exclusive Far Cry three DLC pack, Monkey Enterprise, Drubman recruits the primary protagonist to assist him raid the proverbial booty of a number of pirates. He primarily acts as a quest-giver by means of a sequence of 4 completely different missions, spouting numerous one-liners and making most use of his restricted display screen time. Even again then I assumed he stole the present, so think about my shock when he confirmed up once more in Far Cry four!
The place’s Drubman?
Who knew that somebody that was so uncultured could possibly be so well-traveled? As soon as once more showing in pre-order DLC, this time round he was not solely a quest-giver, but in addition a full-on participant within the motion. Calling again to the primate-inspired shenanigans of the earlier sport, he’s making an attempt to make amends to some form of monkey god. But for some cause, the participant finds themselves as soon as once more doing Hurk’s soiled work, whereas he fires off regular stream of amusing quips into the headset.
At every key level within the marketing campaign, simply if you lastly had sufficient time to overlook about him, he’d pop his head out of the bottom like a drugged gopher, and provide up a brand new mission. His quests have been a welcome palette cleanser that helped maintain the tone extra lighthearted. And the enjoyable didn’t finish there, as a result of Drubman additionally made an look—his first in a playable kind—within the sport’s co-op mode.
The following look of Drubman was an surprising twist to say the very least. In Far Cry Primal (sure, the identical sport that travels again to the period of cavemen), Hurk exhibits up once more… kinda. Within the type of an alleged historical Drubman ancestor named Urki, this screwball as soon as once more managed to shoehorn his means into the sequence. There may be nothing that concretely ties Hurk to Urki, however in case you put the 2 side-by-side, the resemblance is uncanny. It’s onerous to disclaim that these two goofs have a shared lacking mind cell or two. Plus, there’s a second within the marketing campaign when Urki decides that it’s excessive time that he check out his newfangled flying machine, solely to plummet off a cliff into the nice unknown. When it occurred, I couldn’t assist however chortle my rattling head off.
When it was introduced that Far Cry 5 was heading again to america I feared that we’d lastly lose monitor of this globe-trotting munitions maven. Unbeknownst to everybody, Hope County was really the house of 1 Hurk Drubman Jr. That’s proper, our boy (who we had no thought was really named after his father) was as soon as once more making an look, and this time his complete household was alongside for the journey. It seems this loopy son of a bitch really will get his “explosive” character from his mom, who additionally occurs to have a fascination with gunpowder. Satirically, in Hurk’s introduction in Far Cry three he really states that each of his dad and mom are pacifists, however over the course of the marketing campaign that is confirmed to very a lot not be the case. However who wants an accurate canon when a household has this a lot firepower?
When you get by means of the primary storyline of Hope County, issues take a flip for the interstellar within the Misplaced on Mars DLC. Someway, our boy has really discovered his solution to Mars, in an effort to assist fend off a horde of alien spiders. Sure, you didn’t simply have a stroke. That’s really what occurred. Taking the madness one step additional, Hurk’s physique is definitely blown to bits at one level, so gamers should try to seize his head in a jar. Utilizing what’s left of his grey matter, his sentience is then transferred right into a robotic very aptly named, Brobot.
Even in digital kind, this stooge manages to take care of his uncultured allure. Hell, his bot is even painted like a full-blooded ‘Merican, full along with his trademark do-rag to drag your entire look collectively. In a really Hurk-ian transfer, there’s a mission that revolves round making an attempt to trace down the arachnid that, “stole his wiener.” I’ll simply go away it at that…
In any case of this madness, that also wasn’t the tip of this dipshit’s adventures. Having by some means managed to reassemble his corporeal kind, he managed to make a considerable contribution to the lately launched Far Cry New Daybreak. After the nuclear fallout settled, not solely is he alive and effectively, however he’s nonetheless a resident of Hope County, 15+ years later. Moreover, regardless of his higher judgement, he additionally managed to father a baby! Named Blade (due to course he’s…), his pint-sized offspring is the apple of his eye and one of many fundamental causes Hurk remains to be round in Hope County.
Firing on all Cylinders
He could also be in his sixties, however there’s nothing that’s slowing this man down any greater than his already deteriorating mind. So long as he has the possibility to trigger mayhem with the help of his handy-dandy rocket launcher, then it’s wonderful by him.
However what if Hurk wasn’t really solely 63 years outdated? If an Easter Egg in Far Cry 5 is to be believed (thanks Reddit!), Urki and Hurk might really be the identical individual! As you possibly can see, in his stash of containers there’s one that’s clearly labeled “Oros Shit.” Oros is definitely the primary setting of Far Cry Primal, which additional connects the dots between these buffoons. Kyrat (the highest field) is the primary location in Far Cry four.
I’m going to place logic to the aspect for only a second. In a universe the place a bumbling maniac can even manifest himself as a robotic, then later rematerialize again in human kind, is it past the realm of chance that the Hurk and Urki might in reality be the identical individual? Positive, it’s a bit far-fetched, however truthfully, I don’t assume it’s too massive of a leap. Perhaps Hurk is definitely quick for Hercules? Lord is aware of, that will clarify his fearless altruism and incapability to remain out of hassle.
No matter what you consider the character, time has proven that he’s one of many few constants over the earlier 5 video games. Hell, at this level he would possibly as effectively be thought of the key fundamental character within the franchise. That is Hurk’s world. All of us simply reside in it. He’s by some means managed to exist as a redneck, robotic, and presumably caveman. However to me, Hurk singularly exists as one in every of my favourite characters in all of gaming. Right here’s to hoping that there are nonetheless loads of adventures in his future.
I eagerly await Far Cry 6, staring Hurk and Blade Drubman in a unending sequence of post-apocalyptic buddy cop-esque shenanigans. Make it occur Ubisoft!