Confiscation is the most frustratingly weird mechanic in this episode and should be fixed (SPOILERS)


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I've finished episode 4 last Friday and I really loved it, however, there seems to be a pretty problematic mechanic in it that I've seen many people complain about. It should definitely be improved, and the solution to it could be pretty easy.

In episode 4, players get the option to transfer everything from their inventory to a container. This is great and works very well with the confiscation mechanic, however, it doesn't put any equipped clothing or accessories in the container. From this, I assumed that logically, my clothes would never be confiscated - however, that is not the case. While some clothing items stay in the player's inventory, the prisoners take some as well. This forced me to reload a save and rewatch an entire cutscene because I really didn't want to lose my valuable outer layers. In traditional malicious compliance, every time I went to the prison after that, I went there completely butt naked. This created really weird and silly moments, especially at the end of the episode, where I met Jace while being completely naked. This, to me, is honestly really stupid and really detracted from the serious mood of the final cutscene.

The simple solution to this issue is that the prisoners should never take equipped clothing items from the player, regardless of how valuable they are. This really seems like a very simple fix to this confusing and frustrating mechanic, and I would love to see it implemented.

Thank you for reading.

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I think they should only take outer layers. Because theres a cut scene where the point is made that theyre sending Mckenzie with out any coats on. I think they should perhaps let him keep a jumper and trousers. But take his hat, gloves and coat. You could argue a coat could hide a knife. 

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They do only take the outer layers, hats and maybe the gloves. But that still isn't communicated well if at all. Once it happens you can probably figure it out. But you are almost certainly going to lose items the first time.

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Ah, those bastards. Should have been sent to jail for it...

I can fully live with the mechanic as it is. I got stripped of some items too, but there is still enough around to even start with all things confiscated at the first time.

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They're cold too. And Mackenzie seems to give them his clothes without hesitation, I think he has nothing to object to against a group of evil prisoners.

In general, for the first time I thought that one prisoner was wearing my military jacket, which I foolishly left on myself. Then I realized that this was not the case. But if you change what you're talking about, it's only that things you left behind may well appear on the prisoners)))

In short, the idea is a Minus. I am no longer sure that this will bring any inconvenience to me in the next playthrough. However, newcomers are waiting for a fun unexpected run in the cold. And if they are not having fun, then you can reboot.

and by the way. In the end, by a happy coincidence, I left some things next to the workbench. And he came dressed up for the final.

there was still a funny moment. when I threw the equipment into the trunk, it turned out that one of the prisoners was standing by the barrel and warming himself. do you agree that this causes more perplexity than the fact that things are taken away from you? To be honest, I expected that the developers would think through such a scenario. But as it turned out, everyone doesn't care.

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In the event that you have to rewatch a cutscene, you can skip through dialogue by hitting space.

That being said, the easy solution to this issue is to go back in with what you left with. I just stored Mackenzie's initial clothes in a smaller container, so after I dumped all my gear in storage, I popped back on all his personal items and was good to go. To me, this approach just made sense. Mackenzie's survival at this juncture depends on creating a believable lie about his activity. Part of that is avoiding the suggestion that he's collecting a personal stash. If they don't think it's there, they won't look for it. So go back in the way you left.

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There is a note warning you about hiding your stuff before getting back.

Lost everything one my first return though but no big deal, even on the harshest difficulty, there are still enough ressources to go

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I'm Naked!!!!  I'm Butt Naked!!!

@Azdrawee, best quote line ever!    ..."In traditional malicious compliance, every time I went to the prison after that, I went there completely butt naked."

oh, how I needed a little levity in my morning today.  It just reminded me of all the stuff they took off me the first time I walked back in the prison after having geared up and recovered the medical supplies.  I learned too well after that and subsequently stored everything I owned in the locker in the guard shack.  I entered prison only wearing a ragged pair of socks and an old tee shirt. 

Eat a satchel of richards, Mathis...

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Did some testing,

Just out of curiosity, I left 22 sticks and a tinder into my inventory at the end of Episode 2. They were gone! It must be a cold place that Blackrock Prison, 'cause sticks were so valuable. 😉
OK, Confiscation mechanics might be totally random. So don't trust my in this. But might be interesting to see what is taken away and how often.

 

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2 hours ago, Niskavuori said:

Did some testing,

Just out of curiosity, I left 22 sticks and a tinder into my inventory at the end of Episode 2. They were gone! It must be a cold place that Blackrock Prison, 'cause sticks were so valuable. 😉
OK, Confiscation mechanics might be totally random. So don't trust my in this. But might be interesting to see what is taken away and how often.

 

I did that too a couple of times to see what "they" would take and it basically takes everything except one shirt, one socks, one pants, one underwear and your boots.  you've get to keep the bare minimum.  
those sticks make good handles for a prison shank...

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After the first time and after losing some meat at the fire barrel near the door, I went back in each following time with NOTHING.

Made sure I was fully fed and rested.

In with nothing, and out with some matches and a can, from memory.

I had a base in and around the little external prison outpost office. Stored everything there and immediately outside of there.

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