At first I was surprised you got a Twitter embed to work on my crappy old forum software, but then I realized it was a screenshot.
Did you see where Hideki Kamiya speculated on Twitter about how the next DMC could be more of a realistic cinematic action game, rather than an anime-style hack-n-slash, referencing God of War? And then some game journos ran headlines like "Hideki Kamiya wants DMC to be more like God of War" and he flipped out at them... using his usual colorful language. That guy is a riot on the Tweeter, lol.
Been playing Mass Effect: Andromedary, which I got for Christmas.
It's not that bad. It's certainly a Mass Effect game, and I had been kinda missing playing a Mass Effect type game. Though, I also think that was one of the game's major weaknesses: it's just more Mass Effect. There's no unique draw here - nothing to make you go "Hey! Cool!" Your character travels in a sleeper ship for 600+ years to reach the Andromeda galaxy, and it's just the same. There's a new Citadel under construction, you have a new Normandy knockoff, there are mysterious Prothean Remnant ruins, and all the aliens are still humanoid bipeds who use very similar weapons and technology. Because let's face it: the whole Andromeda thing was basically a soft reboot of the universe so they wouldn't have to deal with all the major choices you made in the trilogy. Which could have been fine, if they had added something new to the mix. Like the ability to directly control your ship and fly around the galaxy like in Freelancer. Or the option to play as an alien, like a turian or asari. Or at least a new type of story, like being the captain of a criminal smuggler crew or something. I mean, I guess you're explorers instead of military this time, but it just feels like the same old thing except less serious.
But hey, the new engine is nice. You can drive around on planets again like in ME1, but now there's a lot more to do... if you're into that sort of thing. I mean, it's basically the open world stuff from Dragon Age Inquisition, which bored me to tears, but... well, there it is. It's okay I guess. I like being able to run around more freely (areas are much bigger and less linear) and jump with the jetpack and stuff, but the combat feels a little too... loose, to me. Especially in the wide open world, with all the randomly-placed cover objects that never seem quite tall enough and are super easy for the enemy to flank. Doesn't seem like an improvement over previous games, imo.
The game shares another, much bigger problem that DA:I had too: since there are no Paragon vs. Renegade dialogue options, all of your choices just seem boring. I really think that, if EA ever lets Bioware make more RPGs again, they should bring back the Red vs. Blue dialogue system, because at least it gets the writers to write dialogue options with OOMPH. I wanna grab collars and shove my guns in peoples' faces, dammit! Not just choose whether I should accept the quest, or make a snarky joke while accepting the quest.
Anyway, I know I'm not very good at coming up with positive things to say, but honestly, it's not a terrible game. I kinda feel like the Internet was unduly hard on it because of a few slip-ups, the new dev team, and the odd tone of some of the dialogue (which is 80% due to "Peebee", who is unbearable). Since the game only costs like $10-$15 now, it's worth picking up if you're in the mood for a new Mass Effect adventure. At least, it feels that way so far. Haven't reached the ending yet, so the jury's still out on the choices & consequences.
Finally watched Stranger Things Season 2. Didn't like it half as much as the first TBH. But watching it while sick with a cold made me wonder: if I heat my body up enough, will all the viruses fly out of my mouth? Sounds unsafe to try though.
Been trying to get back into Obsidian's little one-off RPG called Tyranny. It kinda came out of nowhere, so unexpectedly and with such an unusual setting and aesthetic that it was hard to really grasp what they were going for. I think that's why it failed to sell or attract much attention.
But it's not bad, really. In some ways I feel like it was a more inspired production than Pillars of Eternity, which felt so dry most of the time. The combat is a bit more dynamic with the team-up combos and such, although I'm still not crazy about it. The latest Obsidian games have pretty much converted me into a Turn-Based Fanboy... Real Time With Pause is just too hard to get right. I'm not totally crazy about the art style, but at least it's interesting and not too hideous. I like the Bronze Age setting they were going for too, although I feel like the whole "world where the Evil Overlord won" thing would have been better served by a straight-up Cliché Fantasy vibe, with tall spiked Black Towers and monster hordes and stuff. Or at least some Conan-style snake headdresses and stuff. I dunno, it just doesn't feel EVIL enough, ya know? How about some undead or demons, at least?
But the best thing I've encountered is, of course: the choices and consequences. The intro sequence where you go through an entire campaign of conquest and make decisions was neat. And there are plenty of reputation trackers. I hope they all amount to something.
I still can't quite get into it, but maybe at some point the plot will twist a little and grab me. I'm hoping.
I wasn't going to post in here, but now I feel compelled to show that not everyone who hates the movie hates it because of feminism, or because they want Luke to be unstoppable, or whatever. I intensely dislike this kind of convenient dismissal of the entire fan blacklash and criticism of the movie.
Here is what I wrote a couple days ago but didn't post:
When I first heard that Disney was taking Star Wars from the clutches of George Lucas, I was thrilled. JJ Abrams had just made a Star Trek reboot that felt more like a good Star Wars movie than a Trek movie, so I was hopeful for what he would do with SW. We'd finally be getting a sequel, with the old actors coming back! I was excited!
If you had told me that Disney was going to
bring back Han and Luke just to kill them off and completely destroy everything they had accomplished in the worst possible way imaginable,
then I probably would not have been excited. I would have been the opposite of excited.
I know we're not supposed to care. I know we're not supposed to care that they erased all of Han's character development and turned him into a sad divorced dad who dies at the hands of his insane evil son. I know we're not supposed to care that
this same evil son destroyed Luke's new Jedi order and nuked the New Republic and turned Luke himself into a depressed hermit who then also dies.
I know we're supposed to observe these stories like dispassionate movie critics for some reason, regarding them as "fresh" and "bold" and super awesome, because who cares if some fictional characters died?
But, dammit, I do care. I care that, according to these movies, the joyful ending of Return of the Jedi can never be viewed the same way again, because apparently the galaxy was almost immediately plunged right back into an even darker place than it was before Han and Luke and Leia did anything at all. I'm not asking for Luke to be totally perfect (like Rey) or for no one to ever die (a meaningful death of a major character, preferably in the third movie, could have been great), but is it too much to ask that even one thing went right? This isn't Game of Thrones; it's freaking Star Wars. When I was a kid, these stories and characters meant a lot to me.
I want to enjoy the new movies and the new characters; I really do. I like female heroes. I don't even care that's Rey is a huge Mary Sue - I'm perfectly willing to like her anyway. But when Disney needlessly and utterly destroys the old characters and stories that I loved, tossing them carelessly in the trash bin like rubbish to be discarded, then I can no longer enjoy the new ones. I just can't. It is not within my power.
A petition to make the movies non-canon is silly of course - not just because it will never happen, but because worrying about canon has always been silly. Just like the things you like and ignore the things you don't. For me, the Star Wars series ended with Return of the Jedi, just like the Alien series ended with Aliens. I don't accept that Han and Luke died like losers after watching everything they had fought for destroyed, just like I don't accept that Hicks and Newt died in their stasis pods at the beginning of Alien 3. Hollywood has proven that there will always be endless remakes, reboots, prequels, and sequels to everything until the end of time. You can't get mad at all of them.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Glad to get it off my chest, I guess.
Disclaimer: I have not watched Last Jedi and do not plan to. I watched TFA, and that was enough for me. EDIT: Also, for the record, I wasn't the one who edited the poll, lol.