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 on: March 21, 2017, 08:08:04 PM 
Started by farley2k - Last post by rittchard

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2017, 10:04:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2017, 05:33:16 PM

Still curious about the negativity - if this wasn't a Mass Effect sequel, would people be more interested?  I guess I'm just lucky that I don't feel excess expectations or whatever from the previous games?  There just aren't a lot of sci-fi games with this kind of depth and storytelling combining RPG and action elements.  Most of the games in this venue are slanted toward the action side, so I'm enjoying a game that appears to be more interested in telling a big story with me in the thick of it.

I mean Horizon Zero Dawn just came out and it has probably one of the best Sci-Fi stories to be in a game.

Maybe, that's what I've read... but these are very different styles of games in my mind.  I guess I'll be the one contrarian on Horizon and just say while I was very impressed with my first couple hours playing it, it certainly didn't come across as some sort of masterpiece in sci-fi writing, and honestly I haven't felt compelled to jump back into it.  It still felt a lot like an action/stealth game and I felt like I was going to have to do a lot of sneaking around and creeping around to get the drop on things, which just isn't my preferred style of gameplay.  I'd like to come back to the game again when I have more time, as I have universally heard the story was excellent.

But back to ME:A, I played another couple hours last night and enjoyed it even more.  It's unfolding as kind of a grand "space opera" storyline with politics and interpersonal conflicts and a ton for the protagonist to do, which I really like.  Reminds me of how I felt at around the same point in time playing Dragon Age Inquisition.  They've also seeded some other interesting (to me) sci-fi subplot elements, for instance concerning the development of AI, which I hope will bear fruit down the line.  The distinction between it and, say Horizon since it was brought up, is that it is much more of a traditional (Bioware) RPG in the sense that you can interact with a lot more other characters and it feels like there's a ton to uncover if you so choose.  While some of the characters are a little stale early on, there are a few that are already becoming interesting, and the main character's backstory seems like it will unfold as well.  I'm hoping that like in DA I'll start to become more and more invested in some of the side characters.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got to the point where you get your own ship and maybe it was nostalgia or something else, but it just felt fantastic.  Kind of like a mix between Star Trek and Firefly.  Hopefully it doesn't disappoint as it goes further.

We'll see how it unfolds, but right now I'm feeling really good about the game - as a big fan of past Bioware RPGs, I feel like there's a ton of potential.

 on: March 21, 2017, 07:58:51 PM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by JCC
I also finished Iron Fist. I liked it and put it generally on par with the other Marvel series.

I would rank them as:

Jessica Jones - (by far the best for me)
Luke Cage - (this was neck and neck with JJ for me until the stinking turd of a final episode.)
Daredevil/Iron Fist - I rank these pretty much on par with each other as I think these shows are very similar - in fact a bit too similar. When Iron Fist was at the docks I was wondering when he would bump into Daredevil as it felt like I was watching a rerun of Daredevil. Daredevil probably has greater highs (Hello Fisk!.. more intense, violent fighting) but also lower lows (I think the guy playing Daredevil is by far the worst lead actor on any of the series - mainly during the day as the lawyer where he looks like he's reading lines off a screen on his glasses.) Iron Fist's biggest flaw was that it felt too much like Daredevil except more kung fu with a less interesting hero. But still very similar. I may be in the minority but I enjoyed the character played by Faramir - he was probably the most interesting character on the show. If you like the fighting a lot on Daredevil I understand the feeling that Iron Fist on average seems like a pale imitation. Having said that, I thought IF had some really fun fights particularly in the last few episodes. Another character I enjoyed on IF was Ward - the guy playing him was terrific. A much more interesting character than Oggy and True Blood chick from DD - both of whom had subplots that I had no interest in.

Keep in mind, I am not a comic guy at all. Even when I was a kid I was a casual comic book kid, mainly only reading Spiderman. I was by no means a collector.

In any event, I have enjoyed all the Marvel series so far and am pretty excited to see the Defenders! I would say none of the Netflix series have ever been as bad or annoyed me as much as Iron Man 2 did! smile

 on: March 21, 2017, 06:56:52 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by MonkeyFinger
<puts money on even Gratch liking it>

 on: March 21, 2017, 05:50:20 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Isgrimnur
Daily Deal: Headlander -70% $19.99 $5.99

Midweek Madness:

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 on: March 21, 2017, 05:37:30 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by coopasonic
I'll let you borrow it. You just have to come to Dallas to pick it up.

 on: March 21, 2017, 02:04:39 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by Gratch
This game is literally one of the best if not THE best game I've ever experienced.

I'm now 30 or so hrs in and this is becoming my favorite game of the generation.

Sigh...fine, I'm in.  slywink  Will pick it up on my way home today.

If I don't like it, I'm blaming all of you.  slywink

 on: March 21, 2017, 02:01:38 PM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by Bullwinkle
Jessica Jones started good for me, but lost momentum towards the end. Luke Cage really lost my interest when they moved from the Cottonmouth story arc and got to the Diamondback part of the story.

This is exactly how I feel.  As good as Alfre Woodard is, taking Mahershala Ali out of the mix was just too big a hit.  But I can't quite put my finger on where JJ started to slide.

That DD hallway fight is a hallmark of the series and is practically a master class on how to put together a fight scene.  To see them fumbled so terribly in just the few clips I've caught of Iron Fist is just a bummer.

 on: March 21, 2017, 01:15:02 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by MonkeyFinger
Wish I had more play time for this awesome game. Still... almost at level 9 and overrode a Strider last night. Now I has a horsey!   icon_cool

 on: March 21, 2017, 01:00:11 PM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by Soulchilde
Finished the series last night and in my opinion this was the weakest of the Marvel series.  Seriously, that last fight with the ultimate bad guy seem extremely bland and phony. Apparently, during part of the fight he forgot how to use kung fu.

Man, also that sudden change for Joy was fucking jarring

I really feel like Finn really wasn't the best fit for the part or maybe he has to grow into it

Looking forward to Defenders and Punisher later this year

Anyway, here are my ranking for the series

Luke Cage
Jessica Jones
Iron Fist

 on: March 21, 2017, 12:43:25 PM 
Started by Bullwinkle - Last post by TheEgoWhip

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 21, 2017, 04:18:27 AM

I watched this 35 Second Fight Clip, and I had a hard time making it all the way through.  There are 56 edits in that.  Ridiculous!  Plus the point of view shifts all over the place, making it nearly impossible to follow.

This article went on to show a fight scene heading into an elevator, and I couldn't make it through that one.

DD and DD2 had some very well done, long edit fight scenes in them.  They were exciting to watch and still get a rewatch from time to time. 

I think the best part of DD2 was the Frank Castle story line.  I am eagerly awaiting his solo shot.

Im 8 episodes into Iron Fist so far, and like many others I find it a slow buildup.  I don't think i will have a problem finishing the series, though.  Jessica Jones started good for me, but lost momentum towards the end. Luke Cage really lost my interest when they moved from the Cottonmouth story arc and got to the Diamondback part of the story.  I have high hopes that Iron Fist will finish strong.

On a non marvel topic, one of the best long edit fight scenes i have seen recently was in the Rocky spinoff movie, Creed.  They filmed an entire 3 minute round with no edits.  It was pretty impressive and quite immersive.  I hope this is a trend that gains momentum, as decades of fast edit, music video style cinimatography has worn down my attention span. 

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