Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by G-FETT, Jul 1, 2007.
Darth Maul is going to knock out Asajj Ventress, which will annoy me.
This is awesome.
Major congratulations to
@Coric for completing Mass Effect 1.
Wtf is up with ME2's controls. It's all different.
Why do I have actual ammo now?
WHAT IS GOING ON
See, I'm playing ME2 now, having not played the first one. I like the controls and setup, and can't complain since I have no basis for comparison, at least within this particular series. Then again, I barely play Xbox games at all, let alone shooters.
ASSUMING CONTROL OF THIS THREAD.
SHEPARD, SUBMIT NOW.
@Todd the Jedi YOU HAVE THE ATTENTION OF THOSE INFINITELY YOUR GREATER.
But in all due seriousness, the Mass Effect franchise IMO is one of the top sci-fi/space operas of this current generation. Bioware did a great job with the storytelling/RPG aspects, even if some of the creative decisions were questionable (*cough ME3 ending *cough). ME1 will always be dear to my heart for introducing me to this amazing universe, and overall ME2 is probably the most beloved in the franchise; the character development was impeccable. Overall though, ending aside, ME3 certainly had some of the best moments. In fact, the ME series is the only shooter I've ever enjoyed, as I'm normally not fond of FPS/TPS games. For those who haven't been exposed to the franchise, I recommend it if only for the numerous memes it has spawned in the gaming community.
GoT Season 2 in Full HD: glorious.
Independence Day, still a cool popcorn flick. "Welcome to earth!" -BAM!-
Speaking of movies, I just rewatched the Hobbit. Smeagol's cameo was probably one of the best in the last couple of years.
I just watched all of TCW Microseries for the second time, I really hope we get to see a the Battle of Coruscant in season six of TCW, it'd look so cool! And it's be great to see Grievous vs. Shaak Ti, what I hope they don't do is make Grievous kill Shaak Ti, giving her a fourth death...
She's in RotS; they wouldn't go that far. I wonder if the few arcs they will show actually reach the Battle of Coruscant.
It'll be interesting to find out exactly where TCW leads off and if this pilot in the works is an unexpected follow up after ROTS (because I think it'll be more related to Ep7).
Ah true, she appeared in a hologram in ROTS so they can't kill her off. I dunno if they'll reach the Battle of Coruscant though, because if they were supposed to make two or more season of TCW, then that would be the last thing they'd show, but you never know.
I like Mass Effect well enough, but as a setting, originality, and overall quality, it's just okay. Where it shines is character interaction. Bioware is good at using archetypes to make entertaining companions, but their skills at telling a story are just average. Small talk is great, big picture is weak.
Mass Effect 3's whole plot feels like a missed opportunity to me. So much of it is played safe, and then the WTF ending even with extended cut plays like someone desperately trying to give their story pathos by tacking a hackneyed DRAMA bit to the end of action schlock. It's like if you put the ending of Chinatown into the movie Crank. I don't think people would have cared if the ME3 ending was just "BIG EXPLOSION REAPERS DEAD WOO!" and left it at that. But throwing in a completely random element about the conflict between synthetics/organics made no sense, especially since everything the GodChild says was already debunked in the game with the Geth.
I highly doubt it, unless Season 6 was decided to be the final season. I remember writers hinting at a Season 7, though (at least, I think).
The only way we'll get that last arc is if Disney allow them to make it. A possibility, it is.
I agree that BioWare's skills lie in their characters. The last DLC kind of comes out and admits that, with the whole thing just being focused on character interaction. Hell, what other video game has a 75-minute long party?
I disagree on ME3 playing it safe though. The game pretty much changed it's tone altogether, transforming from a sci-fi opera to a sci-fi opera war drama. It's pretty damn dark compared to the first two games. Yes, that's to be expected with the threat the Reapers pose.
Haven't played ME3 yet, but I'd so love to do some re-calibrating with Garrus ... perhaps one day when it's in the bargain bin (that's how I stumbled across ME1 and 2, respectively, and all of Dragon Age).
pfft, good luck trying to get EA to drop prices. If Activision can still charge 60 bucks for Starcraft 2 while Heart of the Swarm JUST launched, do you think EA will ever drop their half baked baby?
Mass Effect 3 is currently £14 ($17.50). Unfortunately, the main campaign is really supplemented by it's DLC, which not only fix the main plot with the Extended Cut and Leviathan, but also include the Citadel, which is quite frankly the end of the trilogy everybody expected.
The 4 story DLCs cost a whopping £32 ($40). Worked out at about 20 hours of content just for the DLC though, so I guess that's worth it.
I got ME1 and 2 for 10€ each which would be about 13$. Once ME3 is in that price range, I might get it. Up to then, I still have Minecraft and SWTOR to play. Oh yes, and I have FO3 I think. Need to remember where I put it.
Buried I hope. Stick with New Vegas.
I'm not a writer, but when it got to that final reveal "These are the Reapers' motives!" all I could think was "That was the best you could come up with?" Makes me wonder how they thought it would be something we couldn't comprehend. Maybe because it's so asinine and contradicted throughout the course of the game?
I definitely agree on the lacklustre plots. They've never been particularly outstanding. The magic is making us not care by giving us these characters that provide an alternative diving board for immersion. They really do, though I hate the cliche, bring it to life.
I feel like they watched BSG, and decided to have that same level of crazy in their ending.
Thing is, it took 4 seasons for BSG to build that up, and BSG began as a religious, sci-fi, moral questioning series. Mass Effect certainly did not. The original ending is just shocking in how vague and how quickly the final scene is just skipped over.
BSG's problems came when they started letting God dictate the plot? Why a sudden change of direction? Why suddenly this is so important? Why is Tigh now also a Cylon? God did it.
That kind of stuff was set up really early though, in Season 1. If you stuck with BSG past it's first season, you knew what you were in for. It was in no way a change of direction.
The reveal of the Final Five is accompanied by epic music, and is overall one of my favourite reveals in television. That the first half of Season 4 dealt with how the characters dealt with this revelation, and if they considered themselves human or Cylon was delicious.