Skarwolf's Pontificating Platform
I have issues with the entire plot of Mass Effect 3. While entertaining I seriously doubt any military commander would sacrifice his entire army for something they don't know how to use. Its completely ridiculous, any military commander with half a brain would've did something similar to Battlestar Gallactica. Evacuate and flee hoping to find somewhere else to live.
This is my suggestion on an entirely different plot;
1. The story begins much the same as current. John Shepard flees earth hoping to gather friendly forces in the hopes they together might stand a chance of fighting the Reapers instead of being picked off one at a time.
2. Priority : Deep Space Recon Station
Your intel reports indicate Cerberus is looking for a relatively secret Space Station that was intended to probe dark space. When you arrive you find Cerberus forces but for the most part the station is empty. When you arrive at the final room you find some intel which indicates a ship arrived recently from Dark Space and this is what Cerberus is after.
3. You begin to hear the illusive man speaking & appearing to you in dreams. You learn from Kelly Chambers that Cerberus did indeed have a control ship implanted but she doesn't think they'll ever use it. You begin to get very suspicious about these visions and dreams. Also your team begins to grow suspicious of your odd behaviour and they all act distant.
4. Priority : Alliance Base
Intel reports indicate the vessel from Dark Space which appears Reaper in origin has landed at an Alliance Base. Cerberus has launched a small fleet to try and capture the vessel & anything of use. You arrive with your team and begin to work through whats left of the base. You come across dead Cerberus & Alliance troops.
After a certain point you start to confront Alliance & Cerberus fighting. Strangely the Alliance troops are attacking you but the Cerberus are not.
You can attack whomever you wish at this point to reach your objective. The command center.
Once you arrive the doors open & standing before you is John Shepard.
Suddenly the illusive mans voice starts to command you to kill him. You fall down and try to fight it but end up reaching for your gun. Suddenly you're knocked down from behind... by your own team member.
The other John Shepard walks up and tells the illusive man to show himself.
He appears and says that what he did was for the best. That you were just a clone of Shepard. The real shepard never died they merely made it look that way. For his last deed the Illusive man activates a control which makes the clone of Shepard dissolve.
The real shepard explains to his team what happened.
That he went on a covert mission to Dark Space to investigate the Reapers point of origin. To learn anything of use to help in the war. Shepard concludes by saying his mission was a success.
To be cont.
Go play Skyrim, make notes and take into account what that game offers.
Now, look at your current project. If it doesn't at the very least equate to Skyrim. Stop what you're doing right now and don't bother.
Skyrim is the benchmark now for what all other RPG's should strive to at least emulate or succeed. Otherwise quite frankly they're not worth the money. I've purchased two games since finishing skyrim. Well not really finishing I still have plenty to do I just kinda got bored so I picked up two other games. I found myself saying... skyrim is way better repeateldy and turned them off.
When I'm about to checkout some new product or game the webpages usually make you select what country you're from. In mose cases they list U.S.A. (english) & UK (english) and everyone else. Thing is I'm neither of those two and will not click them anymore. I want representation for my country, CANADA.
As a result they don't get my business.
Turn the game on and I start playing and very quickly get annoyed at the constantly stream of annoying popup dialogue holding my hand at every step. I'm exploring the woods and find a dungeon with locked door. Notice the gem on the cieling and I'm about to shoot it, when my sword genie pops up and tells me what to do. Decide to explore and find a sign which tells me what to do... wtf ?
Why not just have the game play itself and I'll watch ?
Not the least of which my wife asks why I'm playing an old game and not the skyrim one which looks prettier... lol. I inform my wife this game came out around the same time as skyrim and she thought that was ridiculous.
Story... mffffhahaha lol ... you've played the other zeldas well guess what ? Same story all over again.
I cannot stand npc's that make stupid noises when I initiate dialogue.
I don't like the controls which make me have to backtrack and redo an area because I can't control when I jump.
I don't like the graphics which look like nintendo 64 quality.
The game is a total letdown. I'm glad this one was a gift because it'll be quickly traded in for something better and my wi can go back to collecting dust.
Few years back while playing WOW and reading numerous forums on the problem with gold farmers I made the suggestion to simply create their own auction house for selling in game items and accounts. Blizzard would get all the profit and cut out the 3rd party gold farmers and sellers.
Now apparently they're doing this in Diablo 3 and you can bet your dollars to peso's they'll do the same thing in WOW if diablo 3 proves to be profitable. I made the same suggestions in EQ2 and other MMO's.
As a result, I demand a 2% royalty on all sales.
I'm not sure why people do ? Wow they're providing HD graphics ... ahem like 5 years too late.
Oh wait we get to see Mario, Metroid, Zelda, etc redone on another console with the exact same storyline but fancier graphics. Yawn.
Nintendo - failsausage
So I had this Wii which was adept at collecting dust atop my wall unit. Bored one day I decided to turn it on and connect to my wireless network. After doing this I explored the various options. After downloading a whole two so called "channels" my wii storage was almost full. I had to delete them which by the way seemed pretty much useless anyways and investigated the wii store.
Cool, some classic games I might enjoy. So I purchased 2000 points and downloaded Super Mario Bros. 3 and began playing. Then my wife said she wanted Super Mario World. I go to download and wait a sec. Oh it can't be played with the wii controller you need the originals which have to plug into the top. Hmm I investigate a few other titles.
None of them have been customized to play with the wii controllers. Looks like I wasted money on points I'm never going to use. I'm not going out to buy an old controller. Instead I'll use emulators and roms and not spend any of my money since Nintendo wants to be lazy.
Secondly why aren't there any gamecube titles on the wii store. Sure you can play them on your wii but where are they ? Stores don't carry them anymore and the only ones available are the titles nobody wants found in bargain bins.
So from my experience dealing with the wii network, and online store it amounts to complete and utter waste of money, time and therefore is crap. Anyone want to buy a wii ? Useful for holding up books or dvd's at least on my wall unit.
I'm curious because of the majority anti wow posters most of them appear to have never played the game. Thats not to say I'm a hardcore WOW fanboy, I'm not. Yes I've played it and quit numerous times. Last time I played was a few weeks ago. Of note, I have 4, 85th lvl characters all of whom were in a good raiding guild. I never raided mind you. I just levelled alts, and enjoyed the game before getting to the end game grind.
That being said, and back to my original point. Why is it that all these WOW haters appear to have never tried the game ?
1. To say that they haven't and that somehow makes them unique ?
2. They cling to old games like Baldurs Gate 2
3. They don't want to start over in another MMO ?
WOW can be fun. Its WOW lite so to speak. Compared to other MMO's its ridiculously easy. Like dungeons and dragons online for example. Don't specialize correctly and your character is a total gimp. Walk in the wrong spot of a dungeon and your entire party gets killed by a trap. WOW made MMO's easy in retaliation to Everquest which punished the players. I see people comment on wanting to go back to those days. **** that. EQ was fun because it was a new experience but thinking back to those days I wasted playing EQ for over 4 years... lol most of it was like a job.
I've played many MMO's but none of them kept my interest beyond playing a few levels. They're just not fun. Not compared to WOW which admittedly once you get to 85 becomes boring because I have no interest in the end game grind.
I started a post in the XBL forums in which I state they're going to reset all gamerscores. I made up a story about them being reset to serve a purpose, in this case I said it was a value where you could trade in gamerscore points for XBL points. That in itself is not a bad idea and one I've seen suggested many times.
Amusingly the post was almost immediately closed.
Upon further examination it was closed by a moderator who of all things apparently values their gamerscore a great deal. They closed the thread ordering me to provide proof, kinda hard when the thread is closed... almost like they don't want to see the proof if it existed.
This person spent some time detailing their quest to achieve a ridiculous gamerscore in personal blogs. There's numerous entries where this individual goes on and on about their gamerscore so I find it ironic that this topic was so quickly closed. Obviously someone values their gamerscore a lil bit too much
So was this moderator doing their job remaining impartial in their judgement or fretting over their precious gamerscore ? I don't think so.
I remember playing my 8-bit Nintendo and spending weeks on games like Zelda I & II, Final Fantasy & Mario Bros. They were quality games with enormous amounts of gameplay. Around the same time I was playing the Ultima series on my old 386 computer with whopping 4 mb's of ram. I played U7 The Black Gate for over a month just exploring the world and not doing anything else.
Games today look amazing they strive for realism and graphical quality but I think quantity has severly diminished. By quantity I mean the actual size of the game. Why pay 50-70 dollars for something that can be completed in 1-2 days ? Then $5 bucks every couple of weeks as they add new content thats completed in half an hour.
The first time I encountered this was after paying $110 for Starfox 64. I paid extra for some memory expansion that made the game look better. Get home plug it in... four hours later the game is beaten. I returned it and never spent money on another N64 game.
The only games recently that maintained the gameplay quality with sheer amount of things to do have been Oblivion, and other Bethesda titles like Morrowind. They're practically single player MMO's they're so massive no other game compares. I wish game manufacturers would use them as the benchmark for just how big games should be. Yeah Mass Effect, Dragon Age were good titles yet they still don't compare to the sheer size of Oblivions game world and all the things you could do.
Too often in games and movies we're given a villain who lacks development. We get to see the protagonist develop usually from a supposed orphan or weakling who develops into the confident hero who often discovers they're actually heir to the throne. Thats the common easy plot you see repeated all the time in movies and games.
What I'd like to see is the villain developed to a greater extent. Give them a background, where did they come from, goals, motives etc. Instead we usually get the big bad guy who wants an item, or person and they need it to rule. These token bad guys usually have sterotypical big evil looking armor, sinister features and hordes of minions who do whatever the big bad wants regardless of their treatment. They apparently live in destroyed and featureless landscapes usually active volcanoes.
For example Peter Jacksons version of Sauron from Lord of the Rings movies. Sauron apparently has nothing better to do then stand around in an active volcano wearing armor (awfully hot) and clenching his fist at the sky. How do they provide for their armies ? They must pay well considering they usually outnumber the "good guys." What do they eat ? Considering their own territory usually appears to be wasted landscapes covered in molten lava and brimstone. The benefits must be good if these guys are able to create massive armies. Thats never really explained unfortunately.
Dragon Age Origins is another example. Great game awesome story and yet the main villain is never explained. The Darkspawn just show up and want to kill everything and they're lead by a big evil looking dragon. What do they benefit from this?
To conclude, basically I'd like the writers to put more depth into their villains. Give them a backstory, what made them what they are, what they want, why they're doing what they do. Don't just set them up and ok here you go the sterotypicall big baddy in nasty armor and red eyes living in a volcano is coming and you need the sword of bad guy slaying to win and the only one who can is the orphan who doesn't know he's actually the big good guy king. Thats essentially the plot for almost every fantasy novel out there.
I really hate when I check out some new preview or webpage for a game and I'm stopped by this annoying feature which prompts me to enter my birth date.
Why bother ?
Even if you're under age obviously the person is going to select a date that allows them access to the webpage.
The game looks like Morrowind from the early 90's. Its attracted every wannabe l33t trash talking punkass kid in MMO history. Well thats a good thing because they're not tainting the good MMO's with their wankdom.
The worse part which makes me absolutely vomitous is how much these cretins babble nonsensically about how great the game is. They facillitate this lie to get new people to join for them to grief without a constant influx of new meat there's nothing for the scum to do other then grind skills 24/7. Don't kid yourself the game is not fun and of course veteran players will tell you it is because they have months on you which means you'll never be able to touch them in a fight.
It bothers me when these wankers post lame videos of this dated graphics engine showing poorly animated mounts traversing bland pastel landscapes while they zerg nodes like it some kind of accomplishment. Its been done before and much better in games such as DAOC. If you notice every single one of these crappy videos includes advertisements to buy the game, they're desperate to keep their full loot fix going.
Don't waste any time or money on Darkfall, just go boot up your old Xbox thats collecting dust and play Morrowind, looks the same and you'll have more fun.
Why is it the same with every console they make. They always go slightly sub-par to current standards. When everyone had playstations they stuck with cartridges which had not even 1/4 the capacity of a single CD. Compared to games like FF7 which have 7 or more discs of content. Even though you dealt with loading times the amount of content you had made up for the minor issue.
The playstation could play DVD's, and nintendo still doesn't provide that option. They're sole claim to fame with the Wii is the fancy remotes which they falsely advertise as getting you up off the couch as if it enforces working out. I've tried it and you can basically just sit there and flail your arms around for 30 minutes while playing a game. It gets boring fast and I found myself wanting to use just a regular remote.
The other thing is why can't they come up with something other then redoing, Metroid, Mario, Zelda... every console they seem to redo it and its they're only selling point. They don't even invent new stories either they just redo them and add a few twists but its the same bad guys all over again.
Come up with something original.
I played WOW actively when it came out for over 2 years. During that time I was lucky to have 300 gold at one point after obtaining a random epic world drop. That was the most gold I ever had which quickly vanished when I bought a krol blade for 300 gold. I wasn't in a raiding guild, I actually didn't have time to raid I was a casual player. I could play for a few hours at best.
I quit WOW for a time and got into EQ2. Actually picked up the original client with free month subscription. Upon entering the game in the original gameworld, lacking any expansions I found the areas mostly devoid of any other players. What players I found were usually twinks who didn't want to group. Finding myself solo, with substandard gear and spells I spent most of the time dying and little else.
So I researched buying gold and got myself 1000. I was able to get myself good gear, mostly all fabled which is pretty good and advanced-master spells which great helped. I'd later do the same in WOW. Buying gear that upgraded my current equipment, I never wasted it on a faster mount.
I used to be radibly against farming. Used to spend time killing known farmers in area's they frequented. But now after using their services I don't see much wrong with it. I know raiding guilds buy gold because they can't afford to keep up with the costs of buying repairs, and consumables. Personally, I used it to get an upgrade once in awhile and to equip a BG twink that was fully enchanted.
In the long run I think gold farming while unsavory is going to remain part of the game. In fact I think game companies should incorporate it. For example, the "free" online RPG Tales of Pirates. The game is totally free, except once you get around 30ish exp really slows down. However if you goto their online marketplace you can buy gear, or items which double your exp.
MMORPG's like WOW could do something like this and totally cut out the third party gold farming companies. Have an online marketplace similar to say, ebay, and have players pay for items they want. Just make bought items slightly substandard to those obtained in raids. Lets say, making this up, Axe of Death drops in raid its damage is 110 speed is 20 with 100 to health and power. The purchased one would be 95 dmg, 30 speed, 80 health and power... /shrug something like that. It would still have the same appearance only slightly less in stats.
I'm not sure if its a bug but recently anytime I try to post a review of a game it tells me my reviews are either too short or too long. It seems like someone has messed up the review option, or I'm being punished for not posting glowing reviews of games. If thats the case I won't recommend this website to anyone as a referrence.
I read an article recently that one editor was fired from gamespot because he posted a negative review of a game. The corresponding company apparently put pressure on gamespot for that review and the editor was subsequently fired.
If thats the case this website is no longer a satisfactory judge of games since reviews by gamespot will be biased due to influence from the game companies. The reviews should be impartial, one reason I usually read the player reviews more so then the actual editorial reviews becase frankly in some cases they seem like a load of bulls---.
Now I cannot post truthful reviews which doesn't bode well for the game community if our right to freely express our opinions is censored. I guess game companies rather we waste our money on crappy games and learn the hard way.
Programmers should make games that adjust content based on the age of the player. This can easily be verified by the profile of the user. Sure minors might lie about their age but responsible parents should be aware of what they're child does. If a game like, say Mass Effect verifies the user is a minor the sex scenes are abbreviated merely suggesting the act. If an adult, the sex scene is fully displayed.
It amuses me when bible thumpers and anal retentivie politicians seeking votes jump on the anti-sex agenda in video games. Not only video games but regular T.V. also suffers from this hypocrisy.
Why is it ok for minors to watch senseless violence where people are shot and killed, yet not ok to watch people making love ?
Aggression, violence, thats ok. Having sex, omg get it off the TV before our children are warped.