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In Topic: Star Trek Discovery

Yesterday, 02:28 PM

I moved the primarily TLJ related posts the corresponding thread.

In Topic: The Last Jedi

Yesterday, 02:24 PM

I'm a life-long fan of Star Wars, and really loved The Last Jedi, because it was the fresh wind that the franchise needed: I loved that Rian Johnson kept undermining the series' already stale traditions and avoided becoming paralysed in pure hero worship.

My biggest issue with the movie was its length: the middle part with the pursuit of the Resistance by the Last Order and Finn's shenigans on Canto Bight dragged on for too long without really adding much to the plot.

In Topic: Star Trek Discovery

17 February 2018 - 04:28 PM

Okay, for the record, although it hasn't much to do with the topic of this thread, I really liked The Last Jedi. Not well enough to deem it the best Star Wars movie ever (it just dragged on too much in the middle part), but I thought it was great exactly for the reasons the orthodox Star Wars traditionalists seem to hate it for.

My issues with Discovery aren't primarily with its disregard of traditional Star Trek, even if that absolutely doesn't help. My biggest problem with it simply is the abysmal writing, from the conflict purely for conflict's sake, to the hair-raisingly stupid actions of the protagonists, and the simply idiotic series of twists in the second half of the season (as I already elaborated in my rant). This season of the show was so literally all over the place that it's obvious that the producers couldn't decide on what they wanted to do in this season and just tried to cram everything they had in mind into this 16 episodes.

In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

14 February 2018 - 12:19 PM

My "favourite" part was when after Lara's friend, The Nerd, sacrifices himself by blowing up a tanker wreck (or something – it's been a while), and Lara stands on the shore of the island, looking wistfully at the wreckage, and says: "I'll make sure no one else will die on this island…"

And then, a few minutes later, the game has you slaughter the next dozen of enemies.

The whole thing is basically Ludonarrative Dissonance: The Game.

In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

14 February 2018 - 07:45 AM

View PostCougar, on 13 February 2018 - 07:06 PM, said:

I've posted about it here already, but the tldr is I found the combat repetitive, the story terrible, and the best part--the actual tomb raiding--to be barely there.
And don't forget the QTEs. So many QTEs…

View Postjeannot, on 14 February 2018 - 12:41 AM, said:

I didn't find the story worse than the average video game, especially the previous TR episodes.
You aren't wrong, but the older Tomb Raider games weren't shy about their "plots" being nothing but flimsy excuses for Lara's shenanigans, and usually hadn't enough (non-gunfodder) characters to fill a VW Beetle.

TR 2013 however boasted to be a character driven origin story of its protagonist, and still managed nothing but strung together set-pieces with flat and uninteresting clichés as supporting cast. And having the main character going from naïve and timid to brutal pickaxe mass murderer within five minutes doesn't count as "character development".