Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Closure and Tardyness

Alright, so I couldn't avoid spoilers after all.
I put up a video rather quickly regarding the ME3 Extended Cut thing. But I feel like I should try and explain myself a bit better. (for whoever gives a crap)

I'll be brief because I will be putting out a video after the end of my Mass Effect Trilogy playthrough explaining I find it so unacceptable. So I won't be going into a novel sized rant here.
The extended cut still sucks butt nuggets. It only made me even more pissed off, and on top of that I once again found the reaction more irritating than the ending itself. Almost everyone seems satisfied with this crap, the only reasoning I've been able to piece together is that they felt that they actually had emotional closure this time. Which some may remember, is why I made that quick edit about 5 months ago (jesus I can sure hold a grudge can't I?)
I can kind of understand this, but at the same time I feel that people have been hungry for emotional closure for so long, that any vague hint at it was guaranteed to garner this reaction. The scenes they added in to fill the Normandy leaving with squadmates plotholes were a good example of this. While I appreciate having a small moments like this. The circumstances are so idiotic it drowns out any happyness I feel. These new scenes actually add more questions on top of the questions they answer. Granted they are much less damning, but this was supposed to be an answer, to add more questions in that answer is inexcusable.
As for the dialogue they added, I don't like it. They add a lot of questions you can ask now, but most are things I already knew or didn't care about, and what is worse is that Reaper Boy's answers are even more retarded than they were originally. The idiot actually admits that he is the source of the god damn problem he is going on about. And yet we still can't point this out. Fucking awesome.
The rest of it feels like the writing team at Bioware are talking down to me. Pretending that I was confused and didn't hear it clearly the first time. But I did, I very clearly fucking did, and so did thousands of others. Destroy kills all synthetic life, Control has Shepard taking the place of Reaper Boy, and Synthesis homogenises the entire galaxy. I knew this the first time, and I knew it now, and yet I've been explained this again like I didn't have ears 5 months ago. Stop telling me things I already know. Besides, it doesn't change the fact that every ending hinges on the premise we're given by the Catalyst, a premise that fails and been shown to be wrong numerous times already. Which is even true for the Refuse ending, where Shepard talks about Freedom as if thats relevant to anything and the Catalyst and writers say "well fuck you then" and you lose. Its the best one we've got available to us because it refuses to play by their fucked rules. But at the same time fails to actually take advantage of itself. Brilliant.

Thats it for now, its better, but it moved from a 2.5 to a 3. Still not acceptable by their own standards.

As for FEAR, boy am I red. I've been meaning to get to it, honest, but by the time I was serious my shifts for my summer job changed to 12 hours at night. So the most I can do is try and plan out the next episodes at work, and then get just enough sleep to not die of exhaustion at home.
Hence the minimalist effort stuff I've made. Let's Play, Commentary junk, etc. If its any consolation I have a suprise that may or may not occur much earlier in the series than I originally thought. Should prove to be interesting, and hard to do, but mostly interesting.