Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The undead corner

The fifth act of Diablo 3 was far and away better than everything that came before it. The foray into pandemonium was especially interesting. It looked incredibly foreign, and that is saying something for a game that takes the player to heaven and hell, directly. As I feared the final fight with death was a little underwhelming but I can safely attribute that to my hesitance to bump the game up beyond normal, in spite of one shot killing columns of demons who were foolish enough to line up in front of me.

I liked feeling or being powerful. Knowing that I would not be playing the game again, I let the badassery ride.

There was a rather blatant tease at either the next game of a second expansion, something akin to 'the hero has bested the most powerful angels and demons; what will we do if he every turns from the path of goodness and decides to kill everyone?' Diablo never has featured the same moral choices as games like Fable or inFamous. The player is the good guy and they will like it. I think Blizzard could pull it off but it would take two games to do it. They don't skimp on much so moral choices with no consequences would not be a problem.

Speaking of moral choices with no consequences, I finished The Walked Dead Season 2 on Saturday.

Rimshot.

Season 2 never achieved the same level of emotional investment as the first chapter because no one, and I mean no one, is likable. The returning characters, Kenny and Clementine, have become caricatures of how the started. Kenny has been driven mad with grief, swinging wildly between beating the shit out of a child and apologizing for it, and Clem is far to mature for her size and age. Neither feel real anymore. The new characters are just as bad, though I must admit that they are not two dimensional. Each and every one changes, always for the worse, and by the end of the game they are all dead.

The writers must have seen the corner the wrote themselves into. Not on of these fuckers is going to pull any heart strings, now what do we do? A baby? No one can hate a baby. Sorry guys, it's been done, and better than you could do it.


It's not even a fair comparison. That damn video. Someone is cutting onions in here, I swear.

There was a moment in the final chapter that approaches some of what happened in Season 1. Kenny, in one of his quiet moments, talks about Duck. I just miss him all the time, he says, and I believed him. I did not believe him when he, well, I can't spoil it yet. The zombie apocalypse can certainly break a man, which was the point of the entire chapter, but what it does to Kenny and Clem is about as believable as the zombies that caused it. 

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