Mezmero's forum posts

#1 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

I like that Wednesdays have become synonymous with good wrestling on TV. NXT is still pretty good. It's telling how long I've been out of the loop on WWE when I hear the name Brian Kendrick and say ".....who?" I'm very pleased with the direction Kevin Owens is going. Putting him on commentary was such a smart move. And it still amazes me that he's not a native English speaker, He sounds like he's been speaking it his entire life. Not sure I want him associated with WWE but if that's what makes him happy (and rich) then I say all power to him. He has payed his dues and deserves any success he gets.

Lucha Underground is great. It makes me happy to know that some Indie guys are getting a spotlight on TV as well as some steady work. I like that the the narrative doesn't necessarily call for pure good guys or bad guys. It treats the wrestlers like mercenaries, which is basically what pro wrestlers are so it's easier to give yourself over to the illusion and cheer for whoever you want. It is a temple after all so the audience are simply a mass of zealots chanting to the doctrine that is Lucha. It just happens to have these awesome cut scenes to help build up the angles.

#2 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

@recspec: Holy shit, Hideo is feuding with Itami now?! That's some "kage bushin" shit right there.

#3 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

Well I'm still not watching WWE, because i actually stick to my guns when it comes to supporting good wrestling. Judging by the reactions here it seems like the continuing trend is that every promotion in the world is trying to make wrestling better EXCEPT for WWE which is the saddest thing in the world. So instead of commenting on Fast Lane I'll just comment about this thread. First of all why do the last 3 pages look like a chat room? I thought you guys run a live chat during these events.

It's also hilarious to me to realize that you guys don't do an LoC for NXT shows. Actually it makes total sense. You can actually go into an NXT special simply expecting an entertaining show without any baggage. Where as it seems like the only reason you do it for WWE stuff is this thought process of "Well it's almost guaranteed to be bad, so let's try to squeeze any sort of fun that we can by doing this fake fantasy sports league crap." As always I apologize for mocking it since it's clear that papercut puts quite a bit of work into it but man it just looks sillier every month and probably accounts for maybe a fifth of the thousands of posts in this thread.

PWG this coming Friday! I can't wait!

#4 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

@mirado:

The Part 3 OVAs are total shit though outside of like one or two fights. They just threw great animators at the '93 series but decided to make everything super serious. And the 2000 series just looks like total ass. And since Part 3's strongest point is the character interactions and general goofiness, that really kills any appreciation for the OVAs, which I also saw before encountering any other form of JoJo.

Not to mention that awful soundtrack. For a series influenced so much by pop music and prog rock they really missed the mark in a big way for that OVA. It was just some boring ass generic synth tunes, the kind you'd hear in some sort of crappy 90's hentai.

#5 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

I've been enjoying the game but I do have some minor gripes. I feel like the duration on the jet packs feels criminally short. Like the key move to closing the distance on the monster's trail is the forward boost but it takes up so much fuel that by the time I have closed that gap I don't have enough left to boost up the sheer cliffs that the monster just climbed. I can see that they want to give monsters the mobility advantage but a handful of times I'm just sitting at the bottom of a cliff waiting for my jet pack to recharge or I don't have enough juice left to boost away from aggro-ed wildlife. I sort of wish forward boosting up a slope would let you ski up it instead of stopping your momentum completely but still costing the fuel for a full distance boost. Honestly it's not that big a deal, if anything it's just another part of the learning curve of fuel management.

I think the perks don't feel all that meaningful. It's weird to think that since the perks are like the main unlocks during global leveling. The only times I'm not using jet pack recharge or jump height is when I use increased damage for the sake of leveling up weapon skills or quick swap equipment with Val. Maybe I should experiment more but so far I don't find them to impact my play style. If they let you choose two out of that phat list it might be enough to make it feel like you could give you a distinct edge over the monster. Same kind of goes for the monsters. They just seem like a wash so I choose faster eating almost every time.

When it comes to the Wraith based on my limited experience I'm in the same camp as @larrydavis in that it's not so overpowered. I've fought a Wraith twice on random teams and both times have won. However both times he got to level 3 and we just ended up camping the reactor. The issue is that it's super hard to trap early on and even we do it's mobility makes it almost insurmountable to do meaningful damage. Granted I've sneaked away as a Goliath while still in a dome so I suppose it's a case by case basis. As good as it is to have Hank's shield his orbital strike seems somewhat useless considering the speed of a Wraith. I feel like Bucket would be better for sentry turrets doing damage but also his UAV seems pointless.

#6 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

@hunter5024: As someone who adores One Piece even I have to admit that the pacing is brutal. I think the trap they've fallen into was syncing the scenes to it's amazing musical score which seems to get more amazing every year. In retrospect I'm certainly in the camp that One Piece is good enough to do a "DB Kai" treatment with some day though I worry the soundtrack would suffer. They've done some abridged versions of story arcs in the form of specials or movies. They did a movie for the Alabasta arc but the pacing is almost too fast and it ends up giving all the big fights short shrift with somewhat less impressive animation. I think the "Episode of Nami" special does a terrific job narrowing down that particular plot thread.

I was touch and go with following Naruto Shippuden for a long time until I concluded that there wasn't much more satisfaction I could get out of that plot or those characters. To me that show ran out of moments that could really impact me after Jiraiya's death. It doesn't help that I just stopped giving a crap about any and all plot machinations within the framework of that world. I couldn't care less about whatever commentary they want to make on WMDs. I think I just eventually realized that I don't dig that show's styyyyyyyyle. Ninja's shouldn't be wizards and vice versa but that's just me.

#7 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

Just found out my brother is going to the Lucha Underground taping on Saturday. Sufficed to say I'm super jealous and a bit peeved considering I was the one who introduced him to LU. I can't really be mad at him because he just happened to be friends with guys who got hooked up with tickets and who don't really owe anything to a stranger like me. I can take some solace in the fact that I'm going to PWG on the following Friday.

#8 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

@hunter5024: It's crazier to me that it took 400 episodes before you even see Gol D. Roger's eyes and what do you know they happened to be shaped like D's. I'd say up to that final arc before the time skip One Piece was unequivocally my favorite cartoon of all time. Favorite characters for me were Usopp and Franky. Ever since the time skip, I'm not so sure anymore. There are things about it that I still enjoy but I don't know, something about the writing and pacing has regressed a bit. I still think I'd prefer watching it week to week over most stuff on television quite frankly. You're friend was probably worse off having to watch Naruto. Not saying there aren't good qualities to that series but man, I really grew to hate that show when I was still keeping up with it.

#9 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

The NXT show was good. I mean it's just so hard for that particular talent pool to put on a bad wrestling show. The handful of botches didn't necessarily impact the overall quality that much but it's starting to expose the weakness of NXT which is that it has an identity crisis. It's not even developmental anymore really. It's more that Triple H is signing top tier indie guys to put on amazing matches and interspersing them with proper developmental matches that are kind of hit or miss. Plus you have all this production backing it all up so it's hard to take this program as anything more than WWE Gaiden. It's almost distracting how this top talent is so blatantly being groomed to the more slow and plodding TV wrestling style of WWE and it reinforces the idea of these guys getting moved up and then thoroughly misused. Loved the women's title match. Bailey is my favorite and I was totally one of those people last year who did not get her at all at first. Owens vs Zayn was not their best match but still pretty good. Zayn proves that he's the best in the world at selling but the concussion off of the moonsault looked legit and nearly left me breathless.

Lucha Underground is probably my actual favorite weekly show at the moment. There's just so much personality and flavor to the booking as well as the cut scenes and I'm left wanting more every single week. It's almost like it's a promotion featuring assassins as wrestlers for the frame work of this story line. I'm happy that Alberto El Patron is finding success with places outside of WWE. He was pretty much born to act in these cut scenes as long as they give him a good script to work with. I really hope Lucha Underground sticks around for a while because it's the most innovative thing being done to TV wrestling.

#10 Posted by Mezmero (2208 posts) -

@hamst3r: The only thing truly comparable to One Outs is Akagi, a series about a mahjong prodigy. It's essentially the exact same main character and like One Outs it puts a heavy emphasis on the gambling side of things than it does on the game side of things. I for one really like One Outs. It's not one of my all time favorite series but as far as anime featuring sports it's up there. Not enough good sports shows feature a wholly badass main character so it's one of those things that's easy to let slide.