Christmas, Krogans and guns. Oh my.

When’s that moment telling you you’re poor as shit? The moment you pull out a ladder, put a green blanket over it and wrap Christmas lights around it. That’s when. If it wasn’t so hilarious I would feel terrible about it. But ah well, it lights and from a distance you’d be fooled! Shame my living room is not allowing anyone a distanced look at it because it’s a fucking broom closet. Yay holidays!
 

You get the idea...
Spend it at my dad’s however so no problem there, watched some flicks, grand dinner and cleaned up while dad and one of my friends (we invited him as well, he’s had it rough) talked about religion and the loss of loved ones (my mother, friend’s grandfather). While it was a sad conversation I loved listening to them talk and because I’m a emotional bitch decided to do all the dishes. Sadness makes place for malice when I hear my dad whispering something about relationships and I refrain from spitting in my friend’s coffee. He’s a good guy and I know Christmas is all lovely and shit but parents can still be so crazy about wanting their kids to be happy. I want it too, but not with him and not because it’s fitting for Christmas! Instead, presents! I shouldn’t complain but I got 15 books of which I already owned 12. The best present I got is a small statue of a dragon and a cross. The drake is wrapped around it and a red ruby glisters in the cross. I love it! 
 
Pictured on the left: Mr and Mrs Bad Ass
So I love Jennifer Hale’s voicework. She’s Commander Shepard to me more than she ever was Bastilla, Samus or any other role I ever liked her in. She made me go crazy for her character in Halo 4 right away when I heard her in the trailer for Spartan Ops but hen Mass Effect 3 released earlier this year it was her voice that instantly took me back into the setting again. Commander Shepard, for all the emptiness that the character actually has, had evolved into something I never wanted to let go. While playing through the third installment of the series I felt attached to my Shepard and I could just as well picture her starting exploits as a Spectre as I could remember her darker days with Cerberus. I met new people, species and fought intense battles but through it all I felt the closest connection to my own Shepard. The game’s singleplayer was pretty stellar, highlights being the Citadel and Tuchanka missions. The way some characters made their cameo’s was unforgettable and some of their quotes will stick with me for a long time to come. I was saddened to see a loss of choice in a lot of situations but it was still executed well enough for me to feel engaged in the happenings. I won’t spoil so I can’t name details but besides some crazy things this was one heck of a ride. Now if we can just remove the sidequest/eavesdropping Shepard thing from my mind it would have been even better.

Here’s the kicker though.

I loved the singleplayer but once finished I was done. Unlike Mass Effect 1 where I finished the game 26 spread over 5 characters I felt no need to even replay it as my second Shepard (Male Renegade Soldier/Vanguard) as I did in Mass Effect 2. The wonder has been taken out of the universe for me. And knowing how it ends, how futile all my choices felt in the end, I can’t go through it once more.

Click to see how I play in multiplayer, more or less.

So why do I love the multiplayer so much? Simple: You can play a Krogan.

I did not live fully until I had the ability to smash enemies into the ground as a tall power house with a claymore shotgun (imagine a cannon, in your hands) and him shouting and laughing at his enemies’ demise as I flung them left and right or shot their torsos clean off. The way the multiplayer offers me a vast set of characters which nowadays even include Vorcha (STRONGESTTT) and Volus (ksst) is unprecedented for a game’s universe. At least to me. Remember how we all wanted to play a Wookie? Rodian? Zabrak? We wanted to play those races and discover their styles and methods. And when we got to play such races they were often simple reskins. Understandable but a wasted chance. Now I won’t claim Mass Effect 3 MP does everything right but a lot of the races have their own animations and especially little stuff like the Vorcha’s over-cover-grab (Pull the enemy down, slash his face like a maniac several times) or the Geth’s channeled pulse attacks are just a wonder to behold. Almost every race we wanted to play is playable, often with a unique class or build that makes them fresh to play. Where Krogan’s can get so riled up they can bash Phantoms to death with their heads Vorcha’s will regenerate health faster than they lose it and Batarians will smack the ever living shit out of you with a well placed Falcon punch. Pro tip: Grab a rifle and melee the same enemy 3 times in a row. It goes from rifle butt to baseball bat real fast and this wild second and third swing is even able to hit more than one enemy if they’re close enough together.
 

Click for awesome

The only things that suck in the multiplayer is the random nature of the store and the dependence on others. Sure I could solo (and I did) but often when you get a bjective round with 4 terminals needing activation three times in a row it kind of gets silly.

The game is still magic however and I will probably play it for as long as I have my XBL Gold subscription.

 

Wanna know how many hours I put into Borderlands 2? Because I sure don’t! Last time I checked I actually scared myself because I wasn’t even at the end of the game. I recently finished the game as Salvador the Gunzerker and Axton the Commando. The Commando was a co op game and Gunzerker solo. There’s just something childishly fun about playing a midget dual wielding two guns while intensely humming “Hall of the Mountain King” and shooting the ever living shit out of everything. There were times I did nothing but hold down both triggers, the talent tree making sure I either didn’t spend bullets per shot or I even got bullets back per shot instead of consuming them, and I shot everything to hell for almost two minutes. One of Salvador’s lines was amazingly appropriate when he started screaming: “This is ridiculous!”. I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of speaking about voices being voiced, I really love the game’s soundtrack and voicework. The bandits sound crazy, the animals nasty and Handsome Jack is a glorious bastard. The way he taunted me the entire game, especially during some of the sidequests like destroying his statues, was one of the best things in gaming overall. The writing was very sharp and him telling a story of how he scooped out a guy’s eyes while being in tears of laughter over it was hilarious. Even more so his ending being: “So the moral of this story is: You’re a total bitch”. How can you not love this guy? He’s convinced he’s the hero, he’s crazy as shit and when he gets angry at you (like really angry) he’s actually pretty fearsome and at the same time you start feeling some pity for him. He’s obviously deranged and as the story progresses this gets more and more visible. Amazing writing overall save for a few cliché things but overall one of the best games I ever played. And that’s without mentioning the fun combat, action skills and all the goddamn loot! Shotguns that launch entire clips of grenades, pistols that shoot through their clip faster than you can reload it or sniper rifles that are actually flamethrowers. Fuck me.
 

I have no clue what this magnificent thing does but it will probably hurt


But I digress. I meant to say I really love the lines the player characters have and playing Gaige the Mechromancer has been a blast. The entire cast has this fine line between things they could actually say and totally w-t-f did my character just say things. Hearing Gaige go “I’m such a B-A” with the ego of a spoiled brat is just as much fun as Salvador gurgling and screaming in his Gunzerker mode while yelling “ I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING”. Checking the wiki for their full quotes only leads to more laughter and when I see people bash the game for being childish I actually feel the need to pick a fight with them. This game is so worry free, so self aware and so fucking silly that it is a threat to freedom of speech when someone speaks against its cast or writing. You might not like it but I implore you to let go of your heinous presumptions and be overwhelmed by a world where all of these things make sense. Sure there’s references to pop culture and internet things everywhere but World of Warcraft (to name but one) has been getting away with it for ages but this game can’t?

Cool story bro.

 

Next time I’ll spend a shitload of time describing why Borderlands 2 is one of the best games ever. But for now I can only wish all of you fuckbags a happy 2013.

Game loads, follow your dreams and never back down. Pick up your controller, pen or cornflakes and take the world by storm.

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Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

When’s that moment telling you you’re poor as shit? The moment you pull out a ladder, put a green blanket over it and wrap Christmas lights around it. That’s when. If it wasn’t so hilarious I would feel terrible about it. But ah well, it lights and from a distance you’d be fooled! Shame my living room is not allowing anyone a distanced look at it because it’s a fucking broom closet. Yay holidays!
 

You get the idea...
Spend it at my dad’s however so no problem there, watched some flicks, grand dinner and cleaned up while dad and one of my friends (we invited him as well, he’s had it rough) talked about religion and the loss of loved ones (my mother, friend’s grandfather). While it was a sad conversation I loved listening to them talk and because I’m a emotional bitch decided to do all the dishes. Sadness makes place for malice when I hear my dad whispering something about relationships and I refrain from spitting in my friend’s coffee. He’s a good guy and I know Christmas is all lovely and shit but parents can still be so crazy about wanting their kids to be happy. I want it too, but not with him and not because it’s fitting for Christmas! Instead, presents! I shouldn’t complain but I got 15 books of which I already owned 12. The best present I got is a small statue of a dragon and a cross. The drake is wrapped around it and a red ruby glisters in the cross. I love it! 
 
Pictured on the left: Mr and Mrs Bad Ass
So I love Jennifer Hale’s voicework. She’s Commander Shepard to me more than she ever was Bastilla, Samus or any other role I ever liked her in. She made me go crazy for her character in Halo 4 right away when I heard her in the trailer for Spartan Ops but hen Mass Effect 3 released earlier this year it was her voice that instantly took me back into the setting again. Commander Shepard, for all the emptiness that the character actually has, had evolved into something I never wanted to let go. While playing through the third installment of the series I felt attached to my Shepard and I could just as well picture her starting exploits as a Spectre as I could remember her darker days with Cerberus. I met new people, species and fought intense battles but through it all I felt the closest connection to my own Shepard. The game’s singleplayer was pretty stellar, highlights being the Citadel and Tuchanka missions. The way some characters made their cameo’s was unforgettable and some of their quotes will stick with me for a long time to come. I was saddened to see a loss of choice in a lot of situations but it was still executed well enough for me to feel engaged in the happenings. I won’t spoil so I can’t name details but besides some crazy things this was one heck of a ride. Now if we can just remove the sidequest/eavesdropping Shepard thing from my mind it would have been even better.

Here’s the kicker though.

I loved the singleplayer but once finished I was done. Unlike Mass Effect 1 where I finished the game 26 spread over 5 characters I felt no need to even replay it as my second Shepard (Male Renegade Soldier/Vanguard) as I did in Mass Effect 2. The wonder has been taken out of the universe for me. And knowing how it ends, how futile all my choices felt in the end, I can’t go through it once more.

Click to see how I play in multiplayer, more or less.

So why do I love the multiplayer so much? Simple: You can play a Krogan.

I did not live fully until I had the ability to smash enemies into the ground as a tall power house with a claymore shotgun (imagine a cannon, in your hands) and him shouting and laughing at his enemies’ demise as I flung them left and right or shot their torsos clean off. The way the multiplayer offers me a vast set of characters which nowadays even include Vorcha (STRONGESTTT) and Volus (ksst) is unprecedented for a game’s universe. At least to me. Remember how we all wanted to play a Wookie? Rodian? Zabrak? We wanted to play those races and discover their styles and methods. And when we got to play such races they were often simple reskins. Understandable but a wasted chance. Now I won’t claim Mass Effect 3 MP does everything right but a lot of the races have their own animations and especially little stuff like the Vorcha’s over-cover-grab (Pull the enemy down, slash his face like a maniac several times) or the Geth’s channeled pulse attacks are just a wonder to behold. Almost every race we wanted to play is playable, often with a unique class or build that makes them fresh to play. Where Krogan’s can get so riled up they can bash Phantoms to death with their heads Vorcha’s will regenerate health faster than they lose it and Batarians will smack the ever living shit out of you with a well placed Falcon punch. Pro tip: Grab a rifle and melee the same enemy 3 times in a row. It goes from rifle butt to baseball bat real fast and this wild second and third swing is even able to hit more than one enemy if they’re close enough together.
 

Click for awesome

The only things that suck in the multiplayer is the random nature of the store and the dependence on others. Sure I could solo (and I did) but often when you get a bjective round with 4 terminals needing activation three times in a row it kind of gets silly.

The game is still magic however and I will probably play it for as long as I have my XBL Gold subscription.

 

Wanna know how many hours I put into Borderlands 2? Because I sure don’t! Last time I checked I actually scared myself because I wasn’t even at the end of the game. I recently finished the game as Salvador the Gunzerker and Axton the Commando. The Commando was a co op game and Gunzerker solo. There’s just something childishly fun about playing a midget dual wielding two guns while intensely humming “Hall of the Mountain King” and shooting the ever living shit out of everything. There were times I did nothing but hold down both triggers, the talent tree making sure I either didn’t spend bullets per shot or I even got bullets back per shot instead of consuming them, and I shot everything to hell for almost two minutes. One of Salvador’s lines was amazingly appropriate when he started screaming: “This is ridiculous!”. I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of speaking about voices being voiced, I really love the game’s soundtrack and voicework. The bandits sound crazy, the animals nasty and Handsome Jack is a glorious bastard. The way he taunted me the entire game, especially during some of the sidequests like destroying his statues, was one of the best things in gaming overall. The writing was very sharp and him telling a story of how he scooped out a guy’s eyes while being in tears of laughter over it was hilarious. Even more so his ending being: “So the moral of this story is: You’re a total bitch”. How can you not love this guy? He’s convinced he’s the hero, he’s crazy as shit and when he gets angry at you (like really angry) he’s actually pretty fearsome and at the same time you start feeling some pity for him. He’s obviously deranged and as the story progresses this gets more and more visible. Amazing writing overall save for a few cliché things but overall one of the best games I ever played. And that’s without mentioning the fun combat, action skills and all the goddamn loot! Shotguns that launch entire clips of grenades, pistols that shoot through their clip faster than you can reload it or sniper rifles that are actually flamethrowers. Fuck me.
 

I have no clue what this magnificent thing does but it will probably hurt


But I digress. I meant to say I really love the lines the player characters have and playing Gaige the Mechromancer has been a blast. The entire cast has this fine line between things they could actually say and totally w-t-f did my character just say things. Hearing Gaige go “I’m such a B-A” with the ego of a spoiled brat is just as much fun as Salvador gurgling and screaming in his Gunzerker mode while yelling “ I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING”. Checking the wiki for their full quotes only leads to more laughter and when I see people bash the game for being childish I actually feel the need to pick a fight with them. This game is so worry free, so self aware and so fucking silly that it is a threat to freedom of speech when someone speaks against its cast or writing. You might not like it but I implore you to let go of your heinous presumptions and be overwhelmed by a world where all of these things make sense. Sure there’s references to pop culture and internet things everywhere but World of Warcraft (to name but one) has been getting away with it for ages but this game can’t?

Cool story bro.

 

Next time I’ll spend a shitload of time describing why Borderlands 2 is one of the best games ever. But for now I can only wish all of you fuckbags a happy 2013.

Game loads, follow your dreams and never back down. Pick up your controller, pen or cornflakes and take the world by storm.

Posted by awesomeusername

all of you fuckbags a happy 2013.

Happy new years to you to fuckbag! :D

Posted by SSully

Those gifs couldn't be more appropriate for this post. Good shit duder.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

When I seen that ladder-tree I took it as artistic expression. Sorry that it comes from lack of funds. I like it none the less.

Posted by Demoskinos

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

When I seen that ladder-tree I took it as artistic expression. Sorry that it comes from lack of funds. I like it none the less.

Yeah honestly Its actually sort of a neat idea. Very... modern art. =p

Posted by Phatmac

Happy fuckbag to all of us!

Posted by NegativeCero

You were right, that ladder-tree is hilarious. Glad to hear you seemed to have a good Christmas.

Posted by MentalDisruption

Good read, a happy 2013 to you too. Completely agree with you about Borderlands 2, and that batarian punch is the best thing I've seen all day.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@awesomeusername: ^^
 
@SSully
Cheers, I almost put as much time in the images as I do in the text.
 
@ImmortalSaiyan
Well I consider myself a creative person so it fits, right?
 
@Demoskinos
Positiveness hooray!
 
@Phatmac
And a jolly new something.
 
@NegativeCero
We get by, cheers!
 
@MentalDisruption
Thank you and damn straight, when I did that ingame to some poor Husk I was in tears.
Posted by pyromagnestir

Ha! That is a very creative solution to that problem. I wouldn't have thought of it. And dads eh? What can you do?

God damn it you're making me want to play Borderlands 2!

Cornflakes sound alright right about now. I got up early and haven't had breakfast yet...

Great read!

Posted by Hunter5024

Hell yeah Krogan! It's the only way to play really.

Posted by Little_Socrates

I haven't spent much time with the multiplayer, but what I did spend with it was pleasant!

Still love your writeups.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@pyromagnestir: Thank you! 
 
@Hunter5024: I mean, the others ain't bad but once you headbutted a Phantom to death you just can't go back.
 
@Little_Socrates: And I love your praise, thank you!
Posted by Slag

I think the Bowling Pin Star might be the best damn star I've ever seen on a Chistmas tree ....errr ladder.

I suppose it's probably more earth friendly thing to do than chop down a live one anyway. So there's that. I know what you mean though, nothing quite like a Charlie Brown-ish Christmas to drive the message home that you're broke. One year I had a large Conch Shell on a stool as a tree, I think your improv tree is better. :)

I agree completely about Borderlands 2. The game may not be doing anything radically different from Borderlands. But it's pure silly fun with a really solid co-op, that doesn't apologize for it or try to be something it's not. Last I checked games are supposed to be entertainment, which means Borderlands 2 is doing a damn good job.

Simply fantastic and under-appreciated game. I probably ought to finish it before too long, my co-op buddy's work schedule has been rough of late though.

Always fun to read your thoughts on games and hope you Happy New Year!

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@Slag: Hey we get by right? Most important thing is ourselves and our creativity!
Sometimes change is good but there's bliss in routine as well, I'd love to just have more levels to gain and places to shoot up in Borderlands 2, but I hear the DLC is as good if not better than General Knox. I'm liking it a lot! A good example of continued support!
 
Thank you, and a happy new year to you as well!
Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Where is your ceiling? That's ridiculous, just learn to lie sideways and you'll have all the room in the world, jesus. Why would anyone need that much vertical space?

Edited by Yummylee

Bleh, Christmas gatherings. Even at the age of 23 I'm still the black sheep who prefers to hole himself upstairs in my room while the rest are clucking and guffawing at the dumbest shit ever downstairs. I love my family and all, but it's the obligatory sort of love, the kind that you are sort of subconsciously pressured into because of the mere fact that they're family. On the surface I find them all to be a bunch of annoying wads. Speaking for me mum's household anywhoo, as I actually really like my Uncle and his side of things.

I really liked what I played of ME3's multiplayer, which was only across 2 days via a free code but I basically spent the entirety of those 2 days playing it. Really enjoyed playing as a Salerian Engineer, Never got a chance to play as a Krogan unfortunately, but jeez, there are just so many more races and classes now aren't there? To be honest I was at one point considering on buying ME3 on the PS3 just for the multiplayer.

And of course Borderlands 2, such a fantastic game, and there really is a lot of hilarious incidental dialogue sprinkled all over. Salvador's my alt, but from what I've played I wish I rolled with him as my main as he's easily my favourite in terms of both playstyle and character. Really have to disagree with Gaige, though. While she looks to be pretty awesome from a gameplay standpoint, her ad-libs I thought were kinda annoying. Handsome Jack is also undoubtedly one of the best villains of the year for me as well, though I can also understand why he can perhaps get on a lot of peoples nerves. Overall I enjoyed his arc at that and how much more threatening he becomes as the game goes on, though the backstory behind his sudden rise to power from being some meek corporate clone to ruler of Hyperion in a flash (Judging by those echo recordings you can find) was sort of strange and disappointingly underdeveloped.

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Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@MordeaniisChaos: Sleeping while standing, brilliant!
 
@Yummylee: Come on, don't be dull! Sit downstairs and be merry for a few days, you're not that much of a antisocial prick, even though you're British! I hate most of my family, especially my siblings, but I participate for my father. Find a reason and be merry!
 
Mass Effect 3 has a insane array of classes that give every player a way to play! Sometimes I run around and lead the charge as a Krogan or Batarian while other times I hang back using a Asari Adept, Quarian Engineer or Salarian Infiltrator. So many ways to play!
 
I hear you on Jack's history, they could have done more with that but I can forgive them because the game is so long, tense and packed with amazing moments that I couldn't make a point of this. I spend more than 300 hours playing it I saw today. I will never complain about it. Also don't smacktalk Gaige! She says the silliest things and her quotes match her personality a whole lot! Maybe it's because I listened to her echo logs on youtube but come on, she's a little nuts, full of herself and a overall bad ass. Sold!
Posted by Marcsman

Love the tree err ladder.

Posted by MaFoLu

God damn it! That ladder-tree is great! I seriously have to consider doing that next christmas. That is, if I can remember it then... You'll remind me, won't you?

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@Marcsman: Whoa, I didn't expect this much praise for the ladder really! Thanks!^^
 
@MaFoLu: I will, probably! Remind to remind you.
Posted by big_jon

I like this, minus the "oh my" in the title...

Posted by LikeaSsur

I'll get to more of this later, but for now, I have to say that WoW doesn't bash you over the head with pop culture references in a short amount of time. Borderlands 2 does. Over-saturation and all that.

Posted by FLStyle

Just stumbled across this, wanted to say that I too enjoy the ME3 multi-player. My class of choice is the Geth Engineer.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@FLStyle:  Good to hear it! So many classes for everyone!
 
@LikeaSsur: I'm eager to hear your side of the story but really, to each their own right? And I say there's quite a few quests, items, npc's and even whole minigames based on pop/game/whatever thingies in WoW.
Posted by LikeaSsur

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

@LikeaSsur: I'm eager to hear your side of the story but really, to each their own right? And I say there's quite a few quests, items, npc's and even whole minigames based on pop/game/whatever thingies in WoW.

Okay, I can't believe I forgot to get back to this, but the reason Borderlands 2 falls flat on its face with the pop culture "We have our thumb on the pulse of mainstream humor" take is because its an 8 hour game, at most, and there's a lot of references in that amount of time, it gets real old, real fast. You're over-saturated with jokes.

World of Warcraft, on the other hand, is an MMO, and the references, while probably more numerous, are so spread out over the zones and level ranges that you'll get one...maybe every couple of days? It doesn't beat you over the head the way Borderlands 2 does. That's how Blizzard gets away with it, and Gearbox doesn't.

I'm not arguing as to whether or not the material is good in either game, but just explaining why WoW "has been getting away with it for ages."

Posted by Tennmuerti

Oh man now i'm now kinda sad I missed this blog at the time, being on my own holiday with shitty internet.

Regardless this was a brilliant read. And I pretty much empathize with everything gaming related you wrote.

Not really the christmas/new years stuff tho, as that has always been for me deeply about close family and everythign else is irrelevant compared to that aspect of it.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@Tennmuerti: Thank you for reading!
 
@LikeaSsur: I'm not too sure how to respond to that. Borderlands 2 is not some 8 hour game. It has classes, sidequests, additional challenges, downloadable content and a variety of special (orange) guns to collect. The game is big on humor, ranging from memes to My Little Pony but over-saturated? I think I'm going to need an example because really its nowhere as bad as you're making it out to be. A quest title, a challenge name, perhaps a weapon inspired by Minecraft or is it the names of some of the character's skills that slap you in the face with said humor? I'm a little confused because, while sure, there's a lot being said/yelled/cried at you during a typical combat scenario there is none of it that seems as irritating as any internet joke.
 
Maybe its a tolerance thing, because playing the game has been great for me and there hasn't been a moment where I thought the game got too crazy or tried too hard. I think there's a lot of cool stuff they've done with some of the 'jokes' and to be fair the entire game has been crazy. In my experience it only helped.
 
But thanks for still sharing your opinion, as you said you would!^^
Posted by LikeaSsur

Compared to WoW? Borderlands 2 is a pretty short game. Even though, like you said, it's a name here or there or a quote, it happens a lot more often than it does in WoW.

It is a tolerance thing, that's my point. You'll dump 20 hours into Borderlands 2 and hear the same quote dozens of times. It's, again, too much in too little a time. WoW, on the other hand, probably has, as a whole, more of that Internet meme/pop culture humor, but because it's an exponentially longer game, you aren't beat over the head with them like you are with Borderlands 2. It's all very spread out.

It's the fact that it's spread out that WoW gets away with it and Borderlands 2 doesn't.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong
@LikeaSsur: Compared to WoW everything is short. I won't say WoW's overdoing it but there's entire zones like Uldum that are one big reference and at times I felt it was real easy quest design. But it worked, just as Border is working for me.
 
It's gotta come down to tolerance, and perhaps personal issue with it because I've heard a lot of people love it to death but others also condemning it for its humor. Well, isn't that always the case with comedy? One group likes it, others hate it no matter what? I'm not sure what I find more grating personally, the small amount of customization for your character and the limited amount of animations (or the same grunts, I can practically dream the human mob aggro sound) or the fact my Commando might say something that references/contrives from other sources.
 
I want to understand this but I can't seem to really see your point. Sure Borderlands does this a lot, but to say its beating me over the head with it is nonsense. It's not like the game holds you down and forces it down your throat. The meat of the game is still shooting, looting and exploring. The story was a lot of fun as well, Jack is a great villain and I might have suffered a blackout but I don't remember him being a walking meme machine or anything. 
 
Both games have taken a lot of my time, WoW more than any game ever probably, and both have some things that can get really annoying if you happen to be affected by them. I often just look to the gameplay, the experience and what its trying to convey. And I think both games do a great job in staying original while also referencing/copying some popular things from life. Both have their flaws but neither of them are overdoing it.
Posted by Alekss

I read Christmas, orgasms and guns....

Posted by LikeaSsur

I guess words are too hard for me to use to accurately convey what I'm trying to say. It wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last, so just disregard everything I've said, since there's no point in it. Meanwhile, I'll go get a dictionary and thesaurus and try to expand my pitiful vocabulary. Maybe one day I'll actually be able to have an online conversation with someone where my incompetence doesn't bring it to a crashing halt.