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#1 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

@ballsleon: Yes, yes I am.

Without intentions to derail the conversion some more (maybe we should have our own thread), Seagal has only 2 good movies in his extremely prolific career: Under Siege and Nico. I have little patience with cheesy movies that are not even a little bit self aware, and I am not counting Executive Decision and Machete (which were good performances because he was like 5 minutes in them)

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#2 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

@liquiddragon: Here is the thing with Citadel: It takes a lot of your decisions into account. For example, if you had a regular couple during most of the trilogy, there will be considerably lengthy cutscenes with them. All the characters will have scenes and interactions with you. As such, it feels more personal and invested than other DLC, and it works pretty well as a sendoff to your adventure. On the other hand, because of what I told you, it is certain that if you play it, you will experience a fraction of the DLC.

In my case, I played it and then went to youtube to see the content I had missed. If you want to cut the middleman and go straight to youtube, you are free to do it, but I think it would be a pity...

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#3 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

I would say its completely playable without the DLC, but some of them add context and retroactively try to fix some of the issues people had with vanilla ME3. From Ashes and Leviathan are pretty important from a story standpoint.

From Ashes adds a lot of flavor to the Proteans, and his interactions with Liara are lots of fun. Leviathan is pretty important concerning the events of the end game, so far that Brad Shoemaker ranked ME3 as his personal GOTY in 2012, and his reasoning was that playing the game with the DLC made the ending a lot better than for others...

Citadel is the best DLC of the entire series. Period... But it is more a sendoff of the trilogy than a part of the ME3 story. Everything, from the tone to the interactions is a lot lighter than the core of the game. As such, I would advise you to play it after you complete the game, or backup a save before the final mission to play it then.

Omega is entirely unimportant in terms of lore, with a lot of combat but isolated. In fact, you traverse it with different characters that are not your squad members and they don't join your crew afterwards, so the only things you get from it is some galactic readiness.

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#4 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

How about Rainbow Six Siege and Ghost Recon Wildlands?

I know they are like light versions of those you mention, but I wouldn't call the genre dead quite yet.

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#5 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

@ballsleon said:

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@ballsleon: [...] By contrast, many action flicks of the 70s and 80s proveed that most martial artists didn't have the acting chops to star in a 40 minutes TV show, much less signing for a multi-production, years covering contract for several seasons of several shows.

Wow... my friends JCVD and Steven Seagal would like to speak with you.

Hey, I like (several) movies from JCVD, but his acting was not the highlight of those movies.

Besides, he is one of the few that was relatively decent. Remember Olivier Gruner? Michel Qissi? Matthias Hues? Don Wilson? Cynthia Rothrock? Mark Dacascos? Sasha Mitchell? Benny Urquidez? Michael Dudikoff? The list goes on...

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#6 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

@ballsleon: True... that was a red flag, although it would not automatically meant the end of the project. Keanu Reeves had little martial training before Matrix, the same with Matt Damon before Bourne, Liam Neeson before Taken and Charlize Theron before Atomic Blonde. We have seen several times in the last decades that, given enough preparation and training, actors can work to make physically demanding roles look, at least, credible on the screen. By contrast, many action flicks of the 70s and 80s proveed that most martial artists didn't have the acting chops to star in a 40 minutes TV show, much less signing for a multi-production, years covering contract for several seasons of several shows. Hollywood has proven several times it is better to take a trained actor and make him pretend to be a martial artist than take a trained martial artist and expect him to be on par with trained actors...

However, I don't hold that against Jones... I blame the production team for that. To give a little more than a month to any actor to prepare physically is ridiculous (for comparisons sake, Keanu Reeves trained intensively for almost a year to work on John Wick 2, and he already had experience starring, producing and directing action movies). They were pressured and agreed to shoot 13 episodes in less than 2 months, and the result shows, with the screenplay not being revised, threads that lead nowhere and most scenes (action and not) being obviously first shoots.

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#7 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

Dead Cells: The combat feels great, and you really feel yourself getting better at each playthrough....

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#8 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

@jesus_phish: True, Iron Fist was pretty awful. From what I read, the protagonist was given 6 weeks to physically prepare before shooting started, which is a ridiculous amount of time, and the producers would change choreographies from one day to the other. Under those conditions, it was a miracle something watchable came out.

Defenders was not so great... Plagued with inconsistencies, it took half a season before the "team" is formed. Before that, it was a lot of fluff with the least interesting villains of the whole thing.

I haven't seen Iron Fist S2, but I have no interest after my good will was drained with S1 and Defenders... and that is the main reason why the project is sinking. Despite having 2 and a half poorly received seasons in a row, they didn't bunker down, get to a big introspect and try to savage the ship; instead, they went full steam ahead, acted like nothing was wrong and saturated the market.

ShowRelease
Daredevil 1Apr 10, 2015
Jessica Jones 1Nov 20, 2015
Daredevil 2Mar 18, 2016
Luke Cage 1Sep 30, 2016
Iron Fist 1Mar 17, 2017
The Defenders 1Aug 18, 2017
Punisher 1Nov 17, 2017
Jessica Jones 2Mar 8, 2018
Luke Cage 2Jun 22, 2018
Iron Fist 2Sep 7, 2018
Daredevil 3Oct 19, 2018

Look at that. At 2005 and 2006, they released 2 show a year, with 6 months between shows. That allowed people to watch them at their own pace and not get boggled by the releases. It also allowed the producers to ensure quality, take notice of reactions and adjust their work if something wasn't working with other series. Come 2017, they released 3 shows, with 3 months between each other. In 2018, they released 4 shows (so far), with an absolute record of a single month between Iron Fist and Daredevil.

As a personal experience, I dropped the whole thing after the defenders, the whole thing (the second half of Cage, the entire season of Iron Fist and Defenders) felt pretty lifeless and I only saw them to see how they wrapped it. And I know a lot of people that didn't even got so far, stopping before Iron Fist due to bad word of mouth. That was barely a year ago; if I want to continue, there are 5 shows after that, some of which I have no interest in visiting... I started Punisher and didn't finish it, started Cage and stopped after a single episode.

Netflix knows about this, and I don't think my example is an outline (other that sticking for so long). That is the reason why they are canceling shows left and right... the existence of the cinematic universe put a lot of pressure on them, which translates in a bigger budget, and they are not worth the production money.

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#9 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

That cameo was there since the beginning...

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#10 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

He will be warm about the game, not wholeheartedly liking it but not dismissing it either (at the very least, he will be impressed for a couple podcasts), for now.

Come GOTY, he will be one of the main proponents of putting it down a couple notches.