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Did Bungie find the balance between hardore and hobby with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep?

Now that we are a full month into Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, it’s time for a well-rounded opinion regarding the latest addition to the Destiny franchise. 

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Opinion: 90 Day Fiance is the worst addictive reality show on television (TLC)

I know this sounds silly, but watching 90 Day Fiance is the most ridiculous thing I’ve watched in recent history. The stories are so grand and unbelievable but in a bad way.

Watching this show is the ultimate guilty pleasure. On one hand, I can understand the grandiose idea behind finding true love on the other side of the world. On the other hand, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.

What gets you hooked on the show is the producer’s and editor’s ability to keep you on edge. There is a perpetual cliff hanger that dwells in every episode that makes you want to wait until after the commercial to see what happens. And because multiple parties are being followed during a season, sometimes you won’t catch up with the couple that had most of your attention for several episodes!

The worse part of the series is how dumb they make the people look. If alien life came across 90 Day Fiance over the space digital airwaves, they would think we are the most idiotic civilization ever. Why? Because of the things these people do for love.

I guess we all risk humiliation for at some point. But watching it on TV is almost painful, it’s entertaining but cringe-worthy. Plus, when bad things happen. Like when it doesn’t work out because one of the parties is already in a relationship. Or, if its clear the couple is not going to work because one person is pushy, needy, or crazy.

90 Day Fiance forces me as a viewer to look at the stark differences between what Disney taught me growing up and what the fabricated worst-case scenario is that I’m being shown. I hate that this show forces me to be cynical. I want to believe in fairy tales forever. But after binging one season of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days and watching some episodes of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way, I just don’t think that’s possible. But I have to commend TLC for making such an addictive show.

Opinion: The trouble with some remakes and reboots

It seems like a lot of properties are being redone in entertainment. From television shows like 90210 to anime like Fruits Basket, and pretty much any film. I understand that technology is better now, the production value is much better, and there may even still be stories left to tell. But, there are two main problems that I have with remakes and reboots. I’ve kindly listed them below.

Not extraordinary

More often than not, when you see a movie or a show that is being remade it’s going to be underwhelming. Especially if you remember the original fondly. I ask you to think about any live-action Disney remake of a 1990’s movie. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King were all blockbuster properties in the ’90s and still hold memories for many people. But the live-action remakes leave something to be desired.

Most recently, Disney released the Lion King and it did great at the box office. However, the Lion King didn’t add anything to the experience. In my honest opinion, the Lion King is an epic story. However, Disney’s remake left a lot to be desired. There was no facial motion capture for the lions, which made it hard for the actions to convey emotion. In the cartoons, the animation sold the emotion as well as vocal performance. That was sorely missing in the 2019 version.

But, Maleficent is actually a really go re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty. It reinvents the characters in an exciting way and opens up the lore and the world the way the animated version never could because Maleficent is an evil queen.

Overdone

Sometimes the property is overdone. For instance, Spider-Man is walking that fine line of being overused. However, Sony’s partnership with Marvel created a new life for the character. The Avengers is such an epic story that it helped reinvent the way we identify Peter Parker. We now have a connection to him through Tony Stark a beloved character and that allows us as viewers to invest in Parker’s story moving forward in the MCU.

But let’s look at X-men. Sony released movies spanning back to 2000 and just relinquished ownership of the property with Dark Phoenix. After all of the lightweight reboots within the series, there was nothing to care about and no character besides Charles Xavier and Magneto to invest in.

Another movie that has been overdone is Batman. We had great movies spanning from 1989 to 1997 (even though they all had different actors playing Bruce Wayne), The Christopher Nolan series from 2005 to 2012 was excellent, and then the DCEU launched with Batman vs. Super and had nothing spectacular to add.

How many times can you reboot a property before enough is enough?

However, sometimes things work out. Let’s look at the anime, Dororo. Dororo re-imagined an entire series. It was adapted from manga to an anime in 1964, then made into a live-action property in 2007. Now, with its remake in 2019, it is one of the best anime’s released this year.

The series looks and feels completely different from its 1964 predecessor. Dororo has a personality of its own and draws in an entirely new audience that didn’t know it existed. I wrote a full review of it discussing how it is the best remake I’ve experienced in recent history.

I understand that there is a market begging for remade and rebooted properties. However, I just wish the concepts were looked at realistically so that the final product is amazing. Plus, everything doesn’t need to be remade. There are plenty of original properties waiting to be released.

But that’s just my opinion.

Opinion: I can not get excited for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

We were treated to a teaser image today for the upcoming Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order game from EA. It’s suppose to be a departure from the slot machine PVP atmosphere that was Battlefront and Battlefront II.

The game, due out in winter 2019, is suppose to tell a story based on the after events of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith prequel. Players will experience events through the eyes of a surviving Padawan. Sounds cool.

It’s always exciting to find out more lore in the Star Wars universe. However, I have a slight hesitation because of previous Star Wars games having items, gear, and characters locked behind a pay wall. I know this topic has been talked about over and over. But, is it too much to ask for a full story without having to pay more than the retailed price?

Micro transactions are a way of life now and as a gamer I have to deal with it. But, it feels like EA went a little over board during Battlefront and Battlefront II.

If this is going to be a story from Respawn Entertainment, I need it to be a full story. No missing parts and no pay walls on the story. Otherwise, it will be somewhat disappointing.

We’ll get a first look at the game this Saturday. I look forward to the hype!


Opinion: Scared out of buying Anthem

During the Anthem Demo, I played. My initial thought was, wow this is a beautiful game. I found a really hard hitting sniper right at the start of my game play and kept it on the entire time. Why change something that works?

The story that I encountered didn’t really make sense to me so I chose to not waste my time trying to figure it out.

And after my first hour, some of my friends jumped on and we played. We were enjoying doing the open missions together. I even unlocked the Storm Javelin.

My favorite part was the co-op. However, the co-op turned sour when my entire group was kicked from the server during a stronghold mission at the boss.

My entire group didn’t think twice to quit, because who wants to go through all of the over again just to be kicked?

And that was just the demo.

After the official launch, I didn’t hear any good news. I saw reports of the game crashing, secret patches, and boycotts by the player base until BioWare and EA fixed the game.

And then a new patch 1.0.4 was released and it sounded like a nice band aid.

But the first thing I hear is a negative review about loot caches containing cosmetic items instead of quality upgrades for your freelancer.

I don’t know. It sounds scary to me. And it doesn’t sound like something I want to invest my time in. No offense, but as a player that stuck it out with Destiny and Destiny 2, I am now content with the space that the game is in and how it’s shaping up.

See my opinion piece on the current state of Destiny 2.

I’ll keep a watch out for positive feedback, but I am not interested in starting all over again with Anthem. For the players who are playing Anthem and wish it was better…

Good luck, let me know how that goes in three to five years.

-ABD


Opinion: Destiny 2 is in a great place

I’m a long time Destiny player. I’ve enjoyed my time with this game. Through the ups and the interesting times, I played and so did many others. But now, Destiny 2 is in the best place it’s been since Taken King.

Sure, Cayde-6 had to die and pretty much every guardian you come across is Dredgen but, hey at least we’re having fun, right?

I remember the height of Destiny. Always the top of the Twitch directory, never a dull moment with the grind for over-powered but fun weapons, and a very creative community that always made their own fun.

Members of the community made full blown charity events in the process of enjoying the game!

However, as being a content creator becomes more and more accessible, the voice of the community seems to be trending to a toxic conversation. Rants about economy issues in the game are a mainstay, loot drop issues, and lack of reasons to grind.

But, I think Destiny 2 is actually in a great place in this post Forsaken world with the annual pass.

There is more to do in this game than ever before.  As a player, we have a longer content loop. You can do strikes, you can grind the Dreaming City, run the Black Armory Forges, and now play out the new modes, Gambit Prime and Reckoning in Season of the Drifter.  And let’s not forget we still have two viable raids available as well.

In my honest opinion, I don’t believe we are expected to do each loop for each piece of content. At least not for the average player.

There are times when I don’t get to every milestone before reset. But for those privileged to be able to grind the content daily and reach max power in two or three days, I have a question.

Do you realize the weight your voice holds?

Between using your platform and attending summits, you are speaking for the collective.

Would it be so terrible to admit that the seasonal content since Forsaken has actually added much needed depth to the game?

Random rolls are back, new loot to chase, titles to grind for, longer content loops to play, and materials to stack.

Isn’t that the name of the game?

Plus, the lore is getting really interesting in the game. Have you been able to read up on the Emissary?

Sure no game is perfect and no developer can make the entire player base happy all the time. But, I’m enjoying Bungie’s game. And perhaps focusing on those positives is why I think Destiny 2 is in a great place.

-ABD

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