Hey Dtoid, do we need to talk? Did I do something wrong? I must have, because none of you seem to want to post on Tuesday's anymore.
I'm not asking for much. Just a few blogs to cap, a few articles to read, a chuckle or two. I had to dip on over into Wednesday just to find something to Topsauce, times are lean my friends. What are you doing? Out enjoying the sun with family and friends? Too busy living to write junk about videogames? That's not the Dtoid I fell in love with. I fell in love with Morlocks who would deep dig into games and write juicy brain-blogs I could sink my teeth into, so stop dicking around and write stuff (preferably on a Tuesday).
I started dipping into my Steam Sale haul over the past few days. Me and my bro finally picked up Payday 2 for that hot crime action and I kind of wish I picked it up sooner!
After hearing near endless shit-talk about the game, it's progression system (which does seem grindy), and it's playerbase, I'm shocked at what a great time I'm having with it. We linked up with a few other career criminals the other night who were interested in trying to heist stuff without turning every mission into a reenactment of the branch Davidian siege and it was actually pretty baller. Casing the joint, knocking out security systems, controlling hostages, bitch-slapping anyone with a cell phone – taking a place without raising an alarm is very satisfying. Controlling the room and staying on top of hostages while the rest of the team works on cracking a safe or bagging up loot creates a wonderful tension. Nobody wants to be the guy to fuck up the perfect heist mid-way through, so people actually try and communicate and do their jobs.
Who knows how long that kind of gameplay will hold up, but for now it's a ton of fun, well worth the $5 bucks the game cost on sale.
I dipped my toes into Mercenary Kings on the weekend. As a big fan of retro-action games and the pixel art of Paul Robertson I was VERY excited for MK when it was announced. When reviews came in, my zeal for the title waned a bit. The grindy gameplay loop of trekking through the same level again and again, chasing after bosses that keep moving Monster hunter style, waiting for random drops, and keeping an eye on your encumbrance level made me hesitant.
Sad to say, that hesitation was justified. After working through the first world/area, I feel like the game just moves too slow for it's own good. The animation is great, the characters are dorky and fun, and the gameplay is solid if not fantastic – it's all just too damn slow.
Go talk to this person, navigate this menu, find out you don't have the right materials to do anything, talk to another person, pick an arbitrary mission, talk to the other guy to GO to the mission, wind around the same massive level again (this time you are looking for coins, last time it was pelts, the time before that, sniper enemies), miss that one frustrating jump again, find them all, repeat.
It isn't bad, but it isn't great. After watching the insane action and style of Robertson's video clips for years, a plodding B- shooter isn't what I'd want from a project he had a big hand in.
But thankfully, it was only $5 or something, so the pain isn't so great. I'll probably try the online stuff and see if that helps pick up the pace.
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) Iâ€™ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this monthâ€™s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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