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  1. Pre-Sequel has always been treated as the black sheep of the Borderlands series by many fans, and I'll agree with them on that. I avoided this game until recently because I couldn't initially get into it, but I had a change of heart. I played it. Today, I'll be answering these questions: Are the flaws with this game really that massive, or are they really not that big of a deal? Is this game actually bad? That's what's up for discussion here. Before I get into it though, the format of this will be a lot like a series done by a favorite YouTuber of mine named Fawful's Minion called "Blessed or Messed." If you aren't familiar, I'll be placing a point value on positive and negative traits of the game (except I'll use a different points system) and I'll make a judgment from which number ends up greater and by how much. I'll just start with the good. This game, mechanically speaking, actually retains most of what makes the Borderlands games great (Yes, most, and that will come up later). The loot system (although the more flawed one from Borderlands 2) remained completely intact, the gun variety is still there, it kept it's sense of humor, and the gameplay still feels like you're playing Borderlands. It's the fast-paced, first person shooter and RPG hybrid that we know and love still and that in itself is quite great. I mean it is expected, but the gameplay is still quite solid. +10 The platforming in Zero-Gravity, although a little easy even by Borderlands standards (hey it isn't a platformer!), feels absolutely AWESOME. You can utilize the lack of gravity to your advantage in navigating levels with an amount of speed and thoroughness that's absent in other games (although bunny hopping and grenade hopping are rather fast ways to move around in Borderlands 2 and 1 respectively). Also, it feels like it was executed in such a way that it almost feels natural after a while. +3 (Two plus one more because of the Slam mechanic) I really like the premise of the story. It's always refreshing to see a game from the villain's perspective, and see how they justify their own actions. It brings a level of depth to the plot that makes for a lot of interest on my end. It's really helpful in the case of Handsome Jack to have this because he made feeble attempts in trying to justify himself and demonize you in the original game. +2 Am I the only one who wishes that there were a character like Athena in another game? I think her kit has easily the best design of everyone's in this game. You can either play around elemental damage, your action skill, or massively painful melee attacks. She also complements the addition of Cryo perfectly. +2 Oh I forgot. A point for the addition of Cryo. Although it's way too powerful, I really like the crowd control mechanic, and it was executed fairly well. +1 The characters you play as ACTUALLY TALK NOW. Seriously, they respond to NPCs in certain conversations. It's a nice touch of polish. +1 This game added a dimension to Lilith specifically that I can appreciate. This game actually makes her look really bad, and I like it. +1 Some of the side quests are actually pretty entertaining. Nothing quite like Face McShooty's quest from Borderlands 2, but I found some humor in them. Especially the Torgue quest, because anyone who can't find Mr. Torgue amusing doesn't have a soul... +1 The game does a decent job of further building on the Borderlands universe. Yeah, just decent. +1 (Total: +21) Now moving onto the bad... I said the PREMISE of the story was good. The story itself though? It is the WEAKEST of the series. BY AND FAR. It did almost nothing to justify Jack's actions during the game or Borderlands 2. The plot had several holes, and didn't really mesh well with the rest of the series, either. Why exactly would the vault hunters ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE PERSON THAT TOOK ALL THE CREDIT FOR OPENING THE FREAKING VAULT? It's convenient enough ANYWAYS that they're even ON Elpis (they're there on... VACATION?)... It seems more like it should have been DLC than an actual game in this regard. -4 The O2 meter was an ASTOUNDINGLY dumb design choice. I understand Elpis has no atmosphere, and you couldn't breathe without oxygen, but that cannot and WILL NOT justify a mechanic that punishes you for trying to get around, or FORCES you into standing around doing nothing for an amount of time that adds up QUITE quickly. Not even to mention that the only reason they'd add this isn't consistent with the blatant lack of realism the series has. -3 They kept Badass Ranks. I can't believe that they'd keep literally the WORST thing about Borderlands 2... -3 Why exactly do the laser weapons of this game feel totally redundant to me? Is it because they could have been replaced by Sniper Rifles or SMGs with similar effects? Oh why am I asking this question, when the answer is quite obviously yes. This weapon category contributed next to NOTHING to this game, and I hope they replace it with similar weapons of different types in Borderlands 3, or maybe make their effects apply to a specific manufacturer. -2 Moxxi being blatantly out of character is downright inexcusable. The attempt to brush it off really didn't work on me. Not even to mention that attempt wasn't even referring to the ACTUAL PROBLEM! It was referring to... her make-up being different and her covered up southern accent? Seriously? -2 The boss fights in this game are so badly designed... None of these fights was remotely interesting or compelling to me at all... -2 NO. FREAKING. SLAG. I don't care if it doesn't precisely line up with the game canonically. I MISS MY SLAG. -1 Nurse Nina is literally a walking "strong, Russian-sounding woman" stereotype that reminds me WAY too much of Zarya from Overwatch for some reason. Zed was an amazing character, who probably had some of the funniest lines in the entire series, and they replace him... with that? Not acceptable. Just not acceptable. -1 Congratulations for butchering Mordecai's character even MORE. You make him look like a bumbling drunk has-been who can't stop stealing second winds and annoying you with a bad impression of his old voicing, and then you make him look like a complete moron? He was totally badass in the first game... What went wrong? -1 Aside from Athena's kit, I didn't really like the design of the other characters. None of them have quite the appeal of the playable characters from the other games. -1 (Total: -20) This game may be the black sheep of the series for good reason, but it's not really a bad game. It still retains what makes Borderlands great, and puts in interesting twists. Sure, it proved that Gearbox and 2K Games should never trust 2K Australia to make a Borderlands game EVER AGAIN, but it's still going to get a solid 7/10 from me. I can still see a degree of enjoyment here, and a unique experience that is worth playing, though I'd recommend not doing so not too many times more than once. The first two games are much more worth playing over and over with every character, and I'd even recommend doing so. But here, all I could recommend is maybe two saves... Past that point, you have to have better things to do with your time than playing this.
  2. Hey peeps. I wants to know if there is anything you can't stand the smell of. I can't stand the smell of: -Onions -Dirty diapers (I have to smell that a lot.) -Stinky shoes -And skunk spray (Gross!) So what can you not STAND to smell? Let me know!
  3. For example: Almost everyone loves to drive a car. Well, I hate driving. Why? Because I MUST pay atention to everything that is arround me and if I ignore it, I could hurt someone. There is always this a****ole crossing the street whenever he wants, there is always a driver that drives so baddly and if it is not a person is an animal crossing the street. Is way to stressful for me....
  4. Sig Hoovestrong

    What's worst OC you seen?

    Well i would just like, to hear of the worst OC, you seen out there, if this either is cause of looks, like for example horrible color scheme. Our just bad in general characters story, that just want to make you wanna vomit all over it. I sure people have far share of bad OC story's out there. So, show me what got.
  5. Since I saw a thread about the most toxic online communities, and a post about a gaming community in there, I decided to make a thread dedicated to the absolute worst video game communities. Which do you think is the worst and why? I think League of Legends is an obvious choice. The community has constant drama and has driven multiple people over the edge. Not to mention it has a serious reputation for toxicity and trolling.
  6. Mysterycat

    Is Trixie good or bad?

    Trixie was bad when she first appeared but does she turn good or is she a bad guy? I'm asking this because some people think she's good and some people think she's bad.
  7. The Twilight Sparkle we've all come to know now has indeed evolved a lot over the course of 3 seasons of Friendship is Magic. And how as the title itself says! She not only made new friends, she learned far more than books could teach and she had to make decisions big and small with far reaching consequences. But let us consider for a moment. What if Twilight Sparkle was bad. Or perhaps she became bad, whether by choice or otherwise. We already saw 2 distinct characters that in many ways mirror Twilight: Sunset Shimmer and of course The Great and Powerful err Trixie Lulamoon. Both, aside from being unicorns and skilled magic users, are in many regards the mirror opposites of what Twilight is. Both are obsessed with power and fame. Shimmer seeks power to exploit it for her own selfish gains as opposed to using it responsibly to h lookielp others like Twilight. Trixie flaunts herself and her skills alienating others and seeking attention, while Twilight seeks to befriend others and is rather humble about her own abilities. This is further evidenced in the Crystal Heart book where Twilight is tempted and tricked by Trixie and Gilda as to how to rule as a princess. So the question here is what would Twilight have been like had she been bad? Or perhaps if she somewhere down the lines fell from grace. We know that Sunset Shimmer, although not canon in FIM, was another former student of Celestia as well. Seeing as how Twilight will be in a position of power and wielding power greater than she ever has before in season 4, this will be a concept worth exploring.
  8. Reani

    Gaming Worst game made

    I have seen a lot of bad games made. There are games that the idea just plain out sucked, and then there are games that just had bad game mechanics. I like playing those bad games so I can have a good laugh (I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one). I want to see a list of games that you consider bad, and I want to know why it was bad. I'll start off by listing one game I saw on YouTube. This game is horrible because it is plain out broken. They video in which I saw this game explained all the finer points of the game.
  9. Is the movie good in anyway? I want to see if it's better then the Dark Knight trilogy movie combined.
  10. PonyPassions

    Movies/TV Worst Cartoon shows?

    You can name up to 10 cartoon shows. or they don't even have to be cartoon they can be kid shows. for ex: icarly, spongebob etc. Here is some bad cartoon/kid shows. not in any order. 1) Mad (kid friendly version) To be honest, this one has bad animation bad/immature jokes and it just straight out annoys me, and it seems they only take 5 mins to make the show. 2) Out of jimmys head- This show.... Well this show only aired for like a month, and its stupid how a kid just dreams of some really stupid animals, and just plain annoying. 3) Ben 10 - the whole plot of the show is kinda stupid, some boy that has a watch that can change into 10 superhero characters? its kinda like copying Danny Phantom. 4)Dude, what would happen -Well, this show isn't for kids, it just might inspire them to just like destroy a car and try to make a airplane out of it. 5)Ningago- i think the whole set up, everything about this show is stupid. 6)Level Up- I Really don't get whats so cool about some teens playing a online game. 7)My dad the rockstar- bad everything. the animation, storyline, acting, etc. 8) Hannah montana - I Mean really, your just going to want to make kids want to be a rockstar, then they realize they can't be one then they cry. 9)All Grown Up- They like turn from babies to teens? like in 2 years? Sorry the show isn't the best, i dont like the plot of it, they should have kept rugrats going. 10)True Jackson V.P.- Can't relate to it, Nothing good about it, just plain eh. If you respect my opinions, i'll respect yours.
  11. A miniature supercell to my southwest gets a Tornado Warning issued on it, right after passing over Kalamazoo. This thunderstorm did not produce any tornadoes, but it did produce a fantastic cloud show for many in the area, along with some cloud to cloud lightning too. You can find pictures of this at: http://s41.photobucket.com/albums/e265/Aaron27_2008/4-26-11%20Thunderstorm%20... Not long after the Tornado Warning is issued, the EAS bulletin makes an appearance. This time however, it appears a second time, with a much more automated voice. Barry County is where Hastings is, and Eaton County is the county between Hastings and Lansing. Also notice the buzzing appears to have returned, occurring during several segments in the local forecast. The song is "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" by Isaac Hayes. Found here, my favorite weather videos: The other one:
  12. i was on a camp and i was bored during the only free time they gave us so.. what did i do? i drew some tanks XP the first 2 (an M103 than a tiger 1) where rubbish than i drew a tiger II which was ok... than the jagdtiger which i think i drew best than the maus.. i screwed up the shadow big time but.. meh.. i also feel that i should mention i didn't have any form of reference, its was all off memory XP (ima post other tank drawings down below )
  13. gamecubeguy214

    PAC-MAN pets Pinkie Pie

    I decided to ship PinkiePAC cause why not
  14. it's called fluttershy's bad day i've looked everywhere and i cannot find it all i remember is fluttershy stubbed her toe then spilled coffee on her leg the mailman gave her the wrong mail then she kept having nightmares angel tried to wake her up and he did by breaking her dead mother's vase and she roared please tell me i'm not tripping cause i SWEAR i've read this before please reply! also not to mention one part where rainbow dash calls her rainbow crash and she makes fun of pinkie for naming her pet gummy
  15. Fairy Ponies

    Alicorn OCs

    My main OC is going to be a pegasus. Big deal, right? NO. But right now for my main OC, I'm using an alicorn named Princess Navi, as you can tell by my name and profile pic. So, I don't understand why all the hate goes into having an alicorn oc. Okay, so what if most suck? No need to be rude! So my question is: what should I do to fix my OC? My pegasus OC has some design hiccups that need fixing. Here is what I consider to be THE OC GUIDELINES! 1. Don't make it have an amazing special power or be the BFF of all the mane six 2. Evil/sad/emo backstories are a NO-NO 3. Handicaps. Bad. Use in strict moderation. 4. Rainbows are used too much= NO. 5. Recolors are unoriganal. 6. Throwing on a cloak, glasses, 20 hats, and some butterfly wings is just SAD. 7. Be consistent with your color scheme. 8. Have a name that matches your cutie mark and colors. 9. Be VERY careful and tread lightly with alicorn OCs 10. Hrybrids are hard to do. Don't do them if it doesn 't make sense. 11. Make sure your cutie mark makes sense. 12. Sons and daughters of princesses, villains, or the Mane 6 are bad. Okay, that's about it. But one last rule: 13: PONY CREATOR IS ONLY USED TO GET AN IDEA OF THE DESIGN. GOT IT? This really angers me, because artists lose skill (and sometimes money) to this EVIL THING. The PONY CREATOR is the only thing I hate about the Living Tombstone: PONY CREATOR OCS! You are bad and you should feel bad if you have a pony creator OC. DRAW IT, JEEZ. Or at least ask someone to draw it for you. You guys post good/bad OCs below!
  16. http://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html http://infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/contradictions.html http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Biblical_scientific_errors http://www.answering-christianity.com/abdullah_smith/historical_errors_in_the_gospels-3.htm http://www.livescience.com/47799-morality-religion-political-beliefs.html http://www.nairaland.com/121066/predominantly-atheist-countries-lowest-crime http://all4ed.org/press/crime-rates-linked-to-educational-attainment-new-alliance-report-finds/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201402/why-are-educated-people-more-likely-be-atheists http://www.patheos.com/blogs/epiphenom/2011/05/non-religious-nations-have-higher.html http://observer.com/2016/06/nypd-ig-no-link-between-quality-of-life-enforcement-and-lower-crime/ http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/poor-people-more-religious-rich-people-and-china-has-most-atheists-according-study http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religiosity-highest-world-poorest-nations.aspx Sources for things I regularly debate. fite me
  17. For some reason my Lyrics, at least to me, seem pretty bad. I just came up with a few lines in my head and wonder where I can go with it. Driving down the highway I see a mare standing at the side I ask her for a ride She says she doesn't have the time Terrible? What type of song can I make with a possibly-edited version of this? Can anybody contribute their own lyrics to this? Can anybody rip me off and make their own song off of this? Just a thought I had.
  18. This is why this pic was named "yeahno.png". :3
  19. Lonk Chase

    Visual Art HOW TO THUMBAILS

    Here are all of the thumbnails I have used for my tutorials on PeeDeeDee (in case you wanted to see them): There you go. You're welcome.
  20. ChikoritaCheezits

    Movies/TV Best/Worst Nickelodeon Shows

    Okay I see there is a thread for the best and worst Cartoon Network shows well I think there should also be one for in Nickeldeon because in my opinion, they're even more in the toilet then cartoon network. At least cncan make a few decent shows, nickelodeon only has like maybe 1 or 2 or maybe 3 Best Spongebob Squarepants (first 3 seasons and movie) The Fairly Odd parents up until Poof got there Jimmy Neutron Angry Beavers invader Zim Rocko's Modern Life Hey Arnold The Avatar series the new TMNT from what saw of it was good Drake and Josh Ned's Declassified Worst Fanboy and Chum Chum Victorious Big Time Flush Rush icarly Nick Studio 10 (Saw a clip of it one time oh my gosh it was terrible) And that's what I've got. Now there are some old nicktoons that I personally don't like that much but they didn't sink as low as this plus I don't want to mention them to accidently ruin someone's childhood or something So discuss away
  21. I'd like to mention right, it should not take a month of playing a nuzlocke-style MMORPG to beat the first boss of a 100 story game. I can't even fathom no one being able to find the first boss in a single month. An entire month in Pirate101 had gotten me pretty far through a few worlds. I was indeed a beta tester, and I did die a few times, but these are not aspects that should be taken into account considering these people literally live their current lives in the game of SWO. They have 24/7 to find the boss. This aspect feels like the creators are trying to depict the game as hard, and possibly risky, but 100 floors would make the game really, really, really easy on the first floor. Considering the first moments I've played of WoW had taken me quite a few levels up and explore, it seems pretty ridiculous that none of the players could find the boss. This is all from the pre-intro scene. (I'm also assuming they moved the boss room since none of the beta testers can find it.) So welcome again. It's been far too long since I watched the first episode. My excuse is that I don't feel like watching it, but I'm in the mood to put myself through pain again. I have reread my review of the first episode, and I believe I am pretty caught up in knowledge to be able to remember the important factors going in. I think I should start putting a disclaimer-type thing at the beginning of these now. Hello. My name is Zeal Crown, and I hate myself enough to put myself through the pain of watching Sword Art Online. I've always hated this show, but I thought I'd explain why, as I'd like to consider myself a pretty good MMORPG guru. My 'reviews' are in the style of 'I say what I think when the moment shows up' so I may be unorganized in my saying. Of course, this is entirely my opinion too, and you are by far welcome to have your own. (I'd love to hear them too) So with that, please, endure this pain with me as we watch...Sword Art Online. Right away after the intro, we find out this "knight" has found the boss with his team. At the top of a tower. Unless this tower was hidden or something, I'm going to have to make the assumption that these people are the most unobservant people in the anime universe. It's common for bosses to be at the top of towers so I'm not really getting why it would have taken a month. Oh well I guess, it still could have been hidden. Seems like a thing the creator would have done. I'd also like to mention there was a scene with two people who looked like the main character. I didn't know which one was him...and he was in the next scene after these two. These character designs are way too similar and bland-looking. In this scene, the characters are instructed to form groups. I actually like this scene as it's pretty accurate to MMOs. The characters form into groups of 6 and will try to take on the boss together. Grouping in MMOs is actually a thing, and I'm quite surprised at how accurate this scene is, even if it isn't much. Groups are meant to put people together (usually between 4 to 6 players max) and they are able to do such things as quest together, share exp. or simply just have increased knowledge and help of each other. It's a small thing to be happy about, but it's the first accurate thing about MMORPGs in a while. And then Kibaou, the beta tester hater, jumps in. He wants the beta testers to apologize to the 2,000 players that have died so far. (twice the amount of the original beta tester mind you, but that's another gripe for another time) He believes the beta testers all ditched for their own selfish goods. Took all the hunting spots, took the easy quests for themselves (which probably wouldn't earn much, but whatever) ect. He wants the beta testers to get down on their knees and "give up all the money and items they hoarded. Otherwise, we can't trust them to protect us as party members, and they shouldn't trust us." like some non-beta uprising or something. Kirito looks like he's about to have some nervous breakdown too, so I'll also assume he's one of the selfish types. Kibaou is quickly (verbally) shot down and told that the beta testers gave all the information they could in a beginner's guide handbook. And there goes that problem. It's still near the beginning of the episode, so I'm making yet another assumption that he'll be back. Kibaou seems like a character that could have been pretty accurate to 'noobish' type players though. I would have loved to see him depicted as the players that fuss in the beginning areas and expect the help of stronger people for almost no reason. Those players exist in every MMO, and it would have been a great opportunity. Instead, this person just seems useless. Just a minor thing that bugs me I guess. We learn that the boss that was discovered has some neat little tricks. Which leads me to believe someone must have died to attain the information that I guess non-beta players can add to the handbook as well. The writers for this episode must have been at a loss of what is happening, because I don't know who can and can't write in the handbook, and I would like to know if people died to attain the information. If so, I also don't understand how other people wouldn't know about the boss if it's been issued in the new handbook. Anyone with the latest handbook should know about the boss by now, how is this blue-haired knight the only one who knows? The writers should keep track of what each individual character knows. The bread scene with the butter seems useless to me, so there isn't much to say about that other then it shouldn't be here. BUT WAIT! Kirito says he got the butter from a quest a town back, and he offers to take is only other party member over to beat the quest...even though quests and monsters are limited. I thought. But, what? You see, even as a show, they can't stick to what they say. The previous scene stated that the beta testers took all the hunting areas and the quests to themselves. So then this quest shouldn't exist. Kirito beat it! No more butter quest! This mysterious Asuna gets no more butter! Freaking butter is driving me up the wall! Asuna is also suicidal or something, but doesn't want the game to beat her. Her story is weak, and I don't like it. Enough said. There's also something about switching, but it's never elaborated on. Another thing not to care about. The significance is that Asuna wasn't ever a part of a group or party, so she doesn't know about it. I don't blame her, I don't usually team up for the first part of games either. The information about the boss was mostly right. The boss switches out weapons and strategies once his health reaches the red, so now he has another weapon. And it's the wrong weapon from what was described in the guide. That would give me the false assumption (I'm making a lot of assumptions, but that seems to be how this show is treating me) that the players didn't record the right data. But then Kirito remembers the weapon the boss should have had, and it's the wrong one. This is messed up all the way. The information about the boss wasn't discovered until the 'heroic blue knight' somehow magically found it single-handedly in his oh so great handbook. But Kirito knew what the weapon should have been already. Sooooo why didn't he put that in the handbook!? Even if only beta testers can add to the handbook or something, he was a beta tester. If he knew about the boss from his beta experience, why didn't he tell them!? Now I get why Kibaou hated on beta testers. I would too! Kirito isn't gaining anything from being the only one in this massive hoard party from being the only one to know this. He's putting others on the pedestal of death because...who knows!? WHY!? Why would he not share this information about the boss!? He couldn't even get the gall to say what the weapon switched too! If he did, everyone else would have been surprised as well to realize it's not the same weapon, but Kirito is the only one who realizes it's not the same weapon! I began writing this to share the inaccuracies of SWO, but I didn't realize I had to explain easy stuff like this either. I'm still a growing critic, but I'm sure a lot of other critics would realize this massive plot hole. It's not even annoying that it's inaccurate, but Kirito may be the dumbest hero I've ever witnessed. We learn after the now-not-so-heroic-knight practically kills himself that he charged ahead because he wanted the "last attack bonus rare item" which is an extremely common myth among many MMOs. The myth goes "the player who makes the last attack will gain a rare item that only they can earn" which is proven time and time again to not exist. It's rumored in just about every game and it's always proven to be false. It doesn't even annoy me that this myth is somehow a thing in this game (bad game design) but it annoys me even more that this person was selfish enough to take it all for himself after stating "the loot each player collects is there own loot." If this person turns out to be a beta tester, it'll give me even more of a reason to think that beta testers in this universe actually are selfish. AND I WAS RIGHT, HE WAS A BETA TESTER! So now that leads me up to the misunderstand of, 'why wouldn't he know what the boss could do?' He was in the beta. He knew what would happen. Why did he need a guide to know what happens at this boss? These characters are terrible. I also have no clue why he chose to not take the potion. He'd literally earn much more from Kirito's potion than Kirito would at that time. I'm sure they can always get more too. False sacrifice. I don't feel any affection. Oh my goodness, Asuna's robe came off! Oh my goodness, she's suppose to be a good looking character! Oh my goodness, I'll bet thousands that she becomes a love interest! Oh my goodness, I'm going to be rich! Game mechanic wise, I don't get how this works. In reality it would be possible for the robe to fly off, but in a videogame it's always attached to you unless you either chose to take it off, or something code-wise makes you take it off. Unless she had to get rid of the robe to dodge (or something???) it shouldn't have flown off like that. Maybe the boss's affect swung it off? Who knows? I doubt the writers even knew honestly. Saying "We'll hold him off until you recover" is implying that health is possible to regenerate overtime, so I'd say a good strategy for this nuzlocke would be to attack until you get hit, then just run the boss in circles until you recover. Unless you have to "stand in a patch of grass" to recover health, this should work a high percent of the time. Just outrun the boss. Loophole? Oooooh, Kirito and Asuna are going to do the last hit together! Oooooh! So I guess the final item will either 1. be randomly given, 2. be duplicated (in which everyone should do the final attack) or 3. be split apart, making it pretty useless. Lets find out what happens. Kirito got the last attack item bonus. What a shame, Asuna probably deserved it more. Kirito is too selfish to keep it. Kibaou now explains how selfish Kirito really is by exploiting how Kirito actually did know about the attack, but didn't bother to tell anyone. The other players out him to being a beta tester as he knew all the attack patterns too. It's sad, but Kibaou is actually my favorite character here. He must have been right about those (as Kirito describes in his own words) noobish beta players. Kibaou is the only smart player in this entire game! Kirito makes the extremely false claim the the beta testers somehow didn't even know how to level up, and that these other non-beta players are waaaaay better. But 'oh no, Kirito is nothing like them. He made it higher than anyone else in the beta game! (implying that he is indeed a beta player) He knew the boss's katana skills because the other monsters on floors above had katana skills. (still not stating that Kirito still didn't know that the boss had 'katana skills'. It hurts to see him monologue) He knew more than any other beta player! Kibaou says exactly what I'm thinking at this point. Kirito is so much worse than any other beta player! What kind of selfish player is he!? Kirito then puts on his new item and tells people not to confuse him with beta players, essentially creating a target for himself. News flash, no one quests with selfish players. Just saying. Also, Kirito states that there's a limit to what single players can do, which most of the time, is true. So really, I don't see why Kirito is creating this false 'bad boy' image for himself. No one will trust him and he'll die alone, surrounded by his own useless lies. Now the credits roll and I reflect on why I hate myself so much. I don't think I hate myself to put myself through the pain, so why do I? Most other people would say "because in order to recognize good shows, a person must recognize what makes a show bad. SWO is a great example!" or "Being able to recognize why a show may not be as good as it is made out to be demonstrates great training for critics." or "to join the bandwagon" but my reason was simply to point out the inaccuracies. SWO as a game is terrible and would have never launched. I did not realize I would have to explain overall why it's a bad anime. The fans come because they see themselves as 14 year old kids who want to be the rebellious black-haired mysterious fellow in a life-like videogame world. The fans instead got crap that apparently feeds them well. My goodness is this show bad. It's so bad. Sooooo bad. And I'm going to have to keep watching it. Ugh. Help.
  22. Tell me every single thing that's wrong with this. But not that I need different drawing software. I already know that. If there is something I did right, let me know. There may be light at the end of the tunnel, IDK.
  23. SilyGeny

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  24. When I first started telling my friends I was interested in anime, I always heard nothing but good things about Sword Art Online. (SAO) After giving in, I was very disappointed. I remember hating it for it's inaccuracy and quitting halfway through the first season. After hearing someone I follow give crap to an anime they hated, I thought I'd try rewatching SAO and seeing why I hated it... Two minutes in and I remember why. The first opening scene tells that "in 2022, humanity has finally created a complete virtual environment." SAO first aired in 2012, so this was meant to be ten years from that date. Having people believe that a huge environment like this could be real in 10 years was very believable as the Oculus Rift had started it's crowdfunding around that same time. This is a very good start, as the environment looks beautiful and exciting, and I quickly wanted to learn more. Now here is where I begin to sense trouble. The next scene involves our main character (Who is already a paper cut-out of, like, any boy character in an anime, same face and hair and all that) who is listening to a stream while reading a magazine about SAO. It is mentioned that the first release only gave out 10,000 beta keys. Now, this seems reasonable to my experience with actual beta key giveaways. For this review, I will be comparing SAO to Pirate101, a game I've had a lot of time to experience what a Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) does in beta. 10,000 beta keys seems reasonable. (By the way, unless you're blind, SAO is an MMO) "The beta keys sold out online in seconds" wait, what? They sold the first batch of beta keys? Why? I know this shouldn't be a big deal, but why not give them to loyal fans of the company? Pirate101 beta keys were mostly given to random fans of Wizard101 and fans of the parent company of Kingsisle. This was to make sure these people be loyal, determined, and dedicated to bug testing the heck out of the game as that is essentially the point of a beta test, to find bugs that the creators may have missed and to give player feedback or critique. The keys were also handed out to big MMO review companies and fan sites so they could give their input of the future of the game and company behind it. They didn't sell them. (My brother would also like to make the point of selling 10,000 beta keys in seconds would have to have a really cheap cost for such a hyped game) "Hardcore fans bought all the store copies" Since when were beta keys for an MMO sold...at stores? How do you get a hard copy of an MMO, especially at this point in the future? There's no point in selling hard copies of MMOs, especially selling beta keys. How many places sold these beta keys anyways? There's thousands upon thousands of game stores that sell games. Each store would have to hardly sell one single key to run out of keys around the globe. There's more stores than keys! The next part of the scene, we see our main character put on the VR headset and jump into the game. (I'd like to point out that the helmet has a battery life even though it's plugged in. Where would they take this thing anyways?) This is the part that gripes me the most, at least to this point. As we see our character jump into the game, we see him get an option to use his character he used in the beta of the game. His character from beta! With any huge MMO, companies are almost required to do a mass character wipe when making the jump from beta to live! A character wipe means to erase everyone's data in the game to essentially start fresh. It's a thing MMO companies hate to do, but they must if they want to rid their final game of any sort of bug or exploits that were discovered, and to start everyone on the same clean slate. This is often why beta players are given their own time at launch to get ahead. Pirate101 gave every beta player a full week to get ahead of the impending crowd. It was essentially a 'thank you' to the beta testers for testing their game and providing feedback. A game as large as what SAO is meant to be, it's bound to have character wipes. The fact that it doesn't would definitely and automatically turn me away from this game as I would suspect the company to be really lazy to not do a mass character wipe. Shame on you Kayaba Akihiko, don't make games. With the title card by, we get a scene of our character running through the town, "like he's been here before." With a quick stop and a fast agreement, our character decides to help Klein to learn the basics. Which is really not smart of Klein. Any good MMO would definitely have a tutorial, or at least explain "the basics." How would this 'Klein' guy not know the basics? I have to assume he was either to ignorant and skipped the tutorials, or SAO is just lacking an essential part of any game, a tutorial. Also, why would our character decide to help him anyways. In real life I could see this being helpful, but when I play with my own high level characters in an area of low level people, I constantly get swarmed by younglings who want me to mentor them without me getting anything in return. Call me selfish, but I don't want to help everybody! I want to play the game for myself. Also, our character's name is Kirito. Eh, it's anime. So what I'm getting from this essential 'viewer tutorial' scene is that you must make the "motion input" to make attacks, and the game will automatically align them for you if you are probably close. When you feel the skill begin to charge, you can unleash a "sword skill" which is the most unoriginal name for an MMO. This feels really easily comparative to World of Warcraft. (WoW) You do basic attacks and wait for the skill to charge to use. It's the easiest MMO gameplay to use, and thus Wow is often copied through a poorer version of their engaging gameplay. Because of this, I would excuse SAO for being another poor WoW clone. Another to throw on the pile. I am glad they mention SAO is a game without magic though. Magic is so often use to excuse things the creators of MMOs want to have in their game without giving an explanation because it would be too difficult. I'm curious as to how truthful SAO is though. Next scene, Kirito and Klein are having a heart to heart on a waterfall about the game and such, and Klein explains that he was one of the first lucky enough to get one of the 10,000 copies. But he's not a beta tester apparently. Either this show is lying to me, or I'm just confused, which I shouldn't be when watching a show. Klein then states how Kirito is one of the lucky 1,000 to get a beta key. For a beta test, 1,000 players is really small. I guess I can let it slide since this show has already presented unmatchable crap to me. Kirito states he made it to floor 8 in only a couple of months. Seems reasonable if he wasn't an active player, as I will assume. But this time it will only take him a single month. Kirito also explains in this story dump that SAO was all he thought about day and night. This is extremely relatable to me as Pirate101 was all I could think of throughout the entire beta test. I really adore the end of this scene. Klein talks about how he must take a break to go eat, and talks about how Kirito should friend his friends he's meeting from another game so they can hang out. I love this, as this is the exact behavior I always find when I play MMOs. It's the most accurate thing in this show I've seen so far, but I have a feeling this'll probably be it. And then there is no button to log out. Dun dun duuuuun... With a bit of a "This sucks" and all that, they finally discover that SAO is a really bad game if they can't log out of it. No emergency logout, can't access the game creators, nothing. Danger. Everyone is transported to some town square to hear an announcement and Kirito says "a forced teleport" like it's something that is normal in an MMO. It isn't by the way. A blood creature rains from the broken sky and presents himself as Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of the game. This is where the big arc is presented. There is no logout button as the only way to log out is to beat the game. Removing the helmet from the outside will also kill the player. I guess the people on the outside had a warning though, so everything should be all cool 'cept for the few who ignored it. 213 players dead, both in real life, and in the fake/semireal world of Aincrad. Along with this danger, each character plays a sort of 'Nuzlocke' type of deal where once they die, they die. The end. At this point we also learn that there are 100 floors in this game, so Kirito only completed 2/25 of the game in his beta test. We also learn that "the beta testers never made it near that height" What!? Are you crazy!? Why not!? What kind of a beta test wouldn't let players test the later levels of the game!? Those are generally where the most bugs show up! Who ever thought this game would have been good!? I would never play a game where none of the later levels of an MMO were tested. Why would I waste my time going into unexplored territory like that? Beta testing tests all parts of a game, not just a small portion. For whatever reason, this company somehow got enough hype to collect all these exciting players and post in livestreams and magazines but couldn't even beta test the late levels. Instant turn off for me. (Also a joke to people not being who they say they are over the internet. -_- It can apparently register your exact voice too, so that's a trans nightmare for a trans human like me) We learn the evil guy's motivation was to...create a world to intervene with? What? What does that mean? And why? That's the saddest excuse for motivation I've ever seen. I could literally write a book and control that universe much better than this. It'd be much safer too. Kayaba then ends with "This is the end of the tutorial for the official Sword Art Online launch," so I guess that was the tutorial? What a crap tutorial. 0/10. Kirito also admired Kayaba for some reason. Terrible business strategies would make me tell Kirito he's majorly wrong. I guess the resources are somehow limited, so it seems that all the enemies are also playing their own game of a Nuzlocke. Another poor design choice, especially for Kayaba's motivation. There's also the whole thing with Klein being set up from the beginning of the episode to be someone to represent Kirito's character as Kirito wants to travel with as few people as possible to be as efficient as possible. Before they leave each other though, Klein must tell Kirito how he is cute. I may actually approve of this. Gay relationships all the way! Kirito returns a compliment and runs. After the credits with , at least what I think, a pretty good song, we learn that 2000 players die and the first floor has yet to be cleared. Kind of interesting seeming as Kirito had wished to reach floor 8 in a month, but I guess I can assume he is being more cautious. Limited supply and an immediate one-time death on the line would definitely slow players down I guess. So after watching the first episode, I remember why I really hated this show. It was inaccurate. All the facts were wrong and unreal, and it was extremely lazy of A1 studio to pump this garbage out. Yes, A1, the critical company who always pumps trash must have gotten lucky with pumping out this glittery trashbag that people seem to love. I am a huge fan of MMOs and it is almost insulting what this show is teaching viewers about MMOs. I get that it's a show, but there should at least be a tiny bit more of realistic facts rather than saying it was the future. People like this show because they wish they could. They wish they could be in a game just like this. They wish they could fight alongside cute anime girls in too-tiny skirts. They wish they could be the hero they think they could be by somehow being one of the survivors to experience this insanely weird world. But it's bad. If this game was real, it would be panned before it even began it's beta key distribution. There's always going to be those poor suckers who buy those keys though. I don't understand why Kayaba can't be hunted down anyways. Just take him away and find a hacker to fix SAO. Unless this is explained in later episodes, I don't see why they can't do this. In conclusion, this show is lazy. Minimum research has been done to figure out what an MMO actually is, and A1 is often know for simply pandering to what the audience wants to see. "I want to see videogames, but in a real life scenario! But there's got to be danger, so kill me if I die! I won't die though, because I'm the best!" It's a trash show and I would never ever recommend this show to anyone I didn't hate. But I'm going to watch more. Because I hate myself. And I want to learn how to actually make a good show. This one isn't it, but I'll learn from mistakes. Wish me luck, and tell me what you think of the show. For my sake, please try to keep spoilers to a minimum and only use facts presented in the first episode. I want to watch this in the position of a real viewer. So far though, I say 2.5/10.
  25. Not much else to say. Whatcha think?