Some further thoughts had occurred to me since yesterday. Thought’d I’d toss ’em in while they were still fresh.
-Was I the only person who didn’t have any problem with Tali’s unmasking in ME3? Sure, it was a modified stock photo, and yes, I suppose I can see the disappointment with the relatively minor changes to the existing material. That being said though, I honestly think it was well-done, and a heartwarming touch to the end of an era.
-As I mentioned with a friend back on Facebook, I can’t stand Ashley Williams now. Her propensity toward honor, looking after her family, and fondness for poetry made her stand out initially, but these redeeming qualities were dragged down when she repeatedly made comments about not being too fond of crewmembers like Wrex, Garrus, Tali, and Liara – people who would gladly give their lives to save Ashley, but who herself admitted would do the exact opposite. Add to this her rampant paranoia and distrust in the start of ME3, and she’s lost every redeeming quality she once had. I had a lot more fun with the renegade dialogue options in subsequent campaign runs, it was enjoyable to tell such an irrational mistrusting bigot to go fuck off.
-I suppose I see where Javik is coming from in his harsh “defeat the Reapers at ANY cost” mentality, (and a similar line of thinking can be seen in Garrus’ “ruthless calculus of war” speech), but that doesn’t make him right. I still wish I could’ve spaced him after Thessia.
-Wrex sounds like he could’ve been voiced by John Goodman.
-I still fail to see the appeal of the M-77 Paladin, relative to the M-11 suppressor or even M-6 Carnifex. Smaller magazine capacity, negligible improvement in stopping power over the Carnifex, and unchanged rate of fire. If I’m missing something important here, somebody let me know.
-Also, I found the ME1 M-7 and ME-2 M-8 rifles to be a lot better looking with their built-in scopes. The ME3 one without just looks so . . . hideous. I like its handling better than in ME1 or 2, but god it just looks so damned ugly without that scope.
-Echoing Grunt’s drunken shower wisdom in ME3 Citadel, I always thought turians looked more like cats than birds. Hardassed cats, but still.
-Rannoch is gorgeous. Looks like the American Southwest, but with less sand and more water.
-I felt the rachni queen’s capture/cloning in ME3 was fairly contrived. It felt like the first major decision I made in ME1 that would come to major relevance in ME3. To have her just be captured after I freed her was irritating. I wanted to actually have a conversation with the rachni queen or her troops, learn more of their history (you get some backstory during your exchange in ME1, but it could’ve been expounded on more). Maybe actually have a level where saving the rachni queen gives you backup rachni troops in a ground battle that you otherwise wouldn’t have had.
-Grunt’s “heh-heh-heh” laugh is too goddamned funny.
-Also, Zaeed’s and Garrus’ home-defense planning in ME3 Citadel was among the funniest dialogue of the entire series.
-Cortez was . . . clingy. And weird. Damn good shuttle pilot, but still, ya know, weird.
-EDI’s new body could’ve done away with some of the obvious sex appeal. I felt it took away from the well-developed character she had built up over two games.
-Also, Samara was goddamned irritating. Wish she was never included in either game, at all. Her ill-fitting outfit just felt like EA was trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator of gamer, too. Her odd Justicar code and mannerisms didn’t help either. And no, Morinth wasn’t better.
-Resource mining felt POINTLESS in ME1, slightly tedious but mildly entertaining in ME2, and empty and lacking in ME3. Kinda liked littering an unknown planet with probes. Looked like I was destroying continents at a time from space.
-The human-alien tension could’ve been an interesting plot dynamic between Shepard’s crew and the Normandy’s Cerberus employees in ME2. Ya know . . . if it existed. At all.
-The concept of the geth consensus is a fascinating idea – networked intelligence, sharing all thoughts, ideas, and sensory data – communing with millions of other entities at any given time. It’s a shame I have to kill them all in ME3. Hopefully, the limited exposure to the geth aid on Rannoch would encourage the quarians to restore the species in due time – and with responsibility.
-I’m thinking on my next ME3 run, I might just kill Ash and Samara for the hell of it.
-I also recently discovered that Kal’Reegar, one of the Migrant Fleet Marines sent to backup Tali on Haestrom in ME2, was voiced by Adam Baldwin. For those who don’t know, Adam Baldwin portrayed Lusthog squad’s M60 gunner “Animal Mother” in the Stanley Kubrick Vietnam epic “Full Metal Jacket”. This both makes Kal’Reegar 8x more of a badass than he already was (which he was substantially), and kinda makes me with quarians shouted “fuck” a lot more. Or had expositions on getting killed for the word “poontang”. If that last sentence confused you, go see Full Metal Jacket today. It’s amazing.
That’s all I can think of for now. If I think of substantially more, I’ll post tomorrow night.
Keelah se’lai, folks.