It’s a staple mechanic of so many games, a simple metric for measuring advancement, a point of comparison to where you were compared to where you are, and where other people are around you. Levelling up unlocks new skills and powers, grants access to new gear, and ultimately makes the whole process of murder-hoboing through life a far flashier affair.
But here’s the thing… (more…)
Well I was going to review the Rick and Morty D&D crossover comic today… even asked for it back off the guy who borrowed it. Sorry Alan, blame 2k and Gearbox for dropping a bombshell on one of the other things I go nuts for:
Let’s get into this.
We’re opening on guns, gears and vault symbols, and a scene of pschyos worshipping at the feet of an angel with excessively large lapels. Judging by the mirrored haircuts, I’m thinking brother-sister combo with an option on Siren number 5 of 6 as the sister. It’d be nice to take on an evil(er) Siren who gets to do more than die a tentacle-y death before doing much more than laying down threats. That’s a nice looking rifle over that guy’s shoulder too, I’m guessing Dahl.
Blink and you’ll miss it, looks like a mask of Handsome Jack over the door to the temple scene there. We know Jack had some clones, a personality uploaded into cloud storage, and one hell of a personality cult, I suppose it’s possible we’re seeing a continuation of his saga.
Closeup of our angel’s face (sick chokers lady) with a CL4P-TP unit fighting a skag, pan around over the brother’s shoulder with even bigger guns pointing at us, and we move on to someone who makes me think… possible vault hunter? Maybe just your average semi-heroic NPC, he has the bearing of someone heroic if a little ignoble what with the goatee and eyepatch. Over his shoulder is Loader Bot from Tales from the Borderlands! At least it’d better be. A cyborg cyclops in a heavy coat carrying some heavy firepower, I’d be shocked and heartbroken if he’s not one of our next vault hunters, but I’m not willing to point to the first guy and say “Rhys” just yet… nor am I entirely convinced that face number 3 is Fiona or face 4 Sasha HOWEVER face 4 does look a lot like the mysterious lady from that tech demo we saw a while back:
That tech demo, “pay no attention to the character, she is just an asset”. Round helmet with an aerial on the right hand side, high pauldron on the left, same build and bearing. Honestly at the time I thought this would be Fiona, the round military helmet replacing the round bowler hat. Now we see a face, I dunno, eyes and chin seem wrong, and face 3 the eyebrow scar is on the wrong side and in the wrong place. Anyway, a team of four mismatched people riding a vehicle shooting their way through a bunch of rakks seem pretty vault-hunterish to me.
Next scene is brick, Mordecai and Tiny Tina (sporting some badass bunny ears, go gurl!) high fiving, not easy to do three-ways, but hey. I do believe Brick is now wearing a bandana like Roland’s, and Mordecai definitely has a new feather. Tina appears to be older, spikier, and hopefully still played by Ashly Burch.
Some quickfire glimpses, a vault cult psycho, Sir Hammerlock, some dude in a cape and underpants standing on a pile of corpses, Scooter’s sister Ellie with a drill-hand, and a fully winged Lilith standing on a giant Crimson Lance helmet, all as we zip through a pile of assorted tech, engine parts, gun parts, spiky bits, the works. Glimpses of redesigns in their and a little hint as to how Pandora has developed as a world in general.
Final shot, take notice of the girl in the monowheel, pretty sure she’s face 3 in the Vault Hunter line-up, but there’s a couple of little details you might miss here too, a shot of Moxxxi’s new bar, some kind of assassin looking type riding the back of a rakk, and a skaag, which means little but I still like them. The assassin’s hood intrigues me though, because as we get the long pan-out to that psycho-mask, there are other mini-tableaus dotted around of other hooded people.
There’s a figure off on the left that could be lady Hammerlock, a li’l psycho with no mask stood in front of some kind of hunched robot, a couple of our vault hunters either side of Clap-Trap, Marcus Kincaid, faces familiar and unfamiliar, scenes of violence and chaos, figures too indistinct to full make out amidst a mass of gun barrels and machine parts, but there’s some details in there that are most interesting indeed.
An Atlas logo, some Crimson Lance helmets, a possible return of Atlas under new CEO Rhys from “Tales”. I notice as well that the Maliwan “M” is pretty distinct among the other details. Maliwan haven’t been all that prominent thusfar, but it makes one wonder. And atop it all once again, this woman, this dramatic woman with dramatic hair and dramatic collar…
Tomorrow… today for you future people, during PAX East, and during GeekOut Shrewsbury, more details will be released, a perfect fit with the Vidya Games theme I’ve got going on. I will unapologetically being watching every shred of news that comes out of this new teaser, this long awaited sequel. I like riding the hype-train, and I have got my tickets ready.
I’ll do the comic review for Tuesday then I guess.
My interests over the last few years have rather shifted onto tabletop rather than video gaming, a trend you might have noticed. And after years of false promises, over promising, console spitting-fights, and months and months of disappointing results, E3 is starting to get something of a yoke over its shoulders. What should be a time of exhilaration and optimism is held down by burdensome negativity that is simply not the fault of the expo.