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12-29-2008 @ 8:20PM
I posted this about the video on the realm forums of the server I play on."I know I'm going to be called up on this, but I found the more fantastical stuff to be a little off-putting. It starts great, but by the time they're flying through the air slashing their daggers together it's so out-of-place in the setting. It's a problem I have with a lot of WOW machinima. A perfect counterpart in movie terms to how the fighting should look is something like Lord of the Rings (ignoring everything Legolas did with the Mumakil. :P).It makes me sound like a Scrooge, I guess, but it was too much of an issue for me to properly enjoy it. That's some real technical skills the guy has - better even than the Wrath Gate Cinematic, I feel, in animations for single models - but I can't say I liked his design choices. In a Medieval Fantasy setting, pop music and rogue mid-air duels just don't mix. "In addition, I'm very much looking forward to what this talented movie-maker is going to do next. If it contains action more suited to the setting - and by that I mean grounded duels with no end of sword parries and dirty tricks, then I'd be absolutely thrilled. The idea of a mage video is so mouth-watering to me that I think I've just drowned myself. To do for mages what he's done for rogues would be sweetness personified.
12-29-2008 @ 8:44PM
I have to agree with your comments about the music choice. Kind of weird, there. The mid-air fighting and flashiness is just fine, though, it makes it obvious the level a PC is above a typical guard. (Usually).Also, I totally agree with your mage comment. I saw my first mage vs. mage pvp duel just a few weeks ago and I was blown away by how flashy and fluid it was, they were both really amazing!
12-29-2008 @ 8:54PM
The weirdness of the music choice is part of what 'hooks' me about the video in the first place. It's unexpected and draws you in to the action in a particularly way. And it fits perfectly with the action and the 'plot' - see how Lady Prestor winks as she says "shh" near the end? Sinister and dangerous, but playful and graceful, but sinister and dangerous, but... well, you get the idea.
12-29-2008 @ 10:18PM
If this guy got hired by Blizzard to do cut-scenes and toss one out every other week or month, I'd be so hooked. That's more addictive than crack right there. Easily better than Wrathgate and ten times better than the Wrath intro.
12-30-2008 @ 3:11AM
Even though what has been posted is intended as constructive criticism, I disagree with part of what the first two posters have to say about it.I felt like the jumping through the air on the rogues part really felt on par with the feeling and beat of the music and matched up with what you would expect from such an extremely agile class. It might not feel on par with the way WoW is actually played because the overall mechanics of the game will not allow for such actions for a multitude of reasons, such as terrain mapping. Not to mention this is suppose to be an Elite Rogue VS. an Elite Rogue. If they stood there and used similar to WoW Mechanics the fight would not have been nearly as interesting.I have seen several people comment on the music. I think the music was perfect, he has it synced up with what is going on very well and though it may not quite be what most of us are used to hearing, it adds a certain amount of immersiveness to the situation. It started out slow and quite and built up to a climax, just as the video did.Out of the video, I could only see one very visible flaw. When she is going after Ony and she starts spinning in circles with her blade the cut on one of the guards could have been better. Maybe if some blood was added to the slice......Overall this has to be the best action machinima I have seen for WoW. My hat is off to the creator, I am eagerly anticipating your next film.
12-30-2008 @ 7:12AM
"similar to WoW Mechanics the fight would not have been nearly as interesting."I'm not however suggesting it should be WOW mechanics - I'm saying it should be choreographed like Medieval Fantasy usually is. That's why I gave the Lord of the Rings example. I agree, the WOW animations for fights are relatively poor, but that's part and parcel to do with MMOs. It's just something we have to take on the chin - however, there is middle ground between this and the kung-fu movie style of this one. It's just incongruous to the setting, and to the tone.
12-30-2008 @ 7:37PM
I have only a few comments:1. WIN.2. GOLD3. Buff Rogues because that's how we're supposed to fight.Thank you very much. :D
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