So, with Shadow Lords on its way and the final character having been revealed, it seems like Season 3 is ready to be wrapped up.
My opinion… it was rather disappointing. There were some good things, but I expected more. And some things I did not expect at all which just drove the season into the ground for me.
I LOVED Tusk in KI2, and other than Orchid, he was my main. I like playing as him, but he is just a tad slow for me in this game, and I have trouble adjusting to that. But even so, he is so much fun and he looks so good! Both his main and his alt!
Season 3 had ONE original character, and Iron Galaxy hit homerun with it! Mira is fantastic! I not only love vampires, but I also love blood magic, not to mention that the scythe is one of my favourite weapons! And she has a corkscrew kick which one of my other favourite characters of all time has, that being Cammy from Street Fighter! The only thing I would’ve wanted was for the vampire to be male, but I can look past that one little thing. Because Mira is just awesome!
I didn’t like Gargos in KI2. I thought he was boring and cheap and not all that interesting. But whauw, Iron Galaxy sure made him really awesome, both in looks and gameplay! He looks like a menacing demon lord and his gameplay is super fun!
The upcoming Shadow Lords mode.
This mode looks really interesting from what we’ve seen so far. There’s still a bit over a month before it releases, so can’t state my final opinion of it just yet, but it looks kinda fun.
The 4th Ender Animations.
ALOT of people didn’t seem to like this, so many that IG even made an on/off switch for it, but I enjoy it immensely! It gives the game an extra cinematic feel, like an extra pay-off when being able to pull it off. It’s like a little fanfare when you are able to build the combo up to that point without having it be broken by the opponent.
The new stage lighting.
It really makes the new KI have the old-school feel, however, it is not perfect. There are some flaws and the lighting sometimes looks really odd on some characters in certain stages, so there needs to be some fixes on it. But overall, I think it looks really cool.
I do not care for guest characters. In any game. At all. Some might be more enjoyable than others, but overall, I am admittedly somewhat of a purist when it comes to this subject. For as soon a guest character is put in the game, it opens up the possibility of MORE guest characters. And as fun and cool Rash is, because he got put in, it invited two other guests that I do not care for one bit. 3 guest characters, and all in one season, is just WAY too many! I do not care for it and it is one of the main disappointments to me in this season.
Only ONE original character.
Mira… Mira is awesome! But she is also the only original character in this season, and it is just so goddamn disappointing! Season 2 was full of awesome new characters, some great ideas and concepts being put to life, and it really showed how great Iron Galaxy’s team is when it comes to creating something new! I had hoped for alot more of that in Season 3… The joke’s on me though.
I’m really no fan of Eyedol’s new appearance and the whole ugly, fat cave troll look. And though the split head sounds cool on paper, it was just not done very well in-game. His head looks WAY too big and overall just looks bad, imo. His retro looks somewhat decent, but he looked way cooler in KI1, alot more menacing and awesome, better stance posture and such. His gameplay looks alright though. The whole idea just kinda seems like it was ripped off from Cho’gall from the Warcraft franchise. At least he looked cool for a big, fat ogre. And the random stance gimmick has been seen before with Tira from Soul Calibur (who is a fave of mine), who also had to hit herself in the head to force herself to change stance. So that part is at least not all that bad.
However, the main thing I don’t like about Eyedol is that Season 3 was SUPPOSED to be all about Gargos and his return! He was supposed to be the main menacing threat! And then season 4 could be about Kan-Ra summoning Eyedol to stop Gargos, and it would end in a climactic battle! But instead this just feels a bit forced and kinda undermines Eyedol’s roll overall.
Too many big characters.
One of the things I thought was awesome about Aganos is that he was unique in his size. He is HUGE! But with Arbiter, RAAM, Gargos and Eyedol, and somewhat Tusk, he’s just not unique anymore. If the two guest characters weren’t there and had two more regular sized original characters instead, then it wouldn’t be that big (lololol puns) of a problem, but Season 3 is just full of big characters! I just think it’s too many.
Still no Ultimates.
Ultra Combos are cool, but after having seen them for 3 years now, it would be nice to try and have some other way to finish off your opponent. Sure, we have Stage Ultras, but they are circumstancial and alot of them aren’t very well made… hinting to the really odd posing done by the winner characters. Ew. It has been explained to us that the reason Shadow Jago’s Ultimate worked, is because the stage it was supposed to work on (Shadow Tiger’s Lair) was made for it. But an idea could be to make the background dark, just like what was done with Shadow Jago’s “Ultimate” grab when done by a player character. So, it just seems like a bad excuse.
Not all characters got stages.
But a guest character did. We already have ALOT of stages, so I can understand why they stopped making more, but I am really disappointed that someone like Mira didn’t get a stage, but Arbiter did! It kinda signals that IG thought a guest character was more important to the game than one of their own original creations. And that’s just freaking disappointing!
What are your opinions on Season 3?
What are your notable likes and dislikes?
And last, do you think there will be a Season 4?