I know…I was whining about the length of these events in my last update. I don’t mean to look a gift “spy-gadget” in the mouth (in fact, it’s NEVER advised to look a spy gadget in the mouth, gift or no gift), but, I rEAlly (sorry, can’t help myself now…) want to make it clear that for the most part, I am really (see, I’m trying…) enjoying this update.
It’s not that the dialogue has been great, or that I think that a tidbit of story-line followed by weeks for grinding is the kind of event that EA should just keep doing forever. But, what IS really making me laugh, is the amazingly creative animation that comes with even the smallest Freemium items won in this event. They are clever, hilarious, and continue to make me laugh every time I poke one of them.
Coming from the world of “Claymation,” I appreciate it when someone takes the time to add weird little details, and lot of imagination. Will Vinton’s crew had this talent…and then Nick Park, of “Wallace and Gromit” fame took it to new levels of hilariously weird, inventive, insane gadget ideas.
We all know about “Q” who is Bond’s gadget builder. This update is like morphing “Q” and Nick Park together…into a landscape that would make even the stodgiest CIA spy at Langley smile.
And speaking of Langley (in hushed tones so the microwave can’t hear), I have decided to make my “Spy Central” area a lush, green, tapestry of trees and weird gadgets that are an homage to what happens when you build the headquarters of the world’s top spy agency, in the depths of gorgeous Virginia countryside.
The REAL (see? I didn’t say rEAl) CIA headquarters are situated in a lot of forested area that looks almost like any other modern office building, except for the weird claw-shaped structure that must have been built to signify the global reach of the CIA.
But for me…the rEAl (this is appropriate…as it is a tribute to the EA programmer that did all of this) fun starts when you tap EVERYTHING that is animated at the same time…making the landscape go nuts!
The trees walk…the billboard shakes his legs, the square goes into full-blown, snoop-mode, the pods go into full erectile majesty (before refraction), and when you send Ned to “check out a dent that looks like Jesus), he might go indoors, but the rats get fried!
And yes…it is kinda cheesy (and EALPish) that the characters we win for completing all of the dossiers are NPCs. But, the animation for them almost (almost) makes up for it. Take a look at this showdown between two of the most “Goth” bad-ass grrrrrlz in the game!
And no. I don’t know what Grindhouse and Booberella are talking about…or what in the heck Tiago is doing with Drederick (full cavity body search anyone?), but I just know that this stuff makes me laugh.
And let’s face it…in a world where the spying, and leaking, and saber rattling is enough to keep you awake at night…everyone could use a good laugh. Right?
What’s YOUR favorite Spy Animation? Let us know what you think. You know we LOVE to hear from you…even if you are listening in through the microwave, or that lamp in the corner. Wait…did that lamp just move?