Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Eve Online: Retribution = Most Boring Name Ever
I'll have more to say on the content of the expansion later (preview: I'm pleased so far) but I"m going to straight out say that when I heard that the name of the expansion was "Retribution" I audibly groaned.
So boring. So typical. I mean, I get the reason they are using it since they are making a new Bounty Hunter system / mechanic as central to this expansion ("I will get retribution for this act of violence!") but its a word that is overused in the sci fi and gaming genre.
Let's do a quick rundown of Expansion names:
Castor / The Second Genesis - The first is obviously an internal project name and the second is not bad for a first expansion to a game.
Exodus - Going for the Biblical theme, are we? Ok, it works for now.
Exodus: Red Moon Rising - Awesome name, still with the biblical theme.
Revelations I & II - Not as awesome. Still biblical but far more pop culture cliche.
Trinity - Clever use of word to indicate that this was originally called Revelations III. Forgiven since it brought in the new graphics engine.
Empyrean Age - Marks the first departure from biblical names and is a very original and awesome expansion name.
Quantum Rise - Proof that original does not mean awesome. A terrible name to a forgettable expansion. What does it even mean?!
Apocrypha - Best expansion name ever. Very relevant to the expansion content (it means "hidden" and this expansion introduced wormholes and sleepers) and totally badass when it rolls off the tongue.
Dominion - This one is OK, but a let down after Apocrypha. Side note: Canada used to be called the Dominion of Canada.
Tyrannis - I like this name a lot. Its relevant to the content (Planetary Inteaction which capsuleers are the tyrants over) and its original.
Incursion - This one, not so much. Its relevant, but not as original and fall flat for me.
Incarna - Love the name, even if the content was lacklustre.
Crucible - This was an awesome name. It was very meta as it refered to CCP itself forging a new direction rather than the major content of the expansion. And its very unique and original. Almost as good as Apocrypha.
Inferno - Middle of the road name. Has some sci fi connotations and relevant to the expansion content, but not original enough for me.
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Instead of Retribution I would have prefered something like Retaliation, Vengeance, Justice, or Punishment. Oh well, water under the bridge. Next time, CCP, call me. I can help you out.