Activision reveals The Legend of Korra game release date & new mode, plus the cast & creators delve into Book 4 & the big Book 3 finale.
Four cool videos over at IGN:
1) Interview with Robert Conkey, the producer from Activision on the upcoming Korra video game, which is to be released on October 21st!
2) A bunch of gameplay footage of the Pro-bending mode in the game, with Rob explaining everything in voice over. Dude… I can’t tell you how cool it is to see this sport we created in all of its chaos and fury––without us having to draw it. They even have the tiebreaker face-offs!
3) Interview with Mike and me about the ending of Book 3, the video game, and some tiny tidbits about where Book 4 is headed (TINY ones). I was really sleepy.
4) David Faustino (Mako) and Janet Varney (Korra) talk about love.
Thanks to the fantastic folks at IGN for having us!
Somehow I keep comparing the fight scenes of LoK with ATLA and can't help but be disappointed in the fighting abilities of the Kataang kids and the bending brothers. They get their asses kicked instead of kicking ass most of the time, even though Tenzin redeemed himself last episode. But then I remember that unlike the Gaang they probably grew up in rather peaceful times, didn't get real combat training and don't have much battle experience. What do you think?
It’s important to keep in mind Legend of Korra has a very different structure than Avatar: the Last Airbender. ATLA was episodic in nature, threats and antagonists were dealt with on an episode-by-episode basis. Usually, the Gaang would stop in a town, confront whatever conflict was placed before them, and ultimately defeat the enemy before moving on to their next adventure. In contrast, episodes in LoK directly build and lead into each other; threat levels culminate over the course of the season before leading into a final confrontation with the primary antagonist. For narrative reasons, the protagonists cannot be allowed to have a definitive win against the main antagonist until the end of the season.
Korra puts up a good fight, but she isn’t able to stop Amon when he raids the pro-bending arena. She’s able to take on Unalaq when she finds out he betrayed her, but she can’t immediately deal with the repercussions and take him down with her father still endangered. Compare this to the poachers in Original Airbenders and biker gang from The Earth Queen, where both groups served as episode-specific threats who got their asses handed to them by the episode’s end.
There are in-universe reasons for the losses, of course. Kya is an amazing waterbender, but lost against Zaheer due to the tactical disadvantage of terrain and inexperience with fighting an airbender. Mako and Bolin are both talented fighters, but they’re street athletes with little to no formal training, not world-class masters who have studied the extents of their art. The Equalists introduced all sorts of technology and weaponry that posed a challenge for even the most elite benders, dark spirits are virtually unbeatable through any means but spiritbending, and the Red Lotus has powerful bending abilities unlike anything anyone’s ever seen. Most everyone in the show is a competent fighter, it’s just the threats they face aren’t the kind they can always win against on their first try.