Mar
21
2017
4

So, a few hours in for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

I’m still on the space station, which in classic beginning of video game fashion is a hot mess of people who apparently can’t do anything because of the thumbs up their rears.  Probably a side effect of the cryosleep process.  The leadership is all pissed at each other, nobody’s got a better plan than the Level 3 Chosen One who just breezed in, and there are a remarkable amount of boxes making it impossible for me to access a variety of doors just at this particular moment.  So, again, pretty typical. I’m sure that it’ll all clean up nice in the end, though. (more…)

Mar
18
2017
6

Three days to go on Mass Effect: Andromeda…

…and we’ve already begun the traditional ‘yelling at Bioware.’  They hate the animation, they hate the sex scenes, they hate the wrong kind of sex scenes, they hate the character creation process… it’s all very exciting.  No, seriously.  It’s not truly a Bioware game unless somebody’s pissing and moaning over every conceivable aspect of it.  And, thanks to the miracle of limited early access, we can experience this marvelous folk custom before the game even comes out!

…Mind you, I largely don’t care about this because we’re getting back something like recognizable skill trees, more generalized characters, and Mako 2.0 the Nomad.  This is what I am here for. I want to wander around and obsessively look for stuff. I’ll be able to get it, starting Tuesday.
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Mar
14
2017
2

This is video game reviewing, in a nutshell (Mass Effect: Andromeda edition).

I mean, this is perfect, really.  What it’s a perfect example of is left up to you, the reader.

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Mar
09
2017
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Yet another Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay preview video.

I think that I’m going to be driving around a lot. Because I liked the Mako, dagnabbit.  I liked climbing up mountains, and watching the Mako tumble down them. It amused me. I am a man of simple tastes.

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Mar
04
2017
1

Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay (Exploration and Discovery).

Mass Effect: Andromeda looks… more like an RPG than ME2 and ME3 did.  I really do think that they went back to the first game and took a good, hard look at it to see what worked. Which is fine by me, since I’m as much of a fan of the first game as I was the second and third one.

Feb
24
2017
1

Mass Effect: Andromeda specs out.

Doesn’t look like I need to replace my machine quite yet if I want to play Mass Effect: Andromeda.  On the other hand, I’m running an AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB. I’m not sure how that’s going to stack up to this. On the gripping hand, I designed said machine around Witcher 3‘s recommended stats, and those stats turned out to be over-generous… (more…)

Feb
17
2017
1

The Mass Effect Combat Gameplay video.

Looks like fun.  Looks like fun that may end up being a resource hog on my computer.  I need to look up the Mass Effect: Andromeda specs…

 

Feb
10
2017
3

So, there’s the new Mass Effect: Andromeda character has been announced.

Name of Jaal. He kind of looks like a space squid-cat, only all noble-like and such. …And I cannot find a single story about the character that doesn’t eventually lead into the awkward fact that hordes of Bioware fans are already trying to figure out how to have their Mass Effect: Andromeda characters have sex with him. Hell, some aren’t even bothering with ‘eventually lead:’ it’s all about the alien sexing and the players who sex ’em, right from the start. (more…)

Jan
26
2017
1

OK. Let’s look at this second Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer.

Here it is, so let’s have us a look-see.

…Right. I got an asari, a krogan, and there’s at least one salarian and turian back on the ship.  And a proper exploration vehicle again.  Yup, we’re good. (more…)

Jan
09
2017
5

No Season Pass for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Details here, such as they are. I’m neither really thrilled nor really upset about the lack of a Season Pass: but then, I buy a lot of video games well after they came out. and have generated all of the DLC that they’re going to have. A Season Pass is usually cheaper than buying each individual DLC pack, but then so is buying the Deluxe or Game of the Year edition.

And in Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s case, it doesn’t even really matter anyway. I know that I’m going to buy it all anyway.  In fact, I’m a little confused as to why there’s no Deluxe Edition for the PC yet.  Could it possibly be that the console versions are going to have primacy of place for this title?  The very idea seems amazingly subversive.  And entertaining, no doubt, for those who get annoyed when us PC gamers get first crack at everything.

Jan
04
2017
2

Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay footage.

Watch it fast, because it might or might not go away soon:

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Dec
02
2016
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The Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer.

Here ya go.

So, yeah, let me go pre-order Mass Effect: Andromeda now.  Because I think that they brought back skill points. Which is suggestive of quite a lot, really.

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