Yup, they’re going to announce Mass Effect: Andromeda on N7 Day.

This is pretty much a given, at this point.  Also: GET THE HECK OFF OF THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY SYSTEMS ALLIANCE HERITAGE SITE, YOU DAFT IDJITS.  Geez, were you people raised by varren?

[UPDATE: As was noted in Twitter, it’s almost certainly not coming out next week. But we’re probably getting a release date. Finally.]

Yeah, there’s no real impetus for remastering Mass Effect.

I can totally see this. Peter Moore of EA:

“Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes. Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes they have. Do we have… No.”

Look. I have a Mass Effect hoodie. I have Mass Effect cufflinks.  I played all three games. Loved them to death – and yes, I was fine with the ending, if only because I was feeling guilty over what I did to Shepard at that point and I needed closure. But I’m not out there playing any of the games.  They’re not endlessly re-playable like, say, Skyrim was.  Maybe if the Mass Effect franchise had stayed a pure RPG and done open world and modding I’d feel differently, but they didn’t and that’s fine.

So, yeah.  Stick to ME: Andromeda, Bioware.  That’s what I want to see.

Don’t use Mass Effect 2 in your fanboy political ads. EA will *cut* you.

I liked Mass Effect 2. I found it to be more of a FPS/RPG hybrid than a pure role-playing game, although having played ME2 before Mass Effect I wasn’t as upset about that as other people. Anyway: great game, great game. Don’t ever rip off Bioware’s/EA’s IP for political purposes without permission. Continue reading Don’t use Mass Effect 2 in your fanboy political ads. EA will *cut* you.

Mass Effect: Andromeda to have bigger galaxy map, Mako.

At least, that’s the word.  And no Commander Shepard, which is simultaneously depressing and reassuring. Just because I want her back doesn’t mean that it’d be good to bring her back.  My reaction is all very narrative-based, I suppose.

Bad news? They’re gonna be pushing multiplayer.  Of course.  There’s money in that. …Sorry. Letting the cynicism seep in.

No, in point of fact, Mass Effect 3 did NOT make you do too many pull-ups.

Having actually done all 183 pull-ups in-game, I was nothing but satisfied at the resolution of that particular activity. Because my FemShep broke Vega’s record, you understand. And Vega watched me do it, so there was no mistake.

Understand: Vega and I were tight. He was a good dude. But he had a little difficulty sometimes taking FemShep seriously. So it was necessary to demonstrate who was who, and what was what. Which I did.
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