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Review: Mass Effect 3

Review: Mass Effect 3

In defense of a what is a great trilogy; the same fate befalls this trilogy as most others. That fate being that the third just doesn’t live up to the first. Mass Effect 1 and 2 were great games and ME1 is likely to be considered by most to be the best. I’m hoping Bioware stops here and moves on to the next great game series.

What is not so great about Mass Effect 3? The cover system. It’s bad. It’s real bad. More often than not you will die not because you didn’t use it correctly. You will die because you end up stuck in the “cover river dance” trying to get into or out of cover and failing. Getting into cover amid a firefight means standing still for a moment then attempting to get into cover. Attempting to press the correct buttons quickly will likely do the opposite of what you expect. It’s annoying.

In Mass Effect 1 and 2 the side quests were at times even more interesting than the main storyline. That just isn’t the case in Mass Effect 3. There’s very little in the story that pulls you in. You seem to be thrown into more and more of the same time after time. From the beginning I was hoping for a surprise turn of events and one never really came.

You can no longer equip armor to members of your party. THAT bugs me. It really does. There is no excuse for removing that option. None whatsoever. What possible reason is there to remove this than “I’m fucking lazy”. All those sweet looking armor sets are wasted in ME3.

Another thing: and this one really pisses me off. ME3 must have a Field of View of 40 degrees. That is unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. At least allow us to change the Field of View. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that this is not preference, it’s lack of professionalism. If you don’t understand what FOV is look it up. And I’m talking to you Bioware.

I’m not saying Mass Effect 3 is a BAD game. It’s not. I guess it’s just not great. It lacks the magic of its predecessors. I have to give it a 7 out of 10. Unfortunately many review sites have been removing negative reviews for little good reason other than to inflate ME3’s score. It’s a 7. Move on.


Recently in Gaming: RAGE is awesome, RIP Steve Jobs

Recently in Gaming: Rage is Awesome, RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. passed away on October 5th. He was born on February 24 1955. The Apple website displayed this image.

When Netflix announced it’s Qwikster DVD service (splitting DVD services off from Netflix) I said this would be an extremely bad move. Apparently so many people agreed that Netflix changed it’s mind.

If you’re playing RAGE and noticing some weird graphical glitches then you will want to update the game and your video card drivers. RAGE shipped with some odd bugs. A recent patch also adds new graphics settings. Speaking of RAGE. It’s awesome. No really. I expect the wingstick to go down in gaming history.

Stalker 2 will require a “permanent Internet connection”.

Mass Effect 3 multiplayer is confirmed. Read this article for more information.

Mafia Wars 2 is live on Facebook. It kind of sucks.

Star Wars The Old Republic:
Articles: Operation Size and Loot Distribution / Dev Comments: Stat Customization Testing
Friday Update: Jedi vs. Bounty Hunter / Companion Characters Update Part 2

Video:
Trailer: Need for Speed The Run ‘On the Edge’


E3 2011: Watching Paint Dry

So I put in a lot of time watching E3 this year. I literally spent 10-12 hours each day watching live coverage (more than one stream at times), reading tweets and skimming literally over a thousand articles in my RSS reader.

Through the entire thing one (of many) general consensus on Twitter and other real-time feeds was that everyone was at least somewhat disappointed. Nintendo talked about and demoed the same thing for hours. In the end most of us were left wondering why Nintendo is still making systems designed to play games that were popular ten to twenty years ago. I guess there’s still an audience, but how large can it possibly be?

For those that wanted to see lots of other titles get covered, people were getting quite annoyed with the lengthy coverage of titles, companies and systems that people really weren’t that interested in. If Nintendo deserved any awards at E3 it would most definitely be “Most Boring” and “Most Unnecessarily Lengthy”.

What reigned supreme during E3 on live feeds is fans demanding more Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Far Cry 3. I didn’t see a very large response to titles like Batman: Arkham City that we saw way too much of anyway.

Nintendo’s stock fell after the announcement of the Wii U.

There were lots of laughs about Kinect. It’s great for a prototype, but nothing more. I’m sure small children could really enjoy it and that is who it should be marketed to. It’s very much a work-in-progress and I don’t see technology like Kinect or the Wii working well enough to gain the attention of the non-casual gamer audience for ten to twenty years.

If you observe the industry for long you really begin to notice the media throwing around the words “most anticipated” quite often. Oddly, the term is generally thrown around referencing only mildly anticipated titles and you really start to wonder why.

Through observing the industry, fans’ response, Twitter and thousands upon thousands of articles over the past 6 months what would I consider the most anticipated of E3?

Five most anticipated PC titles of E3: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The majority of those that watched E3 were disappointed with the coverage. I have not talked to a single person so far that is happy with the live E3 coverage. Some of the least anticipated titles of 2011 received too much coverage, leaving highly anticipated titles with very little. Hopefully next year E3 will learn what anticipated actually means and cover the industry accordingly. I kind of feel that E3 needs to also stop sucking the tit of companies like Nintendo.

There are plenty of reasons why I would call E3 2011 a failure. Even the most anticipated titles at the conference left players feeling ripped off due to the lack of coverage and no real new information. The bits of coverage that did not serve to bore viewers to death only lasted for a short time. Then it was right back to covering things we just didn’t care about anymore.

How do you feel about E3 this year? What did you expect to see more of? What was the worst and best of E3?

Links:
Tech2.in.com: Why I Don’t Care About E3 Anymore
PSXExtreme.com: Boring Skyrim E3 Presence: Accurate or Subjective?


E3 2011: Interview w/ Bioware Co-Founders


E3 2011: Mass Effect 3 Live Demo and Trailer


Pre-E3 2011: The Old Republic: Most Anticipated. Period.

What title is without a doubt the most anticipated title of E3? Star Wars the Old Republic. There is no question. Millions of people are waiting, impatiently, expecting a release date at E3. It is very unlikely that they will get their wish, but the anticipation is so thick that it could tear a rift in space-time.

I predict that we will get some interesting new information, but the release date window will remain and we can expect the game somewhere between September and December.

Over 1.5 million people signed up to beta test TOR. Millions of people have been watching this game since 2008 and still do so religiously. They can’t get enough. Bioware setup a Pre-Launch Guild System on the official site and nearly 40,000 guilds have been created. The game has not even released yet.

The SWTOR community forum is so massive that moderators have had to create entirely new posts regularly (closing the original) just to keep the thread sizes down. Nearly 5 million posts have been created on the community forum since Oct 2008. That is just the English forum. There is a French and German forum.

This is the next generation story-driven MMO. Your character and every NPC with dialogue has a voice-over. You won’t read dialogue in TOR. You will live it. This has never been done.

It will not only be a massive in landscape and replay value, it will literally be massive. I’ve heard some people estimate that it will be larger than 30GB. Possibly approaching 50GB or more. We’ll see.

The Old Republic is so massive that it has been said that most areas will be larger than those in World of Warcraft. There are 17 confirmed planets and players expect more to be released. The four origin worlds are about half the size of Kalimdor, but they are the smallest worlds in TOR. Even if each world is only half the size of Kalimdor, then that means that there is enough landscape to fill about 8.5 Kalimdor sized zones.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention: there is space combat in The Old Republic. That means even more real estate.

Update: I’ve been told that the game features 16 novels worth of writing.

TOR may be the largest, most anticipated game to ever appear at E3.

Other titles to keep an eye on: Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Guild Wars 2, Uncharted 3 and Duke Nukem Forever.


Top PC Video Games To Release in 2011

This is my list of titles I’m looking forward to in 2011.

In no specific order.

Updated: 4/19/11

– Star Wars: The Old Republic (Bioware) After July 2011
– Diablo 3 (Blizzard) Possible 2011 Release?
– Mass Effect 3 (Bioware) PC Release: Q4 2011
– The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim (Bethesda) Nov 11 2011
– Guild Wars 2 (NCSoft) Release: TBA
– The Witcher 2 (CD Projekt) May 17 2011
– Dragon Age 2 (Bioware) RELEASED
– Battlefield 3 (EA) Q4 2011
– Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix) Aug 23 2011
– Red Orchestra 2 (Tripwire Interactive) Q3 2011

Games that I’m pissed are not on PC (to my knowledge).

– From Dust Q2 2011