Friday, June 30, 2017

Push button enjoy result

Just about 48 hours into Mass Effect Andromeda and I still have not gotten bored. It is a testament to game play being king, that the act of controlling your avatar in virtual space being fun trumps just about all other problems. It is not as good as the first three, how could it be, but it is not as bad as I had been led to believe.

If I am reduced to viewing games via a numeric value then Mass Effect Andromeda is not that far off from Final Fantasy XV: 76 versus 83 on Metacritic (for the Xbox One). On a scale of 0 to 100 that's pretty close. Given time, however, I will look back on Mass Effect much more favorably. It doesn't look as good or sound as good but it played much better.

For the record, both have lackluster protagonists. Noct and Ryder would probably get along quite well while complaining about no one listening to them.

I do not know how much I have left but I am not dreading the endgame. The ending itself will probably be a disappointment and it has been revealed that there will be no single player DLC and a sequel is impossible with Anthem coming out eventually. This is how the Mass Effect franchise will die. Not with a bang or a thud but with a shrug of the shoulders.


In Star Trek terms, Shepherd was Kirk and Ryder is Archer. And yes, that is a sick ass burn.

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