For as long as I’ve played Mass Effect, I’ve only ever played it on the Xbox 360. I imagine that this may be the case for many players, as well. After all, the first Mass Effect was an Xbox exclusive for a long time. It was ported to PC about a year after it’s release, but its port to the PlayStation didn’t happen for five years! And by then, which would have been 2012, Mass Effect 2 had been released. I played that on the Xbox 360. And then, when Mass Effect 3 was released on all platforms, I still played it on the Xbox 360. And just recently, when I got the full trilogy…yep, you guessed it…I got the Xbox 360 version. Nothing against the PlayStation, mind you — I heard that the PS3 version of the trilogy looks pretty nice – it’s just that, well, when I play Mass Effect, I like having that 360 controller in my hand. It feels comfortable and right.
Once I decided to commit myself to Mass Effect: Andromeda, I was faced with a slight dilemma. Harboring such comfortableness (read: stick-in-the-mudness) with Mass Effect on the Xbox, would I, or should I therefore have to get Andromeda on the Xbox One?
Guys and gals, if I’m being honest, I’ve not really been a fan of the Xbox One. It’s a fine console, but I feel like everything it does is done better on the PlayStation 4, particularly in terms of capturing and sharing screenshots and video. I really dislike it’s “Windows” menu system and how it seems to turn the most simple of tasks into difficult chores. I can’t say the the poor thing has seen much action in my house lately.
So okay, I crossed the Xbox One of the Andromeda list, which left the PlayStation 4 and the PC. The PS4 seems like the most obvious choice. It’s a great console that’s a breeze to use. But…ours is full. Filled to the brim with games, namely because we use it so much! We haven’t yet upgraded the storage, now with Sony’s helpful new update that added external HDD support. But we don’t have a spare external hard drive just hanging around, and while the prospect of getting one isn’t burdensome, it’s just not a priority at the moment. Beyond that, because the PS4 is our household’s most popular console, trying to carve out time on it with this massive game could be an issue. So, I crossed off the PS4.
That left me with the PC. Huh, I thought. We have a nice gaming PC, one that we primarily use to play games on Steam. Getting Andromeda for it could be a good choice. It has plenty of space with a good graphics card…and it would sure be nice to see the world of Andromeda looking all pretty and stuff. Plus, we don’t use the PC heavily, so it’s generally free. (Freer than the PS4, anyway.) And even have a languishing Origin account somewhere. It remains hard for me to judge what it would be like to play a game like Andromeda on PC, but how different could it be? And after all, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be quite removed from the original trilogy…maybe I needed to remove myself from my Xbox comfort zone? Yes…this could be exactly what I need…
And with that, my choice was made. I’ll be getting Andromeda on the PC. Now I just have to decide, physical disc or digital download? (And hoo boy, time is running out!)
If you’re going to be picking up Mass Effect: Andromeda, how will you get the game? Tell us in the comments!