[REVISITED] 77 Hours Later, and Mass Effect: Andromeda is in the Bag

One of my gaming goals for 2021 is to replay Mass Effect: Andromeda. Can’t say it’s a lofty goal, but with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition due out later this year, rather than tread through the original trilogy for the umpteenth time, I figured I’d cast fresh eyes over Andromeda‘s post-Commander Shepard universe instead.  It’s…

Is it Finally Time to Go Back?

Recently, BioWare (or rather the EA studio calling itself BioWare) announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition. As of spring 2021, fans will be able to enjoy remastered versions of all three games on current-gen consoles. It’s something that many fans have been asking for for a long time, and I’m happy they’ll be able to enjoy…

BioWare Announces Mass Effect Legendary Edition

After years of rumors and fan requests, BioWare has finally announced a remastered version of the Mass Effect series. It’s not the full remake some were hoping for, but it is at least sounding like it’ll be a decent remaster, at least if current BioWare is up for the challenge.

My Dragon Age 4 Wishlist

Of all the amazing next gen games that we’ve gotten glimpses of this year, none have me more excited than the next Dragon Age title. BioWare’s been tight-lipped about the game’s promise, but a couple weeks ago, at Gamescom 2020, they finally opened up, just a little, about what may be in store in the…

[Revisited] Rushing to an Early Ruin

The following is a re-post of a piece from last year. Now that BioWare has finally admitted that the game needs a major overhaul and is going back to the drawing board, I felt it was important to remember that it was their attitude and approach that made this mess in the first place. I’ve…

Anthem’s (Not Quite) Dead

For many Bioware fans out there, Anthem was perhaps the most disappointed release of 2019. It released half-baked, with little to none of the promised features, bugged and unsatisfying loot, a non-story, and hardly any interesting content. The game was (rightfully) raked over the proverbial coals upon release and largely abandoned by gamers only a…

Why Mass Effect?

This month, or more specifically, yesterday (November 20th), marks the twelfth anniversary of the release of Mass Effect in the United States. By no small coincidence, and despite The Outer Worlds sitting patiently in my PS4, I am currently knee-deep in yet another playthrough of the trilogy on my trusty if weezy Xbox 360. (Mass…

I Hate Cash Shops

I’ve tried tolerating them. I’ve tried rationalizing them, and I’ve tried to ignore them. You know what though? I just plain hate cash shops in full-priced video games. I hate the effect the presence of those shops tend to have on the games that employ them, and I hate the lie that supposedly justifies their…

Rushing to Early Ruin

I’ve said this in many other ways before, but I’ll say it plainly here: there’s a lot about modern gaming that I absolutely hate. I hate how the games with the biggest budgets and biggest studios behind them are growing ever more similar to each other. I hate that pre-order culture is still a thing…

My Biggest Question Mark of 2019: Anthem

When Anthem was first announced in 2017, I immediately jumped on the “no way” bandwagon. At the time, while I continued to harbor mixed if mostly positive vibes for Mass Effect: Andromeda, I was mostly suffering from open-world fatigue. I just couldn’t see myself investing in yet another large scale and potential meandering space/adventure/combat game,…