Posts Tagged ‘BioWare’

Mass Effect Andromeda: 14 mixed observations of the opening hours

I’ve experienced quite a few of the same issues John has with Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], but there’s stuff I’ve been less bothered by, there’s stuff I’ve appreciated, and there’s also stuff Big J didn’t mention yet that has made the nitpick zones of my brain light up like Mardi Gras.

I’ve played four or five hours of the Origin Access paid demo so, like John, I stress that all this may yet change later on. I’m going to break this into points, but my take-home feeling is that, though I certainly wouldn’t call MEA awful, it is failing to grab me as much as I’d hoped it would and it thus far feels oddly generic in a way this fresh start for the series really shouldn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

The first few hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda are… well they aren’t good

I had, by purpose or distraction, not found out anything about Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] before playing its review build, beyond that it was set in a whole new galaxy. Ooh goody, I thought! A sci-fi RPG series I completely loved, but with a fresh start, baggage shed, and the extraordinary potential of a setting in a galaxy entirely unlike our own.

Yeah, about that. The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting that’s horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way.

I had gone in assuming this would be more BioWare pleasure. So far – and let’s be clear, there’s lots of room and time for it to pick up and turn things around – the first few hours have been just awful. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer test cancelled

As the marketing cannons volley and thunder to the left, right, and front to clear a path for the launch of Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] later this month, I’m trying to pick out the pertinent bits. Such as: for those who signed up for the multiplayer test, hoping to have a crack before launch, I bring bad news. BioWare have scrapped the planned ‘multiplayer tech test’ because reasons. In other Andromeda titbits, hey, the gang of the Ian Games Network have put out a 17-minute singleplayer gameplay video (with story bits edited out) but it’s not too great. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect: Andromeda system requirements confirmed

Now that Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] has gone gold [for the benefit of younger readers: ‘gone gold’ is a reference to how developers would celebrate finishing a game by dancing around to Spandau Ballet’s Gold -ed.], BioWare have confirmed its final system requirements. If Holly’s recent preview has you interested in the new space adventure, hey, read on to discover how much power you’ll need in your datadeck. Your rig. Your GamePig. Your gameslammer. Your roxxor boxxor. Your beast. Your neon demon. Your make-the-pictures-go machine. Your computer, yeah? Is it fast enough? Read the rest of this entry »

Five hours with Mass Effect Andromeda

It’s been five years since BioWare released the final part to their Mass Effect trilogy. Five years of very little information dispersed between huge fan anticipation and speculation. The ending to the trilogy meant a sequel was unlikely, and a prequel was rumoured for a while, but instead Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] has shaken off the shackles of the trilogy’s narrative by setting itself 634 years in the future and in the new galaxy of Andromeda.

After five hours of playing both the first mission and the fourth mission (which takes place roughly 3 hours into the game) of a preview build of Andromeda I’m able to share my experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Pew pew! Mass Effect Andromeda trailer details combat

How can you kill a man? I don’t mean, how can you manage to do it then live with it, with yourself and with what society thinks of you. More like, what cool weapons and special abilities can you use? A new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] answers that question for BioWare’s upcoming shoot-o-RPG. Demonstrating with gameplay snippets, it goes over how weapons from different places use different tech, how you’re free to use every weapon and learn every skill, and how you can cower behind anything you please. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Squad goals: Mass Effect: Andromeda intros teammates

Got the squad on speed dial

Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s [official site] trailers and pre-game bumf have thus far made me feel a bit like when you’re trying to get in the mood for Christmas but you never quite get anything to feel magical. This latest cinematic trailer has been like when someone shoves a mug of mulled wine into your hands and the cinnamony, red winey scent gives you a glimpse of… something in the right ballpark, you know? Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda: melee crafting and renaming

Krogan Warhammer. Not pictured: Krogan.

Hello. I am OSTENSIBLY writing this news post to tell you that Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] will have dedicated melee weapon slots and you can craft and name weapons to put in those slots but SECRETLY* to let you know that IF I do deign to play Massdromeda there will DEFINITELY be a thing called a WARRHAMMER in my game. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda vid takes you inside the Tempest

Mass Effect Andromeda's Tempest

Did you see the video introducing Mass Effect Andromeda‘s [official site] Tempest? It’s the upcoming game’s version of the Normandy spaceship, plus you get a look at the Nomad which is the rover for pootling round on planets. I’ve been watching it and I wanted to a) share the basic video because I thought you might be interested and b) share an irritation about the marketing conceit they went with for said video. Read the rest of this entry »

Blastoff! Mass Effect 2 free on Origin

Mass Effect 2 [official site], the game I’d say mmmight be my favourite of BioWare’s fab sci-fi RPG series, is currently free through Origin. Grab it now and it’s yours for keepsies. If you’ve not played a Mass Effect before and are curious now that Mass Effect Andromeda is due in March, here you go! You’ll miss out from not having played the first game–I think a lot of ME2’s best points are built upon the first game or are interesting in juxtaposition–but I’m sure you’ll pick up what’s going on. I see that clever twinkle in your eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda gets a release date (it’s March)

Lovers of intergalactic dating sim Mass Effect will be happy to learn that the newest game in the franchise, Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], will be coming out this spring. The United Statespeople will see it first on March 21, with Europeanfolk getting their alien booty call on March 23, according to an official statement from BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn. Isn’t life splendid?
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Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer visits brand new worlds

I’m not going to pretend that I understand the setting of the Mass Effect games all that well, but even though I’ve only played bits of the first, you can’t work in this job for long without learning all about the adventures of FemShep. That’s how I know that Andromeda [official site] is about a new crew searching a new galaxy for a new home, because somebody left the taps running on Earth during the events of the original trilogy, and now the whole place smells of mildew.

A new, hefty trailer shows some adventuring, some chatting, some fighting and some gorgeous hub world wandering. Mass Effect may not be my thing, but good grief, this looks very much like it might be my main squeeze of Spring 2017.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda team teases improved multiplayer/singleplayer connection

Mass Effect: Andromeda

“You know Mass Effect, don’t you?” asks Graham over IM, neatly ensuring that anything I remember about Mass Effect is instantly expunged from my brain bar the lone figure of Mordin singing I Am The Very Model Of A Scientist Salarian.

“Sure,” I say.

“Did you see the Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer stuff?” he says, nudging me towards a news trap. “I’ve not played it so I thought you could take a look…”

CLANG, went the jaws of the trap, snapping round my leg with incredible force. “Graham don’t leave me here! Where are you going???” Read the rest of this entry »

Nu-Mass Effect’s absent races may return later

I write this with the hesitation of someone who worries it might provoke someone else into starting an online petition. “Boycott Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] unless it has that one alien that looks like a space-cow made of jelly in it!” But, I am curious as to just how much of the existent Mass Effect universe the game they don’t want to put a 4 after will cherry pick to remain.

Some familiar knobbly faces will return, others will not – not yet, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

No Classes, Better Choices In Mass Effect Andromeda

BioWare bopped up a new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] yesterday to celebrate their ‘N7 Day’ annual celebration but, in all the excitement, the big sillies forgot to say much of anything about the game. Thankfully, GameStop’s magazine Game Informer managed to briefly catch their attention for a huge cover story getting into details like making character classes more freeform, doing away with binary ‘Paragon vs. Renegade’ morality, exploring planets, and sitting in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Whew! BioWare would’ve felt mighty foolish if they’d gone the whole day without mentioning any of that. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Shows New Worlds

Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is boldly going where no Mass Effect has gone before, taking BioWare’s sci-fi RPG series to a new galaxy, in the far future of the original trilogy’s far future setting. Because of the N7 designation held by Mass Effect protagonists, November 7th is to Mass Effect what May 4th is to Star Wars, and today brought a new cinematic trailer showing some giant monstrosities, a bland default player character who you’ll probably want to edit immediately, and some ominous voiceovers. Take a look.

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Mass Effect Andromeda Says Bye To Milky Way In Teaser

Space: one of the frontiers. These are the trailers of the videogame Mass Effect Andromeda [official site]. It’s mission: to explore strange new worlds, discover new lifeforms, and then have sex with them. As November 7 comes closer, a day which Bioware has stolen for itself during which they will likely reveal something important about the upcoming guns ‘n’ conversation game, the developers have decided to tease some plot in a brief moon-based video. Not much plot, but a little.
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SWTOR Trailer Is A Splendid Six Minute Star Wars Short

It may have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the average MMO, but this new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic [official site] expansion – Knights of the Eternal Throne – is well worth a watch. It’s essentially a six minute mini-movie, beautiful CGI telling the story of a young girl’s discovery of the Force. And perhaps not in a way that you might expect.

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Want To Voice A Character In Mass Effect Andromeda? BioWare’s Got A Competition For You

BioWare are holding an open competition to find a voice actor for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], releasing tidbits of story as they do it. They’re asking interested folks to read two audition scripts and send in either video or audio recordings of their best takes. The video below explains the competition exclusively via the medium of jokes, so this blog post about it may also be helpful. Before you enter – remember that Mass Effect games are known for their literate conversations and complex characters. Are you ready for your first scene? Okay, you are playing the role of Tough Mercenary.

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