Why I Can’t Seem to Finish Mass Effect: Andromeda

You guys, I tried.

There are good, entertaining parts to this game–I’ve mentioned them before–but the parts in between them are too much of a slog. At some point, the anticipation that drives me through that slog to get to the good parts wears thin. Andromeda needs more than cool ideas. It has to execute them well, and consistently enough to keep the audience engaged. The game is made up of a series of good moments, and some great ones, with a lot of not-so-good stuff in between them. But what it needed was to draw the audience into a continuous story, and it doesn’t really do that. Continue reading “Why I Can’t Seem to Finish Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Science in Mass Effect: Andromeda

I’m still not done with Mass Effect: Andromeda–I’m about halfway through the game. It might take me some time to get through it, but in the meantime, I wanted to talk about the impression I’ve had of the game so far from a biological/genetics standpoint. Continue reading “Science in Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Mid-Game Impressions for Mass Effect: Andromeda

An armored figure facing the backdrop, which shows a crashing spaceship on a rocky terrain, another planet visible in the distance.

Genre: Sci-fi RPG

Synopsis: An intergalactic coalition from the Milky Way sets out to colonize a new galaxy. After 600 years travel, with the passengers cryogenic-ally preserved, you–Ryder (a customizable character)–are among the first woken up. You’re part of the team meant to explore the planets and ready them for settling.

Unfortunately, something has happened to this galaxy between when your people first analyzed them 600 years ago, and now. The worlds don’t sustain life the way they’re supposed to. Now you have to figure out what happened and how to fix it–while trying to initiate peaceful first contact with new species along the way. Continue reading “Mid-Game Impressions for Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Mass Effect, and Launching an Immersive RPG Trilogy


Genre: Sci-fi RPG

Synopsis: The player character is Commander Shepard, a member of humanity’s Alliance military. Shepard becomes embroiled in humanity’s desire to join the upper ranks of the intergalactic community, along with species that have held the highest authority for centuries. But he/she comes across a high ranking and trusted agent who’s gone rogue. With humanity still relatively new and unproven, no one believes her/him, leaving Shepard almost alone in going after the danger. Continue reading “Mass Effect, and Launching an Immersive RPG Trilogy”

Dragon Age’s Cole: Human or Spirit?

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This post will probably reveal a lot about my notions of morality and making decisions for other people, through the lens of a choice given to players in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

I’ve already brought up my love of the characters in this game, my opinions on other aspects of the game, and the absolutely amazing concluding DLC. Now I’d like to address one specific decision that the player influences a character towards, through the course of the game. Continue reading “Dragon Age’s Cole: Human or Spirit?”

Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Trespasser DLC Fantastically Concludes the Inquisition’s Story

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Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: 2 years after the Inquisition won it’s great battle and saved the world, said world is causing its purpose into question. Now amidst the rise of a new threat to the world, the direction the Inquisition will take in the future must be decided. Meanwhile, the Inquisitor revisits old friends and learns about this new coming threat. Continue reading “Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Trespasser DLC Fantastically Concludes the Inquisition’s Story”

Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Descent DLC is pretty but nothing special

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Genre: Fantasy RPG

Synopsis: The Inquisition is called down into the Deep Roads to help the dwarves of Orzammar secure their lyrium mines. Something deep in the stone is causing destructive earthquakes, something long forgotten, and it will take someone of the Inquisitor’s caliber to reach it… Continue reading “Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Descent DLC is pretty but nothing special”