Mass Effect Andromeda “Is it worth it?” #1

Too many times we as gamers just throw our $60 at developers without thinking objectively “Is this game worth my money at launch?” I have been burned a few times by games, No Man’s Sky, Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z (which I will never get over how terrible that game is. But, you get the point!) So I am here to just give you a quick rundown of the game and to let you know if I think Mass Effect Andromeda is worth your money at launch! Read on to find out! Or don’t and go throw your money at the GameStop employee or wherever you buy your games from.

Disclaimer: This is all opinion based and the game was played with an open mind despite hearing the negative press about the game.

Mass Effect Andromeda was a game I was not looking forward to at all. With other games like Zelda Breath of the Wild and Nier Automata out, I couldn’t have cared less about a game from a series that I already don’t care about. I had already made my mind up that I wasn’t going to pick this game up. While the game did look interesting, I couldn’t see myself picking it up. Then early reviews were coming out saying the game wasn’t good and that it felt rushed etc… So I really wasn’t about to pick this game up! BUT! I felt I had unjustly written the game off as something not worth spending my time and money! I decided to pick the game up despite its reviews and I must say keeping an open mind has definitely helped! While Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t the Space Opera of a game I have been longing for it’s definitely a step in the right direction and I’m pleasantly surprised with its offerings. While it may have some technical issues that are noticeable they aren’t game breaking. I was fortunate enough to not have experienced the weird glitches that have been seen with other publications like GameSpot and IGN the only real problem I had was the sound cutting in and out at random points in the game. The facial animations may not look the best while in motion but they’re certainly not the worst. They don’t deserve the hate they’ve been getting. However, they could have used a bit more work on them.

Like past Mass Effect games, you create your character but this time around the character creator is a lot more deep, giving you more options to create your super space action hero. It’s not the greatest character creator but it is a step in the right direction. You can either make your own version of this games “Shepherd” now known as Ryder. Players can choose from male or female respectively (I would have liked it if I could have been one of the many different alien races but I guess that’s what multiplayer is for) The story was/is pretty enjoyable while extremely predictable at some points, it does some interesting twists and turns that made me want to keep playing.

But the gameplay is where Mass Effect Andromeda shines the brightest! I found that the more I played it the more I enjoyed it (If that makes any sense) unlike previous Mass Effect games where it was a very Gears of War feel Andromeda takes a more Destiny approach to its gameplay. It’s a lot more mobile and fast-paced. Which is attributed to the games new jetpack abilities where you can jump high and dash around like your Mega Man X! It’s a lot of fun dashing and shooting enemies then dashing back to safety. There’s also exploration to be had and it at times enhances the story and the overall experience.
Bioware has brought back the classic multiplayer from the past Mass Effect games with its horde mode. Players will pick their character/class and take on waves of enemies playing alone with strangers is cool but like the Gears of War horde mode, it’s really meant to be played with friends. Sadly I am that guy who constantly needs to be revived because I think I am Rambo and rush giant alien gorillas without a second thought. It’s still a lot of fun, though. Minus the fact it has these micro-transactions to get better gear, which it seems like every game is doing this! It’s annoying but I just choose to ignore and use the in-game currency after earning enough points.

All in all Mass Effect Andromeda is a fun experience. Its story may not have been the greatest but the gameplay is a lot of fun the game could have used a few more months of polish but I like what they presented, HOWEVER! In my honest opinion, this game isn’t worth the full $60 price tag. It may be good, but it’s not great, it doesn’t push the envelope for the series as it should have done or offered much that other Third-Person shooters offer. If you can get this game for $30-40 then it’s much better investment. If I had to give it a score I would give Mass Effect Andromeda-

7.5 hot blue alien chicks out of 10!

Oh yeah, speaking of which you can have sex with Blue alien chicks… Or humans… I guess. If you’re into that sort of thing. No game is perfect, 10/10

Mighty No. 9 It’s worse than nothing!

*This is something very casual and I really just wanted to get my overall thoughts about this game out* If you feel differently or want to know anything then let’s dialogue about it!

Mighty No. 9

The spiritual successor of Mega Man who hasn’t seen any proper love in quite some time. The game filled with controversies. What with numerous delays, people not getting the merchandise they were promised after pledging X amount of dollars, people are wondering where the 4million dollars that they raised went, and among other things, has finally released and oh boy… It’s something else, and not in a good way. But was it worth the wait? Read on to find out my opinion being a huge fan of Mega Man!

Before we get started

Now being the spiritual successor to Mega Man, arguably one of the greatest franchises of all time people had the highest of hopes for this game and while I was playing this I couldn’t help but compare it to some of my favorite entries in the series. Those being Mega Man 2, 3, and 7 then Mega Man X1, X4, and X5 to name a few of them. I only compared controls and the overall experience.

Big shoes to fill

You play as Beck or Mighty No. 9, the game opens up with to a city being destroyed this acts as intro stage to teach you the basic controls and how the game works so far so good. The overall feel of it so far feels weird but it’s just the intro stage. Anyway, all the robots have all gone Maver- I mean they got the Zero vir- just a virus. We’ve seen this before a bunch of robots go bad and you have to fight them. Nothing really new here outside of when you take your powers from the other robots they aren’t dead and will help you if you do the boards in the correct order. Again nothing new here. However, the in-game cinematics was extremely bland and had zero life in what was being delivered. At least with Mega Man X4’s poorly acted anime cutscenes, there was life and personality in everything that was said. As I was playing the game I did feel bad constantly comparing the game to even the worst of the Mega Man games but when your whole thing is “Its the new Mega Man without being Mega Man!” I and fans of the series can’t help but compare it to Mega Man. But I did restart the game because I wanted to judge this game on its own merit and to just see if it was a good game!

Jumping and shooting before Prom Night

After you beat the intro stage you are tasked with defeating your other robot brothers who are running amok at various locations around the world. As I was playing each board I became increasingly frustrated not because of the poor level design (we’ll get to that) but because the controls are incredibly sloppy and just how the overall game feels incomplete and like it’s still in Beta testing the only thing that feels somewhat complete is standing still. The platforming in the game needs some work it’s not the greatest but it’s also not the worst ever. You just would think the creator of some of the greatest platforming and gameplay would easily be able to recreate that back no problem. But I guess not. You shoot enemies and then once they’re about to die you dash through them and get little buffs that increase your speed, power, etc… This system “rewards” fast gameplay but lacks the tightness of most games in the 2-D side scrolling games.

Music and Level Design

I grouped these two together because they’re both the same, boring. The music didn’t excite me in any way and the levels looked even worse. With the very little that was going on it just looked muddy. No stage was memorable in any way. The same goes for the music even when there’s supposed to be this epic fight it just sounds like the music chugging along until you beat it. Almost like music itself is bored with it. I even found myself turning on my own music from my phone and muting the game altogether. If you want a good example of both good level design and music watch this video from Mega Man X4(played by Magnus Blade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES9W_QRrRVw I wouldn’t ever mute that awesome music and what’s going on in the background really bring the game to life. That’s something Mighty No. 9 didn’t do at all. I know I said I wouldn’t compare Mega Man to Mighty No. 9 but I felt it was necessary in this case. I was bored throughout the 3hr or so experience. I didn’t feel the weight of anything that was happening in this world that they created.

What else is there?

Well, there’s really nothing left to say about this game because it doesn’t do anything that Wowed me. I will admit at times I cracked a little smile. It’s not completely terrible but it’s also not good either. I wanted this game to be amazing and had high hopes for it. I wanted it to be great, I really did as I’m sure many people who backed the game did. But this game didn’t live up to the expectations. There’s honestly nothing else worth mentioning in this game.

I am going to prom instead of playing this crap! (Final Thoughts and etc…)

I don’t hate this but nor do I like it. Mighty No. 9 is a game I would expect from an indie developer who had no idea what a video game was and played Mega Man one time and decided to make a game based on that at best. It’s just How do you mess up Jumping and shooting!? I guess you can because some people mess up peanut butter and jelly! I’m glad I didn’t back this game it’s not even better than Mega Man X7! And that game was BAD! But at least it looks somewhat decent! Where did the 4million dollars it raised on Kickstarter go? I’m genuinely curious! It certainly did not go to the bland level design, messy platforming, PS2esc graphics, and just overall frustrating gameplay. I may not be a game developer but I have seen games work with less or around the same budget and be leagues better than Mighty No. 9. An example of a crowd funded game actually working is Skullgirls a fighting game made by Lab Zero was crowd funded and made around $1.7Mil and that game looks and plays fantastic! wouldn’t recommend this game! Yes, they’re greatly different but Lab Zero again is making a game called Indivisible which you can download an Alpha demo (I believe) of the game right now on PC and PS4 and that games budget is $3.5mil. It’s all about the passion behind the project. I don’t feel like there was any behind Mighty No. 9. But I have to give them credit where credit is due. They banked off of people’s nostalgia and hunger for a new Mega Man game and totally capitalized on it and made a killing. Anyway before I continue to trail off on a tangent about how I feel Kickstarter is a broken system and that I think it should be done away with entirely but back to my last comments about Mighty No. 9. If you are feeling nostalgic and have a next gen system just get the Mega Man Legacy Collection for the same price you get six games and a bunch of extras for $15 digital and 30 physical! Or if you want to dust off or buy a PS2 and get the Mega Man X collection and the Mega Man anniversary collection (it has Mega Man The Power Battle 1 and 2) But If you REALLY REALLY want Mighty No. 9 then I guess go ahead and get it, it’s not the worse game I’ve ever played (That’s Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z) Mighty No. 9 is a truly mediocre experience. I would rather this game have gotten canceled and the people got their money back then for this game to actually have come out. This game is worth $5 at best, don’t waste your money. You’re better than buying this game at full price! I don’t want you to make the same mistake as I did. If you can get it for free even then go ahead! It’s worth the price of $0 I give it a-

Not so Mighty No. 3 out 10

-Sloppy Gameplay

-Drab Level Design

-Feels incomplete

+You can jump and shoot

-Shockingly Short

-Anticlimactic final boss

-Lifeless cutscenes

-Boring soundtrack

Batman: Arkham Knight REVIEW!

 Batman Simulator 2015

Batman’s story is finally coming to a close in Batman: Arkham Knight, but does Batman have what it takes to save Gotham from one of its biggest threats? Let’s find out!

STORY
Batman Arkham Knight takes a few months after the events of Arkham City and crime actually started to go down but its Gotham City so we all know that won’t last long and sure enough it doesn’t. In comes Batman to beat down the thugs! Once you start to play as Batman you are instantly thrown into the huge Gotham City, unlike its previous games where it had you do certain things then you get to play around in the open world. Let me be the first to tell you that the Gotham City that is recreated in Arkham Knight is so well done and beautiful! Its literal chaos and it’s a playground for you just beat up the games thugs if you want to do that. There is so much attention to detail that I can see why the game was pushed back a couple of times. The Main Story will take you about 12hrs depending how good you are the pace you go at. In the story Scarecrow has released his fear toxin to some people and it is making them go crazy. You are clearly exposed to the toxin early in the game, when this happens you get a guide that will appear every so often and sometimes help you during the story. The story does go into some supernatural themes but I was okay with that because you get to see and feel Batman lose it as he is trying to save Gotham at the same time. Throughout the story you will come in contact with tons of familiar faces and some new ones depending on your knowledge of Batman. You’ll meet Robin, Knightwing, Cat Woman, the second Robin, and more! But that’s all fine the big question on everyone’s mind was “Who is the Arkham Knight” and While I did figure it out pretty quickly having the game throw countless clues that were not subtle at all, I personally liked it and how they did changing up some things with the overall Batman Mythos, I just didn’t like it overall and how it was resolved and how I still had many questions after the main story was done with. After the main story is done though that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the game, there’s tons of sidequests to do that a person like me who hates side quests because they always feel dumb I actually had a fun time going through and doing a lot of the side quests. You’ll be taking down Penguins men with Knightwing, saving firefighters, of course doing the Riddlers challenges. There’s so much to do in the game that you may feel overwhelmed but it’s a good thing in this game because it makes you feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth and that the game will last you a long time and keep you coming back for more until they all say 100%. Even though I was disappointed a couple of times during the story the overall presentation and feel more than make up for it all!

GAMEPLAY
Now the story may be great but what about the gameplay? Well you can finally use the Batmobile! For years I have wanted to get in the Batmobile and drive around just to see what it’s like finally Arkham Knight lets me it has two modes A Tank mode which you will be using for platforming and destroying tanks and a Racecar mode which lets you zip around Gotham at incredible speeds. Since this is a totally brand new aspect to the Arkham games you can believe that you will be using A LOT of the Batmobile, while I didn’t have problem with that the Batmobile parts did get increasingly harder which wasn’t a bad thing it was just extremely frustrating to me so just be sure to upgrade your Batmobile! When you aren’t in the Batmobile you will be on foot (of course) and the combat gameplay is better than ever! Batman hits harder and at a lot of points I feel really bad for the thugs when the thug is down and Batman is just wailing on them until they are unconscious. But it’s so satisfying! You will encounter multiple enemies requiring different ways to take them down some of them having to use your gadgets which actually flow really well this time around. Stealth take downs make you really feel like Batman especially with the new “Fear Take Downs” which when you fill the meter you can take down multiple enemies even if they have guns in a flash! Another new mechanic is the Tag-Team feature that when at certain parts when you team up with Robin, Knightwing, or Catwoman you can do these flashy moves that not only look cool but they show off a little more of the personality and relationships between the characters with the quick banter they give. There’s so much more to the gameplay but it is so much better to actually experience it first-hand than to read some random guys words! But it is really good though!

EXTRAS
Like with past Arkham Games there’s extra content outside of the game itself in the form of challenges, in the form of race track, stealth, combat missions and more. They are a nice distraction from the action, but the real fun lies in the open world of Gotham which also has different challenges laid out throughout the map it almost makes the dedicated part of the main menu useless unless you want to replay another challenge.

VERDICT

Overall Batman Arkham Knight is an AMAZING game! It’s Very well done and improves on everything its predecessors got right and wrong and makes them better! Its attention to detail to the environment is unmatched by a lot of AAA game that have come out. I may have been a little disappointed in the ending and some things didn’t get resolved in the main story but it’s definitely the best Batman game and one of the best games to come out this year and hopefully the Season Pass is worth the $40 asking price! Arkham Knight is a great to have in your collection and huge system seller if you are looking to buy a PS4 or Xbox One. That’s why I give Batman: Arkham Knight a-

                                                             9.8 out of 10!
+Great Gameplay                                                             -Slightly disappointing story
+Beautiful and live city
+Great Attention to Detail
+Tons of Content
+New and exciting Gameplay mechanics.
=Batmobile is fun to use/some missions can be frustrating.

*To the PC gamers as a lot of you may know the PC port is well terrible suffering from Hard crashes and more. Rocksteady has pulled the game and good on them but they shouldn’t have out sourced the game and should have worked on the PC port alongside the Console versions*