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

Quick Game Reviews #2 Until Dawn

Cliché intro

Until Dawn the choose your own adventure from the people at Supermassive Games is the next exclusive title on the PlayStation 4, but is it a boring story driven that feels like its too good to be a video game like The Order 1886? Well below you’ll find out!

Not so Spooky praise!

Sony’s next and possibly one of its most ambitious exclusive titles for the PlayStation 4! To start out I was not looking forward to this game. I thought it looked boring and made me wonder why I had bought a PS4. But after playing through Until Dawn, I’m sold! It may not be a total system seller if you are thinking about getting a PS4 but it’s definitely a game to consider adding to your library of games on the system if you’re looking to add something new and fresh to your system.

Meta horror

Until Dawn is a horror game that follows a group of teenagers as they spend a weekend at a cabin, they- You’ve heard AND seen this before? Are you sure because there’s a killer in the woods and- that’s almost every horror movie? Well that’s what the Developers at “Supermassive Games” were going for! They wanted to ease the player in to something familiar before totally flipping you on your head and let me tell you they do! I don’t want to spoil or give anything away but the story is phenomenal! Although the last part of the game is a bit weird I still enjoyed every second of it! Its thanks to the actors and actresses that really bring the story to life with top notch performances from Hayden Panettiere(Sam), Rami Malek(Josh), Brett Dalton(Michael), Noah Fleiss(Chris), Galadriel Stineman(Ashley), Meaghan Martin(Jessica), Nicole Bloom(Emily), Jordan Fisher(Matthew), Ella Lantini(Hannah and Beth) you have all your typical 80s horror movie characters present but its more of a good horror movie from the 80s.

When I was greeted with cast of players I would be playing as I almost instantly knew who I wanted to kill but as the game went on I changed my tune towards some of the characters. Some of them I still wanted to die and I made sure of that, which is the great thing about Until Dawn its that your choices effect the game and how the story plays out, even what you think could be the smallest of choices can actually have a major effect on the game and how the story unfolds from those points onward. While this may have been done in multiple games such as Life is Strange, Walking Dead by Telltale, and others Until Dawn doesn’t give you a suggestion on a choice that may have been better or possibly make you start the conversation over. Until Dawn makes you live with the choice you made without feeling like the developer is holding your hand and telling you the best way to complete the choose your own adventure game if anything they unexpectedly tripped you and said “Get over it!” and I love that about this game! I had no idea what my choices would do to the game or if some of my favorite characters would die or live or just prolong the inevitable. Its possible to make it through the entire game without killing any of the characters but its also possible having them all die! This again is something totally new and fresh!

This game is packed with content it’s unbelievable! The developers even said that on a second play though the players wouldn’t even have accessed 50% of the games content that being said there’s many different endings to this game so it warrants finding the different ways this game can end!

Scary Gameplay

While Until Dawn doesn’t have the most in your face game like most survival horror games have these days, it knows that and definitely plays with what it does do and actually makes it one of the best survival horror games to date! You’ll be interacting with different objects, examining, and gathering different clues that will help you solve different mysteries and move on the story. While the fixed camera angles are pretty annoying and outdated, it does give you a nice suspenseful feel. That being the only gripe I had about this game that and how some of the characters interact with certain objects in the game.

Haunting Graphics

Like most games that come out Until Dawn uses motion and facial capture of the actors. Each actor is captured so beautifully that I almost forgot that I was playing a game, even though the facial expressions can sometimes look a bit strange but I find that charming ever since DmC: devil may cry.

Since this is a horror game the setting is extremely eerie they did a great job at making each part of feel scarier than the last. The graphics are top notch! How the shadows and lights work so realistically with both the environments and the characters enhance the overall experience of the game.

Terrifying Verdict

Until Dawn is a masterpiece of a game! I did not expect to love the game as much as I did, aside from being pleasantly surprised by it I loved every second of it. It’s the best Horror game that I’ve played since PT and Resident Evil 4. I can’t wait to go back and play though Until Dawn eight more times to see the different endings and explore and what other choices may have an effect on the story. If you like Story driven Horror games that focus more the atmosphere and story or If you are looking for a different game that’s not like most Triple-A games, or if you just need a new game I definitely recommend Until Dawn! That why I’m giving Until Dawn a-

9 out of 10 screaming Teenage Girls who should know by now that camping in the woods in a cabin is a bad idea!

+Great Story                                             -Fixed Camera Angles

+Interesting Characters                             -Odd interactions with some objects.

+Meaningful gameplay