There are a few reasons why this isn’t a full review of the new Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Number one is that the sci-fi trilogy contains dozens and dozens of hours of content and doing a full review will take a while. The second reason is that there are already hundreds of reviews for all three games, and while those reviews might not be for the Legendary Edition they remain largely relevant today, so it makes more sense to focus on the technical side of things. But the biggest and most important reason, at least to me, is because I want to take my time with this one. The Mass Effect games are special to me, a massive part of my teenage years and a huge factor in my love of the Xbox 360 era. To review this new Legendary Edition in a timely fashion I’d have to rush through them all, and…well, I’m just not willing to do that to myself. Sorry. I’m going to savour every moment, do every quest and maybe even chase down every Platinum trophy. This partial review, then, is based off of 20-hours with the first Mass Effect and a quick look at the other two games. Plus, the first game features the vast majority of the remastering effort due to its age, and so focusing on that seems sensible.
In case you missed the past couple of Patch Notes this is a mid-week article where we cover a couple of pieces of news from the past week and I ramble about them, because rambling is what I do. This week has been pretty busy, but I’ve grabbed three things in particular that grabbed my limited attention span. So lets tackle the problems over at BioWare, the announcement of Borderlands 3 and the decline of pre-owned sales in the UK.
The Mass Effect franchise is important to me, perhaps even more so than my own nieces. Given the choice between Mass Effect 2 and my nieces I’d be clutching that box to my heart faster than you could call social services. Sure, like most people I was left somewhat aghast at how the third game wrapped up the entire story, and to this day I’ve still only played Mass Effect 3 twice, despite it having numerous great moments leading up to that controversial finish. However, I’ve played Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 about a dozen times each, equalling hundreds of hours spent saving the galaxy and hanging out with a crew of characters that have become ingrained in my mind. A new entry in this beloved series, then, is one hell of an exciting prospect for me and to legions of fans everywhere. It has been five years since Bioware capped the original trilogy and there’s a lot of expectation for this fresh take. Have they screwed it up? A little bit, yup.
The existence of a new Mass Effect game has not been kept a secret. Bioware have openly spoken about it several times before, but have unsurprisingly been pretty vague. Now, though, the game has a name – Mass Effect: Andromeda. The new game is going to take place […]
Putting aside the controversey surrounding the ending of the third game, the Mass Effect trilogy is one of my most treasured experiences from the past generation. I cannot count the hours I’ve put into those games, playing them over and over, forming relationships with virtual characters that, almost […]
There’s been no shortage of DLC for Bioware’s epic space saga with numerousl free multiplayer expansions and several singleplayer add-ons. Now, it seems like Bioware may be hinting at even more, with producers Casey Hudson and Mike Gamble taking to Twitter to post two interesting messages and pictures. […]
Time for a shock announcement: Bioware have today revealed that they are indeed working on the third game in their Dragon Age series! Okay, so it’s not actually that much of a shock announcement, after all the series has sold well and rumours have been floating around for […]
While the multiplayer side of Mass Effect 3 has been getting plenty of DLC treatment, fans of the epic sci-fi series have been clamoring for some additional singleplayer content to play through, despite having already finished the fight with the Reapers. Well, today it was revealed that Mass Effect 3 […]
Firstly, I apologise for the slightly baffling title to this news story, but, as I’m sure you can understand, the avoidance of spoilers is something that should be taken very seriously. As such you can consider this your official warning: this news story contains spoilers regarding the ending/s […]
It’s nearly impossible to go near any gaming site on the Internet at the moment and not find at least a dozen or so articles, rants and hundreds of forum posts all protesting the ending of Mass Effect 3. At first it was a rather interesting, but then it […]