Normally I don’t talk about video games very often on this blog. The main reason is that my game playing has slowed in the last few years. But I’ve enjoyed video games since I was 6. I think that was the year I received my first game system, the Nintendo Game Boy, for Christmas. I still have that Game Boy, and it still works too.
My favourite game trilogy from the previous generation is Mass Effect. It’s a science fiction Third Person Shooter with heavy RPG elements. You play as Commander Shepard, a human in a galaxy where the human race has only recently joined galactic civilization. Over the course of the series, you learn a lot about the galaxy’s politics, the criminal underworld, and the different species that inhabit the Milky Way. Oh, and you also try to fight off an ancient power that’s been wiping out all advanced life every 50,000 years or so.
I first played through Mass Effect about a month after Mass Effect 2 came out, and I enjoyed it enough to play through both games (about 30 hours long each) within a week. I’ve played through both games at least 5 times each, and Mass Effect 3 three times. Why the third game only 3 times? Mostly because that’s around the time I got into comics. Not too long after that, I took an extended break from video games. Ever since, I’ve wanted to play through the trilogy again. More so now than before.
I even defended the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending when it first came out. I don’t stand by everything in that blog post – in fact there are a number of reasons I rarely link to my old blog. I do agree that the ending has its flaws, but I would still defend the extended ending Bioware offered as free DLC.
Since I enjoyed Mass Effect that much, you’d think I’d play Mass Effect: Andromeda sooner. But for some reason, I just couldn’t get that excited for the newest chapter in the franchise. Something about the advertisement sounded intriguing, but it felt off as well. All the bad publicity from the game’s technical problems didn’t help. Still, I bought it earlier this month and played through it over the last couple of weeks. Here are my thoughts.