An accessible strategy game that lacks some depth, but makes for a fun time all the same
The original game was charming, but flawed. Re;Birth 1 fixes almost all of that.
Some good takes on the tactical genre, but somewhat lacking in depth in the end
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
As a result, Mass Effect 3 has become a title that not only has expectations due to being part of a popular series, but because players have already become greatly invested in the storyline to date. Along the way there have been books and iPhone games to help tide gamers over, but none of those things compare to the primary three games in the series. There were a lot of design choices that people questioned along the way such as the addition of multiplayer and the ending of the game. I would have loved to have rushed out a rapid review on this game so it could be just a bit more timely, but my personal policy of playing through a game until I am done with it/beaten it once would not allow me to do so. Here are my thoughts on it.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Moving on - I find that the number of EA crossovers over the last few years sort of odd, but generally I have liked them. Bonuses for playing Dragon Age on Facebook that show up in Dragon Age II? That works. The odd Dead Space armor swaps? Odd, but it generally looks cool. Tying in Blood Dragon Armor from Dragon Age into Mass Effect? Sure, why not - that was my primary armor used in ME 3 truth be told. They're all under the EA wheelhouse though, so I found the Mass Effect 3 armor showing up in Final Fantasy XIII-2 a bit odd. I don't plan to pick it up, but maybe others will? It seems like Square Enix has Final Fantasy XIII characters crossing over quite a bit more as they explore the DLC world. I saw a rather odd article on IGN yesterday about them modeling Prada clothing too.
In case you are interest, I visited my top 5 from Mass Effect 1 here. I did the same sort of top 5 list for Mass Effect 2 as well.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
So this week in Xbox Live Gold land we have a shooter and fighter mix. All games are half off their normal prices. We have some fighters and shooters in this mix with:
- King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
- King of Fighters 2002 Ultimate Match
- King of Fighters Sky Stage
- Metal Slug 3
- Metal Slug XX
- Trouble Witches Neo.
All of these are usually 800, now at 400 Microsoft Points except Metal Slug XX, which is normally 1200 and is currently 600 for this week.
Steam's Midweek Madness is the entire X series for 50% off. Their current daily deal is Capsized for 75% off. That will be good for about five more hours.
Over at Gamersgate they have Supreme Ruler Cold War for 75% off, Serious Sam 3: BFE for 60% off and Patrician IV Gold Edition for 75% off. They are also flying a banner for Serious Sam games in general as being 60% off this week.
Amazon's got a smattering of deals. Their daily game one is Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness for the DS for $14.99, and their deals of the eek range from $10 off on Mass Effect 3, to $20 off for the Syndicate and Soul Calibur V, $40 off the HORI Soul Calibur V Arcade Stick, $20 off of King of Fighters XIII, $70 off the Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition for the 360, $10 off of Twisted Metal and up to 75% off of THQ game downloads.
Lastly, the PlayStation stuff. It's a pretty solid week to be a PlayStation Plus user:
- Canabalt (Mini, Free)
- Farm Frenzy 2 (Mini, Free)
- Mortal Kombat (DLC, Discount)
- Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN, Discount)
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Retail, Discount)
- Shank 2 (PSN, Free)
- Shift 2 Unleashed (Retail, Free)
- Silent Hill (PSone, Free)
- Wheels of Destruction: World Tour (PSN, Discount)
And here's the general discounts this week as well:
- Mortal Kombat (DLC)
- Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN)
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Retail)
- MotorStorm RC (DLC)
- Prototype (Retail)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I don't usually do lists or countdowns on here, but after investing so many hours into these three titles (I'm excluding the iPad ones because quite frankly, they were not very good in my opinion and did not spark anywhere near the response from me than the primary three titles did). Huge spoilers ahead (something else I don't know if I've done before on here) - so read at your own risk! (though the titles have been out long enough that odds are if you have played the games, you have encountered these for yourself).
Five favorite moments from the original Mass Effect.
Monday, April 2, 2012
As I noted in my earlier review, I was not very happy with Mass Effect Galaxy. It was a major departure from the series both in form and function. With this in mind, I went into Mass Effect Infiltrator hopeful, but wary. It turns out that both of those feelings had merit to them.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I think one of the more interesting finds I had was about Guardian Cross, an iOS (and according to the Facebook page dedicated to the game - Android soon as well) collectible card game that is both free, and by Sqaure Enix.