I’m not a gamer by most definitions, but I like video games. I don’t play many of them any more though, mostly for practical reasons: I have jobs and family and other interests. Aesthetics is a part of it—I’m largely uninterested in most of the products on the market—but I probably wouldn’t play much even if companies still made games I might like. (This is probably why no one bothers; no sense selling to people who aren’t buying.)
Some games I get excited about though. Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of them.
The original Mass Effect is one of my favorite games of all times. In fact, it actually transcends that a little bit. If I were to combine games, movies, television, plays, and books into a single genre, Mass Effect would be one of my favorite things in that genre. I like it a lot.
Mass Effect 2, to put this gently, was trash. It was certainly a letdown compared to the first, and residual good will from the first is the only thing that could make it bearable. Mass Effect 3 was generally better, but the ship of good will had sailed for me by the time it came out. So the Mass Effect trilogy is rather like the Matrix trilogy in this, only the first one is good, and it probably would have been better had the sequels never been made.
Why in the world be excited about another sequel? Good question. I don’t have a good answer. A part of it is probably hope that some good from the original can be resurrected. (I always hope for resurrection.) A part of it is the basic pitch: the idea of exploring a new galaxy, and the indications that the game takes the thrill of exploration seriously. A part of it is that I got a PS4 for Christmas.
In any event, here I am. I thought it might be interesting to discuss the game while I play it. Admittedly, this might only be interesting to me, but hey, it’s my blog.
Let’s begin, shall we?