MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA Update from the Studio

https://www.masseffect.com/news/mass-effect-andromeda-update-from-the-studio


This is pretty disappointing, I bought the deluxe version for 90$ CAD and enjoyed the story, gameplay and exploration but with the thought there would be some kind of single player dlc especially with the the way the benefactor and Jien Garson thing was left unresolved as well as Quarian Arc.

Any future Mass Effect, and Dragon Age, games will be strictly wait for a sale now for me. Which is a real shame because I enjoyed Andromeda a lot and I also liked the novel Nexus Uprising by Jason M Hough and K.C. Alexander, I was really hoping that Andromeda would be the starting point of a new series of games. I’ll probably end up picking up the next novel, Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin, mostly because I’ve liked her writing and storytelling in her Broken Earth Trilogy.

So scratch another developer off my list of buying games at launch. Blizzard, CD Projekt Red, and Bethesda is all that’s left for me now.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for August 2017.

3 episodes into season 7 of Game of Thrones, been pretty good so far and it only makes me want to read The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring even more, if GRRM manages to even write and release them that is. The show is good and is a fine adaptation, but it is also very hamfisted and unsubtle. What I mean by that is, a mainstream show like Game of Thrones  can only take the straight and direct path of Story Telling and Character Development, in GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire things are complexly intertwined and paced that are on the verge of being convoluted and drawn out. However, in the adaptation to a show, there has to be a clear path from a to b, and a lot of the internal struggles or inner rationalizations have to be explicit and either vocalized or characterized in such a way that there can be no doubts in a characters motivation.

August has a couple of shows on netflix that I want to watch: The Defenders, Glow, and the Mist season 1. I’ve already watched 2 episodes of Glow and liking it a lot already, the cast is pretty good with Marc Maron insanely funny so far.

In my on again/off again World of Warcraft playing, I am back to raiding semi casually. I still prefer mythic plus for gearing as it feels more rewarding and that I have more control of the outcomes. All isn’t great with my on again WoW playing, I pretty much stopped playing the Uncharted Collection and I was near the end of Uncharted 3. I’ll start again but I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the Uncharted Collection because during a steam stale I picked up Dark Souls 3 for a decent price, I’ve already mentioned last month picking up Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (which is released on August 8th), The Long Dark’s season one story mode called “Wintermute” is out on the 1st at 8am PST, and I also picked up another interesting crafting survival game called Light and Dark that is in early access. I picked up Light and Dark because it’s a survival RPG with crafting elements but in a fantasy setting.

I delayed picking up John Wick 2, Kong: Skull Island, and Ghost in the Shell until later in the month. I will also probably pick up Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I’m still on the fence about picking Passengers.

I’ve been listening to the Black Company series the last 2 months, I’m on book 4 at the moment and so far the series has exceeded expectations for me and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. On August 15th, N.K. Jemisin’s 3rd book in the Broken Earth Trilogy called The Stone Sky is out and I’ve already pre-ordered it. If it’s as good as The Fifth Season and Obelisk Gate, I will most likely pre-order Jemisin’s Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation audiobook as well.

There are a couple of movies that are out now or coming soon this month, The Dark Tower and Atomic Blonde, that I want to check out but I will most likely wait for it to come out on Blu ray.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for July 2017.

How fucking good was that first season of American Gods? I can’t wait to see how they adapt the House on the Rocks and the Spook Show for season 2.

The adaptation of characters like Laura, Shadow, Anansi, and Mad Sweeney have been great, and I’ve enjoyed the additions and changes to the characters. I’ve particularly enjoyed the arc between the “Dead Wife”, the Leprechaun, and Salim. It was a nice refrain to the Mr. Wednesday and Shadow road trip. The changes to Anansi and Technical boy were also pretty good. Orlando Jones is great as Anansi. Ibis and Jacquel were also very good.

Game of Thrones starts up this month as well and I have dutifully avoided every trailer because I want to go into season 7 without having anything to guess at what is going to happen. It’s unfortunate that the show has over taken the books but the show has been decent so far, there were some definite misses but has had more hits than misses. I haven’t had to jump into any of the short stories or anything ASOIAF related to keep my interest going in the series, I’m genuinely excited to see how it plays out.

Game of Thrones isn’t the best thing on TV anymore, Westworld and American Gods are definite contenders now.

I started listening to the Black Company series by Glen Cook, it has every element I enjoy in a good fantasy series. The narration by Marc Vietor is pretty good. I just finished the first book and starting up the second book, Shadows Linger, this month. I would have bought the third book as well but I decided to pre-order N.K. Jemisin’s final book in the Broken Earth Trilogy, the Stone Sky. I will probably pre-order N.K. Jemisin’s Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation as well.

I have also started a re-listen to the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which will also include The Wise Man’s Fear as well, I forgot how well written and well narrated, Nick Podehl is extremely good, the books are. The Name of the Wind is especially good, however, I found the Wise Man’s Fear has a hard time to get out of the shadow of the first book.

I’ve been working my way through the Uncharted Collection, still only on the first game so far. I’m looking forward the Amy Hennig games of Uncharted 2 and 3.

During Steam Summer sale, I picked up the season pass for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Dark Souls 3. I am extremely tempted to pick up Dishonored 2 for 24.99$ CAD as well as Morrowind GOTY edition, and Oblivion GOTY too which are only 9.99$ CAD but I may just wait to pick those games during the new years sales.

I will probably pick up Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice next month, it looks extremely good and the price is good one at 32.99$ CAD.

I have a number of games I want to start during the summer, which is usually a deadzone for gaming. Metro 2033 Redux (which I’ve played about an hour so far), Metro: The Last Light Redux, Rise of the Tomb Raider (which I will probably start immediately after the Uncharted Collection),  Dishonored, and Firewatch. There are other games like Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Bioshock remastered, Bioshock 2 remastered, Bioshock Infinite, and Far cry Primal but those will probably be something I try out later in the year.

The first season of the Long Dark is out in August, and I’m extremely looking forward to playing it, it has been something I’ve been waiting for a couple of years now.

The Defenders series starts up in August, which is something I also want to watch as I’ve enjoyed both seasons of Daredevil and Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones which I thought was extremely good.

I also plan to pick up John Wick 2, Kong: Skull Island, and Ghost in the Shell on blu ray this month.

Bioware’s Anthem Official Gameplay Reveal.

Bioware’s take on The Division and Destiny.

I’m not sure what bioware studio is doing this, hopefully it is from Bioware Edmonton, not Montreal or Austin. Most people are suspected of bioware now, especially after Andromeda, however I liked Andromeda despite the obvious flaws. Anthem looks amazing and the gameplay looks cool, I like the Mech/Power Armor aspect and customization is always good.

I never played Destiny, and will probably not play Destiny 2, but I did play the fuck out of the Division. The Divisions leveling experience and initial loot grinding was pretty good, however, the rampant cheating on the PC and the massive initial focus on the Dark Zone as endgame really killed my interest in the game. The changes to the Division got me back into playing for a month or so but it still had the same problems just dressed a little differently. With Anthem specifically, I hope it will have engaging content and coop play that at least matches how good the Divisions coop experience was, and that there will be no PVP aspect of the game or at least the PVP aspect will not a huge focus or be considered End game like the Division did it.

Anthem already has me hooked in because I really want a good scifi game to play and so far Anthem looks promising.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to what I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for June 2017.

Movies first this month because Logan was really fucking good. Like really fucking good. Anyways, Hugh Jackman really took and owned the character of Wolverine, and Logan was really such a great way to say goodbye to the character. The R rating was also great for the type of story they wanted to tell, I’ve been waiting for a Wolverine movie where he is the best there is at what he does But what he does best isn’t very nice. In X-men 2, the scene where the special ops guys get taken out by Logan as they attack the school and the children was the closest the movies ever came to the comic character of Logan/Wolverine. I stopped reading all the different X-men comics back in 2001 or 2002, so I never really got into X-23 but this movie really made the character and her story, extremely compelling to me and I really hope they do a X-23 movie.

The bluray for Logan has directory commentary, a black and white “noire” version, a making of documentary, and deleted scenes, all of which I think makes picking up a bluray worth it.

Audiobooks I’m listening to this month are The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 by N.K. Jemisin and The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company by Glen Cook. The Broken Earth series was something I struggled with initially, I was not hooked into the world, story, or even the characters at first but as the book progressed I started to get into the orogene and guardian story, Jemisin really did draw some inspiration (probably not the right word for it) from the mage/templar conflict from the Dragon Age games but she also made it very compelling with the destruction of the earth and different factions with differing goals. I am looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the trilogy, which according to Amazon, has a release of  August 15 2017.

I’m also re-listening to the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods because the TV is pretty fucking good. Yes, that makes no sense. In the books Shadow and Laura are pretty shallow and lack depth but the TV adaptation they are great characters with some excellent depth. I like the changes to both characters, and it made them both more compelling and interesting.

The Obelisk Gate and the Black Company books are short books, around 10-13 hours long, so I will probably do a relisten to the Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.

The Black Company series has been a series I’ve been looking to start for at least a year but the announcement by Eliza Dushku about a potential TV adaptation of the series is what really made me want to check out the series over other series like the Expanse, the Vampire Files, the Felix Castor series, and the Sandman Slim series.

Gaming this month is probably gonna be a split between WoW and The Uncharted Collection on the PS4. I’ve been wanting to check out the Uncharted series but never got around to it because I never really had a console to play them on. The PS4 pro is a pretty good console and I have some excellent games to pick up. I’ve been looking to pick up other games in the coming months, which will probably be Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, Injustice 2, Final Fantasy 15, and Bloodborne. Games like Dishonored 2, Metal Gear: The Phantom Pain, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are games I will play on the PC.

I was disappointed to learn that Red Dead Redemption 2 was delayed until mid to late 2018, this was the primary reason I picked up a PS4 Pro but with many great games to pick up, this is less of an issue.