Posts Tagged ‘Mass Effect 3’
Over the past 2 years my passion towards gaming has dwindled, as has been evident by the lack of frequent updates on this blog. I figured it was just part of getting older; my priorities were changing and my interests were evolving. Then Mass Effect 3 came along.
I think Mass Effect 3 has had the effect on me I expected Skyrim to have. To give some perspective; I put 80 odd hours into Skyrim over the course of 3 months and never completed the main quest. I’ve had Mass Effect 3 for less than 4 weeks and have already put close to 40 hours into it.
My life consists of going to the gym, taking photographs, selling insurance and looking after my dog. It may not sound much but it keeps me busy. Very busy. I was beginning to give up hope that games would play on my mind as much as they did back in my gaming heyday, circa 2008. Then Mass Effect 3 came along.
Expect some game footage soon!
It’s hard to find time for gaming these days, especially RPGs. Particularly RPGs that boast 300 hours of gameplay. I made it clear I was concerned how much of an impact Skyrim would have on my life, but I’ve been very responsible with it, prioritising real life over the fabled hunt for dragons (also, a recent obsession with Dexter has probably helped curb my time spent in Skyrim). After playing the game for 3 months, I’m only 80 hours in. In any normal game this would be considered a ridiculous length of gameplay, but with Skyrim I’ve barely made a dent in it.
So yes, I’ve definitely got my money’s worth, and it is as wonderful as all the reviews would have you believe, but there is a pressing issue here. I am no where near finished with Skyrim, yet Mass Effect 3 is out tomorrow.
But first, back to Skyrim. Like I said, I’ve put about 80 hours into it, I’m a Level 20 Breton with a flair for destructive magic. I have an annoying companion, Lydia, who always gets in my way and blocks doorways. Mostly I’ve focused on completing miscellaneous quests, but about a week ago it dawned on me that I’ll probably never finish this game, and that if I don’t turn my attention to the main quest now, there’s a solid chance I won’t ever know what the bloody game is about.
Quite simply, there isn’t a single game I’ve ever played that has as much time-sink potential as Skyrim.
I know gamers go nuts for multiplayer, but I’m not one of those. I’m a solo girl, making major exceptions for Rainbow Six: Vegas, bitches! As much as I trust BioWare in the RPG department, the announcement of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 has slightly dampened my enthusiasm for the game.
Games that have great single player campaigns don’t need to tack on multiplayer to cater to the rest of the market. I’m not saying that’s what BioWare has done; I haven’t played the game therefore wouldn’t know, but the cynic in me is slightly worried.
Especially when I read this quote:
Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign.
Noo! I usually skip multiplayer altogether, for various reasons, but it looks to be a crucial factor in one of my most anticipated games. Although BioWare are insistent it won’t compromise the single player campaign, and at least playing with friends solves the stupid AI issues I faced in Mass Effect 2. I really pray it doesn’t fuck up what was already a near perfect franchise.
I’m really struggling to enjoy Dragon Age II, which is really bothering me as I absolutely loved Origins. I’m having trouble putting my finger on what’s so different about Dragon Age II to Origins that’s preventing me from experiencing the same level of engrossment, because there’s nothing drastically different between the both games, right?
I’m hoping it’s just because I’ve not been able to put any decent amount of consecutive days into the game, which is what a RPG really needs. It needs a steady stream of your attention so you don’t lose your footing, which easily happens in games as big as Dragon Age.
Shit. I always said I’d never become one of those people who lets work and social activities come between me and a good RPG. But maybe Dragon Age II isn’t that good, because I certainly can’t foresee this happening with Mass Effect 3.
2009 was to be the year my concentration for gaming dwindled to a considerable low. People say that gaming is a hobby you inevitably grow out off, but the fact I returned to it on my 19th birthday after a 4 year hiatus, and have since spent a lot of time doing, proved to be the opposite for myself. However, something odd has happened to me over the past 12 months, and I find myself notably less excited about gaming than I ever have been. Where did it go wrong, and why?
On January 25th, my birthday, I found myself having “the talk” with a guy I was seeing. You know the talk, the awkward one where you’re furtively investigating how serious you’ve become, whether you’ve made the leap to exclusivity or are still seeing other people. For whatever reason, having a boyfriend who didn’t game meant that I also paid less attention to my Xbox, especially as only a few months earlier I had finished with a guy who was as big a gamer as I. It was at this point I was playing Skate 2, the follow-up to one of my favourite games of 2007.
Skate 2 was meant to have me as hooked as the original, especially as Black Box had done a great job of building on and improving the foundations of Skate. Somehow it failed to be the game that had me itching to finish work just so I could freeskate around San Vanelona, which was odd as it was undoubtedly an improvement over the original. It wasn’t logical… I loved the original, and now I was playing an improved version of that, so there really should have been no reason I was struggling to get excited about Skate 2. Yet I was. Even though I had put my inability of getting hooked on Skate 2 as a direct result of my new relationship, it was to set the unfortunate tone for the coming year.