fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-05-01 08:14 am

The Finale

I finished the main story in Andromeda Saturday night. A few non-specific thoughts--Not really spoilery, but with the context of having finished the story. Read at your own risk:

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In spite of exclusionary marketing, a rocky start with dead eyes and bad animation, and areas that definitely need to be refined, I thoroughly enjoyed my first playthrough of Andromeda. I'm eagerly awaiting DLC, and I will definitely be doing more playthroughs.

Compared to a few other games:

- It feels less polished than Inquisition, but it's a lot more fun. I've decided: Andromeda > Inquisition. (And this is coming from someone who generally likes Dragon Age more than Mass Effect.)
- Similarly, although ME1 is a tighter experience, Andromeda is a lot more fun.
- ME2 is better, but ME2 in terms of story and gameplay balance is a damn near perfect game, in my opinion. The loyalty quests in Andromeda seem to take cue from ME2, which was a good call.
- I like it about the same as ME3, but I think it has more replay value because ME3 hurts my heart and I felt lighter finishing Andromeda.
fereldanwench: (Default)
2017-04-25 05:52 pm

WHO WANTS JAAL/SELENE SCREENSHOTS???

Cuz ur gettin em!

NSFW under the cut. The sweet, the sexy, and the uh...



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fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-04-24 02:04 pm

Hot Take

I'm about 60% finished with MEA, and I don't know if it's just the afterglow of alien cunnilingus talking, but I think I like Andromeda more than Inquisition.

- I still prefer smaller maps and story-focused locations, but Andromeda generally open-worlds better than Inquisition. (Havarl is like the fucking Hinterlands, though, with respawning enemies every 30 seconds LIKE FUCK ME I JUST WANT TO PICK UP SOME GODDAMN LOOT GET OFF MY ASS.)
- The codex system is awesome. I love checking up on Selene's psych profile and reading updates about the relationship development with her crew. Seeing little updates like "Jaal loves you" and "Cora values you as a leader and a friend" honestly warms my heart.
- Ryder > Inquisitor. Ryder feels more like a fully realized character, like Hawke and Shepard, rather than a watered down but voiced Warden, like the Inquisitor. And Fryda Wolff's voice is a gift. Like a warmer Jennifer Hale as FemShep. I love it.
- THE BEST CREW. And they interact with each other. They joke and fight and tease each other and share anecdotes and bond over cultural similarities and differences. The Tempest is so homey. I grew really attached to individual characters in other DA & ME games, but this is the first time I can relate to those "ALL these guys are my family" memes.
- More cutscenes! And the conversations that don't have a fully staged cutscene at least pan the camera in for a little more immersion.
- We get tough decisions that pack an emotional punch and have immediate consequences, and a good balance between light-hearted, silly quests and heart-breaking missions.
- Did I mention alien cunnilingus??

Which isn't to say the game is perfect, by any means:

- It still suffers from having no real sense of urgency as a means of giving the player freedom to explore--If BW is gonna insist on continuing with these open-world/exploration games that still have a central, save-the-world-from-doom story, they gotta find a way to balance the two. An in-game calendar with a clear deadline like in FO4, a quest-counting mechanism like what they had in ME2, something.
- Similarly, there are definitely some issues if you don't pace the story as intended, which isn't always obvious. Example: I did two main missions back-to-back and didn't talk to all my crew in between--They'll refer to the earlier mission like it just happened, then I have to exit the conversation and come back to hear their thoughts about the most recent one.
- There is definitely some problematic writing. Gil's personal story stands out to me. Having hit the climax with Jaal's romance, I think the exclusion of his male romance has as many bad implications as excluding Cullen's. Jaal is very sweet and adoring and sends beautiful, heartful messages to Ryder saying how lovely she is in body and soul; deciding to deny mlm Ryders such a tender romance and instead giving them the more dramatic, non-companion "bad boys" raises some questions.
- Ryder's goofy fucking facial animations soured what was otherwise a very sweet and sexy moment with Jaal. Screenshots later.
- Also, at least for Jaal, there's no "Can I get a kiss" option after romance. It's small, but I miss that from DAO/DAI.

But all in all, at this point, I think the game is a much more fun experience than Inquisition.
fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-04-11 07:23 am

Jaal Ama Darav

What a gift. Truly.

I saw some pre-release hype for the purple, galaxy-eyed cat man, but I was trying to avoid spoilers and too many premature expectations so I didn't investigate further. There seemed to be some overlap between Solas fans and Jaal enthusiasm, which made me think he probably was gonna be far, far, far from my type.

I was so very wrong. Quiet, thoughtful, sarcastic and deadpan but playful, and so sincere. Even early on, when he's naturally distrusting of Ryder, he's still very forthright and open about why.

I mentioned a while ago that I was looking forward to experiencing the romance element of Andromeda very organically, and this definitely fit the bill. Jaal took me completely by surprise and I am loving every second of it.
fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-04-04 09:06 am

More MEA Musings

I've been taking MEA in little chunks for the past week. My morning ritual this weekend was wake up, make some coffee and breakfast, and play for about 4 hours or so. It was super nice, and I'm gonna do it again this weekend.

I find that I do really need to set a few hours aside to properly play it. I've only had about an hour of unbooked time in the afternoons this week, and it doesn't feel like enough time to make any substantial progress. It takes me like 10 minutes to get situated and remind myself of what I'm doing, and if I want to travel to any new locations, the loading time and travel animations can be really tedious. I've made it a habit of saving on the Tempest so it's a little easier for me to planet hop since I tend to decide where I want to go on a whim.

I have my settlements established on Eos and Voeld, and I just visited Havarl. Eos and Voeld are beautiful (Voeld especially after you clear the blizzard), but in essence, they're just desert and snow levels so they don't feel that innovative. Havarl has a little more character to it; it's a jungle world with incredible fauna. The colors remind me a little of the Frostback Basin from the Jaws of Hakkon DLC, which was one of my favorite areas in DAI.

On Sunday, I endured what the longest and most tedious "boss" battle of my ENTIRE LIFE with a type of enemy called an Architect. I expected it to be something similar to the dragons in DAI, but whereas the dragons were one of the few enemies that actually required any tactical thinking and were, in my opinion, a lot of fun and rewarding to fight (minus feeling like an asshole because they're beautiful, majestic bbs and like half of them aren't even bothering anyone), the Architect was like a 30-40 minute rinse-and-repeat battle with no real challenge once you figured out the pattern of attack. It wasn't a long fight because it was hard or I was bad at it; it was only a long fight because it was unimaginatively designed to force the player to only be able to hit certain weak points after fighting certain waves of attack.

I saw at least one more of these fuckers on another planet, and I'm not especially excited to do that mission because it was awful. I probably would have played more on Sunday if I hadn't done that fight, but it was just draining.

I haven't really had any more issues with animations. About 40-43 hours in with this Ryder, and it seems like the worst has passed.

One little feature I've really come to appreciate is how your journal/codex area keeps really specific details about the decisions you've made. Lexi even provides a "psych analysis" that breaks down how your responses are crafting a certain personality. It's been very helpful in me getting a feel for who my Ryder is and what I want her to be.

Also, I'm coming to really adore my companions and their relationships with one another. You know how in Inquisition all the companions and advisors felt really spread out and kind of isolated from each other? Totally not like that at all in Andromeda. The companions have their own areas on the Tempest, but they also move around on the ship and have a lot of conversations and fun banter with one another. They also talk a lot more out in the field. The overall dynamic feels a lot more homey and casual, more like Hawke and the Kirkwall crew.

Gil is a champ at poker--You get a chance to play with him at one point, and I also found a datapad with his notes about the crew and how they play. His observations were the most goddamn endearing thing I've read in a while. I seriously just wanted to group hug the entire crew after reading it. A part of me wants to see the whole crew play to witness that in real time, but another part of me just wants to hold on to what my imagination conjured up because it's beautiful.

So discoure re: Gil, Jaal, & Cora, because there is some shit in how they were handled:

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fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-03-28 08:44 am

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Keeping all this under a cut for romance spoilers, personal interpretation, and OC musing:

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fereldanwench: (Mass Effect - Selene Ryder)
2017-03-27 10:16 am

Andromeda - First Impressions

A combination of things made me renege my "I'm not buying Andromeda" stance. Needing a release from a long week, getting my tax return, seeing everyone's Ryders, seeing Sara Ryder's trailer, fuckboys complaining about gays and women ruining their series, etc. Or in other words: I'm weak, dudes.

I think I'm at about the 10-15 hour mark. I restarted after spending about 2 hours trying to accept my first Ryder's terrible facial animations, and on Friday I was bouncing around a lot between playing and chores, so my hour tracker doesn't reflect all that. Outside of the Initiative ships (Hyperion, Nexus, and Tempest), I've seen 4 locations, and I did just get all 6 companions.

Since I'm not too far, I doubt I'll be revealing much, but I'll put the story and character stuff under a cut.

Graphics & Optimization
Minus a few things I'll touch on later, the game is really beautiful. The environments are incredible--It seems like they really built off what was crafted in Inquisition in terms of getting the most out of Frostbite. The game also seems to be well-optimized for PC players. My processor and RAM are the two things that don't meet their recommended specs, but I wanted to test my limits: I put it all the high settings right out of the gate, and when I saw how smooth it was running, I decided to see if I can push for ultra. So far, so good. The only time I've noticed any lagging is when I'm running a video recording on Fraps for too long, but that's not a big deal for me.

Character Creation
Andromeda's CC is a slightly upgraded version of what was available in the original trilogy:

  • You have the default Ryders who cannot be edited and have to be played as is, and then there are 9 other presets for each gender that you can modify.
  • There's a good spread of racial diversity across the presets, but you can only make minor adjustments to their features rather than rotating through other shape options (like in Inquisition).
  • The skin textures are also locked into the preset, as are the eyebrows since they're a part of the texture.
  • There are some really cool tattoo, scarring, and makeup options.
  • The hair is fine, although most, if not all, of the options are gender-restricted. There are lots of bobs for female Ryder, and male Ryder has some nice undercuts that I wish were available to f!Ryder. There was a tweet from a dev asking what people would like to see in the CC at a later date--It sounds like they might be patching in more options at a later date.
  • There's a ton of variety in hair color, but the really bright and light tones highlight a lo-res hair texture.
  • You can edit your twin, but not your father; Alec will generate according to your Ryder's preset (kind of like the Hawkes in Dragon Age II).
  • You can also choose to keep the default names. Dialogue will reflect that decision; sometimes Ryder will be called by their first name instead of surname or "Pathfinder."

    The CC kind of felt like a step back from Inquisition, which (excluding the weak hair options) I think is probably the best vanilla CC in a BioWare game, but an upgrade from past ME titles. It's difficult to make a really unique Ryder; after seeing all the presets, it's easy to tell who used what preset during their creation.

    Also, not all Ryders animate the same. The first Ryder I made was created with preset 9--Her resting face was true to what I made in the CC, but her animations were ridiculous. I used preset 5 for Selene Ryder (icon), and she looks fine in most scenes. (I found a video the other day that demoed all 9 presets, but I can't find the link again. Will update if I do later.)

    Currently, there is no way to edit Ryder's appearance after you exit the CC, but it looks like the devs are actively making updates to the game based on player feedback, so I wouldn't rule out a Black Emporium-type addition at a later date.

    Combat & Exploration
    THE JETPACK IS DOPE. In principle, it's a fairly basic addition to the game, but a fun one. It's not as OP as the crazy jumping in Saints Row IV, but it produces a similar effect, in my opinion. It's a lot of fun hopping up on structures (which is essential in some missions), and it can be utilized in combat in some awesome ways. Slamming down on an enemy with your omni-blade is super satisfying.

    The combat is similar to the original trilogy, but it feels a lot faster paced. Ducking behind barriers is still an essential part of combat survival, but I found myself rushing enemies a lot more. It seems like Ryder can withstand more damage than Shepard, and the shields regenerate pretty quickly.

    Rather than choosing a locked-in class like in the first games, you can select your character's history in the CC, which determines your starting abilities, and then as the game progresses, you unlock combat profiles that you can activate at any point in the game. I think all the combat profiles are the same as the classes in the trilogy; I currently have Infiltrator active, which was my favorite build for Shepard. Biotics were never super appealing to me, and I haven't used them, but from what I can see from my companions, they went through some major upgrades.

    The Nomad is Andromeda's response to the Mako, but it is definitely enhanced. The boosters are still clumsy and can result in some hilariously bad navigation, but there are a few little upgrades that give the player a lot more control. My favorite is the ability to turn on six-wheel drive to get up hills--You just hold down the left shoulder button in addition to the right trigger, and the Nomad grinds its way up. A small but immersive touch.

    The Nomad is also very much a necessity for exploring these gigantic maps. Fortunately, unlike the mounts in Inquisition, it doesn't interrupt companion chatter. It comes equipped with a mining drone, which can help gather crafting material, but if you want to pick up materials from the world (like metals or herbs a la Inquisition), you have to exit the Nomad.

    Throughout the worlds, you can establish forward stations, which are similar in function to the camps in Inquisition. They act as a means of fast traveling, calling down the Nomad, and replenishing supplies. Ryder also establishes actual settlements; I've only set up one, so I can't speak too much to how they're integrated into the gameplay, but it feels similar to a Keep in Inquisition, but with more interactive abilities. Actually, a lot of the exploratory gameplay feels like they took some of the more immersive features that were cut from Inquisition and repurposed them for Andromeda.

    The main missions so far have been very long and spread out. I've had fun doing them the first time around since it's a new experience, but I don't know that I'd want to do them in another playthrough. The one on Eos was starting to get in drudging territory by the time I wrapped it up.

    Andromeda kept the planet scanning from the original trilogy, but it's a little more compact and with some animation flourish. I also just opened up a feature that is similar to the War Table missions in Inquisition. Ryder can send out teams of scientists, soldiers, and/or merchants to gather supplies and XP. I've only done a few, but I think the amount of time they take can vary, and there's a stronger emphasis on failure and success than just different outcomes.

    They also integrated multiplayer with single player through the Strike Team feature. I don't do multiplayer so I doubt I'll see how that works, but for people who do, it seems like a cool touch.

    The one thing I really don't love is travel across the 3 space stations/ships. The Tempest is about the size of the Normandy, minus waitng times in an elevator, and it docks at the Nexus, which is about the size of the Citadel. You also have to go back to the Hyperion for Ryder family business, but there's no quick dock there, so you're always going through the Nexus to get to the tram to take you back to the Hyperion. It's a little tedious.

    Crafting & Inventory
    I've not done much crafting--It's super overwhelming. The inventory interface is set up similarly to the original trilogy, but you have an item limit like in Inquisition. The crafting is just too much for me right now. There are separate sections, research and development, that produce different types of equipment and perks, and they're further divided into Milky Way, Andromeda, and Remnant (Andromeda's response to Protheans, basically) tech. I eventually got a feel for Inquisition's crafting after being overwhelmed, so I'm sure I'll figure this out, too, but it's not been a priority.

    Although it's not crafting exactly, I do want to mention the customization for Ryder's casual wear and armor, because it's a nice touch. There are a few color wheels and patterns that can be used to put them in something other than the stark white Initiative gear.

    Story & Characters
    I'll put the rest of this under a cut since it might get into spoiler territory.

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    All in all, I'm enjoying the game. It does feel distinctively like a Mass Effect game, regardless of the protagonist, and I think they improved on the open-world elements that were established in Inquisition. The game is huge, and it feels kind of overwhelming as a result, but it also feels like it's big with exciting stuff to do, rather than just being big and empty; in a lot of ways, it feels more like what I expected Inquisition to be. It's so big, though, and with so much to do, that I don't really see it as something to be replayed. I think it's going to be a fun, one-time experience, and I'm totally cool with that.
  • fereldanwench: (Mood - All Out of Fucks)
    2017-03-13 10:32 am

    Priority: Not Mass Effect Andromeda

    For those who've been keeping up with my tsunami of bitterness on Tumblr, this isn't news, but Friday's marketing shitshow sealed the deal: I'm absolutely not paying full price for Andromeda.

    I really made it a point to not get involved with any Mass Effect shenanigans during this whole pre-release cycle with the exception of watching official trailers. I caught little glimpses of drama and discourse of varying relevance pop up on Tumblr, but I largely ignored the community, didn't get invested in any speculation, and really had very minimal and basic expectations for the game. Unlike with Dragon Age, in which fandom contributed greatly to my frustrations with Inquisition, fandom has had little to no influence in how I feel about MEA's upcoming release. My response is almost entirely a reaction to EA and/or BioWare's bullshit, exclusionary marketing after being all cute and playful with eager, enthusiastic LGBTQ and female fans on social media and even explicitly being aware of the importance of appealing to a diverse consumer base.

    The news of one more "alternate" Sara trailer came one trailer and about 24 hours too late. God, they couldn't have even shown Scott with one of the gay romances for the second trailer? Even if that wouldn't appeal to me directly as someone who doesn't play male characters, I would still have a lot of respect for that decision. I would at least feel good about supporting a company that recognizes their LGBTQ fans on an official level.

    And let's be real: I (can) fit into what has to be the easiest demographic to market to outside of the dude bros they've decided to continue their exclusive courtship with: I'm a white woman with disposable income who, although is bisexual and would prefer to see f/f relationships get the spotlight, would be personally content with a glimpse of a f/m relationship that puts f!Ryder front and center. I don't even have any ill will towards BioWare for their ending of ME3, as a lot of people do, nor do I bear them any mistrust over DA2, another common complaint. I love my Shepard, but I'm not so attached that I don't welcome the opportunity to create a new protagonist in that universe. I even paid full price and pre-ordered DAI and all its DLC.

    In other words, I should have been a fucking shoe-in for them. And yet this publicity campaign from day one (when they released that ridiculous concept art that has f!Ryder contorting her hip so her ass is more pronounced) has left me feeling distinctly like, once again, this series is a power fantasy for straight, white men and anyone else is an afterthought.

    How do you fuck that up so badly? I wanted to buy their game (and probably associated merch). I was close to giving them $70 for the digital deluxe version. I wanted to be excited. I was looking forward to making another OC and exploring new worlds and getting to know the new squad. But I'm not rewarding this shit anymore. I'm done just trusting BioWare to do the right thing if I'm not getting any evidence that they actually are.

    One fandom opinion I am already tired of is "Well, we can't blame BioWare. Marketing is EA's fault!" Uhhh, maybe. Sorta. I don't have all the deets on who handles what directly; I would wager that advertising is more of EA's turf, but Flynn has had a big role in this, too, and he's BioWare. (Although credit where due: he has been very polite and receptive to criticism on Twitter.) I don't think it's all one or the other.

    But whatever. Ultimately, aside from targeting criticisms and complaints to the most effective channel, I don't give a damn what company or team is responsible for what: the marketing team is still asking me to trust the developing team that this is a game I will enjoy while seeing very little advertising that appeals to me. And this team doesn't have the best track record of being socially conscientious when it comes to a lot of issues that are important to me in media.

    I have no doubt that Andromeda will be a commercial success, quite possibly even another GOTY contender, so I'm sure there will be game+DLC bundles within the next year or so. It'll be hard to avoid spoilers, but I'll wait until then.

    In the meantime, however, all the nervous energy did unexpectedly spur me on to return to ME3. I'm currently playing Aria's DLC in which Shepard helps her reclaim Omega from Cerberus--I really cannot express my love for Aria enough. Bona fide, unapologetic bad ass. I adore her and I am thoroughly enjoying kicking ass at her side.

    This DLC also introduces Nyreen Kandros, who is the first female Turian to ever appear in a Mass Effect game after they resolved their "How do we woman a Turian? Make boobs? Give lipstick?" issues. She's voiced by Sumalee Montano (American Inquisitor VA) and I am absolutely delighted by her presence, too. Although I did notice that she is apparently wearing eyeliner.

    I guess in lieu of tiddies, a nice cat-eye reassures the player that she's a lady. MUCH WOMANLY. SO FEMININITY.
    fereldanwench: (Misc - Aliens II)
    2017-03-09 07:34 am

    Priority: Alien Banging?

    I had initially planned on getting Andromeda on its release, but I think I might actually hold off for a while.

    My PC surpasses the minimum requirements, but just barely--I had anticipated it'd be around this time that I'd have to do some upgrades if I want to keep pushing for peak performances. My video card is still decent, and if I upgrade my motherboard, BF has an extra card of the same model which means I can get some SLI action going on. I also want to go ahead and upgrade from an i5 to an i7 processor. Skimming NewEgg, it looks like I should plan on somewhere between $400-$600. Frankly, I think I'd rather save the $60 on MEA and put it towards that.

    Although I've had a bit of a nostalgic urge to play ME1 one again (it was around this time in 2013 when I first played it), I'm not really feeling that much hype for MEA, to be honest. Plus I still need to finish ME3.

    I'm still not totally sure how to handle the alleged leaked info re: Liam and his sexuality. It could be bad or incomplete info, but with BW's history (especially looking at how Cassandra handles turning down a female Inquisitor), I'm inclined to err on the side of critical. I don't know what the compulsion is behind giving a gender-locked LI that specific rejection. Maybe they thought it would be a kinder letdown, in the vein of a "it's not you, it's me" explanation? Obviously didn't think that one through.

    I might cave after seeing other people get hyped about it--I didn't have plans on paying full price for Fallout 4 and did anyway--But as of right now... I think it's a soft pass.
    fereldanwench: (Hailey Shepard - Like a boss)
    2016-03-22 08:46 am

    Onwards to ME3

    Slight cross post from Tumblr, but it's easier to chat over here so. Yeah. Potential spoilers for Mass Effect 2's ending and DLC.

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    And the early ME3 stuff:
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    fereldanwench: (Default)
    2015-10-16 11:41 am

    Mass Effect 2

    Firs things first, I like my Shepard a lot, y'all.

    Hailey Shepard )

    Renegade scarring is amazing. HER EYES ARE GLOWING. It's been a great incentive for me to choose "mean" options and whatnot because it looks amazing and I am weak for cool ass scars. I do like, though, how the intimidate/renegade options aren't necessarily "bad." Using it to negotiate with Erinya was actually pretty sympathetic, but just in a no bullshit kind of way.

    I am having so much fun with it--Waaaay more than when I first picked it up. ME2 was one of the first games I bought when BF and I were able to afford a PS3, and that had been one of the first games I had played in a while--I'm not a "good" gamer now, but after a dry spell (vidya games aren't exactly a priority when you can't even afford to keep electricity on), ME2 even on easy/casual was hard for me. I'm advancing pretty comfortably on the normal difficulty right now. I've only died a couple of times, and I haven't died in the same spot more than once.

    I remember the fucking Harbinger destroying me the first time I played, but I got his creepy ass back this time.

    Also, the sniper rifle is my jam. HEADSHOTS BABY.

    I had some extra BioWare points from getting the Dragon Age II DLC, so I decided to load up on ME2 DLC as well. Of the DLC, I've only done Kasumi's mission so far, which I've played before, but I got a couple other story-based ones to check out. I also very much appreciate the options to put Miranda and Jack in more appropriate clothing. I think I might have had one for Samara, too, but I just started her recruitment mission.

    I might be trading in Shenko for Shakarian. Garrus' "You don't make me uncomfortable. Nervous, maybe, but never uncomfortable" line kind of destroyed me last night (which reminds me that I have some gif'ing to do later this evening.) We'll see what happens in ME3, but I think they're a better match than her and Kaidan. I have heard that some of his writing is pretty atrocious in ME3, too--Apparently he'll forgive Shepard for "cheating" on him, but like. He made it pretty clear on Horizon that they were done so... We ain't playing that game, Alenko.

    (I believe, too, that if it was a male Shepard with Ashley that he "forgives" her instead, regardless of what he does in ME2, which is a gigantic pile of bulllllllshit. I have a feeling I'm going to get angry again when I get to ME3.)

    I could actually see myself playing a few more Shepards just starting with ME2--I've got that Genesis comic add-on so I can produce a ME1 worldstate without going through the tedium of playing it again.

    Oh, and for anyone who wants to use a controller on the PC, I found that this mod worked the best. There's one on the Nexus too, but it doesn't properly replicate the combat wheels, which is frustrating.
    fereldanwench: (Default)
    2015-10-05 11:12 am

    More Mass Effect. Massive Effect. Idk. That was dumb.

    I definitely could have finished ME1 yesterday.

    I could have. Instead I got all completionist-obsessive (and Steam doesn't even track achievements /sobs I wish I could transfer my PS3 trophies over) and decided I needed to travel to every system and cluster and planet and abandoned ship in the galaxy. OH! And I finally got all 21 keepers. The first time I played I gave up at 20 and went to kick Saren's ass, but I did it. Such accomplishment.

    The game has gotten a little glitchy on me. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the mods--They've been running smoothly for the first 25 or so hours. Game just crashed out of nowhere twice, and I've had Shepard get stuck in a few places. Making her draw her weapon got her out of one spot; the other was a deal-breaker and meant I needed to reload. Fortunately, I save like every 15 minutes. Every 5 now.

    It really made me wish I could switch to other party members à la DA--That saved me a few times in all 3 games.

    There's been a fair amount that I forgot since the first time I played. Like Feros and the Thorian--Once I got there again, it all came back to me, but prior to that I was staring at my journal log with no recollection of what happened there. And then when I got there, it was "Ooh, this is the place with that fucking sky bridge."

    I remember really enjoying ME1 when I played it the first time, and I still am now or I'd call it quits, but replay value seems to be low. Doing a lot of the missions a second time just feels like an obligation rather than something I really want to do. I think what's really driving me is:

    1. Playing more renegade than paragon
    2. Wanting to talk to my crew
    3. Wanting to play ME2/play all 3 games with a single Shepard (this is really the big one--I like this Shepard a lot, too)
    4. Being obsessive about checking off tasks on lists (it's what drives me, man)

    I'd like to have it done by Thursday--This is one of my short weeks, and some ME2 + alone time (starting to get very PMSy--sorry, everyone) on Friday sounds really good.
    fereldanwench: (Default)
    2015-09-28 11:57 am

    Mass Effect Redux

    So I definitely hit a little Dragon Age burnout after finishing Trespasser. Seriously--I've clocked about 600 hours in Inquisition since it's release, and probably another 40 between DAO and DA2 since the beginning of this year (not counting the 800 or so in each prior to this year). I love DA to death, but as far as gameplay and mechanics go, I needed something new.

    I did break out Tomb Raider 2013. I forgot how fun that game is. And beautiful, especially maxed out on PC. I'm about to hit a part I don't like, though, and I keep just getting really pissed off about ROTTR, so I decided to set that aside for now, too.

    I have a few new games to finish or at least start. I still haven't finished Transistor, TWD or the recent Lara Croft title (Temple of Osiris, IIRC), and I finally downloaded Life is Strange but I'm not really in the mood for anything new. I'm also starting to hit a point where I'm just not interested if I can't play a female character, but I'm significantly less interested if I can't create my own female character.

    So I gave into the latent urge I had been having to give ME another shot.

    First things first, mods:
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    General blah-blahing. JIC--I do mention major endgame spoilers for ME3:
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