A new report has suggested that, following the less-than-stellar response to Mass Effect: Andromeda from fans and critics alike, BioWare Montreal is being “scaled down” and that staff from the satellite studio are being moved onto different projects within the company. Worse, the same report indicates that the beloved science fiction franchise is being put on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Continue reading New report suggests Mass Effect franchise on hiatus, Bioware Montreal undergoing restructure
In this modern age we live in, there’s no doubt in my mind that games today are as good as they have ever been. This is not to suggest that the importance of games that came before are diminished, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for instance is and will remain a classic, but rather a way to analyse the situation here. Graphics are better than they’ve ever been, accompanied by larger and more detailed open worlds, more complicated design, and overall higher production value, with games costing more than they ever have to produce. With all of these facets coming into play in almost every AAA release, a new trend has emerged among players. There is a willingness to rush to anger should a game fail, in a real or imaged way, to hit these development milestones. This piece will explore the question of whether the gamers of today simply expect too much from these experiences. Continue reading Are modern gamers expecting too much from their favourite developers?
Mass Effect has been a series on my personal review Bucket List for quite some time. I wasn’t yet working as a journalist and critic when Mass Effect 3 was released in 2012 and so Bioware’s big post-Shepard return to the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was in my sights. Having finally crossed this particular item off my bucket list, I wish I had nicer things to say about it. I have some nice things to say about it, just not as many as I would like. Mass Effect: Andromeda is uneven in some respects, downright disappointing in others and a real triumph in others still. After a five year wait, it’s hard to admit that it’s merely good, not great. But that’s okay, and I want to talk about why it’s okay. Continue reading Video Games Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, 2016) isn’t great, it’s just good and that’s okay
Growing up playing video games, there was never any need to pay more after an initial purchase. You’d walk down to your local Toys”R”Us, pick up your brand new copy of Digimon World 3, plonk it in the disc drive of your scratched up PlayStation and you’d be off. If there was an issue with the game, bad luck – there was no 20GB day one patch to fix the problem, you just dealt with it, and once the game was done, the adventure was over. There was no DLC to continue the story, no new characters to be added at a later date, and certainly no micro-transactions for palette swapped costumes. The days of secrets and unlockables in video games seems to have passed, replaced by a system of easily found extras – you just have to be willing to pay for it first. But are microtransactions really all that bad? Continue reading Microtransactions: What Are They Good For?
Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be one hell of a game. From the moment I was introduced to the space-bound crew of the Ark Hyperion, hurtling as we were to realms unknown, I knew I was in this for the long haul. I will admit to having little prior experience with the Mass Effect franchise, but the strong opening had me hooked from the start. As a member of the Ark crew, you find yourself cryogenically frozen, and travelling towards a distant planet 600 years away in the hopes of finding habitable land upon which to build your new colony. You, and those you journey with, have a one-way ticket, and there’s no turning back. Of course, once you awaken, everything goes wrong, and it’s here that Scott or Sara Ryder’s true mission starts. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Space Politics and Alien Sex Make A Grand Return In Mass Effect: Andromeda
Bioware general manager Aaryn Flynn took the stage during Nvidia’s press conference during CES 2017 today to debut the latest look at the hotly anticipated sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect: Andromeda. You can check out the new trailer, running on Nvidia’s very latest GTX graphics hardware, after the jump. Continue reading Here’s the new Mass Effect: Andromeda teaser direct from CES 2017
Ahead of their appearance at Nvidia’s keynote address at CES 2017 today, Bioware and Electronic Arts have unveiled the official release date for their upcoming sci-fi RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda. Continue reading Mass Effect: Andromeda finally confirms March launch date
The wait for footage from Bioware’s space-faring role-player Mass Effect Andromeda has been an excruciatingly long one, but it seems the gates are slowly beginning to open. The latest gameplay trailer debuted during The Game Awards last night and takes us on a guided tour of some the galaxy’s most hostile planets. Continue reading New Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay trailer demo’s the fight for a new home
Following yesterday’s announcement of a new Mass Effect Andromeda trailer, EA and Bioware have delivered on their promise. The new cinematic trailer times in with a number of other Mass Effect related announcements for N7 Day. You can check out the trailer in full below the jump. Continue reading “You’re the new Pathfinder.” Mass Effect Andromeda‘s new trailer is here!
Happy N7 Day, Australian Mass Effect fans! With November 7 deemed the annual Mass Effect date of note, it makes sense that EA marketing would want to make the most of it and give the long-suffering, information-starved community a little something-something. Good news: the official Mass Effect Twitter account has confirmed a new Mass Effect Andromeda trailer is imminent. Continue reading Hold onto your butts: Bioware is going to drop a new Mass Effect Andromeda trailer in the next 24 hours