I’ve played ME3 some more, so I thought I’d add some more to this review. If you’ve already read what I have so far, just skip to the bottom and you’ll see what I’ve added.
Mass Effect 3 is finally here!!! I really do hope that everyone is going out and buying this game because it is SO incredible. I’ve only played it for a day now, but I’m definitely hooked already. If you’re still curious about what the whole game is about, I’ll give a quick synopsis. The main character in Mass Effect is Commander Shepard. You can choose to make Shepard a male or female, and fully customize his/her appearance. Without going too deep into the past games, Shepard is basically a hero who has saved the universe several times from oncoming threats (the typical kind of hero story one would find in any sort of video game of this magnitude). In the third game, Shepard must save everyone from the biggest threat they have ever seen: the reapers. The reapers are an incredibly powerful race of beings, whose powers cannot be matched by any other living creature (as far as we know). They are not simply biological creatures, but rather something greater. As discovered in Mass Effect 2, (*SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t played the other games!!!) these reapers come about every 50,000 years and wipe out all living organisms. They kill all powerful civilizations and then have all of the others start from scratch (This whole concept vaguely reminded me of the end of The Matrix, where Neo finds out that there are many cycles of life, and he is just one of many. He then goes on to try and change his fate, just like Shepard does). However, humanity has never known about any of this until Commander Shepard found traces of a previous civilization, known as the Protheans. He now uses their knowledge in an attempt to discover a way to defeat the reapers, instead of having humanity die once again.
UPDATE: I’ve played the game a little more now, so I’ve edited this review a little bit and added some more information at the end.
I’ve been playing KOAR (Let’s just go with KOAR, since the name is so big), and I’ve been having a pretty good time. It isn’t the greatest game I’ve played, but it’s definitely not the worst either. If you want to know the whole background and story of the game, I’m not going to be covering it here (Mostly because, in my opinion, it’s not that great. At least not yet. I’m still getting into it). From the beginning, it felt as though the game was lacking in something. Yes, the game has you customize your character at the beginning, but it doesn’t feel right. There are preset options for everything, so it doesn’t have full customization, but I didn’t really mind that too much. Little things, however, started to bug me. Continue reading
I finally got around to playing Bioshock 2 the other day, and I was kind of disappointed. It just didn’t have the same eeriness that the first one did. I guess it could be because of the fact that in this one, you play as a big daddy, and so you don’t have that same vulnerable feeling when you’re in a giant metal suit. I just never felt like I was fully immersed in the story, like I was with the first one. I felt as if this one was too “go here, shoot this. Then go here and shoot this,” whereas the first was more of a “go here, but take your time, enjoy yourself, and walk through the city to get there” kind of gameplay. I remember catching myself multiple times just admiring the environment in the first game. I rarely did that in this one. I did however, still appreciate the story. It was very compelling and I think being a big daddy within the game threw a huge twist in the story, but I just didn’t feel the same about it. I just can’t wrap my head around what the problem was. I also tried the online mode, and it was pretty fun, but it didn’t have much instruction, so I had to learn as I went, which was a little annoying. Don’t think that this review is mostly negative though. It still had great qualities. The graphics were nice, the story was great, and it even had a few little RPG elements in it, where your choices affected the game’s ending sequence. I just didn’t get involved in it as I wished I could have. However, even through all of the negative aspects in the game, I would still recommend this game to others. It’s a pretty quick play through, and you can pick it up for around 11 dollars at GameStop (or probably any other retailer for that matter). Can’t do much better than that!
So I played Saints Row: The Third not too long ago, and I have to say, what a fun game! The easiest way to describe the game to someone who has never played Saints Row before (and don’t care about the plot) is that it’s pretty much Grand Theft Auto, but with a LOT more comedy. And by a lot of comedy, I mean that I played half of the game as a giant, muscular, red-skinned bald guy with a strong british accent. I played the other half as a giant green man dressed like The Hulk with a zombie voice. He literally just grunted and moaned the whole time. I can’t explain how crazy the game is. I barely played the other two games, and I still had a blast. Because I didn’t play them, I didn’t understand the story as much as I wanted to, but it really didn’t affect me all that much. I was too distracted at hundreds of other things I could do besides follow the story, and even when I did play the story, it was SO over-the-top that I had a blast playing it anyways. The only thing I’d warn people about is the fact that it’s rated M for a reason. It is NOT a kids game by any means. There are a lot of sexual references throughout the game (I don’t think most kids would catch them, but that’s not the point), and it is pretty violent. All in all, I loved the gameplay and I have very few complaints. The things that were annoying in the game were pretty small and aren’t really worth mentioning. So if you’re looking for a fun, casual, and hilarious time, pick up Saints Row!