I know I’ve already talked about Mass Effect 3 a lot, but I can’t help mentioning BioWare’s latest news stunt. BioWare announced last week that they are going to be launching several copies of Mass Effect 3 into space. Yes, you heard right. Space. The final frontier, and all that. They will be sending them off on weather balloons, and then we will be able to track the games via GPS tracking on their website, with the hopes of recovering them when they land back on Earth. Not only will several lucky individuals get a free copy, but the games are predicted to land a week before the official launch. I was hoping there would be one soaring over San Diego, but unfortunately, they say that the games are going to be over New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London, and Paris. This is by far the craziest stunt by a game developer I’ve ever heard of, and I have a suspicion that once recovered, these games are going to go for quite a large sum on eBay. So if you live in one of those areas, watch your head! You just might be the recipient of the first video game from space!
There’s a brand new demo out on Xbox Live, and I’m sure a lot of people are going to be talking about it. The third installment of the Mass Effect series is coming out soon, and to prep everyone for it, they have released a demo. I’d like to tell you what the demo includes besides the fact that it’s a third-person, open-world RPG, but I’m actually not sure if I’m going to play it. Usually I love a good demo, but I can’t quite get myself to download this one. I love Mass Effect, so you’d think I would want to play it, but the opposite has occurred. I don’t want anything spoiling the story for me before I get the whole game, and even if it doesn’t spoil anything, it’ll only tease me into wanting the full game even more! I have the same opinion towards large previews in gaming magazines (or spoiled news on the internet) regarding games that I’m really looking forward to. I just can’t have anyone spoil huge sections of the game for me. I guess if someone is curious about picking up ME3 without playing the first two, then the demo (and previews) would make sense, but usually one would think that they would want to play the first two before they wanted to play the third, because they’re not going to know what the story is about. Also, in Mass Effect, a lot of the things you do in the first two games actually carry over into the third through your saved games, so starting on the third game won’t have the same impact as playing the whole series. So if anyone plays it, feel free to express your opinion about it in the comment section. If you haven’t played any of the Mass Effect games, I would definitely recommend picking up the first and second game (they’re probably incredibly cheap now), or if you don’t want to play them, go ahead and try the demo! It’ll still give you a pretty good idea about whether or not you’ll like the full game.
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!