I have been looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda before it even had an official name, the second I finished Mass Effect 3, I was ready for the next one. Since the series started, while I loved the trilogy, I wanted something specific from the series, something I knew that if any series could do it, Mass Effect was the one. I wanted a space epic where I was an explorer finding new planets, new civilizations, new races for the very first time. I didn’t want to start as a space military juggernaut, as much as I loved my many Shepards, I wanted to be the guy who found shit!
And now the game will be in my hands in less than a month. But unfortunately because we’re so close, a new challenge has arrived:
An endless supply of spoilers.
My standpoint on this particular game is simple. This is a game where you are discovering things, new planets, new races. Why in god’s name would I ever want to know any information on what these planets look like, how these races look, how these new characters will act?! I don’t want to know what anything looks like, how it’ll act, any of that! Why? BECAUSE THEN I WOULDN’T BE DISCOVERING IT!!!
Now I’d understand this kind of thing if this was the first game of a new IP. But Mass Effect has three games that have proof that the team knows how to do a space epic. So why are so many people wanting to see this? Well it’s a simple case of we’re used to it, so we expect to have a flood of information before the game comes out. And in most cases, I’d be okay with that, I’d absolutely want to know what the next Call of Duty game will have for modes and weapons in multiplayer, I’d want to see the new features in the next EA Sports game. But in the case of Mass Effect: Andromeda, why would I want to know anything beyond the main character? It’s a story-driven game and when the story revolves around discovery, why would anyone want to know anything pertaining to the new things you’ll see. Now if it was an Asari character, or another human, who gives a shit, but if we’re talking a brand new world with a brand new race, I don’t want to know a fucking thing.
If I know anything, my decisions could change drastically heading into the game. My goal for Andromeda is to make this the first game that I do everything without looking at other people’s choices to see what the results were. And yes, this could include losing a party member. Because I didn’t start Mass Effect when it came out, I was exposed to so much that told me what not to do. This time around, if I feel being an asshole is the correct response, that’s what I’ll do and not worry about the consequences.
I’m not mad at anyone specifically for this, I’m just annoyed of how fast my reflexes have to kick in to avoid reading any material that tells me anything pertinent towards the game, or seeing any pictures that might show off something new. I’ve come across some pictures, but didn’t catch enough to burn it into my memory.
But seriously, folks…it’s a story-driven game about discovering new things. Why are we revealing so much?!