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TMTW: July 1st, 2017

Welcome to TMTW, aka “Too Much To Write”, the one in a blue moon article when there’s too many things I want to write about and don’t want to separate them into separate articles over a set of days, because it’ll take too damn long! This won’t be a very frequent event, it’ll more often than not happen because I’m away for a bit and miss a bunch of news, or if there’s a bunch of stories that I don’t want to spend 1000 words on writing, because I’d be BS’ing through all of it.

So let’s not waste anymore time and get to three stories I’m a bit behind on:

SNES Classic? That’ll Shut ’em Up!

So the SNES Classic is a thing, Nintendo finally announced it. I’m so shocked. It’ll be much like the NES Classic and will come with 21 games pre-loaded onto it:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!! 
  • Yoshi’s Island

Now don’t get me wrong, the list is fantastic, you’re not going to get much better than that (without including Chrono Trigger, how the fucking hell is Chrono Trigger not on this?!) but there’s a bigger issue I take with it.

I said countless times when the NES Classic got discontinued that if the fans truly were upset, don’t get sucked into the inevitable SNES Classic reveal and completely forget about the prior negative event. And what has happened now? NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT HOW IDIOTIC NINTENDO WAS FOR CANCELLING THE NES CLASSIC!!!

We’re back to “OH MY GOD, I LOVE YOU, NINTENDO!!!” fanboyism, proving once again that if there is any company that could kill children in front of all us and we’d still forgive them, it’s Nintendo. I said back in April over Twitter that if you truly were upset at Nintendo for the NES Classic being taken away from you, then act by not buying the SNES Classic when it would get revealed. Instead, all these people who claimed to be upset about one machine no longer existing, they’re okay now that a different machine is out. It’s hypocritical action at its finest.

Now don’t get me wrong, the SNES Classic is a far better collection than the NES Classic ever could hope to be, I’d argue that the SNES is the greatest video game console ever. But all this reveal has done for me, is remind me of the fact that we as humans are way too easily swayed and forget moments of anger way too quickly.

It’s been two months and you’ve forgotten about the downright insulting way Nintendo treated its customer base. Congratulations!

Fire Emblem Heroes Actually Brought Swimsuits to North America!

…It’s a shame it’s characters I don’t care about though.

“Ylissean Summer” contains four characters from the Awakening universe, that being Robin (female ver.), Tiki, Gaius and Frederick. Gaius makes sense, he was in the Summer of Bonds DLC on the original game, but I have to ask Nintendo…REALLY? ROBIN AND FREDERICK?!!! Where’s Tharja?! Chrom?! What the fuck, man?!

I’ve actually made the decision to still hang onto the orbs I’ve stockpiled and hope this isn’t the only set of swimsuit characters. I would imagine there’s more, since there’s more than just the Awakening universe. Who wouldn’t want Lyn or Serra in a bikini?

But seriously Nintendo, how dare you put in Robin and not Tharja. I am offended!

A Shitty Game Gets Zero Shitty DLC

Last but not least, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Oh how far you’ve fallen my former favourite game series.

I’ve still yet to actually play through Andromeda, I got as far as starting to help out the new race of allies you gain early on and after that I grew bored with it, plus Persona 5 came out. But I was shocked to hear the recent news that the game is getting zero single-player DLC. That truly tells you just how bad Andromeda got received and continues to piss me off that the terribly run team is the reason my favourite series is now being put on the shelf for a while, perhaps permanently.

But then again, if this is the future of the series, then fine, get rid of it. I don’t want to be disappointed again.


That’s all I’ve got, thanks for checking out this quick response to a few news stories I didn’t have a crazy long opinion on, but wanting to get my thoughts out on. Don’t forget to comment below on what you think of these stories. Keep the conversation going!

I Have Little Desire To Play Mass Effect: Andromeda

If I were to estimate, I’ve maybe put in between 10 and 20 hours into the new Mass Effect game that was released now a week and a half ago. I’ve been waiting for this game a long time and I was super excited to finally get my hands on this game. And yet after a week and a half, I feel that play time should be at least double what it is and now I’m struggling to get myself to turn the game on and go through some more of the campaign.

My intention was to have this as a “First Impressions” article after my current run through the game. My thought process was that by this point I’d have clocked in about 30 hours of gameplay, would’ve gotten a good chunk of the storyline done and have some pretty solid thoughts about the game that could’ve been real helpful for those on the outside who want to know a lot more of what they’re getting into. Now this might still be the case, but not in the form I was hoping for.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

 

 

 

I’m just going to come out and say it. I am absolutely pissed off to no end that I’ve just landed on the third major planet in the game (not counting the tutorial planet) and I’ve already got my full squad…AND ONLY ONE OF THEM IS A NEW RACE!!! Sorry to spoil that for anyone, but you were warned. Yes, I’m nowhere near the midpoint of the game (I hope!) and my squad is already complete. Six people, two humans, a Turian, an Asari, a Krogan and an Angara, the new race of the series. I say new race, because I’m convinced at this point that other than the Kett, who act as the villains in this game, the Angara may just be the only other intelligent life I converse with. And they’re so uninteresting that it’s painful, they’re all almost devoid of emotion.

It really kills me that a game that was advertised as a game of exploration, going through a whole new galaxy, finding new worlds, new races, new everything…is reduced to a game that’s like “Hey…you like Mass Effect, right? Cool.” and that’s it. Upon hearing that the game is being fronted by BioWare Montreal and not BioWare directly and also being fronted by the person who made the call on Mass Effect’s 3 legendary flop of an ending…I start to see what happened. The game itself is still polished, it looked gorgeous, the combat’s still solid, but the core foundation of what made the series what it is, it has been completely shattered by this new team. Yes, I am aware that members of the team who worked on the trilogy are a part of this team, but it’s very clear that a new vision was put forward for this game and it was a poor vision.

Mass Effect: Andromeda was supposed to be a game that I intentionally watched and read absolutely nothing about it, so that I would come to every new thing I see as what it was, completely brand spanking new. I wanted to go into every decision without any bias, I wanted everything to come at me in real time, rather than knowing ahead of time a few things that could help me make a better decision. Instead, I’ve gotten a game that has shown me that I should never do something like this ever again, because had I read more material, perhaps I could’ve found something to keep me off the path of pre-ordering the game. Now granted, I followed my rule of only pre-ordering games with a proven track record, but I’ve avoided games of this level of hype before because I’ve seen something I didn’t like, aka games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Fallout 4, though in the latter, most people still very much enjoyed it.

I wanted a game about exploration, about finding new things and being constantly surprised by something new. Within 10-20 hours, I feel like I’ve played the same game a hundred times. So many mistakes were made already, so instead of going on in paragraph form, here’s a nicely sized list:

  • You’re an explorer. Within the first 5 minutes of being on the first new planet of this new galaxy, you’ve pulled your gun out and fired the trigger. This was a wasted opportunity, you could’ve had a training simulation for the fighting and saved the first battle for a few hours in. They should’ve made that first fired shot in Andromeda mean something.
  • The main hub of the Nexus is very boring and uninspiring, it feels like a poor man’s Citadel. Granted, it’s an outpost and is after a revolt, but come on!
  • Speaking of which, look…I understand a mission like this shouldn’t be easy, but holy fuck the game could’ve waited a couple planets before bringing on the depression and lack of hope. I feel like this might be a large part in why I’m not enjoying the game that much, because the whole part I was to enjoy is being portrayed as depressing and a constant flurry of troubles.
  • The whole “Twin Creation” thing seems so pointless, especially now that I know he/she won’t even be a squad member. It’s a pointless sidestory that as of this point brings zero emotional response from me.
  • Speaking of zero emotional response, other than my initial excitement and following disappointment, since Eos I have been pretty much in “Meh!” mode since. That is a real bad sign and it certainly explains why I’m having a hard time picking the game up and continuing from Voeld after I had finished Havarl.
  • There’s a lot of empty open space in the open world, especially with Eos after the hazard levels are lowered later on. A lot and I mean A LOT of dead, open space.
  • The push of a majority human cast continues to piss me off, because again in proves just how hard it is for us as humans to write a script that isn’t dominated by us. Why did we have to have four different arks for each race? Why not just have four fucking arks with an assortment of everyone?!
  • Which also ticks me off, because a Mass Effect game without a single hanar, drell, elcor, vorcha, volus or batarians just feels so weird to me. Now I understand no geth, because the series technically starts before the first Mass Effect, so that’s fine, but the lack of races beyond the Council races is really perplexing.
  • Oh believe me, I didn’t forget, this just deserves its own note. Ahem! …NO FUCKING QUARIANS?!!! I can have a fucking space monkey (pyjak) on my ship, but you couldn’t be bothered to put a single fucking Quarian in this game! Now I don’t know if any show up towards the end, but come the fuck on! Tali is one of the most popular characters in the series and you don’t even have a single member of her race around?! They’re fucking mechanical masterminds!!! Why’s one not in Gil’s place?!
  • I’m a little put off by the clear push for “diversity” in this game, as it’s extremely obvious the team went out of its way to have every conceivable accent around. Hell, even a Salarian has a middle eastern accent going on. Which by the way, BioWare Montreal, um…why does any Krogan in this game not sound like a fucking badass? They’re all badasses, make them sound as such!
  • The sidequests are mostly fetch quests and none of them have any interest in terms of a sidestory, it’s literally just time filler.
  • Speaking of time filler, why the fuck can’t we skip the flying cutscenes?! I’ve seen the Nexus landing at least 10 times now already.
  • The auto-cover is so bad to me that I’m not using cover now. Seriously, a core mechanic of the original trilogy and I’m barely using it. It’s to the point I’ve lowered the difficulty to Easy, because I can’t get myself to run into an auto-cover position.

So, long story short, uh…unless I can get myself to play it more and it really turns around (and by what I’m reading, it really doesn’t), um…this game is bad. Like really bad. Gameplay-wise, not bad at all, but for a series like Mass Effect, my rating is based on the story and the world and at this current juncture, I’m not happy at all with what I’ve found so far.

So for those who want a number put towards my current point in the game, here it is: 10-20 hours into the game, at best I can give this game a score of 5/10 and it pains me so much to give a BioWare title, let alone a Mass Effect title a score that low. I have basically no interest in the world and the characters, there isn’t a single character I’m way into right now, no one’s pushed into the forefront, they’re all just kinda sitting around, twiddling their thumbs. And most importantly, an exciting game about exploration and discovery feels depressing, pointless and has little in terms of new things to offer.

This is not what I signed up for. Not even close.

Saturday Morning Rant: The Battle of Avoiding Mass Effect Spoilers

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?!

Top 10 Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

2015 was a pretty good year for gaming, a lot of great stuff came out. But who gives a fuck, it’s 2016! So with that, let’s do the Top 10 games I’m looking forward to in 2016!

 

10

When I initially saw the concept of No Man’s Sky, I was blown away. Now those parts of me that were lost have returned and haven’t felt much wind since. Because the game is getting closer and closer to launch and I still have not much of a clue what the game will actually be like in full, I’m becoming more and more skeptical as time goes on. Granted, the game looks fucking gorgeous, the art style is fantastic. But the game itself is still a bit dodgy, considering we don’t know much about it other than you explore and name things. If it’s more than that, awesome, if it’s not much more, that’s worrisome.

09

IT’S SO FUCKING CUTE!!! Seriously though, it’s really freaking cute! I would’ve actually been okay with just this announcement at Sony’s E3 conference, but I guess the Final Fantasy VII remake reveal was pretty good too. I’m not 100% sure what to expect from World of Final Fantasy yet, but at least in terms of its design, it looks like a fun little game to play. I just hope there’s at least some sort of cohesive story to it and not just chibi Lightning still being a bitch in it.

08

Another game I would put so much higher on this list, but over time its value has decreased based on what I’ve seen. Ubisoft alone based on their track record the past couple years is part of it, but the constant pushing back of the game’s release date is also a little worrisome. Though I’m still very excited about the potential this game has to keeping my attention much like Destiny has been doing, just instead as a realistic 3rd-person shooter. Though to be more addictive than Destiny is a feat I’m not sure anything can do to me right now.

07

This is a game that continues to interest me the more I see of it. The idea of being alone in the beautiful, yet slightly unnerving environment is really interesting. The fact you have someone talking with you the whole time counterbalances that alone feeling too, so you’re not stuck experiencing one side of the emotional spectrum. The “story” that we’ve seen so far is very interesting and I cannot wait to play this game when it releases, it sounds and looks like a nice, short experience.

06

My brain still continually tells me this game will likely be okay at best, but I cannot help myself for being as excited as I am for this game to come out. The initial trailer at E3 this year had me hooked, I love the world, I love the concept, I love the battle mechanics and I love the main character. Everything about this game so far spells awesome to me, but only a matter of time will tell. It’s also been very quiet since about this game, so that could be taken as a bit of a bad sign. We’ll just have to wait and see.

05

I’ve liked Fire Emblem games since they started coming out on the GBA in North America, but when Awakening came out on the 3DS, that was it, the series had me hooked. And yes, it was partially because of the more casual mode where permadeath isn’t a thing (I’m really bad at these games, I kinda need it!). Fates is really exciting for me, though I’m still a bit miffed about the two separate copies. But if the games are good enough to be worth the asking price, I’m all for it.

04

I had almost zero intentions of playing the game at first, mainly because ever since Final Fantasy XII, Square has shown me that they’ve forgotten how to make a good Final Fantasy game. But then the demo for XV came out and I shut the hell up, it was fantastic, I love the new battle system, it’s far more intensified now. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the main cast, I really didn’t get a good idea as to what they’re all about. But I did get Cidney (Cindy). And I’m pretty happy about that.

03

So you’re telling me that my favourite series of the past decade in Shin Megami Tensei is getting mixed together with one of my other favourite series of this past decade in Fire Emblem?! Nintendo didn’t ever have to show me any game footage, I already had pre-order plans for this game. And I don’t pre-order shit anymore.

02

Like I just said, my favourite series of the past decade and the Persona games are the reason for it. Persona 3 was fantastic and Persona 4 was fucking phenomenal. By that logic, Persona 5 is going to blow me away. The music already is as great as it has ever been, the art design is beautiful and weird as fuck at the same time, the characters look awesome and interesting and of course the gameplay looks solid, somehow even better than Persona 4. I’m ready, Atlus. Take me.

01

This game is slotted for Q4 of 2016. I don’t believe for a second that date will last, my best case scenario is March of 2017 to be honest. But that won’t stop me from listing this as the easy #1 pick for the game I’m looking forward to the most in 2016. The Mass Effect trilogy was an incredible (albeit a little weak on the ending) journey that introduced me to a ton of characters I’m in love with still to this day, tons of memorable moments and an entire universe I can’t wait to go back to. Here’s hoping when this game is released, it’s everything we ever dreamed of and more.

 

And that’s the list everyone! Hope you enjoyed it. As always if you have a different opinion, don’t hesitate to list your top 10s in the comments below!