If you are a fan of the Mass Effect series you need to take a look at the Dark Horse comic series Mass Effect Redemption. The story takes place between one and two and chronicles the story of Liara T’Soni as she attempts to recover Shepard’s body from a deal taking place between the Collectors and the Shadow Broker. It is a great story and provides some interesting context to where you pick up at the start of Mass Effect 2. Copies of the comics are pretty much impossible to find but lucky for the rest of us Dark Horse has made them available on iTunes for the iPhone. Reading the comics on the iPhone is really cool and comes at the very reasonable price of .99 cents per issue. Check out the link below.
If you are a fan of podcasts and all things gaming you are missing out if you aren’t listening to the guys at Joystiq. The group is composed of Joystiq staff members Chris Grant, Ludwig Kietzmann and Justin McElroy. The guys have a great chemistry and it is a very fun and interesting show. It is overall PG but every once and while Justin gets riled up over an issue pushing it into the PG-13 range. To get started with the podcast listen to Episode Zero to get caught up with the history of the show. The Joystiq website is also one of the best gaming sites out there. Check out the links below.
For those of you looking to grab Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Halo Reach on release day Amazon is offering some great deals. If you pre-order either title they will deposit a $20 dollar game credit to your account for a future purchase. This isn’t bad at all coupled with free shipping and no tax. Take a look at the links below.
I have to say that hands down the Xbox 360 has been the best console of this generation. It by far has had more compelling first party experiences and overall multi-platform games have fared much better on the 360 than the PS3. That being said as we head into 2010 the 360 is beginning to show its age next to the power house PS3. Games like Uncharted 2 have shown what the PS3 is capable of and titles like Dragon Age looked better on the Ps3 due to the uncompressed graphics made possible by the Blu-ray disk capacity. Another indicator on the age of the 360 are titles such as Mass Effect 2 and Final Fantasy XIII both of which have release on multiple disks due to the space constraints of the DVD format. These are early indicators, but the PS3 is positioned much better for a longer life-cycle than that of the 360. I still say the 360 has the better library but that can only carry you so far. One has to think, that with its limited disk capacity coupled with a lack of processing power compared to the Ps3, that Microsoft has to be well into the planning stages for the next console release. Let’s just all pray that the next one doesn’t have the failure rate of its big brother.
If there’s one game I’m looking forward to playing this summer it has to be 3D Dot Game Heroes from the guys at From Software. I often romanticized the days of playing the first Zelda game. At the time it was the best thing I had ever played. We poured hours into each dungeon and loved every minute of it. About a year ago I tried playing the original Zelda game on the Wii Virtual Console and just couldn’t do it. It had aged too much for my taste and just wasn’t as engaging as I remembered it (A little like going back and watching old episodes of the A-Team). Looking at 3D Dot Game Heroes it has everything that the old 8bit adventure games had with an amazing visual presentation and updated game play. I hope it recreates the same magic that the original Zelda did so long ago and pulls a new generation back into a semi 8bit world. Take a look at the link below. Hopefully it will excite you as much as it has me. At at $39.99 relase price point I would say it is well worth a try.
Not too long ago you could purchase a game on release day and feel fairly confident that you were getting the same deal everyone else would for a considerable amount of time. Lately I’ve noticed an increasing trend of games dropping significantly in price within a few months after the release date. One case in particular was Dragon Age: Origins. Within two months of the release date the price had fallen from $59.99 to $34.99 which is a considerable drop for such a short amount of time. This trend has caused me to re-think how and when I purchase games. If this trend continues I will seriously reconsider a release day purchase unless it is a compelling game like Mass Effect 2. For an experience like that I will be more than happy to pay the premium.