Mass Effect 2 Thoughts – Better late than never

October 11, 2010

I can think of no other game that has pulled me into the experience as much as Mass Effect 2.  From the opening cinematic to the closing minutes it never let me go, never got boring and had me asking for more.  The improvements from the original were astounding.  I loved the original and considered it one of the best stories I had ever played next to the first Knights of the Old Republic.  After playing the fist I had my doubts that they could adequately follow it up but only hours into the second I knew they had done so and so much more.  Bioware has never ceased to amaze me with their storytelling.  Though the mechanics may not always be there the stories that they weave together are an amazing tapestry of grey instead of the standard black and white upping the ante by making you live with every decision you make.  Mass Effect 2 is hands down a must play for any gamer.  To miss this experience is to miss out on a piece of gaming history.  I would however strongly suggest that you play the first before starting the second.  A story is never complete without its beginning and you won’t want to come back to it after you’ve had a taste of the masterpiece that is Mass Effect 2.

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Why Blu-ray may kill the 360

May 4, 2010

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.