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A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the Mass Effect series. I observed the way the games had transformed into a commercial juggernaut by this third installment, and how there may have been sacrifices made along the way in order to bring new fans to the series. Thus, I wondered if Mass Effect 3 would be able to hit the sweet spot between hardcore and commercial in a way that wouldn’t alienate any of the fans that they picked up along the way. Before I get too into my review, let me once again give you a little info about myself. I’ve been a fan of this series since I was about 10 minutes into the first game and saw Saren betray the shit out of Nihlus. I would have had a hard time disliking ME3 based off of the simple fact that I am absolutely in love with the universe and the lore behind the games. However, this is my first review and I will make it a fair one. That said, Mass Effect 3 deserves your money. Yesterday.
I’ve always been one of those whose thought tablets are pointless pieces of shit.
They haven’t been that much more powerful than the top mobile phones, so besides the bigger screen I haven’t really seen any major advantages. My claims aren’t entirely unfounded; I’ve had some firsthand experiences with both the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10’1.
Frankly the iPad left me unimpressed, and basically confirmed my suspicions that it was a glorified iPhone. The Galaxy Tab gave a somewhat better impression, but was akin to an out of proportion Galaxy S2. Needless to say, neither device won me over.
Something was lacking, to me tablets just seemed like oversized smartphones .. minus the phone part.
The new Transformer Prime did catch my eye though. The powerful hardware, super IPS+ display, keyboard and around 18 hours of battery life simply put it a step above the competition. I wanted to get my hands on the device that, in previews, was basically touted as a cheap tablet PC.
Zombies, Mutated Creatures, animals, monsters, terrorists, Russian terrorists. We’ve shot them all, but what about Robots? The last title of note to focus on the massacring of robots wasVanquish, which coincidentally was also published by SEGA, the same company bringing us Binary Domain.
Developed by SEGA’s Internal Yakuza studio, Binary Domain is a huge departure for the company. Trading in distinctly japanese beat ‘em mechanics and an open world filled with a nonessential activities for a linear romp focused on guns ‘n robots is no easy feat, and this proves to be the studio’s most ambitious project yet.
Escape plan was my most anticipated game for Vita. It had all of the perfect elements on paper: gorgeous black and white graphics; mind-bending puzzles; innovative controls that could not be done on any other platform, due to the rear touch pad. I truly thought this title was going to be for the Vita, what Pushmo was for the 3DS. Then I played it. As the game progressed, I found myself looking for an actual escape plan to avoid this title.
I went into this game with little expectations. I had read a lot of mixed reviews and wasn’t exactly blown away by the trailer either. The graphics looked nice, but I had a feeling this was going to be a poorly written, 4 hour experience, providing nothing more than a tech demo. I’m proud to say I WAS WRONG! This is truly like having a Playstation 3 Uncharted in the palm of your hands.