Mass Effect 3 et al.

I’ve already posted what I think about how BioWare and EA are handling the Mass Effect 3 launch.  The cherry on the sundae is IGN though.  I mean really.

The entire review screams “I bought this review”.  I really couldn’t care less how good the game is when the entire screen is plastered with ads for the game being reviewed.  We’re at a point in the industry where the big guys throw money at the wall and hope something sticks and the small guys take a brilliant idea and perfect it.  2011 was an amazing year for gamers, specifically the fall period.  This year though, other than ME3, what is there to look forward for on consoles?  Assassin’s Creed 3 and maybe Bioshock Infinite? PC players will get Diablo 3 (maybe) and a dozen other smaller games.

It’s an interesting time to be a gamer – even more so for a console gamer.  It just seems like if you’re not an FPS player, there just isn’t a really good reason to own a console anymore.  PCs (and laptops in particular) are just making such a strong push with their distribution models and plain ol’ variety that my boxes are collecting dust in the basement.

Anyways, here’s hoping BW can hit one out of the park this time.  DA2 and SWTOR were such huge disappointments that this is really the last kick at the can I can give them without future blind purchases.  Right now, Naughty Dog, Rocksteady and Blizzard are the only other ones sharing that list.

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