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For what it's worth, I've had a rather ambivalent time with games as of late. I spent the week before last playing the two Dead Space games for the PC (first one: fun; second one: superfluous and confusing), and over the weekend I got through The Darkness II, or as I am coming to think of it, The Mopey Adventures of Numbnuts the Emo Mobster, with Special Guest Appearance from Mike Patton, Whom We're Barely Going To Use Even Though His Demon Voice Is The Only Reason You Bought This Stupid Game. A little long-winded, but a more honest title, I think.
I also reread Last and First Men, which I think may be the polar opposite of Mass Effect in every single way. (Well, Star Maker is probably a better fit in that analogy, but you all know what I'm saying.)
(At least they're managed to shelve Octavia Butler in "Blackspace" AND in SFF, where she actually goes. Two different books though.)
1. Mark Strong (!)
2. Screenplay co-written by Michael Chabon (!!).
But I would gladly fondle a million balls if it means my Shepard survives the war.
I have been assured that you can get the best ending without multiplayer if you just do a lot of collecting of war assets, which as I understand it is this game's equivalent of the planet-mining from last time.
I'm not *wholly* convinced that constitutes an improvement.
I am arse-deep in Amalur right now but when I am out I will probably give ME3 a go... once the face bug is sorted. :)
i hope this time i'll have the option to get seth green killed.
Yes, definitely playing a female renegade Shepard (despite beak-issues) is enjoyable for the sheer level of bolshy arseholery that she partakes in. Also seeing her dance like 'generic awkward male' is particularly satisfying.