With Mass Effect out of the way I’ve been trying to find smaller games in the backlog to play. I’m not sure if other gamers feel the same way, but after spending a prolonged amount of time on a single game the last thing I want is to jump in to another. I played Mass Effect exclusively for over a month, so now I feel the need to play catchup on the backlog. There are other games on the stack that I really want to play, but I know once I start I’ll be in their world for a month or more. Witcher 3 (Witcher 1 and 2 also), Skyrim, and Dragon Age Inquisition are some of the top contenders on the pile calling me, but I just don’t have the fortitude right now. Thankfully, or perhaps unfortunately, there are many other games to choose from. So, what have I been playing this month?
It’s been quite a while, but then it takes quite a while for a message to travel all the way back from Andromeda. After years of waiting, Mass Effect: Andromeda finally saw release on March 21st and that’s where I’ve been since. That and doing life chores. I’ve reached the end of that journey for now and I must say it was highly satisfying. I’m not sure if it’s just the sentiment that gets the most attention, if it’s the popular thing to do these days, or if I’m genuinely in the minority but most of the chatter I had seen about Mass Effect was negative. Twice this year I’ve had this feeling with newer games (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and now ME: Andromeda) where I’ve really enjoyed the game but the vocal gaming community seems to be on the complete other end of the spectrum.