Mass Effect 3 in Light of Skyrim

This is a rather nerd-centric post but I’m trying to figure out if I need to get Mass Effect 3. Not need in the sense of a colonoscopy at age 40 but close. As of late Skyrim has turned the video game world upside down. It offers a nearly endless and expansive world set in the times of mages, dragons, murder, and kings. The sheer amount of quests, missions, and guilds you can join is insane. Want to be a thief go for it. Want to murder people for money, sure why not. Want to hunt down dragons and destroy some rebels, you got it.

Mass Effect 3 won’t be like this. It’s a fairly linear game where working on the main quest is essential. Wandering around from planet to planet isn’t rewarding even in the sense of discovery. I loved the hell out of ME2 but I waited a year saved $50 and was fine. Skyrim I am glad to have had so soon.  ME’s multi-player doesn’t seem that fantastic and “better with kinect” isn’t going to sell the game. Essentially it’d be $60 for more of the same as ME1 and ME2 but with cleaned up graphics and streamlined game-play. I played through the ME3 demo and found myself fast-forwarding through the cut-scenes and not too engaged with the action. It was actually kind of boring after playing Skyrim for a zillion hours.

I’m wrapping up some things in Skyrim and will probably put the game down after this week to focus on Batman Arkham Asylum before ME3 comes out. Maybe I’ll give the demo another shot but I just can’t imagine picking up ME3 right away. Batman definitely will eat up the hours and by that time I may want to visit Skyrim again or check-out Fallout for the first time.

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3 responses to “Mass Effect 3 in Light of Skyrim

  1. I did the same thing with ME2 — waited a year and saved a bunch of money — and will likely do the same with ME3.

    God damn, you haven’t played Batman AA yet? I fucking loved that game. I completed it on both PS3 and 360 and never got bored. The Challenges are where the real hard shit is. The story mode is pretty easy, even on ‘Hard’. Someone at the bar just told me that Batman AC is 10x better. We’ll see…

    Also, I played Fallout 3 for eight months. You’ve been warned. Seriously addicting. (R.I.P. Adam Adamowicz)

  2. I don’t know shit about video games, but fact check alert: colonscopy is an age 50 thing. I say that with authority cause I’m in my early 40s and my doctor told me so when I sheepishly asked if I’d have to endure that kind of unpleasantness at my next physical.

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