Mass Effect: Andromeda — First Impressions

Generally speaking, this article avoids spoilers.  However, I will include names of squad members and planets and vaguely reference some of the plot and side quests.  I will not ruin any big moments but if you’re looking to go into the game knowing nothing, this may not be for you.

I’m about 15-20 hours into Mass Effect: Andromeda and even though I know I’ve barely scratched the surface, in many ways it feels like I’ve delved so far.  My review is going to be limited as there’s still so much to explore and discover but these first impressions will hopefully be of value until Matt finishes the game and writes a complete review.  With the formalities out the way, here’s my take on Bioware’s newest game.

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Bloodborne (PS4) — First Impressions

Bloodborne is being heralded as the first true console-selling game for the PS4.  I can see why, too — it’s challenging (read: hard as hell), beautiful, and dark.  I’m about 18 hours into Bloodborne and I can definitely see why people are clamoring over the latest entry in the Souls franchise. Unfortunately, I’m not having fun playing it.

Get used to this screen.

Get used to this screen.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4) — First Impressions

I primarily bought Final Fantasy Type-0 HD to play the demo for Final Fantasy XV, which I was pretty pleased with.  But the idea behind Type-0 sounded cool enough to me — short missions with three out of 14 party members at once.  I had at least seen and heard about it enough to be interested.

After five hours, it’s clear that I should have done some more research.  I don’t think I’ll be going back to Final Fantasy Type-0 HD anytime soon.

A neat premise, but no thanks.

A neat premise, but Final Fantasy Type-0 just doesn’t do it for me.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft — First Impressions

Blizzard games always draw me in.  I’ve already written about Diablo III a couple of times, but I’m no stranger to their other big IPs — Starcraft and Warcraft.  I played quite a bit of World of Warcraft back in the day and before that, I enjoyed playing Magic: The Gathering (much to the dismay of a coworker of mine).

What the hell am I getting at?  Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard’s latest game that mixes the lore of World of Warcraft with classic deck-building gameplay.  It’s free to play (grab it here) and so far, in my two hours of play, I’m really enjoying it.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

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Diablo III 2.0 — First Impressions

I’ve mentioned it before, but Diablo II is probably my favorite game of all time.  I was incredibly excited when I heard Diablo III was announced.  Even though I’ve played over 150 hours, D3 just didn’t quite have that old D2 feel.  With the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion dropping in four weeks, Blizzard has put out patch 2.0.1, implementing a lot of features that have been in the works for months.  I played for about four hours last night, starting a new three-man team.

My initial reaction — I think that Reaper of Souls can lift Diablo III up just like Lord of Destruction did for Diablo II.

Malthael is ready. Are you?

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Pokemon Y — Post-Game Impressions

In case you missed it, I wrote two other articles detailing my initial reactions

The latest iteration of Pokemon has been out almost a month now and it’s still got a firm hold of me.  I’ve detailed a lot of my feelings in my two previous articles (linked above).  First time players and those who haven’t played since early generations may ask what there is to do after the main game is over.  I say the game is just beginning.  *** SPOILERS AHEAD ***

*wink wink nudge nudge*

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