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Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

Ryder awakens in the Andromeda Galaxy in 2819, following a 634-year journey on the Ark Hyperion. After having a checkup performed on them by Dr. Lexi T’Perro, Ryder meets SAM, an AI that is in charge of the Hyperion. While the crew are getting ready to awaken Ryder’s sibling, the Hyperion strikes a dark energy cloud, knocking out its power temporarily and interrupting Ryder’s sibling’s wake-up protocol. Ryder, along with Cora Harper, is called to the bridge where their father, Pathfinder Alec Ryder, is arguing with the captain of the Hyperion. Ryder discovers that the planet that they were sent to scout out, Habitat 7, is drastically different from what the long-range scans told them.

Ryder gets ready to be deployed as they are part of the Pathfinder team, led by their father. While on the shuttle down to Habitat 7, Ryder gets acquainted with Liam Kosta, a former security officer. The Pathfinder shuttles are suddenly struck by lightning, and Ryder and Liam end up separated from the crew. As they attempt to explore Habitat 7, they come into contact with an unknown hostile alien race, as well as many strange alien structures. After performing a search and rescue for other crew members, Ryder and Liam eventually reunite with Cora, and fend off another alien attack. They later join Alec, who previously went ahead to scout out the monolith. They storm in an alien structure, hoping to be able to shut it down and cease the lightning storm. Ryder and Alec find a hologram inside the structure, which Alec interfaces with to shut down the monolith. A large blast blow the two off an elevated platform, smashing a hole in Ryder’s helmet. Alec uses his helmet to save his child, sacrificing his own life in the process. Ryder is later brought back to the Hyperion and saved, and in the process, also merged with SAM. Ryder also learns that Alec, before his death, has made them the new Pathfinder in his place.

The Ark reaches the Nexus only to find it incomplete and no other Ark in sight. The crew find out from the leadership of the Andromeda Initiative that all of the worlds, including Habitat 7, were not viable for living, and the Initiative had been stranded in space for fourteen months, with dangers of supply shortage and civil uprising. As the Pathfinder, Ryder is tasked with finding a suitable world for the colonists of the Initiative, while also finding out what happened to the other Arks.

Fan Review : 31% Good
Excellent: 21% | Average: 22% | Poor: 26%

Madden 2017 Cover Athlete and Release Date Announced

EA today has announced that Madden 17 will release on August 23rd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360! The game will be available to EA Access members early as well, which is only available on Xbox One!
This years cover athlete was also revealed, and it looks as though New England Patriots Tight End Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski will grace the cover.


Battlefield 1 Revealed

EA and Dice have finally unveiled the long awaited Battlefield 1, which is stepping back into the WWI era! With Activision taking a step further into the future and introducing space travel, DICE has taken some steps back and giving us a fresh take on a genre many of us have started with.

Along with the brand new trailer we got a look at a couple of editions to the game. If you would like to play the game 3 days earlier, the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will be available for all platforms on October 18 for $79.99 and will include extra vehicles, weapons and emblems including the Red Baron Pack, the Lawrence of Arabia Pack, and new visual appearances for three large vehicles — the Frontline Camouflage Train, the Night Raid Airship, and the Dazzle Camouflage Dreadnought.

There is also the $219 Collectors Edition which features:

– Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition Base Game
– Collector’s Edition Statue (14″ Tall)
– Exclusive Steel book
– Exclusive cloth poster
– Deck of playing cards
– Messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content
– Exclusive patch
– Premium packaging

Battlefield 1 will be playable at E3 next month and will be released on October 18th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Review

EA | PlayStation 4 | Popcap
EA | PlayStation 4 | Popcap

Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is just what you would expect from it. It is a light hearted, funny and light shooter that picks up right where the first one left off. This game doubles down on the first one and adds a few new characters to each side and their additions are a pure breath of fresh air.  If you have played through the first one then you are already well aware of the game play mechanics and how it plays out.

There are two sides, the Plants and the obvious Zombies. Each side has characters that each have their own unique ability and weapon, and when working together can be very dangerous. There is however a very slow progression in the multiplayer and a very uninspired single player.

The game is centered around a centralized, playable hub that players can chose what they want to do in the game. You can either choose to jump into the games multiplayer, which is AWESOME, or roam and learn each characters new moves and weaponry. The split screen aspect is a bit troubling. Meaning that, for a mode that should not be tied to any kind of online aspect IS! This means that YES you will need an online connection to connect your account with EA Servers before you can play any of the games split screen multiplayer.

Plants Vs Zombies is a  perfect party game, much like the first one, but with the few hiccups in the games execution make this a little less enjoyable than the first, but the new characters and cool playable hub make this very interesting.


Star Wars: Battlefront Review

Star Wars: Battlefront | DICE | EA
Star Wars: Battlefront | DICE | EA

What better game would we look at on one of the franchises biggest weekends? With the release of the “The Force Awakens” we finally get our full grips on Battlefront, the shooter from DICE that looks to take us back to the originals. This game does feature the big battles that we have always wanted to play, and characters we have always wanted to play as. Luke, Vader, Han, Bubba Fet, with a few more.

Dice’s approach to Star Wars was to keep the Star Wars fans happy by giving us massive battles (with a Battlefield feel) with a Star Wars twist to it and I believe they widely succeeded in that. The game looks amazing and is very engaging. However this is a very VERY thin offering on the single player front. There is no Story Mode, which would have been a nice addition. Battlefront is more of a game that you have to play in increments. Playing more than 20 plus hours will leave you wishing for more, but for those initial 19 hours you are in awe and can wear the game thin pretty quickly.

To go along with the fantastic graphics, DICE did deliver some excellent sound effects that trap us in the world of Star Wars. Imagine the fighting of Vader and Luke and feeling the awesome effects of a light saber duel. The sounds of the storm trooper blasters blasting by your head, and the fighters as you battle on Hoth.

The game is fun and may lack some single player appeal, however there is an abundance of multiplayer game modes, and if you are an online gamer (such as myself) you will be very happy. I am not going to name them all, but a couple of the stand outs are Heroes Vs. Villains, which is just as it sounds. Each player will pick one of three heroes or villains and will go head to head. Each player will get a handful of CPU controlled NPC’s but the object here is to kill the other player and get their coin drops. First player to reach 100 wins.

Survival was also fun, and me and my son had a nice opportunity to sit back and play together for a number of hours. You are to hold off wave of storm troopers, and as the waves increase so do the enemies. New enemies will spawn along with some vehicles.

Battlefront seems to me as more of a tribute to the original trilogy than a fleshed out game. In some instances it felt more of a battlefield clone, with a Star Wars skin. Don’t get me wrong. The game is fun, and does have its moments, however there is a lack of substance and uniqueness. We also wish there was more of an incentive to the level progression system. Some will say, “Hey its Battlefront, what else you expecting”. From DICE a bit more, and how about a game that had a unique feel and doesn’t feel like a game that I have played for the past couple of years. There has to be a bit more to keep me engaged and not so repetitive.


Madden 2016 Broadcast

This is a big week for all gamers, especially with an Xbox One! Along with the release of Gears of War Ultimate, EA is also releasing Madden 2016! Tuesday we will be broadcasting mostly with Gears of War and a little with Madden 16′ but Wednesday we will be mostly Madden 16 with a little bit of Gears so be sure to tune in on Wednesday 8-26-15 for Madden. Times will be announced VIA Twitter, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @gamenightlounge