One thing that Mass Effect 2 was known for was its great DLC added to the campaign. Kasumi wasn’t as praised as the rest, but there is no doubt that Overlord and The Shadow Broker DLC will remain my favorite added content for a long time to come. Too bad the same can’t be said for what has come out for ME3. [Read more...]
Whether you were a fan of the ending of Mass Effect’s trilogy or not, it’s hard not to be excited for the campaign DLC that this series has had to offer (need I remind you about Lair of the Shadow Broker?). Yet that was before the series had come to an end, begging the question if this DLC is even necessary. [Read more...]
Last but not least, here is HST’s list of favorite video games from the past year. And what a year it was, with huge titles coming out and an epic fall season to cap off the year. Plenty of sequels and a few new IPs to boot, so there are plenty of games to mention even without the honorable title and seat on high as the crowned favorite. [Read more...]
When it comes to science fiction, space is always presented as a pretty action oriented place, from space battles to asteroid fields to roaming cannibals (you thought I was going to get through that without a Firefly reference? Silly you, you thought wrong). But from way down here where the majority of us are standing it is nothing but a whole bunch of blackness with a twinkle here and there. Nothing but calm. That same calm usually works its way into these space adventures, but it is in games like Dead Space 2 that this calm is something that should be feared the most, because it is in these moments that something is most likely about to go terribly wrong.
Years following the events of the first game, we find protagonist Isaac Clark wrapped tightly in a straight jacket in a hospital on one of Saturn’s moons. Suffering from the mental degradation of dementia, he is still tormented by the loss of his girlfriend who likes to come to him in rather disturbing hallucinations. But she is not alone as a constant memory of the past because somewhere in this city is another Marker, bringing with it yet another onslaught of the reanimated corpses that have been changed into necromorphs, violent creatures who are out to spread the love. [Read more...]
Kasumi’s Stolen Memory introduces another addition to Shepard’s squad. Keeping with the team of many talents, Kasumi offers up some pretty nice skills thanks to her master thief career path, which is exactly why she has been recommended for your mission (if you have already completed this mission as I have, AKA beaten the game, then just consider it one less vacancy on the Normandy. Stupid Collectors…). In return for her services she asks the favor that Shepard help steal back something that was stolen from her late partner. [Read more...]
A few years ago BioWare opened my eyes to what RPGs could really be like with the first Mass Effect, a game that wasn’t hard to love. It created a massive universe with humans as the babies of the species still needing to prove themselves among a broad group of alien races that were all fleshed out with histories, cultures, and lives of their own. Putting our best foot forward with a military man named Shepard, he hunted the galaxy in the search to better integrate our species into this vast universe, fighting off a major, life-altering threat in the process. With the release of the greatly improved second game in the series Shepard is back, proving that it takes much more than death to keep him from standing at the helm of another larger than life adventure.
Following an epic battle to save the Citadel at the end of Mass Effect, the Normandy deserves a little pleasant “tra la la” time out in space. Instead, the crew is spending their time searching space for the reason behind why other ships are going missing. Thinking it to be a simple mission, things quickly travel up the intensity scale when a giant ship comes out of nowhere and attacks them. With the hull being torn apart around them, Shepard orders the evacuation of the crew, staying behind to help Joker escape, who he eventually manages to get to an escape pod. [Read more...]