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"Affecting the Effect" Mass Effect: Andromeda review.

Unless you've been living in isolation for the last few weeks, you more than likely know that Mass Effect: Andromeda recently made it's way to PC and consoles. The game has been more than a little divisive with critics and gamers alike ripping on it's abundance of bugs and facial animation issues. YouTube compilations and social media rage posts seem to gravitate toward this game but, is it as bad as many are making it out to be? Well, I have taken upon myself to ascertain the reality of these claims. Ok, were we go........





78 hours later.....


   Ok, um, wow.....that felt a wee bit unpolished. Let me start by saying this game has so much potential and the combat is very fun but, there are definitely some glaring issues here. Yes, the bugs exist although they are not as bad after the day one patch (a patch which was claimed wasn't gonna happen but did anyway) this still does not erase the fact that throughout my 78 hours of gameplay with 90% completion that I witnesse…

Back to reality: A return to good memories.

Welcome again memory fanatics, it's been five years but, I'm back and ready to delve into those nostalgic memories and compare them to the dullness known as reality. But first, something completely different....kind of. I started this blog out of a love for the games industry and the effects that they have had on me throughout my life. I had the concept of comparing those old games of yesteryear and early childhood to the stark reality of gaming as an adult. Asking the question "is the memory better than the reality?" It was a fun concept and I managed to squeeze out a measly two articles and then life hit, now there's a reality that gives us all a kick in the posterior region.

   I won't go into great detail about the realities that hit me with the force of a thousand slaps other than to say "it sucked". The biggest reality that I have had to face is that I love to write and I love to game (among other things but, we'll save that for another…

The most important part is the ending......right?

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This one is for all of you Mass Effect fans out there because if you're like me, then the day that you've awaited for three months finally arrived yesterday. Yes, I'm talking about the release of the long awaited and highly debated Mass Effect 3: Extended cut.

  For those of you who are not familiar with the Mass Effect series here's a quick recap.  Mass Effect is a series of third person shooter/RPG hybrid games that first saw release in 2007. The release was met with critical acclaim, commercial success, and even a little controversy (courtesy of Fox News). The first game was an xbox360 console exclusive but it's sequel's saw release on the PS3 as well after BioWare was bought by EA. The games followed the adventures of Commander Shepard and his mixed crew of aliens and humans as they take to the galaxy fighting evil...or committing it, if you so chose. Along these adventures you could form friendships and alliances, make enemies, or even fall in love. The…

A memory in HD

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Welcome to Memory beats Reality, the blog where we examine and discuss those old school gaming memories that some of us hold so dear.
  In the last year or so I've noticed the rising trend of HD remakes for some of our beloved last gen titles and one recently announced at E3 has caught my attention. That, being the upcoming HD remake of Jet Set Radio (formerly released as Jet Grind Radio). Now this game was, by far, one of my all time favs on the Sega Dreamcast and I recently came by a copy of it on ebay so I decided to fire it up and see if it was still as good as I remember it.
  For those of you who don't remember, Jet Set Radio chronicles the adventures of a gang of "rudies" known as the GG's who are graffiti artists and in line skaters battling other gangs for supremacy in the districts of Tokyo-to. Also the title "Jet Set Radio" seems to refer to a pirate radio station of the same name ran by DJ Professor K who periodically gives you updates on …