Excerpt: BioWare is a well-regarded Canadian software development house that has created numerous PC role-playing games, as well as two Xbox titles: Star Wars - Knights of the Old Republic (KoTOR) and Jade Empire. Both XBox RPG releases were positively reviewed, and I personally enjoyed them. BioWare’s forte is character and story, and in these areas, the two XBox RPGs delivered a compelling experience.
Excerpt: Life is full of hard decisions, some of which will have you deliberating for ages as you weigh up your options, perhaps even sleeping on it before any decision is made. Mass Effect, while not overdoing the difficult decisions, has the sort of open ended storyline that will occasionally give many of us pause for thought as we attempt to decide the best option, or what looks to be the best option in the individuals mind.
Conclusion: It may be old hat, but Madden NFL 07 for the last-gen Xbox shows new dogs some old tricks. The core gameplay elements of this SKU are down-pat, which makes the extra features such as Superstar mode that much more enjoyable. I can overlook the lack of online leagues or dazzling graphics for a stout basic foundation, which this title certainly has. Madden NFL 07 is proof positive that the last-gen Xbox is still alive and kicking.
Conclusion: Overall, I enjoyed Mass Effect . It’s not going to break into my list of all-time favorite role-playing games (where some of BioWare’s other titles reside), but it’s a solid effort. I played it twice -- once with a paragon soldier on the default difficulty setting, and once with a renegade engineer on the hardcore setting -- and while I was a little bit disappointed that the campaign didn’t change very much the second time through, it was still fun to try out different...
Excerpt: After playing Mass Effect , I had to revise that once again, this time saying it was among the best I had ever played. Bioware had finally done what I thought was not possible: make a game on par with Square’s masterpiece.
Summary: Like a diseased steak thrown to the wolves, so this travesty of a downloadable add-on has been tossed to hungry Mass Effect fans. Contrary to its high-reaching title, Pinnacle Station is a creative nadir in an otherwise excellent sci-fi universe. By downloading it, you get a simulated battle arena (one of video gaming's most arthritic cliches) and--a gun.
Pros: Tech Officer Ochren is awesome
Cons: It's just a combat arena, The combat modes aren't that good, The rewards stink, No story, no role-playing, no point, It doesn't work with the Greatest Hits version of Mass Effect
Excerpt: More than three decades ago, Star Wars: Episode IV released and took the film industry by storm. Shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Red Dwarf were television hits in the late 80s and early 90s (sorry Kirk fans!), and novels brought the likes of Ender’s Game and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As a medium, videogames have often been behind on delivering quality Sci-Fi content. Does Mass Effect help to close the gap?