I am pretty sure I am coming down with something because I have felt fairly lousy since the weekend. It is the sort of indiscriminate miserable that just makes doing anything a complete trudge. It also feels like I have spent more time searching for something to play than actually playing anything. Then things happen like the fact that for some reason I booted up Bioshock Remastered? I got the game free for owning all of the other Bioshock content, and I installed it some time ago thinking it might be nice to play back through this game. Then the election happened… and the character of Andrew Ryan felt a little too on the nose for me personally. So as a result it has sat unloved as a desktop icon… waiting on someone to give it the time of day and click on it. For whatever reason last night I did just that… and apparently the game defaults to running at 4k. Did you know that 4k PNG screenshots are almost 15 mb a piece? I didn’t but now do… I have lots of them that I will ultimately need to drop down if I ever hope to use them. Something else that I did not know is that if you have a USB Controller connected to your system… the game doesn’t seem to be willing to give you a mouse and keyboard option. So as a result I played through on the Xbox 360 controller I leave hooked up to my gaming machine. I didn’t get super far before the whim changed, but enough to remember how much I really love this game. I do find it extremely odd that you can’t really sight any of the weapons though…. that is not something I remembered but I guess it makes sense given that your alternate fire is whatever plasmid you happen to have equipped. Personally I still think the game looks gorgeous, and artistically it has some of the most memorable visual sequences and staging.
When I bounced I ultimately did so in the direction of Mass Effect Andromeda, and opted to finish up Hvarl. The weird part about this is that I thought I had not actually really scratched the surface of this planet. However it seems like in the grand scheme of things is is maybe half the length of Voeld. The weird part about this is it seems like the last thing that I waited to do was actually go vault hunting. I am not exactly sure if you can do this early however since the actual access to the vault and the second half of the map only work if you happen to be on specific quests. So far this seems like the most “on rails” planet given that things need to happen in a specific sequence to end up leading to the end of it. The planet itself reminds me an awful lot of Dromund Kaas from SWTOR, with a much more wild jungle area. In the grand scheme I did not like this planet nearly as much as I did Voeld… and also it doesn’t feel nearly as satisfying to move on past it either. I think the biggest part of this for me is the complete and total lack of Nomad action, which makes sense given how dense the foliage is. That said I did not really realize how much of my enjoyment planet side is related to driving my Nomad around until I hit this planet. We talked about it on twitter yesterday… but want to buy a Nomad racing DLC for this game.
Towards the end of the night I moved forward in the story and started the world of Kadara, which happens to be populated by a bunch of the Exiles off the Nexus. Functionally you can think of it as Omega by any other name… except instead of a slew of interesting Aliens… you have a bunch of asshole humans instead. After Desert World, Ice World and Night World… I was happy to move on to something that looked relatively normal. You know other than the whole acid water thing going on… and toxic regions that damage your suit similar to the last few worlds we have been on. Something tells me that I am ultimately going to work on terraforming the shit out of this world first thing so that I can enjoy the ride more freely. I’ve barely just scratched the surface but I gotta say… fighting Nexus outlaws is way more enjoyable than any of the enemy types I have encountered to date in this game. I mean I love the Remnant and it is always fun to kill Kett, but the outlaws here feel much more varied. Especially when you factor in that apparently there is a turf war going on, and the two factions are gunning for each other as well as you. I am sort of longing for a “kill everyone and settle the planet” option but I am not likely going to see that.