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The Mass Effect series, which Bioware began in 2007, at last draws to a closeâ€”and it goes out with a bang. The review in brief: Mass Effect has a deep story and lore that are supported by fun and varied combat mechanics, great graphics that show off an original and unified environment aesthetic, thousands and thousands of lines of dialogue recorded by generally fine actors (many of whom you might well recognize, from Martin Sheen to half the cast of Battle Star Galactica), and a surprisingly engaging new online co-op mode. My concerns with the game are generally niggling criticisms that shouldnâ€™t put you off from throwing yourself into the Mass Effect universe.
Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games have released one expansion set for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012. (We reviewed the game and its expansion.) Since that time, they have released three sets of two additional decks (six decks total), bringing the entire list of decks to a rather impressive nineteen. I was disappointed that Wizards did not advertise these most recent additions. Iâ€™m here to bring them to your attention and to give you my take on whatâ€™s worth buying and what isnâ€™t, as each of the three deck pack DLC is going for 3 USD on PSN.
Hyperkinâ€™s Remotext is designed to be everything to everyone: gaming controller, media remote, and full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, certain design flaws hinder Remotextâ€™s performance in the first two areas. And as the controller is really only successful as a keyboard, itâ€™s difficult to recommend this product to anyone who wants more than a mini keyboard.
So be honest: Did you actually read the new Terms of Service agreement that was posted in advance of Firmware update 3.72 several days ago? I’ll admit itâ€”I didn’t! I scroll right through those things like a chump. The faster I can get to the “Accept” button, the faster I can reconnect to PSN and regain access to online gaming, the PSN store, Netflix streaming, etc. Perhaps I was overhasty on this occasion, as Sony included a rather surprising clause in the latest TOS, acceptance of which waives my right ever to join a class action lawsuit against the corporation. More detailsâ€”and information about how to reclaim the aforementioned right, should you wish to do soâ€”after the jump.
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 received its first DLC package on September 13, 2011 and is available for only $5 USD on PSN. For more information about the original title, see our review of Duels 2012. This expansion offers three new playable decks, four more unlockable cards for each of the original decks, a new (or expanded) game mode and a new single-player campaign complete with new puzzle challenges for your entertainment. The new decks are fun without being overpowering, and the small tweaks to the old decks that the influx of fresh cards supplies do not imbalance the game too much (some of the less powerful original decks are now slightly stronger contenders, as it happens). In sum, good news for fans of the series: Your five bucks is well-spent on this title.
Thanks to the wonderful folks at PS3Blog.net in association with Insomniac Games, I won beta access to Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, which is slated for public release on October 18, 2011. The conceit of this title is that it is a cooperative multiplayer-driven experience, unlike the previous R&C titles. Want to learn more about how this plays out? More after the jump!
Prodagenâ€™s Flex-Fire system for the Playstation Move provides a gun-shaped bracket in which to mount the Move and Navigation controllers. Thus, the Flex-Fire is similar to Sonyâ€™s own Sharp Shooter battle rifle system, but Prodagen aims to ameliorate the Sony design in a number of ways. The most obvious difference is its aesthetics: The Flex-Fire is black and vicious, whereas the Sharp Shooter resembles yet another Nintendo Wii add-on, but one that is making a half-hearted effort to imitate a phaser rifle from Star Trek: The Next Generation (yes, from 1987). But the more important innovation of the Flex-Fire is its articulated barrel, which allows one to hold the rifle steady with one hand while turning its muzzle with another, increasing the speed with which one can adjust oneâ€™s aim. Read on to see what this means for your game.