More isn't always better...

More isn't always better...

Written by Benke on the 2nd of November 2011 at 11:04

I think it's safe to say that gamers in general are a bit conservative and I'm no exception. Once we've learnt all we need to know about a game, we don't want it to change too much for a sequel - maybe a tweak here and there, new story obviously, but most of it can remain the same, remain what we're used to and already skilled at.

This doesn't mean that we don't appreciate new experiences, not at all, we just don't want something fixed that isn't broken. But change is of course, necessary, or else any game series will slowly grow less and less relevant. It's a balance developers have to strike between innovation and keeping the returning fans happy and comfortable in their new game.

The reason why I'm thinking about this subject is simple and it's Mass Effect 3. My most anticipated game of early 2012.

But the new Galaxy at War mode has me worried - it's not that I don't think a bit of co-op in the Mass Effect universe might be fun. It's just that I'm worried about how it will affect the single player game - and what's even more worrying are the indications that there may be more "outside" factors that will dictate my single player campaign in Mass Effect 3.

Over the last few years we seen an influx of pre-order bonuses, facebook unlockables, beta unlockables, and the likes. And in your typical first person shooter experience, gaining a few perks in multiplayer may not be a big deal. The best players will rise above the pack anyway. But when I'm playing the final chapter of my Mass Effect saga, I don't want to have that experience skewed by me not having the patience of playing a certain amount of Galaxy at War, playing through some boring side story on my iPhone or liking something on Facebook.

It's getting harder and harder to keep track of these things, and normally I don't care. But Mass Effect is important, and I've invested hundreds of hours in my save files from the first two games so far - and I'm sure I'm not the only one concerned.

I'm going to get my hands on Galaxy at War this weekend, something I'm a tiny bit nervous about. I really hope it's good.