Mass Effect – Arrival

So the latest (and last?) DLC pack for Mass Effect 2, “Arrival”, has arrived (see what I did there?)!

And I don’t think it disappoints! It’s certainly up there along with the Overlord, Stolen Memory and Shadow Broker DLCs.

It sees the erstwhile Commander Shepard dispatched to rescue an Alliance deep cover operative from Batarian space. From there the latest roller-coaster of an adventure full of daring-dos unfolds. I won’t give spoilers for it here as it is brand new, but I will throw my opinion here that is almost certainly a bridging piece  that leads into Mass Effect 3, at least judging by the teaser trailer that’s out for ME3. It’s certainly nice to see Shepard doing some work for the Alliance again, something I felt was sorely missing in ME2.

So, if you’re a Mass Effect fan, go and get it now!!

Minecraft

To be honest, I can’t remember where I first heard of / saw Minecraft – it might have been Kevin’s YouTube channel actually (i’m a fan of his “How to annoy people on Call of Duty series”), but after an initial attempt to not be interested in it, Minecraft sucked me in and I had to take a look.

Minecraft is an ‘Indie’ game, developed by Markus Persson (aka @notch). It’s been under development since about May 10, 2009. You can find out more about it on it’s website, here. It’s still in beta, which means it’s not finished, but it also means that it’s currently available to buy at a discount of 25% off, making it just €14.95 (about £12).

That was just too tempting for me, so i took the plunge.

Oh My God (OMG).

It’s so bloody addictive it’s ridiculous. For a game that’s essentially about mining resources and building stuff (anything you want) out of said resources, it’s just so addictive. That’s not all there is to it, there’s the exploration element as you wander the (deliberately) blocky landscape or delve into seemingly never ending subterranean cavern systems as well as the survival element (don’t find yourself outside at night! – to quote Newt from Aliens “They come mostly at night. Mostly”).

The randomly generated worlds are big, according to Notch they’re about 8 times the surface area of the Earth! That’s a lot to explore, an aweful lot.

It’s also multiplayer! I’ve not really tried this aspect of it out yet, have been far too busy with my singleplayer game – gotta dig those ores and build mah house!

Simply, if you like, big open-ended sandbox games – give this a spin – it’s only £12 quid!