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I first began playing Mass Effect in 2008. It took me until 2021 to finish the trilogy. For various reasons. With the recent announcement of the Legendary Edition of Mass Effect, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on that one game everyone said had the most disappointing ending of all time. (it doesn’t, but I’ve got my own observations and gripes about that to come) This is coming after doing a Twitter thread documenting my experience playing the game, some of the things I wrote about there I won’t repeat here as they are more moment-to-moment focused. Other things will…

Batman: The Enemy Within (The Telltale Series) is a game about Batman. You can imagine what’s in store. You fight criminals. You go undercover among criminals. You even potentially…perform crimes? You throw batarangs. You wear a cape. You pick brooding dialogue choices. You have a butler named Alfred. You’ve seen Batman. He’s a hero!

I had the opportunity to play a game with my fiance recently and having gone through the first Batman Telltale series, I decided it was time we revisit the Batman Telltale story and see what this second game had in store. I was quite surprised. I…

In 2020 I played through about 20–25 games from start to finish. Some were new, some were old, some I didn’t finish, some I did. Some I had played many times, some I had never played before. But in the year involving large amounts of time trying to avoid going out, it was a great time sit down and play video games or binge media in general. And since we’re still healing from the wounds of The Game Awards, in which a panel of publications and critical thinkers were asked to pick out the best representations of what the industry…

People who read my writings on Medium but don’t know me in real life may not know that I’m a physical medium fan. As a 28-year old, I’m considered a millennial, but I grew up around computers and had earlier access in my life to the capacity to store, backup, or copy physical mediums into digital. I grew up in the age of CD players, LimeWire (because Napster had already come and gone in the torrent world), Windows XP, AOL, and the original Xbox. And somehow I’ve managed to be a millennial who has his feet squarely planted on the…

Last week I finally got around to playing and finishing Remedy’s 2019 third person action-shooter game Control. It’s a wild and weird one that I liked a lot. The game tells an odd story about Jesse Faden, a young woman searching for answers about the disappearance of her brother Dylan. Her searches result in her stumbling upon the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC) and their headquarters at a place called The Oldest House. Jesse quickly finds herself as the new FBC Director and the Oldest House comes under attack by the mysterious Hiss. …

YouTuber and Twitch streamer Woolie recently finished his long and thorough let’s play of one of my five favorite games: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords (aka: Kotor 2). It’s a rather tragic video game in which Obsidian began its reputation for being the studio getting short development times through its publishers and managing to make good games that needed more time to finish cooking as a result. One of the numerous memes running through the Kotor 2 series for Woolie is a joke called “fourteen months”, using the phrase to rationalize the problems in the game…

So the fantastic ARG/YouTube series “hiimmarymary” appears to be approaching a content update for the year if Twitter is any indication (and it may be the last). For those that need an introduction, hiimmarymary is an absolute knock-out horror ARG/found footage series that’s been ongoing since mid-2016. While its film student creator has admitted to taking inspiration from the various YouTube horror video series out there (ala Marble Hornets, EverymanHYBRID, Tribe Twelve, etc.), hiimmarymary (from now forward called “Mary Mary”) has distinguished itself from its peers in rather phenomenal ways. There’s rarely a gap in the visual and production quality…

WARNING: WE ARE SPOILING HALF-LIFE: ALYX VERY SHORTLY AFTER THE G-MAN PICTURE BELOW.

If you want a spoiler-free conversation about what makes Half-Life: Alyx really really good but also hamstrung by its own medium, try reading part 1. And if you can, maybe try playing Half-Life: Alyx. If not, maybe go watch a full Let’s Play elsewhere. Valve News Network and Danny O’Dwyre have some full LPs up on YouTube, you can check them out.

All right, seriously.

You’re not supposed to be here if you don’t know about the ending of Half-Life: Alyx. Forget about all this.

I’m a…

This is a spoiler free article. Part 2 will not be. I promise.

I was working on a lengthy discussion of Metro Exodus’s failings in the weeks leading up to March 13th, the date my country federally declared a national pandemic on its hands. But then that happened and everyone’s attention went elsewhere, mine included. I also had to clear my plate because a VR headset had arrived and we were ten days away from something I had been waiting on for 13 years, the thing that definitely cleared everyone’s shelves and rearranged everyone’s priorities (sarcasm).

Gif courtesy of this…

I don’t even know how to talk about this one at this point.

At first glance BT’s most recent album release will seem like a scattered collection of his “This Binary Universe”-esque works. It spans sixteen tracks making up an 80 minute runtime that moves fast and doesn’t let more than half the album tracks pass the five minute threshold (and only four go past six minutes). I didn’t know what to make of the album when I was listening to it for the first time the Saturday after Christmas. …

Justin Fleming

Business admin graduate with a passion for games and music.

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