Microsoft were kind enough to send me a copy of Mass Effect last week. I was kind enough to play it non-stop for the past five days. And while the load times and mechanics of the game are a little disappointing (still too many long, empty corridors, still that shitty BioWare inventory system), in the end, who cares? The combat's great, the new dialogue system is great, the cinematic presentation is great. Best of all? It's a big, soapy space opera. The kind that only comes from people who know, and love, their sci-fi. The kind you only dreamed games could drop you in when you were a kid. Time to start living that dream.
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There’s never a dull moment in the world of Fallout 76, the online multiplayer game of post-apocalyptic survival and adventuring. Last week, publisher Bethesda announced that the game’s much-requested addition of computer-controlled characters was delayed until next year. Today, the publisher said that it will be selling premium subscriptions that will provide players with access to private servers at a cost of about $20 a month or $150 a year.
This console generation, sales for the Xbox One are estimated to be around 47 million units behind sales for the PlayStation 4. That’s a huge gap that Microsoft isn’t likely to close before we learn more about the next generation of consoles next year, but it isn’t because the Xbox One failed to innovate, or come up with a series of great, pro-consumer programs. It seems like Sony has focused on big, blockbuster first-party games like God of War, Spider-Man, and Uncharted 4, while Microsoft has focused on accessibility and value-related initiatives. PlayStation’s exclusives have been pretty incredible and I’m glad we have them, but I think they’ve lead a lot of gamers to undervalue the competition. So, here are some of the most underrated moves Microsoft made this console generation.