I've had a very busy week with work and shoveling snow and stuff around the house and all that. Plus we watched that Britney Spears documentary. So I haven't had a ton of time for gaming this week, unfortunately.
But, I was listening to a Game Informer podcast episode about the upcoming Mass Effect remaster, and it reminded me that I've had a copy of Mass Effect 3 for Wii U sitting on my shelf for ages that I've never popped into the console.
Let me remind for a moment.
Quite a few years back, I was heavily into PC gaming. Somebody gifted me a copy of Dragon Age Origins, which I enjoyed immensely. After I finished that one, I decided I should play Mass Effect because in mind, it would be like Dragon Age In Space, and sci-fi is cooler than fantasy. So I played Mass Effect for a while, and liked it, and then got distracted by other games. A year or so later, I did the same exact thing with Mass Effect 2: started it; enjoyed it more than the first; got distracted by something else.
Now that we're a strictly Nintendo household, I only have access to ME3, but that's okay because I've at least spent time with the first two in the past, and really, I was most interested to get to that third game.
To my utter enjoyment, the Wii U edition begins with something called Genesis 2, which is a pretty lengthy comic book (published by Dark Horse!) that retells the events of the first two games, but has you make important decisions. It's basically like playing an abridged choose-your-own-adventure version of the first two games to catch you up on the story, and allow your decisions to carry over in lieu of playing the first two games in full. This... is kind of brilliant.
Anyway, I've only had a couple of hours to actually play so far, but I'm enjoying it a lot. Jane Shepard is awesome. And I forgot that Freddie Prinze Jr is the voice of James here (shout-outs to FPJ's cookbook!). My squad is currently exploring Mars, so I'm very, very early in the game, but looking forward to spending some more time with it.