Category Archives: Free Time

All kind of things I do in my free time

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut

When Mass Effect 3 was originally released a lot of the fans were very disappointed by the game’s ending. And I was one of them. Due to the massive public complaints BioWare announced that they would release an extended cut free of charge that should improve the ending. When the extended cut was finally released a few weeks ago I decided against immediately playing it and started my single player Insanity run instead. It turned out to be a lot easier than defeating Mass Effect 2 on Insanity. But maybe it just felt that way  due to all the training provided by multiplayer Silver and Gold matches.

When I finished my Insanity run through yesterday I finally watched the new ending. I was very pleased to see that it is indeed much better. As expected I still didn’t get Marriage, old age and a lot of little blue children, but I finally got closure and a sense of accomplishment . BioWare added a lot of background information, closed plot holes, fixed glitches and most importantly showed the events after the Reaper war. On top of that the player can now choose a fourth radically different outcome of the story.

The Extended Cut is the epic finale that the Mass Effect trilogy needed, that it deserved. The game play of the final mission is still disappointing but at least the story is alright now. There are still a lot of fans that are unhappy with the plot. But I guess that is to be expected if you don’t deliver a Hollywood style happy end. To be honest I find the ending quite depressing as well. I wonder though why the game didn’t come with the proper end in the first place. I can only guess that BioWare struggled to keep the release schedule and had to cut some corners. Mass Effect 3 wouldn’t be the first game that suffered from this problem.

Unwavering

Last weekend Stelios, Yash and I finally got the Unwavering trophy for wining all of the six original Mass Effect Multiplayer maps on Gold difficulty level. 🙂

It was a long journey from our initial Bronze matches, via a lot of hard Silver matches to the gruesome Gold battles. We had to play on Firebase Dagger with only three players because of server side problems but still somehow made it. It took us three attempts (spread over two weekends) and a strategy change before we finally won on Firebase Reactor. We even managed to complete a retrieval mission during wave 10. After that fight the final Gold match on Firebase Ghost felt almost easy.

When the trophy finally appeared on my screen it felt really good, in particular because we did this as a team.

Movie of the Week: The Avengers

Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and a bunch of other super heroes in a movie directed by Joss Whedon? That can only be awesome or awful but nothing in between.

In the movie The Avengers our planet earth is threatened by a powerful alien army. The secret organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. is desperately trying to prevent the evil demigod Loki from opening a dimensional portal which would allow this alien army to invade. To be able to succeed S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to build a team of super heroes, the Avengers. But most of the possible candidates are not exactly team players and a lot of them don’t trust S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place. Only when the catastrophe seems to be almost unavoidable the Avengers finally stop to fight each other and join in a desperate effort to stop the invasion.

The Avengers features the well known mix of spectacular action, comedy and interesting characters which made the other Marvel Comics based movies worthwhile to watch. But with multiple featured super heroes, an excellent cast and even more spectacular action sequences the film surpasses all its predecessors.

If you like entertaining action movies you should definitely watch the The Avengers. Silke and I both enjoyed it very much.