Saturday, January 02



Today's offers on Steam: Mass Effect for $5 (excellent game, though it suffers from the usual Bioware Empty Universe Syndrome), and all 11 games in the recent Sam and Max series for $15.

I don't really need another copy of Mass Effect, but I'd been thinking of picking up the Sam and Max games, so I did.

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1 "Bioware Empty Universe Syndrome" -- what does that mean? I don't game anymore so I'm kind of out of the loop.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, January 02 2010 06:11 AM (+rSRq)

2 Bioware have made some of the best computer role-playing games ever released - Baldur's Gate (and its sequel), Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights (but not their respective sequels), Mass Effect, and most recently Dragon Age.

But the scales of their creations are often absurdly out of whack.  The immense space station that is the center of a multi-species civilisation in Mass Effect has two shops and a few dozen people actually visible (of a theoretical population of millions).  Near the beginning of Dragon Age we see an enormous battle - hundreds of troops are visible, and thousands are implied - but you are forced by the game to be off at a distance carrying out a side mission.

And then after that you never see more than a couple of dozen people in any one place.  And all their games do this sort of thing.

Of course, it's not only Bioware that does this, it's just that it's very noticeable because the games are otherwise so good.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 02 2010 08:01 AM (PiXy!)

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