What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Monday, April 25


Five Day Weekend

I almost forgot.  I've been relaxing over the Easter long weekend, playing some Mass Effect 2, and just realised that tomorrow is Anzac Day, which is of course also a public holiday in Australia.

So, five day weekend.  I don't know how often Easter and Anzac Day coincide, but I can't remember it ever happening in my lifetime.

I'd been getting towards the end of the main part of the game, where you prepare for the big suicide mission, and then realised that I hadn't looked into the DLC.  I had about a gigabyte of DLC waiting for me, and another 1.5GB in the Lair of the Shadow Broker expansion, which I definitely want to play, and there's another three DLC bundles to buy (albeit of mixed quality, to judge by the reviews I've avoided reading).*

What's that you say?  How's the game?  Well, it's not the same as the original, but Bioware certainly didn't butcher it the way they did Dragon Age II.  I'll post full reviews of both Mass Effect games later, but for now suffice to say that while there are some changes I don't like - and they're mostly by way of consolisation - there are also some things that the sequel does better, or at least more consistently, than its predecessor.

A couple of disappointments - Liara is mostly gone from the core game, but she's the subject of the largest and best-regarded expansion, so there's that at least.  And the Mako is gone completely, which is a tragedy.  That absurd cross between a Tonka truck and a superball was one of the most engaging characters in the original game, and its absence makes baby Shepards cry.  I had to take out a thresher maw on foot.  On foot.

* Looks like each of the other three major DLC packs clocks in at about a gigabyte too, for a total of 4.5GB of extra content.  I hope that's not just pre-rendered movies.

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