For DLC that is supposed to be combat heavy, its rollout is all stealthy for some reason. First impressions?
Pinnacle Station is launching...Now
Five dollars / 400 BalmerBucks. Wish I could comment on the gameplay, but some sort of synchronization issue is going on.
Not only is the station not popping up on my map, the potential Achievement point total is still at 1050 everywhere. So far deleting and re-downloading hasn't made the game recognize the 200 + meg DLC.
It does work, its essentially a bunch of VR missions, theres some dialogue from a few characters but thats it.
Theres abit of a back story: get high score on all maps or X gets arrested.
Theres a few arena type maps, Tropical, Warehouse, Volcano, Subterranean. Some mission types are:
Hunt - Kill as many enemies as possible, each kill adds more time.
Capture - Take and hold 4 points on the map.
Time Trial - Kill a number of enemies as quick as possible.
Survival - Stay alive as long as possible.
If you're playing as a Sniper/Infiltrator like me, this DLC isn't for you, just not possible to do some of the missions. Assault rifle would make it easy. I'm not done with it yet so can't say how it ends, but yeah, it feels like Bioware spent more time on the Avatar clothing than this DLC.
It's not bad for 400points I guess, but it's a let down after hearing about it such a long time ago.
At least it has given me the urge for a 5th playthrough.
If you have the regular single-disc release of Mass Effect, Pinnacle Station should work just fine. The common factor for people like me who can't access it: Bring Down the Sky installed from the Bonus Disc.
I think I want to strangle the person at Bioware or EA who put the release date at today. I say this because just this morning, I left to study in Joensuu, Finland for 4 months, leaving my wonderful England and 360 behind.
Like I said, I want to hurt someone......
" I don't get it, it's a combat focused DLC for a game that's combat wasn't great to begin with... "Compared to a 3PS the combat may not have been as good as Gears, but compared to RPGs it's probably one of the best combat systems. I don't play many 3PS so I enjoyed the slower pacing of it. If you use the radial menus on a regular basis, it feels like some super mix of everything that makes KOTOR's combat fun and a shooter, which I really latched on to.
I loved the combat in ME wanted for them to do something like a Hurricane Pack for it but now that it's here, i'm wishy washy on it. Most of them are pretty easy and there's almost no variety when you're fighting non-Geth enemies. With the Geth you'll start out with grunts then shock troopers, then rocket troopers, juggernauts, destroyers, etc. Survival mode with that is fun because it keeps ramping up and eventually it feels like the game is spawning nothing but rocket launching enemies. With organics it's kinda lame because all you're fighting is "Pirates". It's not like they ramp it up to Krogans, then Asari commandos up until you're fighting waves of Matriarches or something like that. Itt's just grunts.
Plus there really isn't much story to this at all. All there is a guy challenging you to beat his score.They also missed a major opportunity for leaderboards. These simulations are all competitive things and the game has leaderboards with a bunch of fake NPC characters. I'm hoping that maybe once I beat the "story" the leaderboards will open up and have XBL users instead of NPCs.
From what i've played (I still haven't done Time Trials nor the 3rd stage for the other modes) i'd give it 3/5. If you enjoyed the combat of ME, you'll probably find something to latch on to that makes it worth $5. If you didn't like the combat there is NOTHING at all. The gun you get probably isn't all that good if you're on your second playthrough and have access to level X Specter equipment.
Well looks like I'm not playing this today then.
" If you have the regular single-disc release of Mass Effect, Pinnacle Station should work just fine. The common factor for people like me who can't access it: Bring Down the Sky installed from the Bonus Disc.
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