Brief Thoughts on Skyrim patch 1.4 (PS3) and Mass Effect 3 demo.

So, this last weekend I went home, and as such, I goofed off and played some video games. I also watched what I think are the two greatest films of the 90s, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. I'd like to see someone try to argue against me on that.

Anyway, I read online that Skyrim patch 1.4 was out, so I put the disc in my PS3, downloaded the patch, and started playing. And, I have to say, it drastically improves the framerate. With my 99 hour game, I was getting into some pretty serious framerate lag before the patch. To the point where, in towns, it could be said that it was "unplayable." I wouldn't say that, because I played it, and the game still ran fine in dungeons.

But, after the patch, those issues were pretty much gone. No, the framerate wasn't still locked at 30, but this is the difference between a few, very small hiccups that don't affect gameplay and something that brings the game to a crawl. It's a night and day difference, and to the point where I would say that if you've been holding out on Skyrim because all you have is a PS3, then if you can update it, buy this game. It took Bethesda far too long to fix it, and the fact that the issues existed in the first place is inexcusable, but they fixed it. Mostly. It still runs better than I remember Fallout 3/New Vegas running on 360, so that's a win in my book.

Once I got passed the new framerate improvements, I remembered that the reason I stopped playing Skyrim was that I had already done all the stuff I wanted to do. That didn't stop me from playing a bunch of it, but I was just going through random dungeons and grinding skills. You can level illusion really quickly by spamming the Muffle spell.

Then I found a spell that lets me turn iron ore into silver ore, and silver ore into gold ore. That was pretty cool.

I also played the Mass Effect 3 demo. I won't go into the specifics of what happens in the single player portions of it, other than to say I think what I've played is fun, and I like the changes they've made to the skill point allocation. It seems deeper, and thus better, than it has been in the past two games.

I think what I've heard of the voice acting and writing is on par with the last two games (which is to say it's pretty good), but the facial animation seemed...well...See, when I played LA Noire, I knew it was going to end up, I don't want to say ruining, but lessening the facial animation of just about everything else. And compared to LA Noire, the facial animation in what I've seen of Mass Effect 3 doesn't look very good. Not that it looks bad, it, okay, after LA Noire I think it looks bad. But maybe that's just me. I dunno. I wish it had LA Noire's facial animation. I wish all games did.

I also feel like there aren't as many dialog options. Maybe it's just in this demo, but I felt like there were far more instances of Shepard saying things without my picking something for him to say. In Mass Effect 1 there were only one or two instances of this, and I feel like the number wasn't much higher in Mass Effect 2. In the demo, it felt like there were as many instances of Shepard just talking without my input as there were with my input. More if anything. And even when I did have a choice, there were only two options.

Again, this is just in the demo, and it's two action-focused sections, so clearly it's not representative of the whole game. But it still seems...odd.

I played a match of the multiplayer, and it was fun. Not fun enough for me to pay for Xbox Live Gold, even if there are Achievements attached to it, which will end my streak of S-Ranking Mass Effect games (and I have no idea what any of the Achievements for ME3 are, I'm just guessing there will be multiplayer ones).

Despite my thoughts on the relative lack of dialog choices, I'm still extremely excited for Mass Effect 3. I think it's fun, and I can't wait to see what happens story wise. Granted, the main story stuff has never been the strongest point of the Mass Effect games (for me that's been the actual writing and voice acting, not the course of the stories), but I can't wait to see what kind of choices are in the game. This is the last in the trilogy, and I'm hoping that allows them to do some crazy stuff. I want choice to really matter in this game. For the most part, it kinda hasn't mattered much throughout the games. There were a couple of choices that had some impact, but not a ton. I'm hopeful though.

That's about everything. I could go on about how I think Jurassic Park is one of the greatest films ever made, but everyone thinks that so you don't need me to say it, and that's more of a Screened thing, but I don't really do much there beyond read those crazy things Alex has been writing about Nic Cage. I could also rant on and on about how I disagree with everything the Oscars do, and how they work, but I didn't watch it, so I won't. Also, more of a Screened thing.

Oh, I beat Saints Row the Third again. I still haven't Platinumed it, much less S-Ranked it. I'll need to play the DLC for that. Gangstas in Space looks silly and fun.

Oh, and I almost forgot the obligatory Nolan North image. So instead, I embed a Nolan North video. It's like a picture, except it moves and has audio.

That guy can do anything. ANYTHING.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

So, this last weekend I went home, and as such, I goofed off and played some video games. I also watched what I think are the two greatest films of the 90s, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. I'd like to see someone try to argue against me on that.

Anyway, I read online that Skyrim patch 1.4 was out, so I put the disc in my PS3, downloaded the patch, and started playing. And, I have to say, it drastically improves the framerate. With my 99 hour game, I was getting into some pretty serious framerate lag before the patch. To the point where, in towns, it could be said that it was "unplayable." I wouldn't say that, because I played it, and the game still ran fine in dungeons.

But, after the patch, those issues were pretty much gone. No, the framerate wasn't still locked at 30, but this is the difference between a few, very small hiccups that don't affect gameplay and something that brings the game to a crawl. It's a night and day difference, and to the point where I would say that if you've been holding out on Skyrim because all you have is a PS3, then if you can update it, buy this game. It took Bethesda far too long to fix it, and the fact that the issues existed in the first place is inexcusable, but they fixed it. Mostly. It still runs better than I remember Fallout 3/New Vegas running on 360, so that's a win in my book.

Once I got passed the new framerate improvements, I remembered that the reason I stopped playing Skyrim was that I had already done all the stuff I wanted to do. That didn't stop me from playing a bunch of it, but I was just going through random dungeons and grinding skills. You can level illusion really quickly by spamming the Muffle spell.

Then I found a spell that lets me turn iron ore into silver ore, and silver ore into gold ore. That was pretty cool.

I also played the Mass Effect 3 demo. I won't go into the specifics of what happens in the single player portions of it, other than to say I think what I've played is fun, and I like the changes they've made to the skill point allocation. It seems deeper, and thus better, than it has been in the past two games.

I think what I've heard of the voice acting and writing is on par with the last two games (which is to say it's pretty good), but the facial animation seemed...well...See, when I played LA Noire, I knew it was going to end up, I don't want to say ruining, but lessening the facial animation of just about everything else. And compared to LA Noire, the facial animation in what I've seen of Mass Effect 3 doesn't look very good. Not that it looks bad, it, okay, after LA Noire I think it looks bad. But maybe that's just me. I dunno. I wish it had LA Noire's facial animation. I wish all games did.

I also feel like there aren't as many dialog options. Maybe it's just in this demo, but I felt like there were far more instances of Shepard saying things without my picking something for him to say. In Mass Effect 1 there were only one or two instances of this, and I feel like the number wasn't much higher in Mass Effect 2. In the demo, it felt like there were as many instances of Shepard just talking without my input as there were with my input. More if anything. And even when I did have a choice, there were only two options.

Again, this is just in the demo, and it's two action-focused sections, so clearly it's not representative of the whole game. But it still seems...odd.

I played a match of the multiplayer, and it was fun. Not fun enough for me to pay for Xbox Live Gold, even if there are Achievements attached to it, which will end my streak of S-Ranking Mass Effect games (and I have no idea what any of the Achievements for ME3 are, I'm just guessing there will be multiplayer ones).

Despite my thoughts on the relative lack of dialog choices, I'm still extremely excited for Mass Effect 3. I think it's fun, and I can't wait to see what happens story wise. Granted, the main story stuff has never been the strongest point of the Mass Effect games (for me that's been the actual writing and voice acting, not the course of the stories), but I can't wait to see what kind of choices are in the game. This is the last in the trilogy, and I'm hoping that allows them to do some crazy stuff. I want choice to really matter in this game. For the most part, it kinda hasn't mattered much throughout the games. There were a couple of choices that had some impact, but not a ton. I'm hopeful though.

That's about everything. I could go on about how I think Jurassic Park is one of the greatest films ever made, but everyone thinks that so you don't need me to say it, and that's more of a Screened thing, but I don't really do much there beyond read those crazy things Alex has been writing about Nic Cage. I could also rant on and on about how I disagree with everything the Oscars do, and how they work, but I didn't watch it, so I won't. Also, more of a Screened thing.

Oh, I beat Saints Row the Third again. I still haven't Platinumed it, much less S-Ranked it. I'll need to play the DLC for that. Gangstas in Space looks silly and fun.

Oh, and I almost forgot the obligatory Nolan North image. So instead, I embed a Nolan North video. It's like a picture, except it moves and has audio.

That guy can do anything. ANYTHING.

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Posted by Nux

@MooseyMcMan said:

So, this last weekend I went home, and as such, I goofed off and played some video games. I also watched what I think are the two greatest films of the 90s, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. I'd like to see someone try to argue against me on that.

You are not wrong.

Posted by Aetheldod

@MooseyMcMan: Jurassic Park is borring and quite frankly Spielberg has better films (Jaws for one ) ... the Matrix , ok is great (altho when I saw I thought to myself , the japanese have done better but good job hollywood). I have put 130 hours into Skyrim and havent done much of the main quest ... I should get onthat before Mass Effect 3 , but to be honest the multiplayer has got most of my time :P , cant stop playing that thing , it is very addictive.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Aetheldod: How you can sit there and say Jurassic Park is boring and also say Jaws (which is a boring film) is better, well...I won't comment because people are entitled to their opinions, even when they are clearly wrong. Meaning you, not me.

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Posted by FreakAche

@MooseyMcMan said:

I also feel like there aren't as many dialog options. Maybe it's just in this demo, but I felt like there were far more instances of Shepard saying things without my picking something for him to say. In Mass Effect 1 there were only one or two instances of this, and I feel like the number wasn't much higher in Mass Effect 2. In the demo, it felt like there were as many instances of Shepard just talking without my input as there were with my input. More if anything. And even when I did have a choice, there were only two options.

Yeah, this is a problem that seems to have originated with Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival.

I played a match of the multiplayer, and it was fun. Not fun enough for me to pay for Xbox Live Gold, even if there are Achievements attached to it, which will end my streak of S-Ranking Mass Effect games (and I have no idea what any of the Achievements for ME3 are, I'm just guessing there will be multiplayer ones).

I have good news for you! The achievements are set up in such a way that you don't actually need to play the multiplayer in order to get them all. All of the multiplayer achievements in the game are structured like, "Either do this thing in the single player, or do this other semi-related thing in the multiplayer."

Posted by Tonic7

Great news on the Skyrim patch. I will probably pick that game up if it gets a sale on Amazon or something.

Posted by pyromagnestir

I cast muffle whenever I'm just walking around town, because it sounds cool.

I was a little disappointed the Mass Effect 3 demo didn't have a single player option to just jump in and not see any story stuff. I just wanted to mess around with the changed classes to see if my lady shep was still going to be a soldier or switch over to vanguard. I wanted a generic combat situation like the shitty 2nd ME dlc so I could experience the story fresh when I bought it. Alas. Hopefully it's like you say and there's more options in the final game when I get to these sequences again.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@FreakAche said:

I have good news for you! The achievements are set up in such a way that you don't actually need to play the multiplayer in order to get them all. All of the multiplayer achievements in the game are structured like, "Either do this thing in the single player, or do this other semi-related thing in the multiplayer."

That is some of the best news I have read in a long time! If you were a female in my vicinity and not some random dude on another part of the planet I could kiss you! Well, not really, because that's how sexual harassment suits start.

I'm glad that despite whatever pressure they're getting from EA, they still know their fans. I better make sure I can get good at it so I can beat it on Insanity. ME2 got pretty tough in a few spots (those Praetorians, specifically).

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Posted by Aetheldod

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Aetheldod: How you can sit there and say Jurassic Park is boring and also say Jaws (which is a boring film) is better, well...I won't comment because people are entitled to their opinions, even when they are clearly wrong. Meaning you, not me.

From where Im watching you are wrong .... come at me bro >:3

Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Aetheldod said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Aetheldod: How you can sit there and say Jurassic Park is boring and also say Jaws (which is a boring film) is better, well...I won't comment because people are entitled to their opinions, even when they are clearly wrong. Meaning you, not me.

From where Im watching you are wrong .... come at me bro >:3

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Posted by AngelN7

@MooseyMcMan: Bioware said that parts of the dialog were cut from the Demo you clearly can notice how they "auto-pick" some of the dialog for you plus I don't think that is the length of that intro mission or I don't think that is how its structured, I think they wanted to show more of the gameplay wich makes sense you don't want to spoil the game by allowing players to Investigate the dialog choices, and I don't know about you but Wrex face animation still impress me, the multiplayer is mad fun when people work together and it gets tough but in a fun way for sure, can't wait for the game!.

Posted by laserbolts

I agree about Jurassic Park but I have no time for the matrix. I dislike Keano Reeves and the story just seemed like pure nonsense to me. Sorry I wish I could've gotten into it but it didnt even interest me at all. Good to hear they fixed Skyrim though even if it shouldn't have been released in the state it was.

Posted by Aetheldod
@MooseyMcMan:   
   Ha!!!!! What about now >:D
Posted by MooseyMcMan

@Aetheldod:

Just flip-turned this upside down!

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