Sunday, January 10, 2010

First post starts with 'oh yeah' moment

For all the advertising and avid posts from players about the role-playing game, Mass Effect wasn't enough to draw me to it when it was first released in 2007.

Just not much of a role-playing fan.

But as strange as the coincidences that some call fate are, it was a sale on Steam and some interesting trailers for the follow up Mass Effect 2 that got my attention. Then the latest one came out last week.

Now if you're having a sense of deja vu while watching that, then either your a fan of the humorous spy thriller 'Chuck' of Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski.

After a quick google search, it was surprising to find out that she wasn't the only Chuck star but also one of many other well known actors lending their voices to the upcoming space epic;
  • Martin Sheen - Illusive Man
  • Adam Baldwin (Chuck) 
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam)
  • Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation's Worf)
  • Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Aria T'Loak.

"Emotionally engaging narrative is a key design pillar for BioWare, and the top-notch voice talent in Mass Effect 2 helps drive this goal," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder, BioWare and Group General Manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. "Credible, powerful personalities are vital to delivering a compelling story experience in BioWare's games, and we have assembled an amazing ensemble cast that surpasses the very high bar set in the original Mass Effect!"

Oddly enough, Yvonne continues with a similar American accent as she uses in Chuck. I guess there are no Australians in space??

The Mass Effect trilogy is an emotionally charged science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life and mysterious, uncharted planets. In Mass Effect 2, players will once again step into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, commanding their crew of some of the most dangerous operatives from across the galaxy on a mission so challenging that it's potentially suicidal. Featuring intense shooter action, a rich futuristic storyline, space exploration and emotionally engaging character interaction, the game delivers an unparalleled cinematic experience.

Mass Effect 2 will be available PC on January 26, 2010 in North America and January 29, 2010 in Europe.

Not sure if I'll be buying it then. Currently on the fence leaning towards a wait and see attitude. I did buy the original game, Mass Effect for $6 in the christmas Steam sale and for a while I was zipping through the game with much enthusiasm. But a few playing points have me holding back from being totally sold on the game and its playing style.

We'll see.

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