I am seriously late in playing the Mass Effect series, but as the old saying goes:
“Better late than never”
I know, I know. Playing a game from the last generation, and amidst the release of the next game is a really patient thing to do, given everyone has basically already played and finished the campaign several times while I just now am getting into it. But despite all that, I do have some cool advice to give some of you that are also just starting to play the game/series in anticipation for Andromeda.
Play the whole series
I just got into Mass Effect 3 and I keep telling my other gamer friends that, but I also did play the first two games before I got into Mass Effect 3. The reason for that is one of my friends told me that the story is so well-connected that I would be doing myself a disservice if I went into the third game without first experiencing the storytelling of the first and second one. He was right and I truly feel rewarded for spending time on the older games first.
Talk to everyone within the game
This is a big one because the game is so huge and the lore is a perfect world to explore. There are so many secrets hidden within the dialogue of the game that I think rushing through without talking to most of the non-playable characters is a lame thing to do.
Talk to people and really try to understand everyone’s stories, as well as yours. You will find a lot of interesting things and get that much more involved in the ME series.
Upgrade your weapons frequently
I love the weapon upgrades in this game. Everything about it is refined and rewarding. You truly feel like you earned those upgrades and they end up being totally useful in the game. Create your own fighting style according to how you want to play and upgrade your weapons accordingly.
Fix your settings
The game can feel wonky at times, especially at the beginning when the controls and look sensitivity may feel off to casual gamers. If it feels like that to you, do not be afraid to change it up. Going through the game uncomfortably is a waste of time. On the other hand, if you feel completely fine and in control of Commander Sheppard, the ME3 totally shifts perspective and you feel all the power.
I’ve had a number of responses to my last Clash Royale tips article, so I decided to continue playing the game and find more strategies to win with. I found a good video that details the attacking and defending strategies you should be implementing, but I feel like Ash’s tips on defense is worth watching the video alone. Defending is half the battle (in Clash Royale, I think it is more than that for winning, though) so having a solid plan against attackers should give you some more victories.
Clash Royale has been a hit on both mobile platforms ever since releasing. The casual yet competitive nature of the game still resonates with us fellow mobile gamers, and we all want to build the best cities and hold the best card decks. The game has many elements that players can use to get better, but I found some tips that will help beginners right away.
Limit gold spending
Many people are spending their gold like it’s nothing, but in Clash Royale gold is the most important currency you have. It is basically what will level you up, progress your deck and cities, and increase your chances of getting something new. You win gold by winning battles, so the more gold you spend the more battles you have to play.
Vary your card deck
Too often, players have the same card types over and over in their deck and it really limits the damage you can do to win battles. If you have too many “5s” in your deck, it will take far too long to attack and you will end up swiped. Similarly, if you have too many lower level cards, you will not be putting out enough damage to win the game. Vary it up and from there you can build your own strategy to win games.
Test your decks
Testing your decks and your strategies are extremely helpful, so do so in the training room. It is better to try new strategies in the training room than against other people and ending up losing. Here, you can train yourself to be a better dueler while also testing out new water. Testing your troops beforehand will give you the advantage when the time comes to battling.
I wrote a post here and it got mixed feedback. Some people liked the games, others didn’t. So to diversify, here is a good video showing the best in games for mobile devices.
I saw a rumor online mentioning the inclusion of microtransactions in the upcoming game, Doom. After reading up on it, I feel it may be true and I am nothing but disappointed in the dev team as well as the publisher for this. Microtransactions should be left to free to play games like on the mobile platform, not for AAA games released on actual consoles.
Doom is a game that I grew up on, and for them to kind of treat it like this is such a disrespectful move. I will still be buying the game and playing it just because of my love for the series and my support for a first person shooter market that includes a good Doom game, but I will not under any circumstances purchase anything to do with microtransactions. I will earn those myself.
There are several reasons Android gaming has been increasing in popularity. The number of models coming out with the Android platform is one huge reason, but the power in those phones also contribute to Android gaming becoming a real thing. Paying respect to that increase in dedication to this mobile platform, here is a list of 5 casual Android games for this month.
Smash Hit has been, well, a smash hit for a few months now but only now have I started playing it. The main hooking points of the game are the outstanding graphics and smooth soundtrack. The gameplay is also very addicting, capturing a style that makes me want to come back and hit more glass in the game.
Another Clash game hits another casual Android games list. Supercell is really talented in making hit games for mobile platforms, but Clash Royale is definitely something else. It is a mix of the regular Clash of Clans game, yet fuses it with trading cards. You don’t have to be logically fit to play a card game, and that holds true with the simplistic strategy in Clash Royale, available for both iOS and Android.
Alto’s Adventure is an infinite runner game similar to many of the top games right now, most notably the pioneer Temple Run. It had amazing success on Apple’s mobile OS, so naturally porting it over to Android is a good move. It has continued its success through the first months it released.
The gameplay involves you snowboarding down a mountain, avoiding obstacles and claiming rewards on the way down. The addicting playstyle, along with cute and fluid animations make this a game I have been playing the past couple of weeks.
Bad Roads 2
While not releasing in May, Bad Roads 2 is a really fun game that gets me my “I want to destroy things” fix. In the game, you control a truck and get to run things over, collecting rewards on the way.
The graphic style may not be pleasing to everyone, but it definitely has gameplay that sticks with you.
If you are in for a great puzzle game to play while on the subway or whenever you have down time, pick up Maestria. This puzzle game is so relaxing and quick to play. The soundtrack is soothing and the artistic flavor is catchy. The playstyle and isometric view also reminds me of fellow puzzle games like Fez or Monument Valley.