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I know, this is a very old argument and one I’ve gotten flack on because I often say that graphics and sound aren’t everything in videogames. But Mass Effect Andromeda managed to surprise everybody in the worst way possible by having such bad facial animations on the characters amongst other problems. People have already mocked Bioware till death because facial animations were done perfectly by games like Half-Life 2, and I said at large that. While I don’t think much fo the graphics, the story also left a lot to be desired.

It’s been 4 months since Mass Effect Andromeda made its way to the passionate gamers’ hearts. And while Bioware has released updates that provided fixtures to the most dangerous problems it had (Like when you fell through floors), the company has also been working a lot on those awful facial animations that I’m pretty sure already gave nightmares to someone for dipping too much into the Uncanny Valley.

I mean, congrats for Bioware to keep on caring about Mass Effect Andromeda, but like I’ve speculated before. This had the same stuff that happened to Sonic Boom in terms of having done so much progress in one engine and then being forced to work on another. Many have used this game as an example of how Frostbite games shouldn’t be done and I believe that at the very least this could’ve used some delay.

Regardless, Bioware already made clear that Mass Effect was put on ice by EA (Who would’ve thought), and the plans for the Single Player DLC are off the table entirely. Maybe this is another company that will bite the dust for EA’s actions. Like Maxis but on a smaller subtler scale, or who knows? Maybe they’ll stay on the market and keep providing us with good story telling games. Anyways, you can keep track of all the updates and the recent patch 1.09 with a video below.

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Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit

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New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.

Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.

Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.

Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.

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Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content

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Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.

In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.

When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.

More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.

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New PS Plus Essential Game Has Great Free DLC

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PowerWash Simulator is one of this month’s PS Plus Essentials, but before you start scrubbing, check out the PS Store. The game has been well supported on PS5 and PS4 with free DLC packs based on Square Enix titles since its release at the start of the year.

Free Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider expansions let you clean Croft Manor and Seventh Heaven. The free DLC packs add 10 levels, and the paid ones add more.

Two more Back to the Future and SpongeBob SquarePants expansions cost £6.49 or $7.99 each. You can then scrub the Bikini Bottom and the DeLorean.

The Midgar Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator was another reason to use the cleaning kit. “It doesn’t add much, but getting close to FF7’s props and environments is fun. It offers a fresh take on the beloved title that will please both sides of this collaboration.”

Have you tried the latest PS Plus Essential game?

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