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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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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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