Welcome to the weekly initiative, where I bring bits of interesting news from the gaming industry in a small package.

1. Mass Effect: Andromeda — Reviewing…well?

IGN: 7.7/10
Polygon: 7.5/10
Kotaku: Good, not Great.
GameSpot: 60/100.
Meteoritic: 74/100.

For the full reviews, I highly encourage you visit the sites above to read reach respective reviewer’s impressions and their interpretations on the game.

Source: IGN, Polygon, GameSpot, Kotaku, Meteoritic.

Admittedly, it’s quite strange to simply leave scores from other outlets without any context or reasoning.

That said, I thought it would be simpler to let my audience come to their own conclusions while I quietly work on finishing the game in the meantime. I don’t have a full-fledged review ready, and even my impressions are far too early in the game to be constructive towards an ongoing conversation. My experiences thus far however do lead me to understand why the scores are in the mid 70s, and even lower.

I certainly have my own gripes with what I’ve played so far, but not enough to say whether it will affect my overall impression of the game once I actually finish. I’ve sampled both the Campaign and Multiplayer this this point.

I was also going to speak again regarding the Animation controversy that targeted a private individual that was associated with Mass Effect: Andromeda, but chose not to closely report on it anymore than I have in my original post. An important note to make is that the animator in question wasn’t truly involved with the project, though that information quickly followed after this news broke out the following day.

Again, deplorable act to harass private individuals over a game.

2. Dragon Quest XI Announcement event.

As reported on Siliconera, Square Enix has announced an event on April 11th 2017 with information regarding the official Release Date of popular title Dragon Quest XI.

The last time Square Enix had made mention of DQ11 was at the Nintendo Switch event in January, letting audiences know that the title would also be available on the Switch sometime in the future.

Source: Siliconera.

Just some DQ11 news to satiate the hungry JRPG fans. Myself included.

Having played some of the spin-off titles, and the DS remakes, I’m greatly looking forward to something that’s really traditional just to experience the contrast of styles of modern vs. classic.

3. Digimon Cyber Sleuth sequel is official, and coming to the West!

Follow-up to popular title Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth was announced by Bandai-Namco to be Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory. Let that long title sit for a moment.

Announced less than a week ago, Bandai-Namco was also quick to reveal that the title would be coming to the West (that’s us!)

Similar to the first title, you will be collecting, raising, and battling multiple Digimon while uncovering a mystery relating to our protagonist. While not officially taking place after the events of Cyber Sleuth, the game will explain some of the events taking place during the original events of the story.

For full details, visit Eurogamer and Siliconera!

Source: Eurogamer, Siliconera.

I reviewed (quite positively) Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. While the review wasn’t my metaphorical ‘Game-of-the-Year’ I nonetheless enjoyed seeing a Digimon title following up on the success of the franchise. While the recent release of Digimon World: Next Order took the game back to its original taming mechanics, I really wanted to see a return to the turn-based adventure reminiscent of Digimon World 2 and 3.

Happy to see another Digimon Story game, though wish it wasn’t just a continuation (of sorts) of the Cyber Sleuth storyline which concluded well enough in the last game. 

4. Destiny 2 Poster Leaked, Supposed September Release!

Kotaku’s own Jason Schreier has once again announced more news on Destiny 2, Bungie’s follow-up title to Destiny released in 2014.

Mr. Schreier released images on twitter of a leaked poster for promotional use of the MMO-Shooter. The poster indicated that Destiny 2 could likely release on September of 2017, and that a BETA version would be available beforehand on PS4.

Source: Kotaku, Twitter.

I was never part of the Destiny trend, owing to the fact I didn’t have a PS4 back then nor did I have a stable internet connection to make the most of the experience on PS3.

That said, I am excited to see this latest version of the game given the criticism it had on launch several years ago with lack of end-game content and fluid story. While these were addressed later in the original game’s lifecycle, eyes are looking towards Destiny 2 to not repeat those same mistakes. 

Mine included.

Notable releases of the week:

Mass Effect: Andromeda — Despite the controversial appeal of the game, Mass Effect: Andromeda still gives audiences a look into a franchise that was still beloved by Sci-Fi fans around the world. It is by no means a perfect game, but garnering insight into a beloved series is still worthwhile. At what price is up to audience discretion. This game is currently sitting at a 74 on Meteoritic at the time of writing.

Everything — This indie title seemed to be making the rounds and created a lot of buzz for its scope. You are anything and everything in the world. From the tiniest molecule, the smallest fish, to a mighty tree swaying in the wind. You experience the world around you as it grows and develops with or without your interference. It’s difficult to call this a traditional game, and easier to say it’s an opportunity to gain perspective of the world through our interactive medium.