I don’t have the game yet, so I don’t have anything to add to what was said during the stream. I know people are curious if I’m going to cover Andromeda, so let’s talk about what I’ve written and what I’m planning to write…
As I mentioned on the Diecast, I’ve got three more months of Batman postsThese are done and scheduled to post. If I drop dead now, this blog will continue to post Batmans until June.. I’ve just finished about five additional months of BorderlandsThis isn’t “done”. The words are written, but I still need to proof, edit, add links, add screenshots, etc. So about half the work is done.. That means I’ve got enough words written to take us into November or December, assuming I stick to my Thursday posting schedule.
I’ve also got part of a series on Fallout 4 that’s been on the back burner for about half a year. I should probably finish that. I’m struggling with it because the problems with Fallout 4 are pretty well-documented and I don’t want to pointlessly repeat stuff that was said last year. If I’m going to talk about the game I want to have something fresh to say. I have a few novel takes, but I don’t know if there’s enough to justify long-form analysis. I should probably play some Fallout 4 and see if that shakes any more thoughts loose. Also I’m not sure if the world still cares. Fallout 4 seems to have vanished from the conversation a lot faster than Skyrim, and maybe it’s not worth exhuming the corpse of Fallout 4 to continue shouting at it.
I wanted to do a series on Witcher 3, but I don’t think I can make it work. I really hated Witcher 1 and quit at some point in the first act. I got a little further in the Witcher 2, but I got bored and quit long before the end. I love Witcher 3. I really don’t care to revisit either of the first two games, but there’s no way I can tackle Witcher 3 without getting nitpicked to death by “Well Shamus, if you played Witcher 2 then you would realize that…” It’s the old, “I know more about this so your opinion is automatically invalid” defense. I just went through that with Dark Souls and I’m not in a hurry to do that dance again.
I’m also toying with the idea of covering GTA V. It’s not terribly popular on this site, but it’s this monumentally big deal in gaming culture at large. That might make for an interesting conversation. The downside is that once in a while GTA V likes to sneak over to the culture war and chuck a brick through the window before running off and pretending like it has no idea why you’re upset. I’m not sure if that would spill over onto my site if I tried to cover the game. The game actually pushes some of my buttonsThe torture scene is something about which I Have Opinions. and it would be very hard to do my normal analysis without my own politics slipping in.
Getting back to the topic at hand:
I’m kind of conflicted about Andromeda. If the franchise is going to try to tell another overarching story then I should probably wait until the tale is told in full, so I can analyze the whole. But if the games are each self-contained then I might as well cover them one at a time. On the other hand, I should probably wait until we cover the game on Spoiler Warning before I write about it. Otherwise all of my commentary will be, “Like I said on my blog…” and there’s only so many times you can say that without getting punched in the face.
I will say this:
I really dislike that so much of the Andromeda conversation is dominated by “Facial animations LOL!” (And to be fair, we did our share of that on this stream.) It seems like there are more fundamental problems with the game than lack of graphical polish, and I’m worried the next game will work hard to fix the animations without addressing any of the deeper issues.
 These are done and scheduled to post. If I drop dead now, this blog will continue to post Batmans until June.
 This isn’t “done”. The words are written, but I still need to proof, edit, add links, add screenshots, etc. So about half the work is done.
 The torture scene is something about which I Have Opinions.
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