Welcome to the first installment of Diaries of a Pathfinder Sex Idiot! In case this is not obvious, this is my personal account of my adventures in Mass Effect: Andromeda romance storylines, quite frankly my favourite part of any Mass Effect game. My Pathfinder, Fiona, has been in cryo for 600 years, and she didn’t come to Andromeda to not fall in love, dammit. But, luckily for us, this seems to be the case for pretty much everyone else we encounter as well, human or alien (especially the aliens). Pull up a chair by the fire, and crank up Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts,” which is basically my theme song for this series.
Music is a major part of any video game, but confines itself to either sweeping orchestral harmonies that accompany you on your grand video game journeys, electronic music, and occasionally the hits of days gone by (like the radio in Fallout) or random pop or rock hits. The best of the latter curate their playlists carefully to make sure that they fit the theme of the game (L.A. Noire was surprisingly good at this, so many of the songs on the radio in that game are very catchy happy sounding songs about murder), but it’s a rare event when fully lyrical original songs to make their way into a game world. Even fantasy RPGs, where the bard is literally a combat class a large proportion of the time, rarely have original music with lyrics. It’s a huge missed opportunity in my opinion, but a few recent games have attempted it to varying degrees of success, most particularly Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Like many people, I’m beyond excited for the next Mass Effect game, Mass Effect: Andromeda. So excited I want to know every bit of information about the game as it (slowly) comes out. I got super excited when they finally started to release character dossiers a few weeks ago, because character information is something that Bioware has kept very close to the chest for all of the game’s development. We didn’t even see the human character’s faces until last month, and the game is out in March. But I was disheartened as I clicked on the link for the first one and saw that for some bizarre reason, they included the character’s weight. I get that they were trying to mimic a military file, but they only include weight and height and not, say, age or date of birth, information that I think is far more pertinent.