So I've had an Xbox 360 for a couple of months now, that I acquired through somewhat shameful means. But I am nonetheless grateful that I have it. It really is a step up for me. I come from a lower middle class family, and that meant only getting the cool, expensive sh*t after everybody's played/utilized it to death years before. You would think getting a job would almost immediately solve this problem, but anyone living in the real world knows that such is never the case. That said, I didn't think I would have 360 right now, and would have to be continually subjected to the enthusiastic reviews of top rated nex-gen games. This surreal feeling hit me hardest as I was watching the introduction movie to the first mission of The Darkness on my TV screen. I was literally in awe of how the cutting edge in-game graphics, voice acting, and overall bold tone of the game came together right in front of me and recreated an experience similar to a balls-out live action movie. And then I was given control of the main character, which then gave a whole other experience entirely, a much more satisfying experience.
I recently had a similar experience with the demo for BioShock. I think it took me a good 10 to 15 seconds to realize that the initial movie had ended and I was then able to move freely. The phrase, "B*tch, this ain't a cut scene! Press A!" came to mind.
Which brings me to the meat of this entry: Mass Effect.
Holy. Shucking. Fit. Balls.
Welcome to the next generation, friends. You want cutting edge? BioWare gives it to us in spades and then some. I've had the pleasure of playing through KOTOR and Jade Empire over the past month, and if those are any example to what lies in store with ME, then this game should be nothing less than EPIC. Given BioWare's track record, it should have absolutely no problem living up to the hype. With all the coverage released, you can clearly see that it has all the makings of a BioWare rpg, as well as some concepts innovative to the genre. I've seen 3rd person shooting and squad command combat come together before in The Thing and Freedom Fighters, but not put together with RPG elements. As an RPG purist, it's a combination that makes me a bit uneasy, but that certainly doesn't mean it's unwelcome. Especially with BioWare's resume.
I am now a proud 360 owner, and will be even prouder when this game comes into my possession. Coming from my background, having access to the current evolution of video gaming feels very good. With Virtua Fighter 5 and Assassin's Creed on the way as well, November really can't come soon enough.