My Purposefully Ignorant Wait to Explore Andromeda

There is no doubt–not a shadow, not a sliver, not an inkling–surrounding my excitement for the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. I’ve been ready since it’s announcement. Ever since I bawled my eyes out at the end of playing Mass Effect 3 (very late, granted, compared to the rest of the crowd, but still), I’ve been eagerly waiting. In fact, this is the first video game where I’m not slipping onto the bandwagon years after it started, but instead, am waiting in anticipation for what happens next, with plans to use as much vacation time as necessary after it releases to truly enjoy it in all of its glory.

And I’m not really sure how to respond.

Obviously, I watched the E3 announcement trailer. And the N7 Day Celebratory release trailerAnd the official gameplay trailer. Each one has only increased my excitement tenfold, to practically unhealthy levels. This game looks beautiful. When discussions began to arise concerning the evolving romance storylines, I had to read those articles. One of my favorite aspects about Mass Effect (and BioWare’s games in general) is the ability to pursue a romance. The jokes about Dragon Age where the first three games should have actually been titled the “Alistair, Fenris and Cullen Dating Simulators,” respectively, hit the mark perfectly. I’d be lying if I claimed that I didn’t do a replay solely to experience the romances again, for both franchises. So of course I had to read about how the romance is evolving (and I’m so excited about these changes and that BioWare is taking fan comments to heart; not that I expected anything else).

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Yet the information about Andromeda just keeps coming.

The discussions over the lack of certain races not returning and the introduction of others. The Ryder twins (speaking of, I really hope my human ((or alien, I’m not picky)) boyfriend can be as attractive as Ryder himself, because hello, I should not have such strong emotional stirrings from a video game character). Your mission as the Pathfinder. Apparently there is also articles being posted describing your confirmed squadmates. Those articles I refuse to read and have sparked my decision to not read any further announcements that don’t include the release date printed on my purchase receipt.

Reminder: this is the first time that I’ve really gotten to play a new game from a franchise that I love that was still in development and hadn’t been released by the time I caught up with the other games. And perhaps I’m not doing this right, but until I have a copy of Andromeda lodged in its home of my brand new PS4, to be bought purposefully (and at the cost of my internal organs) for this game specifically, I’m not reading another article. I’m not watching another trailer. I’m not doing anything but waiting.

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Look at him! *drools*

Why?

Because I want Andromeda to be as new to me as the world of Mass Effect was when I finally listened to the hype and sat down to play it (translate “sat down to play” into “let it consume my soul, social life and every waking moment for a solid three months). I loved discovering Shepard and her badassery. I loved learning about all the different races and forming opinions about them (I will forever be loyal to the Elcor and their speech patterns, the Krogan and their fierceness, and the Turians and their pick-up-lines). I loved exploring the galaxy, doing every and all quests and never being content, i.e., always wanting more quests so it wouldn’t be over, hating the Mako and being so damned impressed and terrified of the Reapers. Mass Effect was the first game that I ever played in the science fiction genre, always being a fantasy girl myself. And it was the first game that I ever sheathed my sword for a gun, instead. It was a blast. I got addicted to the characters and the world, the lore and the cultures, the chilling dialogue and the fantastic score, and seeing how often I could headshot a husk.

What did I know before I started playing that trilogy?

My friend Leif, a huge advocate for this game, told me: “Commander Shepard is the biggest badass you’ll ever meet. You have to play it.”

That’s it.

That’s it.

With Andromeda, the first game in the Mass Effect realm that I’ll get to experience with a next generation console and amongst the hype instead of years after it, I still want that blissful ignorance, that giddy surprise, that I went into the other games with. Sure, I’m more familiar with the world and the mechanics, but this is an entire different time and an entirely different story. There is so much to discover…including everything that is being revealed to hype everyone up. I’m already hyped. I’m already ready. And even if this isn’t how “real” gamers prepare for their new favorite games, I’m purposefully going into Andromeda as ignorant as I can, even though I could learn so much already. So please, if you can, save the spoilers until after we’ve discovered a new home for humans and then we can rave about it, in detail. Oh, so much detail.

Just have to wait for the game to be released, first.

*goes back to (im)patiently  waiting for Spring 2017*

Cheers.

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About Nicole Evans

Nicole Evans is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. She is currently unpublished and is working fervently to get the “un” removed from that statement. She has five completed manuscripts: a trilogy about destined heroes that fail anyway, a science fiction standalone that pits the natural desire to love against the natural instinct to kill during the extinction of the human race and a new series about a writer who can't get published and gets the chance to live a life that all writers dream. She also has two scripts done. Currently, she is about to start writing the second of a nine book series while planning two more. (If you can tell, she really likes this whole writing thing.) Considering she has run out of space for putting rejections letters up on her wall, Nicole now uses her spare time doing the typical things that nerds do: blogging, dying repeatedly during video games (which she believes is retribution for the characters’ she’s killed), wishing she was the character she is currently reading about and trying to fight off the real world by living in her own head, with varying degrees of success. Nicole has a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Film and Media Studies, and works part-time as a supervisor in a library at the University of Kansas. View all posts by Nicole Evans

7 responses to “My Purposefully Ignorant Wait to Explore Andromeda

  • Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

    Hell yes for Mass Effect!😀 Who needs internal organs when you can have a PS4!😂

    • Nicole Evans

      Honestly, the more games I see and make “gimme” hands towards, the more I wonder how much my kidney is actually doing for me…:P

      Seriously, if you ever want to fangirl about Mass Effect, HIT ME UP. I could go on about that game for hours. What others are your favorites?!

      • Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

        Mass Effect is awesome! Other favourites would be The Witcher games, Fallout games, especially Fallout 3 it’s the best, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space trilogy, Dragon Age, Batman Arkham games and countless others that I can’t think of!😂 I need to pick up Skyrim on the PS4 to and then I can hopefully add it to the list.

      • Nicole Evans

        I ADORE Witcher. I want to play it again. I haven’t played Fallout, but I have a feeling that I need to? Dragon Age owns my soul. And Skyrim is like the all my favorite comfort food rolled into one. I just started playing Kingdom of Amalur on PS3 and I’m getting pretty fond of it!

      • Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

        Kingdom of Amalur is great, bright and garish from what I remember but surprisingly good and fun to. Dark Risen is also a good action rpg on the last generation.

        Yes, you should play the Fallout games, especially Fallout 3, it’s absolutely amazing, so many wonderful hours spent in it, Fallout New Vegas is also good but 3 is far better and I was disappointed in Fallout 4 which is out on the newer generation consoles, I’m really not sure why but I just didn’t connect with it and kept wishing I was playing Fallout 3 while I was playing 4!lol

        Witcher is a awesome, yeah, I want to play it again to, that damn GOTY edition is very tempting. 🙂

        Yeah, if you can’t tell, I like my gaming as well as my reading, the geek level is in overdrive with me!😂

      • Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

        Also the Bioshock games, I can’t believe I forgot those, sigh!😂

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