This Week @ Shack: The Banal Frontier Edition

In which the intersection of Star Wars and Mass Effect fandom becomes alarmingly clear.


It's time once again for This Week @ Shack, our weekly round-up of news, commentary, video, guides, and et cetera. 

I love Mass Effect. I loved the first one, the second is one of the all-time greats, and I'm even one of those weirdos who liked the ending of ME3. I actually reached it well after the sturm und drang had wreaked havoc on the community, and I distinctly remember thinking: all this fuss over an ending that is, at worst, merely so-so? I even read one of the Mass Effect novelizations, God help me. I think it had something to do with Saren's background, before he turned heel in the original Mass Effect. 

(If I recall, I picked it up because it was by Drew Karpyshyn, and I had read a lot of Star Wars novels in my day as well. That should also tell you something about my tastes in literature.) 

Point is, as a Mass Effect fan, it's been disheartening to see Andromeda land with such a thud. Brittany Vincent is still knee-deep in her review for us, but even pre-release her first impressions on our staff channel were less than favorable. The animations are the factor getting the most attention, for obvious reasons. They're funny and eye-catching. But I've been more disappointed to hear the general buzz that the story just isn't as compelling this time around. I'm still planning to play it, of course. I'm not the type to walk away from a space opera just because it starts to turn sour. But I hate to see something I really love slip into mediocrity.

Did I mention I've read a lot of Star Wars books?

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