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Mass Effect 3 PC Game
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good, Not Great. 05/07/2012

This review is from: Mass Effect 3 PC Game

Pros: Graphics: They got a little bit of an update since ME2. The game doesn't look as good as say, Battlefield 3, but personally I'm glad. The game still looks very good and you won't need to run the highest end equipment to run it.

Gameplay: The gameplay is fun as all the MEs have been. However, Bioware said this one would play more as a shooter, but it really doesn't feel that way. The last planet/mission DOES have the shooter feel, though. I wish they could have incorporated that kind of hectic feel for the entire game. The game is still fun to play though, and incorporates many kinds of playstyles. You can be a sniper, run and gun, etc, and you can either take your time with all sidequests or get right down to the final battle if you prefer.

Voice acting: I prefer Fem Shep, and I find the voice acting from everyone is still as awesome as ever. For a video game the banter between characters is great.

Cons: Story: Why did the Reapers focus their invasion on Earth? Did Shepard's conversation with them in previous games make them that angry?

Atmosphere: After the opening of the game I was excited that this game would have very dark and depressing feel to it with the galaxy being invaded and destroyed. Unfortunately, throughout the rest of the game you'd hardly know there is an invasion going on. Like other ME's, you simply run around gathering your team together for the final battle. Thanks Bioware, but we've already done that *twice* now in ME.

Plot holes: There's quite a few things in this game that don't make sense when comparing ME3 to the whole series. Plot holes and the ending are why this game gets 3 stars from me.

Ending: Oh, the ending. I don't need to go into details. It's NOT fitting of a 3 game trilogy. At least Bioware is working on extended cutscenes to fill in the gaps, but it won't be enough.

Other Thoughts: Overall, ME3 is a good game, but not great. I would have appreciated more of a feeling of IMPENDING DOOM that we had in the opening sequence, but the rest of the game falls short. Even though the entire galaxy is being annihilated, you, your squadmates, and other characters seem extremely upbeat for what is happening around them. You'll love the game play, as always, and the voice acting is superb (at least on Fem Shep). However, once you get to the end of the game you'll probably be disappointed by Bioware's "artistic vision" of how they decided to end a three game trilogy beloved by fans.

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Team Color Turn 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Purple) Model TG008GE902V3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Boom goes the dynamite. 04/14/2012

This review is from: Team Color Turn 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Purple) Model TG008GE902V3

Pros: - 8GB USB 3.0
- Link activity light
- It works

Cons: - No lanyard (but it does have holes for one, and I had an extra lying around)

Other Thoughts: I had a couple of 1GB flash drives lying around, but wanted something more substantial just in case. I doubt I'll ever need anywhere close to 8GB, but I had a gift card to use.

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CM Storm Spawn - 3500 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Color: It's a deep blood red color, not a bright fruity red.
Size: I really like the short, but wide shape (claw style).

Size/Shape: I love the size/shape. My old Razer Diamondback was much longer and made my palm hurt while using it. I have no discomfort using claw grip with this mouse. The ring finger rest is perfect. You might want something different if you have large hands.

Programmable: You can program all 7 buttons to your liking.

Build: Some people say it feels cheap. It IS very light, but is very sturdy. The rubber grips are fantastic, and the plastic body itself feels high quality. As long as you don't rage throw your mouse against the wall, I can't imagine you breaking it.

Cons: Side buttons: Right now the side buttons can't be programmed to use as shift/control from the keyboard. They're supposedly working on it. Just remap those keys in game to compensate.

Lift off Distance: If you play using 800 DPI, and are on v61 BETA firmware for the mouse, then it has high lift off distance. v32 is much better for LOD, but the tracking isn't as accurate.

Other Thoughts: This review was done with the v61 BETA firmware (can be found on mediafire). The newest non beta is v32 as of 4/14/2012. You have to find v32 on their website. Auto updating the firmware from the software desktop app itself will only take you to v28 in my experience. You'll also need to download an app from the CM site so you can check which version you have for sure (lame, I know).

I never knew there was so much that went into the DPI settings, polling rate, sensitivity, etc, etc. I did a bunch of research and it still doesn't make too much sense to me. The current DPI stepping in V61 BETA is 800/1600/4000, even though it will read as 800/1800/3500 in the software app (I assume that will be fixed when the v61 BETA becomes the official new firmware release).

You'll have to do some Google searching to find the best settings. A good thread is on overclockers.net and it is the ATTN: CMStorm Spawn Mouse Owners thread.

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Brett K.'s Profile

Display Name: Brett K.

Date Joined: 09/21/06

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 01/13/11
  • Last Review: 05/07/12
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