Archive for March 16th, 2012

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I’ve always felt left out of the Mass Effect series. Whenever someone mentions it’s one of their favorite series of all time, I wonder why I can’t enjoy it as much as they do. Mass Effect 3 lets me get my foot in that door, but it also shows me why I’ll never get all the way through the door.

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When I played Saints Row 3, I eventually set up a custom mix tape consisting of my favorite songs from the various radio stations. Thanks, game, for letting me assemble from your licensed music my own personalized soundtrack!

So after my first few runs in SSX, unimpressed by the random tracks that played — Who knew Foster The People has a song that isn’t Pumped Up Kicks? — I went into the custom music option to pick which tracks would accompany me down SSX’s glorious mountains. And what a surprise to discover they’d licensed Daft Punk’s soundtrack to Tron. What a great idea. That’s perfect snowboarding music!

But as I went down the list, I was surprised to find so many Doors songs. I mean, I’m a big Doors fan, but is that appropriate snowboarding music? Or did they just get it really cheaply, because there are a lot of obscure Doors songs in here. Scrolling down…wait a minute. Heart? What? Who snowboards to Crazy For You? Besides me, I mean. Am I in the classic rock section of the soundtrack? Apparently not, because they also have Kesha’s first album. The whole album. What is going on here?

Oh, wait, has SSX gotten into my Xbox Live media center. For one brief shining moment, I thought Electronic Arts’ taste in music was as bad as mine.

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The good news is that Pinball FX 2 is getting four new tables this spring. The bad news is that it’s a bunch more dippy superhero stuff, timed to tacitly tie into Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie. Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles is a set of four tables — available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, or Vita — featuring a collection of superheroes like, I dunno, Superman and Aquaman and that little monkey and those kids with magic rings and maybe that Green Lantern guy from the Seth Rogan movie and whatnot.

Actually, the World War Hulk table (pictured) sounds just weird enough that I want to play it. From the press release:

After the Hulk’s banishment to outer space, he returns to Manhattan to seek revenge against the Illuminati and wage war against the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange in World War Hulk.

Hulk was banished to outer space? By the Illuminati? So he trashes Manhattan? Man, I don’t remember any of that stuff from the Lou Ferrigno TV show. And I am intrigued by this bit about a table called Fear Itself, even if the table is supposedly about Anthony Hopkin’s character from that goofy Thor movie:

Featuring a table design unlike any to date, Fear Itself utilizes magnetic energy in ways no one has ever before experienced on a pinball table:

“Unlike any to date”? “Ways no one has ever experienced before”? Okay, you got my attention. I mean, what am I going to do, not get the new tables? But I’m still holding out for one of these.

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