Some spoilers for specific combat in Mass Effect: Andromeda
Ok, so played yet another ton last night.
Went to the Remnant ship looking for the drive core. Had two laugh out loud moments when I said, in real life, “Nice of them to leave us a trail of flares,” only to have Ryder say it three seconds later and when Ryder wondered, out loud, why she talks to herself. Because story, Ryder!
Then drove all over holy hell looking for drive signatures. If it wasn’t Suvi’s sexy voice guiding me I would’ve gotten more angry than I got, but I still got angry. So angry that when I found that poor sister for the security guy, I just said “Oh stay here then!” I couldn’t be bothered. Poor security guy left his job on the comfy nexus and now he’s out here for nothing, but really, I was out of fucks to give at that point.
And BOY was I out of fucks to give when the quest led me to the flophouse. Fuck that place. Six times I died, the last words I hear being “Disable the alarm to prevent reinforcements, pathfinder.” NO SHIT SAM! could you tell a Pathfinder where, exactly, the alarm IS?????
So I rage quit.
And I said “You know? Why am I DOING this? This day started with me saying I wanted a priority op, and this isn’t it, and I want to make progress.” So I decided that, when I fired it up today, I’d just go back to the tempest. So there.
Remember how I started the day yesterday with an internal crisis? This happened last night:
Me: [sits bolt upright awake]
Me, Again: Go back to sleep.
Me: Dude, I was thinking about the game…
Me, Again: Relax. We’re not going to do that fight. It’ll be nice and relaxing tomorrow. Go back to sleep.
Me: But dude, this is a Mass Effect game.
Me, Again: Yes, I know, we’ve been playing it for what seems like 19 years. Your point?
Me: You remember the end of Mass Effect 2?
Me, Again: Yeah, reaper, looked like the terminator….
Me: No, BEFORE that….
[long pause] Me, Again: Oh, shit.
Me: You following me?
Me, Again: Your whole squad could get fucked up…people you spend hours getting to know could die….
Me: There ya go….
Me, Me, Again [in unison]: If you didn’t do, like, everything.
Oh man, that could be true. I haven’t finished, so I don’t know.
But you didn’t have to do absolutely everything, you just had to do ship upgrades and companion quests, right?
You can still ignore SOME stuff. Probably. I don’t know! I’m not done. You could be right.
I dunno, man. I’m here trying to stop a bad dude(ette) from building a big fucking bomb to use against the nexus. This is the kind of thing that one overlooks at one’s peril in a bioware game. This is the sort of thing when you say “Ah FUCK this” and go back to the Tempest, the ending is “Congratulations, you ended the kett threat, and the next day the nexus exploded killing everyone, especially Suvi who died saying ‘Why did you break my heart? Do you really like Chloe more than you like me? *whimper*'”
Damn it. DAMN IT!
Yeah, that does seem like a big one, it’s true. Maybe it’s in the “ship upgrades” category of quest (since we don’t actually upgrade the Tempest). That could still leave some things in the “randomly helping strangers” category that doesn’t turn out to be vital.
That’s kind of awesome that you just told the sister to go ahead and stay there. I convinced her to call her brother, because family, etc., but hey, it IS her life.
Also, yes yes yes to the frustration of the Flophouse. That was Elaaden’s version of the “enormous multi-stage battle with no save points” (every planet has one!). The first time I got there I also quit in annoyance. I can’t remember if I actually went away and did other things for a while, or if I went back to it the next night, but yeah, it’s a nasty scene.
Just don’t die.
And finally, many hell yeahs to the irritation with SAM’s helpful tip regarding the alarm. “I would LOVE to turn that damn thing off, SAM, if only you could maybe indicate where it is in a useful fashion!”
Yeah, like, forgetting to put a dude’s pendant on a rock is not on par with forgetting to stop a really bad dude with a krogan army from getting a super bomb. Well, probably not.
At that point in the night, I was NOT going to take an option that made the quest longer. I was already pissed that the whole bomb thing was taking forever. I wanted a damn green check mark, and if that meant not giving a fuck, then so be it.
Where IS the fucking alarm? Inside? And is it a kill everyone quest or a run like holy hell quest?
WHERE IS THE ALARM?
Kill everyone. You definitely have to kill everyone. And if I remember correctly, you have to hack three different consoles to turn off the alarm…or maybe that was a different place. Or maybe it was there AND a different place! I remember finding it annoying more than once.
Anyway, go into buildings–I think at least two of them were up, on a higher level–and look for consoles to hack, and eventually you will get the alarm to stop. (Something in which I was intensely interested, less because of the fear that more enemies would come and more because of the FREAKING ANNOYING NOISE the alarm makes.)
But proceed cautiously, because you must kill everyone, and you cannot save until everyone is dead.
This will probably be of more long-term value than placing someone’s pendant on Eos, although one never knows.
Oh the noise! Dude, I was playing with headphones. DIRECTIONAL headphones!
The noise is there! Now there! Now EVERYWHERE!
Shit, you know what was probably the problem? I didn’t switch the quest to the “flophouse: kill the fuck out of everyone” quest, so I wasn’t getting helpful hexagons where I had to go. THAT must be it.
Fuck, I seem to be addicted to hexagons. What am I going to do in the next game I play?
HA! Kidding! I’m never finishing this thing!
Especially as now I fear the penalty for not doing everything is no nudity!
Oh, yeah, you gotta select the quest!
Although that doesn’t always help that much, because if you have, say, three consoles you have to hack, there will be three stars luring you in different directions and you will still get mightily confused in the heat of battle, thinking you’re running towards one of them and then discovering that you’re actually aiming at another one on another level…not that I have personally experienced this or anything.
Just embrace the rage.
Pain is temporary. Rage is eternal.
(Actual T shirt I once saw in a store.)
Although in fact the rage usually dissipates fairly quickly after you finally get the alarm off and the game saved.
Saving games saves lives! (Assuming we will eventually die of stress and hypertension as a result of these no-save-point fights.)