January 25 - January 29
Watching the NFC Championship Game last night, I was surprised and somewhat excited to see an extended Mass Effect 2 trailer nestled into that ratings critical -- and certainly hyper expensive -- 2:00 warning commercial slot. As we sat and watched, my wife looked up and said, "that looks good, but I wonder what the game actually looks like in game."
"That is in game," I replied, and at that moment I began to realize how big EA and Bioware expect Mass Effect 2 to be. While I have not always been leading the Bioware bandwagon, is there a developer putting out bigger games that consistently get attention? Assuming ME2 doesn't tank, this could be two monster hits for one company in a handful of months. Imagine, for a moment, the manpower, the effort, the diligence and the resources it would take to co-develop Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age at the same time.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bioware may or may not be putting out the best video games on the market, but they are without question the best managed development house in the business. Being successful has a lot to do with the guys upstairs making the right decisions and keeping the ship upright and sailing straight through an endless storm. The Doctors, Ray and Greg, are up there with Valve in my opinion from a pure leadership perspective.
While Mass Effect 2 is an easy game of the week for me, I had to double check this week's release of No More Heroes 2 on the Wii. Am I crazy or did that one sneak in out of nowhere?