-Oh, I know, I'm not going to really get into political stuff in the actual review. I'm only briefly going to mention the Research Station missions as a minus, and mostly because doing things like regulating utilities and measuring air contaminants seems very out-of-step from what you would expect Spider-Man to be doing, and frankly some of it is boring, too.
-As for Mass Effect, I sort of agree with you. Something like that still does bother me a bit-- I don't think homosexuality/bisexuality/etc. should be treated as something normal and acceptable and not as part of a mental illness-- but I do appreciate that they allow you to "opt out", as it were. That said, even then I don't have much of a problem with it because this ties into what I was talking about earlier, with marketing. Mass Effect is clearly rated "M", which is basically a way of saying "anything except outright porn is fair game, folks". Now, if Mass Effect was rated "T" or-- heaven forbid-- "E10+", then I'd have a MUCH bigger problem with it.
Which to me brings me to a related topic-- because of these reasons, even though I'm 35, I'm pretty judicious when it comes to "M"-rated games, since this stuff seems to bug me more than the vast majority of other people. Beyond ME in the realm of "M" games, I've played the Fallout series, the Elder Scrolls series, and Darksiders, and a few select others. And even then, I wonder if I'm going to keep doing that with the current "generation" of games. Spider-Man is my first game from the current console generation (up until late November I was still playing PS3 games-- and still have some to get back to, which I will after Spider-Man), and the graphics are just astounding me, but it also makes me wonder if I'll still be able to play games like Fallout 4. Violence is the controversial category in games I seem to have the least aversion to-- as long as it's not super gory, I'm fine with it-- but with the increased graphical fidelity, will I still be okay with stuff like taking a gun and blowing someone's brains out? When the graphics weren't as lifelike it was easy not to let it get to you, but with Spider-Man graphics applied to something like Fallout... I dunno. I guess when I get to Fallout 4-- the only other PS4 disc game I have right now-- it'll be a "test" of sorts for me. If I'm bothered too much by this stuff now that it looks more real, I might just swear off M-rated games altogether. But again, I still appreciate that they warn you with that ESRB rating-- unfortunately with so many indie games today with no ratings, a game may LOOK child-friendly and yet totally not be, and you won't discover that fact unless you play it, which is very concerning to me.
Last updated January 14th