Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO’s Water Festival Event Brings Out the Water Types

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Pokémon GO’s next seasonal event has begun. Although Spring just started, the Water Festival has more of a Summer vibe. It’s a simple event: you’ll find more water-type Pokémon. Specifically the update names Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their respective evolutions. Squirtle and Totodile are both Starter Pokémon from Gen 1 and 2, making them relatively rare, and their evolutions even more so. Magikarp’s evolution is the mighty Gyarados, which is normally very difficult to find and evolve.

In areas where water-type Pokémon are normally found (hint: near bodies of water) you’ll also find more Gen 2 Pokémon, including the rare Lapras. The Water Festival update also adds a new avatar item, the Magikarp Hat.

The Water Festival comes on the heels of a minor update. Last November, Pokémon GO added daily bonuses and 7-day streaks for PokéStops and capturing Pokémon every day. Niantic has increased the rewards for getting a full 7-day streak of collecting a PokéStop at least once a day. Now in addition to the bonus XP and Stardust, you’re rewarded with a random evolution item.

In related news, some Pokémon GO players are posting screenshots and videos of Shiny Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon were introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games. They are ultra-rare and come in an alternate color scheme. They are the Mt. Everest for Pokémon collectors. Neither Niantic nor The Pokémon Company have confirmed or announced the existence of shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

So far only Shiny Magikarp and its evolution Shiny Gyarados have been found. The catch is that the Shiny Pokémon don’t show up as Shiny in the wild. Gotta Check ‘Em All!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival ends on March 29 at 1p Pacific/4p Eastern.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches Today

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The first new Mass Effect game in five years is out today in North America. Developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, Mass Effect: Andromeda  is available for PC (Origin), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A companion app is also available for iOS and Android.

“We’re very happy to welcome the fans back to the Mass Effect universe,” said Aaryn Flynn, VP and GM of BioWare. “The team’s vision for this epic new chapter was to take what our fans love about Mass Effect – great characters and combat – and add more emphasis on exploration while telling a different type of story. We’re following a group of characters who are just starting their heroic journey, and we can’t wait for our fans to discover more about them and this new galaxy.”

Mass Effect: Andromeda distances itself literally from the original trilogy through both time and space. A 600-year long journey thrusts your colony-seeking crew into an all-new galaxy far from our Milky Way. You play as one of the Ryder siblings, a brother or sister. Your Ryder is a Pathfinder, a leader and vanguard of the dangerous exploration missions you’ll undertake.

In addition to a single player campaign, Mass Effect: Andromeda will feature cooperative multiplayer, which play similarly to the multiplayer found in Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Mass Effect: Andromeda also utilizes the Frostbite 3 engine, which is featured in all of EA’s games of the last few years such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield 1.

Launch day reviews have been lukewarm, ranging from praise to harsh criticism. The title currently hovers around a mixed Metascore of 75 (stay tuned for our review).

Mass Effect: Andromeda is available in Standard Edition ($59.99), Deluxe Edition ($69.99), and Super Deluxe ($99.99). The Deluxe Edition grants access to additional digital goodies, such as armor, booster packs for multiplayer, and a pet space monkey. The Super Deluxe Edition is digital only and comes with everything in the Deluxe Edition, plus “a [multiplayer] Premium Pack coming your way every week, for 20 weeks.”