Weekend Whammy: Mass Effect Andromeda Remaster, Maneater & Mafia

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Hello my dear readers, my dear friends, my dear comrades in video games! Let’s jump right into this, shall we? This week I’m talking about the Mafia remasters, Maneater, the Unreal Engine 5 demo and a Mass Effect: Andromeda remaster.

I walloped out a few reviews over the past couple of weeks, starting with Shred 2, following that up with the very enjoyable Before We Leave and finally tackling the Saint’s Row 3 remaster! I made a mistake in that review by listing Volition as the developer of the remaster, when in fact it’s the awesome people at Sperasoft who did the excellent work. It’s a damn fine remaster of a really fun game.

I also put out a ranking of the Tony Hawk games to celebrate the recent announcement of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, a remake of the first two games. A staggering amount of my childhood was spent racking up insane combos in the Tony Hawk games, especially Pro Skater 2. I’m pretty excited about the franchise coming back and this remake hopefully remedying the crapness that was Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD and Pro Skater 5.

I’ve got a couple more reviews coming this week. The first is for Maneater, a game which claims to be a shark RPG, which might be the coolest thing I get to type all year. I’ve put a lot of time into it over the weekend and the review should go live tomorrow, provided I don’t look back at my work, panic and frantically delete the whole lot. It’s a really fun game with some big problems holding it back from true greatness. It actually feels like it would have been perfect for Gamespass.

Speaking of remasters we got the lovely surprise announcement of a complete remake of the original Mafia, a remaster of the second game and a re-release of Mafia 3 with all the DLC included. Mafia 2’s remaster is already out. I really enjoyed Mafia 2 when it first came out, but I’ve been disappointed to learn that the remaster seems to have a whole lot of issues such as poor performance. Given how good the Saints Row: The Third remaster once it’s a real blow to learn that the same care wasn’t given to Mafia 2. However, on the other hand the complete remake for the original Mafia looks beautiful. Here’s hoping that when it launches in August it’ll wash away the sour taste of Mafia 2’s remaster.