Mass Effect: Andromeda Skill System is Boundless

It was recently reported by PC Gamer, that the skill system in Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be limitless in multiple ways. The first being that players will get to add skill points into any of the three skill trees (combat, biotics, and tech). Each of those skill trees will have 12 categories to upgrade as well. The second way is that players will be given the opportunity to spend credits in game to respec their character.

The final way that Mass Effect is going to have a limitless skill system is that there will be no level cap in the game. As confirmed by lead designer Ian Frazier, it is possible for players to max out every skill in each skill tree. He does warn that it would take some time and that players would have to reach approximately level 123 to be able to max out the skill tree so players can expect to have plenty to do in the next installment of the Mass Effect Universe.

You can see even more detail, and screen shots of the skill menu over at PC Gamer.

What are you most looking forward to in Mass Effect: Andromeda? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers.

Sony is Having a Huge Sale…

In honor of the Oscars coming up, Sony is having a massive sale on the biggest games of 2016. Their critics choice sale will be going on until February 28th and some of the games on there are must buys. These are the most notable deals (for us) in this weeks sale.

  • Darkest Dungeon (Original Price $24.99) $12.49/$9.99 w/PS Plus
  • Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition (Original Price $39.99) $19.99/$15.99 w/PS Plus
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (Original Price $49.99) $29.99/24.99 w/PS Plus
  • Overwatch (Original Price $59.99) $53.99/$49.79 w/PS Plus
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition (Original Price $49.99) $29.99/$24.99 w/PS Plus

Many of you may think, “why add Overwatch when it’s barely on sale,” well I will answer your question by simply asking, have you played it? It is  one of the most polished games on the market and its incredibly fun.

Also if you have not tried Darkest Dungeon now is a great time to get your hands on one of the best indie games in the past couple years. It is a fun roguelike strategy game that has garnered a lot of praise with an 84 on Metacritic.

You can find the full list of these great games, and many more on Playstation Blog and let us know some of your favorites that are on sale by tweeting us @TheNerdChambers.

My first Overwatch Season…

So after the last 2 months of grinding Overwatch, I have realized I have made a huge mistake… Why did I not buy this game at launch!? I got this game as a gift for Christmas after many of my friends begged me to buy it for the last year. A lot of my friends scared me into thinking this game was more of a MOBA , as they explained it to be a 3 lane style game, with “Champions” , and no real level system… Which scared me away from an earlier purchase. Biggest gaming mistake I’ve made so far is not buying this game on release…

The last 2 months of gaming has been the most refreshing time I’ve had since Modern Warfare 2. I have been in a rut of games ever since Infinite Warfare dropped in late 2016. It didn’t grab me as well as Black Ops 3, so I really needed a new game to grasp me into hours and hours of gaming. Well thank you overwatch 90 hours in 2 months I am satisfied.

As for my rank. I made it to diamond before the season’s end. Super happy with my rank since I placed around 2450 (High Gold), and finished in low Diamond 3033. Thanks to many of hours of researching characters to play, and how to master certain heroes. I found my love… Mei❄. She was one of the heroes I put a lot of time into accumulating 22 hours with the goddess of Ice. I also worked a lot with Roadhog, Lucio, Genji, and at the end of the season Zenyatta. It was a blast the whole season. I ended the season in low Diamond at 3033, so shooting for the stars to reach into Master rank next season!

Next season will be upon us Tuesday the 28th of February. Up untill then I will be spending my time trying to master Zarya, Mcree, and give me a character to work on! Tweet us @TheNerdChambers and tell me which character I should try and master next!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch Competitive Season 3 Ends Today

It is a sad day for many, as the Overwatch competitive season ends at 4pm PST today. For those that would grind for hours to get that SR all the way up to Master ranks or even dreamed of making that top 500 finish, their grind starts over again. I myself started very late this competitive season, and by late I mean started just over a week ago (lul). At least I can say I made it all the way up to Platinum this season and now that I have gotten back into the swing of things, I have big dreams for season 4.

For those that were mired in mediocrity because of lack of teamwork, it is your chance to start anew. Especially with some updates set to be coming out soon (including that recon mode update for Bastion that many are dreading) it gives people a chance to jump on a shift in meta. What is unfortunate is that for the next week, there will be no competitive games to be played and we will all be forced to troll in quick play until Season 4 starts on the 28th.

I will definitely be messing around with some new heroes to use in the next week until the new season. I have already been working on Zenyatta, Roadhog and Genji to add to my repertoire for the new season. Anyways, we here at The Nerd Chambers cannot wait to get back to the grind of competitive play when the new season hits and we hope you guys join us!

Let us know what you are looking forward to in Season 4, and how Season 3 went for you guys! Tweet us @TheNerdChambers

Reviews of Halo Wars 2…

February 27th 2009 was the release of the first halo wars. This was the first time that the halo franchise branched off into the real time strategy game style. It was a great way for the first person shooter crowd to get into the real time strategy with all of their favorite characters. Metacritic gave the new release an 81%. All around the critics are enjoying the game. The real snags are some early game glitches here and there. Also just not enough cinematic emersion that the first game gave us. That being said, critics are loving the cinematics for how intense and beautiful they look.

I wholeheartedly urge you to check out Halo Wars 2, whether it’s with the release of the Ultimate Edition this week or the standard release next Tuesday. It’s packed with content on both the multiplayer and single-player side, all of which is fun to play. It also has a pretty fantastic story attached to it, incredible cutscenes, and an amazing soundtrack to boot. Ideally we won’t have to wait another 9 years for a Halo Wars 3. -Gaming Age

One thing is for certain, though. Between Multiplayer, Blitz Mode, and Halo Wars 2’s stellar 2-player co-op campaign, there’s truly something for everyone in this wonderfully polished package. This is the best RTS on Xbox One today, by far. And it’s a stunning entry in the Halo pantheon. -Windows Central

Make sure to follow TheNerdChambers to see our review for Halo Wars 2 later this week!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Early Reviews of Horizon Zero Dawn are Out

Sony’s next big exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is coming out in just 8 days and some early reviews are already surfacing. Horizon Zero Dawn is Guerrilla’s first foray into the RPG genre and it seems that many reviewers are responding well.

Lucy O’Brien stated, “Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity–combat–is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration.” She gave the a 9.3/1o and you can read everything she has to say over at IGN.

Jeff Gerstmann says “Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you’re just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush.” Gerstmann gave Horizon a perfect 5/5, you can check out his full analysis at Giant Bomb.

Peter Brown states, “This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you’d never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world.” You can see everything that Peter has to say over at Gamespot.

All of these early reviews have been praising the world design of the game and that the game looks absolutely beautiful – which comes to no surprise as Guerrilla Games have been known for outstanding visuals. However, the game doesn’t seem to be completely perfect as many reviewers have stated that the side missions in the game don’t have much variety to them.

Caty McCarthy gave the game just a 2.5/5 stating the game is “disappointing” and that the game has “overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open-world sensibilities.” You can read why McCarthy does not have the same sentiments as other reviewers do at USgamer.

From what I have gathered through most of these reviews, Horizon Zero Dawn is not going to disappoint. If repetitive side missions are the only knock that multiple people are giving it, then I am sure most can live with that seeing as most games struggle with that problem. Long story short, I cannot wait to get my hands on Horizon Zero Dawn and I will be sure to give you guys my thoughts as soon as possible.

Crash is Back- N Sane Trilogy Release Date Announced

If you guys are Crash Bandicoot fans like I am, you were jumping for joy when Activision and Sony announced they would be releasing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PS4. This means fans will get to play Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped all in 1080p or in 4k if you are a PS4 Pro owner. In even better news, the collection is going to be hitting shelves fairly soon. Activision announced that Crash N. Sane Trilogy will be coming out on June 30th and, according to Polygon, it will only cost $40. The $40 price point is sure to entice longtime fans like myself to pick it up on Day One.