Casey Hudson announced today that he will be taking a "much needed break" and will be moving on from BioWare after a near 16-year stint with the studio.
BioWare Studio General Manager Aaryn Flynn released a blog post to thank Hudson for his time with them and remember his many contributions including being project director of 2003's game of the year Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and leading the development of the award winning Mass Effect trilogy.
Possibly the most iconic gam...
BioWare Montreal is developing the next Mass Effect game, which allows player to explore new areas of space on their new consoles.
“Imagine what we can do now with new consoles and amazing software,” said BioWare. “It looks fantastic.”
When the development for the net Mass Effect started, EA started by asking what the fans wanted. At the top of the list was "somewhere new, and to move froward".
During EA's press conference, BioWare showed off a new hero character in the next Mass Eff...
We all know that songs can make or break a game and really determine how you feel about it. It also determines whether or not you want to play it more or less and that can really help or hurt a franchise. We all know that Final Fantasy and Mario are known for their soundtracks but there is much more out there. Check out the Top 5 from the SpawnFirst Staff.
Whether you still live with your parents or you have moved out, we have all had that one roommate where you have wanted to tie them up in the closet for a week or two just to get them to go away and to shut up. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have met that roommate who is ideal, perfect, and amazing, which some people have had the pleasure to live with.
Quoting a few lines from Commander Shepard's last letter to the Normandy SR-2 crew - We humans may be a fairly young species, but we have bravery in abundance and never give up hope. We stood as one, bled as one, died as one and most importantly we conquered as one..We don't ask to be heroes, sometimes it just turns out that way.
Another week, another Twinfinite Discusses. We haven’t changed clothes. Look, let’s move past that part. Let’s focus on the bigger issues that you all sent to us: what is the key to true equal representation in video games? We talked a lot about Mass Effect for that one, it’s pretty flawless. Other topics include video games in libraries, what genres need massive overhauls, and my tiny dinosaur arms. See you next Tuesday!
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get presents. Although Christmas bonuses may be almost inexistent by now, you can still grab some awesome stuff to gift yourself or your player 2. There are few greater pleasures for a gamer than unboxing a collector’s edition and that’s why we gathered the best 15 CE for less than $60.00 USD each.
This week on Gamespot News Top 5; Battlefield 4 will have head-tracking via Kinect, Infinity Ward try to settle the graphic quality dispute, rumours emerge regarding the new World of Warcraft expansion pack, Microsoft bite back at Sony by confirming CD playback and we see the first images of the upcoming Mass Effect.
GG3 doesn't find their content on the regular forums this time. No, today on Reddit, people were blindsided from a whole different angle. Still, it's kind of amazing to see the skill that was put in some of these moving pictures that could come straight out of a game sex scene, if it was allowed to be more pornographic.
A fan of Mass Effect 3? Then this Pistol Replica might be for you!
"Masterfully sculpted and painted by the artisans at TriForce, the ME3 full-scale replica is the most authentic representation of this weapon available on the market. It is hand-finished and hand-painted to precision quality."
"Launching as the last addition to the popular ship replica series for the Mass Effect videogame franchise, the SX3 Alliance Fighter is available to purchase from today. Sculpted and produced by Dark Horse, the SX3 Alliance Fighter is a brand new version of one of the most recognisable ships in their range."
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Some love it, some hate it: many "hit titles" for the Wii U are actually games for the PS3 or Xbox 360 that came out last year. Either they think that it's a cheap cop out, or they think it's a great way to get a complete edition of a game with enhanced controls. Here are a few games that could use a remake or reboot that could take advantage of the Wii U's unique GamePad controls.
"Camilla Luddington, who plays Lara Croft, the iconic action heroine in the new Tomb Raider videogame, will be meeting fans and talking about her role as the intrepid Lara on the Saturday and Sunday of Europe’s biggest comic con. Luddington will join a line-up including the stars of Once Upon a Time, cast and crew from Steven Spielberg’s Fallen Skies, famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe and Mass Effect star Mark Meer."
Gamesta.com reports on some more great deals. Green Man Gaming is having a big sale that cuts prices of EA titles like Mass Effect and Need For Speed down to single digits! Unfortunately, customers outside of the US are treated to false advertising, as prices indicated do not reflect the real purchase value.
GG3 picks up on a massive sale from online webstore Zavvi.com. Discounts range from anywhere from old PSP/PS2 games to classics like Fallout and more recent titles like Tomb Raider or God of War: Ascension. Don't forget that there are accessories like headsets as well. Also, depending on where you live, shipping is free!
"TriForce has today released the officially licensed Mass Effect 3: M-3 Predator Full Scale Replica. A Limited Edition of six hundred pieces worldwide, this authentic piece of videogame history doesn’t come cheap: in fact, you’d probably need to rob a bank with an M-3 Predator to be able to afford the M-3 Predator Full Scale Replica."
"For as much as people complain about EA's digital distribution service, Origin, there sure are a lot using it -- perhaps it's because there is really no other choice. Either way, Origin now boasts more than 39 million registered, Electronic Arts confirmed during their Q3 Earnings Conference Call. Over two million gamers have registered in January alone."
Gamesta.com gets several reports from EA and Maxis about SimCity today. On one hand, they're very sorry about the troubled launch and offer one game out of a nice package of AAA titles, such as Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 or even the new Dead Space 3 for $0, absolutely free. On the other hand, they're boasting over a million sales.
"Following the release of the much-debated Bishoujo Liara T’Soni Statue last year, Kotobukiya continues its line of Bishoujo statues from the Mass Effect series with a red-headed, Female Commander Shepard. Based on a new interpretation by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita, this new statue is available to purchase from today."
RealGamerNewz doesn't stop or scare easily. No matter what there is to report, if its based on reality and we have a good fix on the truth of the matter we will report it. The major news is scared to make these connections and wants you to feel ridiculed for noticing what they are putting in the games now. Look and be your own judge though instead of letting others dictate your opinion, that includes us! See for your self!
Mass Effect 3's storyline, changed at the last minute, may have originally had more in mind than it was allowed to say. Check out this article which discusses the cut content and what gamers should know about its meanings, as they may have been the original message the work delivered to the player's psyche.
What was a mere speculation became a reality with the expansion's release. Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC is mostly about a friendly social gathering, where players assuming Commander Shepard’s role can throw an epic party and have fun with every crew member who is still alive in the story.
The RGN Team gets together as we conclude our discussion of EA Popping Mass Effect 3′s Bad Ending Cherry and our Citadel DLC impressions and if it was a good send off for the series. Warning: spoilers for Mass Effect 3: Citadel begin at the 23 minute mark. Only listen from than on if you have already played and completed the DLC or have no plans to play it.
"Bioware revealed yesterday in a new FAQ posted about the upcoming single-player Citadel DLC for “Mass Effect 3,” that the add-on will be two separate downloads on Xbox Live due to its size. As such, the Citadel DLC will be two different downloads for Xbox 360 owners while the DLC will remain a single download on the Playstation 3 and PC. It is rather odd to hear of a game, on any system, having to split its DLC pack into separate parts due to size of the add-on."
"The RGN Staff got together again for a brief but informative Preview for the Mass Effect 3 DLC. After the uproar in response to our latest Podcast titled EA Pops Mass Effect 3′s Bad Ending Cherry & How To Fix It.
Some of the Topics Covered Include:
Citadel DLC w Tristan and Matt
Still Fan Backlash Over Endings
Rumors and Possibilities of What Will Be In the DLC
Rumor: Citadel Will Bring Back Three Wheel Dialog Options
Larger Opportunities For Shepard To Make His Own Decisions
In Mass Effect 3 there is one particular ending that just doesn't seem to add up for most fans and gamers in general. In this article the "Synthesis" ending is analyzed and compared to New World Order conspiracy theory as well as real life while the plot holes about it are looked at as essentially the synthetics brainwashing humanity and using them as willing slaves.
"The late death of Robin Sachs at the age of 61 has seen bioware do a weekend tribute to honor him for all he has done. Mass Effect fans and Bioware fans in general are mourning his loss as well. His last work ever done will be in the new Citadel DLC since his lines were finished before he passed they will also have a tribute in the DLC to him."
A look at choice in video games, and why having the illusion of choice can make a gamer feel worse than not being given a choice at all. A brief overview of two of the most popular games to offer choices that don't really matter at the end of the day provides a perspective on what it can feel like to realize nothing you have done in a video game makes a difference.
"Ryan's wife, traditionally not a gamer, begins her trek through the Mass Effect universe. A few suprises abound, even here at the beginning, but they're not from where you expect.
As you read in my previous article, my wife isn't much of a gamer, but as you read this you may see I need to change that title. We had a pretty successful run through most of LA Noire, but have since been looking for something to curb the curiosity within my wife on gaming. Many people suggested the Mass Effect ..."
"About a year ago, my wife was heavy into LA Noire. I wrote the article, "Help! My Wife Stole My Xbox!" because I couldn't get a free moment to game. She was so excited to follow the story and plotline and the "simplistic" gameplay -- so lambasted by the rest of the gaming community -- was loved by my wife, who isn't much of a gamer in the end.
The game went south when she hit the Arson desk, though. A case began where a house was burnt down, evil work was obviously afoot, and the family wa..."
"I’ve argued time and time again that the score to a video game is one of its most important elements. And it’s one of the biggest things that stick in the mind of gamers whenever they think of their favorite video games. I mean, when you think of Mario, what do you hear? The Mario theme, of course. When you think of Ocarina of Time, you most likely think of its fantastic score. Video game music is one of the most important things to us gamers, and 2012 had plenty of awesome scores to che..."
"It may have succeeded in bagging a slew of awards this year but there’s no ignoring the fact that Mass Effect 3 also took home first prize for 2012′s most controversial video game release. Just to clarify, this isn’t to say that Mass Effect 3 is necessarily a bad game; mechanically, it’s easily the tightest and best-looking chapter in the critically-acclaimed trilogy. However as the final instalment came to a close it was evident that, somewhere down the line, BioWare -the so-called “masters”..."
Amazon is having a sale on PC games starting on January 1st. Most of the games will be $30 or less, and include Mass Effect Trilogy, BF3 Premium, Kingdoms of Amalur, and several others. Amazon also has a $5 coupon floating around as well that can be used on these games.The question is when will gamers find time to play some of these games? Mass Effect Trilogy and KoA are 40-60 hours games at the very least.
This week we talk about Gamers Heroes Game of the Year Awards. We break down our lists of categories including Game of the Year, each console Game of the Year and a couple of fun categories like most disappointing and most anticipated game of 2013. We touch a few news stories before jumping in but most of the podcast is unbridled conversation about 2012 in games. Come listen to us as we shoot the s*** about 2012′s video games.
"Gamers, it is time. Time to look back on this year and face something that many aren’t ready to. That fact is simple, but frightening. This year sucked. It was also awesome. But, let’s face it, it’s always more fun to look at the horrible disappointments than the thrilling successes of the gaming world. Unless, you know, you have to play one of them."
"Mass Effect 3: Omega is now available on Xbox LIVE and Origin and is coming to PlayStation Network tomorrow. Revisit one of the best games of 2012 and one of the most beloved franchises of this console generation. This thrilling new piece of single player downloadable content expands upon the events of Mass Effect 3 by allowing players to return to the seedy and unsavory levels of Omega to fight alongside fan favourite Aria T’Loak."
"A galactic saga filled with tension, insurmountable obstacles, and unforgettable characters beckons gamers this holiday season. Including all three videogames in the critically acclaimed series, Mass Effect Trilogy is available at retail stores and on Origin.com now, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of £39.99 GBP. This massive compilation is the perfect gift for long-time fans or friends who haven’t had the chance to experience the incredibly powerful and emotionally engaging universe of..."
*Xcom Enemy Uknown
*Resident Evil 6
*Mass Effect 3
"X5 Music Group has today announced that it’s eagerly anticipated album, The Greatest Video Game Music 2, will be available worldwide for download next month. Performed by the world famous London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Greatest Video Game Music 2, features seventeen brand new classical orchestrations of some of videogame’s most cherished musical themes, including tracks from blockbuster titles such as Halo, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Final Fantasy VII."
"The line-up for this month’s MCM Expo London Comic Con is nothing less than impressive, but with weeks still to go until the event there’s plenty more yet to be revealed. The latest of which is the confirmation of some videogaming celebrity appearances from three of the biggest franchises the industry has yet produced."
GAMINGtruth delivers everything you need to know about BioWare's upcoming "Retaliation" DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, including the plethora of additional multiplayer features such as an integrated challenge system and in-game weapon additions.
Mass Effect 3: Retaliation will release on Oct. 9 2012 for Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and the Origin client. The DLC requires the latest patch to be installed, as well.
"GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival powered by Nottingham Trent University has announced the shortlist for the second GameCity Prize, an award that aims to celebrate videogames as a cultural artform. From journeys of self-discovery through ancient landscapes to the fun-filled adventures of Super Mario; the pleasures and horrors of love to a digitally-enabled playground game set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, this year’s shortlist covers a diverse array of work."
Default Prime writer Kyree Leary is a huge fan of the Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed games. Despite him already own the games separately, he was a little excited to hear about their upcoming trilogies/collections. This feeling was ruined, however, when he found out that they would not be the complete, all-in-one, collections they should strive to be.
Gamesta.com recaps the latest announcements fro BioWare. One of those is the announcement of a new Dragon Age game, but also new Mass Effect content coming and a mysterious new game. On the other hand, the departure of the two doctors responsible for founding the company seems like the end of an era.
"One of the biggest reveals for the Wii U console at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) back in June was the revelation that BioWare and Electronic Arts would be bringing Mass Effect 3 to Wii U. Today, following Nintendo UK’s ‘Nintendo Direct’ presentation, new details on the Mass Effect 3 – Special Edition product have been confirmed."
"If you’re not familiar with the upcoming adaptation, it’s a prequel set before the events of Mass Effect 3 and follows Alliance Marine James Vega as he leads an elite Special Forces unit into battle against the mysterious extraterrestrials known as The Collectors. Faced with the alien menace, Vega and his team must struggle to protect civilians and do their duty as Alliance soldiers and wage war on the ruthless Collectors.
Freddie Prinze Jr. reprises his role as the voice of Vega in Parago..."
"As revealed by Electronic Theatre back in April of this year, a new addition to the Play Arts Kai range has launched today, bringing premium quality Mass Effect 3 figures to the UK audience for the first time. Three characters are available at launch, with more expected to follow in the coming months."
Leviathyn.com | "Call me weird, but I’ve always been fascinated by sociology and psychology. I like studying social trends, how we relate to them, why they start, and how we comment on and build them.
And it’s hard to ignore the fact that our entertainment media plays into these things as well; after all, they are a creative project, and creative minds tend to comment on the things around them in their work. We see it with film, we see it with music, and we see it with literature.
"Rumors of Reaper slayings are drifting back, leaving a trail of blood soaked breadcrumbs for Shepard travel. Shephard sets off to unravel the most closely guarded secret in the galaxy, hopefully before the Reapers hide the one truth silencing it forever to protect the Reaper Race. Shepard can put an end-all by Reaper-cide if he discovers the startling secret that has been wisely hidden for a star’s age"
"It’s time for another edition of The Sandbox, the weekly feature in which the GamerNode team members reveal what we’ve been playing over the past few days and what we’ve got on our plates for the weekend. This week, Steam took hold of our wallets and made sure our PCs got plenty of attention."
I loaded up my save just before being teleported to the Citadel as it hovers over Earth. From there, events played out as usual. My final choice was to take the place of the AI construct in the Crucible and take control of the Reapers. This is the same ending I had previously chosen before the Extended Cut DLC came out. But, there is just so much more to consider here as well.....
Mass Effect 3 was one of the Biggest games of this year, and the ending of Last year. It accomplished a complete story from the Original to the final, and had a lot of story and gameplay elements that seemed to have complimented each other nicely. Though, there is speculation surrounding the idea that the ending of the 3rd game was not satisfiable enough for Bioware's fan-base to the game... see what our analytical review has to say...
Mass Effect 3, developed and worked on by Bioware, and being supported by Co- founder Ray Muzyka, has received a tremendous amount of coverage this year. Probably more large than that of Diablo III. However, there was an aftermath projection on how the game did and what the fans had to say about the games ending. Get a load of what the analysis was so far...
Gamers have all sorts of tastes. Some of us can't wait for the next yearly iteration of our favorite sports game, and others can't seem to pry their eyes from their TV screens as they incessantly play Call of Duty through the night. The gaming industry is so full of creative ideas and choices, and we, as gamers, are very fortunate for this. But, if you're like me, you like creating your own chaos, your own story, and your own experience a little more than linear games with point A to point B ...
Game mechanics rest at the core of gameplay, making everything run as it does in the hands of the player. And sometimes there are mechanics that are so innovative and creative that they change the experience as we know it. Cassidee from Leviathyn.com shares four game mechanics she'd like to see used in games more often.
"Can you abuse us anymore, Bioware? Its like a boyfriend who, when you finally swallow his bull about a dirty deed like the effed up ending of ME3 showing me years of hard work do not matter in the end, that comes up with yet another spotty episode of…but wait theres more..What next a Brony ending for Conner? I THINK someone owes me some lobster, or at least some Taco Bell!!!"
"Following the launch of the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the long awaited Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut downloadable content (DLC) last month, and the North American PlayStation 3 release last week, gamers in PAL territories can now download the DLC pack. Available on the PlayStation Network now, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is free to all players."
"In this weeks Bagocast we discuss what we're playing, the release of Mass Effect 3 extended cut, the closure of Radical Entertainment, The Merit of Ghost Recon, New Writers for the Gears of War Franchise, Lots of Uncharted talk, as well as underage pregnant women. Enjoy!"
With the conclusion of Commander Shepard's saga coming to us by way of the controversial Mass Effect 3, fans are left with a rich galaxy full of untapped potential for new storylines and spin-offs. Cassidee from Leviathyn.com shares some of the plots she'd like to see in future installments of the Mass Effect franchise.
""The free Mass Effect 3 DLC dropped today giving us the director’s cut ending of the game. So, of course I rushed home to download it so I could find out exactly what it was like.
I must say that I’m still feeling a bit ‘meh’ about the ending. This new DLC does explain a bit more than before though. You see scenes of your crew members putting Shepard’s name on the memorial aboard the Normandy.""
"It’s been a talking point for the industry since release; will they? Won’t they? Will anything be good enough for those who have been protesting? Well, today we have our answer. Of course, Electronic Theatre is talking about the ending to the critically acclaimed Mass Effect 3, and the downloadable content (DLC) that is now available for all fans of the videogame for free."
"Mass Effect took these videogame tropes and worked a very powerful choice-making mechanic into them. Through both action and dialogue, players were able to see their choices play out in extremely rewarding ways. Every player made their own universe within Mass Effect, and so extensive was there control that by the time Mass Effect 3 came out, each person may as well have been playing a different game. That is a pretty profound videogame experience, even if it is just an improved retooling of ..."
Weekly round-up of the latest video game screenshots. Check out new galleries for LEGO Batman 2, DmC - Devil May Cry, Sleeping Dogs, The Cave, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Pack, KickBeat, Jet Set Radio Vita, Resistance: Burning Skies, Hitman: Absolution, Dead or Alive 5, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, Of Orcs and Men, Krater, Ys Origin, PlanetSide 2, Bullet Run, ShootMania Storm, Spec Ops: The Line, Gungnir, Bang Bang Racing, Dungeon Defenders Summoner D...
Let's take a look at what the crew at GoozerNation has been playing as gamers head into the Memorial Day Weekend. Outside of Diablo III and some new releases which are going to be hard to put down even to enjoy BBQ, they have some great suggestions for those looking for something to play during the extended weekend.
"...a published fantasy author whose Mass Effect stories come to a sum of over 660,000 words.
I have to rewrite that, because I find it too hard to believe. 660,000 words. That outpaces classic long works, like Les Misérables, Atlas Shrugged and even War and Peace.
It’s 180,000 words longer than Infinite Jest, which is impossible because there is literally nothing longer than Infinite Jest."
"The video game industry is definitely booming, with new games flourishing, especially applications, casual mobile games, and arcade-style gaming. But what happened to the hardcore console or PC video games—the ones we could sit down and play for hours? they are still around, and hopefully will be for some time to come, but from where I’m sitting the future isn’t so bright and for that reason I decided to look at some of the possible reasons. It would be a cop-out for me to say that the econom..."
Good marketing is the key when it comes to getting your game to produce big sales numbers. Of course, in all industries, some marketing campaigns are edgier than others, and gaming is not new to this. But what happens when your campaign gets a little...odd? Cassidee from Leviathyn.com takes a look at some of the strangest campaigns gaming's seen in its lifetime.
"Everyone involved with video games from the people playing them all the way through the spectrum to the people that make them, will agree that video games have came a hell of a long way in the past 10-15 years. The graphics and visual aesthetics of the games we play has evolved from being a collection of hastily placed together blocks of pixels, to being full blown, realistic looking character models. It is safe to say that video games have came a long way visually. Video games have never man..."
In this full press release post by RealGamerNewz, you will find out directly from the horse's mouth how to get involved with the EA Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Earnings and Business Conference Call in which many things will be discussed including the numbers Mass Effect 3 is doing.
"Amid the outcry of furious gamers I’ve found myself as part of the minority. I thought the original ending to Mass Effect 3 was okay. Whoa, whoa, whoa – blow out your torches and put down the pitchforks, there’s no need for a burning at the stake today. I’ll make concessions but I don’t think BioWare has anything to answer for."
Game Freaks 365's Jason Lataillade reviews Mass Effect 3, the grand finale of BioWare's role-playing franchise. How did he feel about the controversial ending, the decisions made throughout the game, and the multiplayer? Check out his full review on Game Freaks 365.
"GamingUnion: "Welcome back to another episode of DarkFeed, the weekly show that gives you all the big news in the gaming industry, but in a bite sized portion. You walk away from the table feeling full, but not stuffed to the point of vomiting. The perfect amount of video game nutrition. After all, it does the body good... kind of.""
"Electronic Arts haven’t had a great month. Consumer action website The Consumerist, named them the ‘Worst Company in America’ and last week, the publisher received ‘several thousand’ letters complaining about the inclusion of same-sex relationships and sex scenes in recent titles like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3. And many of the protesters are threatening to boycott future games if the company continues to do so."
"There's a pretty good selection of new content in the Resurgence Pack, this isn't just one new character and one new gun. There's 6 classes in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer, and we get a new character for all of them. Even better, these are mostly previously unplayable races, such as the Batarians and the Geth, making it more appealing. They each come with their own unique set of abilities, and everything is customizable, from the armor color to the powers, just like every other character."
In defense of the Mass Effect 3 ending, Brad Tramel points out the fundamental flaw in players' criticism. He focuses on the assumption that all previous player choice will impact the end, as well as why an explicit, visual impact isn't necessary for an apt end to the series.
"Gamers in general are an interesting breed, which pretty much goes without saying. When we learn about a new game that is coming out, we hype and we hype and we hype some more. During a triple-A title’s pre-production, gamers are the jolliest group of optimists you’ve ever seen. But the moment that game is released, a transformation occurs that turns us into disgustingly cynical A-holes, whose only dreams consist of the game’s developers reading our cruel comments on our favored video game me..."
Today sees a double dose of Mass Effect 3 news. Firstly is the patch will fixes a slew of minor issues, but most importantly, the facial import problems that some players have encountered. Second is the multiplayer DLC called the Resurgence Pack, which is free for all players of the game.
Due to events happening, this week's episode was delayed by a few days.
On this episode, we’ll talk about Notch’s new game, EA officially being labeled the Worst Company in America, more Xbox 720 rumors, several release dates, Mass Effect 3′s Resurgence Pack DLC, and much, much more. Also, Stephen can't say precipice and instead says principle.
This is no joke: Electronic Arts (EA), one of the biggest video game companies in the world, and maker of the highly popular Star Wars: The Old Republic video game - is the target of a boycott orchestrated by hateful anti-gay groups. As we speak thousands of anti-gay letters are flooding their headquarters, threatening to push the company and its staff to the dark side ("Homos are ruining gaming!" wrote one boycotter.)
Why? Because they had the courage to give players aroun..."
Round-up of new screenshots from Borderlands 2, Mario Tennis Open, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Risen 2: Dark Waters, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City’s Spec Ops DLC, Mass Effect 3: Resurgence Pack, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Teeth of Naros DLC, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Spec Ops: The Line, Way of the Samurai 4, Ninja Gaiden 3 DLC Pack 1, Double Dragon: Neon, Pokemon Conquest and more.
"GamingUnion: "Welcome back to another episode of DarkFeed, the weekly show that gives you all the big news in the gaming industry, but in a bite sized portion. You walk away from the table feeling full, but not stuffed to the point of vomiting. The perfect amount of video game nutrition. After all, it does the body good... kind of.""
"It's no secret that the Retake Mass Effect 3 movement has favored the indoctrination theory since the release of Mass Effect 3, and some of the members believe Bioware and EA are only adding to the problem by trying to explain an ending that's simply bad, due to lackluster writing and gaping plot holes. They firmly believe trying to explain these inconsistencies will only worsen the problem, and give us more of a bad ending."
Gas station bathroom pharmaceuticals are a hobby of mine. It really is a potent mix of the convenience of a Jetsons-style pill-based lifestyle and the downhome earthiness of a truck stop. All for just 50 cents!
Ashley tags out Ian this week, who is preparing for a pilgrimage to the land of Sam Adams and chowda for PAX East. Ashley gives us her thoughts on Silent Hill: Downpour and this month’s Kickstarter Highlight, Fist Puncher. Evan adds in his own kickstarter for the hoary old roleplaye...
The battle between angry fans and BioWare has been raging since the game's release over several issues, with the biggest being the disappointing ending. BioWare have stuck to their guns and stated that they won't make a new ending, but will release free DLC to add clarity to the existing ones.
"Videogames have kept a watchful eye on the movie industry and copied many of Hollywood’s tried and tested practices in an attempt to push games forward. Anyone who has played videogames before will have came across a cut scene. You complete a section or level of a game and a cut scene sequence is triggered. You have no interaction with the control pad and all control is surrendered to the game.
Videogames are interactive and allow for choice, (albeit limited choice) so why is it we must su..."
Apparently EA have received "thousands" of complaining letters about scenes of homosexual nature in some of their big games - most notably Mass Effect 3 and The Old Republic in this article. It's unbelievable that some people would even want the scenes censored. VP Jeff Brown believes the issues "isn't about children, it's about political harassment."
The fashion industry mirrors a lot of industries and themes over the years. Fashion even reflects games in a certain degree, but gaming follows fashion trends is something no one's really looked in to. MyGaming check out the latest fashion elements sliding into the world of video games.
There has been a lot of whining and complaining about Mass Effect 3. GameJudgment's Nick Mastrodicasa thinks it's about time gamers started talking about the good parts. Check out this list of humorous and lighthearted moments from the most controversial game of the year.
Jack Attacks is Bagogames first attempt at a weekly opinion piece and, in the top brass' lack of wisdom, Jack Patton has been chosen to do it. So every week or so he's just going to pick a fight with something and hope there is someone who agrees with him. This week it's the gaming industry itself and the dastardly tactics they employ to maximise profit. Hit the link and then when, or if, you finish please leave a comment in the comment box!
"The idea of Shepard being indoctrinated did cross my mind, especially toward the end of the game with the hard to miss “Reaper Vision.” (Either that or Shepherd’s brain was being destroyed by ink-like tentacles.) In fact, I agree that this theory is exactly what the writers were aiming for. I say writers, but it was allegedly only Casey Hudson and Head Writer Mac Walters that constructed the controversial finale."
"Mass Effect 3's multiplayer is fun, slightly addicting, and overall a decent addition to the Mass Effect series. It's got a good basis, the horde wave style gameplay works, and the enemy type variations and different maps are all pretty good to make for a decent experience.
But what if you want more from the Mass Effect Multiplayer experience?"
"Bioware announced today in a press release that the original Mass Effect is on tap for a remake this year. Don’t expect the same game though, says Bioware, as they plan for a number of surprises, but some of those surprises were accidentaly revealed when Casey Hudson appeared on the French talk show "Le Jeux" this weekend."
"GamingUnion: "Welcome back to another episode of DarkFeed, the weekly show that gives you all the big news in the gaming industry, but in a bite sized portion. You walk away from the table feeling full, but not stuffed to the point of vomiting. The perfect amount of video game nutrition. After all, it does the body good... kind of.""
So far this year Final Fantasy XIII 2 has been lambasted for its “to be continued” ending which many saw as inconclusive and abrupt. Then the internet went slightly madder than usual over Mass Effect 3’s ending. That debacle has seen $80,000 and 402 cupcakes donated to charity as the vast majority of gamers urged Bioware to change pretty much everything that happened during the entire last hour of the game.
Ryan Johnson | GoozerNation
Ryan over at GoozerNation has been following the Mass Effect 3 debacle. He feels the biggest concern is the masses stepping in on someone's artistic vision. While he'd like to see BioWare stand by their original vision, he knows this isn't the first time that someone's changed/altered their vision, primarily when it comes to mass media. Ryan discusses a few points that have changed the outcomes of anime series's he likes, and wonders which way BioWare will choo...
"Operation Fortress was based around leveling up characters as much as possible with extra XP and now Operation Raptor is looking to promote these new recruits to veteran status. During the weekend of March 30th to April 1st players will be tasked with promoting two multiplayer characters to the main story."
Evening, listeners! It’s still Monday somewhere, right? On this week’s slightly late episode of the Primecast, the full cast gets a little too carried away with the games of the week, but almost wraps up Mass Effect 3 talk, discusses Epic Mickey and why I thought it never really interested me, but got John’s attention, and the inevitable futility of online servers.
Mass Effect 3's ending has received a lot of backlash, that's no news to anyone who's been following gaming sites lately. And after a statement from the co-founder of Bioware, they're looking into ways to add more closure. But with most fans wanting a completely redone ending, would that actually do any good?
Mass Effect, released in 2007, proved that games could have a long-lasting and personal impact, one heavily influenced by player choice. Mass Effect 3, the final iteration of BioWare’s sci-fi trilogy, employs the same concepts as the games before it, but takes a dark new direction. It is epic in scale, tragic in story, and often disheartening during play—and I didn’t expect anything less, nor want anything else when the credits rolled.
"Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the fuss over Mass Effect 3‘s ending.
I guess someone on the internet forgot that some of us enjoy playing our games spoiler-free, but that would be in the realm of accusations, and I’m not here to discuss that.
Instead, I’m here to say something that will earn an infinite amount of criticism.
Gamers should not, and can not dictate a developer’s creative vision. By attempting to do so, you appear as nothing more than an entitled, whiny child.
With IGN r..."
"Many members of Bioware’s development team have responded negatively to a user review of their most recent game Mass Effect 3, expressing tremendous disappointment in how the review ends. The review, written by Amazon customer Cane Thomas begins with intriguing, well-written commentary on the Mass Effect series and the author’s own personal experiences in playing Bioware’s games. It then begins an intricate examination of the artistic and technical merits and flaws of the game, but the fi..."
"BioWare has received a lot of flak lately due to the From Ashes Mass Effect 3 DLC. From what I understand, a bit of the flak is just, as they are alleged to flat-out lie about the timing of development, but there is another side claiming it wasn't 100% complete. Regardless, I have a few cents worth of opinion on the whole issue of DLC in general and how it is dealt with in sales in general.
First, I suppose I don't understand the idea of a "stock" new price. Why "must" games run $59.99? A ..."
The Gaming Irresponsibly weekly series, Top 10 Tuesdays, continues the Mass Effect 3 celebration with the second week of Mass Effect Month. Last week covered the Top 10 Mass Effect Powers, and this week is countdown of the top 10 Mass Effect characters. Will your favorite make the list?
"Make sure you’re suited and leveled up. Before you land, shoot the husks. Once you land, shoot more husks but keep moving. Be sure to hold your power button so you can see your radar to keep track of enemies. Clear the LZ and then talk to the nearby Turian soldier. He’ll point you towards the base."
"Mass Effect 3 is the penultimate game in one of Bioware's best selling franchises. Starting way back November 20, 2007 with the release of the original Mass Effect, all 3 games have received critical acclaim and industry veterans have said that it is the defining franchise of this generation."
"Following yesterday’s aggressive move to procure Mass Effect 3 sales by Asda, another UK retailer has today launched a price campaign of their own. Catalogue service store Argos has today revealed a promotion in which gamers who purchase an Xbox 360 Kinect device will receive a copy of Mass Effect 3 without charge."
"One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2012 is now available throughout the PAL region, as Electronic Arts have today published the closing chapter of BioWare’s science-fiction opus, Mass Effect 3. Available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Mass Effect 3 is certain to storm the charts and expected to be sitting pretty in that coveted top spot when the result are published next week."
"Tipped to top the gaming charts this March, Mass Effect 3 is going on sale at 00:01 tonight at Asda for just £37.97 GBP, £12.02 below the official RRP of £49.99. What’s more, the retailer is offering have a further £5 discount available for gamers who pre-order the videogame prior to midnight tonight."
"GamingUnion: "When Mass Effect arrived on the scene, it arrived with some real gusto. It gave us the epic sci-fi tale of Commander Shepard, a character who, while being very integral to everything, could also be unique to every experience. But it also gave us gameplay experiences that had been done before, but never with such precision and longevity. Here we had a game that allowed you to make different decisions and they would actually mean something, and not just in that game either. Mass E..."
""We bid adieu to Commander Shepard and his intrepid crew. We do so with a bit of sadness at friends lost along the way, accomplishment because our choices allowed us to finish the game on our own terms, and a sense that just maybe there is “one more story” left to tell?""
"Like every RPG, Mass Effect 3 is filled with glorious items that are usually way out of your price range. Have you seen that awesome set of armor for 50,000 credits? Or maybe you have your eye on that devistating Sniper Rifle for 250,000, either way, this Mass Effect 3 How To Earn Credits Fast guide will give you some basic tips on getting a good boost to your income early on in the game."
"The current generation of video games has spent more time on narrative than any other previous era in gaming. Popular games such as L.A. Noire, BioShock, and Dragon Age have all majorly benefitted from this approach, but the Mass Effect series seems to do it better than everybody else. The story is epic, but what really sets it apart from the competition is the attention the writers paid to the characters. Each character is beautifully crafted, completely unique, and stands on their own two f..."
"During your journey in Mass Effect 3, you can collect various war assets to help with your struggle against Cerberus and The Reapers. This Mass Effect 3 War Asset Guide will list all the currently discovered assets and where you can obtain them. Note, collecting all of these drastically increases your chance of the perfect ending."
"Mass Effect 3 is filled with planets waiting to be discovered, some contain rare salvage such as credits and technology, others contain assets that are vital to your war effort. This Effect 3 Planet Salvage And War Assets Guide will list all the available planets, as well as the things you may discover on each planet."
"The gaming collective has been going crazy recently over rumors of a next-gen Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, with upgraded graphics and hardware components. Whether or not the current generation of gaming consoles is nearing it’s end is up for endless debate, what we can say with certainty is the most recent release from Electronic Arts and Bioware, Mass Effect 3, is so good that it should put any doubts about this generation to rest; our complete review is after the jump."
"GamingUnion: "It’s Monday which means it’s time for another Ultimate Movie Cast List and since Mass Effect 3 is coming out this week, we thought it was only fitting that this week be all about this rather special franchise. As a disclaimer, we've decided to go for the core Mass Effect characters that were introduced way back when, so there won't be any of the new people in Mass Effect 3 and very few of the newer people from Mass Effect 2.""
"The wait is over and Mass Effect 3 is here to conclude the story of this space opera trilogy. But it has been two years since I played Mass Effect 2 and all I remember is that Commander Shepard dies in the first two minutes, then gets miraculously resurrected to save humanity. There was also a mountain of DLC that I never bothered to play. But that changed this week when I grabbed all of the DLC packs and took a second tour through Mass Effect 2. Commander Shepard died for my sins, the le..."
"Mass Effect 3 is coming out tomorrow in North America and gamers will finally get the chance to see how their decisions from Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 shape the final battle with the Reapers and the end of Commander Shepard’s story. To celebrate that, we here at VGutopia have banded together to come up with our top 10 list of the most important Mass Effect decisions."
"GamingUnion: "Remember when pre-ordering something used to be fun? You'd be guaranteed a little poster, an art book, perhaps the soundtrack for the game if you were particularly lucky. It was a fairly simple trade-off for everyone involved, the developer/publisher got what was generally a guaranteed sale and the average gamer would walk away with some sweet bonus loot for financially declaring their love for the game in advance. Not to say that there wasn't a potential for error somewhere in ..."
"Making a profitable videogame for current-gen consoles is an expensive and risky business venture. Charging as much as you can get away with is, unfortunately an effective tactic to ensure success. While few game publishers would try to break the sixty-dollar price ceiling with a retail product, they do try to circumvent that by offering quick and numerous DLC packs. Consumer outrage grows greater the closer these DLC packs are to launch, and the inevitable worst-case-scenario for a buyer ..."
"The publishers must want to end their fiscal quarters on a high note, as there are a ton of high-profile titles coming out this month. You can’t mention March 2012 without talking about the most anticipated trilogy-closing video game of all-time, Mass Effect 3. The final chapter of BioWare’s galactic soap opera will put an end to Commander Shepard’s story, and whether it works out or not depends on the choices you made in the previous two titles. Mass Effect 3 may overshadow some of the other..."
IGN comes in and gives us a long Q&A and a review and progress. It explains a lot about Mass Effect 3 and how it holds up to past titles. It is a great read for fans of the series and for people who are wandering whether they will get the game or not. Either way, GO READ IT!
"One of the more controversial topics with BioWare’s Dragon Age series has been the option to engage in a relationship with characters of the same sex as your avatar, something that has now become an option for both genders in Mass Effect 3. In order to clarify just where the developer stands on the issue, studio heads Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk stated it was all a matter of providing choice to the player."
"Mass Effect 3 is coming out in just over a week and EA is pulling out all the stops to market the game. A brand-new live action trailer has been released. All of this marketing seems to be working as Mass Effect 3 pre-orders are higher than Mass Effect 2 pre-orders were at this point before launch."
"The new episode of the Primecast is up, and with a title like that, how could you not listen? And when the cast and crew talk about Mass Effect 3′s insane lineup of pre-release DLC, The Last Story coming to America and why it might not be a sign of “things to come” from Nintendo, and why Chris Stewart may not be super excited for the new Amnesia game, you definitely need to listen. It’s important. And the header image will be explained as well.
So give the episode a download, subscribe..."
"Last week, video game publisher Electronic Arts launched copies of their science fiction game Mass Effect 3 into space as part of a promotion for the final installment in that massively popular science fiction trilogy. Today they announced that they will continue shooting video games into space, starting with The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition."
Some gamers feel day-one DLC strips away from the total value of a game's retail release...that the value of the game should be maintained with as much content as possible the day it releases. Others feel that day-one DLC helps improve and expand on a game, especially if it's considered to be a good game. The real question is if day-one DLC is acceptable?
"For most people February 14th is a Hallmark holiday celebrating a forced reason to show your love for your significant other. Most of the time that is what the day means for me as well; however this past February 14th wasn’t about love, candy, physical manifestations of emotions or anything like that; it was about Mass Effect 3. The demo for one of the most anticipated games of 2012 came out on February 14th and here are my impressions upon completing the single player portion multiple times..."
"Always trying to outdo themselves and the competition, EA Australia held an event spectacle of galactic proportions on Wednesday 22nd of February at SOHO in Sydney’s infamous Kings Cross.
Some features: decking out the dance floor with TVs showcasing the Earth and Mars level from Mass Effect, having a FemShep walk around being bad-ass with her inflatable Omni-Blade and a photo booth to get your face on either FemShep or MaleShep.
The awesome didn’t quite stop there though, as up the f..."
In this episode, celebrating a year of podcasting, the guys talk about the Vita, Twisted Metal, Mass Effect 3, Syndicate, Kingdoms od Amalur: Reckoning, The Darkness 2, Gotham City Impostors, the "Epic Quest" Pinball FX2 table, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Resident Evil Revelations, NeverDead, Quarrel, Block Zombies!, the Double Fine Kickstarer business, and plenty more!
"Thanks to the good people at EA, Mark Ankucic (a.k.a. The Viking Gamer) and I (a.k.a. Me) were granted an opportunity to go hands on with the first hour or so of the story mode for Mass Effect 3.
The event was held at SOHO at Pott's Point. For those who have been there you'll know that Pott's Point is essentially King's Cross and therefore filled with all sorts of... "Colourful" characters wondering the streets and holding interesting rambling conversations. Mostly with themselves
"Happy Monday, folks! Can you believe it’s almost March? Wow, goes by fast, eh? We’ve also reached five episodes of the Primecast in that kind of time. That’s practically a month! Celebrate by listening to this week’s episode, in which we discuss our impressions of the PS Vita, the necessity of sequels, and the state of new games in the industry. Things get pretty heavy again this time, but we still have a good time talking about it. You get to also hear my woeful tale of trying to get ..."
"Weather balloons carrying early copies of the game are set to launch from New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London and Paris. The games will be equipped with a GPS tracking device, allowing fans to track their progress. When the balloons land, anyone who finds one will be able to snag a copy of Mass Effect 3 a week or more ahead of its release."
"BioWare are set to release the biggest title of the year in a months’ time and end an absolutely huge series in the process. In light of this monumental release, the demo of the game has been released for hungry consumers who’ve been waiting the best part of two years see the game a small fix before the big release. Included in the demo is a sample of the single-player campaign and also the survival multiplayer that everybody has been raving about."
"pushstartselect: "You should know by now that a Mass Effect 3 trailer is coming out on Sunday during the new episode of The Walking Dead, well I have seen it. The demo is already out and I’m currently on my first play through of it, and I got what I expected. Absolutely awesomeness! However earlier today I got to view an early version of the upcoming Mass Effect 3 trailer that is coming out on Sunday. You can check out the teaser to it below.""
"Today may be for chocolates, flowers, and other romantic gifts amongst couples, but for gamers it’s also their first shot at trying out Mass Effect 3. The demo for next month’s highly anticipated RPG from BioWare and Electronic Arts is now live on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC."
In Primecast episode 4, Default Prime contributors get together to talk about the astonishing success Double Fine had with its Kickstarter donations and whether or not that would be a viable alternative to getting involved with a publisher for every developer. Tune in for arguments, nostalgia and discussion about other hot topics in the gaming world as well.
"The Demo will feature two singleplayer sections of the game and will also introduce players to the multiplayer element of the game. Most players will not only be eager to play the story, but also to test out the multiplayer, as this is the first game in the franchise to step the online realm."
"While boring people are out in this “Real World” enjoying candle-lit meals surrounded by other humans, us gamers will spend our Valentine’s Day snuggled up on our couches with that special someone. While you and your beloved introvert are there shunning the rest of humanity, here are a few games that you can enjoy together."
"The end is nearing for Commander Shepard and his crew. The trilogy is coming to a close with the release of Mass Effect 3, which is only three weeks away. BioWare has given us early access to the demo (which releases on Tuesday for everybody), which focuses on the beginning of the end. The demo contains two missions; the first of which puts Commander Shepard back on Earth and there are rumblings that something huge is on route to the human’s home planet. Fleets of ships have been assigned to ..."
"Over the years of this current generation of consoles almost all games have come with their achievement/trophy list and almost all of them with a "multiplayer" feature require achievements/trophies in them. Finally ME3 will give the players the option to be able to obtain ALL trophies in single player mode if they do not prefer to spend too much time in Multiplayer, or vice-versa."
"Following the announcement that IGN host Jessica Chobot will be appearing in the upcoming game Mass Effect 3, Electronic Arts has also revealed that the entire editorial staff of the video game website IGN will be cast as voice actors in EA’s next major game Dragon Age 3, along with Ms. Chobot’s costars at the video game television network G4 TV."
"It’s clear we love Mega Man. It’s clear we love retro games. Which is why we find Mega Man in Street Fighter x Tekken hilarious. For me, the funniest bit is how his name shows up in all caps in the game. So you can have matches like “Hwoarang vs MEGA MAN.” Brilliant Capcom, brilliant.
Aside from that, this week our lovely cast talks about some other news stories, but mostly HD remakes and how we feel about them. It was a bit of a slow news week, but that didn’t keep up from having a ..."
"Mass Effect 3 is coming out in just over a month and BioWare is making sure to keep the hype train rolling by sending out even more information and media on the multiplayer aspect of the game. A brand new “Special Forces” trailer has been released for the game that shows some great footage of the multiplayer in the game and sheds some light on the different alien races’ abilities in the multiplayer. Check it all out below."
"Mass Effect 3 is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2012 and a possible Game of the Year contender right out of the starting gate. The Mass Effect franchise has been known for pushing the creative envelope in terms of dynamic storytelling and consequences for your actions; it is equally well known that these innovations are what most believe the series will continue to be able to do. There is one thing that many people are skeptical about, however, and that is if Mass Effect 3 can legit..."
"t’s kind of weird doing a top ten list of games that were featured at an event where video gaming wasn’t the primary focus. But then again, it’s kind of weird to go to a event labeled the Consumer Electronics Show and not see many video games, especially considering that consumers love them, and they use electronic components. Nevertheless, after a bit of looking around, we were able to find enough video game pleasure to get our four days’ worth. (Note: they’re not limited to Xbox 360 picks, ..."
"BioWare’s sci-fi RPG Mass Effect 3 will be available for gamers to dive into as early as March 6th, however gamers will be able to get a slight taste of the game before then with the release of the demo/ BioWare has confirmed that the demo will be made available to gamers on February 14th and some details have been given. Check that all out below."
"Mass Effect 3 is creeping closer and closer every day and BioWare continues to give fans a little bit more to get excited about each week with BioWare Pulse. This week’s edition of Pulse gave us a good Insider segment which covers the writing for the game with lead writer Mac Walters."
"There is a cloud of pessimism in the air, and much like every century or millennium end (cough…Y2K bug…cough), people throughout history like to think of the “End of The World” coming in their lifetime and attribute disasters like the Black Death to signs like misread Mayan prophesies that it is indeed coming soon.
This feeling is mirrored in art: where in the past there were paintings to represent doomsday and world devastation, we now have film and games...
Now that we are living in..."
"GamingUnion: "2011's holiday hangover is just beginning to let up - in terms of gaming and whatever else you may be into. It's been a fantastic calendar year for the medium, full of more quality content than any sane person could consume over that span, and 2012 is shaping up to be no different. While January seems to be unusually barren, overall the first quarter of 2012 appears to have something for everyone. That being said, the following is our top ten most anticipated titles for Q1 2012,..."
"We're still trying to catch up on all the great games that hit in 2011, but that doesn't mean we aren't already excited about what the future holds for our favorite console. Player Affinity's Xbox Department takes a look at the upcoming crop of new games and which ones Xbox owners should keep their eyes on."
"Player Affinity’s PC staff has logged a good thousand hours in Skyrim between us all, and by the time we’ve scoured the land of Tamriel for every last wedge of cheese we’ll be well into 2012. By that time a whole new slew of must-play games will be on shelves waiting to devour our precious time. Here are the ones that we’re most looking forward to playing."
"2011 is just about wrapped up and for gamers that can only mean one thing: what to look forward to for next year. This year packed quite the punch on solid game releases and 2012 has a few heavyweights to get excited for. With several games still having tentative release dates, we wanted to highlight the top ten biggest titles currently slated for 2012. This list was aimed at covering a few different genres and each one is a Xbox 360 must for adding to your 2012 video gaming greatness radar."
"2011 will go down in the history of video games as being one of the best years for great games. We have seen the likes of Uncharted 3, Gears Of War 3, Saints Row The Third and Battlefield 3 to name just a few. After the New Year 2012 celebrations have ended, the hangover is beginning to take hold of your body and make it do things to you involuntarily, relax and do not fret for you have many more great games to look forward to for 2012."
"2011 has been one heck of a year when it comes to quality video games released, head on over to our review silo to see how your favorite titles of the year scored from our crackpot review team. The New Year is almost upon us (just over a week to be exact) and that means one thing, another 365 days of amazing and original gaming goodness to look forward to. There are a lot of promising titles on the horizon and we here at PlanetXbox360 just can't contain our excitement. Next week we will break..."
"PSS: "You just watched the Spike TV Game of the Year Awards, and might be watching the re-runs right now. However we are glad to have you here and want to share our own game of the year awards. We have browsed the internet, talked with one another, and made several tough decisions, but this is what we believe the winners should be! Either way, this was an absolutely fantastic year to be a gamer.""
"Well, another year, another Video Game Awards show from Spike TV. The network aired the two hour special last night, chock full of celebrities, gaming awards (more of the former than the latter) and several big exclusives. Zachary Levi hosted the show this year, and was surprisingly more effective than last year’s hosting gig by Neil Patrick Harris, thanks to his entry through a Portal and some comical bits that actually weren’t half bad. Even if we’re still trying to figure out who the hell ..."
"BioWare’s upcoming title Mass Effect 3 is definitely one of the most anticipated titles of 2012, already having been nominated for a VGA in that category, and BioWare is making sure that both the experience is complete and that the hype train continues to chug along. This week’s episode of BioWare TV showcased some great new info on Shepard’s combat abilities in Mass Effect 3. Check them out below."
"Mass Effect 3 is right around the corner as we approach the New Year and BioWare is making sure that this game is the best of the series in all aspects. A new episode of BioWare Pulse delves into what players will receive when they purchase the N7 Collector’s Edition of the game and gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the new combat mechanics in Mass Effect 3. Check it all out below."
"Lead combat designer at Bioware Corey Gaspur has been working away feverishly to perfect the gameplay on Mass Effect 3 as the team get ready for their long awaited launch in 2012. With their own and fan's high expectations to live up to we were delighted to see that things are all starting to come together"
There's been a fair amount of furor over EA's supposedly draconian approach to banning people from EA's Origin service. Ever since March of this year, more and more people are coming forward, complaining about how EA banned them from their games. I spend this rant picking apart their arguments.
"Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter in the sci-fi trilogy from BioWare and EA. The title will be the first in the series to include a multiplayer element and some new details have emerged about the specifics of the multiplayer. Will the Kinect be supported? Will there be online leadersboards and social networking integration? Find out the answers to those questions and more below."
"There’s something about certain games that naturally draw me in. This is considerably easier with any sort of RPG that involves decisions and progression that allow you to influence not only your character, but the actual game itself. I’ve spent so much time with these games because I’m able to make the character my own, affect the environment, and play the game almost exactly how I want to play it."
"EB Expo 2011 may be gone and part of history, but we at OXCGN have still got a few morsels to contribute about the event.
Unlike more professional events such as E3 and Gamescom, EB Expo was quite laid back and encouraged cosplay.
Characters from Halo to Ghostbusters were on the scene, and OXCGN tried to capture as many as possible.
If anything, marvel at the sheer amount of effort these people went through to get these costumes usable!"
"Online Passes are becoming more and more popular for games, and the reason, as usual, is money. Developers are tired of putting all of the effort into making games and making sure that servers keep running while profiting only on the initial sale of the game. Online Passes give purchasers of pre-owned games incentive to pay the developer for their product. Is this unfair to the customer? You be the judge."
"With the upcoming release of Mass Effect 3 you will be able to join your friends in the all-out galactic war to take Earth back. The universe of Mass Effect has expanded with the addition of new co-op multiplayer missions, playable over Xbox Live, PSN and PC internet. Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together..."
"Our latest video game comic is in response to this weeks reveal that Mass Effect 3 will indeed feature co-op multiplayer game play. As expected, this news has cause a stir from both those for and opposing the announcement. Those against are afraid that its addition will lessen the singleplayer experience while multiplayer fans have been waiting for this confirmation ever since it was rumored months back."
"Today has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for BioWare with their soon to released title Mass Effect 3. It seems there was a small leak from an Official Xbox Magazine who revealed that the game will include a multiplayer mode. Then BioWare announced that the details will be revealed on Wednesday. Then, four hours later, very much ahead of this Wednesday Chris Priestly mysteriously posts the details anyway"
"My question is, will the multiplayer aspect have an effect on the single player game? And honestly, what is the goal of having Mass Effect 3 contain multiplayer? To create a feeling of greater replayability? To keep up with the latest trends? It should be implemented for the right reasons, otherwise it will feel very tacked on."
"Mass Effect 3 might not the be the game on most gamers' radars right now because it won’t be coming out until next year, but there has still been some amazing news about the title that is worth mentioning. We here at GamerGaia have decided to compile all of the news that you might have missed since our preview into one neat little article. Check out all the latest news below."
"I'm far too pleased with the current results of the second round of FemShep voting by Bioware, in which fans are now being asked to select a preference on what hair color the round one winner will have when Mass Effect 3 releases. After all the angry gibberish of "That dumb blonde doesn't look like she'd be shooting mans and barking orders!" and "The only reason she's winning is because she's blonde and I hate blondes!" Remember all of that? Well, if you go check it out for yourself, you can ..."
"EA brought a ton of big titles to Gamescom 2011 and these gaming treats did not disappoint. Ten of the most anticipated titles from Mass Effect 3 to Battlefield 3 were shown off in detail and a ton of new trailers and gameplay demos were also showcased. Here is a full recap of the press conference, with tons of information and videos to boot."
"The Mass Effect series is one of my favorite gaming franchises out there right now and Mass Effect 2 is my favorite game of all time for many reasons that include the gameplay, storyline, graphics, presentation and, characters. The Mass Effect universe is so wide-open and fun to explore that it is something really special to have a race of characters be so interesting in the sea of fascinating characters that inhabit the universe but that is exactly what the Quarians are."
"I just recently began reading some of the Mass Effect novels having heard that they were very good and that they would help fill in quite a bit of back story for the games. I began reading the first book in the series, Revelation, and was pleasantly surprised that my usual lack of interest in reading had disappeared and I was getting engrossed in the novel. But after I put the novel down for the night I began to think about how video games have spilled over into other media and how this is bo..."
"For this top 10 list I have decided to countdown my 10 favorite video game heroes. These characters earn a spot on this list by being courageous, daring, strong, skilled, smart, or any combination of those that make them shine above the crowd. These characters are vital to the survival of numerous people and they are the best at what they do. I’ve only included characters from games that I have personally played. Here’s my 10 favorite video game heroes:"
"Mass Effect is one of my favorite gaming franchises on the market right now and there have been some awesome characters throughout the course of the two games. These 5 characters are people I want to see more of in the next game. They aren’t squad members but they have their purpose to the cause and are interesting enough to be given more in-depth characterization."
For this year's San Diego Comic Con BioWare went the extra mile to promote upcoming title Mass Effect 3. Artist Harrison Krix was commissioned to create a prop of the N7 Rifle. In just 14 days he created this masterpiece using a mixture of acrylic rod, PVC, styrene and sintra.
Unfortunately for fans of the series, the prop is not available for purchase and BioWare has no current plans for retail sale. Krix's beautiful handiwork will remain a one of a kind for the time being. So if you were...
Did you enjoy fighting the geth alongside Legion? Were you impressed with Thane's philosophical approach to being a hitman? Did Jack really grind on your nerves? Was Jacob boring? If you liked or hated the characters in Mass Effect 2 you might not be surprised to know that a lot of them will be returning for Mass Effect 3, along with a few new faces. But will the roster in the third game contain characters as cool as those in the previous two entries?
"Am I missing something? When Mass Effect 2 launched last year, it was welcomed by critics with unending praise, many hailing it as this generation's best game. After playing the first game and being only moderately impressed, I was hesitant in picking up the sequel. Naturally, all the high review scores and unending compliments to BioWare for making such a fantastic title, compelled me to try it for myself. You see, I'm a sucker for a game that has a good story and cast of well developed char..."
Gamers are not always accepting of new people or new things so it is some what of a shocker that video games are adding more and more gay players. Gays have been more and more common in the last 2 years with games like dragon age 2 mass effect and sims all have gays in there games. Is this a good thing for video games? Do you think they should be pushing social issues in video games?
"We all know that Massive Multiplayer Online games are becoming bigger and bigger and many top-notch publishers are cashing in on the MMO market, whether it’s free-to-play or pay-to-play. But gamers would probably love it if they were able to play a few specific MMOs from some of the biggest franchises out there, hence here’s a list of the top 5 franchises that would be huge as MMOs."
"EA is looking to sweeten the pot to make gamers switch to their digital distribution system Origin. First they announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be an Origin exclusive title. Now they have announced a special edition of the upcoming game Mass Effect 3 that can only be purchased on Origin. Check out the news below."
"As if Mass Effect 3 was not looking awesome enough already, a new interview with Christina Norman, a gameplay designer on the title, has shed some light on the new enemy AI and how Mass Effect 3 is pushing the player to be even better at the game to beat it. Check out the news below."
"Mass Effect 3: the epic finale to an epic trilogy developed by Bioware and EA.
Mass Effect 1 saw Commander Shepard and his team embark on a thrilling chase for the evil turian, Saren. Then the trilogy continued with the death of Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 2.
How will this story end?
But before we find out we need to decide which version of the end of the Mass Effect trilogy to purchase.
What is a more fitting end to the epic series of Mass Effect than an equally epic Special E..."
"Encased within environment suits for practically all of their lives, the Quarian race made famous in the Mass Effect franchise have remained an extreme mystery in both of the titles so far; players around the globe have wondered exactly what lies under their handily-obscured helmets, where all can be seen is the Quarian's two glowing eyes. Everyone is expecting to see the unmasking of a Quarian (specifically Tali) in Mass Effect 3, but the game's designers aren't quite sure exactly how to han..."
"ake sure you come and visit us at the Hilton Gaslamp (401 K Street) to experience everything live (remember, you do not need a comic con badge to take part). If you can’t visit us in San Diego, make sure you stay tuned to the BioWare Pulse TV broadcasts where we will be keeping everyone up to date with live broadcasts all day, each day."
"Electronic Arts began their keynote by enthusiastically stating how they don’t have “random celebrity guests” but only games.
Ironically, the EA conference was light compared to that of Konami and Microsoft, but came off better in what little it did present and announce.
There isn’t too much to discuss about this conference, and the major points are listed in the next section.
Mass Effect 3 was shown and dated, with the fateful date being March 6, 2012."
We all wanted to know what the 'Big Boys' were going to show us, and beingthe first kid off the blocks this year, as always seems to be the case, Microsoft weren't too shabby with what they delivered. Well, I thought so anyhow, but OXCGN's US editor had other ideas.
Slip over and check out his coverage, perhaps you might agree, or disagree, but share your thoughts anyhow.
"EA showed off a Mass Effect 3 live demo during their press conference at E3. They jumped right into the action with Commander Sheppard ordering in some ordinance from your good buddy joker. called this final addition to the trilogy full on Galactic Warfare" it's time to battle the reapers and decide once and for all what happens to the Mass Effect Universe."
"Kinect voice control looks set to be the key feature of the latest Mass Effect installment. We're seeing a demonstration of Mass Effect 3 take place at E3 and it looks as if not only are we still welcomed with the incredible diversity of narrative choices, but these can also be made by simply voicing them."
"With E3 ready to rear its ugly, game-filled head in the next 24 hours or so a few of the members of the Console Domination team put their heads together to answer a few questions regarding what we believe that we should all be keeping our eyes on over the next few days."
Mass Effect 3 GameInformer and PC Gamer magazine scans, everything you need to know about Mass Effect 3. These scans come from GameInformer (12 page cover story) and PC Gamer (4 page story), these scans cover almost every question we have all had about the game since completing Mass Effect 2.
"Then came Dragon Age: Origins, a game that had not only hot tenting scenes, but also two characters who would swing either way. If you played as a male, and wanted to romance the sultry male elf, Zevran, you could. If you played as a female, and wanted to get it on with the red headed female bard, Leliana, you could."
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The first details of BioWare upcoming game Mass Effect 3 have been revealed through the gaming Magazine GameInformer.
Warning: The article does contain spoilers of the prologue as well as details on some of ME3's companions.
Mass Effect 3 is due for release in Q4 2011 for 360, PS3 and PC.
"As we are finishing to celebrate the year that was 2010, it also becomes time to ready your thoughts (and wallets) to what we will play in 2011. While last year was an absolute treat with great games on all platforms, the coming months have the potential to be even better for gamers across the globe."
"Spoiler Warning: This article refers to some major plot points of Bioware games past and present, so proceed with care.
It would be fair to assume that Bioware’s long history of rip-roaring, twisty-turning, jaw-dropping storytelling will lend some clues as to how one may finish the epic yarn that is Mass Effect. By meticulously analyzing their previous games, we have assembled a list containing the five most probable revelations of this sci-fi trilogy, one of which is absolutely guaranteed..."
Pacifen, a moderator on the Bioware forums, recently closed a thread with the following message suggesting there is no multiplayer mode in Mass Effect 3.
"Now that BioWare has officially announced Mass Effect 3 with their press release yesterday, I’m going back to my age-old thread closer here: Mass Effect 3 is a single-player game. Feel free to dissect the trailer in this thread, I suppose."