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    Mass Effect 3: Shepharder

    Let's just have one general discussion thread for ME3.

    I assume that if you read this thread, you have played ME1 as well as ME2 and no spoilers will be marked for these games. However, for ME3 I'd like everyone to mark spoilers and/or white them out.

    First, even if you are non-American (or from any other country that it has already unlocked), you can play it now if you unlock it with a proxy (as seen here, link provided by Silver in the WIT). The first one didn't function but the second proxy worked just fine. After you activate the game, make sure to disable the proxy again, since it's a potential security risk. Starting up ME3 without the proxy worked and without causing any trouble.

    Second, if you import a character created in ME1 and didn't change the appearance in ME2, ME3 won't be able to use it and you have to make a new face. You can still use a face code, however. A bit of an obvious problem to have in the game but apparently Bioware are working on this.

    Additionally, here is a link and tutorial for Gibbed's ME2 save game editor, which allows you to change most decisions made in the previous games.
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    I think I accidentally screwed up the copying between my 360, which had a few characters from 1 and 2, onto my USB to the extent that I may have sent them into the void. This...disappoints me, greatly. Nevertheless, I'm eagerly looking forward to missing the post-man drop it round on Friday and having to go to the sorting office and back again so I can install it and play.

    I also love your title. God bless you Die Hard 2.
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    Is it safe to activate the game trough proxy? I read that ppl had activated their copies of BF3 without problems. I fear that if I activate ME3 trough proxy then EA will ban my account or something.
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    I'm a little worried about the mission time limits, I didn't mind the Reaper IFF thing, but I would rather go at my own pace.

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    Good call Anthile. I will avoid this thread like the plague until the weekend.

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    All I've noticed so far is the Sentinel's Tech Shield no longer appears in cutscenes like it did in ME2. If you didn't play a sentinel sure this doesn't matter, but My Commander Sheppard wore that shield during every single scene that wasn't in civilian clothes in ME2, and now it gets removed to open a door dramatically or talk to a boy. =(

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    This sums up my thoughts with regards to ME3's demo:
    Overall, I'm still very much on the fence with Mass Effect 3. They've improved it yet managed to make it worse. I'm now definitely sold on it, but I'm a little concerned as to BioWare's inability to stay consistent with any aspect of it, and this is perhaps influenced by the loss of Drew Karpyshyn after Mass Effect (he moved to BioWare Austin to work on The Old Republic). The tone, setting, style and, well, everything else changed, often for illogical reasons or for the sake of change. I doubt they've addressed the issues of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, instead just pushing their way forward rather than stepping back and looking at ways to fix the existing issues.


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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus The JG Man's Avatar
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    You could see that with the loss of the Mako in 2. The theory was actually pretty cool and on many planets, it was fine and pretty good fun. It needed to be fixed, not removed. Then we had Firewalker which was...not as good.

    I didn't play the SP portion of the demo because I knew I'd be getting the game anyhow, but the shooting certainly felt a hell of a lot better from what I played of MP. Nothing to make me think it would be letting down the game as a whole, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    You could see that with the loss of the Mako in 2. The theory was actually pretty cool and on many planets, it was fine and pretty good fun. It needed to be fixed, not removed. Then we had Firewalker which was...not as good.
    Pretty much. The change between ME1 and ME2 is bigger than ME2 and ME3, but I feel ME1 should have just been improved, not diverted from.

    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    I didn't play the SP portion of the demo because I knew I'd be getting the game anyhow, but the shooting certainly felt a hell of a lot better from what I played of MP. Nothing to make me think it would be letting down the game as a whole, for example.
    On the contrary, I only played the SP as it wouldn't let me into the MP.


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    I was going to hold off getting this game for a few weeks but I've just cracked and pre-ordered from Amazon. It's the one game I'm looking forward to most this year. Can't wait any longer to see how my shep's story plays out.

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    I'll be interested in hearing some actual user reviews over the coming days. While I did have some fun with ME and, to a lesser extent, ME2, the ME3 last month demo left me thoroughly unimpressed - as have the leaks that have surfaced over the past few weeks.

    Let us know what you think!

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    Ahh, lovely. Lots of people getting angry about the fact that you have to do everything in the game to get the best ending. Because the planet scanning is rubbish. Perfectly reasonable complaint, every ME game has had an annoying sub-game that Bioware stuck in for some strange reason that's just repetitive and dull.

    But of course, because instead of doing that, you can play MP instead (which has optional microtransactions) or play the iOS game, the narrative becomes that they're doing it on purpose to make people spend more money. And not just because Bioware suck at making interesting exploration sub-quests.

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    Wait, MP has microstransactions? Sigh. Do I even want to know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Wait, MP has microstransactions? Sigh. Do I even want to know?
    Yeah that was my reaction too. Or more I was confused about everyone going on about the Day 1 DLC being a rip-off money-grab and somehow that got a pass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deano2099 View Post
    play the iOS game
    This also happened with ME2 but no-one actually noticed because the difference was barely there. Basically, if you completed ME:G on iOS and signed in to your EA Account, you unlocked a conversation with Jacob, one I probably overlooked many times.

    At least this time it's something a bit... better?


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    Kind of a weird question, but has anybody found the boxed collectors edition for PC in stock in US stores? BestBuy and Target have it listed, but it's been sold out for weeks. Amazon, annoyingly only has the Digital Download edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Wait, MP has microstransactions? Sigh. Do I even want to know?
    I can't find anything about it on either the internet at large or, more specifically, the BioWare forums.

    I imagine that, given the uproar about tons of other BioWare-related topics over the past few weeks, this would've been another Serious Issue™ if it was true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Althea View Post
    This also happened with ME2 but no-one actually noticed because the difference was barely there. Basically, if you completed ME:G on iOS and signed in to your EA Account, you unlocked a conversation with Jacob, one I probably overlooked many times.

    At least this time it's something a bit... better?
    At the risk of bringing out the rage, the iOS game has microtransactions this time around too!

    (Although it's actually fairly cool, just had half an hour on it, third-person shooter with the emphasis on killing stuff in cool ways.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deano2099 View Post
    At the risk of bringing out the rage, the iOS game has microtransactions this time around too!
    What.

    U srs, brah?


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    Basically you unlock stuff like weapons, races, mods and all that with buying some sort of "booster packs". These come in four categories and the higher the category, the higher your chances of getting the rare stuff (whatever that actually is). The last two tiers of boosters can be bought with bioware points but the game throws credits at you with both hands so there is really no need for that.
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