Posts Tagged ‘Mass Effect 2’

Free Mass Effect 2 For Dragon Age II Owners

Knees not included.

Coo – want Mass Effect 2 for free? If you’ve bought Dragon Age II, then it’s already yours for the taking. Indeed, even if you buy a copy of Dragon Age II now, before 30th April, you can get the superb space-RPG for zero dollarpounds as well. This is, BioWare say, how they’re celebrating their having sold one million copies of DA2 in two weeks.

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Arrival DLC For Mass Effect 2, Uh, Arrives

It'd be better if they were honest about how much this game is basically macho Star Trek.
Hmm, I’m not hearing great things about the Arrival DLC for Mass Effect 2, which turned up last night. The add-on is supposed to set things up for the third game, and is a mission in which you rescue a missing agent, who has news about the reapers. Doesn’t sound like people are enjoying it that much – but maybe it’s fine. Just fine.

So is anyone getting this? Or able to comment, having got it? Moreover, how many of you have actually gone back to ME2 to play all this extra stuff? I picked up the first few months of DLC, but I’ve not been back.
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Final Mass Effect 2 DLC Hits March 29th

Hungry-hungry news hippos VG24/7 have posted the date for the climactic last piece of Mass Effect 2 downloadable content, which will supposedly pave the way for Mass Effect 3. In case you missed it in the headline up there, beaming out at you like some kind of… big… date, it’s March 29th. You want details? I’ve got details.
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ME2 Alternate Appearance Pack #2 Incoming

I was all ready to put a positive spin on this, like “Thinking of replaying Mass Effect 2 with the latest bits of DLC? The second Alternate Appearance pack, with new outfits for Miranda, Grunt and Tali will be out on February 8th for 160 Bioware Points (abour £1.20).” But no, because I’ve noticed that Bioware are advertising this news with the slogan “Put the WAR back in your wardrobe!” Just- no. You leave the crap puns to us, Bioware, d’you hear? It’s weird when you do it. Also, Grunt up there looks like he was an extra for Tron and changed back into his ME2 outfit without a mirror, so there. Thanks to Blues for the tipoff.

En Masse: More Mass Effect 2 DLC Coming

It’s true! No details whatsoever just yet, but it’s coming. Bioware has announced that the game’s daily Cerberus Network news updates will stop on January 24th, the one year anniversary of the service, but will resume a week before the final DLC pack and two weeks before Mass Effect 3, which should land this ‘Holiday Season’. See those quotation marks, Bioware? You must imagine them as a pair of tweezers, plucking the American out of this story.

Abbreviation Blowout: ME2 & DA:O DLC

I've been attending the same photoshop night classes as Kieron. They're so cheap!

What would it be like if Dragon Age’s Morrigan and Mass Effect’s Liara T’Soni met? I fed that question into the RPS supercomputer and it spat out the above image. I don’t think it was trying very hard. Anyway as of yesterday both ladies have received their very own DLC, with DA’s Witch Hunt and ME2’s Lair of the Shadow Broker both available for download RIGHT NOW. Witch Hunt costs $7 and adds about an hour of play time (according to the Dragon Age wiki), while Lair of the Shadow Broker costs $10, lasts about two and a half hours and lets you have sex with Liara. One of these packs is a better deal than the other, I feel.

Mass Effect 2 Statistics Are Properly Batshit

I made a lady Shephard. She fell in love with Garrus, then he was carried off by bees. True story.

Okay, so wrap your head around this. IGN have done a short feature where they talk to Bioware Executive Producer Casey Hudson about the studio’s stat harvesting in Mass Effect 2. For their part, Bioware have revealed some of those stats, and some of them are genuinely mad. More people chose the Soldier class for Shepherd than all the other classes combined. Players skipped an average of 15% of the game’s dialogue. Two PC owners finished their copies of the game 28 times.

Click through for the full list of stats, including some interesting differences between 360 and PC gamers.
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ME2: Lair Of The Shadow Broker Trailer


Catching up with the gaming news from my latest bout of travelling too much, I discover from VG247 that Bioware have released a trailer for the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC out on September 7th. It’s basically continuing Asari Liara’s adventures involving that most shadowy of brokers, the Shadow Broker. It also promises to allow you to continue a relationship with her, which probably means do her. It costs 800 Bioware points, which translates as some money. And here’s the trailer!
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The Mass-Effectification of Dragon Age 2

Why change a winning formula? That’s what I was left wondering after discovering that, on the one hand, Dragon Age sold better than any Bioware game ever as of November, and on the other, that the formula is changing dramatically for Dragon Age 2. It’s worth noting that the PC version isn’t changing as much as the console versions of the game. We will apparently retain “strategic combat”, which is a good news, while console chums will be “playing to their strengths” with more actiony combat mechanics. Conversation will also now be handled via Mass Effect’s wheel system. The biggest change, however, is that Dragon Age 2 will be getting its own equivalent of Shepard, with player character options reduced to the male of female versions of “Hawke” (pictured? I think). Bioware confirmed on their forums that you will have to play a human.

Hell, I enjoyed Mass Effect 2, but you have to wonder why Dragon Age was so successful in the first place. Not because it was copying its less successful sibling, that’s for sure. I enjoy almost all of Bioware’s work, but I think boiling one game down to another just makes gaming a less interesting place. Diversity is important.

Ooh: Mass Effect 2 Demo, DLC Tomorrow

Mass Effect 2 is a game that some people thought was okay. If you haven’t played it – and you might not have done, what with all that stuff you were doing – then it’s a good time to play the demo. Demo? Yes. Here’s what the digital mouth of EA/Bioware say about that “demo”: “In the demo, players step into the role of Commander Shepard and must escape from a Cerberus space station under siege. Players can jump ahead to a later mission where they must rescue Subject Zero, a hardened, dangerous criminal from a heavily guarded prison ship. Once they play the demo, players will be able to create a save and carry over their character along with the experience points, story decisions, achievements and weapons earned into the full version of the game – picking up right where they left off.” It’s right here. It is 1.87gb.

So that’s that. There’s also some new DLC out tomorrow, and that’s called Overlord, and that apparently has “five levels set across one story on one planet”. I’m going to pick it up, and maybe, maybe finish playing through Mass Effect 2. No, really, I’m still on that. What can I say? There’s all this stuff I’ve been doing.