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Mass Effect 3

1 week ago

Modders unite to polish up Mass Effect 3 for N7 Day today

It's November 7th, and according to Bioware that means it's N7 Day, where we salute the (colour-coded) hard choices made by Commander Shepard in defence of Earth. This year, an alliance of Mass Effect 3 modders have gotten together to release a slew of complimentary updates, polishing up old content, adding entirely new missions and expanding the player's impact on its galactic war. Below, an…

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12 months ago

Mass Effect 2 & 3 overhauled with a huge fan-made texture pack

Face still feeling tired after the whole Mass Effect: Andromeda debacle? Well, the earlier, better games haven't stopped existing, y'know. Maybe revisiting them with a slightly more 2017 look will scratch your itch. For instance, with these mods that add over 3,000 replacement, higher-res, 4K-friendly textures to Mass Effect 2 & 3.

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2 years ago

Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Shows New Worlds

Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is boldly going where no Mass Effect has gone before, taking BioWare's sci-fi RPG series to a new galaxy, in the far future of the original trilogy's far future setting. Because of the N7 designation held by Mass Effect protagonists, November 7th is to Mass Effect what May 4th is to Star Wars, and today brought a new cinematic trailer…

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Feature: Game artbooks just get better and better

The RPG Scrollbars: Artbooks Of Adventure

I'm a big fan of artbooks, which is quite lucky since not only are there plenty of them around right now, the quality of them has never been better. Forget the scrappy little affairs that used to be used to bolster out the Collector's Editions of games, much as concept art used to fill in for interesting secrets to unlock. Today's artbooks are typically huge,…

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3 years ago

ME3-ish Combat But No Old Friends In Next Mass Effect

I have no flupping idea what to expect from Mass Effect Not-4, aka Andromeda [official site], given all signs point to it being a clean break from the Shepard saga. But the reveal that combat will be similar to Mass Effect 3's frantic shooty fare does start to make it a solid thing in my brain, rather than an entirely abstract concept with a few…

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4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Jennifer Hale Interview: From Metal Gear To Mass Effect

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the the best moments from the archive. This week, John's interview with voice actress Jennifer Hale. This post was originally published July 27, 2011. Jennifer Hale has appeared in a great many more games than you probably realise. The person behind the voice of the female Shepard in all…

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5 years ago

Mass Effect Reborn Mod Jumps Into Homeworld 2

At the end of Mass Effect 3, thousands of ships from all across known space come together to liberate Earth and smash the Reapers. Then a pretty cutscene plays, and we passively watch the ensuing cool space battle. But oh, what if you gathered and commanded the fleet, and they were following your strategy? What if the slog across the Milky Way were a bit…

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Marvel’s Agents Of Shield Borrows From Mass Effect 3?!

Anyone who's watched Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD, and possesses more taste than a toilet roll, will have noticed that it's a massive stinking turkey of colossal proportions. Somehow making Agent Coulson an unlikeable character - an even more impressive feat since he's surrounded by utterly hateable characters - it's a miserable mess of dreary sub-sub-sub-CSI procedural tedium, and mortally embarrassed to be in the Marvel…

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The Law Is No Shepard In Mass Effect 4

Just a snippet about something that was more or less a given, but I think it's worth stating and knowing for the record that the next Mass Effect will entirely and definitely steer clear of Commander Shephard. The controversial outcomes of Mass Effect 3 do leave some room for 'what happened next?' investigations, but the three-game plot had tied itself in so many knots by…

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6 years ago

So Long, Shepard: Mass Effect 3’s ‘Citadel’ DLC

There's just something about goodbyes. Like, growing up, I had a pet parrot. She filled my youth with eardrum-skewering screams and will probably be able to take most of the credit for my first heart attack, which will come at age 29. Also, she's going to outlive me. But, if she doesn't, I'll be a complete wreck when she finally closes her infernal, saliva-less beak, er,…

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Take A T’Loak At Mass Effect 3 Omega

I'm not the sort of person who usually watches the deleted/extended scenes of movie special editions. I mean, I'm sure they're fascinating - and I'll definitely go for a swim in the deep end if I'm really, really into something - but odds are, I've already gotten the point. I've seen the credits roll on the vanilla version. I've taken the journey, and - unless it's…

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Mass Effect Not-4 Catches Frostbite

Whaaaaaat! How is it possible for there to be another Mass Effect game? Surely everything was tied up and the game universe so profoundly changed by the conclusion(s) of ME3 that there's simply no room for more? Unless there was somehow some way to tweak and retcon a story that's already built around ad-hoc pseduo-mythology, resurrections and space magic.... No, surely no such thing is…

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Aria Of (Mass) Effect: ME3’s ‘Omega’ DLC

Mass Effect 3's next batch of single-player DLC isn't just any old carved up chunk of side story gristle. It is, according to BioWare, the biggest yet, which sends "Leviathan" - a synonym for the very concept of largeness (and perhaps also in-charge-ness) - tearfully packing to second place. Titled "Omega," the new add-on comes bearing an elaborate tale in which you team up with ousted…

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Shepherds of A Solar Empire

I tend to lose my sense of connection to science fictional narratives once they get into the realm of prophecies and pseudo-deities, so the idea of a return to the Mass Effect universe that's only about the neat spaceshippy stuff and none of the Circle Of Destiny soapboxing appeals enormously. Frinstance, this unofficial mod for the TIGHT space strategy game Sins of a Solar Empire…

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Collect ‘Em All: Mass Effect 3’s ‘Retaliation’ DLC

Oh those crazy Collectors. What won't they take? Entire colonies, the last pudding cup in the cafeteria, lives, your favorite parking spot, that coat you'd been waiting to nab on sale, etc, etc, etc. They'll just never stop. Well, unless you force them to. That's the idea behind Mass Effect 3's upcoming and still rather miraculously free "Retaliation" multiplayer DLC. The Collectors have invaded, and it's…

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BioWare Teases ‘All-New’ Mystery Project, Next Mass Effect

After hearing the news that both members of BioWare's doctoral duo are headed for greener (or beerer) pastures, you might have worried that the studio would lose its flair for role-playing epics and start churning out farming sims, 1990s FMV adventures, or tasteful ballroom gowns. In a shocking twist, however, it's instead going to make more Dragon Age and Mass Effect. On top of that,…

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DL Sea: Mass Effect’s ‘Leviathan’ Mission Dives Deep

Really, if you think about it, the ocean is basically space, but more blue. I mean, both are sorely lacking in breathable air, give us the ability to defy basic physics while shouting "wheeeeee," and are absolutely, positively, I-really-really-hope teeming with life. (What if fish aren't real?! Wouldn't that be a total bummer?) Also, Mass Effect 3's now claiming that both have Reapers, and I…

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Updates Overwhelming: ME3’s Earth, Aquaman In DCUO

We live in a terrifying world of constant change. You might, for instance, neatly tuck each of your games into bed a night and gingerly kiss them on the cheek, safe in the knowledge that - when you awake - they'll be there waiting, same as always. But honestly, who knows? They could just suddenly update and transform into strange, multi-tendriled monstrosities. You could awake…

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