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3 years ago

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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4 years ago

5 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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7 years ago

BioWare Calibrates Mass Effect Extended Cut For June 26

You may not have heard, but the Mass Effect trilogy tried to end earlier this year. It was all like, "OK folks, that's our show!" And then everyone held hands and bowed at the same time. As the curtains closed, I even briefly caught a glimpse of Shepard and Harbinger hugging. They had quite a run together, those two. Fans, though, weren't so keen on…

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8 years ago

Space Punk’s Not Dead: Mass Effect 3’s Rebellion DLC

Sadly, this is not the intergalactic sequel to Brendan's now-deceased column series. Much as we wanted to mix things up with a sassy Elcor sidekick, contractual issues left the whole thing stalled out on the launch pad. So instead, you'll just have to settle for some particularly rebellious Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC. Specifically, the Vorcha are making their no-good, law-breaking debut by, er, joining…

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The Other End Is Nigh – Mass Effect 3 Actors Return

This may well be an example of the dread medium known as UnNews, but I post it purely because it at least allays fears that the forthcoming extended cut of Mass Effect 3, which fleshes out the game's notoriously damp-squibby ending, will simply be a montage of still images with captions like 'Garrus Vakarion retired to found the first inter-planetary branch of Gregg's Pasties' and…

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Hey You, Play Games With RPS Readers!

Yes, they're all at it. There's a whole bunch of them playing Tribes Ascend, and they even have their own server. The same is true of the Arma corps, who get up to regular shenanigans, which now even includes shooting zombies. Then there's the surprisingly popular Mass Effect 3 shootery, which is taking place over here. If you prefer things a little more persistent then…

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Feature: Money grows on the tree of persistence

All Together Now: EA’s “Online Universes”

Eurogamer bring the news that Keith Ramsdale, EA's Northern European boss, has declared that the company wants all of its brands to become "online universes". That doesn't mean everything will be massively multiplayer, but rather that each player will never have an excuse to stop playing EA games. Play Battlefield, for example, on a console in the evening, a PC in the midnight hours, a…

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Mass Effect 3 Resurgence DLC to Add Multiple Player Maps

Yes, that's right: multiple players. Not singular players or angular players - which are, of course, works of incredibly esoteric modern art. Mass Effect 3's Resurgence DLC is arriving on April 10, and - somewhat amazingly - it's totally free. For the price of nary a nickle, dime, or duplicitous Citadel store endorsement, you'll nab two new maps, six new characters, and three new weapons.…

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To The End? Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Set for Summer

Hey, remember those "content initiatives" aimed at providing "clarity" for Mass Effect 3's ending? Well it looks like they will part of a spread of DLC arriving in a few months time. I was hoping they'd swap out the ending for a Bollywood dance number and something involving puppets, but oh well. I suppose DLC that's "more personalized for each player" will do in a…

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EA Responds To Hate Campaign From Homophobes

In response to a vile show of hatred, EA - the Worst Company In America - has made clear they are taking no notice of their recently being inundated with complaints about the portrayal of gay and bisexual characters in their games. GI.biz reports that the publisher has confirmed they've been on the receiving end of "several thousand" emails and letters protesting the inclusion of…

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Mass Effect 3 Ending Hinted At By Mass Effect 1 After All?

Here's a thing that looked fake but isn't. The notorious Mass Effect 3 ending - could it have really been hinted at in Mass Effect 1? A post on Reddit showed a planet description that seemed to describe, well, that's a spoiler I'll put below. But apart from the picture that had been rather hastily added, that planet is really there. I've flown there myself.…

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Feature: #changethegame

Frozen Synapse’s Changed Ending: A Mass Indie Effect?

All the important games are changing their endings these days, you know. If you want a high profile, that's the way to go - and as Mass Effect 3 teaches us, preferably after initially concluding your narrative with a last-minute bodgejob riddled with continuity errors, then subsequently bowing to fan ouctry. Frozen Synapse developers Mode 7 Games did no such thing, but have sensibly realised…

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Mass Effect 3 Ending Saga Nearing An End?

I'm not entirely sure how to take this statement from BioWare's Dr Ray Muzyka regarding the astonishing drama surrounding the conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy. It's not saying outright they'll change the ending of the game, but there's this: Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help…

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Feature: Defending The Ending (DefEnding)

What’s Right With Mass Effect 3’s Ending

The obsession with endings is a peculiar one. Perhaps it's a result of having been indoctrinated by a lifetime of movies with "surprise twists", or stories so poorly written that they rely on their final hook. But however we've come to this place, it's one that fails to recognise the real pleasure of being told a story. Mass Effect 3 tells a story, and I'm…

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Bio Beware: The Latest On Mass Effect 3’s Ending Drama

Initially I had a load of things I wanted to say and analyse about Mass Effect 3's ending, but then a week passed and I realised I'd stopped personally being bothered by what that notorious final cutscene did or didn't answer. I'd had an adventure, and now it was time for another one. Mass Effect games have always been peculiarly adept at entirely dominating my…

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Feature: Lord, that isn't my Shepard

Wot I Think: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer

Jim's done singleplayer, I've done the From Ashes DLC, and now I take on Mass Effect 3's vaguely controversial four players vs AI-controlled enemy waves co-op multiplayer mode. I've been playing it what might be said to be a little too much over the last week, having taken several characters to level 20 and gotten righteously indignant that I keep unlocking pistols rather than sniper…

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Feature: Who Spoiled The End?

Mass Effect 3: The End Of An Epic

Mass Effect 3 closes off Bioware's epic sci-fi series with a bang, and one of the most controversial endings of the last few years. Many fans have been clamouring for an update that outright changes it, and not simply because the war with the Reapers didn't end quite as they wanted. Bioware maintains that it just wanted to get people talking. So let's talk a…

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Feature: In The UK We Just Call Them "Pants"

Other Gamers’ Underpants: Mass Effect And Choice

My Shepard isn't saving the universe in Mass Effect 3. I wanted her to, but as I play through the final instalment, she's still stuck half-way through the immeasurably dull scanning missions that would ensure Mordin and my other best people survive Operation: Certain Death. Instead, I'm playing with someone else. She looks the same - red hair, the right eyes, the same voice and…

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Wot I Think: Mass Effect 3 From Ashes DLC

Jim's already judged Bioware's new guns'n'conversation epic, while I am a mere 10 hours into Mass Effect 3. What I have done that he hasn't is pick up the contentious From Ashes DLC, allegedly developed after work on the main game was completed and included in the £55 Collector's Edition, or as a £6/$10 addon to the standard edition. I forked out for the latter,…

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