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Mass Effect

2 months ago

BioWare say that we’ve not seen the end of Mass Effect or Dragon Age yet

With all the coverage that Anthem is getting, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that BioWare had ever developed anything else. Fortunately, they haven't. In their Summer Update dev-blog post, the studio talk about what they've been up to over the past few months, including promoting Anthem art-books and comics at the San Diego Comic-Con. In amidst all this they did find time to let slip…

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5 months ago

Feature: Listen to Mr Pesto

Podcast: What character do you always end up creating?

You look a little tired, friend. Let me just adjust this slider for you. There, wide awake. Now you’ve got some energy, how about listening to the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show? This week we’re talking about character creation. Which games spoil us with choice? And why do we always end up creating the same sneaky elf?

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8 months ago

Feature: Free games with good writing

Ace Jam created a space for games with asexual characters

Asexuality is one of the most misunderstood identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. Among other issues, it’s extremely rare to see asexual characters in games or wider media, and when they do appear, they often fall into harmful stereotypes. January’s Ace Jam invited developers to go some way to change this by creating games that feature characters on the asexual spectrum, and treat them respectfully.

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11 months ago

Celebrate Mass Effect turning 10 with some animation facts

To celebrate Mass Effect’s 10th anniversary (crikey!), animator Jonathan Cooper, currently at Naughty Dog, has shared 10 animation-related facts about the game on Twitter. There are a lot of interesting titbits, like the mo-cap being filmed on the same sound stage as Gone With The Wind, or Cooper being inspired by Ricky Gervais’ Extras when it came to picking the close-up camera style for conversations,…

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12 months ago

Mass Effect: Annihilation is a tie-in novel that will reveal the fate of the Quarians and Elcor

Mass Effect Andromeda was so tremendously dull -- just read John’s Andromeda review -- that it appears to have killed off a whole franchise (or at least put it in a coma). While I absolutely don’t think it earned a sequel, it is a shame that there are so many story threads left hanging. Like what the hell happened to all the other aliens from…

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1 year ago

Mass Effect lead Casey Hudson returns to BioWare as general manager

Former Mass Effect project director Casey Hudson is returning to BioWare to become the studio's general manager, coming back from three years in wandering the desert of Microsoft. He'll replace Aaryn Flynn, who is leaving the studio entirely after seventeen years. Hudson left BioWare in August 2014, after helping lay the foundations of the game that became the Destiny-lookin' action-RPG Anthem. After several games that…

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Mass Effect Andromeda ten-hour trial available now

If you've been holding off on Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], which is entirely understandable whether you're a fan of the series or not, perhaps a ten hour free trial is just what you need to decide whether the trip is worth your time and money. Previously available to EA Access subscribers, the trial is now open to everyone. It gives you ten hours of…

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2 years ago

Bioware “working around the clock to improve and build on” Mass Effect: Andromeda

Newbie Mass Effect game Andromeda [official site] has proved to be the most controversial since, well, the last Mass Effect game. The fuss this time is not to do with convenient space magic endings and dangling plot threads, but instead a tri-gripe of its feeling somewhat routine, a shower of bugs and a feeling that its facial animations are a little bit Christmas panto. Devs…

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Feature: Massive Defect

Mass Effect Andromeda review

Strap in. Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] is out on Tuesday in the US, and then because EA still lives in 1987, in Europe on Thursday. I've played it for over 70 hours, seen the main ending, and am entirely ready to tell you wot I think. It's well worth reading my previous piece on the first few hours, as there's much there that's relevant…

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Feature: Baggage Shed

The first few hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda are… well they aren’t good

I had, by purpose or distraction, not found out anything about Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] before playing its review build, beyond that it was set in a whole new galaxy. Ooh goody, I thought! A sci-fi RPG series I completely loved, but with a fresh start, baggage shed, and the extraordinary potential of a setting in a galaxy entirely unlike our own. Yeah, about…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer visits brand new worlds

I'm not going to pretend that I understand the setting of the Mass Effect games all that well, but even though I've only played bits of the first, you can't work in this job for long without learning all about the adventures of FemShep. That's how I know that Andromeda [official site] is about a new crew searching a new galaxy for a new home,…

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Nu-Mass Effect’s absent races may return later

I write this with the hesitation of someone who worries it might provoke someone else into starting an online petition. "Boycott Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] unless it has that one alien that looks like a space-cow made of jelly in it!" But, I am curious as to just how much of the existent Mass Effect universe the game they don't want to put a…

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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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Mass Effect Andromeda Says Bye To Milky Way In Teaser

Space: one of the frontiers. These are the trailers of the videogame Mass Effect Andromeda [official site]. It’s mission: to explore strange new worlds, discover new lifeforms, and then have sex with them. As November 7 comes closer, a day which Bioware has stolen for itself during which they will likely reveal something important about the upcoming guns ‘n’ conversation game, the developers have decided…

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Want To Voice A Character In Mass Effect Andromeda? BioWare’s Got A Competition For You

BioWare are holding an open competition to find a voice actor for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], releasing tidbits of story as they do it. They’re asking interested folks to read two audition scripts and send in either video or audio recordings of their best takes. The video below explains the competition exclusively via the medium of jokes, so this blog post about it may…

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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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Feature: My F***ing Sky

The RPG Scrollbars: Adventures In Spaaaaaaace!

Today, a little bit of heresy. I'm going to talk about adventure games. Specifically, about a thing I've always loved in them, when they offer the chance - that sense of being given a ship and a universe to explore. I get a shiver when I look at the star-map. I feel proud of my usually low-resolution, 256-colour VGA vessel. And yet, jump genres to…

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Mass Effect Novels To Bridge Gap Between Andromeda

Last week I wrote about how Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] wasn't chained by the choices you made at the end of Mass Effect 3, and how that left a lot of questions unanswered. Well, answers are coming next month in the first of four Mass Effect tie-in novels published by Titan Books that aim to bridge gaps between Andromeda and the events of our…

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Mass Effect Andromeda Isn’t Bound By The End Of ME 3

There is a lot of questions floating around the big black hole of Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site]. Who is the lead character, Ryder? How did they get to a whole other galaxy? Can I romance the Mako? But perhaps an equally important question is what kind of impact the final decision of Mass Effect 3 might have on the story. According to an interview…

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