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Mass Effect

8 years ago

Sheparding: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Detailed

Mako Races! Krogan mud wrestling! Co-op mining! Garrus threesome co-op! None of which is going to be in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. Give it up BioWare, Shepard on Shepard action is what we want to see, none of this "Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign" tomfoolery. But yes, that's the headline. I've just got DeviantArt…

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Feature: Interviewing Mass Effect's "FemShep"

Commanding Shepard: Jennifer Hale Speaks

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 three Mass Effect games is also responsible for Metal Gear's Naomi Hunter, SOCOM's HQ, and even the grunts and groans of Metroid Prime's Samus. And of course her spookily good British accent as KotOR's Bastilla. Amongst literally hundreds of others,…

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Speed Dating: Pick A New FemShep

Oh dear, there appears to have been some kind of mistake here. Bioware, as part of their long-awaited marketing acknowledgement of the female version of Mass Effect hero Shepard, have offered fans the option to vote for which of six new versions of FemShep (I really dislike that portmanteau for reasons I can't entirely pinpoint, but it seems rather too late to resist it now)…

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Only 18% Of Mass Effect Players Play Female

As if I needed any further proof that other people are wrong, BioWare have revealed to VG247 that only 18% of Mass Effect players pick the lady Shepard. With the obviously better choice finally getting recognised by the game's marketing, that less than a fifth of gamers pick the Jennifer Hale-voiced heroine genuinely surprises me. Because, well, girls are best.

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Mass Exodus: Bioware Senior Dev Joins LoL

We don't tend to do too much in the way of 'person x changes job' stories here, which is primarily because the knowledge that disgusting organic creatures are responsible for our beautiful, clean, matter-free digital worlds is a horrifying truth we can't accept, but also because... well, people do change jobs. This one stood out to me, however, due to both source and destination. The…

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Mass Effect MMO Speculation Is Nebulous

Despite admitting that they've yet to figure out any kind of useful multiplayer for Mass Effect, Bioware's Casey Hudson has said that the idea of an MMO in the universe "makes sense". Speaking to world-bestriding super-magazine Game Informer, he said: “Part of what you’re trying to do is save the universe so you can live in it. That’s part of the promise, I think, for…

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Mass Effect 3: Revenge Of The Spoilers

Spoilers! Get yer spoilers 'ere! Only three quid a dozen! Howzabout that then ma'am, a punnet full of Mass Effect 3 details, yours for just a paaaaarnd. Actually, I'm guessing these are not especially meaty ME3 spoilers, as rather than spoiling late-game plot stuff they document the status quo for Shepard and chums at the start of Bioware's next galactic opus - but if you…

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Lord, It’s Not My Shepard: A Mass Effect Movie

I'm regularly taken aback by how quietly enormous Mass Effect is. While common conception is that EA's getting its mega-corp bottom kicked by Activision, it's got a breadth of franchises that it's CoD'n'WoW-dependent rival does not - and Bioware's sweeping space opera universe is one of the foremost of those. It's really doing the Star Wars thing, I guess, as there was perhaps a vast…

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9 years ago

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…

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Mass Effect 2 Savegame Scandal/Salvation

I tried to post this yesterday, but the blog's back end mysteriously ate all my words so I gave up in a huff. I believe it to be the machinations of Loki, the Norse trickster god, and villain of children's picturebook Thor #606, written by Karen Gillan and on sale now in all good Early Learning Centres. Anyway - like half the world I've been…

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10 years ago

Sequel, What Sequel? New Mass Effect DLC’n’Patch

Seems a little disingenuous to be releasing new content for Mass Effect 1 when Mass Effect 2 is due sometime within the next six months (incidentally, we hear tell that unlike the infuriatingly tardy first game, the PC version will be released at the same time as the 360 version. Huzzahs!), but shouldn't grumble really. Now live on the EA digistoremacguffin is Pinnacle Station, which…

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11 years ago

Mass Effect Goes To The Movies

According to Variety, BioWare's most recent RPG, Mass Effect, is to definitely be a movie. There have been rumours floating around for a while, but Variety seem assured that the rights have been optioned by producer Avi Arad (responsible for every Marvel movie you can think of). Of course, stuff gets optioned all the time, so this isn't exactly the beginning of production. This is…

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Morality Tales – BioWare Versus The Issues

I've been playing lots of Mass Effect recently, because as a leading games critic it's essential I stay ahead of the curve and keep my finger on the pulse. A mere nine months after buying it on 360 and then never playing it, and then blagging a PC version only three months after its second release, I'm on the case. It would probably be controversial…

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Eurogamer: Mass Effect Review

Embargo-a-go-go! My review of Bioware's Mass Effect goes live over at Eurogamer. I start like this... Given that Kristan wrote a three-page review of the Xbox 360 version back in November, and the PC version is basically identical, I'm left with a whole review to dwell on the important questions about Mass Effect. For instance, why did BioWare model its adorably rubbish Mako ground-attack truck…

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EA Backs Down From 10-Day Authentication

Good news, loud, complaining denizens of the internet! Bioware have backed down on their draconian copy protection for Mass Effect. Edit: And EA say the same goes for Spore. Community Manager, Jay Watamaniuk, has posted to the Mass Effect forums saying, "There has been a lot of discussion in the past few days on how the security requirements for Mass Effect for PC will work.…

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EA Studio Showcase Audiostreams

VG247 has a bunch of audio recordings of the presentations from EA's London studio showcase earlier today. The sound quality is a bit iffy, but the info is good. There's also a bunch of new screens. Mm, rich, tasty info. The lovely Ben Cousins on Battlefield Heroes. Both interview and presentation. The alien sex-fancier Ray "Bioware" Muzyka on Mass Effect PC. Hot. Talkomatic Paul Barnett…

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Mass Effect: Slips, But Shows Off

Mass Effect has taken a slight slip. Joystiq helpfully noticed that BioWare community man, Chris Priestly, has informed the hungry masses that things will take three weeks longer. Originally set for what seemed an extremely prompt 6th May, it's now due to be out in the US by the not unreasaonble 28th May, and over here in Europe by 6th June. This is due to…

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