By John Funk on Mar 04, 2013 03.04.13
The cast of BioWare's Mass Effect series is a beloved bunch, and EA is giving fans the chance to take one last spin with the old crew with Citadel, the final piece of DLC for last year's Mass Effect 3. This recently-released launch trailer sets up the scenario: In the middle of the Reaper War, Commander Shepard's superiors offer him (or her) a chance to relax and unwind in order to be at peak performance when needed. However, an assassination attempt on Shepard by a mysterious group means that much of Shepard's vacation will be spent ducking bullets. As BioWare's send-off to the Mass Effect trilogy, Citadel features appearances by both the Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 casts, absent a handful of characters who were killed in Mass Effect 3 prior to the time frame of Citadel. Mass...
By Tracey Lien on Feb 25, 2013 02.25.13
BioWare released a trailer today for its Mass Effect 3 multiplayer expansion, Reckoning. The minute-long trailer introduces the new found allies of Mass Effect 3 and shows The Geth Juggernaut, Cabal Vanguard, Talon Mercenary, Alliance Infiltration Unit and more joining forces to stop the Reaper threat. In a BioWare live stream broadcast earlier today, the developers ran through some of the characters, weapons and equipment that players can expect to see in the Reckoning expansion pack. Among the weapons included in the expansion are the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle (a portable Geth Gatling gun), the Venom Shotgun (explosive-round firing shotgun), the Lancer Assault Rifle (a new assault rifle), the Blood Pack Executioner Pistol (a Magnum-like pistol), the Chakram Launcher Assault...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Dec 16, 2012 12.16.12
The Spike Video Game Awards aired little more than a week ago on Dec. 7 with almost 30 different accolades handed out to titles both big and small. Like most award shows, the night was full of acceptance speeches from developers, composers, actors, and in some cases, game characters themselves. Borderlands 2's Claptrap took home the award for Character of the Year, but Spike has released the unaired acceptance speeches for the other four nominees. Check out the speech from Mass Effect's Commander Shepard above, and don't forget to watch Raul Menendez from Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo 4's Master Chief and Connor of Assassin's Creed 3 fame below. You can see the full list of VGA winners here.
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 26, 2012 11.26.12
Gamer Alain Poitras has accomplished a Mass Effect 3 feat that would be impressive for a player merely tackling the challenge solo. That Poitras completed a silver level challenge in the game's multiplayer mode using his mouth is far more impressive. Poitras, a quadriplegic who broke his neck in a fall 17 years ago, says he plays Mass Effect 3 using a stick to tap a keyboard and touchpad mouse. He's uploaded videos of himself playing Mass Effect 3 multiplayer on a laptop with his unique set up, sharing his latest accomplishment with the community via the BioWare forums. Despite his achievement, Poitras laments that he "missed the extraction by 1 or 2 seconds" in the gameplay video posted to YouTube. "My shields were down and I was focusing on my walking because if I had tried to...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 26, 2012 11.26.12
The Omega single-player add-on for Mass Effect 3 will be released tomorrow, and a launch trailer released today by Electronic Arts sets up the main conflict in the DLC pack. Omega concerns the titular asteroid station and its ruler, Aria T'Loak, who needs Commander Shepard's help to break through a Cerberus blockade put in effect by the "merciless bastard" Oleg Petrovsky. For more on the new content in Omega, check out our preview of the DLC. Mass Effect 3: Omega launches tomorrow, Nov. 27, for $14.99 on PlayStation 3 and PC, and 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360.
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 20, 2012 11.20.12
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 09, 2012 11.09.12
Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, the version of the game launching alongside the Wii U, includes unique controls that take advantage of the GamePad controller, as seen in a trailer released today. One example in the trailer is the ability to arrange party members across the battlefield on the GamePad's touchscreen. Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, ported to the Wii U by Australian studio Straight Right in conjunction with BioWare, will arrive in stores on Nov. 13, in advance of the North American launch of the Wii U on Nov. 18.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 02, 2012 11.02.12
The Mass Effect Trilogy compilation set to release on Nov. 6 for Xbox 360 and PC and Dec. 4 for PlayStation 3 received a new trailer today, providing a brief plot summary for the whole trilogy.
By Michael McWhertor on Oct 25, 2012 10.25.12
Mass Effect fans hungry for even more story to complement Mass Effect 3 can preview nine minutes of the upcoming anime prequel, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, thanks to Funimation. The animated movie focuses on the early career of Mass Effect 3's James Vega, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr. In Paragon Lost, Vega leads a special forces team in battle against an invading alien threat known as The Collectors. Animation studio Funimation promises an "unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect's newest hero." The film is a coproduction between series developer BioWare and Production I.G., perhaps best known for its work on Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell. Production I.G. has also contributed to Namco Bandai's Tales series. Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is scheduled for release on DVD...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 04, 2012 10.04.12
Mass Effect 3 is getting a new free expansion for its multiplayer mode on October 9th, "Retaliation," developer BioWare announced today. "Retaliation," shown in action in the trailer posted below, will be the largest update to-date for Mass Effect 3. It will be available on all platforms, with Europe receiving the PlayStation 3 version of the update a day later on the 10th. The pack includes another enemy faction to square off against, the Collectors, as well as additions to the Geth and Cerberus' ranks. Two new unlockable class kits have been added, the Turian Havoc Soldier and Ghost Infiltrator, as well as new versions of existing maps tweaked to contain more traps and hazards like whiteouts and swarms. Players also have access to new weapons and equipment upgrades from the...