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Mass Effect Mash-up Pack coming to Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition

The first "Mash-up Pack" DLC for Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition features a theme based on the Mass Effect franchise and will be available on Sept. 4 for 320 Microsoft Points (approximately $3.99), Mojang, BioWare and Microsoft announced today. Developed by 4J Studios, the Mass Effect Mash-up Pack features the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 and 22 songs from the game's soundtrack. The DLC also includes Mass Effect-themed textures, items, menus, user interface and 36 character skins. It was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference that the open-world crafting game will launch on Microsoft's Xbox One as Minecraft Xbox One Edition. The game's developer 4J Studios is in discussion with Microsoft Studios to allow Xbox 360 save files to transfer to Xbox One consoles.

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Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC launch trailer reunites the Normandy crew

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...

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Mass Effect 3: Reckoning trailer shows off new characters, weapons and equipment

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...

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Spike VGA unaired Character of the Year acceptance speeches released

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.

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Quadriplegic gamer bests Mass Effect 3 multiplayer silver challenge playing solo

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...

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Watch Aria rally the troops in Mass Effect 3: Omega launch trailer

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.

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Mass Effect 3 Special Edition trailer showcases Wii U GamePad controls

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.

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Mass Effect Trilogy trailer shows a galaxy at war and the hero who can save it

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.

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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost preview offers 9-minute look at Mass Effect 3 anime prequel

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...

Mass Effect 3 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • Windows
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • Wii U
    • Released 11/18/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
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