Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC Trailer

24 08 2012

Mass Effect 3’s single player story continues next week as Bioware is releasing the Leviathan DLC. For those of you unfamiliar with the DLC, check out this trailer.

I’d like to see some more single player DLC, even after this one. There have been plenty of multiplayer packs releases, so Bioware let’s get to the core of what Mass Effect was originally about – the single player.

Mass Effect 3 Leviathan will arrive on Xbox Live Marketplace August 28th (Tuesday), 2012 for 800 MSP. Will you be buying?

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Mass Effect 3: Operation Alloy Launches This Weekend

22 08 2012

This weekends Mass Effect 3 Operation Alloy will be quite a bit easier than the previous weeks. Continuing the every other week pattern, Operation Alloy will start noon Pacific on August 24th until 4 a.m. Pacfic on August 28th.

Operation Alloy Details:

“A training center will only take a recruit so far. Our recruits need field experience, so it’s time to integrate them with seasoned squads during our next series of sweeps.”

Individual Goal: Promote 2 characters

Allied Goal: Promote 50,000 characters

Special Circumstance: None

Individual Goal Success: All players awarded a Commendation Pack Allied Goal Success: All players awarded a Victory Pack and an increase to medi-gel capacity





[ACHIEVEMENTS] Mass Effect 3

5 02 2012

Mass Effect 3 [52 Achievements/1050 Gamerscore]

(Achievements Could Contain Spoilers)

Driven (5)
Return to active duty.

Bringer of War (10)
Chase down an assassin.

Mobilizer (15)
Bring a veteran officer aboard.

World Shaker (15)
Destroy an Atlas dropped from orbit.

Pathfinder (15)
Explore a lost city.

Tunnel Rat (15)
Survive the swarm.

Party Crasher (15)
Sabotage a dreadnought.

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Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Video

28 01 2012

Mass Effect, the great single player franchise has just been thrown a curveball.  I’m assuming through the nudge of EA.  Let’s just say that when I heard that multiplayer was coming to the Mass Effect franchise, I was far from pleased.

I expected them to make a basic multiplayer versus playlist like all other games.  Then I read that the multiplayer was in fact cooperative missions.  So then I went on to think that they’re just taking what Epic Games and others have done and just implemented it into the game.

Not so.

Though not a lot of details have been announced on how this multiplayer will actually affect the single player campaign, it is known that it does help boost Shepards’ “Galactic Readiness” which consists of gathering people, resources, weapons, armies and fleets through a variety of platforms and interfaces.





Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning & Mass Effect 3 Cross-Promote Each Other Via Demos

11 01 2012

What do you get when you cross the fantasy world of Amalur and the galaxies of Mass Effect?

The answer: Some cool, unique in games items for you to use at your disposal.

How do I get these you ask?

By playing the demos of each game you unlock content within the opposite game.  The demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning launches January 17th.  No release date has been announced for the Mass Effect 3 demo, but I would expect it sometime in Feburary.

For playing the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, you get these in Mass Effect 3

  • Reckoner Knight Armour:This armour will maximize damage done in close-quarters combat while a beefed—up power cell feeds energy into weapon systems to increase projectile velocity.
  • The Chakram Launcher: This weapon uses a fabricator to manufacture lightweight, explosive ammunition discs. This weapon is earned after completing the Reckoning demo and watching the trailer at the end.

For playing the Mass Effect 3, you get these in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

  • N7 Armour:Players can unlock special armour inspired by Commander Shepard’s iconic N7 battle armour including Helm, Cuirass, Gauntlets, Chausses and Greaves.
  • Onmiblade Daggers: A holographic blade stemming from Commander Shepard’s Omni-Tool, the Omni-blade allows players to stab enemies in close combat. Once players install and play the Mass Effect 3 demo, they will unlock the daggers.

Also, you get these exclusive in-game items for playing the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo for the full game when it releases Feburary 7th.

  • Twist of Fate Card:This card boosts the player’s ice resistance and is immediately unlocked when he or she activates the Reckoning demo using his or her Origin account.
  • Twinned Souls Chakram:A unique weapon that damages enemies while boosting player health and mana in Reckoning.
  • The Infernal Helm: Unlocked after completing the Reckoning Tutorial Mode, this protective helmet increases players’ fire damage throughout Amalur.

So, will you all be trying out these demos?  Both of these games are high on my priority lists so I’ll definately be playing the demos of both, then buying both as well. How about you all?





Mass Effect 3 Is Going Multiplayer

10 10 2011

Now before you all pull out your pitchforks and march down to Electronic Arts (not Bioware…), listen to this first.

While not a lot of detail have been announced yet, but before you go judging their decision to add multiplayer to a single player game…I think this deserves some merit.

This is not a deathmatch multiplayer.  It is, in face, co-op missions that are seperate from the single player campaign.  I’m speculating here, but I’d say it would go along the lines with the Rage co-op missions.

This is a feature that could add a whole new element to this game.  I personally thought it would be an awesome idea to have co-op throughout the campaign. You could have the host be Commander Shepard.  Then the two friends join in and pick which character they wanted to be from the characters that the main player would have unlocked at that time.

But anyways, this is me wanting something that has NOT been confirmed or announced.

Again, the only thing that is known at this time is that the multiplayer will be only co-op missions that are seperate from the main single-player campaign.

So, what do you all think about multiplayer in Mass Effect 3?

***UPDATE*** FROM BIOWARE FORUMS

4 player co-op multiplayer

Join your friends in the all-out galactic war to take Earth back. The universe of Mass Effect expands with the addition of new co-op multiplayer missions, playable over Xbox Live, PSN and PC internet. Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control. Success in multi-player will have a direct impact on the outcome of the single player campaign, giving players an alternative method of achieving ultimate victory against the greatest threat mankind – and the entire galaxy – has ever faced.

Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War

As a bonus to the campaign, BioWare is introducing the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, a new way for players to manage and experience the galactic war from multiple fronts, including a new 4-player co-op mode. The key to saving the galaxy is the “Galactic Readiness” level, measured by Commander Shepard’s ability to apply
every possible asset – people, weapons, resources, armies, fleets – in the final battle against the Reapers. Players can impact their game’s Galactic Readiness level in multiple ways via the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, including multiplayer. Other platforms and interfaces will be announced in the coming months. It is important to note that the system is entirely optional and just another way players can have control over your game experience – it is still possible to achieve the optimal, complete ending of the game in Mass Effect 3 through single-player alone.

F.A.Q.

Why include 4 player Co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3?

  • Being able to explore and fight alongside your friends in the Mass Effect universe has always been something we thought would be fun and compelling, and many players have asked for it for a long time as well. Mass Effect 3 is the best place for us to introduce multiplayer through co-op because of the premise of the game – all out galactic war.

Why only 4 player co-op? What not a versus mode?

  • We have always maintained that we would only add multiplayer into the Mass Effect series if it made sense and did not compromise the power of the single player campaign. Fighting together against a common threat was the multiplayer experience that made the most sense for Mass Effect 3. The way we have designed co-op as a wayto take control of key conflict zones in the galaxy is a natural extension of the premise of Mass Effect 3.

Why did you decide not to include it as a part of the main campaign?

  • Our priority and focus with Mass Effect 3 has and always will be to deliver a complete and satisfying single player experience.

Does the addition of co-op multiplayer missions impact the scope or quality of the single-player experience?

  • No. A dedicated team from our recently formed BioWare Montreal studio has been focused on creating the multiplayer game features while the main game continued to be developed by the team in BioWare Edmonton. Both teams are integrated under the same leadership group that produced Mass Effect 1 and 2, led by Casey Hudson. BioWare remains dedicated to delivering one of the most amazing single-player campaigns gamers have ever experienced.

How did developing multiplayer impact the single player game?

  • BioWare is dedicated and focused on delivering an engaging, fun, and action-packed experience for Mass Effect 3, one that lives up the BioWare standard. To reach that level of quality, last year BioWare opened a studio in Montreal that is home to designers, programmers, engineers, and other developers. Both studios work together as partners, lead by the core Mass Effect team, unified in a single vision. Under the direction of Casey Hudson and other team veterans, both studios make contributions to both the single player and multiplayer modes in Mass Effect 3. Rest assured that no compromises were made to either of these modes in the development of Mass Effect 3.

Which characters can I play in co-op multiplayer? Can I play as Commander Shepard?

  • Commander Shepard’s part in the war will take place in the single-player campaign, as will that of other beloved characters in the franchise such as Garrus, Ashley, and Liara…these characters do not appear in the multiplayer missions. In multiplayer, players will create custom characters to fight on different and unique fronts in the war. This will include the ability to play as favorites like Turians, Krogans, Asari and more… each with their own unique set of abilities.

What if I don’t like multiplayer – will my experience be negatively impacted?

  • Mass Effect 3 is a complete, standalone game that will deliver a satisfying story experience, even if you choose not to try multiplayer. The Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system and all of the individual components are meant to complement that amazing game and can be enjoyed on their own or as part of the Galaxy at War experience.

What if I am not good at / do not like multiplayer? Will my readiness rating go down?

  • ME3 is a story about a war against overwhelming force where the most you can hope for us survival. The more you do to fight that war, the more you can change that story into a more optimistic one. You can reach the highest levels of success in the single player experience alone, but Galaxy at War gives you alternative ways to get there. It’s about choice, and allowing players to find their own ways to stay immersed in the Mass Effect universe.

Will you be adding any additional maps or modes through DLC?

  • We can’t comment on specifics right now, but can confirm that we are planning on having DLC for Mass Effect 3.

Do save games from ME1 or ME2 impact the co-op multiplayer missions?

  • No.

Do characters level up in co-op multiplayer? What is the progression system?

  • Character progression, weapon upgrading and leveling up is present in co-op. We’ll release more information on this topic in the months leading up to launch.

Is there more info about the other platforms of Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War?

  • We are not going into details about the other components of the Galaxy at War at this time except to say we are designing each to make sense for that platform. Each component will be able to affect a player’s “Galactic Readiness” level in a different way. Again, participation in any or all ME3:GaW elements is entirely optional.




Mass Effect 3 – New Squad Combat Trailer and Returning Squad Members

16 08 2011

The anticipation is building up once again. Gamescom just released another trailer showing some of the squad combat elements in the upcoming title.

Hoping to see some familiar faces? Well, you won’t be disappointed. Liara, Garrus and Tali’Zorah are amongst the squad members confirmed to return in Mass Effect 3. Most of the other squad members you encounter in Mass Effect 2 will appear in the new game in some capacity depending on whether they survived the suicide mission.

The launch date has been delayed to March the 6th, 2012 to ‘maximise both quality and commercial success’ of the game according to Ray Muzyka from Bioware.