First Mass Effect 3 Details!

The final installment of the Mass Effect series of video games is coming out this winter! And yet, besides from a rather vague trailer, details were very sparse.

Thankfully, the May edition of Game Informer has plenty of tantalizing tidbits!!

What we know is that Mass Effect 3 takes places after the final DLC for Mass Effect 2 entitled “The Arrival” where Sheppard had to make a hard decision and faces trial for his actions. However, the Reapers (a race of sentient machines) attack Earth smack dab in the middle of it, and claim Earth. So, what is Sheppard to do? What else but gather a squad and FIGHT!

Confirmed squadmates include (if they survived the events of the first two games) Liara, Ashley/Kaiden, Garrus, and James Sanders. Wrex, Mordin, Legion, and Anderson are confirmed to appear but are not confirmed as squadmates.

The Illusive Man will play an integral role in the game. Cerebrus is also out for Shepard’s blood.

Skill trees have been expanded, offering multiple paths rather than just one. Other RPG elements have also been expanded, and all classes will be proficient with all weapons, but may have limited slots to carry them.

Multiplayer is not included in the game.

Executive producer for BioWare Casey Hudson spoke with Game Informer and described the game as such, “This is what we’ve been looking forward to the whole trilogy, if you think about the IP that we’ve built, really every one of the arcs we’ve got going are leading towards this long list of incredible moments, and that’s really what Mass Effect is made out of.”

The battle for Earth is lost. The only hope is to flee, gather support, and mount a counter-attack to reclaim the planet.

Also in Mass Effect universe news, a new novel has been announced to be released this fall entitled Mass Effect: Deception by William C. Dietz.

As well, BioWare recently announced is a full-length anime movie based on the Mass Effect games, set to be released next summer by FUNimation.

Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media. Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us. Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for.

Are you excited for the game? Will you be good (paragon) or evil (renegade)?

Apparently ToplessRobot has the same affinity for Crackdown that I have. So it was no surprise the fine gent would be covering Crackdown 2 as shown pretty in depth in this month’s GameInformer. There are a bunch of other walkthrough trailers available at another site, but this is the coolest. Let’s just say that the vast array of weapons in the first game will be expanded by an even wider margin. Obviously, they are using the same engine to run this game, but no more ganglords peeps, no no, we are fighting mutated zombie type…things, this time around. The officer’s grenade is quite interesting. I’m getting nervous…

The Xbox360 Towel Trick

Remember back in the day when you had a finicky NES, so you would blow the…blow into the cartridge and get the dust you convinced yourself was there, out, to make it work? Then after jostling it left and right inside the system it would finally spring to life. God, now with the dynamic creations of the PS3 and XBOX360 we don’t have those simple options any longer. In this months GameInformer Mag, they brought to my attention the “Towel Trick”! When you get the Red Rings of Death-Geek Speak for total system failure in your 360, it’s to send it away or if have you no warranty, buy anew. But according to them and probably some Jesus-like programmer (Long hair, a goatee, douchbag sandals, and a nightgown), you wrap it up in towels to overheat it and reset the Comp chip inside, just to get a few extra hours of play in….Oh the lengths we go to for our obsessions….Sigh….

The Top 10 Games of E3

These are thus far the most anticipated games brought forth by their companies¬† to be¬†showcased at the event. I don’t know who agrees or disagrees, but the list has been brought forth with some heavy hitters coming out in the next year or so. Thanks to GameInformer (more…)