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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)?

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Welcome gaming bastards to another edition of G.R.O.W. This is NerdBastards weekly video game release list where we give y’all a heads up on what was released for the consoles and PC (and sometimes the MAC). We also cover downloadable titles as well.

The release list may still be lite, but if you are a Playstation 3 owner, you got two BIG titles being released, with one of them being a Sony exclusive and another that used to be console exclusive for the Xbox 360. Other than that, the Nintendo DS sees a release of something that is slowly coming out on everything and a sci-fi shooter that is playable on both PS3 and 360.

So what are y’all waiting for? Check after the jump to see if there is anything coming out that will make your wallets cry!

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Bioware’s Mass Effect games have been talked about a lot in the video game world for its road paths that Shepard could take and the companions he can have with him. One could say the game leads some gamers to have a massive effect in their pants. Sorry for the obvious joke but we got news that Legendary Pictures (Watchmen, Dark Knight) has bought the rights to do a Mass Effect movie. What we know so far is that writer Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) and that Avi & Ari Arad will produce. As far as story goes, no info yet but seeing how Mass Effect has different road paths, who knows what linear story the movie will do.

Hell, knowing Hollywood, maybe we’ll have a brother/sister team called the Shepards just to make both male and female Shepard fans happy. Also, I doubt we’ll get to see all the ass Shepard gets from the game portrayed into the movie screen since they will probably aim for a PG-13 rating. Anyway, what do ya’ll think? You think they will do justice to the franchise or will this die like your space fish in Mass Effect 2? Also, who would ya want cast for the film? Tell us what ya think by commenting after the jump.

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…)