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Review – Bioware Offers A Solid Sequel to Their Popular Mass Effect Series

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Review – Bioware Offers A Solid Sequel to Their Popular Mass Effect Series

By guest columnist Rich Kuhaupt.

So, full disclosure, I am a massive Mass Effect fan. Since it was announced that there would, in fact, be a fourth installment of Bioware’s benchmark space RPG series, I became infocidal for any news, rumors or telepathically transmitted information about “don’t call itMass Effect 4.” Now that I’ve had a chance to actually play Mass Effect Andromeda (about 40 hrs) I thought I would offer my initial impressions of the latest offering of my favorite video game franchise and address some of the early issues and bad reviews. Minor spoilers are likely.

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“Discover the Dragon Age” trailer released, with commentary

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“Discover the Dragon Age” trailer released, with commentary

Bioware’s newly-released “Discover the Dragon Age” trailer may as well be a travel brochure for the world of Thedas in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition.

“Discover the Dragon Age” pans through grandiose, lushly-detailed landscapes, showing off various features of Bioware’s new Frostbite engine. Certainly Thedas looks like a nice place to vacation, if not for the horrors of dragons, demons, and various other monsters players will confront in Inquisition.

Watch the official trailer after the break, included alongside the text of the Bioware Blog post.

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BioWare Founders Retire

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BioWare Founders Retire

After seventeen years at the helm of the company they founded, founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their retirement from BioWare today.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make,” Muzyka said in his blog post; “after thinking about it for many months, I made the decision to retire from videogames back in early April 2012 – at that time I provided six months’ notice to EA, to help enable a solid transition for my teams at BioWare.”

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Comic Issues #75 – Mass Effected

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Comic Issues #75 – Mass Effected

With the Dark Knight being released this week. Our heroes and heroine RISE to the occasion. Today we discuss the much anticipated finale to the Nolan franchise.

Then it’s onwards to space with the not-so-final ending of Mass Effect 3. We hit up the topic of artistic integrity and whether or not the fans should be able to decide. We even bring up Neon Genesis Evangelion while were at it.

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Review: Star Wars the Old Republic

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Review: Star Wars the Old Republic

A long time ago, in what feels like a galaxy far far away, rumors of a new Star Wars MMO began to circulate. The star systems of Star Wars Galaxies had all but been abandoned and the thought of another MMO would have been tedious and redundant. Soon to follow was the confirmation of the project along with the news of BioWare’s involvement, and that’s when things got interesting.

Three long and painful years later the day has arrived: Star Wars: The Old Republic was released Dec. 20, 2011 to a sea of ravenous fans, just before the 3D releases of the movies put the final nail in Star War’s carbonite coffin.

Star Wars: The Old Republic makes the bold move of separating itself from Galaxies and the popular movie timeline that many of the other video games have followed, by instead picking up largely where the popular but lesser-known The Knights of the Old Republic I & II games left off 2,000 years before the rise of Darth Vader.

BioWare has brought its unique console style of gaming to the MMO genre. Though many comparisons have been made to World of Warcraft, some perhaps warranted, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a step forward for MMO’s all together.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

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Star Wars: The Old Republic to be Released December 20

Finally, after months of waiting with baited breath, BioWare and LucasArts have decided to keep us is the dark no longer. According to the official Star Wars: The Old Republic news site, this highly-anticipated MMORPG (not to mention potential WoW-killer) will be released on December 20 in North America, and the 22nd in Europe.

I’m pretty excited about this for two reasons. First, it’s sure to be a phenomenal game. But second, it means the release date rumor we heard from a BioWare rep all the way back at PAX East turned out to be entirely true. And who doesn’t love being right?

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic First Impressions

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Star Wars: The Old Republic First Impressions

If you’ve been following the site for the past few days, you have probably noticed all of the SW: TOR content that we discovered at PAX East.  I wanted to give you some quick first impressions of the game.  In short, the game has resurrected my interest in MMOs.  I know for sure I will purchase this game upon release (whenever that may be, BioWare) and sink many otherwise unproductive hours into it.  The controls are standard MMO fare with absolutely no surprises.  The graphics are what you would expect from BioWare: realistic facial expressions, sharply intriguing camera angles, and fully developed worlds and environments.  What is going to set this MMO apart, however, is the story-driven landscape.  Naturally, it is at its heart a BioWare game set in the Star Wars universe; even though a community rep admitted that it is an MMO first, SW: TOR will feature an intricately woven plot into intense MMO gameplay.  One unique feature displayed (and unfortunately during a tutorial screen and thus, un-filmed) involved how BioWare reconciled its phenomenal role-playing features with that of the combat-driven MMO.  When raid members are asked questions by NPCs, they are given choices (the good ol’ response wheel), and dice are rolled to determine who gets to speak when.  It rolled smoothly and added multiple characters’ opinions and attitudes toward story features and events.  While maintaining classic MMO tendencies, BioWare concentrates heavily on the “RPG” half of the game-changing genre.  Read on to catch an official release date from a rep from BioWare Austin.

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