Mass Effect

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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Pixel Clicks Podcast #11 – Check this s*** out!

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #11 – Check this s*** out!

Hey you wonderful people, it’s time for the Pixel Clicks Podcast!

PCP is a gaming podcast in which Jordan, a gaming writer for Pixelated Geek, and his friends Cody, the ambassador of the PC master race, Shane, the one born of the good blood, and Sergio, the director and improve comedian, discuss the week in gaming news! Or at least try to.

This week the guys talk about new release Mortal Kombat X and the DLC controversy surrounding it, GTAV on PC breaking the record for most concurrent players for a non-Valve game, whether or not you should play Titan Souls, Guitar Hero Live being announced and if it can stand up against Rock Band 4, the trailer Star Wars Battlefront 3, and rumors for Mass Effect 4. It was a jam-packed week and the guys somehow manage not to dissect the new Star Wars and Batman v Superman trailers. Read On

To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

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To Timidly Go: Are Sci-Fi Film Tropes Holding Back Sci-Fi Gaming?

With souped-up graphics and processing power, Playstation 4 and Xbox One will bring us one step closer to truly “cinematic” video games. But could game developers’ long quest to emulate silver-screen cool actually limit the creative potential of next-generation console titles?

This question came to mind after the recent burst of publicity for Destiny and Titanfall, two of the “most anticipated” next-gen games. They are also both science fiction titles — a gaming genre that leans especially heavily on Hollywood-derived tropes.

A quick glance at the current console era shows just how often such games mimic cinematic sci-fi — and how limiting that approach can be when designers with a blank virtual slate fall back on the constrained conventions of film.

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Mass Effect 3 “Leviathan” DLC confirmed

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Mass Effect 3 “Leviathan” DLC confirmed

Mass Effect fans were blessed with a windfall of new information today courtesy of BioWare. Chief among the announcements: players hungry for another chapter in Commander Shepard’s adventures should keep their eyes peeled for Mass Effect 3: Leviathan, an upcoming single-player story-driven DLC announced today by Bioware. But that’s not all- there were also details about the upcoming Wii U release of Mass Effect 3.

Due later this summer, Leviathan concerns the ancient history of the galaxy-consuming Reapers – and the search for a weapon rumored to be powerful enough to fell one of the ancient spacegoing horrors. Leviathan takes place during the main storyline of Mass Effect 3. Screenshots suggest a somber, oceanic atmosphere, including what seems to be a modified Atlas piloted by Commander Shepard walking upon an ocean floor. How, if at all, it will effect the events of the now-infamous ending remain a mystery.

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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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Verdict on the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut – Cuts Away the Worst Bits

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Verdict on the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut – Cuts Away the Worst Bits

After three months, Mass Effect 3 actually has an adequate ending.

Those of you who’ve actually kept up with my articles may recall that my reaction to the original ending was less than pleased. And technically, my acceptance of the Extended Cut (perhaps we should call it the Completed Cut?) is conditional. But as many reservations as I continue to hold, I can at last consider my Shepard’s journey satisfactorily over.

It’s not easy to talk about how BioWare’s Extended Cut changes things without spoilers, and the game’s three months old and is the subject of one of the largest controversies in gaming history, so consider yourself warned.

First, the Extended Cut is both a retcon and a clarification. Was it enough of a retcon for your tastes? That’ll depend on your reading of things.

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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Release Tomorrow

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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Release Tomorrow

Three months after the release of Mass Effect 3, fans will finally get to see the expansive closure that producer Casey Hudson and writer Mac Walters say the development team envisioned all along.

XBox 360, North American Playstation 3, and PC customers worldwide will be able to download the 1.9-gigabyte Extended Cut on June 26th, while Ps3 owners outside North America will have to wait until July 4th. The Extended Cut will be available for free and add “several minutes'” worth of additional content.

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Mass Effect III – Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

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Mass Effect III – Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Seldom has a game infuriated me so as Mass Effect 3, and it’s not even because the majority of the game is bad. If anything, the remarkable quality of the rest of the game is just the salt in the wound.

Mass Effect 3 is around twenty-five to thirty hours of positively inspired gameplay, evocative storytelling, sparkling characterization and meaningful payoff for story developments and choices spanning years. Things get dark, and choices painful, but there’s still hope. There’s even a very clear moment when the game could have ended Shepard’s story on a melancholy, but satisfying note. You did good, Commander. Roll epilogue.

Then the last five minutes override the whole thing. You might think I’m exaggerating. I’m not. I have felt repulsed by many games before, but I have never been this angry, this disappointed, to see one fail.

The last thing you see in Mass Effect 3’s storyline, after what amounts to a kick between the legs, is an exhortation by BioWare to look forward to downloadable content to continue the adventure of Commander Shepard. Heaven help me, against all my scruples I would pay for it if it’d fix that ending.

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