If we're honest, we've not been particularly excited about Mass Effect 3
Make no mistake, we really enjoyed the previous entry in the series — but EA's build-up to the release has been very unusual. Much of the emphasis has been on multiplayer and action. We'd almost forgotten that Mass Effect 3 was an RPG. But meeting the game's cast has got us...
Bioware's better known for its dialogue wheels than rip-roaring combat, but we must admit that Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component is looking pretty solid
The developer's released a new action-packed trailer, honing in on the races and classes you'll be able to select come the game's release in March. We're still not particularly hot on the idea of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3, but this video..
Don't worry long-term Mass Effect fans: Bioware's not gone soft -- it simply wants to ensure that Commander Shepard's escapades are inviting for new players as well as hardcore fans
That's not something the developer felt it achieved with Mass Effect 2, with the game's impactful opening leaving newcomers in the dark. In all honesty, we didnt do a really good job of new player orientation,..
You'll be able to get a taste of Commander Shepard's latest adventure on Valentine's Day, a Mass Effect 3 trailer has revealed
The footage — which hones in on the game's XBOX 360 exclusive Kinect support — confirms the demo's release date for February 14th. As previously detailed, playing the demo will allow you to unlock exclusive content in Big Huge Games' Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning.
Up until now, Mass Effect's protagonist, Commander Shepard, has served as something of a conduit for other character's stories
That's something developer Bioware hopes to change with upcoming sequel, Mass Effect 3, as it aims to deepen the lead character's story arc in order to emphasise the hero's emotional turmoil during the war against the Reapers. One of the things we wanted to do in Mass..
Here's a novel cross-promotion strategy: if you play the demos for both Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning, you'll unlock new in-game costumes for the other game
Sound complicated? Well, it's really not. Playing the Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning demo, due out next week, will net you two items in Mass Effect 3. The goods include the...
Looks like the story of Commander Shepard won't come to a firm conclusion at the end of Mass Effect 3 -- as BioWare's Casey Hudson has teased that the game is set to get a smattering of single-player and multiplayer downloadable content following its release
Chatting with Game Informer, Hudson said that the developer is planning "some multiplayer" DLC, but is also intending to extend the..
Following the trend of every other hot new video game release, BioWare's announced a small arsenal of pre-order bonuses for Mass Effect 3
Simply pre-ordering the space RPG from anywhere will guarantee you access to the M55 Argus Assault Rifle for free, while pre-orders at GameStop will also reward you with the N7 Warfare Gear pack. You can catch a glimpse of the goodies in action after the break..
Mass Effect 3 might have already enjoyed its big debut moment at last year's VGAs, but that's not stopped Bioware and EA from releasing a brand new gameplay trailer at this year's event
The trailer — which is derived entirely from gameplay footage — shows Shepard mounting an attack against seemingly impossible odds. It looks way more cinematic than Mass Effect has ever been before, but in a..
There are some big announcements set to take place at the VGAs this weekend: Sony's mysterious exclusive The Last Of Us, the reannouncement of Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and the unveiling of Epic Games' next big project
But while Spike's lined up plenty of show stoppers for the event, the awards ceremony will also play host to some lesser reveals. EA's confirmed that almost exactly a year after its..
GameStop's dropped the full skinny on Mass Effect 3's chunky Collector's Edition, which will be available alongside the main game for $80
The special edition includes: a premium metal case, a 70-page hardbound art-book, a limited edition Mass Effect comic, a fabric N7 patch, a 4x6 lithograph of the Normandy, and a bunch of digital in-game content. Sounds like a solid deal, we wonder what Commander..
While we're still largely indifferent about the inclusion of co-op in Mass Effect 3, we know some fans are quite up on the idea
In fact we've read quite a lot of hopeful chatter regarding support for local multiplayer. Sadly for those anticipating couch co-op, developer Bioware's squashed the speculation prematurely, stating that the game's multiplayer will be playable online only. For now, anyway..
If you've been following the multiplatform websites you'll know that Microsoft accidentally published a Mass Effect 3 beta to XBOX Live users over the weekend
While the red-faced platform holder managed to pull the content promptly, many were still able to download the file, and subsequently have bombarded the Internet with spoilers and unannounced details about the game. Obviously we won't spoil..
We probably sound like something of a worn out record when discussing Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component, so we're now going to reserve judgement until we actually play it
While we've been heavily critical of Mass Effect's status as a shooter in the past, we'll refrain further comment until we actually play the latest entry. Because, honestly, being super cynical about video games is one of the..
Not entirely sold on the third-entry in Bioware's space opera series Mass Effect 3 yet? No, we're kind of not either
But if you're planning on picking up Battlefield 3 — you know, because Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield are totally comparable series — then you'll get early access to Mass Effect's hotly anticipated multiplayer mode some time in January. Thankfully the demo will not just include..
If we were being cynical, we'd argue that Mass Effect 3's four-player co-op component was solely designed to justify the inclision of an online pass -- but we're not feeling that negative today
That said, we're still not totally hot on Bioware's decision to include multiplayer into its premier sci-fi RPG. There's a look at the controversial component after the jump, complete with a video interview..
Yes, Mass Effect 3 has a multiplayer component
Bioware has finally confirmed the game's co-op mode in a Q&A on its forums. The new (optional) four-player missions take place outside of the main campaign, and aren't affected by your previous Mass Effect progress. "Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers..
Ahhh, Mass Effect
A series we enjoy for its intense gun-fire and high octane shootouts... Wait a minute. Wrong game. Mass Effect. Yeah, that's not a game we enjoy for its shooting at all. Quite the opposite in fact. So you can probably imagine how delighted we are that Mass Effect 3's getting a needless multiplayer component. It's been on the cards for some months, with Bioware never comitting to..
Just get on with it EA
You're not fooling anyone. We know Mass Effect 3's going to have a multiplayer component of kinds. You may as well just announce it. It's pretty much confirmed anyway. A scan of a South African magazine lists the contents of a Mass Effect 3 collector's edition, with a "multiplayer pass" being amongst the goods. Rumours suggest that the upcoming sequel includes a..
Ray Muzyka of Bioware has solemnly announced that Mass Effect 3 will be the last time you see Command Shepard
What will happen to the now legendary protagonist? After this, Commander Shepards story is complete," Muzyka says. Further confirmation came when asked to confirm that Shepherd will appear in no more Mass Effect games past 3. Correct. Well, two sides to this story. Upside:..
Despite being totally customisable, Bioware's always portrayed the 'official' Commander Shepard as a bald-headed male
But with the fanbase for female Shepard (or FemShep as she's lovingly referred to) growing, Bioware recently held a public vote on its Facebook page to decide the official look for Miss. Shepard once and for all. The winner — with 19,726 votes — is the red-headed Shepard..
EA and Bioware's "high octane alien adventure" Mass Effect 3 got a new batch of footage as part of GamesCom today
The game's showing — which focused mainly on the game's combat and squad tactics — proved that Bioware's looking to beef up the experience as a third-person action game, focusing on gunplay and AI collaboration. The game's due out in North America on March 6th and Europe on March..
This isn't a rumour, but until we get official word from EA in our inbox, we'll tag it as such
Mass Effect 3 is getting multiplayer. We're not entirely sure why — Mass Effect 2 was easily one of the worst third-person shooters we've played on PS3. Terrible shooting mechanics, a hokey cover system and boring AI made it a shoddy experience in combat. The only reason Mass Effect 2 was such a good..
Sounds like there's a Mass Effect 3 demo on the horizon
Bioware's Casey Hudson told fans to "stay tuned for demo plans" in a Tweet over the weekend. Mass Effect 3 was delayed into 2012 earlier in the year, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of a pre-Christmas demo release to keep fans engaged. And with multiplayer hotly tipped for the franchise, perhaps Casey's referring to some..
Legendary Pictures has chimed in to reveal that the long-rumored Mass Effect movie is in production
Writer Mark Protosevich (of I Am Legend fame, if anyone's hoping for a Will Smith Shepherd) and creator series Casey Hudson will take to the tables at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22nd to discuss the upcoming Mass Effect flick. When's it coming? No word. No other major players in the film production..
It always baffles us how people talk about Mass Effect 2 being one of the greatest games of all time
When we think of that game, we can't help but think of naff combat. It's not just naff combat though, it's the worst. Seriously, we can't think of a bigger blockbuster shooter that has worse combat than Mass Effect 2. Of course Mass Effect gets away with the gameplay being rubbish because of the..
Rarely does a month pass in which there's not a new rumour about Mass Effect 3 getting a multiplayer component
Multiplayer is certainly not what we want out of the franchise, but it would tick a few boxes for publisher EA. Eurogamer's the latest publication to tease some kind of online functionality for Bioware's space-opera, rumouring that the game will have a standalone four-player co-op mode..
There's going to be big boss fights, turret sequences and heavy guitar riffs in Shepard's struggle for mankind -- this Mass Effect 3 trailer proves as much
The action heavy trailer features plenty of gameplay footage and also reveals a March 6th release date for the game. Definitely looks like Bioware's looking to take the franchise in more action oriented direction this time. Here's hoping the..
As time goes by, more and more people become obsessed with game's portraying various sexual preferences
It's almost like games aren't good anymore if there isn't the option to be gay, straight or bisexual. Bioware's on a one developer crusade to change all that though. According to Bioware's Casey Hudson, Mass Effect 3 will support "wider options for love interests," including same-sex..
Last night, Bioware revealed it was delaying Mass Effect 3 in order to make the "best game in the series"
But overnight, EA boss John Riccitiello said the delay was instead intended to tweak the game's gameplay in order to reach a "larger market". "Essentially, step by step, [BioWare is] adjusting some of the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you'll see at E3 that can..
Mass Effect 3's executive producer Casey Hudson has revealed on Facebook that the next installment in Commander Shepard's adventure will not debut until the "first three months of 2012"
The game was previously due out in the Fall of this year. "The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds..
If you were expecting some brand-spanking, gob-stopping visual enhancements in Mass Effect 3: stop
GameInformer's got the exclusive reveal of the first Mass Effect 3 screenshots, and they look just like Mass Effect 2. In fact, if you didn't tell us otherwise, we'd assume they were DLC. We'd love to post the screenshots here, but we daren't. GameInformer exclusives are scary business. Click
It didn't take long for the first Mass Effect 3 details to be leaked out of GameInformer's cover story and onto the 'net
As always, we support print media, so if you want the full story, go and buy a copy of GameInformer. We'll summarise for the sake of convenience here. The biggest take-away from the new set of Mass Effect 3 information is: more Mass Effect. There'll be multiple good and bad..
We've still not adjusted to writing about Mass Effect as a PlayStation franchise yet
It's so weird that the franchise's has jumped from being a pseudo-XBOX exclusive (we know there were PC versions) to being closely associated with the PlayStation 3. Don't get us wrong — we're absolutely not complaining. It's just a bit weird. Maybe it's just us? Anyway, the news: GameInformer's confirmed that..
While Mass Effect 2 looks and performs better on the PlayStation 3 than most late Unreal Engine ports (kudos for doing a good job Bioware), a few people were left deflated by the game's demo after Bioware's proclamations of the game running on Mass Effect 3's engine
Worry not though, Bioware's Chris Priestly has revealed — as we speculated at the time — that the demo was running on old build of..
It's a move that we never anticipated, but makes piles and piles of sense
Bioware's bringing Mass Effect 3 to the PlayStation 3 day-and-date with its XBOX 360 counterpart, but the franchise's previous title, Mass Effect 2, is finally coming to the PS3 in January. Makes sense that the port would run under Mass Effect 3's updated graphics engine, right? It sure seems obvious, but we never expected..
We're just about a month or so away from playing Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3, but the long awaited release of Bioware's acclaimed RPG sequel only marks the start of a bumper year for the franchise on PS3
EA executive Patrick Buechner has confirmed on Twitter that Mass Effect 3 will also launch on PlayStation 3. It was already assumed that Mass Effect 3 — which received its first trailer at the..
There's some pretty strong imagery in this Mass Effect 3 trailer
Despite the game being accidentally leaked by EA's store over the weekend, there's something stark and interesting about a futuristic London sky-line. The sequel to Bioware's hot RPG franchise is due next Holiday. No platforms have been officially announced, but expect it to land on PlayStation 3. The trailer's after the jump. It's a..
Hours away from Mass Effect 3's official unveiling at tomorrow's Spike VGA Awards, EA's spilled the beans. A pre-order listing on the EA website's store has appeared for the anticipated sequel, and as expected it appears the game will almost certainly launch day and date on the PlayStation 3. Mass Effect 2 hasn't even hit the PlayStation 3 yet (it launches in January), but it seems like..