Bioware just released the entire one hour Mass Effect panel that took place at PAX this past week which showcases members of the Mass Effect team talking about their experiences over the course of nine years working on the trilogy. While this is obviously meant for diehard fans it is certainly an interesting video as it gives some good insight into the production of arguably the best science fiction trilogy in video gaming history.
Here is a six minute retrospective video on the entire Mass Effect trilogy produced by Bioware featuring footage from all three games along with stories and comments from the Bioware staff about their favourite moments or characters. The video essentially serves as a final “goodbye” from Bioware to Commander Shepard’s trilogy of games and how bittersweet it feels to be leaving these much loved characters behind.
Here’s a great picture just released by Bioware detailing some significant stats on Mass Effect 3 that are sure to engender much debate. Although the game is now over a year old it is a testament to the series that it still generates a lot of interest although, to be fair, much of it lately was probably due to the Citadel DLC which most fans ended up loving. I’m still in the process of writing the Citadel DLC review so I apologize for the apparent delay.
Just a quick FYI that Bioware has made the soundtrack for the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC available for free from their forums here. All you need to do is create a forum username/ID or use the one from EA’s Origin service. Although this is a great gesture from Bioware be advised that for some reason or other that the files are in wav format instead of the more common mp3s. I’m in the process of writing my review for the DLC which should be out a.s.a.p. although the bottom line is that it is a great send-off for the series and should be picked up immediately for all longtime fans of the franchise.
Well, all good things must come to an end thus here is the trailer for Citadel, the last Mass Effect 3 single-player DLC that releases tomorrow. Even though the game’s overall narrative is decidedly bleak I must say that Bioware seems to have thought that it was a good idea to lighten the mood a bit with this last piece of DLC and dial up the fan service to the nines.
Today Bioware announced that the last two pieces of Mass Effect 3 DLC are on the way. The Citadel DLC which clocks in at almost 4GB in size represents the final single-player expansion for the game where players once again take control of Commander Shepard. At the same time Bioware announced the Reckoning DLC which adds to the game’s robust multiplayer mode.
Omega is the newest single player DLC to be released for Mass Effect 3 and once again I find myself inundated with the simplest of questions which all center on, “Is it worth it?” Readers will already know how I reviewed Mass Effect 3 as well as the previous Leviathan DLC and though I liked the later I mentioned how it was slightly lamentable that Bioware was playing with fire by leaving the content out as it would have served as a good foreshadowing moment to lend credence to the appearance of the Catalyst at the end of the game. Bioware and every other video game developer out there should really hunker down and understand that making money is all fine and dandy but when a major chunk of exposition that is central to the plot is purposely left out at launch that it potentially can lead to the brouhaha that appeared over the game’s ending. So where does that leave Omega? Simply put, unlike Leviathan, Omega has next to zero hooks to the main plot making this expansion feel very much like a mini standalone game.
Mass Effect: Paragon Lost attempts to expand the Mass Effect universe away from its traditional video game roots this time into the realm of Japanese animation. A co-production between American company Funimation and master anime studio Production I.G., Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is a prequel of sorts to Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 by showcasing how a particular incident involving a character named James Vega came to have significant repercussions that ended up scaring him for the foreseeable future. Fans of the series will however, be undoubtedly scratching their collective heads merely because James Vega is regarded as one of the least liked and utilized characters within the trilogy although to be fair this is probably due to his visual appearance more so than his actual personality.