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.
Bioware certainly took its time in releasing this trailer for the Omega single-player DLC considering that the expansion launches tomorrow in Canada and the USA for the Xbox/PS3/PC. Nevertheless, Omega once again has players taking control of Commander Shepard this time teaming up with super bad-ass Aria T’Loak (still voiced by Carrie-Anne Moss) and a new female Turian named Nyreen in an effort to recapture the Omega station from Cerberus forces.
Because you just can’t have enough Mass Effect news in one day here is the launch trailer for Mass Effect 3 for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console scheduled to hit retailers this coming Sunday November 18 in Canada and the USA. As much as I loved Mass Effect 3 this is one of those decisions that make me wonder just what top brass at Electronic Arts is trying to accomplish as they are launching the third game in a franchise on a new platform without any avenue in which to play the previous two games. I mentioned in my Mass Effect 3 review that gamers who are new to the franchise are going to be completely lost and without any context as the character relationships and events presented in the game lose nearly all emotional impact.
Yes, although Mass Effect 3 only dropped this past March we are finally getting more information as to where Bioware will take the franchise going forward. Although there are precious story details at least we now know that Bioware has effectively moved production of the next game from its Edmonton studio to Montreal which was primarily responsible for the multiplayer aspect of Mass Effect 3. At the same time Bioware’s Montreal studio was the one which coded much of Mass Effect 2’s post game DLC and the upcoming ME3 Omega single-player DLC .
It has been ages since we last got a good update as to what was happening to the live action Mass Effect movie. Last we heard was that Thor/I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich had finished his draft of the Mass Effect movie screenplay but then things went silent. Today, through Variety, it was announced that Mark Protosevich had left the project presumably because his Mass Effect draft was rejected and replaced by Morgan Davis Foehl to attempt another take on the franchise.
Bioware. Yes, long time readers of this blog will no doubt know this name and if anyone has been following over the last few months they’d understand why as Mass Effect 3 has just about taken over posts and comments sending this site’s hit count soaring. Regardless, this entry is not another Mass Effect 3 analysis but this is about Dragon Age, you know, Bioware’s other big franchise. Simply put, while Mass Effect has taken video game space opera to new heights, Dragon Age is their fantasy equivalent that retains much of the same DNA in crafting a story driven narrative that is highly influenced by player dialogue decision-making.
Here are photos of the official Kotobukiya Bishoujo Female Commander Shepard figure due out early next year. Like other figures from Kotobukiya this one is going to have polarizing appeal depending on one’s love of the Japanese anime art form. There’s no doubt that it features some very nice detailing and looks very close to its original concept art yet fans are going to make their purchasing decision based on Shepard’s face which is much more in keeping with the anime tradition as opposed to more realistic Western trappings. As for myself, I love anime so chalk me up as one of those who have this on pre-order.
Let’s cut straight to the chase. The question of the day of whether or not you should buy this is exceedingly simple as the Leviathan single-player DLC is going to appeal to those gamers who still love the series no matter their stance on the controversial ending while those who hate Mass Effect 3 or its original or extended endings with a passion would have no reason to pick this up as it doesn’t change the game’s narrative one bit save for a few extra lines of dialogue that pop up in the ending sequence. I’ve written so much about this game that at this point in time I have a very strong feeling that those who want more ME3 will have bought this already on day one while those who have given up on the franchise have probably moved on to supposedly greener pastures.