With all these Mass Effect 2 videos showing off the new characters in the game, isn't it about time Commander Shepard got his time in the spotlight? BioWare thought so. They unveiled a new video today starring the badassery that is The Shep. Short, sweet and to the point.
We've received four new Mass Effect 2 screenshots, which introduce us to a couple new weapons in Commander Shepard's arsenal. Meet the M-100 Grenade Launcher and the Katana Shotgun. Check 'em out after the jump.
Most previews tell you about the game as a whole, with limited information so nothing's spoiled. They describe gameplay mechanics, graphics, characters, essentially everything you see in a demo or trailer, but in greater detail. It's a look at what game developers and publishers want the consumer to see, not necessarily what ends up being sold on the market.
This isn't going to be a typical preview. I had the opportunity to play the first hour of Mass Effect 2, to which I'll describe utterly and entirely. In doing so, I will spoil that entire hour, give my thoughts on everything, from gameplay to storyline and dialog to weapons. If you don't want Mass Effect 2 spoiled for you, don't bother reading this article. If, however, you want to know more about 2010's first blockbuster RPG, read on at your own discretion.
BioWare has said that Mass Effect will be a trilogy, and the series' project director Casey Hudson has confirmed this. At a press event in BioWare's hometown Edmonton, Hudson noted that Mass Effect 3 will be the last Mass Effect. "'Mass Effect 3' will be easier because we don't have to worry about the continuity into the next one," he said.
Now, whether or not Mass Effect 3 will really be the end of the Mass Effect IP or just simply Commander Shepard's story arc is still unseen, but I'd bet all my marbles that we haven't seen the end of this franchise yet.
Mass Effect 2 is set to ship January 26 in North America and January 29 elsewhere.