More news from the EA conference call that took place earlier today, this time on the Mass Effect front. EA says to expect "something far-reaching from Mass Effect" sometime in its fiscal 2011.
"Winter of 2011 marks the chilling return of Dead Space, a highly rated, fully-owned franchise," said COO John Schappert. "Another big driving simulation from Need from Speed, a new shooter being developing by Epic Studios and co-published by EA, and finally something far-reaching from Mass Effect."
So what do you reckon it could be?
Mass Effect 2 is a huge game. So huge, in fact, that we'd be remiss if we didn't give a little helpful guidance to players priming to play. So we at Brave New Gamer have assembled a list of 5 tips to remember for your first playthrough of Mass Effect 2 to ensure you have the most fun, enjoyable experience possible.
And there are no spoilers! (more...)
So we already posted a review of Mass Effect 2 and what sucked about it. But what about the things that make it so great? Because, as you know, it is pretty damn great. So here, we take a look at what makes Mass Effect 2 %#&*ing awesome. (more...)
Mass Effect 2 is a great game, as we discussed earlier today. But it's not perfect. In fact, it has some total sucktitude. Here are the five biggest nuisances in Mass Effect 2. And for good measure, we've included why they're not so bad!
Warning: Spoilers be ahead. You've been warned.
Delayed into this year, Mass Effect 2 was one of my personal “I can’t wait to play” games. I was lucky enough to play the first hour, have several interviews about the game, and amazingly scored a copy from a local Gamestop, when the release date is so soon. After sitting down with it over the weekend and taking in the new, redefined universe, I can safely say that you will love this game. (more...)
There's been a lot of talk whether or not BioWare's Mass Effect 2 will ever come to the PS3. Geoff Keighley seems to think it will.
"Now the fact that [Mass Effect 2] is only on Xbox 360, a lot of debate now about whether it makes sense for publishers to make those games exclusive to a platform," Keighley said, "I think the game will eventually come out for PlayStation 3, but they just can’t talk about it yet."
Analyst Michael Pachter believes we're going to start seeing less and less console exclusives, even saying Epic Games regrets signing the exclusive contract for Gears of War. What do you think? Will Mass Effect come to the PS3?
You think BioWare's content with just games, books, action figures, and comics for its epic space opera Mass Effect? You're greatly mistaken. According to the Mass Effect 2 project director Casey Hudson, there's "a tremendous amount of interest" in the idea of a Mass Effect film.
"Obviously we have a tremendous amount of interest from people in Hollywood to make a major motion picture," Hudson told MTV Movies Blog.
Fortunately, Hudson isn't just looking for any old movie tie-in. He's aware of the crappy films that are made to complement games and vice versa. He wants it to be a "great" film, otherwise it shouldn't be made at all.
"The most important thing for us is we don't just want to see a movie get made," he continued. "We want to see a great movie get made, if it's going to get made at all."
EA's not exactly a company that has cash falling out of its pockets, yet it will have "at least one spot" during the most-viewed television program of the year, the Super Bowl. Pricing for this year's round of Super Bowl ads falls between $2.5 million and $2.8 million, so what game could possibly be worth that much cash? Dante's Inferno ships two days after the big game, but if EA is dropping that much dough on a game like that, I'll be damned.
No matter what game it is, it's a strange way for EA to spend marketing dollars when many of its IP's are struggling. The publisher also revealed it will be showing the new Mass Effect 2 gameplay trailer "in its full two-minute glory" during the 4th quarter of the NFC Championship game, but at least that's a game that's deserving.
And for the record, skol Vikings!
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Mass Effect will live on after the trilogy concludes with Mass Effect 3, according to BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk. The Mass Effect property is a "valuable universe," he said in today's edition of Kotaku Talk Radio, and Zeschuk noted that the end of the sci-fi trilogy does not mean the series is done. This doesn't come as a surprise by any means, considering BioWare has hinted at more Mass Effect outside the Commander Shepard story arc, but to see it explicitly spelled out is reassuring nonetheless.
"We're actually going to continue to use it for stuff and we're going to continue to make games there," Zeschuk said. "Believe me, we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after this. Don't worry if you love Mass Effect, there will be more Mass Effect in the future."
Mass Effect 2 releases next Tuesday, Janury 26.
The first Mass Effect released in November of 2007. The second one is releasing in just a few short weeks, meaning it took just over two years to complete. BioWare wants the turnaround on the concluding game to be even shorter, according to project manager Casey Hudson.
"We always wanted to make sure that we got the entire trilogy of games done within the console's life cycle," Hudson said in an IGN interview. "We didn't want to take forever with it. So we definitely want to make Mass Effect 3 a fairly short turnaround, but also being that it needs to be a tremendous and epic conclusion to the trilogy."
Can the quality of a game be retained when the time spent developing it is shortened so significantly? I guess we'll just have to have faith in the guys over at BioWare.