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Welcome back to another episode of The Show Radio. This episode features a panel from Pax East 2013 entitled Mass Effect Retrospective. The speakers talk about the last 9 years of development on Mass Effect and its future. The Panel speakers include Casey Hudson, Executive Producer and Project Director, Preston Watamaniuk, Lead Designer, Parrish Ley, Lead Cinematics Director, John Dombrow, Writer, Dusty Everman, Level Designer, and special guest Raphael Sbarge, the voice of Kaidan. are Moderating the panel is Geoff Keighley.
Yeah I know this game has been out a while, but with Mass Effect 3′s recent final release of the Citadel DLC (Citadel DLC closes the Mass Effect trilogy) some of you are now left with wanting more Mass Effect in your life. Here is the game for you. (more…)
As 2012 comes to a close, I think it is time to say good-bye to some fictional characters that we have lost this year. Let’s face it, so many fictional characters died this year that we will ring in 2013 a worse world. So grab your darkest suit and your shades and come with us as we talk the top ten fictional character deaths of 2012. Spoilers ahead. (more…)
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From the description on YouTube;
“Serving as a prequel to the MASS EFFECT game series,”Red Sand” is set 35 years before the time of Commander Shepard and tells the story of the discovery of ancient ruins on Mars. Left behind by the mysterious alien race known as the Protheans, the ruins are a treasure trove of advanced technology and the powerful Element Zero, an energy source beyond humanity’s wildest dreams. As the Alliance research team led by Dr. Averroes (Ayman Samman) seeks to unlock the secrets of the ruins, a band of marauders living in the deserts of Mars wants the ruins for themselves. Addicted to refined Element Zero in the form of a narcotic nicknamed “Red Sand” which gives them telekinetic “biotic” powers, these desert-dwelling terrorists will stop at nothing to control the ruins and the rich vein of Element Zero at its core. Standing between them and their goal are Colonel Jon Grissom (Mark Meer), Colonel Lily Sandhurst (Amy Searcy), and a team of Alliance soldiers tasked with defending the ruins at all costs. At stake – the future of humanity’s exploration of the galaxy, and the set up for the MASS EFFECT storyline loved by millions of gamers worldwide.
RED SAND: A MASS EFFECT FAN FILM, starring none other than the voice of Commander Shepard himself, Mark Meer. Produced by the students and faculty of the Digital Video Program at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.”
The film will debut on YouTube at 4:30 PM MST on Sunday, Oct. 7th, there will be a live chat on Facebook with questions and answers before and after the movie premier.
Trilogy releases are all the rage. Starting on November 6 for Xbox360, PC and “a later date” for the PS3 you can pick up all three Mass Effect titles on one disc* for the low, low price of $59.99, according to EA.
November 7th, has been dubbed N7 Day aka Commander Shepard Day aka Shepard Should Be Our New President Day. So for the last time if you haven’t played the Mass Effect series here is yet another chance for you to; Discover the biggest threat to our universe, assemble a team capable of surviving a suicide mission and finally cry about the ending.
* by one disc we mean BluRay as for MS your looking at probably 18 disc.
Mass Effect 3 has seen its share of multiplayer DLC packs [not to mention the whole ‘let’s change the ending a bit because people complained’ DLC] but hasn’t had any paid single-player DLC since From Ashes released on launch day. This week Bioware is hoping to reel us back into the game by releasing the Leviathan DLC Pack. If you’re a Mass Effect fan, you probably completed the game when it was originally released and maybe even when the Extended Cut DLC came out in the summer. So you’re probably wondering if Leviathan is worth hopping back on board the Normandy. To put it plainly: yes, yes it is.
The premise of Leviathan can be summed up in one sentence: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Since the story of Shepard has been told at this point, Leviathan takes place mid-game during the recruitment of forces to take on the Reapers. Shepard heads to the Citadel to investigate claims that a scientist has information on the Leviathan, a creature strong enough to have destroyed a Reaper all on its own.
For $10, Leviathan offers more than just two to three hours of gameplay. The new information it provides to help clear up one of the more critical and out of left field moments from the ending is something that every Mass Effect fan should know. But for the answers it provides, it did bring up more questions. Of course to stay spoiler free, we can’t go into more detail about that.
Leviathan takes place over six missions, structurally similar to the Shadow Broker Lair DLC from Mass Effect 2. The early missions focus on information collection and detective work. Later missions focus more on combat and the very last mission contains one of the hardest encounters in the entire game. It’s not quite end-of-game difficult but it is certainly stepped up a notch from other mid-game content. But fortunately the combat in Leviathan is quite varied and includes many forms of enemies. And yes, Banshees are still a pain in the rear.
Leviathan also adds some material bonuses. You’ll find a few mods for weapons in Shepard’s arsenal as well as two new weapons the AT-12 Raider shotgun and M-55 Argus Assault Rifle both of which were only available as pre-order incentives. An omni-blade attachment for assault rifles is also available which increases melee damage. You also obtain the Dominate power and can train Shepard to use it. The Dominate power causes enemies to turn against each other temporarily. It’s basically the organic version of the Sabotage power used by tech specialists. You can assign it in the med-bay once the DLC is complete.
While not as good as the Shadow Broker Lair DLC and Overlord DLC from Mass Effect 2, Leviathan is a great addition to Mass Effect 3. In fact, I wish it was included on-disc when the game launched. Just like From Ashes, Leviathan expands on some of the more interesting and critical parts of Mass Effect’s story. Add that with some loot and combat variety, and you have a must buy for Mass Effect fans.
Bioware has released the launch trailer for Mass Effect 3′s Leviathan DLC which is set to be released on August 28.
Check it out below and let us know if you plan on picking it up in the comments.
Bioware has announced that the Leviathan DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be released on August 28 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. European PS3 owners will have to wait an extra day as it will be available to them on August 29.
The Leviathan DLC will be first single-player DLC released for Mass Effect 3. It will take place during the campaign and players “will be thrust into the darkest corners of space where they will hunt a mysterious being rumored to be powerful enough to destroy a Reaper.” The DLC will contain uncharted systems and new areas on the Citadel to explore. Players will be able to interact with brand new characters, unlock the AT-12 Raider shotgun and M-55 Argus Assault Rifle.
The price was previously announced at $10 or 800 Microsoft points.
For fans of the Mass Effect franchise, the ability to create your own personal Commander Shepard lies right at the heart of its appeal. But no matter how different your Shepard looked from others or how different your choices were, there were two constants. If you played as a female version of Commander Shepard, Jennifer Hale gave life and voice to your character. If you played as a male Commander Shepard, Mark Meer was your man.
Meer’s previous voice work has included parts in franchises like Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age and Neverwinter Nights. But he is now best known for lending his talent to the iconic role. We decided to have a little chat with Mr. Meer and ask him what he thought about the controversy surrounding the Mass Effect 3 ending and more.
Q: As someone who personally invested so much time and talent into the Mass Effect franchise, what were your overall feelings regarding the original endings?
A: Overall, I didn’t have a problem with the original endings, but I suppose I was privy to some information that not all fans were. Stuff that seemed clear (from my perspective, anyway) caused some fans confusion. Not everyone liked the fact that some things were initially left open to interpretation and/or speculation. They wanted more closure.
Q: Did the backlash over the original ending catch you off guard?
A: I suppose it wasn’t surprising to learn that fans were heavily invested in the series, emotionally. People really connect with their individual Shepards, so the end of their journey is incredibly important to them.
Q: Do you think Bioware took the right steps by further expanding on the ending through the Extended Cut DLC or do you think this might set a dangerous precedent for the medium?
A: I think the precedent had already been set. In previous interviews, I’ve mentioned the Broken Steel DLC for Fallout 3. I personally didn’t object to the original Fallout 3 ending, but I certainly enjoyed that DLC! Bethesda, like Bioware, was responding to fans’ input and concerns.
Q: Bioware has always produced great single-player DLC for the franchise. I would consider some of the DLC for Mass Effect 2 to be some of the best DLC ever. What can you tell us about any upcoming single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3?
A: I don’t think my NDA with Bioware will allow me to share any juicy tidbits, but I will say I’ve greatly enjoyed the DLC I’ve recorded so far, and the upcoming stuff seems very interesting indeed…
Q: The lovely and talented Jennifer Hale is the voice for the female version of Commander Shepard. Are there any specific lines of dialogue you have heard from her performances that got you thinking, ‘Crap. Why didn’t I deliver it that way?’
A: Ha – It really was an honor to get to play the same character as Jennifer Hale – I was a fan of hers even before I landed the role – mostly from her work in DC and Marvel cartoons. So finding out that she was playing the female version of Shepard was a real thrill – she’s one of the best and busiest voice actors in the world!
Q: Did you all ever get to go over dialogue together or were your recording sessions separate altogether?
A: Given the logistics of recording actors with conflicting schedules in several different countries, dialogue tended to be recorded in separate sessions.
Q: What upcoming games/projects should we expect to hear/see you in?
A: I’m currently working with Beamdog on the Enhanced Editions of the Baldur’s Gate games. It’s kind of like coming home, since the Baldur’s Gate games were some of my first work in the industry. I also just found out that The Irrelevant Show, the national sketch comedy series I do for CBC Radio, has been renewed for another season. And I recently filmed a new sketch comedy TV series called Tiny Plastic Men, which will be airing on Superchannel here in Canada this fall. It’s from the same production company that did my last show, CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.
[Note: Here are some examples of his work]
I also recently worked with some students from Arizona’s University of Advancing Technology on Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film. It’s a short film set several decades before the first Mass Effect game, during the discovery of the Prothean ruins on Mars. I play the role of Col. Jon Grissom (who will be familiar to readers of the ME novels). The whole purpose of the project is to showcase the skills of the students in UAT’s program – they’re a talented bunch, and were great fun to work with. I believe they’re planning to have it done by the end of August.
Q: What do you want to share with fans regarding the future of the Mass Effect franchise?
A: Again, NDA’s prevent me from getting too specific about the future. I just want to say thanks for playing – you are ALL Commander Shepard.
Q: Did you personally play through all the games?
I’ve done two complete playthroughs each of Mass Effect 1 and 2. I played about four straight hours of Mass Effect 3 at Bioware one afternoon right before the release, but I’ve been too busy to get back to it until very recently. I tend to like playing games like Mass Effect in 8 to 12-hour stretches, and those have been in short supply, lately.
Q: Paragon or renegade?
My first playthrough is always renegade. That way, when I do my paragon playthrough, I feel like I’m redeeming myself for beig such a jerk the first time around.
Q: Fem Shep or Male Shep?
Male Shep – Jennifer is fantastic, of course, but I’m too much of a geek to resist playing as myself.
A: Renegade: Soldier. Paragon: Vanguard
Q: Love Interest?
A: Renegade: Ashley, then Miranda. Paragon: Liara, then Tali.
Q: Favorite squadmate?
A: I tend to favor the more exotic/alien squadmates. Wrex rarely left my side in Mass Effect 1. Legion, Mordin, and Grunt were favorites from Mass Effect 2.
Q: Least favorite squadmate?
A: No offense at all to Raphael Sbarge (whose work I thoroughly enjoy and who I hear is a great guy). but I killed Kaiden on both my Mass Effect 1 playthroughs. My Renegade was romancing Ashley, and my Paragon was far too much of a boy scout to sacrifice a lady… I still wouldn’t classify him as my “least favorite”, but I obviously didn’t have much interaction with him after that.
Q: Favorite game of the trilogy?
A: Mass Effect 2 was my favorite to play… until I started on Mass Effect 3.
SPOILERS UPCOMING IF YOU HAVEN”T BEATEN MASS EFFECT 3!!
Q: Destroy, synthesize or control?
A: Again, I haven’t finished Mass Effect 3 myself yet, but I have seen the various endings, before and after the Extended Cut DLC. Before the Extended Cut, I’d say Destroy was my favorite ending. After Extended Cut, I’m leaning more towards Control.