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Mass Effect 3 Quotes

Mass Effect 3 Quotes

This is a place holder post for when Mass Effect 3

comes out – all the choice quotes about 20 push ups and whatever.

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Jimmy Jangles Reviews: Mass Effect 2

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So like I finally completed Mass Effect 2

and it’s quite the game eh? But you already knew that didn’t you? I tend to be very picky with my Xbox game purchases and will often only purchase a game well after the hype has died and the reviews and reflections of seasoned gamers are to be found. That was how I found the original Mass Effect and when the price was right, I snapped it up.
After that Magnificent game, I don’t know why I delayed getting ME2 for so long. It’s a triumph of story telling, it’s your own pick-a-path in space – knowing the choices I make for our hero Commander Sheppard have repercussions in game and in ME3 can make for a tortuous exercise at times!
Knowing that I have a renegade Sheppard game saved for another run through meant I could generally keep a firm line – I usually chose a paragon action over the renegade but once in a while it was literally fun to stab someone in the back.
The characters to be found in ME2 are almost larger than life. When you get passed the dullsville that is Jacob, the Krogan known as Grunt, and to a certain extent, Miranda, the Mass Effect universe is full of interesting characters. I really enjoyed chatting with Mordin Solus about the ethics of the genophage and Samara’s views on vigilante justice. I was disappointed when I managed to let her die during the suicide mission – I won’t let that happen on my second run though!
I found the combat to be improved this time round, I don’t know if was all my training with the sniper rifle in Halo: Reach or that they made it easier but this was my goto weapon for most encounters. I liked how ME2 made the whole weapons arrangement systems ‘automatic’ and you didn’t have to mess around buying so much crap.
Despite lots of complaints from people, I didn’t mind the mining operation part of the game to fund weapon upgrades and the like. Sometimes a bit of toil can bring rewards and I figure doing all of that helped build to a successful suicide mission outcome (maybe further run throughs with different choices may render that idea redundant?).
The original game was perhaps infamous as it allowed your character to pursue sexual conquests with your team mate. Clearly the ME2 designers had still not been told of the expression, never screw the crew, because I managed to get it on with Miranda. Here’s my reward:

 miranda mass effect bra sex scene

It was amusing to meet ME’s original love, Ashely on a mission wherein she immediately got all mad at Sheppard for dying on her, not calling or whatever and basically threw a sulking tantrum only to apologise by an email later on. Does sleeping with Miranda after ‘chat’ that mean Sheppard cheated on Ashley? What repercussions if any will this have for Mass Effect 3? Either way, I stayed away from that Jack girl. She got crazy coming out her ears!
I did appeciate how the choices made in ME1 had some influence on this new story. While I may have shot a certain grumpy Krogan because he bored me and let the Arachni Queen live simply because I like spiders, I was pleased to see these actions had relevance in ME2 – and also, seeing how the alien races in universe of ME are slowly banding together as a result of in game actions is a great example of game play and story telling.
Overall I immensely enjoyed my first run through of Mass Effect, it as a mulitude of stories to tell, many aliens to shoot and the graphics and cut scenes were top notch. Bring on Sheppard saving Earth in ME3!


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Clint Mansell to do Mass Effect 3 Soundtrack



If you’ve ever seen a three legged dog, you’ve seen me….

According to the official Mass Effect Facebook page (?) Chris Mansell is the score composer for Mass Effect 3

. The Facebook update read: “Have you ladies and gents seen Black Swan

or The Wrestler

? Mass Effect 3 scored the same composer! Promises to be a fantastic soundtrack!”Mr Mansell has been quotes around the traps as saying the following about music and gaming:”As I was saying about Public Enemy and re-working old hip-hop tunes for Requiem, and kind of re-working old ballet tunes for Black Swan, with something like Mass Effect you’re more like a DJ, with all these elements. You’ve got the holding pattern, then the big explosion where you need the score to kick in. Then you need to take it off on a tangent. You’ve got all these different elements that change depending on what the player does. You have to figure out an overall symphony, but be able to break it down into component parts. You can bring the pain when required.”Speaking of Facebook, check out our page!

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Sheppard and the Reapers: ME3 Character Details

Sheppard and the Reapers has a nice ring to it eh? It could be the name of a cool band. I’m sure Sheppard would be into the blues….

Any away, there’s been a heap of Mass Effect 3 news released, today the images from Game Informer can be revealed. It tells us which characters will be in the new game.

Confirmed Character Appearances in Mass Effect 3

  • Liara
  • Garrus (If he survived ME2)
  • Ashley or Kaidan
  • James Sanders
  • Wrex
  • Mordin
  • Legion
  • Anderson
  • Udina
  • The Illusive Man
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Here’s why there’s no Female Sheppard Marketing for ME3

Commander Sheppard: Female

Game Informer has the inside running with Bioware in the lead up to the release of what is going to the year’s Best Game (sorrry GOW3, I still love you long time!) Mass Effect 3

- so they got the chance to briefly interview Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka – the two founders of Bioware and asked them some questions about a few games – I thought this question about ME3 was most interesting:
For both Mass Effect and Dragon Age

, the marketing has focused on male protagonists. Since players can create both male and female characters, why isn’t the female side represented?Muzyka: That’s a great question. One of the things we really embrace in our games is diversity and enabling people to take on different roles so, obviously, we have strong female leads. We have amazing voice acting talent for both the male and the female roles.
That said, for the marketing face we have to make a choice. And it’s a tough choice to pick an iconic face — the face of the brand. You have to pick an iconic representation for the brand and it comes down to the marketing team’s intuition. It’s not easy because we know a lot of the fans enjoy playing the female lead so we always make sure it’s just as high quality as the male lead for the main characters in our games.
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So it comes down to a marketing strategy which kind of makes sense – it might suddenly confuse consumers if Commnader Sheppard is suddenly a female – and it could possibly put buyers off if they thought there was a ‘new’ ME3 main character. I think all the confusion that happened re Master Chief and Noble 6 is a case in point. Either way I’m looking forward to play my male ‘Aubrey’ Sheppard as a paragon and my ‘Bella’ Sheppard as a right royal bitch!

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Mass Effect 3 Concept Art

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Thessia, homeworld of the Asari

Here’s some sweet Mass Effect 3 concept art that I found at the official Bioware site. Featuring some landscapes, space ships and a Krogan, it looks like some real awesome design work has gone into the game.

Tuchanka

A crashed (?) Turian ship on Tuchanka

krogan artwork

Meet the Krogan

Cerberus Centurion trooper

Here’s a Cerberus Centurion trooper

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Watch Mass Effect 3’s Multiplayer Trailer

Watch Mass Effect 3’s Multiplayer Trailer which demonstrates…. multiplayer!
Multiplayer is a completely new element to the Mass Effect series, it’s going to be very interesting to see how it pans out – it’s a fairly unique way to progress a campaign! (for those that don’t know, playing multiplayer can have an impact on your sucess or failure in the ME3 campaign).

Seems like players will get to tackle a few of those dastardly Reapers along the way so it all sounds pretty cool.
Here’s a run down of the race and associated class factor.

  1. Soldier Human: Adrenaline Rush, Concussive Shot and Frag Grenade.
  2. Engineer Quarian: Incinerate, Cryo Blast and Sentry Turret
  3. Vanguard Drell: Biotic Charge, Pull and Cluster Grenade
  4. Sentinel Turian: Warp, Overload and Tech Armor
  5. Vanguard Asari: Biotic Charge, Stasis and Lift Grenade
  6. Infiltrator Salarian: Energy Drain, Tactical Cloak and Proximity Mine
  7. Soldier Krogan: Carnage, Fortification and Inferno Grenade
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JJ Reviews: Demo of Mass Effect 3

Behold the Reapers…..

Got my hands on the demonstration run through of Mass Effect last night. Opening with what appears to be the start of the game I enjoyed a run through with Sheppard and the Admiral as they dodged the lazers of the initial Reapers whilst making their way to the Normandy.

The demo was a chance to meet James Vega and a new look Ashley who was sure giving wistful looks to her Commander !

Game play has been refined – your character can now jump, climb ladders and do the moonwalk which is pretty awesome. The game has cover based tactics kind of like Gears of War so I keep being frustrated when I tried Gears cover and roll tactics and getting caught out. It’s either that or the mechanics are a little clunky.

The graphics both in game and cut scene are superb. The Xbox 360 has come a long way since Perfect Dark Zero eh? Characters displayed some incredible detail which bodes well for the many many characters we can expect to meet in the game’s campaign.

In terms of the tone of the demo, the fact the game killed a little kid suggests the campaign will be a no holds barred story. Off course, the kid could have survived that laser blast and explosion and crash….

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Questions about importing ME2 files into ME3


Questions about importing ME2 files into ME3
EA has released a Q&A on importing Mass Effect game saves into ME3 – it’s what you’d expect but it never hurts to have these things clearly outlined to reduce any confusion or manage unreasonable expectations.

What do I need to import my Shepherd into Mass Effect 3?You must have completed the game in your Mass Effect 2 save file in order to import it into Mass Effect 3.
Can you import a save file from Mass Effect into Mass Effect 3?No, Mass Effect 3 cannot import a save file from Mass Effect (1). You will need a completed save file from Mass Effect 2. Otherwise, Mass Effect 3 will prompt you to select choices from ME and ME2 when you create a new game.
If Shepherd died in the ending of Mass Effect 2, will I be able to use that save file for Mass Effect 3?Nope! You need a save file where Shepherd survives the ending of Mass Effect 2.
Will I be able to make changes to my Shepherd when I import?You will be given the option to alter the appearance of Shepherd, and you will be able to change class (i.e. Soldier to Adept) as well.
NOTE: Some ME2 saves will not be able to import the face-file of your Shepherd. You will need to re-create the appearance when importing the file.
Will I be able to import a save file from Steam into Mass Effect 3?
Some customers are concerned that their Mass Effect 2 save files from the Steam version for the game will not work in Mass Effect 3, which requires Origin. Do not worry, any complete Mass Effect 2 save file can be imported into Mass Effect 3.
I cannot import my save game on X360
This is an issue we are aware of, relating to cloud saves. Please check here for more info on this problem.

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ME3 launch trailer is awesome

Here’s the launch trailer for Mass Effect 3. It gives a hint of the epic space battle that will happen at the end of the game and the music is absolutely fantastic.

Enjoy with my compliments.

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