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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC is Available For Download

BioWare has made available Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC on Xbox Marketplace. The 1.9GB DLC is available on the Live Marketplace and can be downloaded for free. The PC version isn’t yet available –  though it should be out soon. PlayStation 3 players will have to wait till July 4 to get their on the DLC.

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC

As mentioned previously, the DLC doesn’t change the end game, neither does it add any new gameplay but is supposed to expand the meaning of original ending. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of closure BioWare aims to provide with this DLC. You’ll need to load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game to see how the game spans out.

And once you’ve done that, let me know in the comments on your thoughts about the ending.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut with Expanded Ending Releasing Next Week

Bioware has revealed more details about Extended Cut, which is its next free DLC for Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3 was pulverized by fans for providing an ending that was ambiguous, unsatisfactory, and linear. The choices that the player made over the course of the three games seemed to have little impact on the ending that primarily relied on Deus ex Machina. Extended Cut attempts to fix several of the problems highlighted with the original ending.

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be a 1.9 GB DLC that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3 through additional dialogues and cut-scenes. Bioware promises that it will deliver the sense of closure that players have been seeking. It will reveal what the future holds, and show the impact that the player’s decisions had on that future.

The Extended Cut DLC will be released on June 26 for PlayStation 3 customers in North America. Gamers in rest of the world, including PC and Xbox 360 gamers, will get it on July 4. In order to experience the new content present in the Extended Cut, players will have to load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game.

Mass Effect 3 Gets Free Multiplayer DLC Titled Resurgence

BioWare will be releasing a free DLC tomorrow, titled Mass Effect 3:Resurgence. Resurgence will be focusing on the multiplayer section of Mass Effect 3, with the DLC bringing in 6 new characters and 2 new multiplayer maps.

The new characters include

  • Asari Justicar(available as Adept)
  • Krogan Battlemaster(available as Vanguard)
  • Batarian (available as Soldier and Sentinel)
  • Geth(available as Engineer and Infiltrator)

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Image courtesy BioWare.
The new maps featured are Firebase Condor, a warzone outpost located on one of Palaven’s moons and Firebase Hydra, an old abandoned Quarian colony converted into a dam facility.

Apart from these, the DLC also features goodies including:

  • More weapons – the Striker Assault Rifle, Harpoon Gun and Geth Plasma SMG
  • More reinforcement packs including Targeting VI, Shield Power Cells and Strength Enhancers.

Resurgence will be available for free on PSN, Origin and Xbox Live on the 10th of April in North America and the 11th of April in Europe.

BioWare’s Band Aid Solution To “Please” Fans Over Mass Effect 3 Ending: Free DLC

Mass Effect 3 has been receiving quite a lot of criticism since the day it was available for pre-order. From the bungled pre-order offer to their Day 1 DLC fiasco to the outcry over the blatantly slaughtered ending, Mass Effect fans have been quite rabid in expressing their displeasure – particularly about the way the game ended. Some of the horde have taken the route of Meta Critic bombing – and one fan has gone ahead with a FTC complaint.

BioWare have been going overboard trying to quell the fans’ displeasure – so much so that BioWare co-founder and GM Dr. Ray Muzyka ended up publishing a OMG-please-relax-we-may-fix-it blog post.

Now, it looks like BioWare have caved to fan pressure and have just published a press release informing of a new DLC that’s scheduled to be out soon. The DLC will be free and will be known as Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut.

Quoting the press release:

Mass Effect™ 3:Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge.

“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series added, “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”

Now I’m a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, completed all the games and even though I did not like the ending, I do not like this move. As a game designer, you should either own up to the decisions that you have taken and stand by it, or get it right. Fan feedback is important, however the idea that a game developer is willing change the ending of a game to satisfy some section of fans is not something I’d like to see.

And oh, if you’re like fellow techie-buzz gaming fanatic Kaushik who’s been waiting for Mass Effect 3 price cuts, you might want to know that the “free” DLC offer is valid till April 2014.

Props to Sharath Patali for informing me of this Press Release.

Bioware Shows Cautious Signs of Caving–May Be Creating “New Ending” for Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 seems to be an all round good game (I haven’t played it yet, of course) except the fact that Bioware, the developers of the game, bundled important story related content as paid downloadable content, said that it was created after the game was made, proved to be liars and have come at the receiving end of vicious criticism against the ending of the video game. From what the Great Viewing Crystal of the World (aka the Internet) tells me, the end game does not take into account any of the choices one has made through the course of the three games and is a little more than “save the game here, choose one of three dialog options and proceed to see three different endings”. Sure, we have come to see that in many games (Jedi Academy and Oni come to mind) but none of them had promised us the greatness and sense of accomplishment that Bioware did via Mass Effect.

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In return, Dr. Ray Muzyka, GM Bioware, had this to say in a ‘sorry we did this, but deal with it’ blog post said that while the team was very happy with all the great critic ratings, they were quite disappointed with the fan feedback on the end game. He also promised some “game content initiatives” to provide “more clarity” and “bring about “full closure” to the game. To my ears they sound like they are making a different ending and, seeing as how this is Bioware, they might just charge a premium for it. Might. We will get to know in April if Mass Effect 3 will have a “proper ending”.

How to Unlock the Prothean Character in Mass Effect 3 Without Paying for DLC

(Also known as “How to tell an unsuccessful lie to fans and to set new lows for the gaming industry” by EA and Bioware)

We all know that Bioware and EA were a bunch of greedy people. This was proved once again with the release of the Day 1 release of the premium Downloadable Content (DLC) called From Ashes which unlocked a Prothean member in Commander Shepard’s squad. This led to a lot of clamor and eventually many people (including me) decided to boycott the game completely, or at least until the game’s price falls to acceptable levels.

Bioware/EA’s response to this was that the DLC was programmed and created after the game was done coding, and that they had no intention of including any of the DLC in the core game. That is to say the Prothean team member’s model, texture, animation and voice was coded outside the main game. This sounded fishy to many people. Some enterprising fans tinkered around with just the core game’s code without installing the DLC at all and found out that Bioware was lying outright.

To recapitulate, here is how to get the Prothean character without buying the From Ashes DLC:-

1. Open Coalesced.bin with this http://wenchy.net/me3-coalesced-utility

2. Search for this:MemberValidCID=22, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=IsSelectableProthean,

3. Replace with this:MemberValidCID=, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=,

Awkward, Bioware. Awkward.

Editorial: Why Mass Effect 3’s Day 1 DLC is Terrible

I really really dislike the phrase Day 1 DLC (Downloadable Content). It is basically some extra content available for gamers who pay extra on the day of the launch of the video game. This is wrong on many many levels, but we will get to that shortly. Apparently the From Ashes DLC will cost about 800 Microsoft Points (~$10) if you wish to pay for it specifically, or it comes free with the Digital Deluxe Edition.

We’re happy to confirm that Mass Effect 3: From Ashes DLC will be available at launch for all platforms. For those of you who have purchased the N7 Collector’s Edition (including the PC Digital Deluxe Edition), you will get this content at no extra charge. We’ll have a lot more details for you later this week! Stay Tuned!

So what exactly is wrong with this? Let’s try “everything”. First, [spoiler warning], the DLC features a Prothean. You know, the advanced race that is pretty much central to the game since Shepard encounters a Prothean artifact? The race that is extinct, but now somehow there is a living, breathing Prothean character that you can encounter only if you pay extra for it. Bioware cannot claim that this is a “small” part of the game and not having the DLC does not mean that I do not experience the game in its entirety because there is an entire new dynamic that I am completely missing out on basically because I do not wish to pay over and above what I am paying for the finished product.

Mass Effect 3 Preorder “Offer” Ends a Little Too Quickly on Origin

I have a feeling that EA has a ginormous amount of insurance against Origin’s failure. If I take that as a sound basis then all of EA’s moves with respect to their digital distribution platform would start to make sense. Currently, it just makes them look so silly that the phrase “what are they stupid?” becomes redundant and obvious. Remember the (US/Canada only offer, as pointed out by Sathya) Mass Effect 3 preorder offer at Origin? The one that would give away a free copy of Battlefield 3 to all those who preorder the game? Well, it turns out that EA has “run out of the limited copies of Battlefield 3” and will be ending the offer 3 weeks early. They ran out of digital copies.

At least, that is what I suspect, because the deal was on until the 5th of March. It has stopped now and those who had preordered the game will receive the Battlefield 3’s key by March 8th. That is right, they have to wait until Mass Effect 3 is released and then get the key for the existing game. Apparently, EA has done this before – with the Battlefield 3 preorder which came with a free copy of Dead Space 2.

I have no idea who decides these things at the head office of Origin, but it’s certainly not someone with a lot of sense. I mean, there’s not even an apology or a blog post explaining the issue.

EA Sends Mass Effect 3 To Space–Literally

Electronic Arts, the publisher of the upcoming Bioware game Mass Effect 3, has decided that for its hype machine the sky is not the limit. To increase publicity and to let more people know that this is a sci-fi game set in space, EA will be attaching copies of the game on to weather balloons and sending it high into the stratosphere. They will also be attaching a GPS tracking system inside the weather-proof (hehe) package and will be putting up live coordinates of each package as it descends slowly back to terra firma. If you are in and around the area, you can get to the cache and take your free copy of Mass Effect 3 back home with you!

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That’s right, this is also one of the novel ways of tying up the sport of geocaching, publicity stunts and space battles (well not exactly, but it sure is getting there). I honestly think they are wasting money here, but hey I would not mind it if one of those balloons somehow manages to ride an air current and comes to Eastern India and falls squarely on my lap while I am busy reminiscing about Miranda [or Liara, or Samara].

Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for a March 6 release in North America and a March 9 release in Europe and other countries.

Preorder Mass Effect 3 on Origin to Get Battlefield 3 Free! (US or Canada Only)

It seems EA will go to any lengths to make sure that their Origin digital distribution system is widely accepted. Joystiq reported that if you preorder Mass Effect 3 on Origin (that is, only for PC), you will get a free copy of Battlefield 3 right on your Origin game library. Before you pucker up your face and go “ewwwww Orrriiiggiiiiiiiin ewwwwww”, consider this – for the price you get two games – one of which is brand freakin’ new, and the other one which is quite recent.

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Origin has been on the receiving end of a lot of bashing from fans of EA games who specifically did not like being forced into yet another digital distribution store. The fact that Origin tracked your computer information, was buggy as hell and that EA had the worst customer support in the entire solar system did not help its case. However, EA’s marketing team is hot in pursuit of its customer’s wallets. They did the same thing with Battlefield 3’s preorder, giving away a copy of Dead Space 2 free with it.

Keep in mind that Mass Effect 3 will need Origin to play even if you buy the box from a brick-and-mortar store. This way, you are not directly contributing to a lot of paper and plastic usage and also get to keep much of your gaming library online. So, will you be preordering Mass Effect 3?

EDIT: This is only for the customers in the USA and Canada. Aw shucks.

Mass Effect 3 Demo Available for Download

Mass Effect 3 LogoIt’s been a long wait for Mass Effect fans and the wait is over. At least, for the demo version, that is. BioWare just announced that the demo of Mass Effect 3 is now available for download.

Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter in the Mass Effect series of games which marks Commander Shepard’s fight against against the Reapers. Mass Effect has easily been one of the most anticipated games of the year. Initially slated to be released towards the end of 2011, the game was delayed to “tweak things”.

The demo will feature both single-player and multiplayer options – with some portions of the multiplayer being initially locked.

The single player section features the opening level featuring the Reaper attack on Earth, and a level further into the game where Shepard travels to an alien home world to seek their assistance in the war effort, while the co-op multiplayer section will include 2 maps: Slum and Noveria. This section will be open to players who have qualified for the early multiplayer access as of February 14, and will then open up to all players on February 17.

 

Demo System Requirements

Minimum Spec:

  • OS – Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
  •  *Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.  Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350.   Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
  •  CPU – 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
  •  RAM – 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
  •  Disc Drive – 1x speed
  •  Hard Drive – 2.5 GB of free space
  •  Video – 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
  •  Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible
  •  DirectX – DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)
Recommended Spec:
  •  OS – Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
  •  CPU – 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
  •  RAM – 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
  •  Disc Drive – 1x speed
  •  Hard Drive – 2.5 GB of free space
  •  Video – AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT/ GTX 550Ti 512 MB or greater
  •  Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible

You can download the demo from this link.

Now while you’re waiting for the demo download to finish, you might want to check out how the demo looks like with this 40-minute playthrough video of it.

 

Mass Effect 3 Demo Playthrough Releases To Mass Complaints From Fans Who Have Not Played the Game

The title pretty much sums it up, but the posts here need to have some writing, so I’ll just fill stuff in here. As you all know (or you may not know, so I am telling you now) Mass Effect 3 is the final installment of Bioware’s science fiction action Role Playing Game series set in the far future when the Mass Effect technology is in vogue and humanity as well as its allied races across the galaxy are in danger of being hunted and destroyed by the mysterious Reapers. In Mass Effect 3, the Reapers have set their sights on Earth, the capital planet of the human system. You being the famous Commander Shepard have been called once again to save humanity and restore peace and prosperity to Calradia and bring justice to the Iron Throne bring the reapers to justice.

To increase the hype and hyperbole as well as to make fans of the series generally giddy about the March 6th/9th release of the game, VE3TRO released an exclusive forty minute gameplay trailer of the game. In it, a really indecisive player, walks Shepard through a lot of extremely unimportant areas and shows off the really terrible sprinting animations of Bioware. Also, the forty minute playthrough has some twenty eight minutes of cutscenes (70% of 40), prompting many fans to start polarizing between the “yay story, boo action” and “story sux, action roxxx” camps. However, Bioware has three different ways of playing the game to cater to all kinds of fans of the game – both story lovers and trigger happy soldiers. I hope Bioware knows what it’s doing, otherwise it is going to enrage an entire gaming community. But who am I kidding, I am about as giddy and super excited about this game and really cannot wait for March. Catch the video below.

Mass Effect 3 Will Require Origin For Both Physical And Digital Copies; No Steam Version

Alright everybody, get ready for a massive s***storm. In a recent forum post on Bioware SocialNetwork, an employee announced that the upcoming final installment of the epic space role playing game Mass Effect will necessarily need EA’s much maligned digital distribution platform Origin, and that Mass Effect 3 will not be available on any other digital distribution service, most notably Valve’s Steam with which EA has had some friction with in the past year.

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Is Origin required for the retail versions of the game?
Origin is required for the PC versions of Mass Effect 3, both physical and digital.

Will ME3 be available on Steam?
During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.  We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

The post immediately received negative comments from several fans who were not ready to install an accessory software even though they were planning on buying the boxed edition just so they do not have to suffer from such software. Moreover, the lack of a Steam version also invited several negative comments as many people (including this author) prefer their games under one umbrella. The fact that Origin as a platform has not received many commendations in the community just added to the repercussions.

Tell us what you think of Bioware’s latest move.

DICE Helping Out Bioware With Mass Effect 3

Electronic Arts’ subsidiary studio Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE) is helping out Bioware with the final installment of their epic space opera role playing game Mass Effect 3. DICE is the studio behind Battlefield 2, Mirror’s Edge, and the latest Medal of Honor. While they are frantically in pursuit of Need for Speed The Run‘s development schedule, they are also helping out Bioware with the audio realismof the guns and bombs in Mass Effect 3. While they are not actively working with Bioware, some ideas were apparently shared between the two studios on the upcoming action role playing shooter.

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In other words: Oh my god, Mass Effect 3 is going to be so awesome not only will the story come to a great ending [we hope], it will also have great characters, an amazing soundtrack and, most importantly, realistic physics driven guns. What more could I possibly want?

Although I can assure you that it is the minority that will probably say What more could I possibly want?(especially since The Witcher 2 is looming large on the horizon) there will be quite a few notable representatives of our esteemed gaming community who will.

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However, DICE’s site has no such affirmation on the news and we could only find one citation on the Wikipedia page for DICE. Not that big an issue, am I right? It’s going to be awesome, right? Right?