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The air is stilling in anticipation for the plunge, the moment is fast approaching; Mass Effect 3 is nearly here.

Early copies have already been distributed to notable videogame review sites and such. IGN is having a Mass Effect 3 Review In Progress.

Obviously, there will be some spoilers, but should you be interested in keeping up with that over the week, go read it at IGN.com.

ps3.ign.com/articles/121/12194…

In other spoiler-related news, a new associate of mine, goes by the name SinDr0me, asked me to showcase a rather exclusive piece of news--from what he tells me-- on his site, WeAreLegion.

This particular one has heavy spoilers pertaining to certain, unannounced, new squadmates for ME3.

Read at your own discretion: wearelegion.nl/news.php?fn_mod…


Do you want Naked Shepard? Chances are, the answer is yes. Indeed, since the days of ME1 have fans been clamoring for more of the nudity seen--however tastefully--in the first romances. Some even going so far as to demand Bioware shamelessly flaunt Shepard's magnificent mammaries or fantastic phallus in all its digital glory. Obviously, for many there is a certain line that need not be crossed, but the general opinion is that they wish to see more birthday suit.

Well, I have news for you:

It ain't in Mass Effect 3.

For those of you who kept in mind the fact that the ESRB rated ME3 to have "Partial Nudity" you probably weren't getting your hopes up. However, "Partial Nudity" does imply the absence of at least some clothing. Amongst those things, I can tell you with no small amount of certainty, that there will be Shepard in strutting about in his or her underwear.

I can personally attest to seeing a--to be rather frank-- spindly female Shepard pictured in her intimates here on this very site. And sources elsewhere have provided me with this: i42.tinypic.com/aesm4n.jpg

The first thing I honestly thought of was a Mass Effect version of this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dE…

It fits. Perfectly.

Whilst on the subject of things preferably done when in one's underwear or various state of sartorial absence, the Planet Scanning mini-game--the near universally hated mini game from ME2-- and its form in ME3 have been detailed in IGN's Mass Effect Wiki Guide.

Read here. www.ign.com/wikis/mass-effect-…

Highlights:

"The ultra-streamlined scanning of Mass Effect 3 only requires you to navigate to a point of interest using the compass-like cursor. Once you get here you can launch a probe. You have an infinite amount of probes, and you don’t need to purchase them."

"If there is no Reaper on the system you want to explore, you are safe to travel and scan it as you please. However, if you begin scanning in a Reaper-infested system, the Reapers will move in and attempt to capture the Normandy. If you are caught, you will be returned to your last save outside of the Galaxy Map."

"The Reaper Alertness meter in the lower left region of the screen will reveal how many more scans you can perform before alerting the Reapers. To escape the Reapers, you must simply pilot the ship out of the current system. You can do this by using a Mass Relay or by just cruising out of the solar system -- at the expense of fuel."

Well, that certainly gives new credence to the Normandy's nature as a stealth frigate.


Lastly, we're very very near ME3's release. For spoiler-sticklers, you might want to consider going dark. Or at least partially dark.

-- :iconindigowolfe:

And if you're interested in a multiplayer match, let me know. I'll probably not be able to get on very often in the near future, but if you ever find yourself in need of a salarian Infiltrator with the might of the Widow at his disposal, feel free to send me a note. I'm on US Easter Standard Time.

Should you have a headset, you can even heckle me at my Liara-propagandizing blogging habits!
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extremistsaffy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just to let you know, the picture for spindly fem.Shep has been removed.
The reviews may have to be read a little later, when my essays have been done that is.
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will very much so being going dark on Mass Effect 3, probably by the end of this week. If anyone even accidentally spoils something for me or persists in starting a spoiler related conversation before I have completed the game, they WILL be blocked until I have completed ME3.
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namesRUNdry Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing the multiplayer aspect isn't until the middle of the game.
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korblborp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I approve of Soryama-EDI. "Spindly FemShep" fem shep worries me...
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korblborp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
hey, I like scanning. I liked driving around in the Mako mining stuff more, it's weirdly cathartic.
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Techta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it worth it to pre-order? And which version of the game is best? I use PS3.
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jlel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the spoilers! I LOVE spoilers!
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Lukas-the-Trickster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm in half a mind to call bull on the EDI squad mate thing. Seems a bit dumb to me.
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Techta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it and hate it. I think she should not looks so sexy. "[She's] a computer, not a super model!" -butchered McCoy
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Lukas-the-Trickster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't mind her being hot I just don't think she should be a walk about companion. She's an AI. Bah. We'll see.
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implodinggoat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I own the Art Book and I've been all over the Bioware forums, its the real deal. Although I agree with you that it seems silly.
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Lukas-the-Trickster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
is it? Oh no. :( well I guess I'll have to trust them not to let me down.
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LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Oh. No.

Probing Uranus. Again. And again. :(

and wtf? Save Turian primarch? :D A little copying words from another universe, isnt it? ;)
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Titch-IX Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To be clear the second spoiler squad mate is DLC ONLY.
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Techta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you get the DLC even if you don't pre-order? That's always confused me.
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Titch-IX Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah you should be able to get it at launch but will have to pay unlike Collecter Edition owners.
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Techta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In other words, I'm paying for all the content ahead of time by spending more on the Collector's Edition? (Lol the irony of that name gets me every time -- Collectors)
OR.. is it really that much more cost effective to pre-order the Collector's Edition now, rather than wait and buy the DLC later, as well as maybe the art book.
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Darantha Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh thank you, I can't watch the dance scene from Tangled without seeing Hawke and Merrill (Or hear Real Emotion from Final fantasy X-2 without putting lady Hawke in Yuna's place, really, don't ask), now I'll forever see mShep whenever I hear that song. Which isn't too bad, that sort of stuff can do wonders for your mood on bad days.

As for scanning, I never really minded the ME2 one, aside from that it have always made my hand hurt.
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BrotherCoa Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Holy Terra..
PROTHEANS in ME3!!!
NICE!!! :D
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GalacticGhidorah Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Walking around in undies...hmmm, I gotta do that as Shep from time to time if I am able to do that haha. The planet scanning looks much better, and I think I will enjoy that system more than systematically scanning from top to bottom while I search for resources.
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alireya Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I'd gladly join to offering my asari adept or quarian engineer or human vanguard or turian sentinel to anyone who may be interested in multiplayer :D

The screenshot and Shang's song fit perfectly like INDEED. And I personally think that Shepard in underwear is more interesting to watch than naked Shepard. Trust me, I once accidentally had that "naked" mode for Origins. Couldn't get rid of it later. And yes, it was absolutely UNINTENTIONALLY - installing this mode, I mean. x)
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sam4sonia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
the 2nd new character is DLC only available... which is terrible i think.

especially consider how important a character it is.
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Tsukahime Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think I died watching that mulan video and looking at that screencap. PFFT.
Anyway! I really liked that scanning mini game thing they put in ME2, so this time it's like playing with a time limit! I can feel the anxiety rising OH GOSH.

I want to strut around in no clothes. That sounds like the most fun ever. If the party members made comments, THAT would make my day. Hahaa.
8 more days. ;A;
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DrunkenGoon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
"the near universally hated mini game from ME2"

Maybe to you and some of the people you know.. But I liked it and I know quite a few people who didn't mind it at all either.. It's always the loud minority that most people hear and the people who raised hell over it..
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Techta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was really fun too. There was something very satisfying in it -- the same kind of satisfactory I feel for vacuuming up a huge pile of dirt or using a boss AoE and wiping out a whole mob of NPCs in some game.
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sam4sonia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
i agree mate
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CCI545 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Im debating over if i should buy the regular ME3 or the digital deluxe edition. Anyone wanna help me out on deciding? Im a bad selector...
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DevinShadowV Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that really is somewhat an a improvement of the ME2 scanner but I like looking for Ore and other metals :( oh well at least it's somewhat more streamlined.
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SweetTeaholic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the new map/scanning layout in ME3. It seems it'll be less annoying and time wasting, and the thing with the Reaper controlled sectors is also a nice touch being you'll have to be very careful when scanning for fuel/war accents/etc.

Can't wait to pick up the game. Just a little more than a week away now...
(Looking forward to IGN's review).
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