You know, I really really really really
wish I could make the title for these things longer. I hope y’all can make sense of the abbreviations. We have some crazy stuff this week, so hopefully the title got your attention.
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Our first story is the interviews with none other than Raphael Sbarge and Kimberly Brooks. Now, this story is a little old, but I wanted to post all three parts of it at once.
Part 1 [link]
Part 2 [link]
Part 3 [link]
Next, we have a quick callback to the Pre-Order bonuses videos, specifically the one for the AT12 Raider Shotgun --available for pre-orders on Origin.[link]
At 0:28-0:40 you can see a very open combat space. The first thing it made me think of is the open-world nature of the uncharted planets from Mass Effect 1. Now; I liked how richer the planets were and how unique each of them was compaired to one another. On the other hand; the vastness of the ME1 planets did have it’s own appeal. Granted; the appeal fit better in the context of ME1 than it does with subsequent games. But, even if it’s just a façade for a relatively confined space, the vastness that the area indicated to me through the video makes me all the more excited for ME3.
And a quick word to any Dutch readers I may have; you might be interested to know that Mycom.nl is offering, from what I hear, reduced prices for ME3.
Pc edition for: 36.99 + free shipping- 47.08 dollars
Ps3 edition: 52.98 + free shipping - 67.43 dollars
Xbox edition: 52.98 + free shipping - 67.43 dollars
Now, I’m an American, and I confess I’m not all that familiar with how prices normally are for European fans--I know prices in Austrailia are freakishly high, and that‘s about as far as my foreign price range knowledge goes-- but from the reactions of the people that discovered it in the first place, they seemed rather pleased.
Speaking of non-American people, the friendly folks at Bioware Pulse released a Bioware Pulse covering Voice Over Recording for fan digestion. To be precise; they released it about six days ago. I blame MikkroBitti.
Now, be warned, at around 4:36 to 4:48 there are squad mate spoilers if you look closely. So, be warned; either avert your eyes, cross them or just look at it and see if you can spot it. Personally, I didn’t see it when I watched it, but I wasn’t looking for it. Funny how things seem to appear when one is looking for them.[link]
Moving on, we have a Game Informer article with Casey Hudson talking about the increased scale to Mass Effect 3, the different gameplay modes like Story and Action Mode, DLC plans for post-launch and the final confirmation that Liara was intended as the canonical love-interest when the ME trilogy was being written and why your ME3 play through will suck if you didn‘t pick her. And let’s not forget the brilliant explanation of how they pulled off dextro-levo crossbreed children for- wait, I should stop; I’m having way too much fun. Just go read it.[link]
Hopefully the exposition on the different gameplay modes will clear up some questions people have.
And--having saved the best for last-- we have some cross-promotion goodness here, much like what Bioware did with ME2 and Dragon Age. This time, Bioware is partnering up with 38 Studios, the men and women behind the up and coming fantasy RPG Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning.
The ME3 Items are:
The Reckoner Knight Armor: This armor will maximize damage done in close-quarters combat while a beefed-up power cell feeds energy into weapon systems to increase projectile velocity.
The Chakram Launcher: This weapon uses a fabricator to manufacture lightweight, explosive ammunition discs. This weapon is earned after completing the Reckoning demo and watching the trailer at the end.[link][link][link][link]
For anyone also interested in Kingdoms Of Amalur, you get:
N7 Armor: Players can unlock special armor inspired by Commander Shepard’s iconic N7 battle armor including helm, cuirass, gauntlets, chausses, and greaves
Onmiblade Daggers: A holographic blade stemming from Commander Shepard’s Omni-Tool, the Omni-blade allows players to stab enemies in close combat. Once players install and play the Mass Effect 3 demo, they will unlock the daggers [link][link][link]
More information: [link]
People have been wondering what kind of cross-promotion Bioware were planning, and some were specifically hoping for Kingdoms Of Amalur. Well, they were wondering why the Beta key was packaged with Battlefield 3 instead of a fellow RPG like Kingdoms Of Amalur. It’s not beta access --you’ll still need BF3 for that-- but these items are pretty darn cool.
Here's to hoping you can take the helmet off.
Hah, as if...[link]
Are they borderline ridiculous? Yes. Are they roughly 20% cooler than anything else seen in the game yet? Absolutely.
Well, unless it ain’t your thing.
Hopefully that’s it. Of course, it’s likely that another flood of information will come out in a matter of days. I am making an attempt to not spam your inboxes more than I can help.
And before I go, I’d like to tease that I am planning another contest. And I intend to make this one really something else. I am throwing out a call to whomever might offer a prize. But this time, I don’t mean commissions or DA points, I mean prizes that can be mailed to people. Things like home-made plushies, official merchandise like lithos or the action figures, stuff like that. Ring me up if you have something.