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PXG
03-28-2007, 01:24 AM
Mass Effect Fan Sit Kit Launched On The Web..

http://www.xboxusersgroup.com/images/stories/icons/microsoft.gif

Microsoft sent over word that the official Fan Site Kit is now available for you to download. Included are 3 new wallpapers, avatars, screen, concept art, and information from the biggest RPG coming out this year, Mass Effect. Download them Here (http://masseffect.bioware.com/downloads/#dl-fansitekit)



BioWare and Microsoft Game Studios are making it easier than ever for gamers to create a fan site for the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Sci-Fi RPG, “Mass Effect.” Today, on the official BioWare site, a new fan site kit for “Mass Effect” is now available for download. Along with the usual assortment of concept art, forum avatars, renders and other Web-ready artwork to enable fans to create quality sites, the fan site kit contains some exclusive new “Mass Effect” desktop wallpaper available in various resolutions.

PXG
03-28-2007, 06:48 AM
New Mass Effect Footage



New Mass Effect Footage

Emergency Transmission

Amazing new footage from Mass Effect. Enjoy!

PXG
03-28-2007, 07:09 AM
Re: New Mass Effect Footage



looks like a First Person View

PXG
03-30-2007, 10:55 PM
More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



More New Mass Effect Screens

http://masseffect.bioware.com/_commonext/images/me/screenshots/2007/masseffect_12_745x440.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/01.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/02.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/03.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/04.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/05.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/06.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/07.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/08.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/09.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/10.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/11.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/12.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/13.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/14.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/15.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/16.jpg

http://videogamerx.gamedonga.co.kr/gamenews/usernews/bonobono/a002/789/17.jpg

This is from an area that is optimized and is almost final in Mass Effect.

delilahHD
03-31-2007, 04:45 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot



Haters = Silenced.

Godly-Atheist
03-31-2007, 04:50 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot



It may look good and have the right idea going for it, but the gameplay is flawed to shit.

delilahHD
03-31-2007, 05:24 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Godly-Atheist;75666 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">It may look good and have the right idea going for it, but the gameplay is flawed to shit.</div>
</div>


Because you've played that shit right?

Godly-Atheist
03-31-2007, 05:28 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot



Countless times. 3rd person strategy game like shooters are flooding the market.

delilahHD
03-31-2007, 05:42 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Godly-Atheist;75670 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Countless times. 3rd person strategy game like shooters are flooding the market.</div>
</div>


Right but how many of them are exceptional right now.



Gears of War. . .



Now how many of them are RPG's. . .



None. . .





Mass Effect is up to bat, quiet up.

cmptrnrd16
03-31-2007, 09:29 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot



I agree with Julius, I will reserve judgement until the game comes out. KOTOR one seemed kindof boring in theory, but when I was playing it, it was mad addicting. I trust bioware not to screw this one up.

Hotapplepie
03-31-2007, 09:56 AM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot



Wow. This game is crazy good looking. Also if you dont want to, you dont have to put any stratagey into the gameplay, you can just go through gunz a blazin.

PXG
03-31-2007, 10:11 AM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



More New Mass Effect Screens



check them out(above)

delilahHD
03-31-2007, 10:59 AM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



Every game is different so, you have no clue how this will play and like Hotapplepie mentioned you can play it without strategy

mvdolluhs
03-31-2007, 01:29 PM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



http://www.theologicallycorrect.com/images/homer_drooling1.gif

Godly-Atheist
03-31-2007, 07:55 PM
Re: One new Mass Effect screenshot


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Julius Rage;75671 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Right but how many of them are exceptional right now.



Gears of War. . .



Now how many of them are RPG's. . .



None. . .





Mass Effect is up to bat, quiet up.</div>
</div>


Adding rpg elements won't add to the gameplay, it'll only make you ignore it's flaws. All their doing here is covering up their weak points with their strong points. And seeing as how the weak point is the gameplay, what's the point of even playing the game in the first place? Why not perfect the entire game by paying close attention to the most important part, the gameplay. Then once that's all done, worry about extra features such as leveling up and such. I should thank you for pointing out GoW, because it does nothing but prove my point. GoW is hailed to be the greatest 360 title out right now, but what's so easily overlooked is that if it wasn't for the cover system, the game would of just been another 3rdps. The whole idea of the realistic look on warfare would of gone out the window had it not been for the CS. Thus making it A LOT LESS appealing. Though at least GoW gave you the option to shoot for yourself. All the videos I've seen so far on ME have shown auto-aim shooting. Which means the developers basically gave up on gameplay and focused on the setting and story instead. Now how appealing does that sound to you?

Hotapplepie
03-31-2007, 09:12 PM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



Actually the devs said that you can tweak the options if you dont want auto-aim.

Godly-Atheist
03-31-2007, 09:17 PM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;75730 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Actually the devs said that you can tweak the options if you dont want auto-aim.</div>
</div>


For a game designed to be auto-aim oriented, one could only imagine how bad it'd be without that help. Also, it's 3rd person. Which means that precision aiming is no longer an option.

Hotapplepie
03-31-2007, 09:20 PM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



Thats not totally true. Going back to the Gear example. That game had percision aiming (somewhat) and it was 3rd person. Plus, how could a first person perpective help Mass Effect?

Godly-Atheist
04-01-2007, 03:37 AM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;75733 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Thats not totally true. Going back to the Gear example. That game had percision aiming (somewhat) and it was 3rd person. Plus, how could a first person perpective help Mass Effect?</div>
</div>


You're basically forced to stay stationary throughout GoW, making precision shots quite easy. Though that doesn't mean it makes it easier than it would have been in fp. It's just different kinds of situations. ME has a more on the go battle system, from what I've seen. So if you were to take off the auto-aim, it'd almost triple the difficulty all because of the perspective. Just play RSV and then GoW, you'll see the huge difference almost immediately; and this is coming from someone who has no problems scoring head shots with the Long Shot in GoW. As for the relevance of this precision topic, it's all about the gameplay. If playing in fp without an auto-aim feature (in comparison to 3rdp without the auto-aim) makes it easier and more realistic, why not take that approach? It just doesn't make sense to do anything else.

Ricker
04-01-2007, 07:05 AM
Re: More New Mass Effect Screens (Updated)



Game will be awesome and you make the gameplay if you want,pausing the game or not,etc etc...for someone who says to wait on the gameplay to judge it,you sure seem to know a lot about it.

PXG
04-01-2007, 02:46 PM
The Official Mass Effect Thread



The Official Mass Effect Thread



i decide to create one http://www.onthexbox.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif



NOTE: if i am creating this thread is wrong.i am sorry

Hotapplepie
04-01-2007, 07:39 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Great Idea PXG!

PXG
04-03-2007, 06:42 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



More Screens

http://www.jeux-france.com/Webmasters/Images/45311320070403_001930_0_big.jpg

http://www.jeux-france.com/Webmasters/Images/45311320070403_001930_1_big.jpg

http://www.jeux-france.com/Webmasters/Images/45311320070403_001931_2_big.jpg

http://www.jeux-france.com/Webmasters/Images/45311320070403_001931_3_big.jpg

Hotapplepie
04-03-2007, 12:59 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I hate those new screens (expect for the one with the alien jumping) Bioware keeps on releaseing these old pictures (at least they said these were not optimised) and having to explain them when if they just released some optimised ones or none at all and put out a release date everyone would be fine. Sheppard looks like Xbox1 blocky in these pics, its discusting.

PXG
04-03-2007, 01:04 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;75886 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">I hate those new screens (expect for the one with the alien jumping) Bioware keeps on releaseing these old pictures (at least they said these were not optimised) and having to explain them when if they just released some optimised ones or none at all and put out a release date everyone would be fine. Sheppard looks like Xbox1 blocky in these pics, its discusting.</div>
</div>


i don't know.i found these new screens on the net.it does look a bit bad.

Hotapplepie
04-03-2007, 01:47 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Yea on ME site the community cordinator said that Bioware is constantly changing the look of characters so its not final but i think they should have just locked these up.

delilahHD
04-03-2007, 02:49 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



STOP, RELEASING, F'ING, PICTURES, WHEN, THEY, ARE, NOT, OPTIMIZED!



Arggggggg.



I don't care how it looks really, but, ya know, whatever.

Hotapplepie
04-03-2007, 10:20 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



New gameplay details....

Into The Fray

Preston Watamaniuk

Principal Lead Designer

"Mass Effect"



Time for an update! I have been asked to step in and give Casey a break. Given all the talk about character classes, I thought I would comment on some of the decisions that go into their design.



We built the rule set for “Mass Effect” from the ground up to emphasize the ranged combat employed by weapons, biotics and tech. Two ideas drove the rules — and eventually — the class design at the high level:



1. Core Mechanics (what you can be skilled at)

2. Active Gameplay Mechanics (what you can actually do to enemies)





Core Mechanics

We built “Mass Effect” around three core sets of capabilities:



1. Weapons and combat training

2. Biotics (dark energy) abilities

3. Tech abilities



Classes within an RPG fundamentally determine how you will play the game. We built each gameplay mechanic first, and then built character classes that used them. As a result, classes feel more naturally integrated into the overall game but have different gameplay. The strengths and weaknesses of enemies are based around these mechanics instead of around things like damage types. In “Mass Effect,” an enemy will be vulnerable to biotics, not fire or cold. The effect is that playing through the game with different classes causes the combats to become more or less challenging, depending on the combination of character classes in the squad. It means that your squad members are important parts of your strategy for overcoming difficult scenarios that play to the weaknesses of your current character.



Recently, a combat situation we encountered in our daily gameplay review highlighted the importance of balancing the squad with different classes. A squad was put together to fight a Krogan Warlord, one of the toughest combat opponents in the game. He is heavily armored and shielded, and he takes a lot of punishment before he dies. He is the Soldier’s worst nightmare. The squad had a heavy emphasis on weapons instead of biotics or tech. When combat began, the Krogan Warlord blasted apart the squad in no time. I knew that the Krogan Warlord would have been much easier to overcome with an Engineer or Adept in the squad.



Active Gameplay Mechanics

We wanted the gameplay in “Mass Effect” to be as active as possible. Instead of making the game a dice-rolling simulation with turn-based combat, we wanted to move toward a simulation with rules support. For example, the Lift ability allows you to remove the effects of gravity from select targets, making them more vulnerable to physics. This opens up emergent gameplay possibilities for you. We want the various possibilities that different abilities open up to mingle and produce unexpected results that we never anticipated.





I came across a really interesting instance of this during the X06 playthrough. I was scaling the side of a crater when I encountered an enemy entrenched on a hill. I moved my squad to safety and ordered them to target the enemy. They were unable to get a clear shot at the enemy because of their lower elevation, so I used Lift on the target. He rose into the air, making it easier for my squad to pick him apart. I never designed this outcome; I never even imagined it before that instance. It was really cool to see two very different systems interacting in a way that allowed me to overcome a difficult situation. Each class in ”Mass Effect” is built around its own set of active gameplay elements. The way you build your character and squad will determine what you can combine to overcome various situations.



A lot of other elements went into making our six character classes but these two factors formed a basis for many of the other decisions that came afterward. We have been iterating for months on the special abilities of all the classes and things are getting really fun. Combats that were previously considered to hard or impossible are now tactically challenging using a balanced squad and some thinking. We are still hammering on balance, pacing, and similar issues but the decisions we made two years ago are really paying off big in the game today.

Revan654
04-04-2007, 11:26 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5174/904_0001.jpg



According to source this screen was never suppose to the the light of day. This is the quality of the final game.

Hotapplepie
04-04-2007, 11:28 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



What the hell? Thats what I would choose

PXG
04-05-2007, 01:43 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;76059 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5174/904_0001.jpg</div>
</div>


actually,i already posted this.







BioWare explains poor Mass Effect screens

http://www.xboxusersgroup.com/images/stories/icons/bioware.gif

BioWare has responded to the public outcry over yesterday's rather rough-looking Mass Effect screenshots, admitting that the shots were a "mistake" and "didn't look very good".



"The other day, we released 3 new screenshots," posts BioWare community coordinator Chris Priestly. "A few people posted comments about how the art in Mass Effect was 'dumbed down' and wasn't looking very good. And I took exception to the comment and posted my feelings. The problem was, the screenshots they were criticising DIDN'T look very good."



Source (http://computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=161421)

Revan654
04-05-2007, 01:56 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I know read what I post under it not just look at the picture.

PXG
04-05-2007, 02:39 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



nice one Revan.

Hotapplepie
04-05-2007, 09:51 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/1325/full-res/1175817541.jpg

http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/1325/full-res/1175817540.jpg

http://media.teamxbox.com/games/ss/1325/full-res/1175817539.jpg

Finnaly, some nice lookin pics

Revan654
04-05-2007, 10:15 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Links alter, direct links added. Use direct links next time so people don't have to go to another site to view them.

Hotapplepie
04-05-2007, 10:16 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



My bad. I didnt quite know how to do it. Thanks though!

PXG
04-06-2007, 01:38 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;76158 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">My bad. I didnt quite know how to do it. Thanks though!</div>
</div>


click this http://www.onthexbox.com/forum/images/editor/insertimage.gif button to add your images links you want to post



example

http://www.xboxusersgroup.com/images/stories/icons/bioware.gif

PXG
04-06-2007, 09:24 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Three New HD Mass Effect Screens

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0001.jpg

Bioware just released three stunning screenshots of their upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive, Mass Effect.

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0002.jpg

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0003.jpg



impressive

Revan654
04-06-2007, 01:18 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



BioWare give us a Fracking release date already. I rather get the release date instead of a few new screens.

delilahHD
04-06-2007, 02:50 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">PXG;76195 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Three New HD Mass Effect Screens

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0001.jpg

Bioware just released three stunning screenshots of their upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive, Mass Effect.

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0002.jpg

http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5179/904_0003.jpg



impressive</div>
</div>


Oh shit! Bioware, doin they thang, up in the club, optimizin, poppin cris.:bang:

surrealist
04-06-2007, 04:55 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Bioware :bow:



Mass SONY FAN suicides after this.



Keith David FTW!

Revan654
04-06-2007, 08:48 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



BioWare does have a exclusive title for PS3 as well. ME will be amazing

Revan654
04-06-2007, 08:48 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



18373

Revan654
04-06-2007, 10:37 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://www.onthexbox.com/screenshots119.html - 15 new Screens added



*update* new video uploaded in semi-HD quality.

Godly-Atheist
04-07-2007, 01:42 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;76232 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Bioware :bow:



Mass SONY FAN suicides after this.</div>
</div>


Sony fans didn't mass suicide after Halo and Halo 2. What makes you think they'll even notice this 3rdp pos?

Hotapplepie
04-07-2007, 10:46 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Becuase its gonna be one of the best game ever

Godly-Atheist
04-07-2007, 12:00 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Releasing near the date of a FPS (Halo3) is instant suicide. This game won't even get it's 15 minutes of fame. If it even deserved it in the first place.

Revan654
04-07-2007, 12:42 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Do you even read anything in this thread or any news on this games. If you did you would know it not being released near Halo 3. Being released anywhere from may to July. Just being you have some weird fetish about FPS. Don't have to keep bring that argument up time and time again. It's getting old and annoying. Mass Effect will be one top 5 games of 2007.

Hotapplepie
04-07-2007, 12:58 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;76316 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Do you even read anything in this thread or any news on this games. If you did you would know it not being released near Halo 3. Being released anywhere from may to July. Just being you have some weird fetish about FPS. Don't have to keep bring that argument up time and time again. It's getting old and annoying. Mass Effect will be one top 5 games of 2007.</div>
</div>


I couldnt have put it better. I mean, do you see the attention to detail?

Godly-Atheist
04-08-2007, 06:10 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;76316 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Being released anywhere from may to July.</div>
</div>


As is the Halo 3 Beta. Am I right, or am I right? :laugh:

Hotapplepie
04-08-2007, 09:03 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Not everyone is in the Halo 3 Beta

BLS BOB
04-08-2007, 09:29 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



The beta probably won't have enough content to disinterest people from checking out an rpg of this size anyway... Maybe for a couple days but if you're like me than you would'nt spoil the halo experience for yourself until the full retail comes out.

Revan654
04-09-2007, 11:32 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Time for an update! I have been asked to step in and give Casey a break. Given all the talk about character classes, I thought I would comment on some of the decisions that go into their design.



We built the rule set for “Mass Effect” from the ground up to emphasize the ranged combat employed by weapons, biotics and tech. Two ideas drove the rules — and eventually — the class design at the high level:



1. Core Mechanics (what you can be skilled at)

2. Active Gameplay Mechanics (what you can actually do to enemies)





Core Mechanics

We built “Mass Effect” around three core sets of capabilities:



1. Weapons and combat training

2. Biotics (dark energy) abilities

3. Tech abilities



Classes within an RPG fundamentally determine how you will play the game. We built each gameplay mechanic first, and then built character classes that used them. As a result, classes feel more naturally integrated into the overall game but have different gameplay. The strengths and weaknesses of enemies are based around these mechanics instead of around things like damage types. In “Mass Effect,” an enemy will be vulnerable to biotics, not fire or cold. The effect is that playing through the game with different classes causes the combats to become more or less challenging, depending on the combination of character classes in the squad. It means that your squad members are important parts of your strategy for overcoming difficult scenarios that play to the weaknesses of your current character.



Recently, a combat situation we encountered in our daily gameplay review highlighted the importance of balancing the squad with different classes. A squad was put together to fight a Krogan Warlord, one of the toughest combat opponents in the game. He is heavily armored and shielded, and he takes a lot of punishment before he dies. He is the Soldier’s worst nightmare. The squad had a heavy emphasis on weapons instead of biotics or tech. When combat began, the Krogan Warlord blasted apart the squad in no time. I knew that the Krogan Warlord would have been much easier to overcome with an Engineer or Adept in the squad.



Active Gameplay Mechanics

We wanted the gameplay in “Mass Effect” to be as active as possible. Instead of making the game a dice-rolling simulation with turn-based combat, we wanted to move toward a simulation with rules support. For example, the Lift ability allows you to remove the effects of gravity from select targets, making them more vulnerable to physics. This opens up emergent gameplay possibilities for you. We want the various possibilities that different abilities open up to mingle and produce unexpected results that we never anticipated.



I came across a really interesting instance of this during the X06 playthrough. I was scaling the side of a crater when I encountered an enemy entrenched on a hill. I moved my squad to safety and ordered them to target the enemy. They were unable to get a clear shot at the enemy because of their lower elevation, so I used Lift on the target. He rose into the air, making it easier for my squad to pick him apart. I never designed this outcome; I never even imagined it before that instance. It was really cool to see two very different systems interacting in a way that allowed me to overcome a difficult situation. Each class in ”Mass Effect” is built around its own set of active gameplay elements. The way you build your character and squad will determine what you can combine to overcome various situations.



A lot of other elements went into making our six character classes but these two factors formed a basis for many of the other decisions that came afterward. We have been iterating for months on the special abilities of all the classes and things are getting really fun. Combats that were previously considered to hard or impossible are now tactically challenging using a balanced squad and some thinking. We are still hammering on balance, pacing, and similar issues but the decisions we made two years ago are really paying off big in the game today.</div>
</div>


http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/777/777909/mass-effect-20070403101712906.jpg

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/777/777909/mass-effect-20070403101713281.jpg

surrealist
04-18-2007, 03:27 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect: Final 3 Classes (http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/781/781355p1.html)
<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">IGN wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">On our first preview of the classes of Mass Effect, we introduced you to the Soldier, Engineer and the Adept, masters of combat, tech and biotic powers, respectively. Today we will examine the final three classes of BioWare's upcoming RPG, the Infiltrator, Vanguard and Sentinel. Unlike the first three classes, these three are skilled in more than one category. Read on for the details.</div>
</div>
Nice to see that they're going for more depth now than what they did with KotOR.



Just give me a date already, Bioware.

Revan654
04-18-2007, 03:37 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Saw that article last Friday. We just need a release date on this game.



Some info I found. Not sure if it's 100% confirmed yet or not. The main character has 6 different voices. 3 for male 3 for Female.



April would have been a great month to release this game. Since theirs nothing coming out.

McLean78
04-18-2007, 03:57 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;77489 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Some info I found. Not sure if it's 100% confirmed yet or not. The main character has 6 different voices. 3 for male 3 for Female.</div>
</div>
Wow, that would be impressive if it's true. I figured it would be one voice for each gender. But 6... that's almost the entire cast of Oblivion just for 1 character. wink.gif



I wonder if the voices would be tied to your choice of character model (to match age, race, etc) or if you could select them separately.

Revan654
04-18-2007, 04:03 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Suppose to be tied to the race.

McLean78
04-18-2007, 04:24 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



In that case I may have to consider the voice when choosing which Shephard to use.



Did the main character in Jade Empire speak? They had more than 6 to choose from, so I supposed that could have been even more voices if they were each unique.

Revan654
04-18-2007, 05:06 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I don't think They talked at all. If they did it would be a one liner. It was more on base with KOTOR. where you just pick lines with no voice.

PXG
04-22-2007, 06:52 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3699/masseffec6oe9.jpg

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/880/masseffec5kc9.jpg

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/7419/masseffec4lu2.jpg

Hotapplepie
04-22-2007, 07:42 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">McLean78;77501 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">In that case I may have to consider the voice when choosing which Shephard to use.



Did the main character in Jade Empire speak? They had more than 6 to choose from, so I supposed that could have been even more voices if they were each unique.</div>
</div>
No talking, except for when you switched fighting styles

PXG
04-23-2007, 04:41 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect delayed to September

http://www.xboxusersgroup.com/images/stories/icons/bioware.gif

BioWare's much-anticipated Xbox 360 RPG Mass Effect has finally been pencilled in for release this September, months after the June/July arrival date previously expected.



The news comes from an official Microsoft event this morning, though no more details on the release were offered.



The September release puts Mass Effect in head-to-head competition with fellow first-party RPG Blue Dragon, which is also released that month. This might seem silly to you budding industry analysts, but it's probably just as beneficial for Microsoft to avoid the infamous Summer drought.



BioWare's latest picked up one of the first CVG Most Wanted awards this weekend, and rightly so - because we're quite literally counting the days until its arrival (or at least we are now that we have a date to count down to).



Stay tuned for more exciting developments as they arrive.



Source (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=162430)

McLean78
04-23-2007, 08:04 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I wonder, is this worldwide? Because in North America Blue Dragon is scheduled for August, right? September is the European release date.

guaps
04-23-2007, 10:47 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



No, the worst possible news. Everything is getting delayed at the moment :(



I was hoping that I could sit all summer and play Mass Effect, but I guess not. Oh well, I might as well just sell my 360 now, instead of in August, 'cause now there no point in keeping it.

Revan654
04-23-2007, 11:51 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



This wasn't a delay. They never announced a release date. So they can't delay something that never had a release date. I was really looking forward to playing it all summer to hold me over until Halo3, GTA IV, BIoShock comes out. We still have Two Worlds sometime in may or june.

guaps
04-23-2007, 12:29 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;77873 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">This wasn't a delay. They never announced a release date. So they can't delay something that never had a release date.</div>
</div>
Well, the two Bioware-dudes where asked for a release window on a gamespot-thing, and said that it was going to be released in Winter 2006. That means September 2007 is a delay.

Revan654
04-23-2007, 12:43 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



They said Winter. They never said Winter 2006.



Atleast we have a month. If Halo 3 comes out in September. Which it's look like it will. Mass effect is going to have to come out early in September.

McLean78
04-23-2007, 12:57 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Hell, they should just release Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Too Human all in the same week and offer a $150 3-pack deal.

Revan654
04-23-2007, 01:17 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">McLean78;77885 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Hell, they should just release Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Too Human all in the same week and offer a $150 3-pack deal.</div>
</div>


Will never happen. Plus Halo 3 has 3 different Editions.

Revan654
04-23-2007, 03:11 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Pro-G is reporting that Mass Effect has been delayed until September. This was confirmed to the British publication by Microsoft UK's Andy Irving, Xbox and Games PR Manager. Although the game never had a solid release date, it was expected to arrive in July.



We are waiting now for some Microsoft representative from the U.S. to confirm this news. Stay tuned.</div>
</div>


-TXB

PXG
04-23-2007, 05:10 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



BioWare responds to release date rumors

http://www.xboxusersgroup.com/images/stories/icons/bioware.gif

BioWare Community Coordinator responds to September release date rumors.



"We do not yet have a release date: When we do have a release date, we will make it known here on the boards."



http://masseffect.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=561096&amp;forum=104&amp;sp=120

Revan654
04-23-2007, 05:17 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



:pray: it's only a Rumor and hope it's coming out in the new 2 months.

Hotapplepie
04-23-2007, 05:54 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;77904 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">:pray: it's only a Rumor and it's coming out in the new 2 months.</div>
</div>




Where did you read that?

McLean78
04-23-2007, 08:55 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



You could also look at it as Bioware doesn't want to commit to having the game finished by September...

PXG
04-24-2007, 03:02 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect delayed? Maybe not.

http://www.siliconera.com/news/0704/masseffect.jpg
<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip about Mass Effect being delayed until September. Before posting it up I sent an e-mail to Microsoft and got back this response:</div>
</div>

<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Microsoft wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">We have not made any official announcements regarding release timing for “Mass Effect.” At this time, any information about the game’s release date is purely rumor and speculation.</div>
</div>
I’ll leave it to you to decide what that means, but here is some food for thought. Maybe CVG is reporting a European release date change since they are based in the UK. Notice how they also mention Blue Dragon is shipping in September? It’s coming out in August for North America.

PXG
04-26-2007, 06:20 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect: Revelations - Prologue

http://masseffect.bioware.com/_commonext/images/me/revelation_book_185x271.jpg

336 page paperback novel

ISBN: 978-0-345-49816-8

Del Rey Purchase Information



Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.



On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station; smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base–hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?



Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can't trust and pursued by an assassin he can't escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy . . . one he won't live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.



Read free sample chapter: Prologue

http://masseffect.bioware.com/galact...ologue_01.html



Download the Prologue (PDF 212K:cool:

http://files.bioware.com/masseffect/...n_prologue.pdf

Revan654
04-29-2007, 10:58 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Dunno if anyone seen this. Seems old. -&gt; http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=18702936.html

PXG
05-28-2007, 08:22 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



New Mass Effect Screens

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Revan654
06-13-2007, 05:17 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/796/796145/mass-effect-20070613115025359.jpg

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/796/796145/mass-effect-20070613115039155.jpg

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http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/796/796145/mass-effect-20070613115048952.jpg

surrealist
06-14-2007, 12:08 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



The character designs are very original, along the lines of classic Star Wars. Unfortunately the backgrounds suffer from simplicity. This will look like an upgrade to KOTOR.

PXG
06-15-2007, 12:34 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect - Facial Graphics Evolution



Bioware is one of those developers that keep outperforming themselves, and it shows. These screenshots reflect the evolution of the visual tecnchiques used in the face of Commander Shepard.



The evolution from the first screens to the latest build is incredible.



First Ever Screens

http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/7505/mass5lb7.jpg

E3 2005

http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/1337/mass4yj1.jpg

x06 Trailer:

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June 2007:

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http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/254/mass6wp1.jpg

PXG
06-15-2007, 01:37 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect update



The official website for the Xbox 360 exclusive title Mass Effect has been updated today with information revealing details on the Krogan race, the upright reptilian species, and their role in the game.



According to information released from Microsoft, www.MassEffect.com will now continually be updated with new details for the upcoming game. This is also the place where visitors can check out the latest screenshots and other information about Mass Effect.



Native to the planet Tuchanka, the Krogan race suffered a huge setback at the dawn of their nuclear age, as a global war decimated the species. For 2000 years, the Krogan were reduced to primitive warring clans struggling to survive a nuclear winter of their own creation until they were discovered by the salarians. Similar to other reptilian species, the Krogan reproduce and mature at an astonishing rate, while their thick hides are virtually impervious to cuts, scrapes or contusions. However, the Krogan's most amazing physiological feature of the species, are the multiple instances of major organs; these secondary systems are capable of serving as back-ups in the event of damage to the primary biological structures, making the Krogan incredibly difficult to kill.



Be sure to keep an eye on www.MassEffect.com

Hotapplepie
06-15-2007, 04:23 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Wow, that last face looks awesome

Revan654
06-15-2007, 04:42 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I want a Release date. If it's not showing up at E3. How about a release date instead of info on a new race.

chareece
06-15-2007, 05:05 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;81320 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">I want a Release date. If it's not showing up at E3. How about a release date instead of info on a new race.</div>
</div>


i thought it was september or at least that's what i read at EB games on their print out.

Revan654
06-15-2007, 07:04 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



No, Everyone is guessing. MS is not going to release Mass Effect the same Month Halo 3 comes out. If it's still a 2008 release. Going to be August, November or December.

Revan654
06-20-2007, 10:07 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/798/798040/mass-effect-20070620020611047.jpg

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/798/798040/mass-effect-20070620020612438.jpg

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http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/798/798040/mass-effect-20070620020614625.jpg

Hotapplepie
06-20-2007, 10:08 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect continues to blow my socks off time after time

surrealist
06-26-2007, 12:58 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect new Animation Click. Self Shadowing



http://masseffect.bioware.com/_commonext/flash/masseffect/warlord/warlord_210x400.swf

Revan654
06-29-2007, 04:17 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://images.xboxyde.com/gallery/public/5679/904_0001.jpg

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Hotapplepie
06-29-2007, 06:30 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



ME looks way to good. It makes my eyes bleed with joy.

delilahHD
07-01-2007, 04:35 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Ya know. . .I'm very, very, very concerned about the length of this game. Anyone know what they estimate the total time from start to finish will be?

Revan654
07-19-2007, 08:41 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



New Trailer: GameSpot Video: Mass Effect Official Trailer 8 (http://www.gamespot.com/video/930279/6175378/videoplayerpop?)



It may look like the E3 Trailer. Theirs some new footage in it.

Revan654
07-27-2007, 01:53 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



22841

Revan654
08-13-2007, 02:04 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Some wondered about the rating and sexual theme. Here is its explanation:

..According to the publishers submission for Mass Effect, there are two non-interactive videos that depict a discreet love scene between the main character and his romantic love interests. Breast profiles can be seen during one of the videos. There is a scene in a bar where female characters wear thong underwear. This type of content is likely to have contributed to the rating and content descriptors ultimately assigned by the raters...



Regards,



Entertainment Software Rating Board"</div>
</div>

McLean78
08-13-2007, 02:40 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;84714 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">his romantic love interests</div>
</div>
That reminds me, they were originally talking about having the option of using a female Commander Shepherd. I haven't heard anything about that lately, including in that character customization video. Is that still in?

Revan654
08-13-2007, 02:48 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">McLean78;84742 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">That reminds me, they were originally talking about having the option of using a female Commander Shepherd. I haven't heard anything about that lately, including in that character customization video. Is that still in?</div>
</div>


Still a Female/Male Characters Main Lead. Just the love Interest Changes.

Revan654
08-25-2007, 11:25 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



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Revan654
08-30-2007, 01:15 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Today, Microsoft Game Studios and BioWare Corp. announced that the highly anticipated action role-playing game (RPG) “Mass Effect” will ship to retailers throughout North America on November 20, 2007. The recipient of more than 50 awards, including the 2007 Game Critics Awards for “Best Console Game” and “Best RPG” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month in Los Angeles, “Mass Effect” is poised to become the must-play RPG of 2007.



From the creators of the critically-acclaimed “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” and “Jade Empire,” comes an epic space saga for Xbox 360 that spans the entire galaxy. Combining RPG and tactical action elements, “Mass Effect” offers an engaging mix of gameplay set against a deep, multi-directional story.



“With ‘Mass Effect,’ BioWare is delivering an incredible next-gen gaming odyssey. Our fans will journey through a vast, futuristic universe as they are challenged to make impactful decisions that will determine the very fate of the galaxy,” said Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer, BioWare Corp. Added Greg Zeschuk, president of BioWare Corp., “The best games bring players into an immersive, realistic world that is fun to explore from beginning to end. We’ve achieved that in ‘Mass Effect’ by putting the player at the center of a compelling, cinematic storyline full of realistic characters and hundreds of exciting locations.”



Bob McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at GameStop Corporation commented that, “Only a handful of video games redefine their genres, and judging from the excitement and demand we’ve seen from fans, ‘Mass Effect’ for Xbox 360 is one that can bring role-playing games to a broader audience through its beautifully realistic graphics and cinematic, emotionally charged gameplay experience.”



“Mass Effect” will have an estimated retail price of $59.99 and is rated “M” for “Mature” by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.masseffect.com.</div>
</div>

Revan654
08-30-2007, 08:40 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



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Revan654
09-14-2007, 08:06 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



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Revan654
09-16-2007, 06:20 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



45 Minute Demo



http://www.jeux-france.com/news21828_mass-effect-video-de-presentation.html

Revan654
09-16-2007, 09:43 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



First 5 Minutes of Mass Effect + First look at the Female version of Shepard.



http://images.gamersyde.com/gallery/public/6366/904_0002.jpg



http://www.gamersyde.com/stream_4530_en.html

Revan654
09-17-2007, 01:19 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



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Revan654
09-17-2007, 01:24 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



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Revan654
09-17-2007, 04:16 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



New Videos Uploaded - http://onthexbox.com/video119.html

Fallout
09-17-2007, 04:56 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Took forever for that movie to load. Can somone give me a brief of it.

Revan654
09-17-2007, 06:05 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Fallout;85910 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Took forever for that movie to load. Can somone give me a brief of it.</div>
</div>




- He talks about Mass Effect at the start duh and what bioware has done.

- He shows off how to create the female commander. Since we always seen the male version

- he shows how detail you can get with the creation tool

- We see the opening intro to Mass Effect. Intro differs on what class you pick.

- We go though few missions and see the first planet we will visit.

- He shows the bionic powers(aka Force powers) and how you can take control of the squad.

-Overall he shows us everything game can offer and what we will get to play in November.





btw, Depending on what gender you pick the games story will change.

Revan654
09-18-2007, 12:28 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2007/259/reviews/930279_20070917_screen001.jpg

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2007/259/reviews/930279_20070917_screen002.jpg

Revan654
09-18-2007, 10:57 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">While we knew that Mass Effect was going to contain partial nudity, we were sadly lacking on details, but no longer. The British Board of Film Classification has revealed it's rating for Mass Effect, revealing in the process some revealing details about...well, revealing. According to the classification the game has been given a 12 rating due to "moderate violence and one sex scene". Ah, the sound of happy GameStop employees raking in preorders. While the scene is undetailed, one version does contain breast nudity. Wait, there are different versions?



"If playing as a male character the scene can take place between him and a human woman or a humanoid female alien. If playing as a female character the scene can take place between her and a male human or a female humanoid alien."



Lesbian alien sex and the Brits only give it a 12? I am living in the wrong country.</div>
</div>


-Kotaku

Revan654
09-20-2007, 11:28 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



5 new Screens Uploaded -&gt; http://onthexbox.com/screenshots119.htm I used IGN HD for it.

Revan654
09-21-2007, 10:50 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z31/JonnoK16/3477917x.jpg

Revan654
10-02-2007, 05:56 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



October 30th is the day Reviews for Mass Effect will be going up.

Fallout
10-03-2007, 09:32 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Pray tell Atheist what is flawed about the gameplay?

Revan654
10-16-2007, 01:32 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/9669/1192554531oc0.jpg

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/3858/1192554530uu5.jpg

Revan654
10-16-2007, 04:15 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


<div class="bbcode_quote">
<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Quote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Microsoft sent today a new bio from a Mass Effect character. Meet Ashley Madeline Williams, gunnery chief of the 2nd Frontier Division on Eden Prime:



NAME: Ashley Madeline Williams

RANK: Gunnery Chief

MILITARY VOCATIONAL CODE: B4

CURRENT POSTING: 2nd Frontier Division, Eden Prime

DATE OF BIRTH: April 14, 2158

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vercingetorix Outpost, Planet Sirona, 61 Ursae Majoris System

BLOOD TYPE: B-positive

GENETIC ENHANCEMENTS:



• In-utero vision correction (maternal predisposition for nearsightedness)

• Class-B Alliance Infantry Upgrade Package



DOSSIER:

Following family tradition, Chief Williams enlisted in the Alliance Marines directly out of high school and was assigned to the Recruit Training Depot in Macap

Revan654
10-18-2007, 09:59 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://youtube.com/watch?v=XgwkuYS_5Ys

Revan654
10-19-2007, 12:56 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



VA Videos



Mass Effect &#039;Outtakes&#039; video HD from GameVideos (http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/15605)

Mass Effect &#039;Celeb Interview&#039; HD from GameVideos (http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/15603)

Mass Effect &#039;Seth Green&#039; video HD from GameVideos (http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/15604)

surrealist
10-19-2007, 03:44 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Mass Effect LE Online Only (http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=200404)

this true?



...if so I better hurray up and preorder then =/

Revan654
10-19-2007, 05:07 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



LE is a crapbox. LE are just not worth the 10 dollars anymore.


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It has been confirmed that Jennifer Hale will be doing the voice for the Female Shepard. She also did the voice of Bastila in KOTOR I and KOTOR II.

surrealist
10-20-2007, 03:55 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



I need a RPG fix now!

Revan654
10-20-2007, 03:56 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;87129 wrote:</div>
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wait until Early November you might a nice little surprise.


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If you Pre-Order from Gamestop today you will also get a free bonus Disc with Videos, Themes and GamerPics.

surrealist
10-20-2007, 04:50 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



This game will be better than Halo 3, no doubt and Halo 3 is a AAAA title.



I will lose many hours of sleep over this game.

delilahHD
10-20-2007, 10:01 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;87132 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">This game will be better than Halo 3, no doubt and Halo 3 is a AAAA title.



I will lose many hours of sleep over this game.</div>
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You and me both

surrealist
10-20-2007, 03:17 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">dblaze;87143 wrote:</div>
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Are you still rocking the LCD HDTV? This game is going to look awesome on it!

Revan654
10-21-2007, 02:28 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Review:

Gamer Informer - 9.75

delilahHD
10-21-2007, 10:58 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;87166 wrote:</div>
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Nope, not yet... I have my monitor but the TV will have to come after I get the living room suit.

surrealist
10-21-2007, 01:02 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Dang, I thought you already had it... WAIT YOU DO!



http://onthexbox.com/Dblaze_workstation.MOV



I meant your Westinghouse monitor LOL



You don't play 360 on it dblaze?

delilahHD
10-21-2007, 01:05 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;87200 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Dang, I thought you already had it... WAIT YOU DO!



http://onthexbox.com/Dblaze_workstation.MOV



I meant your Westinghouse monitor LOL



You don't play 360 on it dblaze?</div>
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YES, I do and yeah, i play on it... I thought you was referring to something else.

surrealist
10-21-2007, 10:20 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



IGN AU Mass Effect/Bioware Interview


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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">IGN AU: Let's start with a biggie. What is the total number of explorable planets in the final build?



Chris Priestly: To be honest, I don't know the exact final number - and it depends on what you mean by explorable. In terms of the total number of celestial bodies, shall we call it, that you can visit in Mass Effect, the number is somewhere around 240 to 250. Of those, not all of them are explorable. It would be like visiting Jupiter here in our solar system; there's just nothing to do when you get there! Wow, you found a great big gas giant! If you tried to land on it, you would die instantly because the atmosphere is corrosive… so not everything you can land on. Some things you just look at and leave. Other times we have subplots where you can recover gases and strange minerals and that kind of thing - where you can do some scanning for materials.



Then there are those that are fully explorable, that are smaller and you can do on foot and some that are so large that you need to get into the Mako - the combination ATV tank that you get to use. Again, you're looking at somewhere around 20 to 30 full-sized, plot driven planets where you're going to have to explore around.</div>
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">IGN AU: 'Ambitious' is a term that gets bandied around a lot in games these days and Mass Effect gets labelled this quite a lot. Is the team satisfied that they've achieved everything they wanted to with Mass Effect?



Chris Priestly: I think so - I mean, I'm not in direct contact with the team all the time and all the leads are extraordinarily busy finishing the game, finally getting it gold and getting it out the door. But the team meetings I attend and actually playing through the game itself, it does actually achieve what it intended. In fact, I think it probably exceeds it, just because it was our first game on the Xbox 360, it was our first game with the Unreal Engine, we didn't know exactly how much we could put into it, how much space on one disc, two discs - whatever was going to be needed to make the game great. I know they're really proud of what they've achieved.</div>
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">IGN AU: How much of the game do you think has been seen publicly?



Chris Priestly: Five percent! [laughs] At best. You're looking at a game that, depending on how you play, how rapidly you progress through the story, how quickly you pick up combat and skip dialogue and so on, it'll take 20 hours. But then there are those people that play, like me, who want to do a romance plot, do party NPC plots, who get sidetracked with sub quests and such - then you're looking at maybe 60 hours at least. Again, it depends on your individual play style.</div>
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">IGN AU: Are there any cool in-jokes or easter eggs we should keep an eye out for?



Chris Priestly: There are definitely some things in there. Without giving away any major plot points, there's a really good one that I laughed out loud at. When you defeat a certain enemy in battle and a holographic AI popped up and it started giving this explanation when you were expecting to continue the mission and Shephard looks at it and goes 'oh great; another pop up!' [laughs]



There are little things like that - little bits of light humour. You know, Mass Effect is a darker, more mature game for us; I think in order to appreciate how occasionally dark and gritty it is, you get these contrasting elements of humour in the game. There are little secret things hidden here and there…



IGN AU: Like what?



Chris Priestly: Nope! Nope! Not going there!</div>
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IGN AU: You old dog. Fine. For god sakes, give us Baldur's Gate III! What would it take to make this game happen? We'll do it. Name your price.



Chris Priestly: I would like to see it - I really would. I'd love to see it; I know there's all kinds of 'who owns what IPs' - Infogrames, Atari, Wizards of the Coast and everything that went in there. So many fans have great memories of Baldur's Gate, including myself and most of everybody at Bioware. It would be great -it's not something that's on our slate currently, but you never know what we're going to get up to next.</div>
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full interview at ign (http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/829/829050p1.html)



Freakin amazing!!! :-O

surrealist
10-23-2007, 10:02 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



What does mass effect have to do with urkel?



http://www.thatsplenty.com/images/gttemp/masseffect.jpg



:-/

Revan654
10-24-2007, 06:44 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Gamestop now has Pre-Ordered Disc in. If you Pre-ordered the game.



Documentary - What is Mass Effect.



Two set of Gamer Pics

Two Themes

Three Songs from the SoundTrack

Trailers of Mass Effect



Plus:

Blue Dragon Demo

Videos: Lost odyssey, Halo 3 and Halo Wars

Revan654
10-25-2007, 02:44 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Microsoft and BioWare continue showcasing the main characters that you’ll encounter in Mass Effect. As revealed last week, Ashley Madeline Williams, gunnery chief of the 2nd Frontier Division on Eden Prime, has been a reliable force in the “Mass Effect” galaxy, although her political opinions have proven problematic given her focus on improving relations with the Citadel.



This time, we’re diving into the romantic relationships that will be featured in the game. Fighting against evil galactic forces can become very stressful, and although the temptation to shack up with a squad mate is high, there are inherent complications to such a scenario. In the transmission below, you’ll understand some of Ashley’s feelings behind the reservations and temptations that beckon.



From: Ashley Williams (ashley.m.williams@edenprime.mil.sa)

Sent: June 17, 2183 22:03 UT

To: Sarah Williams (randori-girl@ward37.amaterasu.civ.pub)

Subject: Re: Hey sis



James left today. He’s been reassigned to one of the new Rapid Response Bases out in the Kepler Verge. Lucky bastard. It’s like the ancient west out there – pirates and slavers coming out of the Terminus Systems all the time. He gets to play the cavalry, riding out in frigates any time someone’s house gets burned down.



I made some speech about how he was a valuable asset to the squad and he better make us look good out there, blah blah. I suck at speeches. I was cribbing from something I read back in history class. I don’t think anyone noticed.



I’m going to miss him. Don’t tell anyone.



So you think James is cute, eh? Yeah, well, when you said I should “go for him” – not gonna happen, kiddo. See, we have rules about “fraternization.” You don’t do The Deed with your fellow troops, especially if they’re under you (in rank, perv). There’s all sorts of problems that can happen when two people in the same unit get together.



Let’s say your unit is in a tight spot. Some bug-eyed aliens are going to overrun the galaxy. They eat babies, smell bad, and don’t have elbows. Nasty. You’re told to guard the rear (the back, perv). To let everyone else escape, someone is ordered “hold this spot until we’re gone.” Someone has to be left behind. You think it’s going to be someone you’re sleeping with?



I’ve served with these guys for eight months now. Yeah, some of them make me feel tingly (and yeah, James was kinda scruffy-cute). I hope I never have to decide who lives and who dies. But if I have to, my decision can’t be muddled up by magic-sparkly-hearts-and-stars feelings.



Anyways, I’m gonna knock off here. I’ve got dog watch in a few hours. Want to get a shower and a meal before then. Talk at you tomorrow.



Ash</div>
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-TXB



http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2123/1193333429ja6.jpg

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/6981/1193333428qb7.jpg

surrealist
11-02-2007, 07:52 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



VIDEO: Combat in Mass Effect



http://www.gamersyde.com/news_5476_fr.html



Gaming editors have been saying that everything but the combat is 'off the chart incredible' (i.e. the story, dialogue trees, and rpg componants) in Mass Effect, but that the combat itself and a.i. isn't as good. What you think?

Revan654
11-02-2007, 10:00 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



SD/HD Combat Trailer -&gt;



27418

Revan654
11-03-2007, 01:58 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



The Achievement list







* Medal of Honor - Complete 1 Mass Effect Playthrough on any setting - 100G

* Medal of Heroism - Complete Feros - 25G

* Distinguished Service Medal - Complete Eden Prime - 25G

* Council Legion of Merit - Complete Virmire - 25G

* Honorarium of Corporate Service - Complete Noveria - 25G

* Long Service Medal - Complete 2 Mass Effect Playthroughs on any setting - 25G

* Distinguished Combat Medal - Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting. - 25G

* Medal of Valor - Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Insanity difficulty setting. Do not change the setting. - 50G

* Pistol Expert - Register 150 Pistol Kills - 10G

* Shotgun Expert - Register 150 Shotgun Kills - 15G

* Assault Rifle Expert - Register 150 Assault Rifle Kills - 15G

* Sniper Expert - Register 150 Sniper Rifle Kills - 15G

* Lift Mastery - Use biotic Lift 75 times - 15G

* Throw Mastery - Use biotic Throw 75 times - 15G

* Warp Mastery - Use biotic Warp 75 times - 15G

* Singularity Mastery - Use biotic Singularity 75 times - 15G

* Barrier Mastery - Use biotic Barrier 75 times - 15G

* Stasis Mastery - Use biotic Stasis 75 times - 15G

* Damping Specialist - Use Damping Field 75 times - 15G

* AI Hacking Specialist - Use AI Hacking 75 times - 15G

* Overlord Specialist - Use Shield Overload 75 times - 15G

* Sabotage Specialist - Use Sabotage 75 times - 15G

* First Aid Specialist - Use medi-gel 150 times - 15G

* Neural Shock Specialist - Use Neural Shock 75 times - 15G

* Scholar - Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races and Non-Council Races codex entries - 25G

* Completionist - Complete the majority of the game - 25G

* Tactician - Complete playthrough with shield damage greater than health damage - 25G

* Medal of Exploration - Land on an uncharted world - 50G

* Rich - Exceed 1,000,000 Credits - 25G

* Dog of War - Register 150 organic enemy kills - 25G

* Geth Hunter - Register 250 Synthetic enemy kills - 25G

* Soldier Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance soldier squad member - 20G

* Sentinal Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance sentinel squad member - 20G

* Krogan Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the Krogan squad member - 20G

* Turian Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the turian squad member - 20G

* Quarian Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the querian squad member - 20G

* Asari Ally - Complete the majority of the game with the asari squad member - 20G

* Power Gamer - Reach 50th level with one character - 20G

* Extreme Power Gamer - Reach 60th level with one character - 50G

* Renegade - Accumulate 75% of total Renegade points - 15G

* Paragon - Accumulate 75% of total Paragon points - 15G

* Paramour - Complete any romance subplot - 10G

* Spectre Inductee - Become a Spectre - 15G

* Charismatic - Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation - 10G

* Search and Rescue - Locate Dr. T’Soni in the Artemis Tau cluster - 10G

chareece
11-03-2007, 09:01 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;87775 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">VIDEO: Combat in Mass Effect



http://www.gamersyde.com/news_5476_fr.html



Gaming editors have been saying that everything but the combat is 'off the chart incredible' (i.e. the story, dialogue trees, and rpg componants) in Mass Effect, but that the combat itself and a.i. isn't as good. What you think?</div>
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actually i'm not really worried about the combat. since this is by the people who made the first KoTOR. the combat in the game was not really on par as the rest of the game. once you've leveled up your people the right way and have them set to what you want, fighting becomes a no brainer. i was getting snacks during fights.

surrealist
11-03-2007, 10:53 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chareece;87786 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">actually i'm not really worried about the combat. since this is by the people who made the first KoTOR. the combat in the game was not really on par as the rest of the game.</div>
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The combat on that video looks awesome! I really had no idea the game was shaping up this well because of the media people have been dogging lately.

surrealist
11-04-2007, 02:03 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Che impressions of MASS Effect



http://xs321.xs.to/xs321/07440/che.jpg


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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chespace wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Some crappy pics from my crappy phone camera. Seriously does not do Mass Effect justice.



Here's the character I made. What's amazing is that the face/character you create really becomes THE experience you have throughout the game. It just blows me away to think that all of you will have totally different main characters, acting out different behaviors.



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2320/1851896577_e6c99f9d61.jpg



Here's a little note on the space exploration -- it ROCKS. I was jumping around different systems and orbiting their planets in search of minerals, or habitable landing areas and I came upon this distress signal. So I decided to check it out...



Here we are right after landing. The person in the forefront is one of my soldiers. She specializes in sniper rifles. Good for wide open combat obviously.



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2303/1852727550_3e8eb8615d.jpg



Whoever thought the Unreal engine couldn't handle huge outdoor areas deserves a :lol



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2299/1852723472_0ade3c7ef0.jpg



The lighting and atmosphere in this game is off the fucking hook. Every planet has its own look, and from what I've seen so far, there are a ton of planets. Not all will allow you to land (for instance, planets which are gas giants or nothing but oceans of sulfuric acid), but I've poked around 1 system and have already found 2 really big random worlds.



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2211/1851901537_69f9844c0e.jpg



Vehicle controls are sweet, and the moon patrol buggy is crazy fun to drive. You can literally climb any mountain, and you have little thruster jets. Also, vehicular combat is pretty cool -- a cross between the Scorpion tank and the Warthog. You can also exit your vehicle any time you are on a relatively flat surface. Yeehaw!



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2067/1852721952_493fb7e0b0.jpg



I'll post more impressions and answer questions later today. Going to play more now.



Dude, this game is too much. It just keeps throwing shit at you to do. I'm about 10 hours into the game and I've barely even touched the main quest.



To answer the question about the moon buggy physics... no it definitely isn't a canned go-from-point-A-to-point-B type of affair. Like I said, it's Warthog meets Scorpion tank and you have thrusters so yeah you are doing INSANE stunts the whole time. You can't ever flip over (although you come close and then the computer rights you up again) but you can do some pretty funny stuff.



Vehicular combat is also very satisfying. There's also a "hood view" for the moon buggy if you pull down the left trigger. Makes it REALLY immersive when you're exploring new worlds or an ancient ruin... driving slowly in hood view, right thumb on the right turret stick, looking independently of where you're driving... so awesome.



And yeah, different planets have different climate effects. I went to one planet where it was having a meteor shower or something. Shit was raining down from the sky... of course, it wasn't like you had to dodge the meteors but it looked and sounded cool as hell.



The characters are really good in this game too. I've already become attached to 2 of my characters, and because I'm playing a female character, I've already had one of my male Biotic engineers hit on me during one conversation. It was... uh, awkward.



But it's the NPCs and the plot in this game that really does it for me and propels you forward. I've never really been a fan of Bioware's console RPGs (yeah, gasp, I know) because I felt they were trying to do these emotional, deep, cinematic dialogues, but it would always fall flat on its face because of the game's shitty graphics which couldn't support the kind of drama Bioware was going for. Plus, it didn't help that KOTOR had basically like 10 character models in the whole universe and you kept running into the same black guy or the same alien guy.



Well, that is NOT the case here... every character in the galaxy has been unique so far, and fucking WOW at the graphics/acting/voiceover for the most part. There has been some good writing and very interesting interaction with both my crew and the rest of the NPCs out there. Really awesome informational tangents and personal anecdotes. At first I was playing with subtitles on because I didn't want to miss any details or whatever, but after a couple hours, I turned them off and I swear to god it was like watching a gorgeous CG movie where you can somewhat control the outcome of events.



This is next gen RPG folks. Gonna go play now before the wife wakes up and makes me go to the farmer's market.</div>
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I didn't realize planets would be that big. That's pretty crazy. Crazy awesome! Landing on planets, hunting for minerals. Star Control II feeling is coming back to me.

surrealist
11-04-2007, 06:33 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2299/1852723472_0ade3c7ef0.jpg



That pic sold the game for me. That's like I imagine huge alien planets. I love it, exploration of unknown planets.

Revan654
11-06-2007, 03:14 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



New and finale Preview should be going up soon. Not sure when this Embargo ends.



One new bit of info is. Your Mess Effect 1 character can be carried over to Mass Effect 2 and will remain at Level 50 if you were at level 50.

surrealist
11-06-2007, 03:33 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">One new bit of info is. Your Mess Effect 1 character can be carried over to Mass Effect 2 and will remain at Level 50 if you were at level 50.</div>
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Hey, now that would be awesome!:D

xenos
11-07-2007, 09:45 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



more impressions from Che:


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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">1). Story/characters -- both of these play into each other and combined makes Mass Effect one of the most immersive RPGs ever made -- and think about it, RPGs are many things but they're not typically "immersive" like an action shooter. The characters are quite memorable, especially your own party, who do offer up exchanges with each other at random moments, but mostly when you're in elevators for some reason. But when it happens, it's pure gold.



I'm at the 23 or so hour mark and I'm still pretty obsessed. The story is very well done, although there is the occasional melodrama that doesn't quite click (actually, I'm only really referring to one scene in particular that was like suddenly seeing B movie quality acting and lamenting in what's been so far a triple-A experience -- I dunno, some of you may not have a problem with it).



There is so much rich characterization and dialogue and exposition in this game. Bioware is really not afraid of giving you a ton of backstory (all of it is optional, and if you do explore the satisfyingly meaty dialogue trees, you gain a small amount of XP as incentive) to a very interesting universe. There is so much I could say here, but it's hard without giving up some spoilers so I'll refrain.



2). Graphics and ambience (including soundtrack) -- The graphics continue to be ****ing insanely next-gen, despite occasional problems with slowdown and tearing, something Gears of War didn't really have much of a problem with if memory serves correct.



One thing to note is that I am playing Mass Effect off a "green disc", which is a pre-retail DVD that is sent to journalists. Green discs load much slower than retail discs and they have contributed to some of the jerkiness I've experienced. We ran into the same problem with the greens we sent out for Forza 2 as well, to the point where we actually considered sending them discs they can install to their debug HDDs.



Anyway, the game is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and like I said in my earlier posts, you really can't do the sort of ambitious space opera type of scripts (where you're staring at character's faces all day while they emote) without really good graphics that can express subtle emotion.



Another really nice thing about Mass Effect, and still amazing to me when I think about it is the fact that all of you will have a vastly different image of the game in your mind, simply based on your custom avatar charater's face. You do spend a lot of time staring at it, so my advice is to create a face you really like and one that you would like to see in an epic sci-fi movie or serial.



Personally, I really like my character Mako and when I think Mass Effect, I see Mako's face in my mind, much like others would see Master Chief or Sam Fischer's face in their mind when they think Halo 3 and Splinter Cell.



It's too bad the cover art for Mass Effect is so generic in terms of the leading character. He's just such a square-jawed Biff-type. In reality, the game, both visually and narratively, allows you so much leeway for customization, it makes the cover sleeve a little misleading. In fact, when I saw it earlier in this thread, it was almost jarring for me because that's not the Mass Effect I'm currently experiencing.



3). Combat System -- This aspect of the game will definitely be the most controversial. To put it in very rough terms, the action-oriented combat system in Mass Effect (and yes, it's very fast, very chaotic, and sometimes very unforgiving) is more fun, and works better than say, the melee (or ranged) combat system of Oblivion.



Strip away the stats and powers and modifiers and you've got a 3rd person shooter a la GRAW and it's pretty fun. Add in all the customization you can do and the character stats/evolution and party management/pausing action and you've got a pretty unique marriage of KOTOR and something like Gears of War (it's pretty obvious Bioware played a ton of Gears).



Right now, I'm playing a soldier class, and since I did quite a lot of "grinding" (i.e., random exploration of planets and leveling up by finding loot or killing enemies), my character is pretty handy with guns, allowing me to engage combat more like a straight shooter affair (take cover, pop out, fire off a volley, throw grenades). Meanwhile, I've got 2 "biotic" experts who use decent pistols but they're deadly with all these crazy powers. As soon as we get into a skirmish, these biotic guys are lifting fools and throwing them across the room and casting gravitational blackholes, etc. Anyway, the combo works.



There are two negatives about combat so far -- one of them you can workaround and the other doesn't happen that often but it's definitely noticeable.



First of all, since there's really no slowing down time or anything, combat is fast and furious and you will die often if you get gangbanged from all sides while your shields are down. This isn't that big a deal since, like a good shooter, every time you reload the game, the action happens differently and you learn various tactics depending on the layout of the room/environs to not get caught with your pants down again. The important thing to do is to save often -- as often as you would in any PC shooter or RPG. The other more annoying aspect of combat is the occasional framerate chug when the action gets insane, like there are 8-10 guys shooting you in the room, and your biotic characters are lifting enemies and furniture and all sorts of crap into the air with these crazy plasma effects AND you're firing like crazy, trying to survive. If you're a framerate whore, consider this your warning.



Anyway, I'm going to get back to the game now. It says volumes about the game at 23 hours in when I've got an unopened copy of COD4 on my desk and have no real desire to turn off Mass Effect.</div>
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Fallout
11-07-2007, 10:14 AM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



Game gasims

Revan654
11-07-2007, 10:12 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread


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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">In Mass Effect, the choices you're faced with don't necessarily fall into the traditional "good" or "evil" categories. You're out to save the universe -- anything you do to that end is in some way good. However, the means you use to reach your goals can span the moral spectrum from Machiavelli to Ghandi. How you choose to behave will shape the way fellow humans and aliens look at you and open new doors as it close others. That's right, how you choose to play in Mass Effect can actually change which quests you're offered, which cutscenes you see and how you're rewarded.



Like other BioWare games, your actions will reward you with points that accumulate on a moral compass of sorts. The paragon meter fills with just and honorable actions. Renegade players will look for the easy and fast way out of any situation, regardless of how many toes get stepped on…or chopped off. Wondering which path is right for you? We've played through the first chunk of the game as both a paragon and a renegade, pushing the decisions to the limit to give you a glimpse into how each side of the coin plays.



The Renegade



Forget the notion of "Good" and "Evil" choices in an RPG. Mass Effect is actually not about choosing to save or rule the universe. You are going to save the universe, that's your mission. But you don't have to be nice about it. The Renegade may be selfish, aggressive, and often ruthless, but he (or she) is not a villain. He's just an intergalactic cop who knows the Milky Way is one effed up place and that a stern look and some hot bullets are more effective than hugs and kisses.



If you want to follow the path of the Renegade, you're going to want to focus your dialogue choices on the bottom row of the dialogue tree. It's in this low region of the tree that you get the harshest responses. Many of these choices show the Renegade as someone who has little patience for chit-chat. Often you will cut off a person's heartfelt story or at least tell them to get to the point a little faster. Sometimes, this will end your shot at a mission. There are only so many times you can tell people "I don't have time for this crap," before they take you at your word. Sometimes you will need to select the heroic choice, to say "I'll do this." But don't worry, this often opens new conversation options in which you can be snarky. And, more often than not, you will have multiple options on how you want to handle a particular quest.





In the first ten hours of Mass Effect, we witnessed a number of differences between playing as a Renegade instead of a Paragon. As the no-BS Commander Shepard, we managed to catch the eye of the Asari Consort on the Citidel. Our bad girl reputation must have carried with us, because as bonus payment for helping the consort with her problem, we got a little free nookie time. As we all know, blue chics dig the rebel loner.



One of the sidequests on the Citadel has you making a payment for an illegal package in the Lower Markets. The C-Spec officer who tasked you with this mission stated that you were just supposed to make the deal and let the bad guy go on his way. That's because there is a far bigger fish to fry and if you do anything to tip off the dealer, you'll cut off this line of the investigation. As both Paragon and Renegade you have the option to follow orders. But, if you also have the option to do your own thing here. As Paragon, you can attempt to arrest the felon. Sure, you screw up the investigation, but you can't let a bad guy get away from you. The Renegade is more direct. Save the justice system some time and paperwork and take the life of the dealer. Scumbags like him don't deserve to live. And if the Captain doesn't like it, obviously he just doesn't have the balls to do what's necessary to keep the Citadel free of villains.



If you want a good laugh, then you want to be a Renegade. Paragons are nice to everyone and want to know about people's feelings. They have no funny dialogue. The Renegade acts like an IGN editor -- he doesn't have time for anybody's crap. And he lacks the social skills necessary for playing nice. Some of the things that come out of the Renegade's mouth are hilarious. We half-expected -- after telling the Spectre council to kiss our ass -- for our Krogan companion to roll his fat neck, snap his fingers, and say, "Oh no he didn't!" But yes, yes he did.



The Paragon



A paragon is, by definition, a model of excellence or perfection. Breaking the law, even to save the righteous or punish the corrupt, is in no way acceptable. Playing as a paragon you'll have to find alternate ways to save the day. It can be tough, there's no question about it, especially with that easy way out just sitting there on the decision wheel. They say no good deed goes unpunished, but in Mass Effect the paragon is given his or her due.



The paragon makes great use of the spoken word, both directly and simply by listening. With a high level of charm, you can talk people into doing the right thing. Sometimes that means giving up without a fight. Other times it means that they give you an extra bit of information that they otherwise would keep to themselves. While the renegade likes to cut to the chase, the paragon is rewarded with a wealth of information if they're willing to listen. With Mass Effect, its worth listening. Most characters you deal with are fully realized, complete with motivations and histories. Its' up to you to learn them and quickly killing them or cutting them off won't usually get you that info.



Going a step further you can simply approach crewmates and learn more about them. A paragon is always interested in keeping his or her crew happy and that often means long talks about feelings. And that often turns sexual. Whether you're playing as a male or female Shepard, we've found that talking and listening to your allies quite regularly turns to flirtation. It also fills you in on the back story to each of your friends and crew members, all of which have a fairly extensive and interesting tale to tell. In addition to the story and the flirtation (there are romance subplots to be found), being open and accepting of your crew also rewards you with paragon and experience points.





Being a paragon isn't all lip and no action. To be certain, sometimes evil must be dealt with using force. But you won't ever find a situation where simply killing someone or some thing is the best choice. Talking to all parties to learn who is in the wrong is usually a necessity as the law must always be followed.



Now it may seem that playing as a paragon requires extra work around every turn, but we've actually found situations where taking the high road is actually the easiest option. You're approached by somewhat nefarious and dubious creatures quite often in Mass Effect. As a high profile human, many beings would rather you did their dirty work than risk their own neck. Paragons aren't above dealing with the scum of society, but they won't stoop to that level. We found several situations where we could cut short quests (and still reap rewards) or skip them entirely when we learned of the quests' illegal undertones.



Being morally just has its rewards, but it does have one massive drawback. If you're too nice to the Asari Consort, she won't make sweet love to you. Nice guys (and girls) really do finish last.





Be sure to check out Three Red Lights Podcast: Episode 14 for an hour-long discussion of Mass Effect. And keep an eye on IGN for new features and info on Mass Effect every day until the review on Monday, November 19 at 9AM PST.</div>
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-IGN

Revan654
11-07-2007, 10:14 PM
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Revan654
11-08-2007, 06:24 PM
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New Video: http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/yvideogames?cl=4896019

surrealist
11-08-2007, 06:37 PM
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Is that the famous lesbian scene? The reason why forums are calling it Mass Erect. =P~

Revan654
11-08-2007, 06:42 PM
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It seems so. I doubt they will post the sex scene since it contains nudity.

surrealist
11-08-2007, 07:15 PM
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Is it true all Bioware RPGs have lesbian characters?



KoTOR, Jade Empire etc... I can't remember. I'm told they do.

Revan654
11-08-2007, 07:15 PM
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yes, lesbian or gay relationship.

surrealist
11-08-2007, 07:25 PM
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I see.. well its nothing really new to them but it does seem with every new release they are pushing it further. Now with Mass Erect we actually have a love scene between two women.

Revan654
11-08-2007, 09:00 PM
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Revan654
11-09-2007, 12:12 AM
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Info on load times.


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-IGN



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Revan654
11-09-2007, 02:37 AM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Man, what a year’s it been for gaming, huh? The holiday season officially kicked off with the release of BioShock in September, and it’s only gotten better since then. Halo 3 blew away sales records and helped to propel the Xbox 360 back up to the top of the sales charts, while The Orange Box brought us one of the best bargains in the history of video games. Just this week we got our gun-lovin’ hands on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and the release of Assassin’s Creed is just a few short days away. All in all, not a bad few months to be a gamer! However, while all of those games are certainly excellent, this editor has been looking forward to one above all others: Mass Effect. I’m a big RPG fan, particularly those made by the fine folks at BioWare, so this has been near the top of my list of most-anticipated games ever since it was announced.



Luckily for me, I know some people who know some people who work for the celebrated developer, and I was able to get my hands on a retail copy of the game nearly two weeks before its release date. Since the game is so immense (some people are 20-plus hours in and have barely touched the main story), I figured that it might be a good idea to spend the next few weeks posting my impressions on everything from the character creation mechanic to the combat to the environments. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?



The game kicks off with a futuristic computer interface that is marked as a classified database. After logging in, you’ll be asked to reconstruct your profile. If you want to just dive right into the game, you can use the standard Commander Shepard profile. Since the dialogue refers to him by name frequently, you’ve only got the option to change his first name from John to whatever you choose. If you’d rather create your own character from scratch, you can select “New ID” to build a Custom Male or Custom Female avatar (Note: you can also use a Quick Start Male or Female character, but why would you want to do that?).



Once you choose one of the custom types, you’ll be prompted to either put in a name of your own design or stick with either John or Jane (depending on the gender, obviously). After selecting a name, you’ll be asked to reconstruct your character’s background history. The first thing you’ll need to decide on is your hero’s Pre-Service History. Everything from here on out actually affects the way NPCs view you, so it pays to think about your choices. We don’t know just how much the game will change (so far, it’s only the dialogue) depending on your choices, but we’re hoping that it will open some new paths for your hero.



First off, you’ve got to figure out where your character was born and how they came to be in the military. In the Mass Effect universe, humans who were born on Earth are viewed as less important than those who were born in amongst the stars. The “Spacer” background indicates that both your parents were in the military and you were basically the galactic version of an army brat, moving from one space station to the next. The “Colonist” version of Shepard was born on Mindoir, a small colony that was raided by slavers. After your family was slaughtered, you were saved by the Alliance and enlisted a few years later.



Rather than following either of those paths, I decided to be “Earthborn.” According to the description, I was an orphan that was raised on the streets of the megatropolises that cover Earth. Apparently Shepard ran with the wrong crowd, but he managed to escape a life of crime by signing up for the military when he turned 18. As I mentioned above, I don’t really know how this affects the story, but hopefully it makes multiple playthroughs different.



Next up is the psychological profile, in which you’ll need to decide what sort of soldier Shepard is known as throughout the Alliance. As a “Sole Survivor,” Shepard managed to survive despite being trapped and alone in a terrible situation after a botched mission. The “War Hero,” on the other hand, single-handedly saved the other members of his squad and wiped out the enemy during a battle, earning many medals and recognition from the Alliance. Finally, there’s the “Ruthless” Shepard. According to the description, he’s “been called cold, calculating, and brutal,” but always manages to get the job done. Your choice here will actually be mentioned quite a bit early in the game, as many of the NPCs mentioned my heroic deeds.



Once I was done there, I was able to choose my military specialization (more on that next week!) before heading into the “Facial Identification” stage. You’ve probably all seen the default Commander Shepard, but we doubt you’ve seen the one that looks like an crossdressing albino. Or the female one who wears far too much makeup. Or the Shepard who appears to be a cross between Hulk Hogan and Chris Rock. While the creation system isn’t as robust as the one seen in games like Tiger Woods, it’s still pretty impressive. With a little bit (OK, a lot) of work, you can create a Commander Shepard that looks sort of like you.



You’ve got the ability to change everything from the shape of your character’s face to his eye color, as well as the positioning of the elements of his face. There are plenty of hair options, too, including the ability to give him some ridiculous beards. Most of the changes are made via sliders, so there are more options for some than there are for others. Rather than giving the player the ability to just rotate his character around, the devs made it so that you can actually use the right analog stick make your hero look around, which is pretty cool. Our only qualm with the system is that you don’t know how your character will look when he or she is talking. Unfortunately, my Commander Shepard appears to be quite drunk. Although he speaks normally, his mouth movements and facial animations are a bit off.



Well, that’s about it for the first, um, 10 minutes of this 20+ hour game, but be sure to check back next week for daily updates on everything from the combat to the specialization classes!</div>
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-TXB

Raz
11-09-2007, 05:46 AM
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I don't think it is, because the Asari isn't Liara and as far as we know you can also "romance" her and as she's part of the main group I'd imagine that they'd focus on that even more. Which is cool. :) heh.

Revan654
11-09-2007, 01:43 PM
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Revan654
11-09-2007, 07:58 PM
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Street Date Broken



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Revan654
11-09-2007, 08:35 PM
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Hotapplepie
11-09-2007, 11:32 PM
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Could they have gotten uglyer chicks for the lesbain scene or does it depend on ur character?

Revan654
11-09-2007, 11:45 PM
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Blue Alien is static. You character will be different. Since you create him or her.

Revan654
11-10-2007, 03:37 AM
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IGN Podcast - All About Mass Effect - http://xbox360movies.ign.com/xbox360/audio/article/833/833596/Three%20Red%20Lights%20Episode%2014.mp3

Revan654
11-10-2007, 03:50 AM
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Launch Trailer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUl30d3Kv7U

Revan654
11-10-2007, 04:18 AM
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Revan654
11-10-2007, 04:45 AM
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HD version of the Launch Trailer



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surrealist
11-10-2007, 10:37 PM
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Revan654
11-10-2007, 10:50 PM
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Thats a bold claim stating best story in any videogame ever told. Hope their right. It is BioWare after all. Just hope EA doesn't screw everything up for Mass Effect 2.



Also if anyone watched the Mass Effect Special on SpikeTV last night. They said Mass Effect 2 will import your save and story will be completely different(from other people's saves) and people will think of you different depending on what ending you got on Mass Effect 1. They went on saying how your save will change the setting and story from someone who was starting fresh.



They also said their will be a few Sex Scenes. Other ones may be a bit more naughty from the one posted on the net.



btw, why is that magazine using a screen from the 2005-2006 build?

InZaneFlea
11-10-2007, 10:58 PM
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Sometimes mags can only use certain pictures from the developer, could be one of those instances.



Either way.



:rock

surrealist
11-10-2007, 11:19 PM
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Revan654
11-10-2007, 11:23 PM
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old. needs updating. :P



Rumor: First DLC for Mass Effect will hit December 20th. Maybe something with a Holiday or Christmas theme? Maybe Ashley in a Elf Outfit =P~.joking.





As most should know more classes, planets, weapons, and missions will be added via DLC. Also their are six locked classes in the game. You must figure out on how to unlock.

surrealist
11-11-2007, 01:10 AM
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If it's anything like KoTOR I'm gonna be pretty damn addicted.

surrealist
11-11-2007, 10:41 AM
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surrealist
11-11-2007, 12:45 PM
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A full ten days before the game's official release date!



I am officially SO sick and tired of street dates. They always get broken, and I never get the game ahead of time.

Revan654
11-11-2007, 12:59 PM
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I am officially SO sick and tired of street dates. They always get broken, and I never get the game ahead of time.</div>
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Only point to street dates is to get the PR ready for the release. Other than that they should put the game out the second they get the game. I have gotten plenty of games before hand. downside is you get 50 million messages asking where you got it from and how is it.

Revan654
11-11-2007, 09:54 PM
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New Screens Posted: http://www.onthexbox.com/screenshots119.html


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Mass Effect has been leaked onto the Net. Hopefully MS will push up the release date because of this.

Revan654
11-13-2007, 02:17 AM
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Already planned to be the first in a trilogy of role-playing games, Mass Effect promises to pack one of this year's greatest storylines. It takes place as a mysterious race of machines is about to invade the galaxy, exterminating all organic life in its path. You play a veteran Marine commander, Captain Shepard, who's tasked with preserving not just humanity, but the existence of all the other alien races who call this galaxy home. Shepard is voiced by either Keith David (voice of Halo's Arbiter) or Metal Gear Solid's Jennifer Hale, depending on whether you opt to play a male or female character. Seth Green, Lance Hendriksen, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Marina Sirtis also provide voices. We'll leave you to discover the details for yourself, but let's just say that Shepard is faced with many tough choices throughout the game, which will influence both the storyline and his (or her) innate morality.



2. Become Part of the Conversation



How many times have you skipped through boring conversations in role-playing games? Mass Effect breaks new ground in gaming by actually letting you interrupt other characters mid-sentence. You don't have to read through several long-winded responses, either: just choose a general conversational tactic and Shepard will deliver an appropriate line. If you're too short with other characters, though, they'll assume you're rude and respond in kind. A revolutionary facial animation system ensures these conversations are delivered with believable expressions and body language, and the result is dialogue that flows effortlessly.

3. A Proud Past



Mass Effect's development studio, Bioware, has the kind of reputation for which an up-and-coming developer would cheerfully blow his own grandmother out of an airlock. Responsible for classic PC role-playing game like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, the Canada-based company more recently branched out into console development, producing two critically-acclaimed Xbox hits: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the Asian-themed Jade Empire. Although Mass Effect might be a new direction for the company, behind it is the experience of over a decade producing some of the gaming world's finest storylines.



4. Action-Packed Combat



No dry, boring turn-based fights are to be found in Mass Effect. Instead, there's a pacey and action-packed real-time system that owes more to Halo than to Knights of the Old Republic. For one thing, you directly control the actions of Shepard, whether he's shooting, taking cover, or using one of the game's magic-like "biotic" skills. Although you're accompanied by squadmates, you can't control them directly --just issue general orders through an interface similar to the Ghost Recon series of shooters. In other words, if you're bored with the plodding pace of traditional role-playing games, Mass Effect might be the first game to change your mind.

5. Close Encounters of the Green and Scaly Kind



Video games featuring mature content have a largely well-deserved reputation as sophomoric fantasies of shut-in males. Mass Effect, though, is one of the few that can claim to have a more sophisticated handling of grown-up themes; Shepard, in the proud tradition of Captain Kirk, has the chance to become involved with some of his or her co-adventurers on a, let's say, more than professional basis. This is familiar ground for Bioware, whose role-playing games often allow players to pursue romantic entanglements with other characters -- but Mass Effect kicks things up to a new level. While you certainly won't see anything that would be out of place in a late-night TV drama, Mass Effect is decidedly racier than typical video game fare.</div>
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-Yahoo

KrAzy Che3To
11-13-2007, 03:37 AM
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Yeah, they should just do what GOW did.. put it out when it arrives. Guaranteed on the day it's really released on (to get more copies in from what was last purchased, etc :))

Revan654
11-13-2007, 03:49 AM
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GOW - god of war had a release date. I think you Mean GeOW. joking aside. it would be a easier and better idea. Gears was a mess when it was released. Their was the whole UPS screw up for the east cost. Than certain stores not getting it until the weekend.



Gamestop HQ will be shipping it out until the 19th. Same thing with Best Buy I believe.

Fallout
11-13-2007, 08:47 AM
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I got Mass Effect this morning from a local K-Mart. I went there yesterday and was told they had it but release date is today and that I couldn't buy until today. I was gonna press the issue but dude was just to queer fo me to stomach. In any event he did keep his word and sold it to me this morning. Big ass sticker that says do not sell before 11/20/07

Hotapplepie
11-13-2007, 02:45 PM
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Yea, people have been getting them from K-marts everywhere. BTW fallout, which k-mart? (I live in charlotte also)

Revan654
11-13-2007, 03:21 PM
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The KMart that have it is limited. Midwest to West and very small on East cost. Also ToysRus broken Street date again. This is the third time or fourth time in less than fourth months.



I know my KMart don't have it yet. Since guy said your like the 4th person today to ask about it. If your east cost check ToysRus you have a better chance getting it their. Doesn't bother me waiting a bit since I just grab my friends copy if I want to play it.

Fallout
11-13-2007, 03:36 PM
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Freedom drive. Very ghetto.

Hotapplepie
11-13-2007, 08:00 PM
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Oh yea man. I try to avoid that part of town. (which is like 3/4ths of it. ;) ) Charlotte isnt the safest place to live.

Revan654
11-13-2007, 08:47 PM
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Toys R Us Online is now shipping it out if you want to order it. I'm waiting since don't want get some many games I don't know what to play. Their starting to pile up.



Backlog so far

COD4

Manhunt 2

Assassins Creed

Mass Effect

Uncharted

R&amp;C Future

surrealist
11-13-2007, 08:52 PM
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Any store's having deals?.. I may go through amazon again.



Assassin's Creed/Mass Effect combo deal would be nice for $70

Fallout
11-13-2007, 10:01 PM
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Did you get it? Hell no it isn't what's sad is I moved from DC to get way from crime:-S. What's worst then that ever since baby moms became baby moms I can't afford to live in University Area any more. What's even worst I live in west charlotte now.

Revan654
11-13-2007, 10:10 PM
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Revan654
11-14-2007, 02:58 AM
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Hotapplepie
11-14-2007, 05:39 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Did you get it? He no it isn't what's sad is I moved from DC to get way from crime:-S. What's worst then that ever since baby moms became baby moms I can't afford to live in University Area any more. What's even worst I live in west charlotte</div>
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Im holding off untill christmas. Ill rent a few games untill then to keep me busy.

Man West Charlotte. I live in the University area which isnt as high on crime, but funny story.

They built a new bank beside a bar near where I live recently and it got robbed. Then the next day my great aunt (who lives beside me becuase i dont live in a neighborhood) found a jacket on the side of the road and put it up on a tree in her yard in case someone lost it they could claim it. Then her husband checked in the pockets and they found a note in it that said "I have a gun" and it was used it the robbery! The poilice and FBI have it now. Found it funny that robbers like to ride down my road. :)

Revan654
11-14-2007, 07:03 PM
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27879

Fallout
11-14-2007, 08:32 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;88441 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Im holding off untill christmas. Ill rent a few games untill then to keep me busy.

Man West Charlotte. I live in the University area which isnt as high on crime, but funny story.

They built a new bank beside a bar near where I live recently and it got robbed. Then the next day my great aunt (who lives beside me becuase i dont live in a neighborhood) found a jacket on the side of the road and put it up on a tree in her yard in case someone lost it they could claim it. Then her husband checked in the pockets and they found a note in it that said "I have a gun" and it was used it the robbery! The poilice and FBI have it now. Found it funny that robbers like to ride down my road. :)</div>
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The Bank of America on Prosperity Church road next to the Mexican bar with geco lizard thing on it. That's a nice area.

Revan654
11-14-2007, 08:52 PM
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do all you people live in bad places or the ghetto. I guess I'm the only person that lives in Higher-Class area on these boards.

Fallout
11-15-2007, 08:53 AM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Revan654;88457 wrote:</div>
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I guess that explains the vibe you give. Sike but no really that wouldn't really suprise me about you.

chareece
11-15-2007, 09:20 AM
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can't wait till i make my girl. i wonder if i can send my daughter to her auntie's so i can play and least one day child free with the game? :-?

Hotapplepie
11-15-2007, 02:33 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Fallout;88456 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">The Bank of America on Prosperity Church road next to the Mexican bar with geco lizard thing on it. That's a nice area.</div>
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Yup thats the one. It seems they built it in like a week.

Back to mass effect though.

And Reavan, no i dont live in the ghetto, just not in the high cost area. '

MAss effect soon!

Revan654
11-16-2007, 04:08 AM
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Australia has just gotten their copies of Mass Effect. Seems it was a screw up on MS part. Was suppose to be released on the 22nd. All EB/Gamestop are now selling it legally. If you live down under you can pick up your copy today.

Revan654
11-16-2007, 04:06 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">esterday I put out a call for any and all questions you might have about Mass Effect. I didn't expect much of a response, just some random point of clarification and the such. Instead, the comments were flooded with questions and I received quite a few emails as well. I did my best to answer questions on every topic that was asked, so hit the jump for the full (and fairly long) FAQ.



They talk about, "Characters" alot, do we have to be a specific character and then get to choose our party members? Or do we get to choose who our main character is?



- You design your first character. Then you meet preset NPCs with tweakable stats along the way.



What do the tech abilities, eg Electronics and Decryption actually do, and are they really that useful.



- They have dual functions, granting you attacks and access to lockers with powerups and stuff. Yeah, they're good. Think knocking down shields, unlocking the ability to take over robots, etc.



If you've completed it, how long is it REALLY? I've heard about 6 hours for the main story and a total of 25 or so if all the sidequests are done.



- I'm at 13 logged hours (but with a few major death streaks, I've probably put in far more. I haven't finished it and I don't see an end in sight. But then again, I've been doing side quests, too.



...about how much does the game make you shoot things?



- A lot.



How is the combat really?



- When you walk into a smaller area with a few enemies, the game excels. You can shoot in real time, pause and cast your teammate abilities, etc. But when you are in a large room with lots of enemies, it can get chaotic...maybe even overwhelming for the mechanics. And freezing the action to cast, zooming with a weapon, assigning NPCs to get out of the way of the freakin' guns already and healing can become a juggling act. There are moments when the combat seems brilliant, but quite a few when I'm left unfulfilled.



Do the on-screen controls/options get annoying during fight sequences? Does it in any way slow down the pacing of the game?



- Sometimes, as it slows down the pace a ton. Battles easily quadruple in length when you are controlling three characters worth of spells/special abilities.



What's the ratio of actual gameplay to dicking around with the cutscenes/dialogue tree part of the game?



- In Mass Effect, the dialog is so good (be it the writing, the interface or the voice acting) that talking really doesn't feel like a chore as it does in other RPGs. I don't know a ratio only because travel is included too, but maybe 1/3 talking 1/3 fighting 1/3 exploring...just off the top of my head.



I would like you to address if it has similarities to the mechanics of deus ex. I enjoyed the skills system, the multiple ways of going through areas, and the consequences for what I do or do not do.



- Wow, it's been a while so the skill tree isn't so clear in my head...but no, it's not like Deus Ex which offers 4 different ways to infiltrate a building through different skill sets.



I know it is a combination of the two, but what would you say Mass Effect is more similar to, KOTOR or Gears of War?



- KOTOR.



Why is the loading and framerate shitty at times and fine others?



- In terms of frame rates, the game is clearly pushing the limits of the platform. Though, without starting a flame war, I will say that I'd be interested to see the title on a bigger disc and some content loaded to the hard drive. The DVD is spinning nonstop.



Are there any early-game decisions that you look back on and wish you did differently?



- Picking a class with ranged weapons would have been a good idea. Also, in Mass Effect you can pick your character's background story and starting "lot in life," for the lack of a better term. It's information that returns frequently in dialog sequences, and offers a fun aspect of replayability.



Would a core model work or does it require an HDD?



- All I saw on the box is the requirement for 4MB of saving space, and I've heard nothing different. As I said earlier, I kinda wish it made more use of the hard drive...screw you, Arcade owners (sorry).



Is mass effect worth getting a 360 for?



- Seriously, this was asked like 5 times. Has nothing in the 360's library looked interesting at all, and then Mass Effect was announced, and you were like, "OK, maybe I'll buy the console and load up the one game...and then I'll box it back up and put it in my closet for eternity"?



On the whole, is it more FPS than RPG?



- (It's technically a third person shooter). But it's a mix. I actually think combat plays a lot like Bioware's Balder's Gate with a different perspective and some real time shooting. Make sense?



How's the female lead's voice acting?



- It's fantastic. All the voice acting is absolute top notch.



They talked a lot about the fact that you can visit all the planets in the galaxy. How true is this? Are 9 out of 10 of the planets only scanable and useless?



- You can't visit nearly every planet, but there are quests just for scanning the ones you cannot visit, so that takes a bit of the sting away.



Is there a specific way to play this game or can you approach it Oblivion style (where you essentially have multiple threads going at once) without ruining or even breaking the narrative flow?



- Yeah, it's very similar to Oblivion with well-planned side quests, but with space travel, ME certainly feels more mission-centric (which isn't a bad thing).



I'm a big fan of the more old-school Star Trek, where they were more about allegory than action. As a fan, I think Star Trek would make a great platform for allegorical gaming -- games that force you to interact with relevant, controversial issues...So, would you say that Mass Effect is the kind of game that uses sci-fi as a platform for allegorical commentary?



- Yeah, any time you put 5 different species of aliens in a room you're gonna explore a lot of the same themes.



OK, that was about all of them. I'm beat. As for my general impressions of the game, it's the most I've been pulled in to an RPG in a long time. From what I've played, it looks like Bioware has managed to create one of the most cinematic games of all time without forcing the player to watch some long CG movie—allowing players to identify with the protagonist in a very refreshing and fulfilling way, even in the midst of trademark/clich

Hotapplepie
11-16-2007, 04:30 PM
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So how are you liking it fallout?

Fallout
11-16-2007, 05:17 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">Hotapplepie;88549 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">So how are you liking it fallout?</div>
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Oh sorry. I've been enjoying it thus far. There is a section where you have a cutscene and a semi-tough battle follows. I died several times and was highly annoyed that I had a 3-4min cut scene I had to go through each time.



Graphics are lovely. The battles can get chaotic but I'm beginning to grasp somethings much better. I've spent about 13hrs so far and I haven't really touched the main mission much.

Hotapplepie
11-16-2007, 05:55 PM
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Nice. Im gonna get some money soon so i dont know if i should buy it or wait another MONTH for christmas

Revan654
11-16-2007, 06:12 PM
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If you have some games to keep you busy hold off until Christmas. If not get it on Tuesday. My problem now is I have to many games and not enough time to play them all. Uncharted today, Mass Effect on Tuesday. Still haven't even touch COD4, Manhunt 2, and R&amp;C Future. Plus I still have a few XBLA titles I need to finish.

Hotapplepie
11-16-2007, 08:23 PM
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well i only rented COD4, i beat everything on orange box, and all i have been playing is oblivion, but i might rent Assassins creed next week

surrealist
11-17-2007, 11:20 AM
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Just ordered Mass Effect from newegg for $53 with free 3 day shipping :)

mvdolluhs
11-17-2007, 02:05 PM
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Almost got it last night. Found it out at Circuit City. I took it up to buy and the girl really didnt know what was up and didnt notice the sticker on top to not sell til the 20th. I made small talk to distract her but the computer ran it and said not to sell it and the dude who heard me playin dumb jumped in and said no.



Almost...



I can wait til next week though, Assassin's Creed is badass and I got it for $40 with a Fry's Price Match.

chareece
11-19-2007, 09:11 AM
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teamxbox gave mass effect a 9.6. (http://reviews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1437/Mass-Effect/p1/).

Revan654
11-19-2007, 12:10 PM
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27704



Ign - 9.4

Revan654
11-19-2007, 10:30 PM
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GameSpot - 8.5



The Good



* Powerful storyline draws you into a tense, politically charged universe

* Dialogue options will keep you constantly engaged in your missions

* Great visuals and superb voice acting

* Biotic powers are fun to pull off in battle.



The Bad



* Vehicle navigation and combat are weak

* A bunch of annoying interface issues.





It seems GameSpot loves Assassins Creed and Super Mario Galaxy better than Mass Effect.

Fallout
11-19-2007, 10:54 PM
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I'm feeling Assassin's Creed over Mass Effect right about now too.

Chief Ediri
11-20-2007, 04:26 AM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chareece;88618 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">teamxbox gave mass effect a 9.6. (http://reviews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1437/Mass-Effect/p1/).</div>
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It is weird it gets a high score for being a very buggy game.



Plus would the loading be the same as KOTOR as once you enter a new area, it loads with info on the bottom of the screen.

chareece
11-20-2007, 08:36 AM
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i actually like the little tidbits at the bottom of the loading screems in KoTOR. they gave back story to the game.



so who is picking this up today or like me getting it this weekend?

Ricker
11-20-2007, 08:53 AM
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I could of bought the game last Friday but it was the french version only...usually this doesn't bother me but for this game i would rather hear the voice acting from the original english actors,since some are real professional(like Marina Sirtis) so i waited...today i'll go shop around and hopefully big places like Best Buy or FutureShop have copies in English as well.

Fallout
11-20-2007, 09:04 AM
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Maybe it's too early but my squad is really pathetic. They die too quickly. I believe mainly because I can't control them the way I want. Unlike KOTOR there is no queing what you want them to do. As for the story there is some wtf moments when you choose Renegade. Shepard does some straight up gangsta sh!t for real.

Chief Ediri
11-20-2007, 11:57 AM
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I won't buy until the next 2 or 3 weeks.



Low on money.

chareece
11-20-2007, 12:29 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chareece;88631 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">so who is picking this up today or like me getting it this weekend?</div>
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ok i lied. got it today. don't know how i'm going to start my baking and play this game.

chareece
11-20-2007, 01:47 PM
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i love this game.

Revan654
11-20-2007, 05:07 PM
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great game so far. Only problem is texture pop-ins from time to time. BioShock also had this problem.

chareece
11-20-2007, 05:19 PM
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Revan, whats your class? i'm a sentinel.

Revan654
11-20-2007, 06:50 PM
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I was going to be a solider. I went with Vanguard wanted to mess around with the bionic powers. Also going crank up the difficult. It way to easy right now.



Think I'm going to start over from the start. Was in a bit of a rush when I started a the game.



Reminder SCiFi channel special Tonight. Special Might land on XBL Market tomorrow or the following days in HD. You can check out a quick preview on XBL Market now.



More videos have been uploaded to XBL Market. Most have seen all the videos.





btw anyone know who does Ashley's Voice? She sounds like Mila Kunis.

chareece
11-20-2007, 07:42 PM
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the book says Kimberly Brooks does the voice of Ashley. but my man Keith David does Anderson.

Revan654
11-20-2007, 08:01 PM
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messed around with creation. Not very deep in my opinion. Most of them look very boring.

chareece
11-20-2007, 08:48 PM
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i do like that the scar that you can put across the face. my character has one.

Hotapplepie
11-20-2007, 09:01 PM
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how about some pics of ur characters?

chareece
11-20-2007, 09:10 PM
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i'll have to post a pic later on tonight. i'm baking right now.



question: how do you change your party members? the screen popped up after i got new members but i couldn't find it on my own.

Revan654
11-20-2007, 09:11 PM
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way ahead of you. As soon as this show is over I'll post some.

Revan654
11-20-2007, 11:54 PM
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Here are some Pics, not the best quality.



http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/397/0000584tp2.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/1573/0000588hc0.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9526/0000590vz7.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/2848/0000591qz8.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5917/0000592xc2.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/174/0000593jf1.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6819/0000600ju5.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/8751/0000601jf3.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5913/0000602dj6.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5316/0000577wm4.jpg

chareece
11-21-2007, 12:52 AM
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ok i've run into a problem. the game is crashing on me. i keep getting disc read errors. it happens every time i go into the citadel. the disc doesn't seem to be dirty. plus i even switched system. i had started playing it on my pro but then i started getting the errors, so i tried it out on the elite. same thing. tried loading an earlier save but as soon as i walked into the citadel it crashes. i'm only four hours into the game so if i have to start over, its ok just wanted that to be a last resort. any ideas?

Revan654
11-21-2007, 02:47 AM
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No I haven't seen this problem. Was this before or after you talked to the council.

chareece
11-21-2007, 08:59 AM
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i'm going to talk to the council the second time after i've gotten the evidence (sp?) and i'm suppose to go back to the council to hear the verdict. i've also completed some of the side missions, if that helps.

Fallout
11-21-2007, 09:40 AM
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I haven't had that prob either. Why am I not feelng this game? Makes me feel left out. Is it me or all the weapons(i mean next levels) look the same. Same with armor except coloring that is? Planet exploration is boring as well and the "dugeons" you find are weak. I know I like Two Worlds but not feeling this. Strange? I think so.

surrealist
11-21-2007, 09:43 AM
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Since spoilers were being posted I've stayed away from this thread... but I should be getting Mass Effect today. Will post impression then..

chareece
11-21-2007, 10:18 AM
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ok i started a new game just to see what would happen and the same thing happens. this time not even ten minutes into the game. i think i'm just going to return the game and start all over. i'm so pissed right now.

surrealist
11-21-2007, 10:21 AM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chareece;88688 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">ok i started a new game just to see what would happen and the same thing happens. this time not even ten minutes into the game. i think i'm just going to return the game and start all over. i'm so pissed right now.</div>
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I did a little research and found that you're not the only one experiencing crashes..



From what I remember of KoTOR... if you do something out of order it will cause a crash.. nevertheless Bioware console games are known for there bugs and greatness.

chareece
11-21-2007, 10:28 AM
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in a way this doesnt' really surprise me. back when i was playing KoTOR the game would freeze right at the part where you find out who you really are on the Ebon Hawk. my girl would just look at Carth and nod her head but nothing else would happen. so i dont know why i didnt expect something like this.

surrealist
11-21-2007, 10:45 AM
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Have you tried clearing your cache and then starting a new game?



If that doesn't work it must be the disc.



second thought.. probably not a good idea. You will lose ALL updates and game fixes.

chareece
11-21-2007, 11:20 AM
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yea but the game didn't play on both of my 360's, so does that mean i would have to clear the cache on both systems? i can belive it happen on one but not two. and plus every other game plays fine my systems.

surrealist
11-21-2007, 12:10 PM
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Ruling out everything else leaves defective disc.

chareece
11-21-2007, 12:49 PM
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true. i'll take it back this weekend. i don't have time right now. but man, this game is so sweet. i guess i'll go back and get hook on oblivion again.

Revan654
11-21-2007, 02:20 PM
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try cleaning the catch and see if that helps.

Revan654
11-21-2007, 02:59 PM
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CutScene from the Game. Capped by me.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvtqYHNSQF0



or



http://onthexbox.com/video119.html

surrealist
11-21-2007, 05:17 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">ok i lied. got it today. don't know how i'm going to start my baking and play this game.</div>
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I have it! playing now :)

surrealist
11-21-2007, 09:10 PM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">surrealist;88676 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">Since spoilers were being posted I've stayed away from this thread... but I should be getting Mass Effect today. Will post impression then..</div>
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This game is awesome so far - I like it a lot better than KOTOR or *cough* Jade Empire. The dialogue is a lot more seamless and it's amazing how much time they put into the voice acting and facial animations.



I spent about 5-10 minuts on customizing my character and then the story got rolling and I made it down to Eden. Graphics are nice for this kind of game, I messed around with the filter effect but I think I'll keep it for now. The combat has a cover system but so far it's pretty straightforward I guess until I get my other powers.



I think the story is pretty good, I figure if you like sci-fi you'll eat it up.



Another AAA 360 title - seems so http://www.onthexbox.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Revan654
11-21-2007, 09:42 PM
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Run down so far



- Combat is kind of disappointing.

- Theirs allot of Frame Rate Drops, glitches, Bugs. Been times I can't get pass a door.

- Allot of Texture Pop-Ins

- Limited Creation menu for your main character.

- get your entire party way to early in the game. I liked KOTOR where it be a few planets before you get a new Member.

- Item menu is not that great.

- Wish you could pause action and plan out your attack. I know they were going for a more of a non-Stop action game.

- Game is to easy on the lower difficulties.

- Good voice acting on most characters.(except Ashley's voice. It annoys me)

- Allot of variety in what you hear.

- Team AI is very impressive and Smart. They will not go running in to get shot.

- Great graphics for the scale of the game

- Story is decent so far. Hopefully some good moments will be coming up.

- Allot of Side question. Some can't be finished on that planet your on until you wish another planet to get more info on it.

- As you unlock achievements. you also unlock special perks in the game.(If you want a Level 51 to 60 Character you need to unlock a certain Achievement.)

- Lip syncing in on par with the voices.

- So much dialog. I swear I was talking to someone for 25 minutes.

- Better than Jade Empire. KOTOR is still better in my eyes.

-Allot of Hollywood moments.



GOTY? not sure just yet.

Revan654
11-22-2007, 12:51 AM
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Speech CutScene



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RACqaj-hVvo



or



http://onthexbox.com/video119.html

Revan654
11-22-2007, 01:01 AM
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tip. Take the elevator as much as possible you will get sidemissions this way.



Follow up on any leads you hear from talking with other character. Not all the leads will be posted in your logs.



when you get the scanning sidemission. Complete it before talking to anyone in C-Sec. Certain people will end that sidemission and you can not finish it if you are playing the paragon.



best comment in Mass Effect so far. They have Flashlight Heads. Ashley talking about the Geth.

Revan654
11-22-2007, 03:20 AM
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This game needs a patch soon. Running into problems. I go into the locker for my Squad game is still running I just can't exit the screen. Press start the menu does come up than screen gets all screwy.

chareece
11-23-2007, 08:56 AM
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got another copy last night. loaded up my save from the first game and it worked fine.



i've gotten all of my party members but i dont really know who i want in my party. i like ashely cause she straight miltary but having trouble decieding who the other person should be.

Chief Ediri
11-23-2007, 10:46 AM
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I need money fast.

surrealist
11-23-2007, 11:29 AM
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<div class="bbcode_quote_head">chareece;88781 wrote:</div>
<div class="bbcode_quote_body">got another copy last night. loaded up my save from the first game and it worked fine.</div>
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Lucky you. ;))




<div class="bbcode_quote">
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">i've gotten all of my party members but i dont really know who i want in my party. i like ashely cause she straight miltary but having trouble decieding who the other person should be.</div>
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I like to see the character you made.. lets see a pic.

chareece
11-23-2007, 12:13 PM
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my girl looks like a total bitch. and i like it. :rock i'll post a pic when i finish working.

surrealist
11-23-2007, 12:31 PM
Re: The Official Mass Effect Thread



My character is female... I rarely choose a guy if I have that option. I don't care to watch a guys ass for extended periods of time.



What's your character name?