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Feb 26, 2020. 8 comments

Mass Effect Returns To Minecraft Seven Years Later

Mass Effect Returns To Minecraft Seven Years Later

Minecraft players can now once again explore Mars as their favorite Mass Effect players on modern platforms.

The Mass Effect Mash-Up Pack adds 36 unique skins for characters like Commander Shepard and Garrus, as well as a bunch of custom textures, menus, and some of the best music from Mass Effect 3 because what better way to terraform your own personal world than by listening to some of the...

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Feb 24, 2020. 13 comments

Almost Nobody Played A Bad Guy In Mass Effect

Almost Nobody Played A Bad Guy In Mass Effect

One of the key appeals of playing the Mass Effect series at its time of release was the way, like BioWare’s older games, your in-game decisions and actions would propel you towards the ends of a binary good/evil scale, potentially changing the game’s story. Turns out BioWare almost needn’t have bothered, since so few players went to the dark side.

Responding to very good tweet by @Mewd462,...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 31, 2019. 12 comments

Syd Mead Has Died

Syd Mead Has Died
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Legendary concept artist and futurist Syd Mead, famous for his work on movies like Blade Runner and Tron, has died. He was 86 years old.

Mead had only announced his...

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Dec 04, 2019. 18 comments

I Love Having My Own Spaceship In Video Games (And In Real Life)

I Love Having My Own Spaceship In Video Games (And In Real Life)
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Here’s a good way to win me over in both real life and in video games: Give me a damn spaceship. If you did, you’d find that the majority of my complaints against your considerable flaws (we all have them, except Toad, who is the best) would disappear. Because I now have a spaceship, and I can...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 21, 2019. 14 comments

Video Games That Let You Travel To The Moon

Video Games That Let You Travel To The Moon

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission and the Moon landing. Five decades ago, NASA used old computers and a lot of math to send men to the moon and bring them back. In honor of this historic event, let’s take a look back at some of the best trips to the Moon featured in video games.

Mass Effect - 2007

It is odd that in a game all about exploring alien...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jul 10, 2019. 9 comments

Classic Video Game Cutscenes Look Better In HD (Sometimes)

Classic Video Game Cutscenes Look Better In HD (Sometimes)

Last week, YouTube user ClassiCinematics completed a month-long amateur remaster of all the cutscenes in Westwood Studios’ classic real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri’s Revenge. Uploading their work alongside the original cutscenes for comparison, ClassiCinematics offers yet another way to look at and appreciate older games, and how far we’ve...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 03, 2019. 24 comments

The Video Games That Made People Question Their Beliefs

The Video Games That Made People Question Their Beliefs

When Scott Udall first played Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance shortly after it came out in 2005, he was in a vulnerable spot. Udall, who grew up Mormon in Salt Lake City, Utah, was very religious, and his family were all politically active Republicans. His parents had gone through a messy divorce, and he’d lost contact with his father’s side of the family. He found solace in Path of Radiance’s...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 20, 2019. 20 comments

You Can Now Play Mass Effect 2 In First-Person

You Can Now Play Mass Effect 2 In First-Person

The Mass Effect games are third-person by design, but that hasn’t stopped LordEmil1 from creating a mod that lets PC gamers play the best of them—Mass Effect 2—from a first-person perspective.

You can’t play the whole game like this, as combat isn’t working properly due to clipping issues, but everything else, from wandering to conversations, looks fantastic.

Here’s the Normandy:

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 03, 2019.

Shepard-Commander Would Be Pleased With This Mass Effect Cosplay

Shepard-Commander Would Be Pleased With This <i>Mass Effect</i> Cosplay
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Hey, it’s Legion! Everyone cosplays as Shepard. Nobody cosplay as Legion, so nice job DashyProps.

Love the “blown open” effect on the chest that makes it look like the outfit’s empty. Love the fact the suit lights up even more.

Photo by Lark Visuals.

Photo by Ryan Daquioag.

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Apr 02, 2019. 23 comments

How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong

How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong

It wasn’t even supposed to be called Anthem. Just days before the annual E3 convention in June of 2017, when the storied studio BioWare would reveal its newest game, the plan had been to go with a different title: Beyond. They’d even printed out Beyond T-shirts for the staff.

Then, less than a week before the Los Angeles press conference held by BioWare’s parent company, Electronic Arts, word...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 10, 2018.

Terrific Femshep Cosplay

Terrific Femshep Cosplay

Freya Willia is Commander Shepard in this getup. It's not just a fantastic suit of armour, with some great detail all around, but some awesome weapons as well, including two firearms designed by Volpin Props.

If you want to learn about how much work went into something like this, Freya has a great progress log you can read here (via Fashionably Geek).

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 30, 2018. 12 comments

Replica Mass Effect Pistol Actually Folds

Replica Mass Effect Pistol Actually Folds
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Optimistic Geometry creates replica cosplay weapons that actually “work”. Not in the sense that they fire lasers, but that they’re able to mechanically slide, recoil, light up and fold, just like D.Va and Commander Shepard’s do.

Here’s his Mass Effect sidearm:

And here’s a recoiling, light-up Overwatch...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Mar 06, 2018. 24 comments

Watch Mass Effect: Andromeda's Sleek New Trailer

Watch <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i>'s Sleek New Trailer

For the past week BioWare’s been teasing new Mass Effect: Andromeda news, and today it all culminated with a rad cinematic trailer, which you can watch right here.

BioWare says that footage is all running in real-time, and the game is scheduled for “Spring 2017" on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

There still isn’t much concrete info on how Andromeda differs from its predecessors—other than...

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Patricia Hernandez Patricia Hernandez Mar 05, 2018. 24 comments

Five Minutes Of Mass Effect: Andromeda In Action

Five Minutes Of <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> In Action

We got to see a lot more of the upcoming Mass Effect game tonight at The Game Awards, and man, the Andromeda galaxy looks great.

Here’s the latest trailer, which showcases actual gameplay:

As you might already know, Andromeda takes place hundreds of years after the events of the original Mass Effect games. You play as a “Pathfinder,” that is, someone who is looks for habitable...

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Patrick Klepek Patrick Klepek Feb 27, 2018. 24 comments

Mass Effect: Andromeda Announced

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> Announced

There’s a new Mass Effect. It’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, and it’s coming “holiday 2016.”

What do we know about the game? Not much yet. Here’s the brief description BioWare’s given:

While we aren’t ready to go into too many details just yet, as you saw in the trailer and can tell by the name, this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events...

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Chris Person Chris Person Jan 31, 2018. 8 comments

Link Gets A Hole-In-One

Link Gets A Hole-In-One

Today on Highlight Reel we have flying ships, flying rocks, flying cars, and much more!

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Battlefront II - You sure do have your...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 10, 2018. 18 comments

Mass Effect: Andromeda Works Way Better As A Management Sim

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> Works Way Better As A Management Sim

Mass Effect: Andromeda was met with disappointment, and, in the worst parts of the internet, harassment campaigns. The game had Mass Effect in the title but it didn’t quite feel one. But Mass Effect: Andromeda deserves to be remembered as more than just another hyped AAA game that failed to meet fan expectations and corporate sales goals.

After almost a year of trawling through the game’s...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 07, 2018. 16 comments

Mass Effect Graphics Mod Makes Garrus' Scales Even More Detailed 

<i>Mass Effect</i> Graphics Mod Makes Garrus' Scales Even More Detailed 

2017 came and went without any word from Bioware on when and if a proper remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy will ever happen. Fortunately the first game in the series is still getting new updates via mods that add new textures and character details, including better beard hair for Joker.

MEUITM is a Mass Effect mod that was first released in 2013, several years after the game had come out....

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 29, 2017. 22 comments

2K & 4K Texture Packs Have Mass Effect Looking Sharp

2K & 4K Texture Packs Have <i>Mass Effect</i> Looking Sharp

For as long as we’ve had Mass Effect, we’ve had fans working to improve the PC versions of the series . That effort has hit a new high recently with a compilation of 4K textures for Mass Effects 2 & 3 that have them looking a bit more 2017.

Mod Makes Mass Effect on PC Look Absolutely Incredible

Mods can make Skyrim look better. They can make Grand Theft Auto look better. They can make, well,…

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Dec 15, 2017. 22 comments

BioWare Wants Mass Effect Andromeda To Recapture The First Game's Wonder

BioWare Wants <i>Mass Effect Andromeda</i> To Recapture The First Game's Wonder

BioWare is still mostly in the we’re-not-talking-about-that-yet phase of hyping next years’ Mass Effect Andromeda, but the outlines they’re sketching show a game that’s returning to the strangeness of the 2007 original.

“If you go back to the original Mass Effect, there was that sort of awe of going to a new galaxy and meeting all these aliens for the first time—new races, new cultures, new...

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