Weekend Confirmed 104 - Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3, GDC remainders

By Garnett Lee, Mar 16, 2012 11:00am PDT

Mass Effect 3 tops everyone's list. There's no way the Weekend Confirmed crew couldn't talk about it, but there are no spoilers... hell, Cannata's not even finished with it yet and we wouldn't want to do that to him. It's no secret, though, that the game's ending has rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way. What we want from game endings and the difficulties faced in putting a conclusion on a story we've invested so many hours offers a lot to consider. We also take a first look at some of our impressions from the game being careful to not give anything story-related away. Other things are happening as well. There's the Diablo 3 release date announcement, finally, and we've got a bunch of stuff left over from GDC last week as well. It's a non-stop ride to Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 104: 03/16/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:30 – 00:27:07

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:27:42 – 00:57:22

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:58:15 – 01:26:09

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:27:08 – 02:00:11

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  • Let's say you were writing a book and were given the option of selling some extra, DLC chapters for 1$. Would those chapters ideally fit in the middle, before the opening, or after the finale?

    I mostly think DLC in games like ME suffer from getting stuck in the middle of a story you already paid for, which is a pretty unhappy experience for the audience.

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    • Though I agree the problem I have with a lot of the ME DLC is where it fits in the story, I think the other big problem I have with it is the type of content that's being provided. I've felt this way ever since Bioware embraced DLC, the DLC characters in those games just don't work. Either they are not developed enough, like Zaeed in ME2 or Sebastian in DAII, or they feel a little too well integrated and kind of make you feel like you're missing something from the full game if you don't have them, the problem with Javik. Even when these characters are released day one for free, it still feels really awkward. It's even worse for characters like Kasumi who was released in a very late ME2 DLC pack. I never experienced playing with her as I had already played through ME2 like 3 times before she even came out, and the fact I wasn't getting her integrated into the whole game basically talked me out of buying that piece of DLC. Including a new character didn't persuade me to be, like intended, it actually put me off.

      Honestly, for Bioware's games their DLC works best when it's complete, well developed side stories like Overlord and Lair of the Shadow Broker. None of these really are needed for the main story, but all of them give you a great feeling of expanding the universe. That's what I want. Give me a temporary squad mate at most. Full DLC characters just don't work for those games. If the current DLC rumors are true and the next ME3 DLC is going to be a side story about taking back Omega, Bioware seems to be on the right track there. Give me more of that, and less From Ashes and I think it'll be better for the game experience and will head off a lot of the bitching a DLC character causes.