Mass Effect 3

PC, XB360, PS3, WIIU / RPG / Release: Mar 6, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Minecraft kicks off DLC 'Mash-ups' with Mass Effect

Minecraft kicks off DLC 'Mash-ups' with Mass Effect

We all knew Minecraft was pretty dang big, but when EA teams up to release stuff for your game, that's something else. A smattering of Mass Effect-themed DLC is coming to the dig 'em up's Xbox 360 edition this week, including skins of Mass Effect characters and a high-tech texture set. It's the first of a planned series of "Mash-ups" with other video games.

Watch: Infiltrating ME3's Mars facility »

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Producer Avi Arad outlines Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect movies

Producer Avi Arad outlines Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect movies

Film producer Avi Arad, most known for a slate of successful Marvel comic movies like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers, seems serious about video game flicks. He's spinning plates for movies based on the Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect universes, and recently shared some insight about when to expect them and what he sees as the central stories in each.

Read more: Metal Gear at least three years away »

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Mass Effect's abandoned 'cyclical' ending

Mass Effect's abandoned 'cyclical' ending

Mass Effect 3's ending has been hotly debated among fans. Many were simply disappointed. Others cling onto the (admittedly compelling) indoctrination theory. It's clear that many ideas were tossed around at BioWare--and even the original game's writer had his own ideas.

Yet another possible end for Shepard has surfaced through Matt Rhodes, concept artist on the series.

Read more: Reaper technology and The End »

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Original Mass Effect writer on ending that could have been

Original Mass Effect writer on ending that could have been

The controversy over Mass Effect 3's ending has come and gone, and BioWare has learned a few valuable lessons. Still, it's hard not to wonder what would have happened if former lead writer Drew Karpyshyn had seen his ideas through to the end, and luckily he's shared those details.

Read more: Some ideas were 'a little bit wacky' »

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Garrus's C-Sec days and BioWare's other Mass Effect spin-off dreams

Garrus's C-Sec days and BioWare's other Mass Effect spin-off dreams

BioWare still isn't ready to reveal what the mysterious new Mass Effect game is, who it'll star, when it's set, or any of that, but has chatted a little about possible spin-offs. It did cram the fictional world full of an awful lot of detail, after all. Sadly, the mere fact that PR didn't forbid people from musing about their fanciful ideas means that no, we probably shan't get to play a private investigator on the Citadel.

Read more: Nor will we see Garrus in C-Sec »

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The 'huge cost' of non-humanoid aliens in Mass Effect

The 'huge cost' of non-humanoid aliens in Mass Effect

They may have blue skin or scales, but many of the alien species in Mass Effect are essentially humans with a palette swap. Apparently, BioWare considered having a non-humanoid squadmate join Shepard, but discovered that it would have taken away from the rest of the game.

"All party members needed to use a humanoid skeleton," BioWare's Dusty Everman said. "If we'd ever tried to use a non-humanoid, the cost would have been huge. Instead, we took all the development effort that we could have put towards an odd squad mate and made a larger, more polished game."

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Mass Effect 3 lessons 'will be built into our future games'

Mass Effect 3 lessons 'will be built into our future games'

At this time last year, Mass Effect 3 was still overshadowed by the backlash to its ending, with the Extended Cut announced but not yet available. A year removed, BioWare says it has learned some hard lessons from that, and doesn't intend to repeat them in future games.

Read more: 'A bitter-sweet ending is much easier to watch in a movie' »

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Next Mass Effect absorbs Kingdoms of Amalur talent

Next Mass Effect absorbs Kingdoms of Amalur talent

Big Huge Games hasn't been able to catch a break. After the studio was shuttered due to the collapse of 38 Studios, many members of that team moved onto Impossible Studios--which was closed after Infinity Blade: Dungeons was put on hold. Members for that team are now making their way to BioWare Montreal, to work on the next Mass Effect game.

Read more: New 'leads' for next ME »

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BioWare soliciting Mass Effect 3 multiplayer feedback

BioWare soliciting Mass Effect 3 multiplayer feedback

Mass Effect 3's multiplayer was a bit of a surprise after two purely single-player RPGs, but fans and BioWare seemed happy with the results. As the company prepares whatever is coming next in the Mass Effect universe, it's soliciting feedback regarding the Firebase multiplayer maps.

Read more: Detailed questions on difficulty, layout, and more »

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Mass Effect 3: Citadel soundtrack released for free

Mass Effect 3: Citadel soundtrack released for free

"Citadel" is a send-off for Commander Shepard and her crew. The final DLC for Mass Effect 3 "offers an entirely different kind of closure for the trilogy" and, according to our review, is a "wholly welcome farewell" for the franchise.

While the DLC isn't free (it costs $15), BioWare is still giving away a gratis gift to fans. The "Citadel" soundtrack is free to download, including twenty new tracks for fans to listen to.

Read more: How to download »

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Field Report: Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC

Field Report: Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC

Field Reports provide our first-hand experience with the latest games and expansion packs.


The past year's been tumultuous for Commander Shepard and the crew of the SR2 Normandy. With this last Mass Effect 3 downloadable content pack, "Citadel," the current Mass Effect saga comes to a close, giving the heroes we've grown to love some much deserved rest and relaxation. Like the add-on missions before it, Citadel takes place an undefined time before the assault on The Illusive Man's base. The key difference between this mission and the preceding add-on packs is it doesn't feel at all like something left on the cutting room floor, it's miles above Mass Effect 2's lauded "Lair of the Shadow Broker" and every other piece of downloadable content released before it.

Read more: A suitable farewell »

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Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC split on Xbox 360

Mass Effect 3 'Citadel' DLC split on Xbox 360

We had heard that Mass Effect 3's final piece of downloadable content, the single-player mission called Citadel, was a large undertaking. But just how large wasn't clear until recently, when BioWare revealed that the content had been split into two parts on Xbox 360 due to size restrictions.

Read more: First pack $14.99, second one free »

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Mass Effect 3 Reckoning multiplayer DLC detailed

Mass Effect 3 Reckoning multiplayer DLC detailed

The last multiplayer DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, entitled Reckoning, is coming out tomorrow. To add a bit of hype before its release, developer BioWare livestreamed the pack, showing most of what will be included in the free upgrade, including a playable Collector.

Read more: Six characters, seven weapons »

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Mass Effect 3 DLC packs Citadel, Reckoning coming

Mass Effect 3 DLC packs Citadel, Reckoning coming

Players who aren't ready to stop adventuring with Commander Shepard and his Mass Effect 3 team will get one final chance to tag along with the interstellar hero. BioWare has announced the final two DLC packs for the game, Citadel and Reckoning.

Read more: Reckoning coming first on February 26 »

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Report: Mass Effect 3 'Reckoning' DLC details leaked

Report: Mass Effect 3 'Reckoning' DLC details leaked

BioWare is revving up the engines for its next bit of Mass Effect 3 downloadable content, having recently teased it with a pair of screenshots. A title update has now reportedly leaked some more details, including an intriguing multiplayer mode that brings in progress from the single-player campaign.

Read more: Multiplayer brings in paragon/renegade values, game progress »

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