The final piece of Mass Effect 2 DLC has arrived, and reactions seem to be mixed. Although it may be an expertly crafted piece of mission melodrama, there are complaints of shortness; 1-hour playthroughs don't really give you much bang for your buck. There are already multiple full walkthrough videos of Arrival appearing on Youtube, clocking in at around 1.5 hours, cutscenes and all. We may have to chalk this one up to quality over quantity. Check out the trailer and the buzz after the break. Read More
Dura's Blue Flame, the last of the Dragon Age: Legends unlockables for Dragon Age 2, has been unlocked to commemorate developer Ryanth's birthday and meeting the goal of 100,000 Facebook likes. To claim your free amulet for Dragon Age 2, simply log into Dragon Age: Legends on Facebook and you'll receive a message about the unlock. The amulet's stats are: +23 Attack, +10% Fire Damage, +10% Cold Damage.
Mac Walters, Lead Writer for Mass Effect 2 and 3 and the Mass Effect/Dark Horse comics, will be taking part in a LIVE CHAT and question and answer session on Thursday March 24 at 2:00pm PDT. Mac will be talking about the final ME2 DLC Arrival, the comic books from Dark Horse, and more.
The Live Chat will be available here. Bioware has also announced that Arrival will be available for 560 MS/BW Points (that's $7 in real money).
I'm not inclined to mention every review published for Dragon Age 2 because, frankly, most reviews are vapid, couched in misconceptions, and lean towards some extreme viewpoint primarily to pander or be sensationalist. The Zero Punctuation review of Dragon Age 2 is predictably scathing (when is Ben Croshaw ever not scathing?) and unapologetically extreme, but now we can enjoy a viewpoint delivered in the way that only a fast-talking, foul-mouthed, cynical British man can narrate...and illustrate. Read More
Another week, another set of mod recommendations for Dragon Age 2! Read More
Due to technical difficulties, the chat was cut short, about 20 minutes into broadcasting. Mass Effect Lead Writer Mac Walters explained the plot of the upcoming Arrival DLC, teased about the upcoming third Mass Effect comic story arc, and answered some questions about being a writer for Electronic Arts. Video of the chat and list of questions asked after the break. Read More
This week, EA2D's Soren Johnson talks to the Jumping the Shark crew about Dragon Age: Legends, the design and development challenges of Facebook games, past and future of social gaming, and so forth. If Soren Johnson's essays on DA:L design interest you, give this podcast a listen, because he fields a lot of questions about this facebook game's design here as well.
Digital download service Impulse is offering the pc version of Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition for 50% off ($25) this weekend. (Technically, DA:O UE is $40 retail for the PC now, so that is actually only 37% off.) If you were curious about all those claims that DA:O > DA2, now's a chance to find out for yourself at a bargain price.
Dragon Age Legends, the Facebook game, was patched last night with a slew of new features and balance tweaks. Notably, if you log in anytime from March 23 to March 29, you can claim a free item, the Medieval PlumbBob, in celebration of the release of The Sims: Medieval. Other changes include the addition of Crowns to a few quest rewards, the ability to respec your character (costs 1,000 gold), and ability tweaks. Read More
The Dragon Age 2 pc digital download may have gone back up in price since the gold box promotion, but it is now a part of Amazon's $15 games credit promotion. Buy the digital download version of Dragon Age 2, which is currently discounted to $47 (22% off), and receive $15 credit towards a future game or game download purchase at Amazon.com. (If you intend to use the credit, that takes the net cost of the game down to $32.)
The recently opened IGN pc digital download store (doesn't IGN also own Direct2Drive?) has Mass Effect 2 on sale for 50% off ($10) as its Daily Deal today. However, you can also stack discount coupon code ignpcstore for an additional 20% off, yielding an even more tempting price tag of $8.