Mass Effect 3 Community Banner Contest

Here's one for your inner artist: Create a Mass Effect 3 multiplayer-challenge-themed banner to be featured in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. The top five entries, as judged by the BioWare team, will be featured in the multiplayer portion of the game. Even if you haven't participated in the multiplayer portion of Mass Effect 3 avidly, you can glean some inspiration from the comprehensive list over at the Mass Effect Wiki. Submissions will be accepted by email until February 22, 2013 at 6PM GMT. Read More

OXM’s Interview with Neil Thompson

The UK edition of the latest issue of Official XBox Magazine (Issue 95, February 2013) includes an interview with BioWare art and animation director, Neil Thompson, who sounds off about the costs behind developing for the next generation of XBox console, as well as some general (also, generic) tidbits about Mass Effect 4 and Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Read More

Mass Effect Weekend Sales (2/14-2/19)

GamersGate is offering an "up to 75%" off sale (newer titles still 50% off) on digital downloads of Mass Effect games. Origin similarly has the Mass Effect Trilogy discounted (50% off). As well, EA Mobile has dropped Mass Effect: Infiltrator pricing for the iOS by 80% (again) for Valentine's Day, but as usual, there's no love for Android owners. Discount deets after the break. Read More

Game Update 1.7: Return of the Gree (Patch Notes)

For reference whenever the official site is inaccessible, here are the patch notes for Game Update 1.7 that was deployed yesterday. No ability changes/rebalances, but the gist is:

  • New in-game event "Relics of the Gree" (Feb 12-26)
  • New gameplay system: Reputation
  • New ruleset for open world pvp zones: small team (up to 4 players) free-for-all
  • Bugfixes
  • General, PvE, and UI tweaks
  • New Cartel Market items, new Cartel Market discounts

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SWTOR Mirror Skill Translator

Sometimes I'm really bad with acronyms. Okay, maybe most of the time. Reading any in-depth SWTOR guides written by players of the faction opposite of what I was playing at the time was like trying to read a foreign language, and I had to have a reference site open in another tab just to frequently look up skill names. For that reason, I scripted this search-and-replace tool to help with the "translation" process, allowing to you input an arbitrary block of text and have all of the selected class's skill and talent names translated to its mirror faction equivalent. It even takes it a step further by adding corresponding skill tooltips for your reference. Read More

Mass Effect: Reborn Soundtrack Pre-Release

Are you in the mood for some more Mass Effect themed music? Well, Phoenix Entertainment - the minds behind Mass Effect: Reborn, the upcoming Mass Effect fan-made modification for Homeworld 2 (a strategy game) - recently released the first six tracks of the custom soundtrack by Killer Tracks + Mattia that will be featured in their mod. Read More

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Balance Changes (2/12)

BioWare deployed a new balance change for Mass Effect 3 multiplayer yesterday:

  • Biotic Charge Power
    Evolution 5 chance of not causing a cooldown increased from 33% to 50%
  • Annihilation Field Power
    Evolution 5 damage bonus increased from 50% to 65%
  • Hydraulic Joints Gear
    Melee damage bonus increased from [5%-15%] to [10%-20%]
  • Collector Sniper Rifle
    Damage increased from [68.3-85.4] to [73.0-91.3]
  • Incisor Sniper Rifle
    Damage increased from [93.3-116.6] to [98.0-122.5]

Origin “Dual-Play” for Dragon Age 2

Origin has just debuted its Mac OS client, and it includes the "dual-play" feature for select titles in its library. Dual-play titles include both Mac and Win versions of the game, so if you buy either the Mac or Win version, you get both versions. I installed the client on my macbook just to see which of my BioWare game purchases are supported. Read More

Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1 Preview

Newsarama scored an exclusive six page preview of the upcoming Dragon Age: Until We Sleep three-issue comic book arc. The tale is penned by the prolific David Gaider, lead writer for the Dragon Age games.


Allied with the world’s most feared warrior race—the qunari—the pirate Isabela, and the rogue Varric, King Alistair brings battle royale to the evil mage responsible for his father’s disappearance!

Mass Effect 3 Patch 1.05 Released

BioWare recently deployed patch 1.05 for Mass Effect 3, which fixes a couple of issues for all platforms:

  • Fixed a multiplayer issue where users could have all of their weapons use rocket ammunition.
  • Fixed an issue with high memory usage when initializing DLCs.

Your game should automatically update the next time you load it up.