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
First update to my SWTOR Mirror Skill Translator. The most notable change is the internal addition of term matching priority, which allows more terms to be matched correctly, but the lexicon tweaks should also be a helpful addition for "translating" guides. Read More
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
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
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
- General, PvE, and UI tweaks
- New Cartel Market items, new Cartel Market discounts
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
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
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 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
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.
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.