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]

Controlz: Sniper/Gunslinger PvP

The second installment of ticktockbebop's Controlz Sniper PvP video series showcases many of the things I love about a good SWTOR PvP video. Plenty of people have compiled highlight reels of their most glorious moments playing just about any class, but very few of them actually take the time to include commentary or annotations their videos, and thus teach by example. What a regular player like me wants to see - beyond the basics of gearing, specs, and stats talk - is a solid grasp of class gameplay mechanics and objective-oriented gameplay: ideas on how to use your class effectively to win a fight or match, especially against the odds and without a pocket healer. Read More

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Mac OS X

The long-awaited Mac OS X port of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has finally gotten a release date, and it is February 22, 2013. It will initially be arriving at Beamdog, where you can already begin preloading the game, and coming soon to the Mac App Store. If you're a stickler for getting game patches as soon as they are released, history with both the Windows and iPad releases suggests that you should get the Beamdog version. There is always a delay in deploying updates through Apple's app stores due to the additional approval process. Steamplay for this title is highly unlikely right now, considering the publishing/updating situation with the current Steam version of the game, although never say never.

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 PvP Show Looking For Submissions

I noticed the other day that RendolpheGamer, who regularly posts Ranked Warzone match videos, is looking to start a PvP show on Youtube for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As someone who regularly plays ranked and unranked warzone brackets and open world PvP on multiple classes, he seems to have some insights to share about the state of the game. And with this show, he wants to feature highlights with interesting plays, instructive clips and more. Read More

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

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

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