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Extended Cut DLC Announced for Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

Following an outcry of fan feedback in response to Mass Effect 3's controversial, and somewhat ambiguous endings, Bioware has announced new Extended Cut downloadable content is in the works. While little specifics were given, Bioware has stated that while the new DLC will not change the conclusion of the game outright. It will, however, answer many questions that the were originally left unanswered, with the addition of new cinematics and epilogue scenes. Bioware has been listening to their fans, and has struck what they believe to be a creative balance; addressing concerns over the ending, without compromising their artistic integrity in the process.

The Extended Cut DLC will be freely available for all versions of the game sometime this summer.

Via Bioware Blog

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Star Wars: The Old Repubic Review

Star Wars: The Old Republic

The long awaited Star Wars MMO has finally been released. It is a direct sequel to the Knights of the Old Republic franchise, but the choice to make this an MMO has made it more than just a sequel, but a series of interconnected stories that make up what could be argued as multiple sequels to the game. It was an interesting move for the series, but is Star Wars The Old Republic worth the price to buy the game and pay the subscription fee to play? Another major question is will the game succeed? Or even will it go free to play like so many other MMOs this year? Read on to find out the details about the game and decide for yourself if you should make the plunge into The Old Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republc's implementation of voiced characters gives the game an advantage over other MMOs for a few reasons. The first two in the series were voiced and changing that may have made the game feel less like its predecessors. In all seriousness no one reads the quest information in other MMOs. Players just click through as fast as they can so they can continue with the grind. All but a few quests are voiced even side quests, and many of them involve moral choices that a player must make in the end or during the quest.

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Mass Effect 3 PC Specs Revealed

Mass Effect 3

Bioware released the PC requirements for Mass Effect 3 on the Bioware forums yesterday. They are listed below. In the post on the forum they also announced the release date for the upcoming demo. Bioware intends to compete with Valentines day on the release of the demo this February 14, 2012. The game is slated for release this March 6 and will be available for PC, Xbox, and PS3. Here are the specs for the PC release.

Minimum Spec:

OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7 *Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.  Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350.   Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

CPU - 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM - 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive - 1x speed

Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space

Video - 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)

Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible

DirectX - DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

Recommended Spec:

OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7

CPU - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM - 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive - 1x speed

Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space

Video - AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater

Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible

Via Bioware Forums

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Mass Effect 3: Hands/Voice On Preview

Mass Effect 3: Better With Kinect

Following the announcement that Mass Effect 3 would support voice commands via Kinect, speculation has been running rampant as to how it was going to work. Microsoft and Bioware have revealed a tantalizing glimpse as to this Kinect exclusive functionality, and we were there first hand to try it out. Last week, at a special invite only press event, Bioware showed us exactly how seamless in-game voice command can be. Although it has been announced that the game will support voice both for dialog and commands, it was the latter that Bioware chose to showcase in this demo. In the demo, Shepard is tasked with saving a certain Krogan female from an onslaught of Cerberus operatives. This combat heavy segment was an ideal scenario to try out the new voice command functionality.

Mass Effect 3

After a brief introduction by one of the on-site Bioware representatives, we were given the opportunity to try the game for ourselves. Combat mechanics are virtually identical to that of Mass Effect 2, which was to be expected, but now have the added benefit of full voice support. Just about anything that was previously assigned to a button command (with the exception of fire and reload, both of which currently are controller only) can now be accessed simply by one's voice.

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Mass Effect 3 Updates and New Trailer

Mass Effect 3

This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo gave way to several new exciting new reveals for fans of the Mass Effect franchise. Bioware detailed new Kinect functionality, a new gameplay trailer, and has now locked down a release date for Mass Effect 3. While some may be skeptical about the prospect of using Kinect in an RPG, skeptics can rest assured; the new functionality is optional, and does not entail the use of gesture based controls. Based upon the live stage demo of Mass Effect 3 that was held at EA's Game Changers event, Kinect is being leveraged primarily as a method of voice command in game. Using the device, players may complete dialog trees without the necessity of a controller, and can also dictate tactical orders to other team members.

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