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March 6th, 2012
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Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition by Electronic Arts
DescriptionGet the ultimate Mass Effect 3 experience with the N7 Collector’s Edition! This exclusive and limited package includes:Premium metal case featuring commemorative artwork of Commander Shepard. 70-page hardbound art book featuring hundreds of unique and gorgeous illustrations from the BioWare development team. Limited edition Mass Effect comic by Dark Horse Comics, complete with unique cover artwork. Join the ranks of the N7 with the premium fabric N7 patch. Exclusive 4x6 lithographic print featuring a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. A full collection of in-game content that can’t be found anywhere else!
Mass Effect 3 is a Role-playing Game (RPG) / Third-Person Shooter hybrid set in a Science Fiction universe. Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the popular Mass Effect series, and is rumored to be the final installment. In it players continue the adventures of Commander Shepard utilizing extreme character customization which is the hallmark feature of the series. Additional features include: the ability to import decisions from both of the previous games into the new game, ownership/play of previous games not required, customizable weapons, improved mobility and melee combat, many returning characters (if they were not killed off in previous imported games), an improved cover system that allows for more action, compatibility with the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 and more.
Along with the game, the Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition contains a wealth of exclusive bonus items. See the complete list below.
Join Commander Shepard in the struggle against the Reapers in the conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy.
Collector's Edition exclusive bonuses.
The Final Chapter in the Mass Effect Trilogy
Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers," has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe-to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation.
Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition for Xbox 360 Contents
Key Game Features
The clues are piling up that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will not launch in retail by the end of the year.
Speaking on Facebook's most recent quarterly earning call, the company's chief financial officer David Wehner said that it has not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus. "Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it's very early to be talking about large shipment volumes," Wehner said.
Oculus founder and inventor of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset Palmer Luckey previously said that something would have to go "horribly wrong" to prevent the device from an official launch in 2015.
However, Luckey changed his position on the matter while speaking at an SXSW 2015 panel.
"I did say that before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap and we've expanded a lot of the ambition we had around the product and what we wanted to do," Luckey said. "Us partnering with Facebook allowed us a lot of things that we wouldn't have been able to do otherwise, like hire 300 people to be working on getting the Rift out as quickly as possible at the level we want it. I can't comment on the date one way or another in either direction but I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right."
Oculus could still surprise us and announce a release date for 2015, but given these two statements, that seems less likely.
Other competitors in the VR space have more firm plans. Valve and HTC's VR headset, Vive, is set to launch this year, Sony's Project Morpheus is set to launch in the first half of next year, and you can already buy the Innovator Edition of Samsung's Gear VR (made in partnership with Oculus) at Best Buy.
The beta is now underway, and you can register for access at developer Psyonix's website. All you'll need to enter is your PlayStation Network ID, email address, and country (only North Americans can enter, unfortunately), though keep in mind that doing so doesn't guarantee you'll get in.
If you are accepted, you'll receive a code via email that allows you to download the beta and begin playing now. Servers are only online during the day--specifically, 9 AM to 9 PM PST--with the beta set to run until some point in early May, according to a PlayStation Blog post.
While offline play (including four-player split-screen) is included in the full version, the purpose of the beta is to test out matchmaking and servers, so you'll be limited to playing against other people online. There's also a limited amount of content--the extensive customization isn't in place, and there's only a single stadium.
Rocket League, despite having a much shorter name, plays a lot like its predecessor. Both games can be described simply as a game of soccer where you control a car that can jump and flip in the air. Based on what I've played so far, it's every bit as exhilarating as SARPBC, with the added benefit of being able to easily save replays of your best saves and goals, thanks to the PS4's Share button.
The full version of Rocket League is expected out this summer.
As first discovered by Digital Foundry, these versions include a "Visual FX" settings menu, as pictured below. Tweakable options include post-processing filters, lens flare, rain drops, screen dirt, bloom, and a number of other things you'd ordinarily have to accept as-is when playing on console.
In a separate menu dedicated to camera settings, there are also field-of-view settings for each of the different camera angles in the game, as well as options dictating the amount of movement that happens with the driver's helmet.
Speaking with GameSpot, creative director Andy Tudor explained why the studio went out of its way to offer these options.
"Console owners should have just as much right to tailor their game to their particular preferences as PC players," Tudor says, "whether that’s authenticity, visual options, how the camera reacts, accessibility etc.
"The racing genre is pretty mature at this point and many console racing fans are therefore eager to for this kind of additional depth, plus the racing genre is also very broad meaning this kind of personalization will allow fans of both traditional racing games on consoles and veteran PC sim racing titles to feel right at home."
Following a seemingly endless number of delays, Project Cars now has a "guaranteed" release date of May 7 on PC and May 12 on Xbox One/PS4. (In the UK, it's May 8 for all three). The Wii U version remains without a release date.
In part six, titled "Cheats, Cheating and Abusive Behaviors," developer Tripwire Interactive says it reserves the right to ban cheaters, and anyone who behaves in a way it finds detrimental to other players.
"This includes, but is not limited to, 'griefing', racist bigotry, sexism or any other forms of 'cyber bullying,'" the EULA reads. "We will also not tolerate anyone hosting servers for the game where such behaviors are continually or repeatedly allowed to take place.
"If we find you are a Cheater or Abusive, we will revoke your CD key and ban you from the KF2 servers and tell your mom! Your license will automatically terminate, without notice, and you will have no right to play KF2 or any KF2 Mods against other players or make any other use of KF2. End of story."
In short, Tripwire expects you to play nice, or else.
Some players complained that Tripwire shouldn't reserve the right to ban players for this type of behavior, but the developer explained that this decision will not effect "99.999%" of the population.
"It's there so that, if at some point in the future, some individual gets utterly out of control and is being abusive to enough thousands of people to come to our attention - we can actually take action," Tripwire said.
Killing Floor 2 hit Steam Early Access on April 21, and is slated for a final release on PC and PlayStation 4 in 2015.
The first of these is Class of Heroes 3. Originally released in 2010, this is a natural move for Gaijinworks' next game, given that it already brought the previous game in the dungeon crawler series, Class of Heroes 2, to western audiences in 2013.
Also coming to western PSPs is 2013 tactical RPG Summon Night 5 (gallery below). Considering that none of the previous games have been localized or released outside of Japan, it seems like a curious choice to jump right to the fifth game, but there is a reason for doing so.
Responding to a question on that subject, Gaijinworks founder Vic Ireland explained on the official forums that it's due to "[t]ime and code completeness. Because 5 was very recent, the code base and assets were pretty easy to collect and it's a great game that was a ground up effort. SN3 and 4 were ports, and though I would have liked to have started with 3, I'm not sure we'd have time to do 3, 4, 5 before the PSP window closes."
That may due in part to the sheer size of the game. "5, especially, is a HUGE game," Ireland said. "Like 45,000 lines of dialogue. Nuts."
In the case of both games, digital versions will be released on PSN. In addition, polls will be posted in the near future to determine interest in physical versions--something that Class of Heroes 2 received once Gaijinworks was able to ensure it had at least 2,500 people on board to order.
Physical copies--if they do end up being released--will include various physical goodies, as well as UMD and digital copies, allowing collectors to play while keeping the physical game untouched.
Pricing will be announced when the polls go up in "late May or early June." As with other PSP games, both titles will be playable on PSP, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. You can read more about the games on Gaijinworks' website.
According to a report in GameIndustry.biz, Molyneux didn't address the controversy directly at the Dubrovnik Reboot Festival, but he did talk about a problem he's had throughout his career: breaking promises.
"At that time I started making this terrible mistake," Molyneux said, speaking of the E3 he spent pitching Fable to the press. "Oh God. I feel like curling up into a ball and just withering away. The mistake I made, and I've made it again and again and again, and if I ever do this again I'll probably still make it, the mistake I made is to go and talk to the press about my current ideas. As you can see, from the iterative development side, the current idea seems like the most exciting thing ever. It seems like it will fit, but sometimes you have to throw it away."
Molyneux said his job was to get the press at E3 excited about the game, so he talked about the ideas that he would love to see in a role-playing game. For example, he said he would love it if the world was able to evolve to the point where if a player planted an acorn, it would grown into a tree over time.
"To my utter horror, that became the headline. Fable will have acorns growing trees. And of course it didn't. The result was that everybody leapt on it. People were so incensed. This is why you have to watch yourself with the press. I wasn't lying. People actually said, 'This is fraud, you should be arrested.' The same thing is happening in today's world."
22 Cans is still working on Godus, but the game's co-creator Jack Attridge, referred to as Peter Molyneux's "protege," has recently left the studio.
BuzzFeed has uploaded a video capturing the reaction of several feminists who are playing Grand Theft Auto V, which is also their first experience with a Grand Theft Auto game.
The result is pretty much what you'd expect. "If you were going through your formative years and this was your only experience with women, it would be really damaging and weird," one player said after a visit to a strip club within the game. Other players admitted they had fun despite the nature of the content, and the fact that the game lacked any strong female characters.
GTA V shipped more than 45 million copies worldwide to date, including 10 million on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game is likely to grow further still, as the PC release on April 14 quickly became the most played non-Valve game published on Steam, with more than 300,000 people playing the game simultaneously.
Garry's Mod creator Garry Newman has published a blog post in response to Valve's decision to allow developers and modders to sell their mods directly through Steam Workshop.
As a developer who got his start with a free mod which later released as a paid version, he has an interesting perspective.
"There’s a lot of craziness about paid mods, a lot of people who don’t know how they feel," Newman said. "It’s probably no big surprise that I’m all for it. I sold a mod once and everyone was angry that it was happening, until it happened and they got a much better product than they’d have gotten when it was released for free, then they seemed to calm down a bit. It has given me a career for 10 years. It’s bought me two houses, a bunch of cars. It’s created a company that has hired 30+ people."
Newman agrees that the alleged revenu share, which gives modders only a 25 percent cut on sales, is unfair, but thinks it will get better with time, and players still have other options.
He says that no one is forcing players to pay for mods they don't want, that the market will probably balance itself in terms of how much different mods will cost, and that players can always resort to pirating if they don't have the money.
"So find a way to pirate them," he said. "That’s what we all did when we were kids with no money. Valve’s job is to make it more convenient for you to not pirate stuff."
Valve's new modding program launched on Thursday only with Skyrim (other supported titles will be announced in the coming weeks), but it's already caused a great deal of controversy. Many players are saying that Valve is greedy for allowing modders to sell work that was previously free, and one mod's been removed after claims that it contained the work of another modder.
Microsoft Apologizes for Confusion Over 1080p/60fps Witcher 3 Footage on Xbox Channel: On Wednesday, Microsoft posted a new Witcher 3 gameplay video to its YouTube Xbox channel that ran at 1080p/60fps. But fans quickly pointed out that the Xbox One version of the game only supports 900p/30fps, meaning the video posted to the channel was actually from the PC version. Whoops! Microsoft later apologized, saying it never meant to misrepresent the game or cause confusion.
Xbox Sales Fall in Latest Quarter, But Minecraft and Xbox Live are Bright Spots: Microsoft reported earnings for its latest quarter on Thursday--and the Xbox news was both bad and good. On the one hand, Xbox sales fell year-over-year, while on the other, Minecraft helped first-party revenue rise and Xbox Live added more users and generated more overall revenue. Read the full report here.
The Biggest Destiny House of Wolves Changes (So Far): During a special Twitch livestream this week, Bungie shared the first details about House of Wolves, including information about one of its new social space, called The Reef. Check out this post for a rundown of all the key takeaways.
This Witcher cosplay is absolutely amazing. It really is. Well done, sir. Check out all the images on developer CD Projekt Red's Facebook page here.
A new Nancy Drew game, called Sea of Darkness, is currently in development. It's the 32nd game in the series. Yes, the 32nd! Sea of Darkness is set in Iceland when Nancy finds herself in a "brand new mystery" to solve the mystery of a mission ship captain. The game launches May 19 for PC, published by Her Interactive.
Another Evolve eSports tournament is coming. 2K, Turtle Rock, and the ESL this week announced the Proving Grounds Tournament fr Evolve. The best teams from around the world will compete over the course of three months for a prize pool of $100,000. Get all the details here.
Call of Duty fans awaiting Sunday's official Black Ops III reveal can enjoy double XP in Black Ops II all weekend long. Huzzah!
Crowdfunded documentary GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is now available on Steam or through the filmmakers'' website. The movie promises an "intimate and honest" portrayal of the indie development scene, featuring commentary from developers like John Romero (Doom, Quake), Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable), Rami Ismail (studio Vlambeer), Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest), and others.
Looking for a new game to play on the go? This week, Major League Baseball released its arcade game, RBI Baseball 15, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can buy the game today on iTunes for $5.
Big-time mobile game developer Kabam this week outlined a new business plan that will see the company re-focus its efforts on creating AAA mobile games, the likes of which can generated $1 billion per year. Read more about the "Fewer, Bigger, Bolder" plan here on Kabam's website.
Watch this new Guitar Hero Live behind-the-scenes video to hear directly from developers at FreeStyleGames about the title's new features like Guitar Hero TV and the new Guitar peripheral. Music game fans interested in the next evolution of Guitar Hero will probably want to watch this.
Not everyone is happy with the new Steam Workshop feature that lets people charge for mods. One person has now created a Change.org petition calling on Valve to remove the feature--and more than 50,000 people have signed the petition so far.
New DLC is now available for Ubisoft's racing game, The Crew. The "Raid Car Pack" and the Raid Live Update are now available on all platforms. The Raid Car Pack is the last of four themed add-ons and comes with three new cars, official liveries, and new cosmetic parts, among other things. Read more about the DLC here at Ubisoft's website.
Here's a totally bonkers story for you to think about this weekend. Kotaku UK has dug into a wild theory about the doctor from the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer. As you'll notice, the real world doctor Sergio Canavero looks just like the doctor from the game. There's lots more to the story. Read the Kotaku story to go deep into the rabbit hole.
Turtle Rock has announced the next special weekend event for monster-hunting game Evolve that pits Hyde against Wraith. If Hyde achieves a higher winning percentage until Monday, April 27, then everyone who played during the weekend will get free DLC in the form of the Hyde Predator Skin. If Wraith comes out on top, the community will take home the Wraith Voodoo Skin. Read more about it here.
Oh my word. Here's a video of Star Wars director JJ Abrams and Chewbacca doing the Twizzler challenge to raise money for Autism awareness.
Former CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem, who headed up Xbox Entertainment Studios before it closed down last year, has a new job. She's joined media company Interlude as its executive chairman and chief media officer. Read more about her new role in this New York Times story.
Geralt isn't the only playable character in CD Projekt Red's upcoming role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. There's also a woman named Ciri--and now we know more about her role in the game by way of GameSpot's new video series. Watch it below. The Ciri part is near the end.
EA Sports this week announced--and released--a free version of its console fighting game EA Sports UFC for mobile devices. The game promises "HD-quality" visuals, and more. It soft-launched in Canada, South Korea, Singapore, and Russia, and has already seen more than 2 million downloads. But it's out now worldwide for iOS and Google Play.
EA's popular free-to-play racing game Real Racing 3 has been updated to support the Apple Watch by way of a new Team Driver feature. Get all the details and download the game here.
The Evil Within's second of three planned expansions, The Consequence, launched this week for console and PC. A new trailer is also available, which you can watch here.
Check out this new video from EA and GameStop that goes behind the scenes and dives into the development of Star Wars: Battlefront. Hear directly from developers about how they worked with LucasFilm on the game and lots more. Battlefront launches November 17.
What's former Microsoft boss Phil Harrison doing now that he's left the Xbox giant? We now know. He's launched a new start-up called Alloy Platform Industries. He even teases in a new interview with GamesIndustry International that he's working with Microsoft on its secret, unannounced technology. Read more about it here in this great interview with GamesIndustry International.
According to emails leaked out of Sony Pictures, the film production giant is working with Nintendo to obtain the film rights for a Super Smash Bros. movie. Wow! Get the full story over at Ars Technica.
The next Halo 5: Guardians teaser has been posted to the Hunt the Truth viral marketing website. This one is particularly interesting, but we won't spoil why that is. Listen to the podcast here and let us know what you think.
Have a great weekend!