Here’s the full trailer for the Mass Effect: Paragon Lost anime which is now scheduled to be released in the USA on November 13, 2012 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Directed by Atsushi Takeuchi, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is basically a prequel to Mass Effect 3 which focuses on squad mate, James Vega who will again be voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr.
After spending months debating the relative merits of the original Mass Effect 3 ending here we go again with Bioware’s Extended Ending DLC that supposedly attempts to directly speak to many issues that outraged fans brought to light. Let’s cut to the chase here and state the obvious question – will this new ending placate the masses of irate fans? Well, it depends.
Oh boy, here we go again. Today, Bioware announced that the long awaited extended DLC cut of the Mass Effect 3 ending will be available for download next Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in North America. Considering the game caused such a ruckus and sent this site’s hit count soaring I have no doubt this DLC is going to have a similar effect especially since it appears as if the ending isn’t really changing but rather being expanded upon.
I have always considered myself somewhat kind-hearted and willing to let organizations or people have the opportunity to redeem themselves. As my reviews of the other two Mystery Agency games have shown (A Vampire’s Kiss, Secrets of the Orient), developer DTP has not been particular adapt at creating compelling hidden object games that combine sound gameplay mechanics with a solid narrative. Based on past experience I was hesitant to buy this third installment in the franchise yet part of my sympathetic psyche won out and decided to give them another shot. It turns out I should have listened to reason and avoided it like the plague.
It’s really late in coming but as promised I finally got around to finishing the review…please be aware that the game has been out now for many months and there are spoilers in the text although I have indicated where they are in advance.
The circle is complete. Yes, rant all you want that I begin this review with a quote from good old Star Wars but hyperbole aside the final game in the Mass Effect trilogy is here and we can look back at the series in its entirety and compare it to the genre heavyweights. To be honest it has taken me a while to try and put my thoughts into words as I went through many different ideas of how to write this opening paragraph and though it might seem a bit too obvious to bring up the Star Wars comparison this early in the review it is certainly apt. Mass Effect 3 brings to conclusion almost six years of grand space opera that easily rivals anything released in the past few decades and places it right at the top of the heap with other genre heavy weights.
*Updated Aug 25 2012*
This is a guest post by Rei who is a translator/editor and software developer who loved watching his city get wrecked at the beginning of ME3. Additionally, like many fans, he played femshep because broshep’s voice was kinda dry plus he didn’t feel like watching his N7 ass for 100 hours.
The Mass Effect 3 ending has become a social phenomenon of its own category. Somewhere between the apparently low-budget ending sequence, the contrived interpretations and the misuse of charitable organizations to bring attention to the fans’ disappointment, there’s a decent ending: an ending that does for the most part make sense and could have been emotionally satisfying if not for a few unfortunate circumstances.
I realize the brewing firestorm that is going on right now with Mass Effect fans about the ending to Mass Effect 3 but I really do hope no one replies to this post with a lot of vitriol. I do not write this blog entry as a way to force or influence the way those who don’t like it think. Everyone’s experience with the ending is valid. If you hated it then I have no complaints to listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn’t descend into ranting or name calling like I have read on other forums. On the other hand if you liked it I would love to hear how it affected you or what you thought. Let’s keep this civil, please. Finally, this entire post spoils the entire plot of the game so if you intend to play it without any knowledge be warned that I touch on many things here.
Okay, this is going to be a short post but after seeing a video game trailer today I almost threw up on my laptop as I was laughing so hard. People who know me by now realize that I have always been an ardent Star Trek fan over Star Wars. Yes, this is one of those eternal science fiction debates that will probably wage on for the rest of eternity with no easy answer in sight. Actually, I find it ironic that I’m writing this right after my rather long post about the relative merits of Mass Effect which has been often described as being the “Star Wars” of this generation where I came to the conclusion that the two series should not be compared yet after this video it makes me wonder if Mass Effect has already surpassed it.