Archive - Mass Effect 3
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A good fan theory about your favourite game is like bacon bits in your milkshake. You're not sure if it's right, or what the inventor of the milkshake intended, but it still blows your mind. The best theories offer intriguing new possibilities and let us see the games we love in a twisted new light. Just have a think about these, the fan theories so mind-blowing we hope they're true.
In Mass Effect Andromeda, you play as one of the Ryder twins, who travels to the distant Andromeda galaxy to find a new home for humanity. But being the Pathfinder is a demanding job, and you'll need more qualifications than just having been born at the same time as your sibling. Show of the Week has bad news for these other pairs of videogame twins who fail to meet the job requirements of humankind's best hope of intergalactic colonisation.
Imagine the infinitesimal chance of stumbling across sentient humanoid alien life in this vast universe, then imagine the probability it would look exactly like a sexy human lady, except blue or green. Discover the alien races that by staggering coincidence looked like beautiful human women in the following video.
Though many of the big videogame mysteries we've pondered (who is the Arkham Knight?) have been solved, countless smaller questions will forever go unanswered (why does Dr Robotnik put bunnies in robots?). Consider these mysteries that keep us awake at night.
Mass Effect Andromeda (the official name for Mass Effect 4) will put us in the spaceboots of a new hero in a new galaxy. No prizes for guessing that the galaxy in question is Andromeda, which is 2.5 million light years from our own Milky Way. If we're going to travel all that way, there are certain things we don't want in Mass Effect Andromeda.
Think you know Mass Effect? The stern but ultimately fair challenge of this Mass Effect quiz will see about that. Who is Archangel? What is James Vega's pull-up record? What's the Krogan homeworld? What would Renegade Shepard do next? Is it punching? It's probably punching.
We reminisced recently about shady videogame traitors, then asked you to tell us about the heel turns you should have seen coming a mile off. You obliged. Consider the characters shiftier than a six-speed gearbox we still can't even believe betrayed you, the trusting fools we are.
Some of the worst birthdays happen in games, where the occasion is marked too often with a party that is awkward, violent or both. We advise you to avoid these seven birthday parties, whether or not there's delicious cake.
Your home isn't just the place you keep your stuff and lie down once a day. It says lots about who you are, what you do, and how much you like collecting human skulls. That's why we have serious postcode envy for these deluxe videogame dwellings.
Videogame protagonists are big-picture people. They focus on the stuff like saving the galaxy, daring heists, or bringing criminals to justice. But spare a thought for the ordinary, everyday people your protagonists encounter along the way, who have to deal with the unintended consequences of all that reckless heroing.
As the last generation of consoles recedes into the distance, Show of the Week takes its eyes off the road to the future of videogames, peers over one shoulder because it has a shoulder in this metaphor, and looks back to the Mass Effect trilogy: as glorious an RPG space opera as we could have have hoped for. Join us to salute BioWare's sci-fi saga and commemorate Shepard's most violently erratic Renegade interrupts.
Yes, Hollywood has the glitz and the glamour, but anyone who has played games for any length of time knows interactive entertainment is where it's at. Films last a paltry two hours or so and, increasingly, games have graphics that are all but indistinguishable from movie visual FX. So as the summer blockbuster season gets into full swing, it's time for us to put the boot in and assert our dominance. We've picked six of this year's summer movies and found six games that do a better job of a similar concept.
Here's the last instalment of my adventure as Andy's Shepard, in which the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC builds to a helplessly schmaltzy finale. Watch on for some spoilers, mild nudity and attempted dancing.
Let's play even more Mass Effect 3 as that game's fan-servicing Citadel DLC takes me and Andy's borrowed, mustachioed Commander Shepard into the depths of the Citadel archives and once more on board the good ship Normandy. Catch the second episode of gameplay after the jump, but beware story spoilers.
The Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC reminded us why we love Mass Effect so much, and got us thinking about what want from Mass Effect 4. We've known since September the game is in development at Bioware Montreal so watch on, valued viewer, to see where we'd like to see the series go next.
Since my Commander Shepard is lost to the ages, I am playing Mass Effect 3's Citadel DLC with Andy's Shepard: a kind of space gorilla with a Gomez Addams pencil moustache. Come in, viewer, for Mass Effect 3's final slice of downloadable content. It's a glorious, cheesy wedge of Mass Effect fan service.
We use science to discover the hardest drinkers in gaming so we can get him or her the help he or she needs. Who's the thirstiest boozehound? Who gets drunkest before tripping out the airlock? Can John Marston climb the stairs on six shots of bourbon? Let's find out.
Guys, guys, no one panic, but the Mayan apocalypse is nearly here and soon we'll be living in a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland where we have to fight giant preying mantises in gladiatorial combat for basic food rations.
'Black Friday' has always had a sinister sound to us as not-Americans. We believe it's to do with big sales and occasional, alarming tramplings. And though the arcane origin of the name is lost in the mists of US shopping history, the important thing is this: the Xbox Live Marketplace's Black Friday Deals are equally valid on this side of the Atlantic.
Upcoming Mass Effect 3 DLC Omega gives you a new two-lady squad: crime boss Aria and Nyreen Kandros, the trilogy's first female of the same race as series veteran Garrus. As debate on the character design continues in the comments, here's a (tiny) first glimpse of Nyreen in action.
Mass Effect 3's downloadable content slice Omega is the biggest yet: a four-hour, four-mission chapter set on the jellyfish-shaped spaceport Omega. In it, you join forces with Omega's crime boss Aria to retake her turf from Cerberus. Your other squad member (the Normandy and her crew are nowhere to be seen) is Nyreen, the trilogy's first female Turian character.
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