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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
101. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 22, 2012, 01:44 Draugr
 
Bhruic wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 00:39:
I wonder, if you kill the queen in 1, do rachni reapers cease to be in game? Or is it just explained as 'oh, there was another rachni queen hiding somewhere'? It all feels so trite, pointless and inconsequential...

They "cloned" the queen. So if you killed the queen, you do the exact same thing, go down and fight through to see her. The only difference is if you accept her offer to help, at a point down the line, she backstabs you, pulls her workers out, and does some damage on the way.

Only real effect is a negative to your rating. Which almost certainly won't matter.

It did not go down like that for me in my game, I didn't kill the queen in ME1 though, so that's the obvious difference there.

It's still lame though, all things considered. making us choose again is just silly.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
98. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 23:54 Draugr
 
finga wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 23:02:
Well, now that we're doing this, I'll be writing George R.R. Martin asking him to change A Song of Ice and Fire so that my favorite character doesn't die. Also, I'll need HBO to go back and re-cut all the show scenes to match. And quickly, too!

when George R.R. Martin makes a 'choose your own adventure book' with identical endings, where you get to go to the same page regardless of your choice, (despite him telling us our choices matter.) your analogy will make sense.
 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
110. Re: BioWare Mar 20, 2012, 18:44 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 18:04:
Draugr wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 15:07:
Creston wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 10:48:
You don't get that until 4000. The weird thing is, though, it seems that from 4000-5000, Anderson doesn't die, but if you've over 5000, he DOES die.
Creston

As I understand it, Anderson dies regardless. EMS just determines when in the ending he dies.

Ah, I see. I guess with 5000 he crawls up back up, then dies beside you, whereas lower maybe he dies when the IM has you shoot him?

Hmmm. If I wasn't so disgusted with the endings, I'd try it out just for fun.

Creston

Or the IM executes him, something like that yeah. As you were saying though, if the ending wasn't so terrible then I'd feel motivated to check and see.
 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
108. Re: BioWare Mar 20, 2012, 15:07 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 10:48:
You don't get that until 4000. The weird thing is, though, it seems that from 4000-5000, Anderson doesn't die, but if you've over 5000, he DOES die.
Creston

As I understand it, Anderson dies regardless. EMS just determines when in the ending he dies.
 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
92. Re: The ending is fine... Mar 19, 2012, 23:28 Draugr
 
briktal wrote on Mar 19, 2012, 21:29:
In the Final Hours app they said “whatever we do would likely happen before or during the events of Mass Effect 3, not after."

Which doesn't need to intertwine with Shepard's story. For example, There could be a DLC where Aria retakes Omega. Shepard's not involved in this.

This is also something they said before the 'shit hit the fan,' now they are saying stuff like, "considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending."

Needless to say, it at least seems likely their post-game plans were disrupted in some fashion, and the content that follows may, or may not, be influenced by that.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Entering "Next Phase"
22. Re: Dragon Age Entering Mar 19, 2012, 22:21 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Mar 19, 2012, 22:17:
Hey, look. EAware doesn't want people to keep complaining about the Mass Effect endings, so here's another distraction! And one in which they promise to listen to the fans, no less.

They are running the Marketing 101 playbook step by step.

Creston

This.
 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
81. Re: The ending is fine... Mar 19, 2012, 19:10 Draugr
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Mar 19, 2012, 18:39:

Spoken like someone who hasn't played any of the games.


Actually, I did play all the games. But unlike most of the people that are complaining about how it ended, I don't want to play Mass Effect 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 191, 2,147, 203,474, etc, with it being the same thing over and over again milked for all it's worth.

It was a great trilogy, it was wrapped up, now we move onto the next.

I think you are making two mistakes, the first being they plan and planned on releasing more Mass effect games after initial trilogy. They just won't be directly related to the Shepard story line. Just recently there was a story on gaming sites talking about how the MP in ME3 was actually going to be a standalone FPS multi-player game in the ME universe, set to come out after ME3. Eventually it got scrapped and its remnants thrown into ME3. This is a perfect example.

No one is asking for Shepard's story to be never-ending, (Perhaps some want this, but it's presumptuous to assume all want this) what they are asking for a satisfying conclusion to the story.

You're almost arguing against something no one is arguing for, and has already been decided by EA anyway. People are arguing that the ending sucks, not that the games shouldn't end.
You'll be getting more Mass Effect games whether they are wanted or not. Just like they said before ME3 though, They will probably be unrelated to Shepard's story-line. They actually said they WONT be related to Shepard's storyline, but considering this situation and how they decide to handle it it's possible that could change with some DLC or something.
 
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News Comments > Beamdog on Possible Baldur's Gate III Kickstart
34. Re: Beamdog on Possible Baldur's Gate III Kickstart Mar 19, 2012, 14:55 Draugr
 
Techie714 © wrote on Mar 19, 2012, 10:44:
DnD Ruleset

3.5 > 4.0

That's right!! I said it!

Safest comment ever.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Countdown to Tomorrow
16. Re: Baldur's Gate Countdown to Tomorrow Mar 15, 2012, 00:33 Draugr
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 00:30:
Some rumors mention this might be a Kickstarter for BGIII but more than likely it's just a HD remake.

That'd be awesome, But yeah, Fairly sure it will be something unremarkable.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Leaked
57. Re: Mass Effect 3 Leaked Mar 5, 2012, 15:49 Draugr
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 15:35:
Dev wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 11:48:
Maybe they should focus a teeny tiny bit more on console piracy.
EA Drone: There is no piracy on consoles.

More like MS's and Sony's line. EA is willing to drink the kool-aid, though.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock in April
7. Re: Legend of Grimrock in April Mar 2, 2012, 19:08 Draugr
 
I'm a little sad it will only be about 10 hours.

Not that I'm saying it's inadequate, but this is such a rare type of game now that I'm almost certain it won't feel like enough by the time I'm done.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 4 at GDC
14. Re: Unreal Engine 4 at GDC Feb 28, 2012, 02:18 Draugr
 
Kitkoan wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 00:40:
Dev wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 00:04:
Kitkoan wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 23:29:
Well if the Unreal Engine 3.5 demo of Samaritan is any indication, it could be quite the thing to see.
The most impressive thing is that that is NOT a pre-rendered cut scene. It was rendered in REAL TIME.


Only problem is good luck seeing any game running something like that. The demo ran a very large rig (I think I heard rumors it was done on a triple SLI GTX 560's (technically "off-the-shelf" like they claim, but who has that kinda power?) and it also ran at a speed of 2.5 teraflop, which is beyond what the XBox 720 is supposed to be able to do even (read more here).

A game like this would need a nice budget from a big company and they won't make a game that won't run on any console. So until they can fine tune the code to support the XBox 720/PS4 to make a game like this run on those, keep waiting. (I think it will take 2-3 years after release of those consoles at least until you start seeing this)

It was 2 or 3 580's

They also said though that if they went about optimizing the engine that they could have it running on a single 580. Still quite the bar for entry, but not as daunting horsepower-wise as some suspected.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours
31. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 19:02 Draugr
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 18:04:
I dunno. I don't think ME3 is worth $60. I'm not going to argue that it may be worth $50, but there aren't many games I'd pay $60 for. Skyrim is one of them based on the number of hours of game I get and the fact that its a fun game whose potential is multiplied 100-fold by mods alone.

I don't think either of them are worth 60 bucks, to me they just appear to have similar value. Just as I did with Skyrim, I'll hold off until its a little cheaper. I bought Skyrim at 40 bucks, iIrc. I'll probably do the same with Mass Effect 3.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours
26. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 17:52 Draugr
 
wrlwnd wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 17:03:
such a joke compared to Skyrim.

I bought Skyrim at full price.

I'll buy ME3 at about the $10 to $15 price point.

Fail.
It's Apples and Oranges. The only thing these games really have in common is that they fall under the genre 'Action/RPG.' The games are trying to achieve two different goals (from a gameplay perspective) Though there are things that Skyrim outdoes ME on, and visa versa.

Of course, if you really need someone to point out the differences in these games, then you just haven't even tried. I would argue they are of similar value, for differing reasons.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Weapon Tweaks Planned
4. Re: Battlefield 3 Weapon Tweaks Planned Feb 23, 2012, 02:03 Draugr
 
Bucky wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 23:57:
I just got back into BF3 over the weekend, and I like most of these changes. The fore grip change is the most significant, as it will reduce horizontal recoil less (mini-nerf) but will also increase minimum spread (if I'm reading it right-big nerf). It's gone from being a must have attachment to, in my eyes, dropping it in favor of something else.

My preference is for medium rate of fire weapons with good recoil and spread, which is why the M416 is still my favorite gun. Fortunately it looks like it's been left alone, except for the damage buff that all of the assault rifles are getting.

M416
FirstSRecoilMul 2 -> 2.4 -> 2.0

Thats quite the bump on the recoil mutliplier
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Rumor
15. Re: Black Ops 2 Rumor Feb 18, 2012, 23:56 Draugr
 
Hump wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 22:51:
Please spare me the "OMG teh integrity of teh JOURNALIST!"

This isn't an embedded reporter in Afghanistan or a journo investigating lobbyist abuses. Its about fucking GAMES. Publishers and game journos respect embargoes and NDA's on a regular basis. Is that unethical? Acti stepped on their cock, had the piece removed and asked Gameblog to do the same with their story. They didn't ask them to overlook payola for a good review, they asked them to remove it because they probably had a significant dollar amount invested in an official roll-out. Gameblog, instead of just having the courtesy of taking it down, decided it would be a good opportunity to join the ranks of victim culture and rally against the big bad evil corporation....MAAANNNNN! I normally side with the underdog in issues akin to this but this is such a blatant attempt at attention whoring for a minor site that I refuse to have any empathy for these hypersensitive babies.

They can do as they please, and they have. Activision can flip the hell out all they want, and they have.
It's really an issue with Amazon that put them into this situation. Gameblog taking down their post over it wouldn't have made it go away, so them keeping it up doesn't make 'damage control' any more difficult, Amazon ruined their exclusivity deal (if any, game announcements generally aren't exclusive to anyone, It's just timed, previews, however, are exclusive, as they actually have information in them. but this was no leaked preview, this was a leaked game title that everyone already knew was coming out) so basically they are just picking on them with their response of "Fine! I'm taking my ball and going home." Turns out they are both playing the victim card.

Whether or not you agree with them is moot.
This ruins nothing for Activision, they still get to make piles of money when it gets released. Their response to the situation certainly doesn't garner them any good will. It will cost them more than anything (if it costs them anything.) Amazon screwed up and now Activision say's it's all gameblog's fault, even though if gameblog complied with their request it'd still be on every other gaming blog/site, on twitter, on facebook, etc. And Amazon would still be the people responsible for the leak. Activision has handled this horribly, their response doesn't garner them any good-will from the community. With few exceptions, like yourself, of course.

"Publishers and game journos respect embargoes and NDA's on a regular basis."
And just like "REAL" journalists, sometimes they don't, and sometimes they are even punished like gameblog was, but that doesn't make them bad at their jobs, and criticize integrity all you want, but some poeple take it more seriously than others.
Of course, this can just be a traffic (and therefore money) grab from gameblog, but you claim that's Activision's motivation as well, so I guess they are equal footing when it comes to the moral high-ground.

"they asked them to remove it because they probably had a significant dollar amount invested in an official roll-out."
For a preview yes, but not really for announcing 'new' projects. Even if it did cost them, it's a Drop in the bucket compared to the real revenue this game will pull in, and once again, they should speak to amazon about revealing that information for other people to look at if they want to avoid leaks in the future.

Lets see how this played out:

Activision - more people dislike them.
Gameblog.fr - more hits/day.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Rumor
12. Re: Black Ops 2 Rumor Feb 18, 2012, 22:25 Draugr
 
William Usher wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 21:45:
Hump wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 15:00:
For once I'm siding with Acti as much as that pains me. Gameblog are acting as if they are being targeted like political prisoners in a 3rd world nation. Acti messed up and released something by mistake. They asked Gameblog to remove the piece since acti probably had plans for a major roll-out and all the costs involved with that. Instead Gameblog decided to create drama and ignore whatever business relationship etiquette they had to garner attention for their site. Now theyre crying to the game press that they received "unfair" pressure when acti decided to exclude them from future product roll outs etc. Theres no constitutional guarantee of equal access to game announcements. Gameblog acted like petulant little brats and Acti gave them what they deserved. Fuck 'em


Ahaha, yeah because obviously Gameblog would have been a top-of-the-crop pick for an exclusive Call of Duty announcement? Don't kid yourself.

And it obviously didn't pain you to side with Activision, we all know one of the big dogs in the yard will get the "exclusive" reveal and all the smaller guys will fight for the scraps. It's pathetic the way the gaming industry press works.

What's worse is that these guys did legitimate legwork and you're balking at them for being whiney? I hope you're not the same kind of gamer who complains about Top 5 lists and "fan-service" articles because that would pretty much make you anti-video game press.


You'll also notice Activision's and Amazon's relationship will remain unaffected, despite the fact that THEY were the people who actually ruined any exclusivity deals they may or may not have had with gameinformer.

Of course, it's easier to just blame a journalist for doing their job, and then screwing yourself out of the free advertising space on their site by blacklisting them. Even if Gameblog complied and took down the article, the news would already be out, and there'd be no stopping it. The issue was caused by Amazon, they should talk to amazon if you want to avoid leaks in the future.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Rumor
10. Re: Black Ops 2 Rumor Feb 18, 2012, 20:55 Draugr
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 20:34:
nin wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 20:23:
Transformers isn't a movie tie-in, thankfully. It's a mediocre game in it's own right.

With no pc port this time around.

THank god - they turn those games all with the same crappy engine and crappy gameplay. Hulk, Spiderman, Transformers, Superman - all of those games SUCKED.

It is as though they all use the same template and just put in their own models and levels.

Not really, Transformers was more akin to gears of war, sans cover mechanics (IIRC) than anything of those games you've described. Both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were well done, as well. Just because there's a transformers movie doesn't mean the video game is a tie in, Just like Arkham City and Arkham Asylum weren't movie tie ins. I think there were some transformer games based on the movies but they were laughably horrible, which is why people have the Knee Jerk reaction they do, when they see stuff like this.

But yeah, franchise games either suck, or are mediocre at best.
There are a few exceptions to the rule, though.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Rumor
9. Re: Black Ops 2 Rumor Feb 18, 2012, 20:46 Draugr
 
nin wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 20:23:
Transformers isn't a movie tie-in, thankfully. It's a mediocre game in it's own right.

With no pc port this time around.

Well then they an walk off a cliff!

That being said, that PC port was particularly atrocious, so Perhaps they are doing us a favor ;). Capped at 30fps without 3rd party tools, being the most glaring issue.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops 2 Rumor
6. Re: Black Ops 2 Rumor Feb 18, 2012, 19:11 Draugr
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 16:52:
It sounds like Gameblog did pretty well out of this, as they scored the exclusive reveal on one of the biggest games of the year. Their "punishment" was being uninvited to an event for a shitty movie tie-in game. Activision should know that once the cat-is-out-of-the-bag it can't be put back in again, so they shouldn't punish websites for reporting it; I do see it as a large publisher throwing its weight around.

Yeah, that's awesome how they punish the blog for amazons screw up. Classy.
As you said, when the cats out of the bag there is no getting it back in. Gameblog could have complied with their request and we'd still know. What makes it even more laughable is that everyone knew activion was ramping up to release their annual cod expansion as they said they wanted to 'madden' the cod franchise ages ago.(with the same awesome pricing scheme) so this really isn't news to anyone, all it does is confirm a title, which is irrelevant, the rest will be more of the same.

Good on the people of Gameblog for telling Activision no, Everyone knows lots of sites would roll right over. If Activision wants to punish the website by depriving themselves of free advertising, no one will stop them.

Transformers isn't a movie tie-in, thankfully. It's a mediocre game in it's own right.
 
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