Dragon Age: Inquisition Launches With A Gorgeous New Trailer

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 19, 2014 in Videogames

Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare knows it has to make up for Dragon Age 2 after a mixed reaction from fans. From all that we’ve got to see of Dragon Age: Inquisition in preview form, it feels like BioWare is really swinging for the fences, manically working to make an epic game that everyone can enjoy. This launch trailer looks pretty great — not just the game itself, but the beautiful graphics. It makes me kind of sad I’m behind on these games; I never finished Dragon Age: Origins, so maybe I’ll be returning to that one in an attempt to catch up to Inquisition.
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BioWare’s Next Game Is Shadow Realms, Featuring 4-vs-1 Online

Posted by Bob Muir on Aug 14, 2014 in Videogames

Shadow Realms

BioWare has been focusing pretty heavily on Mass Effect and Dragon Age lately, but they’ve had a new IP in the works that has now been revealed. Shadow Realms is an episodic online action-RPG set in a modern world with fantasy elements. Four players can play co-op, or they can also play 4-vs-1 against a player controlled Shadowlord who controls enemies and sets traps to stop the players. It’s PC-only, and you can sign up for the alpha now. It’s interesting, but I wonder if this will match the story and dialogue-driven games that BioWare is known for. Read more…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition’s First Trailer Reveals Release Date

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 23, 2014 in Videogames

Dragon Age: Inquisition

I wrote this yesterday, and then BioWare releases a gameplay trailer for the game. I should complain about other games we’ve barely seen anything of, just to see if developers will release more info! (Looking at you, Half-Life 3.) Yes, there’s a full trailer of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it’s all looking pretty awesome. Varric returns, which is great, and there are certainly dragons. It seems that the game is still coming out in 2014, since we have a release date: October 7. This is another of those cross-generational games, as it will release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. But enough talk, just go watch this trailer and hope that it satisfies you better than Dragon Age 2 did! Read more…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Has Cool Box Art

Posted by Bob Muir on Apr 22, 2014 in Videogames

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third Dragon Age game is supposedly coming out in Fall 2014, but we still haven’t really seen anything. I wouldn’t be surprised if EA featured Dragon Age: Inquisition at their E3 presentation in June, but until then, we’ll just have to take it on faith that it’s still on track. As if to prove it, this box art has been released. It has some interesting composition, and it’s just good to see a game box for a fantasy game that has some color in it. Pale blue, red/orange, and is that some bright green I see? It’s not just browns and grays! Read more…

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Pre-Order Risk: Mass Effect Galaxy At War Edition

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 7, 2013 in Videogames

Risk: Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition

After several years of not playing many board games, I got back into them in college. Since then, I’ve been trying out some new ones, but certain board games are classics, like Risk. There’s a new variant edition coming out soon: Risk: Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition. This Mass Effect-flavored game has you taking control of one of three factions with their own win conditions to fight the Reapers, the main bad guys of the series. The game is available for pre-order for $50 and might be worth picking up if you want a new version of Risk or if you’re a fan of the game. Read more…

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Return To The Citadel In Final Mass Effect 3 DLC

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 5, 2013 in Videogames

Mass Effect 3: Citadel

It’s been a long, tumultuous road for Mass Effect 3 and its downloadable content. While I don’t care to play it, the multiplayer has surprisingly flourished, aided by free updates. Meanwhile, additional singleplayer content has been rolled out in the style of Mass Effect 2. But while they may be similar, the wind has been taken out of their sails due to the fact that they don’t have any effect on the controversial ending. Regardless of what you think of the DLC so far, the end has come: Mass Effect 3: Citadel will be the final storyline DLC until Mass Effect 4 (currently in development).
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EA Brings Together Mass Effect Trilogy For November Release

Posted by Bob Muir on Sep 27, 2012 in Videogames

Mass Effect Trilogy

The awesome thing about holding off on buying major trilogies is that you know they’ll be bundled together down the line for cheap. Less than a year after the release of Mass Effect 3, the Mass Effect games are getting that bundle. Mass Effect Trilogy will be available come November 6 on Xbox 360 and PC for only $59.99. The bigger news, however, is that this bundle is eventually coming to PS3. Read more…

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The Old Republic, Free-to-Play Already?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jul 31, 2012 in Star Wars, Videogames

Star Wars The Old Republic Logo

BioWare made the official announcement earlier today — Star Wars: The Old Republic will be receiving a free-to-play option this fall. I know there are a handful of you out there who still play the game, and might be worried that the change in format might require you to embrace micro-transactions. You’ll be pleased to know that might not be the case, after all. Indeed, there will be several options available to you. If you choose to go the free-to-play route, you will have access to all eight character classes and can play for free until you reach level 50, at which point, high-level content can be purchased through micro-transactions. If however, you choose to go the subscription route instead, you’ll be spared that fate with unlimited access to the content. But wait, there’s more…

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Another Old Republic Free Weekend

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 16, 2012 in Star Wars, Videogames

The Old Republic Sith Poster

With the recent release of Blizzard’s latest cash cow, Diablo 3, BioWare hopes to rekindle gamers’ interest in their Star Wars MMORPG, The Old Republic by announcing another free pass weekend.  The move is designed to bolster their subscriptions, following a sharp decline in users from 1.7 million to 1.3 in the last two months alone. Needless to say, that news alone doesn’t bode too well for the fledgling title. That said, EA has suggested in the past that the game could remain profitable with as low as 500,000 subscribers, and seem convinced that the recent declines consist primarily of casual gamers, and not their hardcore MMO base. I’m not as easily convinced — but then again, I don’t play MMORPGs either, so I’m not sure I can offer an informed opinion on the matter. That said, the numbers alone don’t lie. If you want to try The Old Republic for free this weekend, I’ve included details after the jump.

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The Old Republic Free to Play This Weekend

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Mar 15, 2012 in Star Wars, Videogames

Star Wars The Old Republic

If you’ve been curious about Star Wars: The Old Republic, but don’t want to commit to purchasing a subscription right away, starting today and throughout the rest of the weekend, the MMORPG will be free to play. In order to access the free weekend pass, you’ll have to live in a territory in which the game has been officially released. In addition, only users who have never had an active Star Wars: The Old Republic account will be eligible. Read more…

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Expanding the Mass Effect 3 Experience

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Mar 14, 2012 in Videogames

Mass Effect 3 Galaxy at War logo

If you’ve been following the site, it’s no secret that I’ve been looking forward to playing BioWare’s Mass Effect 3. Critics have praised the game and while some gamers have voiced concerns regarding everything from day-one paid downloadable content to the doctoring of stock, royalty free photography, I’m still enjoying my experience for the most part. I admit that I’m not a very social gamer but due to BioWare’s new interactive “Galaxy at War” system, you’re almost forced to deal with the multiplayer aspect just to improve your single-player campaign’s ending. Fortunately, there are a couple workarounds for those of you with an iOS device. More after the jump.

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The Brilliant Art of Mass Effect

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Mar 1, 2012 in Design, Videogames

The Art of Mass Effect Universe

Next week marks the release of Mass Effect 3, Bioware’s high-anticipated finale to the on-going adventures of Commander Shepard and his crew as they attempt to save humanity, and the known universe, from its greatest threat yet. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, but until then, I’m left looking elsewhere for my Mass Effect fix. Introducing The Art of the Mass Effect Universe. This full-sized coffee table book comes packed with over 180 pages of art, featuring everything from character studies to weaponry and more. Read more…

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Crafting the Story of The Old Republic

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 22, 2011 in Star Wars, Videogames

Star Wars: The Old Republic hit the ground running this week and despite some crowded servers, its reception so far is seemingly positive. At a distance, the game may resemble World of Warcraft more ways than one. Visually, both titles might appeal to the lowest common denominator, in that they’re designed function with the average PC, yet feature beautifully crafted opening sequences. Being that they’re MMORPGs, both titles feature an ability-based interface and similar gameplay mechanics. However, one area in which The Old Republic really shines is its ability to tell a story. World of Warcraft has some incredibly deep lore, and the while the story is well-told, Bioware really excels. Here’s a documentary to explain why.

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Want Early Access to the Old Republic?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Aug 11, 2011 in Videogames

Star Wars The Old Republic

It looks like BioWare wants to reward players for pre-ordering their upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic with early access and a in-game item. From what it looks like, you’ll be allowed to keep your character along with any items and experience you acquire when the game officially launches in November. Unfortunately, there’s no details in regards when that early access period will actually start. I imagine BioWare will e-mail you directly once you’ve entered your pre-order code. The free item included in both limited and standard editions of the game will allow you to change the color of your lightsaber or blaster bolts. I suppose that’s kind of awesome if you want your character to stand out in a crowd. I’m not really fond of paying a monthly subscription for a game, but I suppose I could deal with it as long as its better than Star Wars Galaxies — I’m sure if anyone could manage that, it’d be BioWare. Let’s just hope they’ll leave our shoulder pads alone.

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Because Farmville Doesn’t Count

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jul 28, 2011 in Videogames

Bioware recently launched it’s first Facebook game, Dragon Age Legends — a game they claim is the first real game to grace the social network. I’m not really sure how accurate that statement is. I suppose they could mean its the first one to fall outside the realm of casual gaming, but I know some people who take their Farmville pretty seriously. Any way, here’s the launch trailer. Personally, I don’t find myself really impressed with the visuals but then again, I shouldn’t complain too much. The game is free, after all. Features include multiplayer with friends, a full RPG leveling system and character customization. If you want to give it a go, head over to the official Facebook page for more info.

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E3: Star Wars The Old Republic Intro Cinematic

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 9, 2011 in Videogames

After last year’s teaser, a lot of gamers have been dying to see more of Bioware’s upcoming MMORPG, Stars Wars: The Old Republic. This year, they showed off a bit more by releasing the entire intro cinematic, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s the company’s first MMORPG, and from what little I’ve seen of the gameplay, Bioware might have a product that can really compete with Blizzard’s powerhouse. It seems that I’m not the only one who feels that way either, as Razer has recent announced entire line of Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming peripherals. As Michael mentioned to me, they’re not quite as cool looking as their recent Tron Legacy tie-ins, but I still think they look pretty sharp. While they haven’t announced a solid release date, Bioware states the game should ship sometime later this year.

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Mass Effect 3 Debut Trailer is Epic

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 14, 2010 in Videogames

While I admit I’m equally excited about the recent announcements of Elderscrolls V: Skyrim, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, nothing had my jaw drop quite as fast as the debut trailer for Bioware’s upcoming Mass Effect 3. I’m sure what we’ve witnessed is a pre-rendered CG film clip, but if the visuals even come close to that, we’ll all be in for quite a treat. Read more…

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Trailer Gives Me A New Hope

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 18, 2010 in Star Wars, Videogames

I really can’t get behind massive multiplayer gaming, at least when it requires large portions of my free time and an exorbitant monthly fee. Occasionally, however, a title catches my eye long enough for me reconsider that stance, and it would seem Electronic Arts and BioWare may have accomplished that very feat here. Their upcoming installment of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic saga, Star Wars: The Old Republic,  will be the first MMORPG in the series.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first game — I wish I could say the same for Obsidian Entertainment’s second installment of the franchise — and this recently released E3 trailer definitely looks promising, but now I’m left wanting more. Until then, I can only the game ends up being as good as its cinematics might lead us to believe.

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The Knights of the Old Republic had Good Taste!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 23, 2008 in Star Wars, Videogames

Frankly I wasn’t that crazy about the last three Star Wars films (three words: Jar Jar Binks) but of there are two things that George Lucas still knows how to do well it’s merchandising and preproduction art. These illustrations are for the upcoming second PC MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic — and I must say the images do inspire one to want to play with this mega multiplayer online title. 

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