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at 18:00 on 10-03-2012, Arthur B
I'm intrigued by it because they really do seem to have got the aesthetic right.
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at 17:33 on 10-03-2012, Michal
I'm probably the only person here itching to see John Carter [of Mars], but I have two very good reasons:

1. Mark Strong (!)
2. Screenplay co-written by Michael Chabon (!!).
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at 00:09 on 10-03-2012, Arthur B
Look, I know that the ME2 system was essentially a tedious exercise in running your finger over a ball until you feel a bump.

But I would gladly fondle a million balls if it means my Shepard survives the war.
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at 23:55 on 09-03-2012, Dan H
I have been assured that you can get the best ending without multiplayer if you just do a lot of collecting of war assets, which as I understand it is this game's equivalent of the planet-mining from last time.


I'm not *wholly* convinced that constitutes an improvement.
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at 20:55 on 09-03-2012, Arthur B
I have been assured that you can get the best ending without multiplayer if you just do a lot of collecting of war assets, which as I understand it is this game's equivalent of the planet-mining from last time.

I am arse-deep in Amalur right now but when I am out I will probably give ME3 a go... once the face bug is sorted. :)
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at 20:45 on 09-03-2012, Fin
amazon is telling me not to expect my copy of me3 until tuesday or wednesday. :C

i hope this time i'll have the option to get seth green killed.
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at 19:37 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
Also I hit the reporter in the face again!

:D :D :D :D :D
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at 19:35 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
@Arthur, Yeah, I just spent about an hour trying to re-create my gaunt-cheeked, cold-eyed, stern-faced unlovely bitchqueen ... and I just about managed :D
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at 19:31 on 09-03-2012, Ibmiller
Also, the Stark kids singing the intro is indeed adorable. Almost makes me wish I'd finished the series (tv, not book).
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at 19:30 on 09-03-2012, Ibmiller
Watching my friend play through ME3 has been great fun...spoiled somewhat by
knowing that I really am not going to enjoy the ending
. But it really is pretty awesome to see Tali as an Admiral, and all the ways your relationships with the various aliens and humans have changed the way the galaxy works over the three games.
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at 17:16 on 09-03-2012, Arthur B
Kyra, are you aware of the face import problem?
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at 17:03 on 09-03-2012, Isabel
I mean had I been playing Dudeshep and I'd whacked some woman in the face I'd have felt awful but because Femshep did it I was just "omg, I get to participate in the macho bullshit too! YAY!"

Yes, definitely playing a female renegade Shepard (despite beak-issues) is enjoyable for the sheer level of bolshy arseholery that she partakes in. Also seeing her dance like 'generic awkward male' is particularly satisfying.
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at 16:55 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
Hmmm...I have to confess I really enjoyed punching the reporter in the face. Twice. But then ME has always struck as being unintentionally subversive. The fact that Shep is so clearly written as a dude makes it unbelievably liberating and satisfying to play Femshep. I mean had I been playing Dudeshep and I'd whacked some woman in the face I'd have felt awful but because Femshep did it I was just "omg, I get to participate in the macho bullshit too! YAY!"
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at 16:54 on 09-03-2012, Arthur B
Also if it were Babylon 5 the journalists would be completely wretched and the protagonist would have a moral mandate to do whatever the fuck he liked to them, because nobody fucks with J. Michael Straczy- I mean John Sheridan.
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at 16:19 on 09-03-2012, Axiomatic
I'm fairly sure you could punch her in the first game, too.
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at 15:52 on 09-03-2012, James D
I just wish they'd have stuck with the Star Trek/Babylon 5 feel of the first game, rather than going all *gritty* and *badass* on us. I mean for crying out loud, punching that female reporter straight in the face while she's interviewing you, and having it made out to be awesome? I get that 'renegade' Shepherd is supposed to be an 'ends justify the means' type, but c'mon, that's just violent idiocy. Plus the game doesn't even tell you that he's going to do that; I expected him to maybe interrupt her or smash the camera, not her face!
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at 15:40 on 09-03-2012, valse de la lune
Oh I don't think it's bad to enjoy ME or anything--I'm watching and loving an anime with fanservice in the opening theme (three carefully obscured nude teenage girls ahhhh why). It has girl pirates who help a princess regain her country and almost no male presence okay.
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at 15:23 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
Horny Manchildren Inc - for all your banal adolescent fantasies!
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at 15:10 on 09-03-2012, James D
Maybe it was horny manchildren who designed EDI's robot body in the game world as well as in real life? I could imagine the android body with DD's might sell better than the one without any tits at all.
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at 15:04 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
Sigh ... ME is so problematic ... but ... but my love for Garrus runs true and pure, nobody shoots people in the face like Garrus....
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at 15:00 on 09-03-2012, valse de la lune
What I've heard is that EDI gets huge tits and asks Shepard for relationship/sex advice (with Joker you see) and it's incredibly creepy. Also, MShep gets 9 love interests whereas FShep gets 5: all gay female relationships barring Liara are from non-joinable NPCs who just hang around the ship (see Kelly Chambers) whereas Kaidan is a squadmate and romanceable by an MShep.

All that I got from someone who really likes the series so yeah, it's not my inner HATERRR speaking or anything.
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at 14:49 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
My ME games are all locked in my Xbox - so I guess I'm relatively safe from too much piracy protection stuff. I think ME 1 and ME 2 had different strengths and weaknesses but I enjoyed them both. I missed the sense of scale in the second one - all those uber-streamlined areas and the planet scanning made it feel less like you were in spaaaaace and more like you were in a really small flat.
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at 14:45 on 09-03-2012, James D
Well, I did play the first two games. I thought the first was awesome and the second was a step down in a number of areas, though it did improve on the combat somewhat. The third from what I've heard is a big Hollywood explosionfest though, so I'm more seriously considering just playing through the first game again. Plus you have to install spyware on your computer to play 3, no thanks.
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at 14:38 on 09-03-2012, Wardog
EDI WHUT?!

Honestly, James, I kind of don't care at this stage - I think it's a now a game for people who are invested in Mass Effect, rather than a game by any other definition. But being Mass Effect is sort of enough for me, everything else is gravy. I know that probably sounds a bit wet of me but sometimes you just love things because you love them, and the normal critical rules don't apply. Obviously this isn't a good perspective for a professional reviewer but I'm Kyra and I wanna play Mass Effect :) If it's really really bad I might pout but I just want to be my bad-ass beakless Shepard and see Mordin and Garrus again...
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