MASS EFFECT: LEGENDARY EDITION

I’m Tired of Special Editions That Don’t Include the Game

This is not a blog about God of War: Ragnarok, specifically, but the special editions for Sony Santa Monica’s sequel have once again reminded me of a weird, frustrating trend in video game collector’s editions: why do so many companies not include a physical copy of the game when fans…

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To This Day, Coheed and Cambria’s Sci-Fi Prog Rock Embodies Mass Effect to Me

Progressive Rock band Coheed and Cambria’s tenth studio album, Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind, is out — and it’s excellent. It’s refreshing to hear a band be around this long and still constantly evolve its sound and structures. The record not only leans hard into the band’s…

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Mass Effect’s Happy Ending Mod Returns for the Legendary Edition

The Mass Effect Trilogy’s resurgence gives me a little decade-old deja vu, and the mod scene certainly reflects that. Audemus’ Happy Ending Mod (AHEM) joins a long list of popular fan-made changes making the jump from the original collection to BioWare’s new Legendary Edition, giving players a fifth alternative for…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Is on Game Pass, so You Have No Excuses Anymore [UPDATE]

2022 is off to a damn fine start, as the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition remasters are coming to Game Pass for console and PC. News of this came from a post on the Xbox Wire, which confirmed Commander Shepard’s story will be among the latest games added to the subscription service…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Is on Game Pass, so You Have No Excuses Anymore

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The Fancies 2021: Kenneth Shepard’s Favorite Games That Weren’t Mass Effect

Gosh, 2021 is much harder to define for me than last year. 2020 was full of turmoil, and grief, but it was also a year of putting myself back together and coming out stronger on the other side. Now that 2021 is ending, there are a lot of things that…

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Shepard on Shepard: Mass Effect’s Mark Meer on His Journey in N7 Armor

With the Mass Effect series in a state of revitalized fandom thanks to the Legendary Edition remasters, and the future in an uncertain limbo, seemingly hinting at some kind of return to the series’ original Milky Way setting, Commander Shepard is on a lot of people’s minds now. But for…

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Shepard on Shepard: Mass Effect's Mark Meer on His Journey in N7 Armor

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Mass Effect Deserves Better Than Rehashing Its Past

Let me preface this by saying everything that follows is based on speculation circulating online. It’s a frustrating position to be in to talk about these things, but from the looks of it, BioWare’s marketing of the next Mass Effect is thriving on being just hazy enough to say nothing…

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Mass Effect’s Pinnacle Station DLC Lives On Through a Modding Project

The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition does not officially include the original Pinnacle Station DLC, but a team of modders at ME3Tweaks have restored the lost add-on after BioWare admitted they no longer had access to the source code from developer Demiurge Studios. In the lead up to the Mass Effect…

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Mass Effect's original look before the Legendary Edition

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Mass Effect’s Latest Choice Report Reveals Which Endings Players Are Picking

It’s N7 Day, BioWare’s yearly celebration of the original Mass Effect trilogy and Andromeda that sometimes brings bigger beats on the series’ next moves. This year, BioWare continues the trend of showing how wrong or right some of us are while playing through the new Legendary Edition with an updated…

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After Years of Silence, Mass Effect 3 Devs Talk About What it Took to ‘Fix’ Its Ending

Mass Effect 3’s ending controversy is nearly ten years old at this point. Back in 2012, BioWare was the subject of a barrage of fan backlash for the Mass Effect trilogy’s conclusion, ultimately resulting in the studio putting out an Extended Cut DLC that added new content and clarity to the…

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BioWare Made Kaidan Alenko Merch Again and it’s Not Even My Birthday

For the past 14 years, it’s been hard out there if you’re a Kaidan Alenko fan in the Mass Effect fandom. Not only was the man the subject of a years-long smear campaign by people who thought racism was preferable to relative emotional stability, but because the way his relationship was…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Feels Like a New Beginning, For the Series and For Me

Saying goodbye once is hard. Saying goodbye twice should be harder. Looking back at my relationship with the Mass Effect trilogy when it first launched from 2007 to 2012, it’s obvious it held off my depression in my late teens. Make no mistake; I was a sad kid. But there’s…

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Intimate Space: The State of Queerness in Mass Effect

In Mass Effect’s vision of the far-flung future, humanity has integrated into a galactic society. Long gone are the otherings and dissension of modern-day Earth, as humans take their place in the stars beyond. At least, that’s the future it posits on the surface. In practice? Mass Effect is an…

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An Ode to Ashley Williams from Mass Effect

The following will contain spoilers for Mass Effect and its sequels. Reader discretion is advised. Every time I play Mass Effect, Kaidan Alenko survives the mission on Virmire. That quest is a pivotal moment in the first game, where players are forced to pick between Kaidan and Ashley Williams, as they…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Choice Statistics Show Players Grew a Conscience

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has been out for about two months now, and BioWare has released some statistics on some of the choices that players made across the trilogy. And honestly, a lot of this seems in line with what players have always done. But there are some interesting things…

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Kai Leng Would’ve Sucked Less if He Shut the Fuck Up

The following will contain spoilers for Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3 is my favorite game in BioWare’s science fiction trilogy, but it’s impossible to defend its use of “Lieutenant Bastard” Kai Leng, the sword-wielding edgelord and Cerberus lackey, as the on-the-ground face of the human supremacy organization. It’s wild…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Patch Tones Down Most Disturbing DLC

Bioware is releasing a new patch for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition to bring some fixes and changes to the remastered trilogy. While some major issues like progress-blocking glitches are addressed, there are also some nice, quality of life changes like lowering the volume of Mass Effect’s Mass Relay loading screens. Originally,…

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Mass Effect Still Matters Because No One Does it Better

Mass Effect is the closest a video game has ever come to feeling like home to me. It’s a universe where I existed as Commander Shepard, a hardened Renegade acting as a leader in humanity’s early years in the galaxy. Across three games, I fostered relationships with friends I viewed…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Fails to Give Context to its DLC

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition contains almost all the original trilogy’s downloadable content. This is good because one might (correctly) argue the DLC is essential to the three games. This extends from cosmetics like armor sets to story content that provides crucial storytelling and worldbuilding for characters and events across all…

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They Put the Motherfucking Normandy in No Man’s Sky

Commander Shepard’s ship, the SSV Normandy SR-1, now exists within No Man’s Sky, and I’m just enough of a fucking nerd to be already considering jumping back into Hello Games’ open universe game to see it. This Mass Effect x No Man’s Sky crossover came as part of the game’s Beachhead Expedition and…

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