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Old 2012-07-07, 10:05   Link #3401
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Actually, Female Turians have boobs and look more slender/smaller than their male counterparts and not as bulky or menacing. It doesn't make sense for them to have boobs but they have them. The comics say so at least.
They don't actually have to have anything to do with human mammary glands. Fish, lizards, insects, all have secondary physical characteristics that differentiate between genders. But it's more for the Biologist's benefit more than the animals concerned. So we can just assume there are body shape differences between Turian genders "just because" and leave it at that.

(I still find it amusing that Starfish doesn't have any real means to determine gender amongst themselves. So come mating season they just randomly crawl over one another until they find a match.)
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Old 2012-07-07, 11:17   Link #3402
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Ah well. I finally finished Mass Effect and looked at all (now) 4 endings.

Hm... maybe it was because of this awesome thing of "not playing the ending until it got better and everyone said it would suck so my expectation were so low", but I didn't thought it was bad. On the contray I thought it was quite nice.

Refusal was... not good... boring really... they really missed out the chance to show all the races go down in glory.

Destroy was what I expected. You could feel that it was actually the only planned ending for ME3 as the reaction of the soldiers and all felt most natural with all the dying reapers. To bad EDI and the Geth died.... and Garrus...?
Okay somehow the ending bugged out for me and erased Garrus from the memorial scene, he was there in the other endings though... :-/
(maybe Garrus was actually the Saren endoskeleton wrapped in artifical Turian skin. Thus making him an evil agent of... whatever... xD )

Control was strangely my personal favourite. Seeing all those Reapers rebuilding stuff was nice. Also my Shepherds a god now. xD It was also nice hearing the Catalyst saying: "Well I won't enjoy being replaced by you..."

Sythesis... ah yes. I see now how people love calling it "Space Magic". My brain refused to even think about it and switched to "just enjoy what you see" mode. And yes it helped a lot. Lot's of daaaaawwwww moments (like Kasumi x Kenji and EDI's puppy eyes) and I thought it was quite funny how the Husk and the other guy gave each other a "wtf's happend" look.

Oh well... that was that.
Funny it pretty much helped me to figure out a little how the original ending of ME may have been planned out to be before they went "OMG! we need some choices for the player to make at the end! pull out little boy again!"

Well... it didn't destroy the ME series for me at least. If they ever would release a First Contact War game or something I would probably get it.
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Old 2012-07-07, 12:02   Link #3403
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Agreed, what they did to flesh out each of the branching paths made them a lot better, even enjoyable--I had a smile on my face while watching the Reapers rebuild in the Control ending, and all the happy people in the Synthesis ending.

However, this does not excuse deus ex machina kid and his associated destruction of narrative coherence--his stupid exposition dumps do not help... in fact, they hurt! This is a visual medium, people--remember the #1 rule:

SHOW, DON'T TELL. Nobody likes exposition; it's boring and feels very artificial.
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Old 2012-07-07, 12:48   Link #3404
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I do agree that "show, don't tell" will always be the superior way of story telling.

What I figured was: Someone from Bioware said they first wanted to go with only 1 ending. The Reapers get destroyed ending.

Somehow I get the feeling the original ending was just Shepherd sitting besides Anderson, looking at earth from the best seats in the house (and remember the voicefiles from this scene were already in the game even if they were not used) and then the Crucible would fire, destroy the Reapers and make the Citadel and stuff go boom. No dead Geth or EDI, instead the Crucible just worked as intended. All are sad about Shepherd demise but oh, an after credits scene showing that he's still alive. Thanks for playing!

But somehow they thought they needed a few more endings (because choices), but how to make them happen? there was just some console for opening up the Citadel's arms in the room. Enter the kid, make it offer the endings and let it give a few explanations about Reapers.
Ah yes, also let's make the destroy ending a little less appealing by also make it kill other synthetics. Viola, the old 3 endings were born!

It is really funny. While I do think the endings are nice, even I see that the rest of the game is far superior. The part with Anderson and TIM were good and Anderson/Shephard talk afterwards was just great. Music and all.

And then comes the kid. Still not rage worthy for me... I saw worse.

So despite the strange ending: ME3 a really great game and I do not regret playing it. I agree they could have done better in the end, but I will always remember the Mass Effect series fondley.
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Old 2012-07-07, 14:35   Link #3405
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So despite the strange ending: ME3 a really great game and I do not regret playing it. I agree they could have done better in the end, but I will always remember the Mass Effect series fondley.
This is true. Heck, the first thing that ran through my mind when my 360 finally RROD-ed a couple of days ago was "aw damn, no more replaying mass effect."
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Old 2012-07-07, 21:48   Link #3406
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What I figured was: Someone from Bioware said they first wanted to go with only 1 ending. The Reapers get destroyed ending.

Somehow I get the feeling the original ending was just Shepherd sitting besides Anderson, looking at earth from the best seats in the house (and remember the voicefiles from this scene were already in the game even if they were not used) and then the Crucible would fire, destroy the Reapers and make the Citadel and stuff go boom.
I agree. In fact, this is still my (head)canon ending (I hope the dude will add DLC scenes soon)
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Old 2012-07-08, 00:41   Link #3407
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They don't actually have to have anything to do with human mammary glands. Fish, lizards, insects, all have secondary physical characteristics that differentiate between genders. But it's more for the Biologist's benefit more than the animals concerned. So we can just assume there are body shape differences between Turian genders "just because" and leave it at that.

(I still find it amusing that Starfish doesn't have any real means to determine gender amongst themselves. So come mating season they just randomly crawl over one another until they find a match.)
Of course, they were given boobs "Just cause" it makes it easier to tell them a part. Other than the females being seemingly smaller in girth and more slender.
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Old 2012-07-08, 07:53   Link #3408
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Damn i thought i downloaded the extended cut but it was just a patch... i played the game for nothing....
So i watched the 4 endings. It was better than the previous endings but the reasons & conclusions are still meh.
Well , i think that the more satisfying ending is Blue cuz Shepard controls all the reapers , helps to rebuild things , Geth are alive , IDA too etc.... but who knows if a day he'll abuse of authority & destroy all things again , became the new starchild etc...
I'm not a fan for the synthesis , i don't think it's a good idea that's all living being became like that , each living being got their own lifespan etc...
The Red could have been good if only all the synthetics wouldn't be dead cuz all the previous efforts would have been pointless...
Refusal -> ME 1,2,3 reboot with nothing new.
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Old 2012-07-11, 00:41   Link #3409
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Apparently there's a new DLC coming

Adept) N7 Fury: Throw, Annihilation Field, Dark Channel

(Soldier) N7 Destroyer: Multi-Frag Grenade, Missile Launcher, Devastator Mode, T5-V battlesuit?

(Engineer) N7 Demolisher: Homing Grenade, Arc Grenade, Supply Pylon

(Sentinel) N7 Paladin: Snap Freeze, Incinerate, Energy Drain

(Infiltrator) N7 Shadow: Tactical Cloak, Shadow Strike, Electric Slash

(Vanguard) N7 Slayer: Phase Disruptor, Biotic Charge, Biotic Slash, has a guddam sword *is Kai Leng I'm assuming*



Fury: "Fury operatives use implants to fuel biotics and their incredible
movement speed. These operatives wind an unpredictable path on the
battlefield, moving in and out of combat before returning to unleash a
sweeping biotic attack on their unsuspecting targets."


Destroyer: "The Destroyer's T5-V Battlesuit gives these strong-but-slow
soldiers mech-like protection. Driven by eezo-assisted actuators, these
frontline troopers carry heavy weapons onto the battlefield."


Demolisher: "The Demolisher uses grenades to attack at range and to
terrorize the battlefield. Demolishers can also create a supply pylon
that stocks allies with an unending reserve of grenades and thermal
reloads."


Paladin: "The Paladin carries a powerful omni-shield onto the
battlefield to block enemy fire. The Paladin also uses the shield as a
heavy-melee weapon that, when modified with incindiery or cryo upgrades,
creates a devastating combination attack."


Shadow: "Shadow infiltrators use implants to dramatically improve
agility, making them slippery combatants on the battlefield. Their
monomolecular blades are a menace from cover and close range."

Slayer: "Slayers use implants to dramatically improve mobility. Their
dizzying sword attacks can hit multiple opponents, and the Slayer's
ability to slip fire makes them hard to pin down on the battielfield."

Edit: Release date 17th July


I dunno but I think the destroyer if he's that slow would be useless since a Phantom/banshee can just run up and insta-kill them.
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Old 2012-07-11, 00:52   Link #3410
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I don't think they'd be that much slower than Krogans at least, and the latter aren't that much more vulnerable to Phantoms and Banshees than everyone else.

Also, pics of the new N7 Classes:

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Also, pics of the new guns:

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Yes, we actually get playable versions of a Phantom and Kai Leng in MP. Freakin' sweet
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Old 2012-07-11, 03:01   Link #3411
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Fuckin' sweet. I'm definately gonna play Destroyer, Demolisher and paladin, especially if Demolisher has Overload.
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Old 2012-07-11, 06:25   Link #3412
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I like how the Demolisher is wearing a female version of James and Kaidan's base game alternate outfits.

Well, moreso, I hate the fact that Ashley doesn't have an alternate like that.
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Old 2012-07-11, 07:09   Link #3413
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I like how their putting so much into the player choices than actually diffrent modes.

Slayer looks cool tho I guess... paladin too.
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Old 2012-07-11, 12:25   Link #3414
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Mass Effect 3: Earth MP DLC Official Announcement
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The human race faces extinction as the war rages on in our backyard! Fight for humanity’s survival in the latest installment of downloadable content for Mass Effect™ 3 multiplayer! Available to download at no additional charge*, Mass Effect 3: Earth adds three new maps based on three key cities in the galactic war – London, Vancouver and Rio De Janeiro. Players will be introduced to a whole new team of elite N7 forces who will be dispatched to protect civilization, along with an arsenal of lethal new weapons, unique upgrades, the all-new Platinum difficulty level and a brand new in-mission objective.

Mass Effect 3: Earth will be available for download on July 17 on Xbox LIVE® and the Origin™ client software and on PlayStation® Network in North America on July 17 and in Europe on July 18. The entire pack will include:

· Three New Maps – With the fate of the galaxy at stake, Earth’s military efforts have concentrated on three strategic locations. Defend Firebase Rio, home to the N7 training facility, along with Firebase Vancouver and Firebase London in the last stand for mankind.

· New Array of Playable N7 Characters – Step into the boots of the Alliance’s most elite military units with the N7 Demolisher Engineer, N7 Destroyer Soldier, N7 Fury Adept, N7 Sentinel Paladin, N7 Shadow Infiltrator and N7 Slayer Vanguard.

· New Powerful and Unique Weapons – Lay waste to the enemy by unlocking the N7 Piranha Shotgun, N7 Typhoon Assault Rifle and Acolyte Pistol.

· New Powerful Upgrades – Outfit your weapons with 12 new modifications and fortify your gear with 11 unique upgrades to defeat even the toughest foes.

· New “Platinum” Difficulty – Conquer bronze in your sleep? Take down Silver with one hand? Beat Gold without breaking a sweat? Then grab your friends and test your skills on the brand-new Platinum difficulty.

New In-Mission Objective – Randomly occurring during waves 3, 6 and 10, this new objective will challenge teams to keep a targeted agent alive by protecting and escorting them to a designated extraction zone on each map.
Platinum Difficulty AND Escort Missions? Good lord... time to bring my A-game...
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Old 2012-07-11, 16:48   Link #3415
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but is it an underwater timed escort mission?
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Old 2012-07-11, 19:26   Link #3416
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Escort missions? As in, the most hated mission type in any game ever? Well... crap.
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Old 2012-07-12, 16:05   Link #3417
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Well it doesn't sound so bad as the escort target is one of the players. I figure it's a little like the high-priority packages objective, only that the one going to extraction point is able to sprint.
Or they turn him into some other helpless character... then... well... gah. >.<


But damn, those N7 operatives look great. And the Shadow has Shadow Strike? Dayum, this was one of my Kasumi's favourites.
Wonder how the T5-V Battlesuit works. Like Tech Armor or more some kind of passive power?
And whats next? Spectres for the aliens races?
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Old 2012-07-13, 07:18   Link #3418
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Reddit: Escort Objective Details

From the sound of it, it resembles TF2's Payload Mode, where you "push" a probe by standing near it until it reaches its destination. Supposedly the enemy either doesn't go after the probe or is invincible, so no worry about it getting killed by its stupidity.
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Old 2012-07-17, 10:44   Link #3419
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It's so.... BEAUTIFUL.

Edit:

As a reminder, the Earth DLC is out for Xbox and PC.
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Old 2012-07-17, 18:56   Link #3420
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I don't think they'd be that much slower than Krogans at least, and the latter aren't that much more vulnerable to Phantoms and Banshees than everyone else.

Also, pics of the new N7 Classes:

Spoiler for Size:


Also, pics of the new guns:

Spoiler for Size:


Yes, we actually get playable versions of a Phantom and Kai Leng in MP. Freakin' sweet
I wish all those weapons and armors can go to SP. The Inferno armor in N7 colors looks incredibly sweet.
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