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Old 2011-08-16, 23:32   Link #901
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The attack on Earth is quite obviously the "epilogue" of ME3. Bioware makes their games in a very specific three-act formula.

Act one, introduction, party recruitment, all of that. Act two, the wider world opens up, build your armies, do sidequests, etc. Act three the epilogue and final battle.

Bioware always does this.
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Old 2011-08-17, 00:20   Link #902
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The episodic approach Bioware has in it's games to me makes the overall game more tighter and well paced by having the game segmented in terms of plot and progression. Part of the reason why I loved ME2 and Dragon Age's presentation/plot even if the sci-fi and fantasy elements were run of the mill.
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Old 2011-08-17, 09:29   Link #903
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I thought the Earth invasion was the intro of the game, as it follows directly after the events of Arrival. Shepard's only reason to be on Earth is to be on trial...
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Old 2011-08-17, 09:52   Link #904
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The attack on Earth is quite obviously the "epilogue" of ME3. Bioware makes their games in a very specific three-act formula.

Act one, introduction, party recruitment, all of that. Act two, the wider world opens up, build your armies, do sidequests, etc. Act three the epilogue and final battle.
I agree with the basic 3 Act structure of the games (this basic structure is seen throughout a lot of entertainment), but an epilogue is not an act, it is an epilogue. The epilogue of ME2 was whether or not Shepard survives and his/her encounter with TIM and the corresponding voice over, not the final confrontation with the Collectors.

So, the final confrontation with the Reapers will be the final act/finale, and the epilogue will be whether or not Shepard survives (etc).
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Old 2011-08-17, 10:42   Link #905
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The Gamescom trailer
Wait 9-3-12? did it get pushed back I thought the release date was this year.
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Old 2011-08-17, 10:47   Link #906
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Wait 9-3-12? did it get pushed back I thought the release date was this year.
ME3 was always slated for next year you know
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Old 2011-08-17, 10:58   Link #907
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Not always. It was supposed to come out this holiday season, but it ended up having the delay announced last may, if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 2011-08-17, 11:28   Link #908
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And not surprising either, ME3 is an established name now, it's name alone will sell regardless of the holiday season boost.

And since they're also launching The Old Republic in the holliday, which has the same target audience, to launch both games at the same time would be bad planning.
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Old 2011-08-17, 12:13   Link #909
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Sooooo.... David Silverman of marketing just said they are having a new round of voting for FemShep. Number 5 won the previous poll conclusively, but the huge amount of comments that said they liked the hairstyle but wanted a different hair colour, has resulted in this.

#5 now in four different hair colours....
http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/4...pgamescom1.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/1...pgamescom2.jpg
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/3...pgamescom3.jpg
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/712...pgamescom4.jpg

Vote here. The poll ends by PAX 2011.
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Old 2011-08-17, 12:21   Link #910
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Definitely red.

Please.
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Old 2011-08-17, 13:17   Link #911
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The fair/brown looks the best to me.

I'm surprised they did it this way seeing as some of the other styles would have looked cool with different coloured hair too and besides that it look to me like quite a few people voted for #5 because she had blond hair.

Still its nice they're letting us choose at all.
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Old 2011-08-17, 14:05   Link #912
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I, for one, voted for 5 because the hairstyle was more appealing to me. Now, given a choice, it's red all the way.
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Old 2011-08-17, 14:34   Link #913
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Blond is dead last, with Dirty-Blond dead second-last. Red is currently in the lead, with about 25% more votes than Black.

Glee!
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Old 2011-08-17, 14:58   Link #914
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That style actually looks good with black hair. It looked pretty tart-ish with blond.

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And not surprising either, ME3 is an established name now, it's name alone will sell regardless of the holiday season boost.

And since they're also launching The Old Republic in the holliday, which has the same target audience, to launch both games at the same time would be bad planning.
I take exception to this remark. Maybe bro gamers would like both games, but screw another soul-sucking MMORPG. Bioware, I am disappoint. Make your game devs go work on single player RPGs instead of purple-pixel-poopsocking.
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Old 2011-08-17, 15:06   Link #915
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I take exception to this remark. Maybe bro gamers would like both games, but screw another soul-sucking MMORPG. Bioware, I am disappoint. Make your game devs go work on single player RPGs instead of purple-pixel-poopsocking.
Your everlasting rage does not change that TOR targets the same audience as the players who play Mass Effect.

You know, the players who love a story driven game with lotsa dialog set in space.
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Old 2011-08-17, 15:07   Link #916
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Oh, c'mon. It's The Old Republic. Surely that's gotta count for something...
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Old 2011-08-20, 11:33   Link #917
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Q&As from the past two days of Gamescom, over at Giantbomb
Spoiler for Long list:
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Old 2011-08-20, 11:43   Link #918
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All of the stuff I'm seeing is awesome enough, but then I saw THAT...



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Old 2011-08-20, 11:58   Link #919
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■They are considering an Uber achievement for all three games. What that is exactly is they don't know, but they want to reward their long term fans.
I hope it's something tangible, like an alternate ending or something. Not just a 'ploink' achievement.

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■Not loyalty of people, but loyalty of races. Less focus on building loyalty with squad members and more on the various races. So expect previous loyalty and decisions to play a part in this.
Sounds like a goo

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■The fate of the squad mates will not always be up to the player and decisions that feels right can prove to be harmful.
Risky, but interesting. The world isn't always puppies and bunnies.

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■The banter will be increased significantly since the squad member group is smaller this time.
Yes! I'm probably among the few, but I really like banter between squad-mates.

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■Aside from the Krogan princess, we will apparently not see female counterparts of turians, salarians and so on in ME3 either.
Damn. Was hoping for that. Oh well.

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■If Hammerhead or Mako returns it's closer to critical path missions. Don't expect exploration using these vehicles.
Another damn. Even though exploring the same square of land was not that entertaining after a while, it did help give the galaxy a feeling of greatness.

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■Seems Cerberus will be a full blown antagonist and not possible to align with in ME3.
Despite all the whining, it makes sense from both angles. You destroy collector base, Illusive Man has a bone to pick. You give him collector base, he gets indoctrinated (because remind the the last time working with live reaper tech worked out well?)

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■They have DECIDED about whether you'll get to see Tali's face or not.
Lovely dodging the answer while they're at it. Still voting for no myself. On the flipside:

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■We may see Quarians without masks. Whether that would include Tali or not was left unsaid.
If they do this, they might as well show Tali's too. The question about what Tali looks like is an extension of the question of what quarians look like. If they show other quarians, the mystery is partially gone already, and not showing Tali's would just be trolling.

Though the Tali-fan rage (oh dear, risky wordplay ) would be worth it.

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■There may be time sensitive story elements though it will be more focused ones like the Normandy crew.
As long as 'time' means 'do it in order XYZ' and not 'do it in five minutes or reload' I'm fine with it. I hate timers.

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■ME3 will make you cry!
Pfft. Bring it. So far I've seen nothing really cry-worthy in Mass Effect.

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■Kal'Reegar will return in ME3.
Hell yes!

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■They are discussing possibilities of missions that ties back to your background choice for Shepard.
Oooh, risky since it'd require an entire replay from ME1 up, but interesting if they do.

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■Legion will return with a larger role in ME3.
That's it. I'm happy.

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■There may be a 'special' import for saves where Shepard died. The interest is clearly too big for them to simply ignore such a treat.
The galaxy burning and dieing? Oh, I can't wait for this...

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■Miranda will be back and has unfinished business with Shepard.
Mreh.

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■Shepard's SPECTRE status will play part in ME3 and change things if you had the status reinstated in ME2.
My first reaction was "wait, that was a choice?" An eye for such detail would show promise...

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■Normandy will be the SR-2 with an Alliance paint and some redesigned interiors. Joker will apparently be happy with it.
"Uhh, leather?"
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^More like virtual boobs on EDI's interface.
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