#N7Day News and Notes – Mass Effect: Andromeda Teaser Trailer

This day started off like any other N7 (November 7th) day. Woke up and, well, checked my Twitter for the latest news and information on one of my favorite game series in years. They did not fail to deliver the goods.

Here’s the teaser trailers to Mass Effect: Andromeda.

This gave me literal chills. The hype that I have for Fallout 4 is now surpassed by the hype that I feel for Mass Effect Andromeda. Also…LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN, BOYS AND GIRLS! For those that don’t know (AND I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU WOULDN’T KNOW THIS) that’s FemShep “passing the torch” and signing off. Honestly, this does nothing but prove my point that somewhere in that dangum universe/galaxy you will meet some of the crew of the Normandy, if not Shepard.

“Holiday 2016″ can’t come soon enough for this one.

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Fav Five Friday: Games To Look For This E3*

*That we already know will be announced.

E3 is inching so close to us we can taste it. In fact, we are three months away from E3 and somewhere Gabe Newell just had a heart attack.

However, let us not waste precious time! June is right around the corner and THIS is your top 5 games to watch forat this year’s E3 event.

Now, the rules are different. Instead of listing 5 things, I am actually going to pick one from each major category (EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony). Let’s begin,  shall we?

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MICROSOFT – Minecraft: Story Mode. For those of you who don’t know, Minecraft is now the property of Microsoft so I would not be surprised if this game gets announced at Microsoft’s E3. Also, it will be interesting to see how this game will look and feel, being it’s a story based game based off of a game that’s a free world based game.

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SONY – Uncharted 4. This will be needed for a good E3 for Sony, as it was learned earlier this week that Uncharted’s release date was pushed back to 2016. Which blows. Hard. Maybe show some Beta footage along with a commercial. Get me excited to play this game, as I never had a PlayStation when Uncharted was a thing. It will be interesting to see how they turn this negative into a positive.

 

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NINTENDO – (TIE) Zelda and Star Fox. Nintendo has hyped both of these games to no end ever since they were playing the open world Zelda game. I believe this is the time where Nintendo comes out guns a-blazing and shows us EVERYTHING about these two games. I want more, of course. Instead of watching some guy watch a green screen pretending he’s playing, play the game. DO A BARRELL ROLL! Oh God, I hope I actually get to play as Fox this time from the beginning and not ride a pterodactyl or something.

UBISOFT – Guess. I will give you three easy guesses on what I’m excited to see more information about. Show me something from Assassin’s Creed: Victory and my money will be tossed in your general direction, Ubisoft…it’s…it’s probably west. Do I need to tell you how Assassin’s Creed is going to be once Ubisoft announce it and show things from it? Hopefully no bugs, though. We don’t want that. I mean, look at England. LOOK AT IT!

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ELECTRONIC ARTS: Mass. Effect. Four. Mass. Effect. Four. Mass. Effect. Four. Last year all we had was conception art, if this year is gameplay footage I will not be able to control my body. At all. I don’t expect gameplay, as it’s still quite possibly in the early early stages of development but man…I am a big Mass Effect fan and I don’t even know what to expect from this game. Do my choices in the first three games matter? Is Shepard in this? Is he not? Is this a prequel? Sequel? Do I play as a Prothean? Gah! Just tell me already!

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For a complete listing of all games already expected to be shown at E3, click here for IGN’s coverage. Are you interested in anything from E3? Leave it in the comments below.

Friday’s Fave Five: Crossovers That SHOULD Happen

With the popularity of games, such as Marvel v. Capcom, Super Smash Bros, and Kingdom Hearts (lesser known: Robocop v. Terminator), companies have had success crossing over different realms of the video game spectrum. These are games that aren’t even being mentioned but things that, honestly, I would snatch up in a heartbeat.

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5. An X-Box Smash Bros/All-Stars style – I am probably the only one who thinks this and even wants something like this, even with the knowledge of Playstation All-Stars kind of got swept under the rug after the initial thought of that game being good. Microsoft has a nice list of BAD ASS characters that are on their roster that, now, they can in fact do a game similar to those of Nintendo and Sony. Not to mention, they have the rights to Rare Ware and can put the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Conker in their game, along side Battleblock Theater guy, Master Chief, Marcus Fenix and Alan Wake.

4. Family Guy/Simpsons Games – Both are HUGE cartoons owned by the same franchise, FOX. Both have dipped their hands in video games. Both video games have faltered, with the exception of Road Rage, which was the best of the bunch. They both have very successful mobile games. Why not double dip your video games, kind of like what Mario and Sonic did with the Olympics? It wouldn’t be as bad as Mario v. Sonic at the Olympics because you’re going to expect it to be bad because of the humor that the two shows brings.So why not? Fighting games? I’d love to see a Cleveland Brown v. Moe battle. There is so much left to tap in this crossover between the two families and we’re just tapping into it with the crossover show on Fox.

3. Dragon Age/Mass Effect – Now, I know there were rumors that, somehow, the storyline of Dragon Age and Mass Effect are linear to one another and we know that Mass Effect likes to go back in time, sometimes. So this might be one of the ones that are, probably, the closest from actually happening. Mass Effect 3 left a lot on the table with where they want to go with things and, if I am not mistaken, both games have little Easter Eggs going against one another, so why not? Why not do what Mass Effect did in the From Ashes DLC and have someone, not just everyone just someone, from one game placed in the other? It would be pretty cool to see because of how successful both companies have done in years.

2. Civilization/Sim City – In both games, you are God. In both games, you control the world that you live in. In both games, you rule with an iron thumb. I would love to see a moment in Civ where you get to control giant alien spiders or control weather to wipe out an entire nation, like in Sim City. That would just be an OP way of getting a 1-Up on the other guy.

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1. YOU GOT MARVEL IN MY DISNEY! – Think about it, people. Kingdom Hearts is a crossover mecca. You got themes from all walks of life and, now, with Disney buying Marvel, wouldn’t it be interesting to see Ironman or Hulk fighting alongside Goofy? NOT EVEN KINGDOM HEARTS! THREE WORDS EVER SINCE I HEARD THE DISNEY AND MARVEL MERGER: MARVEL V. DISNEY! That’s all I really want. I want a fighting game, like Marvel v. Capcom, where both companies (who have a butt load of characters to begin with) settle their differences in an epic fighting game where the final bosses are the tag team of Stan Lee and the giant disembodied head of Walt Disney (heck, throw in Darth Vader and Star Wars)

BioWare’s Shadow Realms Announced

In Germany, Microsoft, EA and Bioware released a trailer for their new game that they hinted was going to happen during E3. Here is your first look at Shadow Realms, a fantasy 4-on-1 online multiplayer RPG set in a modern-day fantasy world.

That not good enough? Okay. How about the 4 minute gameplay video from IGN?

If this is the finished product, and it probably isn’t because there seems to be some rough edges that needs to be smoothed out (yes, I am aware that I am watching A VIDEO or A TELEVISION playing A VIDEO GAME), I don’t seem very impressed with Bioware/EA. This is a shocker for me because, as you all know, I am a huge Mass Effect fan and talking bad about a Bioware made game hits me right in the feels but this just seems to miss the point for me.

Maybe it’s the hype. I mean, remember this got a preview at E3!

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THE GUY’S HEAD IS SMOKING! IT’S SMOKING! SOMETHING BIG SHOULD BE HAPPENING! And then the gameplay kinda fizzled out.

Maybe I just have to actually play it to get a better feel to it, but I feel like we know BioWare for its’ storyline development (see: DragonAge; see: Mass Effect) and, now, it’s just a 4-on-1 online battle mode which looks like a Diablo clone. I hope I am wrong. I hope I am. BioWare has my money for the new Mass Effect, they know that. But it just seems like one of those situations where the 4-on-1 online game seems like it was awesome on paper (I mean, you guys get to play AS THE ONE WHO CONTROLS THE ENTIRE WORLD that your four opponents try to destroy. YOU PLAY THE EVIL DOER!), yet when you see the product live and in color, it looks totally different than what you imagined it being.

What are your guys thoughts about this game? Are you excited? Concerned? Picking it up later this or next year? Leave it in the comments below

Mass Effect 4 Main Character Rumors Abound!

So you say that there’s going to be a brand spanking new Mass Effect coming out? You also say that it’s a prequel? Before the time and life of Shepard? So there HAS to be a new character, correct?

Well, the Official X-Box Magazine (OXM) has found out that BioWare has been throwing the names of Shepard’s allies of possible spin-offs in the Mass Effect universe. The character that leads all discussion is everybody’s FAVORITE Turian, Garrus! Garrus has the most backstory than any of the characters in the Mass Effect universe. HE WAS ARCHANGEL! The only con I see about this is that Mr. Valkarian is a gun-totter BUT his specialty happens to be the sniper rifle, a gun that isn’t quite a favorite in single players. Yes, it will be cool to calibrate things and yes his voice is smooth as I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter BUT the sniper rifle thing scares me.

 

I don’t want to play as JUST a sniper, you know? You know.

One intriguing character that was mentioned, which I will have no problem in seeing where this goes, will be playing as the Illusive Man. For those of you who don’t know, the Illusive Man is the head of Cerberus and was voiced by legendary actor Martin Sheen. This, actually, can fit for him. He doesn’t even have to fight to be the main character. The Illusive Man can use Cerberus to take control and goes into what you find out at the end of Mass Effect 3 (I won’t spoil it for those who need to play it).

Another one I won’t mind, which was brought up in the OXM article, is the last of the Protheans, Javik and his battle, which was featured in the “From Ashes” DLC.

However, I think the developers are TRYING to steer us into thinking that this story is just going to be about ONE character. I think they have something special. Hear me out, BioWare. You see what Rockstar is doing with Grand Theft Auto? They have THREE stories in ONE game. Why not do the same? Hell, feature more characters. Liara as Shadowbroker? The love of my life, Tali’Zorah? Aria? Also, each character will have their own special skill (Garrus – Soldier, Tali – Engineer, etc.). I mean, you have enough space to do it. You are, probably, going to have multiple discs (*if that’s still a thing in the future), why not use it to your advantage?

Here’s what I’m thinking, though. If you want a new experience and played Mass Effect (the first one) you are given the option to be a “Spacer” or “Earthbound” and “War Hero” and “Survivor”. Use a different team in that story and the  story that you picked for the first Mass Effect with the ending and BOOM! There’s your Shepard tie-in.

Also, a DLC featuring Blasto would be awesome, thank you.

Who would you like to see star in Mass Effect 4? Project Zero/Jack? Mordin? Joker in a Star Fox-esque flying battle? Someone COMPLETELY out of left field (a battle between shops who claim Shepard said that it was his favorite? Can make it into a Facebook game).

BioWare: Good News/Bad News.

“What do you want first? The good news or the bad news?” You hear that all the time when someone’s about to drop a bombshell announcement that could break your spirits. BioWare had that type of day, today. So…we will start with the good news, because I love to bring your hopes up…before, ultimately, crushing everything in one fail swoop.

GOOD NEWS

BioWare has hinted that there’s a new game in the works, as well as announcing their new single player DLC!

BioWare Edmonton/Montreal’s GM Aayrn Flynn said THIS in an interview with IGN:

“Executive Producer Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy. But they’re not done yet,” Flynn wrote. “We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall. But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game. ‘Where to go next?’ with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we’d all love to hear your ideas.”

In recent talks with BioWare execs, they have mentioned that if they DO get a new video game, all together, Commander Shepard will not be in it.

ALSO, I hope you are all loving the Leviathan DLC that came out a few weeks ago because (as Flynn mentioned) they’re not done with Mass Effect just yet. PLUS the location of the new single player DLC will be…THAT SCUMMY HELLHOLE, OMEGA (I meant that in a good way)!

If you played Mass Effect 2, you would meet Aria who, while in the club, says “I AM OMEGA!” In Mass Effect 3, you meet up with her in the Citadel and Omega has been taken over by, DUN DUN DUUUUUN, Cerberus. So, it’s going to be weird to see if we get to team up with Aria, Blue Suns and Blood Pack (since Aria owns control of all three of the mercs) in the multiplayer aspect, or single player.

Now that you’ve taken the good…it’s time to take the bad.

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Well, when they do create new DLCs and, hopefully, a brand new game, they are going to have to do it with new owners.

BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk both have announced their retirements from the company.

Here’s an excerpt from the doctors’ farewell messages:

Dr. Greg Zeschuk:

“After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation. For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile. We have been blessed with tremendous success over the years at BioWare, and the reason is simply down to a large number of great people doing great work. Successful people or companies have to admit luck also plays a part in their success, and it certainly did for us; a few times over the years we made the right game at the right time and success flowed as a result. When we got it right, it was like a hole in one or a home run; it was a magical feeling and incomparable in positive impact for everyone involved.”

Dr. Ray Muzyka:

“The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of video games was my next career ‘chapter’. Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. It’s not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s.”

For more of what they said, click on the “Bad News” link below.

What’s next for BioWare? Will it just get sucked up to EA? What do you think? Leave it in the comments below!

(Good News: IGN / Bad News: G4.TV)

Iranians no longer able to play Blizzard’s online games.


Lets start with this statement from Blizzard themselves:

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to
Blizzard games and services.

This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Now, not to get all political but this is completely normal. Trade embargos happen all the time across the world. The issue is what lies ahead. Blizzard pulls out the a-hole card. You know that card you pull out when you are being a complete and utter a-hole.

According to Blizzards terms of service this was supposed to happen from the beginning but due to them not enforcing it people have been playing it. However, now that the government is forcing them to follow the trade guidelines Blizzard said pfffffffffffffft and went back to their own terms and said that “Blizzard is unable to provide refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in Iran and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.” Dick Move.

In case you are curious here’s the rest of the list of countries that can’t play these games:

– Colombia
– Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
– Cuba
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Libya
– Republic of the Congo
– Somalia
– Myanmar
– North Korea
– Sudan
– Syria

Now, without a doubt this is all because of the government pushing for compliance from all companies operation within the US. However, to not refund the 238,761 rials per person per month is a dick move.

Happy Wars Free to Play!

Happy Wars is a casual multi-player action game in which a large number of players control comical characters in fun battles.
In a variety of fantasy battlefields including grasslands, a dark world, and the ocean floor, players can control any of 3 types of characters: warrior, mage, and cleric. Cooperate with friends to enjoy action on the grand scale, casting magic spells, attacking castles, and so on.
For off-line fun, the player can take on missions in the solo campaign mode.

“Happy Wars is our first original title and we want to deliver it from Japan to the world,” said Yoichi Take, director of Happy Wars. “We explored deeply into the fun of playing together with friends. The game has been jam-packed with gimmicks and systems to appeal to all gamers from hardcore to casual. We promise unprecedented enthusiasm, screams and excitement, so by all means, have fun with Happy Wars!”

Happy Wars is expected to be released by Microsoft Studios on the Microsoft Xbox LIVE Arcade service in 2012. Microsoft announced that “it will release ToyLogic’s game as XBLA’s first for-real free-to-play game. When Happy Wars launches this “autumn,” it’ll be a free download for Xbox Live Gold users, supported by the purchase of “lavishly rendered items” to customize your character.”

PC game REQUIRES Your Voice.

Indomitus Games presents:

In Verbis Virtus is a first person view video game that mixes action and puzzle elements in a fantasy setting, in the game you play as a wizard who can perform spells pronouncing magic formulas. The innovation introduced by this game is in the control system: the player must use a microphone to cast spells by actually saying the magic words.

While playing In Verbis Virtus we find ourselves completely unarmed in a dark dungeon that hides many dangers. The only way to overcome the obstacles that you’ll find is to learn the secrets of the arcane arts of magic through books that the protagonist finds along his path. These tomes teach magic formulas which, if pronounced correctly, enable you to perform many spells. Using these powers in a creative way the player can solve puzzles, overcome traps and kill the enemies that try to hinder him.

So far the game demo is available for PC only with no announcement of any other platforms, but its certainly worth a shot!

Transcripted site now online

TopWare Interactive is proud to announce the new virtual headquarters of its upcoming puzzle-shooter, “Transcripted”. The website of the game is live at transcripted.topware.com. From now on, all information, screenshots and trailers can be found here, at the official website. “Transcripted” is set to release for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 very soon as a downloadable title, thanks to the hard work by developer Alkemi Games.

Though humanity has always believed itself to be at the top of the food chain, the more microscopic hierarchies of life are what truly hold the powers of life and death. Disease is the greatest threat to the future of our species, even more so than famine, and as rapid population growth continues hand-in-hand with ever-increasing comforts and quality of life, it is only a matter of time before some unstoppable disease evolves with the potential to annihilate us.

That day has come. A new disease has been discovered in your laboratory, spreading faster than modern methods of quarantine and treatment can hope to contain. As traditional medicine has almost no effect on this terrifying, unidentified xeno-virus, you’ve been tasked with driving what may well be humanity’s last, single hope in defeating the outbreak of the disease before it reaches epidemic proportions: the Nano Probe. Armed with cutting-edge weapons from laser canons to homing missiles, the Nano Probe is a microscopic, experimental precision surgical instrument that enters infected cells to hunt down and destroy pathogens, all while being remotely controlled from outside the body. You, and the Nano Probe, are all that stands between us and total extinction.

A retro arcade shooter at its core, the gameplay also features classic match three puzzle elements, rejuvenating both of these well-explored genres with ingenuity and addictive simplicity. Transcripted transports players into the tiniest battlefield of all, the perpetual war zone of the human body, to fight off a deadly virus that if allowed to propagate and spread could destroy our entire species. But all hope is not lost, as new tech research is constantly being implemented, allowing players to upgrade the Nano Probe’s weapons, chassis, shields, and energy systems, ensuring that any evolutionary escalation done by the virus does not remain one-sided. Players must guide the Nano-Probe and its weapons with the objective of disrupting the virus’s slow-coiling pseudo-DNA strand, a colorful chain that can only be broken by matching three or more nucleotide cubes of identical color. Stopping an infection is no easy task, and the virus will create many brutal, monstrous mutations to stop the Nano Probe dead in its tracks… cue the game’s unforgettable boss battles, which will require both a sharp wit and razor-honed reflexes to overcome.

Two separate difficulty settings, one for puzzle elements and another for shooting, make Transcripted a game of literally endless possibility and replay value.

For more information about the game please visit transcripted.topware.com.