Mass Effect 3 Demo Release Date Dropped!

18 01 2012

With every type of demo imaginable dropping this month, EA and Bioware weren’t afraid to make us wait a few more weeks for the Mass Effect 3 demo to hit XBLA and PSN on February 14th.  SWTOR ruined relationships around Christmas and Mass Effect 3 looks to re-open those wounds on Valentines day.  Maybe you could plan to dine in, order some pizzas, light some scented candles and blow up some Reapers all romantic like.  And of course bring a friend because co-op missions will be available for those with the online pass via Battlefield 3.  Sorry Steam members, EA’s Origin doesn’t want to play and has taken it’s ball back home.  After getting your fix you can continue to repel the Reaper invasion starting March 6th on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC (Origin).

Expect to see the latest Demo Reel from Nic soon,  don’t miss it!



The Worlds of Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur Collide

11 01 2012

EA is doing something really creative this first quarter of 2012.  Starting out rather strong to be more precise.  EA is releasing demos for Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur that will unlock in game items across each games universe.  “What does that even mean?”  Glad you asked, EA is releasing the Kingdoms of Amalur demo on January 17.  When you complete the demo, that also means watching the trailer at the end, you will receive in game items for not only Kingdoms of Amalur, but also in game items for Mass Effect 3.

These in game promotions for Kingdoms include an ice resistance booster Twist of Fate Card, a health and mana boosting Twinned Souls Chakram weapon, and a protective helmet called The Infernal Helm.  And for your troubles, or enjoyment depending on how you like Kingdoms, your Mass Effect 3 awards include The Reckoner Knight Armor and the Chakram Launcher.

It doesn’t stop there, when the Mass Effect 3 demo does drop, EA has disclosed no information when that may be, completing that demo will also reward you with N7 Armor and Omniblade Daggers for Kingdoms of Amalur.  The Commander Shepard inspired N7 Armor looks bad ass with the accompanying  Omniblade Daggers.  Every piece of armor and weaponry look awesome and have useful perks that would be well worth a play through to get them.  The Mass Effect 3 Reckoner Knight Armor maximizes close-quarter damage and increases projectile velocity while the Chakram Launcher fires “lightweight explosive ammunition discs.

With rewards like these I will definitely be downloading each of these demos.  It really feels like free DLC or pre-order bonuses, they’re that good.  The Kingdoms of Amalur demo drops this January 17th and you can pick up the full game for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on February 7th.   Happy hunting.


The Old Republic is Here, so We’re Here to Help!

19 12 2011

The last few days, I’ve gotten a little bit away from reality. See, I pre-ordered SWTOR back in August and for the last few days I have been enjoying the rewards of the pre-order bonus: Early Access. Now I’m rocking a level 24 Sith Juggernaut, I’ve learned the crafting system and done a little bit of pve, pvp and the space missions. Well now you get to reap all the benefits of my experience because in this article, YOU will get pre-game knowledge to help you power through the endless lines of scrubs trying to slow you down on your path to level 50!

Ok. Let’s start with the crafting system. At the top of your HUD you will find a tiny diamond. This represents all your crew (slaves). Your crew members or companions handle all the menial tasks that go along with conquering the galaxy. Upon reaching level 10, your character is sent to the main hub of your given faction. Since I chose Sith, I was sent to the Imperial Fleet or for you WoW players, Iron Forge of Star Wars. You may pick up to 3 trade skill abilities. Generally speaking, each person picks a crafting skill with 2 gathering skills. I will explain my skills since I have no idea what you are going to choose. My juggernaut is an Articifice which means I have the ability to craft light sabers and shields, and the various upgrades and augments needed to craft the saber itself. The gathering skills that coincide with this are Treasure Hunting and Archaeology. If you look at the screen above, what I have done is gone to my crew management screen, and selected Vette to do crafting. When you open the crew window, you’re gonna see all available crew members, and your trade skill options will be next to their pictures.

Simply click one of the trade skill boxes, and you will have either your recipe list (above) or you will be given various missions for each crew member to complete for your gathering skills. Completion of missions is based upon the companions gear, and varying skill in that profession. Vette has a +5 modifier to both Treasure Hunting and Underworld trading, so she usually doesn’t fail me. Now if you are crafting something, You can queue up to 5 items to be crafted (top left) which display a count down bar to completion as well as the option to give up on that item. Reasons for giving up could be either saving resources or a friend decides they don’t need that item or THE MOST IMPORTANT OPTION: You don’t have access to your companion while they are crafting, so if you get in a jam that could be solved by having a healer or dps present…well you are just SOL brother.

This next screen is just sort of a preview on how my artifact crafting works with items in the game. On the left you can see my current light saber, and all the augments inside of it: The hilt, Mod, Enhancement and Crystal. For the most part i can make nearly all of these, enabling myself to construct truly deadly weapons for the Empire!

The new and improved Star Wars galaxy cough cough bad joke!

This is the world map. Upon reaching level 16 or completion of your class quests on your second planet, you will be granted a space ship. You may access all partitions of the galaxy at this point however it is not quite recommendable at this point, as you won’t be strong enough to fight many of the players or beats you will encounter in other systems. How ever from your ship (see below) you will be able to also access the space battle missions which vary from escorts (not that kind you perv!), and search and destroy types. The space missions could be considered to be a watered down experience, but I enjoyed how easily you can jump into it and play with ease. You control your ship with just the mouse and M1 and M2 buttons. And it’s a quite enjoyable experience destroying Republic Fighters and Frigates.

Here I am cutting a swath of death and destruction across the galaxy in the name of the Empire and the Sith.

And finally I’ll leave you with two screens of the two low level planets Balmorra and Nar Shadda respectively. I just want to give you an idea of the scope of what you’re going to be dealing with here. This isn’t Azeroth friends. This is much, much bigger. So cancel any trips you might have had planned for Azeroth, or Telarra cuz this SITH just got REAL.


Nar Shadda

In case you weren’t sold on it yet!


2011 VGA Recap

12 12 2011

In cased you missed it, the Spike VGA’s were last Saturday.  I don’t want to hype them up or tear them down but, I don’t really care about them.  In fact, I don’t care about any awards shows.  They never seem to have the same taste in entertainment as I do, so I disregard them.  This years VGA’s had some improvements over last years, Zach Levi is no NPH, but you could tell he certainly had some interests in video games.  But let’s face it, the VGA’s are a time for larger game companies to show their grand accomplishments and “latest and greatest” trailers.  I’m not complaining, I ate up the Mass Effect 3 and Metal Gear Rising trailers like krispy kreme kreme straight off the conveyor belt.  But for you, I did pick some of my favorite videos and compiled a convenient list here for your viewing pleasure:

Reapers Attack in the new VGA Mass Effect 3 trailer

“Sorry” Kojima, Metal Gear Rising looks bad ass

What is “The Last of Us”?

Alan Wake and Agent Cooper

Bioshock: Infinite brings eariness to the skies

And for those of you who do care Skyrim won Game of the Year and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 won Best Shooter.  I don’t really agree with either of those, but more so on the side of MW3.  That’s why I tend to sway away from these award shows.  Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception took Best PS3 game while Batman: Arkham City rightfully won Best Xbox 360 game.  Portal 2 didn’t take home enough awards but was able to snag the Best PC Game category.   


Reapers Attack in the New VGA Mass Effect 3 Trailer

11 12 2011

Last night at the VGA’s a lot of new “world premier” trailers were shown.  I didn’t really care for that many of them, but Mass Effect 3 is truly one of the most anticipated games of 2012 and this new trailer makes waiting for the new year even more difficult.  The trailer features past teammates, shows off impressive in-game mechanics, and hints at just how full scale this Reaper invasion will be.  Enjoy the trailer compliments of


The Dark Side of Obesity

26 11 2011

This weekend was exciting for a lot of people. All over the country, millions of families sat down for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed the fellowship only horrible sweaters and 40lbs of turkey can bring to their lives. However, I was patiently awaiting 10:25 am for my first chance to log into the SWTOR beta weekend.

Super Serious Business

When I could convince my self to finally wake up at the crack of noon, I was able to log in to the game after about 10 minutes of updates, and relatively no wait for a virtual que. What follows are the trials and tribulations of Srsbizniz, Sith Warrior and future conqueror of the galaxy. I chose the Sith Warrior, or Main Tank arch-type. This character focuses on HP and STR and is equipped with heavier armor than the other characters. My attacks are almost all melee with a few exceptions and my action currency is “rage”. Rage basically means: the more damage I do, the better attacks I can use in combat. Rage depletes very slowly when out of combat so you can “preload” your sith warrior for an incoming battle by fighting something weaker, thereby allowing you to waylay your new foe with a heavier attack from the start of the fight.

I really enjoyed the map overlay in this game. Your cursor moves in real time and the map turns transparent (ala RIFT) and green arrows indicate what area you need to enter for your quests, be it upstairs, downstairs or a whole other building. I found the map to be highly detailed and well constructed. It was easy to learn even for the general chat dwellers that abound in these types of games. Barrens chatters, you know who you are!


Give me muh loots!

I really like how loot is done in this game. As you can see there are two corpses with beams projecting from them. The color of the beam indicates what kind of loot is on them. Light blue being complete junk, green is superior quality, darker blue is rare quality, and then I assume you will later discover purple and orange beams, as this is consistent with most current mmos.


Bring you what and how many?

Every quest icon is this nice little triangle shaped hologram. Reminds me of the Predator’s laser sight but yellow. Upon completion, the icon will display a green symbol inside the yellow to tell you who you need to see to receive credit for your quests. Loot for the starting area seemed appropriate in that it was all green quality gear to get you started on your adventure.

Dis box mayk me smurt!

You will randomly find throughout the game Datacrons which offer a permanent upgrade (at least to my knowledge) to your personal stats, in the form of Strength, Stamina, Willpower etc. Each one can be used once, so happy hunting!

She bakes, the dark side really does have cookies!

Ok. So now that I have given you an overlay of the game, I wanna talk about character design. Overall the voice acting is great, even if EVERYONE speaks with an English accent in the ENTIRE GALAXY. Nothing sounds forced. But I did notice something weird….WHO LETS THEIR GRANDMOTHER GO OVER TO THE DARK SIDE?! I mean really….but maybe that’s her deal. She looks weak and unassuming, causing you to lower your defenses, then BAM! She’s force choking you with her knitting or something. I don’t know. Which brings me to the next target of “WTF”.

Should install a treadmill on Korriban.

I thought the Empire had some sort of strict recruiting process. Apparently being strong with the Force allows one to keep his belt buckled under the strain of his gut. This character is the so called Overseer of the little training area’s “dark side school” of the dark side. Granted he has a cool one eyed mask, fat people are not intimidating to me whatsoever. And he’s not the only one!


Vader circa Comicon 2011

I mean come on! Does the Empire just recruit out of the locally owned Krispycream?! “Hey fatty, here’s a Vader suit, get to work!” Even when you start the game the first character model that greets you in selection is a skinny attractive female and a morbidly obese male. Either that, or SWTOR is catering directly to their demographic!

Anywho, stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to launch and check out a couple demo videos I threw up on the Youtubes! One is the Sith Warrior combat and the other is the flight path taxi service they use.



Its About Damn Time!

11 11 2011

Ill let you know all the details as they unfold, but truth be told I am really excited!