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Mass Effect Lead Writer Talks DLC, Commander Shepard, And Potential For New Stories

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Mass Effect 3 was perhaps one of the biggest games developed in Canada in 2012. Despite all the fan backlash stemming from the game’s original ending, the game sold quite well and even won hundreds of awards including Best Console Game, Best Original Music and Best Writing at the Canadian Videogame Awards. All those things aside, the one thing that Mass Effect fans all agree with is that the trilogy has some of the best writing and the most memorable characters ever written.

I recently had a short chat with Mac Walters, the Lead Writer of the Mass Effect Trilogy at BioWare and the man responsible for creating Male and Female Shepard, one of the most influential game characters in the medium today. During our chat, Mac discussed fans reactions to pre-and-post Extended Cut and Citadel DLC’s, why people love and identify with Commander Shepard, and where the franchise could potentially go in the future.

Check out my full interview with Mac Walters after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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And The 2013 Canadian Videogame Award Winners Are…

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Well, we just came back to the hotel after a crazy night at the fourth annual Canadian Videogame Awards and oh boy was it ever a blast. Not only did it put a spotlight on amazing Canadian-developed games, it also showcased the talented studios and people behind them.

Let me tell you, the competition this year was the fiercest it’s ever been. Indie breakout hits like Mark of the Ninja, Papo & Yo, and Sound Shapes faced off with Triple-A heavy hitters like Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Sleeping Dogs in awards categories that blurred the line between Indie and big budget productions.

Our own pick for 2012′s Best Overall Shooter – Far Cry 3 took home six awards including the coveted Game of the Year, Mass Effect 3 won Best Console Game and two others, while Mark of the Ninja stood out of the indie scene with their two award wins including Best Indie Game.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners and nominees at the Canadian Videogame Awards. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012 – Brooke’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Spec Ops: The Line is one of Brooke’s favourite games of 2012. What else did she like this year? Find out!

It’s already day 4 of the JTM team’s “Best of the Year” week. So far we’ve seen Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed 3, and The Walking Dead coming up on everyone’s lists. Continuing with our JTM Top Five’s, up next is staff writer Brooke F. with her picks for the five best games of the year. (In no particular order – Brooke)

Wondering which games are on her list? Hit the jump to find out! Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012 – Joe’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Mass Effect 3 is number five on Joe’s list? What games did he put in his “Best of the Year” list?

Can you believe it? It’s already day 3 of the JTM team’s “Best of the Year” week. So far we’ve seen Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed 3, and The Walking Dead coming up on everyone’s lists. Continuing with our JTM Top Five’s, up next is veteran Joe T. with his picks for the five best games of 2012.

Hit the jump to find out which games Joe loved in 2012. Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2012 – Lee’s Top Five Games of the Year

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Popular coop shooter Borderlands 2 is only one of Lee’s top picks of the year. What else is on his list?

Lately we’ve been giving out our awards to what we think are the best Canadian-developed games of the year. Of course, in addition to those awards, each of our amazing writers will also be sharing their top five games of 2012. Yesterday JTM’s own Nick D. shared his top game picks. Today, veteran writer Lee G. will share his top five games of the year.

Hit the jump to check out Lee’s Top Five Games of the Year.

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Best of 2012 – Nick’s Top Five Games Of The Year

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The Walking Dead is only one of Nick’s picks this year. What other games could there be on his list?

Lately we’ve been giving out our awards to what we think are the best Canadian-developed games of the year. Of course, in addition to those awards, each of our amazing writers will also be sharing their top five games of 2012. Let’s start out with our newest writer/ex-Ironstar Movement member Nick Drouillard and his picks for games of the year.

Hit the jump to check out Nick’s Top Five Games of the Year. Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect 3: Retaliation Coming Soon – For Free

Mass Effect 3 owners can look forward to Mass Effect 3: Retaliation coming soon – for free. Players can begin their multiplayer fight against the infamous Collectors in Firebases that now feature challenging environmental hazards. As well, Mass Effect 3: Retaliation introduces a brand-new challenge system that awards players for each of their accomplishments in multiplayer. The challenge system also allows players to compare their progress with other players online.

Find out more about BioWare’s Mass Effect 3: Retaliation and check out the screenshots after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect 3 And Battlefield 3 Price Drops – JTM Weekly Game Deals

This week EA, Bioware, DICE, and Gamestop/EB Games lowered both Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3′s  price for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC down to $39.99! Now gamers can get two excellent games at a great lower price point. ($20 off!) There’s also a number of great price drops and deals compiled from our friends at Best Buy.

Hit the jump to find great video game deals! Read the rest of this entry

These Mass Effect 3 Action Figures Will Blow You Away

You’ve never quite seen Mass Effect 3 action figures as detailed as these.

Over the last few months, we’ve been covering the various Play Arts Kai action figures released by Square-Enix. They’ve all featured incredibly detailed sculptures and articulation that allows for multiple poses; definitely high quality work and worth the premium price.

This time we’ll be looking at the newest additions to the Play Arts Kai line; all three figures coming from Mass Effect 3. Coming this September, Mass Effect fans will be able to pick up Commander Shepard, Garrus Vakarian, and Ashley Williams in their Mass Effect 3 costumes, as well as weapons preferred by each character. As well, each character will include two sets of hands that will allow them to the different weapons offered.

Check out the action figure specs and images after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC drops

For fans of BioWare’s Mass Effect franchise today is <insert holiday of choice> in June. The free Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC has just dropped, expanding on the endings through added scenes and epilogue sequences.

BioWare’s really pulled out the stops here. Along with the extra scenes, they’ve brought back composer Sam Hulick to craft over fifteen minutes of original music. All this content clocks in at a whopping 1.9 gig download, which, if you’re going by a dollar to size ratio, clocks in a pretty friggin’ good deal.

Find out more on Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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