Revealing BioWare's New Vision For Mass Effect Andromeda

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Revealing BioWare's New Vision For Mass Effect Andromeda

If you've been following our month of exclusive coverage to coincide with our new cover story on BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda, you've heard 101 questions and answers about the game, learned more about new companions, and watched our exclusive impressions after seeing hours and hours of gameplay. With this feature, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the new team's vision for the next generation of Mass Effect. We sat down with Mass Effect Andromeda's creative director Mac Walters to talk about the pressure the new team in Montreal feels to live up to the trilogy, how they plan on satisfying the needs of the giant fanbase, and what Walters is personally excited about adding to the sci-fi universe.

Check out the exclusive video interview below to learn more from Walters about what the team has in store for fans of Mass Effect.

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Revealing BioWare's New Vision For Mass Effect Andromeda

about X hours ago from
Revealing BioWare's New Vision For Mass Effect Andromeda

If you've been following our month of exclusive coverage to coincide with our new cover story on BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda, you've heard 101 questions and answers about the game, learned more about new companions, and watched our exclusive impressions after seeing hours and hours of gameplay. With this feature, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the new team's vision for the next generation of Mass Effect. We sat down with Mass Effect Andromeda's creative director Mac Walters to talk about the pressure the new team in Montreal feels to live up to the trilogy, how they plan on satisfying the needs of the giant fanbase, and what Walters is personally excited about adding to the sci-fi universe.

Check out the exclusive video interview below to learn more from Walters about what the team has in store for fans of Mass Effect.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Where Credit Is Due – Video Game Credits That Innovate

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Where Credit Is Due – Video Game Credits That Innovate

You just conquered the last boss or finished off a trilogy. Besides your initial excitement and maybe an achievement or trophy, what is left? Most likely a plain, black screen scrolling through the names of hundreds of talented people. A standard credit scroll makes sense for movies, but it doesn’t make as much sense in video games. As games mature and embrace what makes them unique, credits need to evolve to reflect the interactivity that makes them special (while still giving proper recognition to creators). Here are lessons that the industry needs to learn about end-game credits from games that got it right.

Make The Credits An Extension Of The Game

Awesome Non-Interactive CreditsMadWorld extends its humor to its credits by allowing its announcers – comedian Greg Proops and voice actor John DiMaggio – to riff on the development team as the main character drives down a highway decorated in billboards of developer names.

Where Credit Is Due – Video Game Credits That Innovate

about X hours ago from
Where Credit Is Due – Video Game Credits That Innovate

You just conquered the last boss or finished off a trilogy. Besides your initial excitement and maybe an achievement or trophy, what is left? Most likely a plain, black screen scrolling through the names of hundreds of talented people. A standard credit scroll makes sense for movies, but it doesn’t make as much sense in video games. As games mature and embrace what makes them unique, credits need to evolve to reflect the interactivity that makes them special (while still giving proper recognition to creators). Here are lessons that the industry needs to learn about end-game credits from games that got it right.

Make The Credits An Extension Of The Game

Awesome Non-Interactive CreditsMadWorld extends its humor to its credits by allowing its announcers – comedian Greg Proops and voice actor John DiMaggio – to riff on the development team as the main character drives down a highway decorated in billboards of developer names.

Meet Your Mass Effect Andromeda Squadmates: Liam And PeeBee

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Meet Your Mass Effect Andromeda Squadmates: Liam And PeeBee

BioWare has always had a knack for creating memorable characters, and the Mass Effect series has continually provided plentiful personalities to grow attached to. From the ultimate best friend Garrus to Mordin, the singing salarian seeking redemption, Mass Effect has allowed us to build a camaraderie with our squadmates through one-on-one chats and party banter. Mass Effect Andromeda starts a new chapter for the franchise and with it comes a younger, less experienced cast trying to find their way as outsiders in a new galaxy. “I think [the younger cast] provides a new energy and allows you to have a slightly lighter tone,” says creative director Mac Walters. 

Meet Your Mass Effect Squadmates: Liam And PeeBee

about X hours ago from
Meet Your Mass Effect Squadmates: Liam And PeeBee

BioWare has always had a knack for creating memorable characters, and the Mass Effect series has continually provided plentiful personalities to grow attached to. From the ultimate best friend Garrus to Mordin, the singing salarian seeking redemption, Mass Effect has allowed us to build a camaraderie with our squadmates through one-on-one chats and party banter. Mass Effect Andromeda starts a new chapter for the franchise and with it comes a younger, less experienced cast trying to find their way as outsiders in a new galaxy. “I think [the younger cast] provides a new energy and allows you to have a slightly lighter tone,” says creative director Mac Walters. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 10, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 10, 2016)

The new Modern Warfare remaster, the use of color in games, and video game characters for president are all topics covered by G.I.'s talented blogging community in this week's Blog Herding. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For November 3 – November 9:

What Assassin's Creed Should Do With The Extra Year After reading Refle's blog headline I thought the apocalypse was upon us. Assassin's Creed games are as reliable as seeing the sun each day. Anyway, our blogger has a list of things that are key to focus on with the extra time, such as the setting and a stronger emphasis on story. I still want ninjas.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 10, 2016)

about X hours ago from
Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 10, 2016)

The new Modern Warfare remaster, the use of color in games, and video game characters for president are all topics covered by G.I.'s talented blogging community in this week's Blog Herding. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For November 3 – November 9:

What Assassin's Creed Should Do With The Extra Year After reading Refle's blog headline I thought the apocalypse was upon us. Assassin's Creed games are as reliable as seeing the sun each day. Anyway, our blogger has a list of things that are key to focus on with the extra time, such as the setting and a stronger emphasis on story. I still want ninjas.