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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:33pm 12/01/15 | 32 Comments
Mass Effect producer Michael Gamble took to Twitter to voice his excitement at a milestone review of Mass Effect 4's development progress.

Naturally this is good news, though I can't imagine he'd jump on Twitter and say they failed the milestone review or that the game doesn't feel like Mass Effect, but for fans this asserts that this thing is real and is happening.

Of course being the slow news period, punters couldn't help but fuel some rumour fire by suggesting the game will land as an Xbox One exclusive in either full form like Tomb Raider recently did, or timed. To this rumour mill though, Mike chimed in by stating it's just that: rumour.

Is it good news that the game 'feels' Mass Effect? Or would you rather it be something new, fresh and different?

Check out our very own in-depth feature on where we thought Mass Effect could go next.



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Hogfather
Posted 01:38pm 12/1/15
I watched an IGN 2014 wrap up the other day.

Quote of the whole thing was that 'Dragon Age Inquisition makes me really excited about the next Mass Effect game'. So true.

DAI is pretty awesome btw.
The Nerfatar
Posted 01:56pm 12/1/15
It's not on Steam, how are we even supposed to know it's out? I only know because a friend mentions it and then I forget again.
ravn0s
Posted 02:16pm 12/1/15
DAI is pretty awesome btw.


it's so good. i just reached 100 hours on my first play through.
Dazhel
Posted 03:49pm 12/1/15
DAI is pretty awesome btw.


Is it worth playing DA:2 first for some overarching story or just skip straight to DA:I?
I nearly finished DA:O but haven't been back yet because the sequel got mixed reviews.
BladeRunner
Posted 03:55pm 12/1/15
I am not too sure where they can go after 3, if they continue from that point. They could go and get a different perspective on previous events. The Geth and the Collectors taking earth colonies. Could also do stuff before the first ME games. Humans had conflicts with other species early on.
Hogfather
Posted 04:05pm 12/1/15
DA:2 was kind of s***.

I don't feel like its too important to do it first. I only played DA:2 up to the bit with the endless f*****g tunnels. It helps to understand the back story a little about Orlais and Ferelden, as well as Chantry + mages and s*** like that. The story is fully self-contained with a new main character (ie no Shepherd deal where backstory will affect the game).

Understanding what an Inquisition is helps too. I thought we were going to be torturing people but apparently its not a Spanish flavoured version. There are some recurring characters but I don't think there are too many in jokes?

Most of this s*** should have been covered if you played DA:O.

e: apparently you can set up the world state using a previous game or decisions or some s*** at https://dragonagekeep.com/en_US/ nobody really does that tho?
Fuzzy
Posted 05:11pm 12/1/15
Not sure myself... Feeling like ME is good, but the series definately needs an evolution. Personally I've love to see more emphasis on exploration on more 'open world' planets, or at least give players reasons to re-visit previous planets.

One space travel RPG that comes to mind is Rogue Galaxy, and old PS2 Jrpg where you had a starship you'd use to visit different planets, but many of those planets had reasons to go back, wether it was new areas that unlocked, optional end game bosses, collections and equipment for certain minigames, etc.

Love to see ME head in that direction, instead of the corridor RPG it's become.
deadlyf
Posted 05:15pm 12/1/15
Is it worth playing DA:2 first for some overarching story or just skip straight to DA:I?
I nearly finished DA:O but haven't been back yet because the sequel got mixed reviews.
Not really, the overarching story deal is that the head templar of Kirkwall where DA2 is set goes mad and treats the mages like s*** until they rebel which ends up spiraling out into a full war for DAI. While the character you play in DA2 makes an appearance in DAI as does a companion named Varic you don't really gain much more from the story than that which is pretty well plotted in DAI anyway.
I am not too sure where they can go after 3, if they continue from that point. They could go and get a different perspective on previous events. The Geth and the Collectors taking earth colonies. Could also do stuff before the first ME games. Humans had conflicts with other species early on.
Yeah I'm curious if it will even be released as ME4 or if they will go similar to DAI and drop the numbering. I hope it doesn't contain Shepard, loved the character but it's time to move on and I'd really like to see more of a focus on the other species.

I could see a story set 100 years of so in the future and all the alien races that fought in the final battle have had to coexist on Earth after the ME gates were destroyed and maybe some kind of effort to rebuild them.

The other possibility would be based around first contact in a prequel type move.
The Nerfatar
Posted 05:26pm 12/1/15
DA2 got better as it went, started pretty bad though.
Hogfather
Posted 05:42pm 12/1/15
But those reused environments. I just couldn't get past that :(
Hogfather
Posted 05:42pm 12/1/15
But those reused environments. I just couldn't get past that :(
Arpey
Posted 07:54pm 12/1/15
Regarding DA2's quality, I don't regret the time I spent playing it but I DO regret paying full price for it.
Hogfather
Posted 08:00pm 12/1/15
I kinda feel like its the DA we had to have to get DAI, in which case that's probably OK
The Nerfatar
Posted 08:03pm 12/1/15
But those reused environments. I just couldn't get past that :(

Hah, I did all 8 class stories in the old republic going through every minimally designed planetary area that each story was forced through in the same order. I have become numb to background context in bioware games, because they are the worst company ever at it (or have been since neverwinter).
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:19pm 12/1/15
Da2, I couldn't get past the reused rooms, over and over and over. It was ridiculous for what was supposedly a AAA game.
ravn0s
Posted 09:59pm 12/1/15
Is it worth playing DA:2 first for some overarching story or just skip straight to DA:I?


dragon age keep has a neat feature where varric (party member from da2 and inquisition) narrates the stories of origins and da2 after you've set all your gameplay decisions for both games. just keep da2 as default if you never play it.
Meddek
Posted 10:33pm 12/1/15
I played DA:O and never played DA:2 before playing DA:I the story although refers to major events in previous games such as the blight it really feels like DA:I really brings a new story years after the first two games so I haven't felt like I've missed out on much by skipping DA:2.

One thing with DA:I I just can't get into the lore I don't feel like I want to read it, where as Skyrim I spent time reading books and stuff I can't put my finger on why though.

As for Mass Effect series I loved the three games but if a 4th is virtually the same game with an update to the engine I probably would grab it in the bargain bin.
rrrocket
Posted 12:19pm 13/1/15
I'd probably get it if it was on steam.
Dazhel
Posted 02:30pm 13/1/15
dragon age keep has a neat feature


Nice, ta

DA:2 was kind of s***.


Yeah, that's what I was worried about. Glad to hear it's not necessary, I'll just skip it! :D
Hogfather
Posted 02:30pm 13/1/15
I posted a link to the keep yesterday, just for the bloody record!
Dazhel
Posted 02:35pm 13/1/15
Oh yeah, so you did. Sorry! :D
The Nerfatar
Posted 12:05am 14/1/15
Where do you people buy DA3? The options look pretty s*** for Australians, there's double Australia Tax and then 80% exchange rate.
ravn0s
Posted 12:13am 14/1/15
i bought the deluxe version off the mexican origin site for like $40.
The Nerfatar
Posted 12:31am 14/1/15
And you used it on your normal origin account without any problems?

edit: When I try that it redirects me to the Australian store where it's $90 US.
ravn0s
Posted 12:36am 14/1/15
And you used it on your normal origin account without any problems?


yep works fine.

edit: When I try that it redirects me to the Australian store where it's $90 US.


you need to use a vpn or a proxy. i followed these instructions
The Nerfatar
Posted 12:44am 14/1/15
Hrm, seems a bit suss, I'm not going to risk my origin account and will just wait for a discount I think, or just never buy it. The amount of bulls*** the industry has been pulling lately with increased Australian prices, day 1 DLC as with Inquisition if you buy the more expensive not-gimped version, combined expansion & DLC editions later which are cheaper and better than the original release, etc, have actually kind of killed my enthusiasm for mainstream gaming. I don't even really like the simple fight and heal fests which are games these days anyway, having so much more fun in Minecraft where I can actually f*** up and innovate.
BladeRunner
Posted 07:07am 14/1/15
I did buy DA:I but i got a refund. The combat was terrible.
Khel
Posted 10:48am 14/1/15
I really like the combat, got enough of the tactical side of origins to scratch that itch, but enough of the more action-oriented feel of DA2 that it doesn't end up feeling like a boring ass game of chess.

Unless its a tough fight or a complicated fight, I usually just go in swinging and play the combat out action style, then pull up into the tactical pause view if things get hairy, or a bit more control is needed. Or I just use the tactical view to launch opening salvos, then play the rest out action style.
Vash
Posted 11:04am 14/1/15
I did buy DA:I but i got a refund. The combat was terrible.


Lol?
The combat is awesome fun. Especially as an archer or mage. i loved the abilities and feel of it all.
Hogfather
Posted 05:13pm 14/1/15
Yeh combat in DA:I is one of the good bits for me.

Like Khel I run around beating the s*** out of stuff ARPG then jump into tactical if its zomg time
deadlyf
Posted 12:03am 15/1/15
The only problem with the combat was how stupid the companion AI was (don't stand in the f*****g fire Solas!) and that if you run a full melee party you are basically fighting for swinging room.

I did quit my warrior after about 15 minutes though because it felt super sluggish after playing a rogue.
Vash
Posted 12:07am 15/1/15
I'd probably get it if it was on steam.


meh, wouldn't give up an amazing game just because of the delivery platform
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