Content about Mass Effect 2

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On Monday we talked with Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco about composing the Mass Effect soundtrack. This time we had the privilege of talking about another Bioware’s dark fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. The series has many similarities from Mass Effect like interweaving dialogue choices throughout the current installments. However Unlike the Mass Effect series, score is done by one man. Inon Zur has been the franchises leading composer since day one, helping atmosphere behind the series. It’s an underrated soundtrack, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?


Early this year, Bioware’s Mass Effect saga came to five year run. Rest aside the ending; the series is one of the most complete trilogies in video game history. There are two aspects that Mass Effect nails perfectly. The series was first to interweave choices all the way through the third and final installment captivating fans from start to finish. However, you can’t tell a great story if you forget to create the atmosphere for your game to breath in. The music in the game really doses shape Commander Shepard with it having one of the best scores in gaming, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?


Black Friday.  It's a day for folks to go out and splurge on mad stuff they've always wanted, but with a price that's definitely more reasonable to withstand.  Best Buy, Target and Toys R' Us have their deals set to go Friday morning around midnight-ish, but Steam has got the jump on all of them.  The online gaming service has already begun selling games like mad RIGHT NOW.


 It's been a rough week and a half for PS3 owners with the PSN being down, but the good news is that everything will start getting back up to speed this week. For the time being, you may have been struggling figuring out what to play because you very well may have a lot of titles with multiplayer. No need to worry since that will no longer be the case in a matter of days. But just for fun, I wanted to make up a list of the 5 games that offer the best offline experiences on the PS3. And just to take things further, none of the titles can have multiplayer contained in them. Also, any multiplayer added via DLC does not count as we are looking at the game in its original package minus added content. The only thing that is acceptable is online leaderboards.


 While everyone is patiently waiting for Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat next week, I figured this would be the perfect time to reflect on what was the first 3 months of the year and give it it's grade. Everyone deserves to know how well they're doing, so why not make a report card for the video game industry? 2011 looked to be quite a promising year of video games and so far, it's gotten off to a pretty solid start. Now let's take a look at exactly what happened these past 3 months.