BioWare hinting at new Mass Effect-game?

November 17, 2010

Out of nowhere, Electronic Arts decided to tease a new, yet unknown, BioWare-title. The only bit of stuff we have so far is a short video-teaser that shows no more than a rather generic military-guy and his gun. However, upon further observation, there are definite links between that teaser and the Mass Effect-franchise. As user Zenith pointed out by using a screencap of the teaser and a screenshot of Mass Effect 2, the gun-model that can be seen is almost identical. Not only that, but you can also see some hexagon-structures being used in the design of the unknown game. Following the teaser-video, BioWare released two binary-codes that translate into “55.845”, the atomic mass of iron, and “-128,5F”, which is -89,2°C, the coldest temperatur ever measured on Earth at Vostok, Antarctica in 1983.

That´s all the stuff we have gathered so far. Maybe BioWare releases more clues. At best, this marks the approaching reveal of Mass Effect 3. However, some kind of spinoff set during a previous event is more likely. Hopefully it isn´t some new franchise. There´s too much awesome stuff to tell and do within the ME-universe, and no matter if this is a ME3-announcement or not, it´ll be a long wait for the final part of the trilogy, so a spinoff to ease the wait would be welcome.

Waiting for next MotionPlus game?

September 9, 2009

Microsoft and especially Sony finally followed Nintendo and announced their own motion control device. Anyone who is interested in “true 1:1 controls” can already experience that by going out and getting a copy of WiiSports Resort. Other popular MotionPlus-titles have been Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods. Those games are on the market for several months now, and one has to wonder: When´s the next big MotionPlus-title coming?

One obviously hyped game on that record is Red Steel 2. Personally, i´m totally de-hyped about this game when i saw that it doesn´t feature real 1:1 controls, but improved Red Steel 1-sword slashes. Also, anyone watching some videos will realize that Ubisoft didn´t understand that new controls alone aren´t enough. You have to build the whole game around those. And look there, already early impressions from last E³ gave feedback on how slashing all those enemies in Red Steel 2 becomes pretty exhausting pretty fast. No wonder with the amount of enemies Ubisoft is throwing at the player. That doesn´t work.

There´s a bunch of lesser quality MotionPlus-titles announced, but something big to look forward to is missing.

Now, I could go on about Zelda Wii, but not only don´t we know if it´ll feature MotionPlus (and if that´ll be only optional, you can as well forget about it), it also would be only one game some time at the end of 2010. So where are the other MotionPlus-games from Nintendo? Noone can expect third party-developers to jump on that new wagon, when they´re only just starting to use the normal Wiimote better.

Like many times before, the October conference will show how serious Nintendo is about their new, improved motion control device. Maybe Cosmic Walker? Who knows.