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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Released

In response to the fan outrage at the ending of the acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware released Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut today. You can expect our thoughts on this potential “fix” of the ending of this remarkable series within the next few days.

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Escape Plan Review

Written by Micah Messer

Playstation Vita launched with a pretty fantastic lineup, consisting of over 20 physical and downloadable titles. Escape Plan, made by some of the minds behind the PSN title, Fat Princess, is definitely one of the most promising games among that group. A puzzler that makes full use of the Vita’s front and back touch pads to the extent that buttons aren’t used at all. It takes a bit to get used to, but this game is well worth it. Its presentation is undeniably unique and filled with charm, and the game itself is a joy to play. Oh, and it’s only $15 on the PSN.

The best way to describe Escape Plan’s appearance would be to say it’s a mixture of Limbo and LittleBigPlanet. Limbo, for its eerie, black and white tone– LBP for its fun, light-hearted main characters, Lil and Laarg. In addition to Escape Plan’s excellent visual style, it also has fantastic sound design. The game features a classical score including the likes of In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca. There’s also some jazzy tunes thrown in that fit the black and white art style perfectly. The game also uses the classic laugh, gasp and clap tracks as if there were a live studio audience watching Lil and Laarg stumble their way through Bakuki’s Lair.

I’ll bet you can guess who’s who.

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Has EA Changed its Ways? Probably Not

Written by Micah Messer

 

As you may have heard, on April 4th 2012, Consumerist readers voted Electronic Arts the worst company in America. With the Golden Poo award under their belts, it seems as though EA might be trying to change their image. On April 10th 2012, the Resurgence multiplayer DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 was released for free, as well as the promise of additional free story-based DLC in the future. The Rebellion multiplayer DLC pack is also set to come out on May 29th for no charge. This is a massive change from EA’s standard policy on DLC releases. Whether this will be a permanent change in attitude or just a temporary “Look, we’re being nice!” remains to be seen, but my bet is on the latter.

Bioware and EA are notorious for their horrible DLC track record. The Legacy DLC for Dragon Age 2 is a perfect example of their average release. Of course, they do have their moments, but usually they try to get as much money for as little content as possible. Well, EA’s customers have voiced their opinion, and they’re sick of it. Signs point to EA listening, but there’s nothing stopping them from switching back to their old ways in a couple months. While it seems unlikely, it sure would be nice if EA turned into a company that actually gave a crap about their customers.

InFAMOUS: Festival of Blood Review

Written by Micah Messer

I know that here at IPGR, we’ve been doing a lot of DLC reviews recently, and I apologize for bringing you yet another one; but I swear, the developers tricked me! Even though Sucker Punch claims it’s a standalone game, and you don’t have to own Infamous 2 to play it, Infamous: Festival Blood is basically DLC, and it will be scored as such. 

The concept of Infamous: Festival of Blood is pretty ridiculous, but the thought of running around town as Vampire Cole was an exciting one. I was able to look past the ludicrous setting in the hope of some fantastic vampiric abilities. Even though I didn’t get the full set of blood-sucking skills I was hoping for, turning into a flock of bats and flying around New Marais is still pretty awesome. Festival of Blood introduces a couple of fun tweaks to Infamous, but ultimately it’s hard to say whether it gets more things right than wrong.
Thankfully, Infamous: Festival of Blood is not canon. Cole doesn’t actually turn into a vampire. It’s all just part of a crazy story being told by Cole’s friend, Zeke, to impress a lady friend. This set up may seem a bit cliche, but it’s definitely preferable to these events actually transpiring within the Infamous universe. I have to say, every time Zeke referred to the one of the vampires as a “fanger” (one who fangs?) I just got a bit annoyed.

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Portal 2: Peer Review… Review

Written by Thomas Read

If you’re any kind of respectable gamer, you probably like Portal. What seemed like an afterthought to the Orange Box back in 2007 rapidly turned into a gaming sensation, and soon became as renowned as Half-Life 2. Within a short couple of years Portal was insanely well-known, and the innovative, quirky and fun gameplay, characters and dialogue earned a special place in gamers’ hearts.

Back in spring of 2011, the long-awaited Portal 2 was finally released, featuring a deeper story (and a much-needed expansion of hours), new gameplay elements and an impressive co-op mode, allowing players to team up with their friends to control a total of four portals, complicating the puzzles and, miraculously, improving upon the original game.

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Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin DLC Review

Written by Micah Messer

Bravo, Bioware! You finally made a piece of Dragon Age DLC that’s actually worth a damn. When I first started to play the Mark of the Assassin, I was pleasantly surprised by the intriguing story, which involved traveling to Orlais to pull off a heist, as well as the great new companion voiced and modeled after Internet star, Felicia Day. Mark of the Assassin has few faults and many strengths. Bioware has done a good job of justifying a purchase of this download, which is something that could not be said about the previously released, Legacy DLC.

As I said, the story is actually pretty good. They’ve mentioned Orlais loads of times in previous Dragon Age installments, but the game has never actually taken you there. The campaign opens up with an elf named Tallis (Felicia Day’s character) asking for your help with stealing a jewel from a heavily guarded chateau atop a mountain in Orlais. Tallis herself is a big reason as to why the story is so interesting. Honestly, she kind of steals the show. She’s got a delightful personality, and you end up learning quite a bit about her character by the end of the DLC. Tallis is also just as cute as Felicia Day is in person, so that’s always a bonus.


                                                           It’s uncanny.

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Dragon Age 2: Legacy DLC Review

Written by Micah Messer 

  Bioware recently released Dragon Age 2: Legacy. A new piece of DLC with the promise of a deeper look into the Hawke lineage, a new customizable weapon, along with a couple extra hours of content. That’s what it promised, and that’s what it delivered. Nothing more, nothing less. Although it isn’t the deepest experience ever, it is enjoyable nonetheless, but is it worth the $9.99 price tag? Well, that really depends on how much you like Dragon Age 2 and how much you value a couple more hours on the continent of Thedas.      

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