Neil Thompson: “BioWare Strives To Better What Has Gone Before”

From the WipEout titles to Dragon Age III, industry veteran Neil Thompson has always worked at the cutting-edge of gaming. Now installed as Director of Art & Animation at BioWare, he spoke exclusively to FMV Magazine about the studio’s strengths, the sad closure of his old stomping ground Sony Liverpool, and his ambitions for the future of Dragon Age and Mass Effect. When racing game specialist Bizarre Creations was due to close in early... Read More

BioWare Director: “I’ve Never Been At A Company With This Level Of Fan Engagement”

BioWare has been extremely keen to court fan opinion of late, with the developer asking Dragon Age enthusiasts what they would like to see in the upcoming third installment – and executive producer Casey Hudson taking to Twitter to ask fans for their thoughts on the next Mass Effect game. Many believe this has been directly prompted by the ferocious backlash over Mass Effect 3’s controversial ending. But a senior member of BioWare’s... Read More

Mass Effect Producer Asks Fans: “Should The Next Game Be A Prequel?”

In the latest of a series of attempts to gauge fan opinion on the future direction of the Mass Effect series, BioWare’s Casey Hudson has taken to Twitter to see whether gamers would prefer the next game to be a sequel or a prequel. “Parsing through your thoughts on the next ME game,” wrote the Executive Producer yesterday. “Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?” Speculation... Read More

Game News: Erik Kain: “Gamers Need To Engage With People They Disagree With”

Forbes writer Erik Kain has hit back at gamers who branded him a “joke” over his most recent article on BioWare and Mass Effect 3 – suggesting that many enthusiasts of the hobby refuse to debate sensibly with people who don’t share their opinion. Kain was one of the most vocal critics of BioWare on the issue of Mass Effect 3’s day-one DLC and notoriously vilified ending. But after recently arguing that the company should... Read More

Mad Mack: 2012 Is The Year Gaming Changed Forever – Here’s 7 Reasons Why

Whether you like it or not, events this year are completely redefining gaming and the industry behind it – for better and for worse. Armed with his usual brand of strong language and dark humour, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey offers seven startling reasons why. The Mayans may have predicted the end of the world in 2012 – yet the sum total impact of that prediction might well be a terrible movie starring John Cusack. However, 2012... Read More

Mad Mack: Dear BioWare – I Forgive You

He may have fallen out of love with BioWare following the Mass Effect 3 ending fiasco, but after some reflection disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey has decided to rekindle his affection for the RPG bigwigs. Here, in an open-letter to the developer, he explains why. Warning: Contains Major Spoilers For The Mass Effect Titles And Knights Of The Old Republic Dear BioWare We have been friends for a very long time now. I remember the... Read More

Gaming News: Mass Effect 3 “Extended Cut” Confirmed

Following huge controversy over Mass Effect 3’s ending, a high-profile campaign calling for it to be changed and weeks of speculation on the matter – BioWare have announced that a free “Extended Cut” DLC will be released this summer. Providing additional cinematic cut-scenes and extended epilogues to the original ending, executive producer Casey Hudson claims it will “provide fans who want more closure with even more... Read More

Opinion: BioWare’s Biggest Mistake

With the angry fall-out over Mass Effect 3’s ending still raging, Mark Butler suggests that BioWare’s greatest error was to break a key promise to fans – damaging a certain degree of trust between developer and gamer in the process. (Warning: Some spoilers below) It’s fair to say that BioWare’s relationship with its passionate fanbase has never been more strained. First came the tepid and occasionally downright hostile... Read More

Mad Mack: Five Superior Endings For Mass Effect 3

Unimpressed by Mass Effect 3’s ending and with his angry tongue firmly in cheek, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey suggests five alternative conclusions that would have been a vast improvement on BioWare’s finale. (WARNING: Spoilers below) So, pretty much everyone is upset at how Mass Effect 3 ended. All of the hype and expectation once again left us gamers feeling betrayed and let down. We are like the beaten wife... Read More

Game Review: Mass Effect 3

Mark Butler delivers his verdict on the final chapter in BioWare’s epic sci-fi series, out now for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox360 (reviewed). The end, as they say, is nigh. After establishing itself as one of modern gaming’s most exciting and critically-acclaimed franchises over the past few years, BioWare’s phenomenal sci-fi trilogy – an action-RPG space opera with real depth and drama – now draws to a close in this final, epic act. Devotees... Read More

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