Preview 2007: Mass Effect, Smash Bros., Virtua Fighter 5
Author: Andrew Groen
published: 2007-01-11 08:32:26
Like a brave soldier, CB's week long look into the future marches on as we bring you another triforce of games, set to rock our collective socks. Today we've brought you previews and videos for Bioware's work in progress Mass Effect, Nintendo's character smorgasbord of icons, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and that one and only fighting game Virtua Fighter 5.
Mass Effect: You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry critic who didn’t have Mass Effect on his/her most anticipated of 2007 list. Most of this stems from the fact that it’s being developed by Bioware, the same guys who brought us the magnificent Knights of the Old Republic, the legendary Baldur’s gate series, and the undoubtedly lesser (but nonetheless classy) Jade Empire. Mass Effect looks to continue the tradition set by its’ predecessors. Namely, Bioware’s increased focus on the word “action” in the term “Action RPG.” It is this migration that has brought Bioware to dream up a combat system like none other on the market. The only way to put it into words would have to be “squad-based-third-person-shooter-role-playing-game.” Think Knights of the Old Republic meets Deus Ex meets Rainbow Six. While the gameplay is the biggest reason for my inclusion of Mass Effect, drop-dead-gorgeous visuals and ambition rivaled only by Spore, don’t hurt either. ME will span dozens of different planets, each one unique in its own way. Check out the video to see what the fuss is about or if you just want to know what it looks like when shotguns are combined with bionic superpowers.
Release Date: April 2007
Platform: Xbox 360
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