Few creative mediums let you explore stories like video games. Players don’t just watch a story—they participate in it, sometimes steering narratives to wildly divergent endings. But in order for an interactive experience to truly transport players, it needs to have a well-built world for them to live in. Here are…
The new Mass Effect game is big, sprawling, and a little intimidating. It’s also needlessly complicated and oddly frustrating in places. Nevertheless, I can’t stop playing it. Allow me to try and figure out why.
Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out this week, marking the end of a long wait for fans of BioWare’s scifi action RPG franchise. We’re big fans of Mass Effect here at io9 and have decided to celebrate the occasion by looking back at our most-loved instances from the long-running series.
Nobody ever said finding a home for an arc full of cryo-frozen people was going to be easy, right?
You’re going to be in charge of a giant space arc in Mass Effect: Andromeda, looking to find a new planet that humans and other sentient lifeforms can settle on. A new teaser for BioWare’s next scifi action RPG gives a glimpse of seven promising potential homes in the stars.
Most of the pre-release glimpses we’ve seen so far for Mass Effect: Andromeda have shown off combat or customization. But people love this series for the story and characters more than anything, and a new trailer gives a little taste of how side quests will play out on the new planets you’re going to explore.
The next Mass Effect game will let players embody a new space explorer looking for a new home for humanity. Pathfinders are going to have kick a lot of ass to do it and Andromeda’s going to give you a lot of ways—and squadmates—to do just that.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will cast players as explorer frontier-folk, looking to find a new home for humanity. And, just like any attempts to plant a flag on new territory, there’s going to be a lot of fighting along the journey.
More alien romance is almost a certainty in Mass Effect: Andromeda. There’ll be some new races to horizontal tango with. And are those space pajamas or what?
Say what you will about the Pop Vinyl toy aesthetic, there is something to be admired in Funko’s ability to acquire licenses for their toys like grey goo nanomachines devouring their way across the face of the Earth. Case in point, the company announced like, a hojillion toys at the UK Toy Fair yesterday, and we want…
The latest entry in the scifi RPG series Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Andromeda is out next year—and with it, a bevy of novels designed to tie into the game’s story. Usually, books like this aren’t anything to write home about, but you can’t help get excited with the news that one of them will be written by N.K. Jemisin,…
That’s a really, really big alien over there, guys.
Warring angels, high-velocity music, and a tank-headed giant. Mass Effect: Andromeda cinematic designer Richard Boylan has officially confused me with Tank Head, his high-concept series of animated shorts. But that’s okay because it’s really, really pretty.
Legion, the Mass Effect series’ hive-mind A.I that enjoyed debating the morals of existence as much as it did shooting things in the face, was one of the series’ coolest characters. Now it’s getting a pretty spectacular action figure that any Shepard Commander worth their salt will ogle over.
Action heroes save the day. Sometimes, they even save a whole city, a whole country, and if they’re especially great, the whole world. Not every hero gets to save the entire galaxy from eons of cyclical destruction: That honor goes to Commander Shepard, one of science fiction’s ultimate action heroes.
Uncontrollable Glee: This is the best. Mass Effect fans are already fond of the alien Elcor, a race of massive creatures that preface all of their sentences with an emotion to convey tone (they also make great Shakespearean actors) — but I can almost guarantee they’ll be even fonder of this adorable plush version.
They sure know how to party in Seattle. Yesterday, we brought you a batch of incredible cosplay pics from Emerald City Comicon — but today's photos are way more stunning. Including some costumes we've never, ever seen done before. Check out best of ECCC's cosplay, day two!
Every villain always threatens to return and wreak vengeance. No baddie worth their salt ever gets beaten and then announces they're going to retire. But some villains make an especially big noise about how they'll be back... and then, crickets. Here are 10 villains who made a big splash, and were never seen again.
You know it's a job well done when I have to question if this is a person in cosplay or the actual Liara T'Soni from the Mass Effect games made flesh through an act of sorcery - but rest assured, this is Jen of Soylent Cosplay, doing an outstanding job recreating everyone's favourite Asari scientist.