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Bioware has finally released the extended cut of the Mass Effect 3 ending. What's different? Did it fix anything? Should you care? Read on!

Spoiler Alert!

Yeah, if you haven't finished ME3 by now, you probably don't care, so here we go...

First the Good:

I had a couple of big problems continuity-wise with the original ending. Namely, I had James on my squad at the end, and then he somehow shows up on the Normandy when it crash lands on another planet. Speaking of which, when did the Normandy start to run away from Earth?

Well, those two problems were fixed in the new ending... a sequence where your squad mates take a hit at the end and get "evac" by the Normandy. It doesn't make much sense narratively as you are supposed to be pushing towards the beam "at all costs" and here Shepard stops, reverses direction and waits for his friend Jimmy to get picked up by the Normandy... but at least it explains HOW they got on the Normandy. Later, once the crucible is ready to fire, we get an additional scene where Joker (and the rest of the fleet) is ordered to retreat and does so hesitantly. Only a couple of seconds of screen time there, but it filled that hole nicely.

The Mass Relays no longer explode, but are merely "damaged". This is good because as ME's own story says, blowing up a relay would destroy the star system, so having them blow up in the original ending seemingly doomed the galaxy.

The epilogs, all three of them, let you know what happened to the galaxy after your choice was made. This was a big oversight by the original endings and is wrapped up, three different ways by the new ending.

There is a new, fourth option, if you decide that Shepard should be able to do what she wants and not be pigeon holed into these choices.... Check it out here:

Okay... onto the Bad:

As I mentioned above, the evac scene, while it filled a continuity plot hole, didn't make any sense in a do-or-die "at all costs" battle scene.

The three different epilogs were all still scenes (not animated) and were the same (with some minor color modifications) for all three choices, just the voice over was different.

Now the crashed Normandy takes off again at the end... WTF? Why have it crash in the first place? Similarly, the reapers that flee the planet (depending on your choice) now come back to help rebuild... they just took off and landed again, LOL. This goes to show how confusing the original ending was.

Finally, the Ugly

The star-kid ghost thing is still there, and still makes very little sense, and the green, blue, or red space magic explosions still don't really explain what's happening.

The new cut scenes glitched up on me a couple of times, freezing one image on the screen while others played over top of it.

Overall, I'm glad they decided to release this dlc... especially as it's FREE. It actually feels like an ending now despite still having some issues. That said, it's not really worth your time to download this and replay the ending sequence just to see one of the endings... just youtube 'em. If you're playing through again (to do the opposite paragon/renegade track or side quests you missed) it's worth having this downloaded so you'll see a full ending.

 

Batman Arkham City is going to be amazing. Catwoman gameplay is it own unique style. I can't wait to play the full on version.

I can't say much. What can I say? This is my take right after I played Batman Arkham City at E3 2011 last Wednesday.

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Socom 4 Beta

By: DragonKiss83 Mar 5, 2011 | 7 Comments

Info about early access to the Beta.

And here comes yet another shooter.

Socom 4 : US Navy Seals will start the Private Beta March 15.  Next up will be the PlayStation Plus Jimmys on March 22.  Then you Jimmys with the Beta code from Killzone 3 will have a crack at it on March 29.  Finally your avereage PS3 Jimmy will get their hands on it Appril 5th.  And on April 13 the game will be out on the shelves.

Source : NerdReactor.com  http://nerdreactor.com/2011/03/04/get-early-beta-access-for-socom-4-u-s-navy-seals/

"The beta will have two maps available, “Port Authority”, and “Assault & Battery”. Each of the four modes, Suppression, Last Defense, Uplink, and Bomb Squad will be playable in either classic, or standard versions."

Don't be a Jimmy.  Lets hear what you think.  And use the share button at the bottom to help get this out there for the other Jimmy's

Myself rambling about my time at SDCC 2012. Most drunk blithering and blathering. More updates to come.

San Diego Comic-con 2012 Day 1 Blithering Blathering

Well before we get started here, let me explain to you, I've been awake since 4AM. I'm drunk enough right now to sit down and try and recall the day. Errrrr rekall the day. I'm not thrilled at all with the new Total Recall movie. Colin Ferral looks okay as a wanna be Arnie. The story however sounds ridiculous. There is no Mars, but there is a girl with 3 titties. What am I saying? The worst part of the day was just trying to leave the car rental place. For some reason the two chicks in front of us could not work out whatever the issue was. At one point credits cards were being passed back and forth. What the fuck was she paying for right now? All of the money transactions should have been handled inside, before you even get in the car. Shot down by Amber.

We got to the con right away and parked the car without an issue. I'm pro status at cons and don't like to waste time talking nonsense to Jimmys. We got our passes no problem. Shout out to Choke for arranging that. Now I know where we needed to go to find what Choke was looking for. Choke is a serious collector of art prints and told me that we needed to be at certain places at certain time everyday. We hit up the Mondo booth right away. They made announcement while we were standing right by the booth. "We're only selling this 8-bit garbage print that nobody wants." Sorry that's not an actual quote, but that's what Choke had expressed to me.

I wanted Legos. That was the only reason I was there, well that and to be Choke's collector bitch. Cart his prints around and help him buy dupes of stuff to keep in storage. I didn't come up short on any Legos today, I got some Bilbo Baggin's legs. Just the legs, who needs legs? They're short ones.

wOW! Fell asleep drunk last night while I was writing this. Apologies. I'm even drunker now, so I don't know what's going to happen here. I can't remember much of yesterday at this point or today for that matter. There has been a lot of standing in line. A LOT! My feet and back are killing. So far Choke has got every print he's wanted for his collection and some extras. I've been glad to help.

Oh man. Got that Carl's Jr. It's aight. Watching Smackdown. Check out DropTheBelt.com.

okay going back to yesterday. Ono practically confirmed that Capcom has started work on DarkStalkers 4. They didn't show anything and the info was very coy. I asked the Capcom PR what was up with that comment and he just said Ono was joking. Okay great, thanks a lot.

Oh man I'm starting to lose it. I need more shots of Jack just to get through this Carls Jr.

Let me tell you about Lego today. Lego had 1000 Venom, Phoenix, Shazam and Bizarro. You had to get your badge scanned and you were entered into a raffle to win one of those figures. We got our badges scanned early, right after we got whatever prints Choke wanted to get. Cool. We needed to come back after 4pm to see if we had been selected. Woo woo woo you know it! We both won, Myself got the Venom -the one I wanted the most- Choke got Bizarro. Both of the figures I wanted the most. While walking away from the Leo booth I was approached by 2 nuabs who wanted to buy my figures. Oh, that was the game? I got $40 out real quick and was ready to buy whatever I could. I bought 2, 1 Jean Grey/Phoenix and 1 Shazam. Stolen! These figures are getting well over $200 on ebay. Choke says I should sell right now. I just can't bring myself to do that.

So I gotta post this right now or you're never gonna get to read about my experiences at SDCC 2012. I'll post another blog tomorrow. That will be Day 3. I'm sure there's more that I should tell you guys, but I have some vids and pics I'll post next week. Vote, Comment and Share. Don't be a Jimmy!

 

*I have not read over any of what is above. I'm drunk and I'm tired and it's mix of thoughts from the previous 2 days. This shit is real. I talked to Ed Boon today!

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25 Years of Street Fighter Art Show opening this Friday in LA

By: choke Jul 30, 2012 | 3 Comments | Updated: Aug 3, 2012

New Art Exhibition opening Friday in Los Angeles to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter

Over 50 artists will contribute some work.   Should be an interesting show and I'm expecting a lot of nice pieces and prints to come from this


One artist has already previewed some of his pieces that look pretty neat IMO

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