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Guardian blog Mass Effect interview

While the vast majority of this week’s media and consumer hysteria will undoubtedly focus on Bungie’s eagerly anticipated Halo 3, the chaps over at BioWare continue to quietly talk-up Mass Effect, the ambitious third-person action RPG, which, like the original Halo: Combat Evolved, will arrive as the opening chapter of a sprawling narrative trilogy. In this particular instance, BioWare president Greg Zeschuk has taken the time to give shine the spotlight of expectation on Mass Effect, courtesy of the Guardian’s videogame blog.

Indeed, while 2007’s final few months are centring on the pulling power of various first-person shooters (BioShock, Halo 3, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), Mass Effect’s character-driven epic will likely arrive as more of an interactive science fiction movie wrapped up in compelling and immersive narrative gameplay. And that’s exactly what Zeschuk is keen on passing on to prospective Mass Effect players.

In the Guardian interview, Zeschuk is quizzed regarding the level of player and character freedom on offer in Mass Effect, the amount of game time players can expect to amass from beginning to end, the importance of story and characterisation, the game’s differing endings, the importance and impact of Xbox 360 achievements, and the overall gameplay balance.

Interestingly, following recent chatter that Mass Effect will offer anything up to 50-60 hours of total game time, Zeschuk states that the figure is more likely to be in the vicinity of 20 to 30 hours, adding that while the team is “aiming for a similar size to KOTOR” and that Mass Effect will have more player choice to help bolster it, “most players don’t have 40 hours to finish a game.”

Check out the full interview by clicking right HERE, or click below to enjoy the latest “Gameplay Freedom” interview for the game, courtesy of GameTrailers.com. Mass Effect will be released to retail on November 20.

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Sweeeeet!!

Comment by Stevie johnston on 2007-09-24 11:31:39 | Reply

This game is gonna be sick nasty!

Comment by inty2525 on 2007-09-24 14:53:46 | Reply

sick nasty… how about, hmmm… for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous.
- Lovecraft

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-12-10 14:53:46 | Reply

I watched re-animator last night.

Sick nasty… Riiiight…
Some peoples ability to string a sentence together: POOR

Comment by Stevie johnston on 2007-09-24 12:27:30 | Reply

Lighten up man, i was going to say something like, “Mass Effect will cement Bioware as THE greatest western RPG developer, no doubt about it!”
I thought “sick nasty” summed that up quite well.

Comment by Indigo X on 2007-09-24 14:10:35 | Reply

Lighten up, _Chris_

On another note..

This game is going to be awesome.

Comment by Stevie johnston on 2007-09-24 15:03:27 | Reply

Totally, been looking forward to this one for ages!
I’m not much of an RPG kinda guy but FF VII is still one of my top 5 favourite games along with the first KOTOR.

And the fact that they’ve planned the full thing as a trilogy way in advance just makes me think that this will be an absolute epic experience!

Comment by nayseynayseynase on 2007-09-24 15:14:24 | Reply

sick nasty, definetely sick nasty

Comment by Toxic on 2007-09-24 16:09:28 | Reply

Bioware turned me on to RPG through KOTOR

Comment by Mr poo poo on 2007-09-24 18:28:38 | Reply

They just turn me on ;)

Comment by kyle on 2007-12-07 20:25:25 | Reply

your all fags

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-12-10 14:55:28 | Reply

You can tell that from those comments?

Wow gay people do have an exceptionally refined gaydar.

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