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Did ME3’s Extended Cut DLC Redeem BioWare? (Part 1)

In what may be an unprecedented move by a game developer, Mass Effect 3’s ending was received so poorly by fans that BioWare compiled brand new content to try and bring the closure that fans so desperately craved. Called the Extended Cut, this DLC became available to download for free on June 26, 2012, more than three months after the game’s initial release. BioWare has stressed that this DLC package does not change the original ending of the game but merely expands upon it. Being among the majority of fans sorely disappointed with the ending of Mass Effect 3, I was admittedly a little skeptical that BioWare could redeem itself. Join me as I discuss whether that skepticism was justified.

Open Letter to Clifford Bleszinski

Dear Mr. Bleszinski:

I am a big fan of the Gears of War series. It was one of the first games I purchased alongside my Xbox 360. I have very fond memories of playing through the cooperative campaign with a friend online, and I continued to happily play multiplayer games long after I knew every enemy spawn in the campaign by heart. The game was not perfect though. Glitches and exploits in the multiplayer games made the community grow very frustrated, and Epic took longer than most gamers felt was reasonable to fix them. I recall the frustration of being killed instantly by someone running up with a shotgun yet somehow using the chainsaw attachment on the Lancer. I recall enemies being beneath the map but still capable of killing those of us above them. Despite those frustrations, many of us happily continued to play. There are various reasons why, but most of the reasons hinge on the fact that we were still having a good time and felt like we had purchased a quality game.

DLC Already on the Disc

If you like to keep your ear to the ground when it comes to gaming news, you have no doubt heard your fair share of controversies that seems to have a large portion of gamers up in arms. Recently with the release of Gears of War 3, one such controversy has risen to the surface again: DLC already present on game discs. It seems that no matter which gamer you ask, he or she is going to have a polarized opinion on the subject. And since individuals with opposing views on the internet tend to be incapable of making civilized arguments, I thought it might be a good idea to share my rational views on the subject.

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