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Bioware Reveals Most Popular Shepard Names

Mass Effect 3. Shepard

If you’ve ever played Mass Effect then you’ll know that there are quite a lot of customization options open to you upon starting the game, including choosing a name for your Shepard. The default names are John and Jane and Bioware has revealed that the majority of players stuck with those monikers, however they have also created a graphic displaying the most popular custom choices for each gender.

Mass Effect, Shepard Names

What did you name your Shepard?

Footage of Cancelled Darth Maul Game Emerges

Red Fly Studios recently revealed that they were working on a game based on Darth Maul, the mysterious Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately the game was cancelled on June 24, 2011 when the project had barely gone beyond the prototype phase.

Red Fly were also behind the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Nintendo Wii – the cancelled Maul game was originally set to be a Wii exclusive but soon became a multi-format project. Plot details are scarce (a script writer had yet to even be hired)  but George Lucas apparently requested that the story be told in a ‘buddy cop’ style, with Darth Maul teaming up with Darth Talon. The gameplay would have been a combination of stealth and lightsaber combat. You can see Maul dispatching a group of Mandalorian enemies in the video below.

Red Fly employees believe the cancellation was connected to the sale of Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney, as was the case with Star Wars 1313.

There’s more coverage of the game, and some exclusive footage, over at Game Informer.



How Solid Snake Got His Name

solidsnakeIn a series of tweets Hideo Kojima has explained how he came up with the name of his most famous creation, Metal Gear Solid protagonist, Solid Snake.

Kojima explained, “The reason I used Snake as code name in MG was snake was the most appropriate symbol of living thing that hides his presence, & sneaks w/o any noise. The reason I didn’t make any specific snake like cobra, anaconda, viper was because the protagonist is the player. The reason I use SOLID was to give opposite impression of soft image.”

He also revealed the naming process behind Snake’s twin brother and enemy from Metal Gear Solid, Liquid Snake.

“Like of all endings of the any series are, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must in MGS. It’s Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about “clone”. SOLID vs LIQUID. That is MGS.”

Finally, in Metal Gear Solid 2, a third brother was introduced, “As to develop sequel, the 3rd snake was needed. Since both solid & liquid express state, means same true state. Naturally the next would be gas but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name. So I borrowed from physics terms of “solidus/liquidus”. SOLIDUS is not state but implies the boundary of liquid and solid.”

The next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, will be released on March 18 in the US and March 20 in the UK. It will serve as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which does not yet have a release date.


N7 Day 2013: Bioware Thanks Mass Effect Fans

n7dayToday is N7 day, Bioware’s now annual celebration of all things Mass Effect, and the Edmonton based developer has created a special video thanking fans for their dedication to the series featuring voice-overs from some of the games cast.  It’s definitely worth a look if your a fan of the franchise, you can see it below:

Bioware has also been celebrating the occasion in many other ways which you can read about on their blog here.

Destiny Box Art Revealed

destiny box artBungie and Activision have released the box art for their upcoming game, Destiny. It pictures three of the character classes you will be able to play as in the game – Titan, Hunter and Warlock. Collectively these characters are known as Guardians and it is their duty to protect the last safe city on Earth.

Destiny comes out next year on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Playstation 4.


New Batman: Arkham Origins Trailer

WB Games Montreal revealed a new trailer at Gamescom today for the forthcoming prequel in the Arkham series. This trailer gives us our first real look at one of the games’ new villains, Firefly, as well as featuring Black Mask, The Batwing, Joker, and much more. Batman: Arkham Origins is scheduled for release on October 25 this year for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.