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Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches for PC and last-gen consoles on May 14th, and we can hardly contain our hype to return to the Normandy and give the Reapers what-for all over again.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition was announced on N7 Day 2020, and will deliver the "best possible form" of the three games as one cohesive experience. "Super-sharp resolution, faster framerates, and beautiful visual enhancements" have been added to the trio, brightening even the darkest corners of the Milky Way and promising the same compelling storylines that captured players' hearts years ago. "As game developers, we always hope that our games will transcend their original platforms," said Electronic Arts last year. "Having the opportunity to remaster the trilogy means that the fruits of a decade of our work will live on, and will be experienced better and clearer than ever before."
Even more excitingly, the Legendary Edition packages all of the single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, as well as promo weapons, armors, and packs. These are also free, and have been given a lick of paint to upgrade them for 4K Ultra HD resolutions. The whole thing sounds utterly magnificent, and Mass Effect was a touchstone for lots of people who now consider RPGs to be their favourite genre of game. Blending exciting third-person shootouts, across colourful locations in a setting that was simultaneously recognisable yet alien to us, the Mass Effect series placed the destiny of Shepard and her crew in their hands.
Electronic Arts were pleased to share that "comprehensive world-building enhancements" have been integrated into the Legendary Edition, including a host of quality of life improvements and UI changes that align it more with how games are today. Furthermore, "combat and exploration are modernized through improved aiming, squad controls and behaviour, Mako handling and cameras." You read that? The Mako will no longer handle like a rubber duck floating on a river of syrup. I can't say that I'm heartbroken over this change, honestly.
Don't forget, Mass Effect 5 is officially in development, too. Mass Effect 5! Gosh, I thought I'd never see the day. I've gotten emotional now. "We can't wait to continue our adventure together - revisiting our favorite memories in the Mass Effect universe, and creating brand new ones!" said BioWare in the announcement. Not much is known about the next entry in the series, but that's understandable, seeing as the studio is also working on Dragon Age 4 and an Anthem reboot at the same time.
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