A remastered edition of the Mass Effect trilogy has been long overdue, don't you think? The stories contained within the sci-fi games are still talked about like they came out yesterday, but some gameplay aspects haven't aged as well as the creative universe they're set in. So BioWare is changing them. Though Mass Effect's upgrade is mostly visual in many ways, some gameplay changes are going to be made according to a post on the PlayStation blog.
We've already heard a bit about boss fight changes, but Jay Ingram, a Community Manager for EA/BioWare writes about the challenges the team faced finding a good balance between the old combat spread over three games, and what a new take on these mechanics might look like. Well, there are a long number of changes to the original Mass Effect that all sound like they work to make the game better as a whole - some slight changes to balancing, and some additional RPG mechanics that have become popular since the original release of the games (like trading junk items for useful resources).
Thankfully, first and foremost is that Shepard can now sprint everywhere in Mass Effect. Honestly, that's all I really wanted to hear. Here is a long list of changes you'll see in the first game.
Changes will also be made to The Mako, the infamous vehicle that was just a little hard to control when the original game came out. Importantly the update informs us that although it'll handle better now, yes you can still drive it off cliffs if you like. Mako changes include: Improved handling, improved camera controls, faster shield recharge, new thrusters for speed boosts, no XP penalty while in the Mako, and touching lava in the car doesn't instantly give you a mission failure. Instead, it'll do some damage to the Mako over time, thank goodness.
Other changes include new hairstyles and skin tone for Shepard so that they can look exactly how you'd like them to. Original DLC weapons and armour will be in the game and obtainable through research or buying them from merchants. And all the audio from all three games has been remixed entirely, so I can't wait to hear the juicy new sounds of Reapers coming to kill me.
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