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E3 2009 Hands-On: Mass Effect 2

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One of the games I wanted to get my hands on the most at this years E3 was Mass Effect 2. I was fortunate enough to sit down with EA rep and get some hands on action. I was really trying to keep my eyes open for texture delays between sequences and happily I couldn’t find any. There are some really nice changes to the combat system. You can now assign individual way points for your teammates and they don’t seem to get in the way as they could in the first one. You can also queue up an ability in the talent wheel and just hit a button during combat to use that ability. Likewise for Shepard. You can also equip yourself with a heavy weapon now. Of course you can only carry one at a time and it sounds like you choose which one when you exit the Normandy. The new hit system is nice and something I wanted to test during the demo. There are actual head shots now. At one point I shot out a androids legs out from under him and he fell to the ground and started crawling towards me.

I asked about DLC for the sequel and it sounds like we can certainly expect to see more than just one available download. Although the exhibitor I spoke with also hinted at another mission that will be released for Mass Effect, a prequel to Mass Effect 2.

With any sequel it’s a difficult balancing act between giving the player something new and exciting without losing the things that made the game so great to begin with. From what I saw and played they really nailed that balance. So until its release in Q1 2010, keep an eye out for that prequel mission.

First Gameplay Footage of Madden NFL 10

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While all the NFL attention this past weekend was on the draft, last week EA dropped the first major bombshell (or so they hoped) with the unveiling of the first gameplay footage from Madden NFL 10 on Spike’s GameTrailers TV. For a game that by now really should need no introduction, Peter Moore attempts to flex his mad hype skills till the very last second.

Personally, it looks like the same game I stopped buying years ago, but I want to know what you, the savy reader think?

Oh and for you Wii fans, there’s also a video available for you, but take my advice and don’t waste your time – if you thought family-play was bad… it gets worse.