Mass Effect 3 Special Edition (Updated)

  • CyborgD 5 Dec 2012 12:29:49 23 posts
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    Does anyone know what today's update is? I took me a while to download it, maybe that's just Nintendo's servers though.
  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 13:56:05
    It would have been a general system update, rather than a Mass Effect one. It was a biggie, apparently. It's meant to improve system stability, and such things.
  • bionutz 12 May 2013 19:29:29 62 posts
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    ok - i want to play ME3. I'm split between getting the wii u and ME3 and getting it on windows (which runs on my mac as a virtual machine). Are the controls on Wii U based on joystick or the wii remotes? I hate playing first person with joystick controls...
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 12 May 2013 20:42:56 31,902 posts
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    Wouldn't it be a bit pricey buying a Wii U just to play a port of this? Unless you're dead set on using a Wiimote set-up. In that case, you should know it doesn't have one, so you'd be using the joysticks to move and aim. For you, it certainly sounds like the PC version would be the best option for you :)
  • DrStrangelove 12 May 2013 21:12:40 12,324 posts
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    Depending on what sort of Mac you have, it might run better on that. I have no idea how capable Mac graphics power really is, but on my low-to-mid-range gaming PC it's one of the smoothest-running stable-framerate games of this gen, at full detail and 1920x1200x60fps, as opposed to the 720p30 or whatever it is the console versions run at. Funny enough, this way the pre-rendered cinematics have an awful quality compared to anything rendered in real time.

    What I certainly like is mouse aiming, but that's a matter of preference. But of course you can play it with a gamepad if you prefer so.

    Oh, and you can delete the files of annoyingly long pre-rendered cinematics that you've seen just often enough.

    And then it's cheaper on Windows, obviously. And if you like it, you can buy ME1 and 2, and do a full trilogy playthrough with one character and his/her version of the story.

    The downside of course is, depending on your setup, you may have to play it on a computer screen instead of your TV. Another downside is that I think it's always online, at least it connects to Origin each time before allowing me to play.

    Still, for me the most important aspect is the superior performance, but again, I have no idea how well it runs on which Mac.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 21:18:04 12-05-2013
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 12 May 2013 21:26:02 31,902 posts
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    It's also probably worth considering buying another console, if you're dead set on buying a new platform to play it on (assuming I've not mis-read your quandary Mr bionutz). Get it on 360 or PS3 and you'll have a cracking console with a great library of existing games. As I say, you'll be using the thumbsticks on Wii U anyway as it doesn't support pointy aiming.
  • Commander-Keen 13 May 2013 09:17:27 915 posts
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    For me personally, playing on a desktop computer is the only way to really enjoy these games. I know it's a bit pew pew pew, but it's not Halo and I think I would find the exploration / RPG elements of the game a bit ploddy on a console...
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