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Old February 12 2011, 12:04 PM   #1216
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Re: Mass Effect 2

Has there been any sort of confirmation that Jack Wall won't be involved? I'd be pretty surprised if Clint Mansell did the whole thing. Everything I've read thus far just states he'll be doing music for the game, not the entire soundtrack.
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Old February 12 2011, 12:05 PM   #1217
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Jack Wall actually posted on BioWare's message boards that he won't be returning.
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Old February 12 2011, 12:13 PM   #1218
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Yeah, after posting that I started scouring their boards and realized that. Oi, what a drag. Oh well.
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Old February 12 2011, 08:45 PM   #1219
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I'd recommend listening to his scores for The Fountain and Moon.
His score for Black Swan was great, as well.
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Old February 12 2011, 09:58 PM   #1220
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I'm just thinking more along the lines of securing continuity for the trilogy; having the same composer for something so tightly-knit goes a long way in making things feel incredibly connected.

Ah well, I'm sure there will be remixes of Wall's stuff.
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Old February 13 2011, 01:45 AM   #1221
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I'm just thinking more along the lines of securing continuity for the trilogy; having the same composer for something so tightly-knit goes a long way in making things feel incredibly connected.
That's exactly my concern, it has nothing to do with my appreciation for Mr Mansell.
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Old February 13 2011, 01:47 AM   #1222
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I'm just thinking more along the lines of securing continuity for the trilogy; having the same composer for something so tightly-knit goes a long way in making things feel incredibly connected.
That's exactly my concern, it has nothing to do with my appreciation for Mr Mansell.
Seconded, or thirded I guess.
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Old February 13 2011, 02:22 AM   #1223
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It might be time for another play through. I really should check out some of the DLC, as well.
Lair of the Shadow Broker is the only one I can fully recommend, even at its original $10 price point. Its the second best DLC I've ever played, behind Minerva's Den for Bioshock 2. Your enjoyment of it, however, will probably depend on A) how much you like Liara, and B) how much you hate mining.

Kasumi is just a character pack, roughly equivalent to Zaeed (though she's one hell of a character to bring to the fight). I'm glad I got her on sale.

The end of Overlord is kind of trippy, but there's really nothing else in there too new or worthwhile.
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Old February 13 2011, 03:49 AM   #1224
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Definitely seconding Lair of the Shadow Broker being terrific. Really terrific.

I like Overlord a lot, too, though. I disagree that the only good part is the end, although that's definitely the best part. I'm also a big fan of Kasumi's thing because her mission is pretty fun and she's a great character. (Zaeed's great too but he's also free, so yeah.)

The only mission-adding DLC you can safely skip if you don't have much dough to toss around would be Firewalker. It's got some fun vehicular stuff (platforming!) but it's nothing mindblowing.
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Old February 14 2011, 04:20 AM   #1225
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The only mission-adding DLC you can safely skip if you don't have much dough to toss around would be Firewalker. It's got some fun vehicular stuff (platforming!) but it's nothing mindblowing.
It is also free, provided you have the Cerberus Network.

Personally, I liked the Mako better. The Mako.
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Old February 14 2011, 04:51 AM   #1226
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I liked the Mako better, too. It wasn't the problem in ME1; the environments on some of the uncharted worlds were.
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Old February 14 2011, 05:23 AM   #1227
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I liked the Mako. Not better than the Firewalker. I liked the Mako.
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Old February 14 2011, 05:48 AM   #1228
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Neither the Hammerhead or the Mako were entierly successfully IMO.

The Mako was just fine on the linear levels like Illos, Noveria, Feros and...um...that one with Liara. By which I mean it was fine until it had to actually perform it's function and overcome obstacles. At which point it handles like a shopping trolly in and ice rink and opps, you're at the bottom of a deep crevasse and it's take you another 10 minutes to inch your way back up the near vertical walls. On top of that the combat was almost ridiculously easy as almost nothing could take it down so long as you kept your distance and you could blow away most enemies with just one shot.

Now the Hammerhead on the other hand was worse than useless. It couldn't go more than ten meters without clanging off a boulder and bringing you to an abrupt halt. If that wasn't bad enough the thing is USELESS in a fight, seemingly bursting into flames and exploding if an enemy so much as looks at it funny.

Whatever (if anything) the come up with for ME3 in the way of a vehicle, my preference would be to have a hybrid design. Maybe something like the hovercraft & spaceship combo from Beyond Good and Evil. That is a small Mako-like ground vehicle that can dock with a larger craft that can pick it up and take it over major obstacles. That or have one vehicle similar to the Hammerhead but with a alternate "flight-mode" so you can take off on your own.
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Old February 14 2011, 10:55 AM   #1229
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Re: Mass Effect 2

I forgot Firewalker was available for free. Actually, I don't think I ever realized that. I have the PS3 version of ME2, so... yeah.

I prefer the Hammerhead but I never hated the Mako, either. BioWare basically took the plethora of people who hated the Mako and said, 'alright, try this thing out and let us know what you think; we'll make a vehicle in ME3 based on reactions.'

That's the gist of what I've heard, anyway.
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Old February 14 2011, 06:27 PM   #1230
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The Hammerhead has more abilities and speed, so I like it more, but it is waaaaaaaay too weak. Reverend is correct, a few shots from a Geth Trooper and you've got alarms going off and fires are soon to come. I hope they keep the Hammerhead for ME3, but make it a much tougher, so it doesn't blow up so easily.

I liked the locations the Hammerhead went to, the landscapes in overlord were fantastic! More like them would be great. Some ME1 style locations are okay, but lets not go overboard. Also, I'd like to be able for the crew to be able to gt out of the ride at more than just specifically designated locations.
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