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Mass Effect Trilogy tipped for PS4 & Xbox One - but do we actually want it?

Jonathan Lester
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Mass Effect Trilogy tipped for PS4 & Xbox One - but do we actually want it?

What the new generation of consoles really needs is loads of games we've already played to death.

That seems to be the general consensus at Big Publisher Incorporated, because yet another revamp appears to be on the cards. Rumblings suggest that the Mass Effect Trilogy is headed to PS4 and Xbox One, which begs the question: do we actually want or even need it?

Well... maybe. Perhaps BioWare will even have time to show us Tali's face, if they're not too busy raiding royalty-free image banks.

Chilean retailer Zmart listed the Mass Effect Trilogy for both next-gen consoles, spotted by CVG earlier today. This wouldn't have raised eyebrows by itself, but the store listing follows a suggestive Tweet from BioWare's “We have discussed that internally," wrote Aaryn Flynn of a potential re-release. "If we can put solid plans together we’ll share.”

Mass Effect Trilogy tipped for PS4 & Xbox One - but do we actually want it?

All circumstantial, but exactly the sort of steady drip that eventually opens the floodgates. That's all we know for now, so I'll take off my functional News Editor bowler hat and don my florid flame-retardant personal opinion helmet. Mass Effect would end up joining the likes of Rayman Origins, Tomb Raider and The Last Of Us as returning last-gen games at a stage when we're hungry for new franchises. Do we need a shinier, prettier Mass Effect trilogy? Do we want it?

At face value, not really. BioWare are already working on the next generation of Mass Effect game, while most of us have received the closure we wanted thanks to the Director's Cut ending and outstanding Citadel trilogy. Our story is complete - usually multiple times - while newcomers can buy the original games for a tiny asking price on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and all the associated download marketplaces. We don't need to pay out for it again at a premium price. Obviously. Erm. Unless we do.

Mass Effect Trilogy tipped for PS4 & Xbox One - but do we actually want it?

Let's face it, at face value, BioWare face a tough about-face when JUST SHOW US THE FACE DAMN YOU

See, the thrill of playing through the entire Mass Effect storyline has its appeal, and I don't personally know if I could resist it. I haven't replayed Mass Effect 1 in years, let alone attempted a full trilogy FemShep run to revel in Jennifer Hale's sensational voice acting (trust me, she outclasses Mark Meer at every turn), so the idea of descending back into that universe is tantalising to say the least. We'd naturally expect the DLC to be included though, especially From Ashes, which is critical to the plot. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I might be on this like a ravenous Rachni from day one... not to mention gamers who didn't experience the series the first time around!

Then again, it might make us realise that each successive game gradually worsened throughout the trilogy in several respects. The original Mass Effect is peerless, containing the most shocking twists, biggest decisions and shock, but Mass Effect 2 sidestepped the main plotline (while fumbling the biggest twist in the entire franchise!) and Mass Effect 3 mishandled the ending, all while concentrating more on action and less on the deeper RPG aspects. Not to mention cutting features like exploring planets with the Mako, rather than bothering to improve them.

Mass Effect Trilogy tipped for PS4 & Xbox One - but do we actually want it?

And then again, again, I actually do want to spend more time with my favourite characters, from Garrus to Thane. But mainly Garrus. Manly Garrus. Mmm.

Ultimately it will come down to personal taste, your own experiences with the franchise (or lack thereof) and... frankly... whether the industry can get its arse in gear with new things for us to play. Let us know where you stand in the comments!

At least we can start running our favourite parody videos again. Starting with this one. Don't be absurd.

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mrimpatient35  Apr. 28, 2014 at 13:38

There's PLENTY of new games coming out. I hope the majority of them gets pushed back to next year so I can get them all. Destiny, Dragon Age Inquisition, Lords of the Fallen, Dying Light, Assassin's Creed Unity, Batman Arkham Knight, The Crew, etc. You must mean NEW IPs.

stevenjameshyde  Apr. 28, 2014 at 14:07

The only game that I want to be ported now is GTA5, as I purposely avoided playing it on PS360 on the assumption that a next-gen version would happen eventually. Rayman Legends and Tomb Raider filled gaps in a spartan release schedule admirably, but I think that such measures are becoming less necessary as time goes on

Zeipher  Apr. 28, 2014 at 14:38

I'd buy this! I got all 3 for the PC so I could play them in high res on the big screen. Turns out controller support isn't built in, and it's a hassle to set up otherwise.

So yeah, having a PS4 version would be nice. Shame they're not bothering with the Wii U versions.

melmacj  Apr. 28, 2014 at 15:02

I agree with Zeipher. I got them all on PC too but Bioware and their policy about supporting gamepad for pc suck. I made it through the first two barely with gamepad mods and 3rd is a no go. Before comments are made about playing the console versions. Please compared to PC the rez and framerate was terrible for both ps3 and 360. Bioware restore my faith in you and port it to ps4 and xbox one. 1080p 60 fps no less as I experience on my PC. But I will say yes I think we're getting too many last gen ports. For me GTA, LOU and Mass Effect is all I need from last gen.

Late  Apr. 29, 2014 at 11:42

I wouldn't buy this, but I'm in favour of it - and hope other games (continue to) get the same treatment.
I'd happily fork out for the Bioshock games again. Same goes for Portal, Arkham, and probably others.

Of course I'd like to see new games, be they from favourite franchises or new IPs; but if people are happy to pay good money to replay older games that have been polished up a bit then porting/recoding them can be good for publisher and customer alike.

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