Mass Effect remaster trilogy announces ME1 changes and May 14 release date

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, is right around the corner.

The science-fiction RPG defined the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generation for many people for its well-written characters, detailed world building and the fact you could have sex with aliens...

The second and third games are stone-cold beloved classics, but the first one hasn't aged the best. In comparison to its sequels, the combat isn't up to par, the inventory management is a nightmare and the Mako is just... eurgh.

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EA and BioWare have taken the time to tinker with the first game beyond just adding some visual spit and polish.

The camera, user interfaces and multiple locations have been improved, while the AI for your squadmates is said to be much better, aiming has been tweaked to feel more modern, and the Mako's clunky handling has been addressed.

The character creation tools have been improved and unified across the board, with FemShep's Mass Effect 3 look being the default for all three games. If you've only played the games as male Shephard, definitely try FemShep.

And if you've only played it as the female option before, stick with it. She's the best choice by far.

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One thing the first game won't get is the 'Pinnacle Station' DLC, for the same reason PS3 version never got it back in the day: the files are pretty much unsalvageable.

"I wish we could do it. Honestly, just because this is meant to be everything that the team ever created, brought together again – all the single-player content," game director Mac Walters told Game Informer. "And so, leaving it all on the cutting-room floor, it was heartbreaking."

All the other single-player DLC in the trilogy will make it in the remastered trilogy, though.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be released on May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games will be further enhanced on PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X/S, but there apparently won't be native versions for those systems.

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