2013 Canadian Videogame Awards Winners

canadian-videogame-awards-bannerThis past Saturday was the fourth annual Canadian Videogame Awards which celebrated the best of the Canadian video game industry for 2012. Having previewed and predicted this year’s awards, we kick off Canadian Gaming Week on The Lowdown Blog by bringing you the winners of the 2013 CVAs.

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2013 Canadian Videogame Awards Nominations And Predictions

canadian-videogame-awards-bannerNext week is going to be Canadian Gaming Week here on the blog. We’ll be looking at London, Ontario’s Digital Extremes’ Star Trek: The Video Game. The plan is also to put up reviews of Canadian indie games Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves and Papo & Yo in addition to a column or two.

First up, this weekend is the 2013 Canadian Videogame Awards which celebrates the best the Canadian gaming industry developed and released in 2012 as determined by a committee of developer executives and a couple of programmers. As we are wont to do with big awards shows, we have the nominees and predictions.
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The Geth are More Popular Than the Quarians and Other Mass Effect 3 Stats (Infographic)

As part of their Mass Effect retrospective panel at PAX East, BioWare released an infographic detailing the decisions made by players. They didn’t reveal stats like completion rate or which ending was chosen (for obvious reasons) but they did detail the most popular classes, FemShep vs. BroShep, paragon vs. renegade, the favourite squadmates and even total single player play time across the community.

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Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC Review (or An End, Once and For All)

mass-effect-3-citadel-dlc-bannerThis is it, isn’t it? One last ride with Commander Shepard as we take on a group of well-armed and ill-intentioned bad guys in order to save the galaxy with our friends in tow. BioWare made us well aware that this was going to be the final piece of DLC released for Mass Effect 3. In effect, Citadel would be a send-off for the series that people had invested so much time and energy into over the last six years.

So how was our ride into the sunset with Commander Shepard and crew?

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The Unauthorized History of Mass Effect 3

mass-effect-3-posterToday marks the one-year anniversary of the release of BioWare and EA’s Mass Effect 3. The highly anticipated conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy launched on March 6, 2012, to great reviews from the gaming media but was almost immediately at the centre of a massive controversy among fans over its ending and DLC practices.

Let’s look back at the history of ME3 from launch to today to see what happened and when it happened to make one of 2012’s most anticipated games one of its most controversial. Continue reading

This Is It, Isn’t It? Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC Drops Today

The final piece of Mass Effect 3 DLC is out today. Mass Effect 3: Citadel brings Shepard and his crew back to the Citadel for one final reunion and adventure. Well, I say one final adventure but this is pre-ending DLC so technically, from a plot standpoint, it’s not actually Shepard’s final adventure. Continue reading

The Detailed Breakdown of Mass Effect 3: Reckoning Multiplayer DLC

mass-effect-3-reckoning-02-geth-juggernautThe final Mass Effect 3 multiplayer add-on pack is being released today. BioWare says that today’s Reckoning DLC will be the fifth and last free piece of downloadable content for ME3’s multiplayer mode.

As usual, BioWare is being tight-lipped about the details of Reckoning. If you do enough digging, you might be able to piece together what you’ll get when you download the DLC. But why do that when we’ve already compiled all the info and rumours about Reckoning for you. Continue reading