The Citadel Will Be Explorable Again In Mass Effect 3

We assume you’re all excited about the news that Shepard will be spared the horrors of sequelitus and that Mass Effect 3 will be the end of the good commander’s story. We are too. But how, exactly will players experience the final chapter of the Shepard trilogy?

BioWare has taken every opportunity to mention that Mass Effect 3 will see the return of more serious RPG elements missing from MAss Effect 2. Fans rejoiced, but so far the only concrete details they’ve made available relate to the weapons-modification feature. Weapon customization sounds like fun, but as RPG features go, it’s kind of superficial. What we’d like to see is some kind of confirmation that there’ll be more to Mass Effect 3 than running and gunning.

Enter (as always) Casey Hudson, who continues his twitter-feed information dispersal project apace. On Friday, responding to a direct message on Twitter, Casey Hudson confirmed the following:

Suffice to say, this is pretty great news. In Mass Effect, the Citadel is the largest area which can be explored on foot, and it’s the location you return too most often. In Mass Effect 2, players can only explore a small section of the Citadel, and the two major battle areas can only be accessed during the applicable missions. Hopefully, the return to a Mass Effect sized environment bodes well for non-combat sections of Mass Effect 3. As always, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know.

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6 Comments on The Citadel Will Be Explorable Again In Mass Effect 3


On August 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I just hope they fix the load times in the Normandy. It takes about 25 seconds to load a level of the ship and if you want to talk to all the members of your team after a mission and visit your cabin that’s 5 x 25 second loading times. All you wanted to do was quickly go and open up a chat with the NPC and see if there’s an update.

ME2 was a great game but I traded it solely for this reason alone because I just couldn’t bare the thought of having to go through that again. I didn’t want to replay it because of that.


On August 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I have no problems with the loadtimes, JosephPS3. What do you play it on? I play on PC and it loads in half a second or less. I’m guessing you use the PS3 because of your name… lol.

Ross Lincoln

On August 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I played the series first on Xbox and I agree that loading times on the Normandy are annoying on console. Bear in mind that the series was envisioned first as an Xbox game and later ported to PC. the need to partition everything as they did on the Normandy in 2 is a consequence of the more limited RAM and processor power on consoles.

As CaveTown wisely points out, as with most games, you’re going to get better performance on PC, and I can confirm that’s doubletrue for Mass Effect and ME2. Make the switch and you won’t be sorry.


On August 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Actually I was talking to my friend after I blogged. He still has the game. On the PS3 it takes about 48 seconds to load the lower decks and 25 seconds to load the captain’s deck. This is him just counting not using a stopwatch.

Now imagine doing that 4-5 times! Imagine if you just left a deck and thought of doing something else and having go back. I used to take bathroom breaks or grab something to drinks during those load times. Once I even almost fell asleep-sure I was tired but if a game puts you to sleep, that can’t be good lol

@Cavetown Loads in half a second or less! THat’s why I’m seriously going to consider PC gaming again. Why spend another $250 on PS3 to replace that when for another $300 (300+250=550) I can upgrade for a decent gaming PC.


On August 30, 2011 at 1:41 am


Thats exactly why i have a pimped out gaming rig AND a PS3. If a game comes out on both, get the PC version 9 times outta 10. Every so often console versions end up better (Assassin’s Creed series) plus some stuff just dont make it to the PC (Red Dead Redemption) so you got your bases covered and ya wont have to miss out on anything!


On August 30, 2011 at 5:25 am


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I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. THis is a local computer store that always have great prices. What do you think of my PC build? Any suggestions?