Mass Effect 3 Datapad app - Watch us test out the iPad version

Yesterday saw the release of the the Mass Effect 3 Datapad app (check out our Mass Effect 3 review here) for the iPhone and iPad, a tool that helps you improve keep track of your Galactic Readiness when you're on the go. Even beyond that awesome functionality it has some clever features for those still playing through the story, expanding the experience with some interesting concepts that wouldn't really be possible without a smartphone/tablet.

We downloaded the Datapad and went through the motions, testing out the different features and seeing if it's worth checking out. Needless to say, we were pretty happy with how much we got out of this free app. Check out the video above to see how it works!


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  • bassfu - March 17, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    Ilum? Had SWTOR on your mind while doing this?
  • veryweirdguy - March 14, 2012 4:40 a.m.

    Really glad this exists! If it were paid I would call BS, but as a free app it's really fun - after every mission I find myself checking to see what the characters have said about it! And while I am playing the multiplayer to increase my war readiness, this is a nice alternative, makes me feel like I'm participating in the game while I'm away from the console. I love this kind of cross-platform functionality, and I wish more games would do it! It feels like ARG viral marketing stuff, but during the game. It's great.
  • BladedFalcon - March 14, 2012 12:07 a.m.

    This actually sounds pretty neat, specially the being able to access the codex thing from your smartphone. Sadly, I don't own an iOS device, and probably never will. (at least not in the foreseeable future.) Perhaps if it came to android, it'd be a different story. But hey, at any rate, it's frigging free, just because I can't get it doesn't make that fact any less awesome.
  • OD-Apache - March 13, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    Oh. Ipad. Cool. ...So when can we expect a mention of this whole, "Bioware managing to ruin Mass Effect for the majority of it's audience in the last 5 minutes because they tried to portray a 'deep' artistic message by contradicting everything the series was about", shit show. It's only been a week since release and prices for Mass Effect 3 are already nose diving on Amazon. They have to realize they dropped the ball on this, and that ball just happens to be a bowling ball, and it just so happens to land on their foot, and they just happen to break that foot, and Bioware just happens to be a beloved Olympic ice skater for North Korea, and when their career ends they're kicked out of the country because, it's North Korea, what do you expect... ...I'm saying their profits and fan base will be hurt, financially and emotionally. That is where this awesome metaphor was going.
  • GR HollanderCooper - March 13, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    I... I can't... you... wow...
  • BladedFalcon - March 14, 2012 12:04 a.m.

    Haven't finished the game yet, I'm on my way, but not yet. Regardless of whether the ending's actually THAT terrible... Does that automatically invalidate the rest of the great stuff in the game? All the previous missions? bonding even more with your squadmates, making a difference for the most important races of the game? Somehow... I don't think so. I'll get back to you once i actually finish the game though.
  • GR HollanderCooper - March 14, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    I'm just confused by the "some people didn't like the ending, and the game is selling badly!" idea. Especially considering it's... selling absurdly well.
  • BladedFalcon - March 14, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    Yeah... I think it's called the "That's what I think and how I feel, so everyone else totally must feel that way too!" syndrome.
  • OD-Apache - March 14, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong. I loved all 99.9% of it. I agree with GR's score, that's what I would have given it, despite having my heart explode in the last five minutes. The endings actually aren't necessarily bad when taken in it's own context, but...they changed my entire outlook on the series, and contradict everything we we're told. That's just how profound it all was, and I still can't decide if it was in a good way or a bad one. And I only care this much because I'm passionate, racist "metaphors" aside. All I know for certain is that it was intentional. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't have testers, or even employees, have has a similar reaction? And not same reaction akin to the whiny, stomping self indulged image that's being thrown around...they had to have had people at least question it, making sure that it was in fact how they wanted to approach the end of their trilogy. So, they either don't care, which I doubt by the way, or they have something, anything, planned. But hey, I wasn't there, so I should probably just shut up right?...Yeah. Probably. But you guys did an article on this, and it was fair and balanced to both sides of the issue, so great work on that GR! I'll move my grievances there. But while I am here, will there be an Android app? I heard there was the slightest inclination of a clue that hints back to the ending, so I'd like to check that out.
  • BladedFalcon - March 14, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Hey, that's completely fair enough. I mean, I currently just arrived at Sanctuary, and it feels great, Even if the ending was completely implausible and nonsensical, to me it doesn't take away from the rest. And yeah, I am also hoping for an android app. (Furthermore, I heard that there's supposedly an extra ending or at least ending scene if you finish the game again on New game +. No idea if that's true or if it's substantial enough, but maybe it's wroth checking it out?)
  • angelusdlion - March 14, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    Not sure if trolling or just whiny.

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