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BioWare updates info on ME2's Illusive Man and enemy defenses


Yesterday, BioWare updated the official Mass Effect 2 site with information on Miranda Lawson.

Today, the Illusive Man gets the star treatment.

Apparently, the "mysterious and powerful" Illusive Man commands Cerberus, the secretive "pro-human organization dedicated to protecting mankind’s interests in the galaxy".

Voice by Martin Sheen, the Man believes the "end justifies the means", at any cost. Sounds dramatic.

If you are in the mood for more Mass Effect 2 goodness - and who isn't - lead gameplay designer, Christina Norman, has a new blog post on enemy defenses in the game.

In her blog post, she states that one of the areas the developers wanted to improve upon the sequel was enemy power resists.

"With ME1, enemies would sometimes resist your powers, but it wasn’t clear when they would, or why," she wrote. "More importantly, if your enemy was resisting your powers, there was nothing you could do about it.

"For Mass Effect 2 we’ve combined enemy resists with defensive shields, armor, and barriers. These defenses are displayed in a bar over the enemy’s health bar. As long as the bar is visible, your target is resistant to powers, but all powers deplete his defense bar. Once the defense bar is gone, he is vulnerable to all your powers.

"Only powerful enemies have a defense bar, weaker enemies are always vulnerable."

Awesome stuff there. Game's out in a couple scant weeks. Start practicing your "call in sick to work" voice now.

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