In a surprisingly considerate move, Electronic Arts has just released the Mass Effect 3 Datapad for iOS devices (3GS and later)... for free. With a variety of very cool uses, the Datapad will be like having your own Private Terminal like Commander Shepard has in his captain's cabin. Do you think Shepard checks the codex every time he needs to read up on a new planet?
Specifically, here are the available features in the Mass Effect 3 Datapad:
- Recieve in-app messages from characters in Mass Effect 3.
- Get breaking news about Bioware and Mass Effect from the Alliance News Network.
- Explore the codex from Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3.
- Browse exclusive screenshots, videos and wallpapers.
- Deploy troops against the Reapers and influence your single-player Readiness Rating.
That last bullet point is what has me most intrigued, since prior to this apps release the single player Readiness Rating was only influenced by playing multiplayer. At least, that's to the best of my knowledge. It's nice seeing BioWare offering alternative methods of affecting the rating.
Download the app now, or check out more information on the iTunes index for Mass Effect 3 Datapad here.