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High cholesterol: Risk of ‘fatal’ side effect of commonly prescribed medication

HIGH cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. It is mainly caused by eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. Rosuvastatin is often prescribed to treat high cholesterol as well as to prevent heart disease.

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L.A. County indoor mask rules set to take effect as coronavirus cases keep rising

L.A. County indoor mask rules

Los Angeles County’s jump in coronavirus cases continued Saturday as a new rule requiring masks in public indoor settings was set to take effect, a restriction officials hope will slow the spread of the virus among the unvaccinated.

The county is by far the biggest jurisdiction in the nation to require masks again. But with COVID-19 cases rising across the nation largely because of the highly infectious Delta variant, officials elsewhere will be watching to see if the effort works.

People who have received vaccinations are extraordinarily protected from the coronavirus, including the Delta variant. But officials are asking them to wear masks indoors as a way of also forcing unvaccinated people — who are at risk — to do the same. About 52% of L.A. County residents are fully vaccinated, and roughly 60% have gotten at least one shot. But given the region’s enormous population, that still leaves millions vulnerable.

“Given the increased intermingling among unmasked people where vaccination status is unknown, the millions of people still unvaccinated, and the increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, we are seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 infection,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, a medical epidemiologist and expert on infectious disease with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said he’s not worried about the pandemic approaching the same level of devastation seen half a year ago, but is “concerned about the trajectory and the speed of the doubling of new cases.”

“Hopefully, this will be the wakeup call for those who are still vaccine hesitant to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated,” he said.

Under L.A. County’s order, masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public settings, such as theaters, stores, gyms, offices and workplaces, and in restaurants when not eating and drinking. Those exempted include children younger than 2. Indoor dining is still allowed, but patrons are asked to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.

Other California counties have urged people to wear masks indoors, but none have followed L.A. and mandated the practice.

Los Angeles County on Saturday confirmed 1,827 new coronavirus cases — the second-largest daily total the region has seen in months — and an uptick that public health officials are saying is evidence of an alarming trend of increased community spread.

Saturday’s case count was four times higher than the 457 daily infections reported on July 4 and eight times higher than the 210 cases the county had on June 15 when California fully reopened, health officials said. The county also reported 11 new related deaths.

Last month, the county was seeing as few as 161 new coronavirus cases a day — the lowest rates since the first few weeks of the pandemic. But daily cases have been climbing increasingly rapidly since California fully reopened on June 15.

On July 9, the county began a streak of consecutive days with at least 1,000 cases a day reported — the numbers hit 1,059 on Monday, 1,103 on Tuesday, 1,315 on Wednesday, 1,537 on Thursday and 1,902 on Friday.

Hospitalizations are also worsening. On Friday, there were 507 people with COVID-19 in L.A. County hospitals, the highest number since April 14, and more than double the number over the last month. On a per capita basis, that means there are now more than 5 hospitalizations for every 100,000 residents in the county — a figure some experts say could be a reasonable threshold to reimplement masking policies indoors.

National officials and experts have begun to endorse the county’s move, given the sharp rise in cases, to require masks by everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status, a mandate set to take effect Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

“Under certain circumstances, when you have a high level of dynamics of infection, be that in Los Angeles or wherever, the local authorities do have the discretion of going that extra mile, of going the extra step it takes to make sure that the spread of this virus is really contained, and they do that by saying that everyone should wear a mask,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, said Friday on NBC’s “Nightly News.”

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told ABC’s “World News Tonight” that he thought L.A. County was taking appropriate action, as were other California counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento area that are recommending mask use by everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

“These counties are acting prudently, because infection numbers are rising so quickly,” Jha said. “We can’t tell who’s vaccinated and who’s not. And we do know that there are breakthrough infections even for vaccinated people. So it makes sense in places with high rising infection numbers to put the mask mandates back in.”

The vaccines are extraordinarily protective against severe disease and death. Between Dec. 7 and June 7, unvaccinated people in L.A. County accounted for 99.6% of its coronavirus cases, 98.7% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 99.8% of deaths.

But rising community transmission levels can also raise the risk of “breakthrough infections,” coronavirus infections of vaccinated people. It’s not particularly likely, but it can happen — and is more likely to happen if vaccinated people are close to contagious, unvaccinated people.

“It is a bummer to get a breakthrough infection,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an UC San Francisco expert in infectious disease. Those who get them have to notify their close contacts; they have to stay home from work — “it’s a disruption to life.”

That’s why Chin-Hong said he thinks it’s a good idea for even vaccinated people to “just put on your mask if if you’re in a crowded indoor setting with a bunch of people you don’t know.”

The good news is that vaccinated people are far more protected against severe illness and death. Nationally, unvaccinated people make up 97% of patients in the hospital now for COVID-19, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

L.A. County’s massive public hospital system has not had to hospitalize anyone for COVID-19 who has been fully vaccinated, Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said.

Officials hope more masking will help contain the hypercontagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is easily spread and has been blamed for increased infections across the country.

“The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and the increase in hospitalizations signals immediate action must be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Otherwise, we may quickly see more devastating illness and death among the millions of residents,” said L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis.

Health officials continue to urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to get their shots immediately. The risk of increased spread is highest among unvaccinated individuals. Cases are rising the most in adults age 18 to 49, county data show.

Officials warn that the more COVID-19 spreads, the more opportunities it has to mutate and potentially create another easily transmittable and dangerous variant.

“The urgency to get more people vaccinated remains high with this level of spread,” Davis said. “For everyone [who is] eligible and still waiting to get vaccinated, the time do it is now.”

While other counties in Southern California are also seeing an uptick in cases, L.A. County is the first to broaden mask requirements.

In Orange County, public health officials have encouraged unvaccinated residents to avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and continue masking in indoor public areas. However, there are no plans there to implement a new mask mandate.

“With the recent reopening of the state’s economy, we had expected to see an increase in our COVID-19 cases and positivity rates,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, Orange County’s health officer. “This means we need to continue being proactive about protecting our loved ones and neighbors and taking the necessary steps to help reduce the risk of infection throughout our county.”

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More money, more problems: Cheney and Kinzinger feel Trump effect

Exile in the House GOP is proving extremely lucrative for Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

Cheney and Kinzinger are the most prominent anti-Trump voices among congressional Republicans, casting two of the 10 House GOP votes to impeach the former president and — unlike the other eight — sparing no opportunity in the months since to rebuke a party that has tethered itself to his image. That’s left them in a precarious position as they seek reelection back home and alienated them from the rest of their party in D.C.

It’s also given them a new route onto the national stage. The Wyoming and Illinois Republican allies may end up losing their seats next fall to primary challengers who are hugging the Trump machine. But the campaign war chests they’ve amassed could help launch the duo’s political careers outside of the House, or even Congress.

“They’re very encouraged by what they see in fundraising and by what they’re starting to hear on the ground,” said former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), a fellow GOP Trump critic and a friend of the two. “Nobody thinks of cascading effects … The fact is, there’s a significant portion of Republicans who do not support Donald Trump anyway, who’re looking at Adam and Liz to sort of carry that conservative banner nationally.”

Cheney, who lost her slot as House GOP conference chair in May, hauled in close to $ 1.9 million in the last quarter, bringing her to nearly $ 3.5 million total this year. Only halfway through 2021, those fundraising numbers trounce the $ 3 million she raised during the 2020 cycle. Cheney’s donations also surpassed her leadership successor’s, with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) bringing in $ 1.5 million in the second quarter.

Kinzinger, who represents a deep-red district in exurban Chicago, never raised more than $ 350,000 in a single quarter during the 2020 cycle. But during the first three months of 2021 — after his support for the second Trump impeachment — he skyrocketed to $ 1.1 million.

While their rising profiles give them a new megaphone as well as deep pockets, it’s not clear whether either incumbent has a path to victory running as an anti-Trump candidate in a GOP primary. Still, their shaky futures in the House haven’t stopped some Republicans on Capitol Hill from privately musing whether Cheney and Kinzinger are eyeing future bids for the Oval Office. Both have also recently created PACs and aligned publicly with law enforcement officers as some in their party decline to honor responders to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, both signals of possible interest in a higher office.

Allies of Cheney, whose April reluctance to rule out a future White House run helped accelerate her ouster from leadership, say that at a minimum her fundraising numbers will help her fight back against Trump as he tries to boot her from the political arena.

Cheney’s team touted its haul, first reported by Fox News, as proof that she has “robust support in this fight” to win reelection in her state’s at-large district.

“Liz is demonstrating the type of effective, principled leadership that Wyoming deserves from its Representative,” spokesperson Kevin Seifert said in a statement. “She will continue to fight the Biden administration’s overreach and articulate how Republicans can offer a better way forward for the nation. It’s encouraging to have so many join her effort.”

Among Cheney and Kinzinger’s conference colleagues, some were quick to dismiss the prospect that anti-Trumpers could have any room atop the party’s ticket.

“Anyone who thinks there’s a different path for higher office in a Republican primary other than the Trump platform is delusional,” said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), who identified as a Cheney ally before her spring leadership eviction. “I have not spoken with Liz or Adam about their long-term goals. However, maybe looking at the battle they face in a primary, they think higher office is an easier path.”

Other Republicans waved off the idea that Cheney and Kinzinger are focused on anything beyond their House reelection bids. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said he presumes Cheney and Kinzinger’s numbers mean they are “coming in with as much as ammo as possible to win reelection.”

If Trump seeks the presidency again in 2024, he is expected to clear the field of multiple allies also weighing a potential bid. But he has no power to elbow away Cheney or Kinzinger, both establishment conservatives who’ve embraced the role of his foils. Kinzinger is also believed to be weighing a run for Senate or the governor’s mansion in his state, though his chances would be limited by Republicans’ struggle to win statewide in Illinois.

Back in Wyoming’s at-large district, Cheney’s largesse — she has over $ 2.8 million cash on hand — will dwarf that of her challengers. Since her election in 2016, Cheney has remained a strong fundraiser, armed with her father’s rolodex of conservative donors and a last name that still commands prestige in the state where former Vice President Dick Cheney got his political start.

Even so, her opponents have cast her crusade against Trump as a self-serving exercise that won’t endear her to Wyomingites. And rather than shying from this potentially political kryptonite, Cheney is expected to lean even more heavily into her anti-Trump campaign while serving on the select committee examining the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, at the appointment of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Either she needed to get rid of him because she wanted to be president … or it was to settle a political score,” said Darin Smith, an attorney challenging Cheney in the GOP primary. “Because I think Trump is on record saying that the Cheney family is responsible for trillions of dollars blown by the United States and millions of lives lost around the world.”

Smith said he had raised $ 175,000 in the roughly two months since he launched his bid. Her other primary foes have not reported their fundraising.

Cheney’s best chance of survival is the crowded field of challengers that have assembled to try to take her down. If they splinter the anti-Cheney vote, the incumbent could win with a plurality and find herself with an even more compelling profile: the anti-Trump Republican who defied the odds to survive and win reelection.

When asked whether she has a Plan B should she lose her bid, Cheney told POLITICO in May only that “I’m not gonna lose my seat.”

Kinzinger is perhaps in a more precarious situation: Illinois is losing a House seat in forthcoming redistricting, and he could find himself without any district with which to run.

Even if his exurban Chicago district remains somewhat intact, the Air Force veteran has six challengers who have lined up to take him on, including former Trump adviser Catalina Lauf.

But there are plenty of future opportunities for Kinzinger to run statewide; Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, both Democrats, are up for reelection in 2022. And he has not ruled out a run for either office.

“You can’t help but be impressed by fundraising numbers like that, especially coming from a rural district,” former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) said of Kinzinger’s intake. Dold admitted it would be difficult for Republicans to win statewide in Illinois but said it was not impossible, particularly given that the state’s flailing finances have put its Democrats on the back foot.

Stellar fundraising aside, some of Cheney and Kinzinger’s decisions have puzzled other Republicans. Cheney’s decision to serve on the Jan. 6 panel means she could be distracted from her reelection well into next year.

“I voted against [a bipartisan Jan. 6 probe] with the view that it’s a third impeachment trial, if you will, but everybody that knows Liz knows that Liz speaks for herself,” said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 Senate Republican.

Asked if he supports Cheney’s re-election, Barrasso replied: “That’s a long way away. The primaries are not for over a year.”

Burgess Everett contributed to this report.

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How to live longer: The snack that appears to have a ‘protective effect’ against cancer

Harvard Health cites an analysis of the US population’s eating habits and health outcomes.

The nation-wide study found eating too few nuts and seeds was associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

For that study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy relied on a model that used data from scores of observational studies on diet and health, including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which provided detailed information on Americans’ eating habits over the decade ending in 2012.

They estimated that in 2012, over 300,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes — about 45 percent of all deaths from those conditions — were associated with eating either too much or too little of 10 nutrients.

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Heat Advisory in effect until 7PM, still a small chance for a big storm

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — This is the hottest feeling day so far in 2021.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory on Sunday until 7 p.m. for the following areas:

Montgomery, Northern Liberty, Colorado, Austin, Waller, Inland Harris, Chambers, Wharton, Fort Bend, Inland Jackson, Inland Matagorda, Inland Brazoria, Inland Galveston, Southern Liberty, Coastal Harris, Coastal Jackson, Coastal Matagorda, Coastal Brazoria, Coastal Galveston, Matagorda Islands, Brazoria Islands, Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula. Additionally, the cities of Conroe, The Woodlands, Liberty, Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus, Eagle Lake, Weimar, Sealy, Bellville, Hempstead, Prairie View, Brookshire, Waller, Houston, Winnie, Mont Belvieu, Anahuac, Stowell, Old River, Winfree, El Campo, Wharton, Missouri City, Mission Bend, Sugar Land, Rosenberg, First Colony, Pecan Grove, Edna, Ganado, Bay City, Pearland, Alvin, Angleton, League City, Friendswood, Devers, Pasadena, Baytown, Palacios, Lake Jackson, Freeport, Clute, Texas City, Dickinson, La Marque, Surfside Beach, and Galveston.

We’ll see highs reach the upper 90s with feels-like temps between 105-110 degrees area-wide. The good news is that we could see a few cooling downpours in the afternoon and early evening hours. We’re looking at a 30% chance of rain for Houston.

An Ozone Pollution Watch will also be in effect for Harris, Galveston, & Brazoria Counties on Sunday. Unhealthy levels of ozone will be possible especially in the afternoon.

We’re also monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for potential development.
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Stay weather aware by downloading the ABC13 app to have the latest breaking news and weather alerts sent straight to your phone.

Any rain for the weekend?
A boundary moving to the south should be enough to spark a few scattered downpours Sunday afternoon / early evening. Some of those thunderstorms coming in from the northeast could turn severe with gusty winds and large hail. We are currently calling for a 30% chance of shower and thunderstorms.

How about next week?
As high pressure to our west drifts a bit more north and west we’ll bring back in enough moisture to the area for a few showers and storms through early next week.

Is it true that a tropical system could develop in the Gulf of Mexico next week?
Yes, it is possible low pressure will spin up in the western half of the Gulf next week, but it is way too early to know if we’ll get any impacts here should one form. You can stay aware and informed on what’s happening in the tropics by visiting abc13.com/tropicalupdate.

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Flood Advisory in effect for Austin, Ft. Bend, Harris and Waller counties until 2:15 a.m.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — 12:06 a.m. update: Flood Advisory in effect for Austin, Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties until 2:15 a.m.A severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued through 2 a.m. Saturday for some of our viewers northwest of Houston (Brenham, College Station, Columbus, & Sealy areas.)

Storms should be near the coast by midnight and will quickly move off the coast early Saturday. Then a cool front will spark widespread storms on Saturday especially in the afternoon. Sunday and Monday should be mostly dry and pleasant.

How much rain has your part of town received so far? Harris County provides rainfall totals across the city with a map from the Flood Warning System.

Stay weather aware by downloading the ABC13 app to have the latest breaking news and weather alerts sent straight to your phone.Will Friday be a rain-out?

Not an all day washout, no. We are seeing some showers forming this morning on an outflow boundary moving through the area, and we could see thunderstorms develop along that same boundary. We’ll see less rain this afternoon, with another batch possible this evening.What about Memorial Day weekend?
Rain chances will spike to 60% on Saturday as a cool front moves in. After that, rain chances and humidity levels fall. The weather will be nice for Memorial Day.

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Five Things You Need to Know Before You Play Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Even if you’ve never played Mass Effect before, you’ve probably heard about it – the characters, the incredible sci-fi universe it’s set in, the fact that 14 years after its initial release it remains beloved by fans. If you’re thinking about starting your first playthrough, we’ve got five tips that will help you get the most out of your Mass Effect Legendary Edition experience.

It may be tempting to skip right to the third game to see the conclusion – but this trilogy is very much about the journey from game to game. Tip one is to start at the beginning. The Legendary Edition brings many improvements to the first game, including updates to aiming, squad controls, cameras, and visual enhancements like a full world-building pass (including environmental art, VFX, and relighting). So, Mass Effect has never looked or played better. But the biggest reason to start with the first game? This is where your story – and your Shepard – begins. The decisions you make from the very beginning will chart your course through the entire trilogy.

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Tip two: get to know your squadmates. These are the people who will have your back on every mission, so you’ll need to know their strengths and weaknesses if you want to complete each one successfully. As you get to know the characters, you’ll also discover which combinations will give you the best in-mission banter. That may not seem important to you now but trust me, you won’t want to miss some of these conversations. Finally, many of your squadmates are romanceable, and you may want to explore those relationships, so spend some time working and talking with them to make the most of your playthrough.

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The third tip is a big one, decide who your Shepard is and what they stand for. Yes, you’ll make some big decisions before you even start playing about who you’re going to play – you’ll choose where your Shepard comes from, what they’ve gone through, and of course what they look like. And those choices will affect your story to be sure, but not quite as much as the conversations you have and the actions you take. Your Shepard may generally choose to take the high road making more thoughtful and altruistic choices as a Paragon. Or perhaps yours is more hot-tempered and intimidating choosing the Renegade morality options. Maybe your Shepard is somewhere in between, regardless, try to stay true to who they are and who you want them to be.

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Your next tip is to understand your “playstyle” and focus on the Classes and specializations that will make your Shepard truly formidable in battle. I love nothing better than to run face-first into the thick of any battle, so Vanguard was an obvious choice for me. Biotic Charge quickly became my favorite method of taking out the enemies. Prefer to take careful shots from a safe distance? You might want to start as the more tech-savvy Infiltrator. There are many options to choose from, and specializations will help you get the most out of each one.

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The final tip is to avoid treating the trilogy like a race. Instead, see it as a road trip. Take some time to explore the Milky Way galaxy, its planets, and inhabitants. There are several reasons for this; the most pragmatic is you’ll need to do some resource gathering at different points in the trilogy if you want to acquire XP, funds, and certain upgrades. But understanding how the many worlds and species that inhabit them fit together in the Mass Effect universe will also make your playthrough so much richer.

Hopefully, these tips will make your first playthrough one you’ll never forget!

Author: Ellie Day, Senior Writer, Electronic Arts
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Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid with immediate effect as two frontrunners emerge

Zinedine Zidane has tonight left Real Madrid with immediate effect, according to reports. The Frenchman’s future at the club has been in doubt for several weeks and now Zidane has taken matters into his own hands, walking away from his second stint in charge of Los Blancos.
Real Madrid failed to win silverware this season and missed out on the La Liga title on the final day of the campaign last Sunday.

The club were also beaten in the Champions League semi-finals and suffered an embarrassing and humiliating exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Segunda B side CD Alcoyano.

Many feared Zidane would be sacked after the defeat and the losses to Shakhtar Donestk in the Champions League but Florentino Perez kept faith in his former player.

Yet while he slowly steadied the ship, Real Madrid field to chase down neighbours Atletico Madrid who won their second La Liga title under Diego Simeone.

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Meanwhile, Raul is looking for his big break in management and he is worshipped at the Bernabeu.

Conte too, could also re-enter the frame after coming close to landing the job after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in October 2018.

It’s understood he may have a clause in his Inter Milan breakaway agreement that means he cannot return to management next season.

Star striker Karim Benzema was adamant earlier this week that Zidane would not be leaving.

He told L’Equipe: “I don’t see him leaving. He will not leave, you will see.”

Zidane initially left Real Madrid in 2018 but returned in March 2019 following the dismissal of Santiago Solari.

The 48-year-old has only won the Supercopa de Espana since returning in what has been a disappointing spell.

He could now return to his former club Juventus to take over from Andrea Pirlo, who could be dismissed after an underwhelming campaign.

Big changes are expected at Real Madrid this summer, who will be looking to overhaul their squad in a bid to regain control in Spain.

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Now Available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Relive the cinematic sci-fi saga today with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S! Experience the legend of Commander Shepard and the crew of the Normandy as you travel across the galaxy in a heroic tale of survival, betrayal, and hope where your choices carry through to the final moments of the epic three-game saga.

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Start your adventure in the original Mass Effect as you set off aboard the SS Normandy as you race against time to stop a madmen hell bent on destruction. Then in Mass Effect 2, recruit an elite team of the galaxy’s most skilled (and dangerous) characters as you lead a desperate assault. Finally, in Mass Effect 3, take back Earth from a nearly unstoppable foe on a seemingly impossible mission to save mankind.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition collects all the single-player content across all three games, including over 40 DLC, promo weapons, armors, and packs, all remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD with enhanced performance, visuals, and graphics in HDR.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

This also includes enhanced models, shaders, FX, lighting, and depth of field plus full-resolution audio. In addition, you can choose to play in “Favor Quality” for increased resolution or “Favor Framerate” to boost your FPS on Xbox Series X|S. And it’s not just visuals that have been enhanced. Enjoy improved aiming and weapons balance, SFX, input/controls, squad behavior, cover behavior, and gameplay cameras across all three games.

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Best of all, you can create and customize your own Commander Shepard with an advanced character creator that includes improved hair, makeup, eye color, and skin tones helping you build out a personalized arsenal as you command your elite team across the Mass Effect universe.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is available today for Xbox One and as an Optimized for Xbox Series X|S title on the Xbox Store.

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One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition. Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armors, and packs – remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD. Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome. RELIVE THE CINEMATIC SAGA: Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. • Three Games – One Launcher: Play through the single-player base content and over 40 DLC from all three games, including promo weapons, armors, and packs. • Remastered for a New Generation: Experience the trilogy in 4K Ultra HD with enhanced performance, visuals, and graphics, all available in HDR. • Visual Improvements on All Three Games: Updates include enhanced models, shaders, FX, lighting, and depth of field plus full-resolution audio. EXPERIENCE THE LEGEND OF SHEPARD: Create and customize your own character, from appearance and skills to a personalized arsenal then lead your elite recon squad across a galaxy in turmoil. • New Shepard Customizations: With improved hair, makeup, eye color and skin tones you can create your Shepard in a unified character creator with all options available across the full trilogy, or choose to play as the iconic Femshep from Mass Effect 3 now available in all titles. • Gameplay Enhancements for the First Mass Effect™ Game: Enjoy improved aiming and weapons balance, SFX, input/controls, squad behavior, cover behavior, and gameplay cameras. REFLECT ON YOUR CHOICES: Your choices seamlessly travel from one game to the next. Each decision you make will control the outcome of every mission, every relationship, every battle – and even the fate of the galaxy itself. • Performance Mode Options: Choose between “Favor Quality” for increased resolution or “Favor Framerate” to boost your FPS on consoles. INCLUDED CONTENT: Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition includes single-player base content for all three titles (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3), your favorite single-player story DLC, promo weapons, armors, and packs: DLC: • Bring Down the Sky • Genesis • Zaeed – The Price of Revenge • Kasumi – Stolen Memory • Lair of the Shadow Broker • Firewalker Pack • Overlord • Normandy Crash Site • Arrival • Genesis 2 • From Ashes • Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut • Leviathan • Omega • Citadel • Equalizer Pack • Aegis Pack • Firepower Pack • Cerberus Weapons and Armor • Arc Projector • ME2 Alternate Appearance Pack 1 • ME2 Alternate Appearance Pack 2 • ME3 Alternate Appearance Pack 1 • Firefight Pack • Groundside Resistance Pack • Recon Operations Pack • Collector’s Weapon and Armor • Terminus Weapon and Armor • M-21 Incisor • Blood Dragon Armor • Inferno Armor • Recon Hood • Sentry Interface • Umbra Visor • N7 Warfare Gear • AT-12 Raider • Chakram Launcher • M-55 Argus • M-90 Indra • Reckoner Knight Armor • N7 Collector’s Edition Pack CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SEE WWW.EA.COM/LEGAL FOR DETAILS.

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition UPDATE: Popular feature could make a surprise return

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is out now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.

A remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy, the Legendary Edition contains all three of the base games, plus a boatload of post-release DLC.

That’s hundreds of hours of gameplay content, as well as alternative costumes, new and exclusive weapons, and lots more.

One thing that is missing, however, is the multiplayer component featured in Mass Effect 3.

Fortunately, EA and BioWare have given fans hope that the feature will be added in a future update.

That’s according to project director Mac Walters, who told CNET that the team wouldn’t rule it out, especially if the Legendary Edition proves popular.

“I would never say no to that,” he said. “We want to see what kind of reception the Legendary Edition gets and what the demand for the multiplayer is.

“And then we’ll ask ourselves if we have the resources and time to bring it up to the quality level we and fans want.”

Walters also spoke about the Legendary Edition upgrades, which he claims brings the game closer to the PC experience.

“It’s more in line with high-end PC performance,” he continues. “You can get the full 4K experience closer to a 60 fps right across the board.

“And an SSD just makes things load faster – it’s like magical technology from the future, I love it.

“So it can make those elevator rides [in Mass Effect 1] even shorter if you want.”

Sadly, however, BioWare is remaining tight-lipped about the next Mass Effect game, and how it ties in to the Legendary Edition.

“One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced,” reads the official Legendary Edition description.

“Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

“Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armours, and packs – remastered and optimised for 4K Ultra HD.”

Fans can create and customise lead character Shepard, as well as recruit and form bonds with various personalities from across the galaxy.

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