Like many of BioWare's games, Mass Effect 3 is chock full of optional reading materials about its history and characters. It's interesting, but it can be a chore to read on your television.

Enter Mass Effect 3 Datapad, a free app that publisher Electronic Arts released today for iPhone and iPad. It's designed to complement the full game by giving you mobile access to news, your war map, and a full library of codex entries to peruse at your discretion, wherever and whenever you want. It also gives you round-the-clock access to Mass Effect 3's charming characters, who will text you messages as you interact with them in your real copy of the game.


In other words, you just got like 15 new friends.



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