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09 March 2012
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Mass Effect 3


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Mass Effect 3 (2012)
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From the off, BioWare’s trilogy-capping epic proves it’s all about choices. Choose to play the game as a full-on action game, a traditional RPG or even all but forsake combat to focus on a story mode – it’s all up to you. How you then play the game – opting for virtuous Paragon or take-no-guff Renegade roles, or something in between – only further illustrates the freedom you’ll enjoy.

Though the game offers a deeper experience to those returning from previous entries, the opening chapter brings newcomers quickly up to speed on the plot. You’re now-legendary hero Commander Shepard, an ancient enemy called Reapers are out to kill every living thing in the galaxy, go save the day.

Along the way, you’ll find one of the finest examples of sheer craftsmanship that the medium of video games has ever offered. Mass Effect 3 blends incredibly cinematic moments – including a few set pieces that would make Michael Bay weep – with genuine emotional depth. It looks absolutely stunning too, boasts a soundtrack that literally hits all the right notes, and is capped off with amazing performances by its voice cast. There’s really very little to find fault with, and it’s a shining example of what gaming can offer.

In fact, the only heavy criticism we can launch at Mass Effect 3 is that it does rely on presumed knowledge in its gameplay. Tutorials introduce the mechanics of shooting and using biotic abilities, but never quite explain what they are or how best to use them. A minor demerit though, considering the vast majority of players will indeed be long-time fans. Even then, beginners will soon be issuing commands to Shepard’s squadmates, an intuitive sub-menu allowing you to switch weapons or use abilities in a flash.

It’s only March, so it would be foolish to declare Mass Effect 3 “Game of the Year” yet – but let’s just say the next nine months have a lot to live up to…


Reviewed by Matt Kamen

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RE: M.E.3.....

Bioware delivers a rushed, problematic third entry which fails to satisfy as a finale to the series which started so well in part one. The scanning returns, the exploration is missing as are the vehicle segments, and there is only one main hub environment. While the gameplay and character moments are still good, this is still a massively flawed product that clearly has suffered from staff and budget being transferred over to the secondary team which built the unecessary multiplay... More

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Posted by rich at 12:45, 19 June 2012 | Report This Post


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the makers for doing something different and i was choked several times during the journey.All told,for me,these 3 games are the Best Games Ever and hopefull there will be more from this Universe.... www.avufo.info/g.gif ... More

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RE: M.E.3.....

ruined by a mind blowingly awful, nonsensical, contradictory, frustrating, empty, unsatisfying ending. The day one dlc was also a rip-off. www.avufo.info/g.gif ... More

Posted by lyssyweip at 13:31, 17 June 2012 | Report This Post


M.E.3.....

..Just finished on normal setting,(and started on Insanity setting).I suspected there might be no conventional happy endings for our heroes but i do applaud the makers for doing something different and i was choked several times during the journey.All told,for me,these 3 games are the Best Games Ever and hopefull there will be more from this Universe.... ... More

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RE: Mass Effect 3

L: spamandham A flawed but good game (and trilogy) by a mind blowingly awful, nonsensical, contradictory, frustrating, empty, unsatisfying endingay one dlc was also a rip-off. 73% he phrase "in a nutshell" was invented for quotes like this, ... More

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A flawed but good game (and trilogy) ruined by a mind blowingly awful, nonsensical, contradictory, frustrating, empty, unsatisfying ending. The day one dlc was also a rip-off. 73% ... More

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