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Electronic Arts
Release Date
November 30, 2012
Available Platforms
PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, XBox 360

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Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) is the third in the Mass Effect trilogy of Sci-Fi action adventure RPG's and is set just after events which took place towards the end of Mass Effect 2 DLC expansion - Arrival. You will play as Commander Shepard once again and, following an invasion by the Reapers, it will be your mission to save the World from impending doom and complete devastation. You will have to prepare yourself for combat, choose who you can trust, form alliances, use your skill to decide which are the best tactics to use against the enemy, unlock a weapons arsenal (which you may customise) then choose the most appropriate ones for each task. Plan carefully. The final ending is determined by the choices you make along the way - your fate is in your own hands. It will either be glory or total annihilation.

  • Kyle Moulton July 27, 2013 360

    The mass effect series is personally in the running for my favourite gaming series of all time. When I played through the first one I immediately new this was something special. This explosive conclusion to an epic story of gaming bliss. I played this religiously when I first got my hands on it. It is the only gaming series I have ever felt am emotional connection to my character. In this game you take your own Commander Shepard on an epic story. Through alien worlds you build up an army and a crew to take back Earth and defeat the evil synthetic race known as the Reapers. If that sentence hasn't got you hooked I don't know what will. I think it looks great, sounds great and plays great. But playing through this series with my Shepard was an amazing experience and I wish I could do it again and again. I know the end of this game gets a lot of hate but I thought it was a fitting conclusion to this epic journey. Filled with places to explore and side quests to do, definitely a must buy. If you don't believe me just listen to the second song on the mass effect three soundtrack "leaving Earth", that song still gives me chills to this day.

  • Gaz April 24, 2012 PS3

    Poor due to the fact that your choices in this game do not lead to different endings its the same 3 choices no matter what you do. Dont waste your money

  • Phillip Whitlock April 01, 2012 PS3

    This game is fantastic, the graphics have been overhauled while the storyline and side mission story lines remain top class. Anyone who has played the previous instalments will attest to the ground breaking graphics, story lines and themes which combine to make this one of the best franchises in recent gaming history. Its massive with characters from the previous instalments returning in some way to add to the climatic and epic story. the graphics are outstanding, the action frantic and sharp, the storyline is simply amazing with characters returning and adding elements of the previous games, finding out what happened after Mass Effect 2 characters such as Miranda & Jacob. What is the plan of the Illusive Man. All this blends to provide one of the best games available. the RPG elements are fantastic while the 3rd person combat is simply amazing. If there is one game you purchase this year its this one as you wont be disappointed.

  • Dave Wallace March 11, 2012 PS3

    It's finally here.

    I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that Bioware's Mass Effect 3 has been one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of 2012 - if not THE most eagerly-anticipated. Now that it's finally available and gamers have finally been able to get their hands on their long-ago-pre-ordered copies, can the threequel possibly hope to live up to the weight of expectation that has been placed upon its shoulders?

    In a word: yes. This game is everything you liked about Mass Effect, but turned up to eleven. The graphics are more polished and refined, with production design and cinematography that would put some of Hollywood's best science-fiction epics to shame. The enemy AI also seems to have been improved, resulting in more satisfying clashes with opponents that actually seem to support each other and work as a team rather than as a collection of individuals.

    And one of the great attractions of the Mass Effect series - the near-infinite number of directions in which the games' story can branch depending on the decisions you make - is strengthened here via a wider variety of choices to make as you attempt to complete a more exciting and varied set of missions, with stakes that are higher-than-ever thanks to the climactic storyline (I won't say more for fear of spoilers).

    There are also more specific improvements over the game mechanics of the series' earlier chapters, too. For example, the 'search and analysis' task no longer requires you to laboriously scan individual planets; the combat system has been overhauled, with a slightly more traditional-shooter-style third-person perspective on the action; and there's a multiplayer mode to make the game slightly more appealing to those gamers who require more than just an awesomely compelling single-player campaign.

    Yes, there are a couple of minor niggles: if you're continuing with a save from Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2, some elements of Mass Effect 3's story will already be closed off to you based on choices you made in the previous game - but that's par for the course in a series that makes its story so dependent on the route you choose to take through the games.

    There have also been reports of problems for some gamers who want to import the design of their Shepard from a saved game from the original Mass Effect - and who have instead been forced to recreate it with the sequel's new design tools - which is a small irritation but hardly a deal-breaker, and something that won't apply to PS3 gamers anyway (since we only had Mass Effect 2 on that system, not the first game).

    Finally, whilst I haven't yet completed the game myself, there have been some longtime fans of the franchise who have been disappointed with the various endings provided for this concluding third instalment - so any expectations that Bioware might have pulled off a perfect overarching storyline for the three games may have to be kept in check.

    However, as I said these are all minor flaws that won't impair your enjoyment of the vast majority of what this game has to offer. If you're already a fan of the Mass Effect franchise, you've probably already put down the money for a copy of this game; and if you're a newcomer to the series, Mass Effect doesn't get much better than this.