Mass Effect 3 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2012)
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|Bioware's original space-opera trilogy concludes with Mass Effect 3, in the signature RPG-shooter style of its predecessors. Players resume the role of series protagonist Commander Shepard, once again customizable in appearance and character development. Combat is made more challenging by smarter computer-controlled opponents that adjust their tactics in the middle of a fight. An increased emphasis on melee and movement leads to closer, more furious battles. Players chart the course of the adventure, by traveling to remote planets and choosing which missions to attempt.|
Decimated by a force of soulless invaders, known only as the Reapers, the human race is on the brink of extinction. It is left to the player to ply influence, make alliances, and discover the galactic secrets that are the last hope for human survival. Players have the option to import saved data from both previous Mass Effect games, in order to continue their own personalized narratives, or to start fresh with a new iteration of the hero. Shepard adventures along with a diverse crew of specialists, also customizable by the player. Weapons can be upgraded with scopes, grips, and other looted parts.
For the first time in the series a multiplayer mode is included. Up to four players can team up online to face off against the computer-controlled opponents and gain experience with which to upgrade their characters. Leveing up in the game's online mode also impacts the single-player game by increasing the user's "Galaxy at War Readiness" rating.
|Game||Mass Effect 3|
|Platform||Microsoft Xbox 360|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Mass Effect Series|
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- nikhammikFeb 27, 2015by
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- hendersonjn1982Feb 9, 2015by
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- ecl15723Jun 7, 2012by
A good game with a seriously flawed ending. 70/100 (-25 of 30 for ending)
Despite the 3/5 rating, I do recommend this game with one very important caveat I'll address shortly. To provide some context, readers should know I've played ME1, ME2 (including all DLC missions), and ME3 many times over several years on the Xbox 360. I've played both Shepard genders (though I have a bias toward the FemShep) and all classes (soldier, adept, etc.). In short, I'm reasonably well versed on the ME series. To provide a more accurate rating, If I had 100 points to work with I'd give ME3 a score of 70 or 3.5 out of 5). I'll summarize the good and bad below with a necessary spoiler at the end:<br><br>GOOD:<br>* Superb graphics and sound<br>* Good levels in general and a few amazing ones (the battle on Palaven's moon and fight to the Shroud on Tuchanka come to mind).<br>* On the subject of levels, I really liked the inclusion of height via stairs and terrain. Movement up or down was easy to traverse and made level navigation more interesting.<br>* Movement mechanics are improved over ME2 (movement in and out of cover, combat rolls, etc. though some practice is required to leverage it most effectively.<br>* ME3 is the best of the series in terms of balancing customization of weapons and armor.<br>* I like the requirement to balance weapon choice versus power recharge speed.<br>* At a fundamental level, ME3 has a solid story based on the events of ME1 and ME2.<br>* The play was very emotional for me the first time I played ME3 given the fate of many of the characters from ME2 (not to mention entire races). Further, the game genuinely surprised me on multiple occasions with unexpected events.<br>* I liked the return and participation all of all characters from ME1 and ME2 (assuming they survived these games of course).<br><br>BAD:<br>* With a couple of exceptions (Female Krogan Shaman and to a lesser extent, Samantha Treynor), the new characters in ME3 are weak. The reporter (aka "Slim Snookie"), and James Vega are little more than boy/girl toys respectively.<br>* The game should have allowed more time via cut scenes to show the effect of allies you obtained during the final battle in Earth orbit and London. The game only hints at this for a few seconds. For example, if the Destiny Ascension participates Bioware should have shown it getting some payback (reference ME1) on a Reaper or two. In London, it would have been nice to see combinations of various races (say Krogan and Turians) take it to Reaper ground forces and perhaps show them in the background helping your squad from time to time.<br>* Minor bugs (though not nearly as obtrusive as those in ME2) such as "invisible" characters (voice minus character image), and rare game freezes requiring a reboot.<br><br>MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: THE ENDING.<br>Simply put, the final 15-20 minutes of ME3 was awful. The ending is basically broken into two parts, a land battle (which was fine), and a vocal confrontation with a quasi-omnipotent "Star Child" on the Citadel. A lot of ink has been spilled on this subject so I'll summarize with two points:<br>1: The Star Child's logic concerning organic-synthetic existence is seriously flawed, yet Shepard can't call the SC on it. As a result, Shepard is only presented with three false options that he/she would never choose given the events of ME1 and ME2.<br>2: Shepard dies no matter what (if you only play single player), and I have a serious problem with this. A happy ending should have been an option given thRead full review
- bcent98Mar 18, 2012by
Don't buy it for anything more than $20.
I have played all three Mass Effect games and have loved them. The Mass Effect series is my second favorite series. However, this game is extremely disappointing. The game is great up until the last hour when you "take back" Earth. It was nothing as expected or advertised. I expected to have an ending that was a blend of ME1 and ME2. This means that I expected to have epic space and land battles where I had to make ethical decisions that impacted the game. The ending was nothing like this. It was basically the same as any other mission, and you get to make a "choice" at the end. There are three options, and they are all bad options with the same video ending. The video makes no sense, answers no questions, provides no closure, and is an insult to all of the fans of Mass Effect. I basically have two big problems with the game. One, the ending is too ambiguous which doesn't provide any answers or satisfaction. Two, the ending is anti-climatic which means that it is boring and not fitting for a Mass Effect game and especially for the end of a trilogy.<br>I have a third problem, but it is not with the game. The third problem is with the developer. Bioware has made some unethical, greedy business decisions lately. It started with their decision to make KOTOR into an MMO instead of a console release. They knew that they would make more money with it as an MMO. I won't get into why I hate MMOs and how they are destroying the RPG genre. Bioware has recently "dumbed down" other RPG games like Dragon Age II to appeal to the masses. This brings us to ME3. There are two issues with ME3. First, there is a code required to play the multiplayer. This is done to make more money from people who rent or buy used. Second, they are releasing a DLC with the "true" ending, and they will charge $10 for this DLC. They made this false ending that no one likes so they could force everyone to buy the DLC with the "true" ending. This is also done to make more money at the expense of loyal fans. I paid full price ($60) for what I thought was a finished product. I was wrong. It is not finished, and I have to pay more money to finish it. All of their business decisions are fueled by pure greed for money at this point.<br>Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this game. If you are a fan of ME1 and ME2, then buy the game later. Wait for it to be $20 which won't be long. I bet that it will be $20 by this summer.Read full review