Mass Effect 3 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2012)
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- Product InformationBioware'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.
- PublisherElectronic Arts
- GameMass Effect 3
- PlatformMicrosoft Xbox 360
- ESRB RatingM - Mature
- ESRB DescriptorBlood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1-4
- Release Year2012
- Game Special Features
- Steer the fate of humankind in the conclusion of Bioware's sci-fi epic
- Embark on a player-driven, intergalactic adventure, against all odds
- Increased focus on melee and movement for intense close combat
- Chart your destiny in the customized role of Commander Shepard
- Steer the fate of humankind in the conclusion of Bioware's sci-fi epic
- Game SeriesMass Effect Series
Most relevant reviews
- 1172474349@dele...Oct 04, 2013by
Ties the series in a nice bow, with lens flare.
I loved the first two, so I had to buy the third. I've heard alot of awful things about this game (particularly the ending), but decided to trust that it would be good anyway. I was pleasantly surprised at how amazingly enjoyable this game was. The graphics are breathtaking, the dialogue is intriguing, and the cinematography is just as good as, if not better than, anything playing in multiplexes right now. Bioware seemed to take the best from both games and smack them together into this one. Many elements that made the first game good are seen in this one, as with the second. There are even new features such as playing Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit with the Reapers. The only thing I'm not too fond of is the "Theater of War" concept, because I feel it wasn't explained very well in the game and ended up confusing me more than providing entertainment, which is what a game is for in the first place. That being said, many other things are streamlined and make for an easier and more enjoyable overall game experience. The secondary missions have just as much work put into them as the priority ones, which is good considering the dull repetition of planet landings from the first game. ALL of the missions, regardless of relation to the primary storyline, are done in a highly-stylized cinematic format, so there's not alot of wandering around or scanning planets. However, you can always get an in-depth look at the planets within each system and read their facts and figures if you want to, but it's not as important in this game as it is with the others. The focus here is action and dialogue, two of the things that made this game so entertaining and playable in a world that had either one of the two, but never both.Read full review
- araya2012Nov 08, 2013by
It's An Heart-Wrenching Game....Loved It!!
To start off, there will be a lot of people who are upset about the ending, but if you download Extended Cut--which is free--it will wrap everything up nicely. So to dock this amazing game off a few points due to the ending is silly.
Combat and Weapons: The combat is similar to ME2. But you can't go and buy a bunch of weapons unless if you have money to shill out at the Spectre Office. You need to find them. Which means having a careful eye.
Medi-Gels: You can heal Shepard this time!!! Yay!!
Sprinting: You can sprint too! And you don't get tired like you do in ME2.
Redundancy: There really isn't any. Perhaps the planets, but since there is no mining in this game, then you don't really notice it.
Mining: I did say there was no mining, right? BEST part of the game. There is a bunch of scanning for War Assets but it's relatively simple. The best part is having to try and escape the Reapers when the bar gets too full.
Kind of like a fun mini-game.
Forced Main-Quests: There are none. You go at your own pace. I'd recommend doing everything before the final assault though.
Crew-Mates:...This is really hard to talk about because I teared up a few times. Some will be with you and some won't. If you romanced one, then be in for a tough time. It's even tougher if you didn't romance anyone until the 3rd game (i.e. me).
DLC: I would recommend getting all of them. If anything, I would get Leviathan (because it's interesting and part of the story) as well as Citadel (a break-off from the story and a great DLC to play before the end-game). Omega was boring to me.
Load Times: Not bad. Tolerable.
Story-Line: Well, you know the Reapers have begun their assault. And if you've played Arrival in ME2, you would know that it would have been sooner.
But the main plot of this game is to see if Shepard is able to bring the galaxy together and what to do with the reapers.
Basically, it's a game that brought out raw emotions in me. I have always been emotionally attached to Shepard since I played ME1 and watched him grow into the Paragon that he is. I hope there's a DLC in ME4 that has something to do with Shepard...and that's all I'll say.Read full review
- zbad1Feb 08, 2014by
It's a fun game.
First make sure you buy this game new and unopened. There is a code in it that you will need to play this game online.
Second, this game has a bunch of optional downloads to assist in the makeup of the story which are all good. But it is expensive. So unless your buying this game because your a mass effect fan, I would hesitate on buying it.
The game has a great storyline. It is fun to play multiple times. The video is good and I found no problems or bugs with the game itself. My only gripe is having to pay over $70.00 for all the additional stories and effects to the game.
- nikhammikFeb 27, 2015by
most epic hybrid rpg 1ps to date
another great storytelling saga from bioware. i liked the experience of role playing slash 1st person shooter. one of the most iconic hybrids with the gameplay to deliver much excitement for true gamers. well done.
- ecl15723Jun 07, 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:
* Superb graphics and sound
* 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).
* 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.
* 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.
* ME3 is the best of the series in terms of balancing customization of weapons and armor.
* I like the requirement to balance weapon choice versus power recharge speed.
* At a fundamental level, ME3 has a solid story based on the events of ME1 and ME2.
* 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.
* I liked the return and participation all of all characters from ME1 and ME2 (assuming they survived these games of course).
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: THE ENDING.
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:
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.
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