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Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
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- A rich, branching storyline: Experience a sci-fi epic with multiple endings determined by your choices and actions throughout the game
- Massive in scope: Battle on many worlds across the galaxy as you unite the ultimate force to take back the Earth before it's too late
- Large-scale and intelligent enemies: Battle enormous enemies and take on a smarter type of foe that will consistently challenge your best combat tactics and put you on the edge of your seat
- Unlock a customizable arsenal: Tailor each weapon with devastating upgrades including scopes, grips, barrels and dozens of other unique attachments. Each weapon boasts its own powerful impact and visual flair.
- Unleash death from afar or go toe-to-toe: Customize your soldier and squad to engage the enemy on your terms. A huge variety of weapons, abilities and equipment allow you to combat the enemy in your preferred style of play.
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard | Format: Box
Mass Effect 3 is a Role-playing Game (RPG) / Third-Person Shooter hybrid set in a Science Fiction universe. Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the popular Mass Effect series, and is rumored to be the final installment. In it players continue the adventures of Commander Shepard utilizing extreme character customization which is the hallmark feature of the series. Additional features include: the ability to import decisions from both of the previous games into the new game, ownership/play of previous games not required, customizable weapons, improved mobility and melee combat, many returning characters (if they were not killed off in previous imported games), an improved cover system that allows for more action, compatibility with the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 and more.
Better with Kinect--Exclusive to Xbox 360
In Mass Effect 3, you can use Kinect for Xbox 360 and your voice to issue commands.
- Control Shepard - To issue commands to Commander Shepard, simply say what you want to do. "Switch Weapon" to quickly change weapons, speak the name of the weapon ("shotgun", "assault rifle", etc) to switch to a specific weapon, say "open" to open something, "examine" to get a closer look, or say the name of an ammo type ("Incendiary ammo", "Cryo ammo", etc) to switch to specific ammo.
- Control your squadmates - Say the name of the squad member, followed by the action you want him or her to take. Use the aiming recticle, when appropriate, to target the action. For example, say "Liara Singularity" and use the aiming recticle to command Liara to use her singularity power on a specific target, "James Switch Weapon" to command James to quickly change weapons, "Garrus Sniper Rifle" to command Garrus to switch to his sniper rifle or "Tali Follow" to get Tali to follow you.
- Take Control During Conversations - Rather than choosing your response on your controller, Kinect for Xbox 360 allows you to simply speak your response choice.
The Final Chapter in the Mass Effect Trilogy
Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers," has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe-to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation.
Key Game Features
- A Rich, Branching Storyline - Experience a sci-fi epic with multiple endings determined by your choices and actions throughout the game
- Massive in Scope - Battle on many worlds across the galaxy as you unite the ultimate force to take back the Earth before it's too late
- Large-scale and Intelligent Enemies - Battle enormous enemies and take on a smarter type of foe that will consistently challenge your best combat tactics and put you on the edge of your seat
- Unlock a Customizable Arsenal - Tailor each weapon with devastating upgrades including scopes, grips, barrels and dozens of other unique attachments. Each weapon boasts its own powerful impact and visual flair
- Unleash Death from Afar or Go Toe-to-Toe - Customize your soldier and squad to engage the enemy on your terms. A huge variety of weapons, abilities and equipment allow you to combat the enemy in your preferred style of play
A customizable arsenal.
A rich branching storyline.
Multiple play options.
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Mass Effect 3 is an epic conclusion to the trilogy. The scale of some of the set-pieces is astounding, with vast ships cruising through the air, exploding against one another and annihilating chunks of cities, all while you scrabble through the rubble below them like some kind of super powered army ant. Graphically this series has come on well from the first game, with characters moving a lot more like people rather than floaty light mannequins. Ordering your squad around using the pad, as I was, is no hassle at all, so exactly how much of an impact Kinect really has on the gameplay is impossible for me to say, but I never struggled to communicate what I wanted my team to do.
The cast of characters this time round includes some familiar faces and some new, as expected. It is disappointing that certain characters from the previous games are unable to join your squad, and their presence in various locations throughout the game universe adds little to the overall plot development (if anything). It's nice to see a favourite character appear, but more interaction with them rather than having to take on board new crew members would have been welcome. New crew member James Vega, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., adds little to the overall experience, being something of a generic meathead character. The roster of available squad members is actually smaller than in the second game, which some might welcome, but I lamented the loss of characters that I'd grown to love in the second game.
The new multiplayer element of the game, whilst sneered at by some, is actually pretty good. I was sceptical at first that multiplayer could work in Mass Effect, but it manages to be pretty entertaining. Certain classes are a lot easier to use and win with, and the randomisation of what you're going to get when you upgrade isn't particularly helpful, but the barrier to entry is set very low for newcomers, meaning it has a surprisingly approachable, pick up and play feel. It's hardly reason enough to get the game, but you might be surprised how much time you spend on it.
What's unique about this series is that Bioware have always claimed from the beginning that your decisions throughout the trilogy will cumulatively affect the outcome of your story, giving everyone a different ending. It is here, in this bold claim, that the most serious criticism with Mass Effect 3 ultimately lies. Because whilst the game is very well put together, it ultimately falls a long way short of this lofty ambition. Several decisions made in the first and second game, referred to throughout the series, are revisited, and it turns out that those with multiple options result in exactly the same thing happening in the third game. Having spoken to friends who made totally different decisions to me, I was disappointed to find out that they had a very similar experience to me throughout Mass Effect 3. Some decisions, such as the preserve/destroy one at the end of the second game, seem to be totally disregarded, a certain thing that should definitely be in tiny little pieces in the middle of space just popping up randomly later on in the background, with no explanation. A new enemy character is introduced, who Anderson seems to know and have history with, but you'll likely feel much the same as me towards them, which is total ambivalence. Whether or not certain characters surviving the end of the second game has a large impact on this one I can't say, but I do know that in at least three cases, it doesn't. But the most serious criticism has to be the ending, or "That ending," to be dramatic. Yes, the conclusion of this trilogy I've poured hundreds of hours into is disappointing. It has caused me to reevaluate the rest of the series in light of it. I have found it difficult to revisit the first two games when I know that ultimately, everything I've done, all the decisions I've made and the people I've saved, failed to save or pushed out of a window because it was frikkin' hilarious, have no bearing whatsoever on my endgame. I mean none at all. There are mildly convincing arguments that there is something sinister going on in the background of the main plot, and maybe there's something to that. If these theories turn out to be correct, however, and not just desperate fans clutching at straws to explain the biggest ball drop in plotting ever, I'll be surprised. To gamble that much is a big risk, and has caused a huge controversy amongst the gaming community, and I just don't buy it myself.
So, should you buy Mass Effect 3? That's what it really comes down to, isn't it? Yes, you should. I've thought long and hard about how I would review this game - it doesn't seem fair to write off the achievement in making a well paced, action packed game by giving it one star as a knee jerk reaction to some poor plotting decisions, so I've held fire and come to terms with my initial feelings of disappointment. Be prepared to be unhappy with what you end up with in terms of story - although Bioware have released an updated ending, which might go some way towards repairing the damage this one has done - but know that you are playing an exceptionally well made game that just doesn't quite manage to live up to its own lofty claims and expectations. The action is top notch, and the emotional moments that are in there are exceptional. Don't let the last 30 minutes ruin the preceding 1000, because there's a lot of fun to be had in them.
I love Bioware games so much, the characters are incredible.
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