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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy, 17 Sept. 2012
Mass Effect 3 has had its fair share of critics taking it apart and complaining about the ending not being what was promised or the lack of traditional RPG elements, etc...and even though some points are indeed valid, it does not make Mass Effect 3 a bad game. Granted, it is different from Mass Effect 1 or 2, but not in bad ways.
You'll see a return of all the things you love about Mass Effect: familiar, lovable characters, locations and soundtracks. Combined with the moral choices we have come to expect, its like slipping on an old, well fitted glove. However, BioWare did change some things here and there:
The biggest change is the combat: it feels more like a shooter than an RPG, it's more visceral and fast paced. I had to set the difficulty to "Normal" even though I had completed both Mass Effect 1 and 2 on "Insane", because I was so not prepared for it.
Also, during dialogues you can no longer chose the middle ground, "neutral" response. All in all your options in dialogue have been reduced quite a lot, which leads to several strange moments during which you choose the "good" response in conversation, and end up flirting with whoever it is you're talking to, even though you are in a relationship already...
The multiplayer also deserves some close examination, as it is vital to getting the best ending: your ending is determined by the "Effective Unit Strength", which can be increased by recruiting troupes or finding resources or playing multiplayer. The thing is that getting the best ending is only possible by doing both, which will inevitably lead to the situation in which you are about to start the last mission, but you have to first grind your way through some good 10 or 12 multiplayer missions.
There have also been some small changes to the way side quests work and the way you scan planets, but none of that should discourage you from buying the game. The game certainly has its flaws but they in no way really impact your experience in a bad way. The game is incredibly well written (this being BioWare its no big surprise), the music (though no longer composed by Jack Wall) is incredible, and gameplay is good fun too.
As for the much criticized ending: I actually enjoyed it. It's something different and interesting.
All you really need to know is that, regardless of its few flaws, Mass Effect 3 is still an incredible game, that you should play, mainly for the unique experience and simply to see how Shepard's story ends!