Rated 10 out of 10
by Hi12 Another Great Mass Effect Game!
I JUST WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW! I put about thirty hours into this game and I just loved every seconed of it! The story of the game is awsome! Its basicly that an alien race called the, "Reapers" is attacking and Shepered is sent out on another epic journey to bring the whole galexy together to fight for their lives! Now I beat every side misson, and normal misson, and 100% the game in thirty hours but not doing any side missions it will take you about fifthteen hours if your not a beginner. Theres 60 levels to rank up in Single Player (To level up and create your character) and 20 in multiplayer. A new adition into the Mass Effect games is Multiplayer! Multiplayer is VERY FUN with friends but with random people with no mics gets boring. The Multiplayer even has a story! The multiplayer is basicly your fighting to take/ or hold key points to win the war. All together I give this game a 10/10. Make sure to be prepaired to.. TAKE BACK EARTH!!!
Rated 10 out of 10
by SPCJayL Mass Effect 3..Buy or Not?..simple....BUY!!!
Mass Effect 3 lived up to everything I expected. My favorite game of all time is Mass Effect 2, and if you enjoyed Mass Effect 2, then you will enjoy Mass Effect 3. It is best to start with 1, then play 2, and then buy and play 3. But if you are a casual gamer and would like to just jump into one and not play the others, then you should buy 3, and you will get and get an enjoyable experience. There is a library of knowledge where you can read up on everything, the planets, species etc. So be prepared to read a lot or you will be lost, if you are unfamiliar with the back-story, races, etc. The game is a Third Person Shooter, with great Mechanics, very few glitches and minimal load times. The acting is good, story-line is great, and some parts will have you almost in tears, if you are a softy. This is definitely on my list of MUST HAVE games, and right now it is very inexpensive at gamestop so if you do not have a Mass Effect Game, pick this one up. You will thank me.
Rated 9 out of 10
by strayrogue hardcore, relentless enemies and very sexy
i never played mass effect before but when i bought me2 it was like no other game ive ever played. this is THE best game ever for any sci-fi and shooter fans. this is way beyond star wars and star trek and in my words its perfect absolutely perfect put it in your console and you wont stop playing it for 24 hours. ultimatley fun
Rated 10 out of 10
by silver6kraid Mass Effect 3 is amazing (minor spoilers)
So, after completing Mass Effect 3 last night, I have only really have one thing to say. This game, this series, has moved me more than anything I've ever experience. Not just in books or film or anything like that. I mean media period. The characters are believable, loveable or even hateable. No matter what every single character makes you feel something. Every single plot point makes you feel something even. Anger, sadness, joy, you name it. I truly fell on love with this universe over the past four years. I have become so emotionally invested that on numerous occasions I shed tears, leaped in joy and shouted "YES". Needless to say Mass Effect as a whole has had a profound effect on me. Every plotline resolved itself in a very satisfying way that exceeded my expectations. Best part is that they can resolve in a different way depending on your choices. It's one of the best Scifi epics I've ever seen period. Unfortunately there is something that does bog this game down. The ending. It is perhaps the most disappointing thing about the game. That's not to say it's the worst ending ever. It's bitter sweet, tragic and there are some good ideas burred there, unfortunately a rushed and sloppy execution ruin it. It's not what I wanted, and it almost felt like everything I'd invested in the series didn't really amount to anything. It did, but that feeling wasn't there. Take Mass Effect 2's ending, perhaps one of the best finales in the history of gaming, it made me feel triumphant, great, like I had really accomplished something. Mass Effect 3's has no such effect. I guess from an emotional standpoint it fails where it should have succeeded. It was too complex when it needed to be simple. It was bold, but the payoff was not worth the Buildup. But, what I've spent the past day trying thinking about, and the conclusion I've come to is that it's not about the ending. The ending doesn't really matter to me. The Journey I took with these characters in this universe is what I am going to remember fondly. Mass Effect is perhaps my favorite series of games ever, and I'm glad I experienced it. If the ending falters so be it, at least I still have everything else to love.
With that out of the way, I feel I have to talk about something besides the story. The import system returns and works brilliantly to connect the three games together. You run into people you've previously met and just casual mentions remind you of what you'd done. You really should play the first two by the way. Starting at the second or third game would be a mistake despite what the marketing says. This series works so well because it's all connected, and missing out on any of it would cheapen the experience. The gameplay is vastly improved from Mass Effect 2. The combat is intense, Guns handle amazingly and none of them feel useless. You can mod them all as well. This means that chances are your weapons will be tailored to your liking no matter what. The new weight system, which determines how fast your powers cool down depending on how many guns you carry, coupled with the ability to carry any number/kind of guns you want helps make you feel even more in control. The powers are all improved as well. They can be upgraded in several different ways thanks to improved skill trees. This helps for strategizing and customizing your character completely. It takes the best aspects of both Mass Effect 1 and 2 and combines them. The AI is considerably more intelligent. They are clever, resourceful and it makes for a great challenge. There are a wide variety of them as well. Mainly it's the Reaper ground forces, Cerberus and the Geth. All of them require a different tactic and each of them are distinct. The sound is brilliant as well, the guns sound realistic, the music is powerful and it really sets the tone from the story. The Voice acting is top notch, with every returning actor delivering their best performances. The Cut scenes are very well directed as well, though some occasional bugs can disrupt the immersion, but it's so minor that I don't even care. The Graphics are good, while not the best and starting to kind of show their age, Mass Effect is still a beautiful game. Textures could be better and some pop in rears its ugly head every here and there, but again, it's forgivable. This is especially made apparent by the massive scale of the set pieces. When you see Reapers descending towards Vancouver at the beginning of the game, you really see how big they are, nay, you feel how big they are. The newest and probably most innovative thing about the game is the war room galaxy readiness system. You have to search the galaxy for resources, war assets and support in order to have a chance of taking Earth back from the Reapers. There are so many ways to do this it felt a little overwhelming. I spent hours on the Citadel just doing side quests to gain support. Every little bit counts in this game and it really feels that way. With that I shall segue into what is perhaps the most controversial aspect of this game, the Multiplayer. I am happy to report that this component is both totally optional and a lot of fun. It's a 4 player class based co-op mode that requires you to survive wave after wave of Geth, Reapers or Cerberus. After a few rounds you have an objective that gets you money that you can use to buy more weapons, classes and equipment. You fight them as several classes from Vanguards to infiltrators. The characters you create are your own, you can customize them similar to Shepard, but to a smaller degree. This multiplayer helps you in the overall progress of the game but like I said, it's totally optional and I didn't need to play much to be completely ready to fight the Reapers.
So, Mass Effect 3 is, in a word, amazing. It has affected me in a more profound way than anything else due to Bioware's uncanny ability to get me so emotionally invested. The ending falters, but you should not let it ruin the series for you. This series is perhaps the best trilogy of this gaming generation. It improves on ME2 in every way and is a strong contender for Game of the Year. But above all that, it moved me emotionally in a way that I didn't think was possible.
10 out of 10
Rated 0 out of 10 by PockyHunter Mass Effect : A Must Buy
This is a game that I have been anticipating since the release of Mass Effect 2. Since the beginning of the series Bioware has given its players an in-depth sci-fi story that allowed you to sculpt the outcome for the future of the game. The first Mass Effect allowed plenty of customization and exploration of the different areas of space. The overall storyline kept the player interested and the character development was a definite plus. Its sequel lost some of its charm when it came to the customization and the story was enjoyable but seemed to lack compared to its predecessor. However the new battle system was improved and the player was still offered plenty of character development amongst its cast. Another enjoyable aspect is the ability to transfer your save from the previous Mass Effect games and continue the story with your previous choices affecting the story-line, making each play through unique.
If you enjoyed Bioware’s Dragon Age series then you’ll enjoy its futuristic counterpart.
Rated 10 out of 10 by TryingToGetIntoIt An experience, beyond expectations. Fantastic
I am blown away. Just awed by this game. I loved ME1, loved ME2, but both had some elements I wish the other had... and ME3 seems to have combined the best of each. The story is just an epic. I agree that you really need to be an XBOX 360 player to have enjoyed the full 3 game experience. You have to go through the various decisions, relationships... and to have it all brought together like this is just a joy. This is honestly my all time favorite game ever, and my all time favorite series. My scope is Oblivion, Skyrim, Dragon Age, Gears, AC, Bioshock, RE, Borderlands, RDR and Halo. That should give you an idea of my tastes for reference. You can replay the game with different background and customized character (looks-wise and even male or female), and change you class and powers... and the outcomes of the individual races, even your behavior. Very impressive. This whole series culminates into just an awesome experience, in the form of a great action RPG. Well done, Bioware. I am a fan for life.
Rated 10 out of 10 by WarTornDisciple Game of the Year.
This is a truly incredible game. The breathtaking story arcs from the previous two games and concludes with an incredible bang in this game. The choices that you make in Mass Effect 1 and 2 truly do reflect in this game, and do so in sublime splendor. They may not change entire chunks of the plot, but they do change the game, and that beckons players to spend multiple playthroughs in this tremendous world. The game-play is great: it has tight controls, a great controller layout, and is entirely satisfying. Multiplayer is incredible, and I'm ashamed- yet proud- to say that I've spent more time in the multiplayer than the critically acclaimed single player story. There is a lot of bickering over the ending, however, I actually really like it. It's artistic, it displays ingenuity, and it leaves questions in the gamer's mind- an act that truly allows the player to create their own ending. Also, it allows space for future DLC to delve into, something that is truly anticipatory.
Rated 9 out of 10 by N7ChosenJedi A great campaign and ending; Multiplayer is great!
I love this series. I played one and two plenty of times, and certainly soaked up the downloads when they were released. I personally enjoyed this third installment and was happy with the ending of the story.
I believe that gamers should at least start with mass effect 2 before they jump into this one; it will make the decisions all the more sweeter, and in the end will really pay off.
If you have played the first-two games and are curious about buying this game....do it!!!! What are you waiting for!!! :)
The online game play is so much fun, but bewared; there is no player vs player. It is four player squad based action against the computer. The good news is there is no competitive feeling, or anger when you get killed. Also the computer gets really hard, and there are three difficulty settings to choose from anyway. There are several races, classes, and guns to choose from, so the replay value on the online feature is high.
The online feature is great because there is plenty of free new content to download!
Rated 8 out of 10 by Malevolent Had a Moderate Effect at Best
The gameplay is great and far more streamlined and fast paced than the original two games. Scanning planets is much quicker, faster, and far less hair pulling. The rpg elements of the original are back, modable weapons, larger skill tree, and level cap of 60! No longer exhausted after running a certain duration, and player speed is nearly doubled for faster battles. On top of that, you can roll out of the line of fire or towards cover. Enemy AI is alot smarter, they can shoot at exposed body parts when your player is behind cover, flanking your group, setting up turrets, and seeking cover themselves as well as dodging gunfire. All of the good points are all towards gameplay, all the bad points are towards the story. The story in itself is very cliche' , merging movie elements from Matrix 3, Contact, and Aliens. Throw in a magical superweapon and there's the plot for Mass Effect 3. The scale is very lopsided with this game, and I think the FTL drive on the Mass Effect series is running on empty because of it.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Bijakz Was so EPIC!... till the end *spoiler*
It was amazingly fun and I really got into the story, just like the first two games. I was getting emotionally driven about my choices and my relationships with the characters. I really loved how everything was building up... but... the endings, 7 different ones, were a huge let down. Nothing you did mattered... not really all the choices made but the relationships you formed with the other characters and the work you did forming alliances. Nothing panned out. I got attached to all the characters and let me tell you I had 7 different Shepards I was planning on playing through... but after the first one, there is no since in playing again. There is nothing to witness, its going to be the same no matter what. Bioware really messed this one up, I don't see how they are going to make this better. Supposedly they are going to do something this summer. For all those who worked so hard and look forward to an epic conclusion... WAIT and see what Bioware is going to do.