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Mass Effect 3 - Playstation 3

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
Edition: Standard
  • Battle as Commander Shepard on many worlds across the galaxy as you unite the ultimate force to take back the Earth before it's too late
  • 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
  • Customize your Commander Shepard, your squad and weapons to engage the enemy on your terms
  • Allows the option to import decisions from both of the previous games into the new game, but can also be played as a standalone game
  • Experience a new emphasis on melee combat, movement and an improved cover system

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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
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Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

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Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.

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 and more.

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Shepard combating an enemy using the melee Omni-Blade embedded in his armor in Mass Effect 3
Join Commander Shepard in the struggle against the Reapers in the conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy.
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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

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148 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

(There are no spoilers in this entire, way too long, review)

Short, short version: Does the Extended Cut "fix" the ending? Kind of, but still not quite. Despite how it lacks and how we still have the same endings, the overall conclusion has been improved. So if you are on the fence about buying the game just because of the ending, don't worry about it. Just buy the game already and download the completely free DLC.

There were many problems with the ending of Mass Effect 3. In my original review, which is below this section, I talked about 5 issues I had with it. This excluded some problems that involved spoilers. On a larger level, one problem I had with ME3's ending which I didn't talk about was it killed my interest in Mass Effect's story. It was not only disappointing, but I had absolutely no interest in exploring the game's alternative events and dialogue exchanges. With such a straight forward, forced, and limited number of endings, which pretty much didn't matter how you played, or if you played, the other games with certain decisions, what's the point in experimentation? No matter what you did with different Shepards, you're still going to get that ending. I haven't touched the game since I wrote this review over 3 months ago. In comparison, I beat Mass Effect 2 twice in one month. There was zero motivation and reason to go back to the game, which is otherwise a really good game, just because of that ending.

So now we have the Extended Cut, and it's exactly what it sounds like. It is an expansion not a revision. However, some of that expansion feels like BioWare putting band-aids on plot holes. Again, I won't say what happens in the ending, but it should be noted that the game does have plot holes.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The End... March 21, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game seems to have generated a lot of controversy. I love Mass Effect, from the first game in 2007, up to the last ten or fifteen minutes of the third game. I rate it as my favorite video game series of all time (not my favorite individual game though...I still designate that title to either Breath of Fire 2 or Chrono Cross). Mass Effect completely immersed you into its world, with its compelling story line and its detailed character interactions. Of great interest was the fact that your choices in each game would affect occurrences in the subsequent releases. Why didn't I enjoy Mass Effect 3? Well, as I said before, I did enjoy it a lot until the very end. The three main pre-ending problems with the game that I had were:


1)not enough squad members: ME2 had you with 10 characters from which to choose (12 if you got DLC). Now I got...6 (7 with DLC)?!'s the end of the universe (and the series) would think Shepard could recruit more personnel

2)New cover system: I applaud Bioware for trying to add new aspects to combat but it's very annoying to be running from cover to cover when I'm actually trying to move forward

3)Dialogue limited: Dialogue choices were fairly limited compared to previous games...sometimes only two options

My dislike of the ending is shared by many fans as is evidenced by current video game news. My concerns are:

1)Shaky plot ending: Synthetics will always rise up and kill their organic masters so in order to prevent that you're...gonna kill all organics? Save organics by killing organics...yeah, makes sense. I felt like I was listening to the Colonel Sanders guy in Matrix Reloaded. Ergo.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I certainly did not give this game 5 stars the first time through because of how terrible the ending in the original version was executed but I have to say, after downloading and playing through it a second time with the extended cut ending, I confidently say this is the best trilogy I have ever played. I went in it the second time with extremely low expectations for what I thought they would address and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how they fixed literally every major detailed/plot hole I, and the majority of other gamers had. The continuity of things is just there. Plus there is access to more information of certain events that wasn't there prior to the EC. I recommended this game beforehand even though I thought the way the endings panned out was deplorable the first time through but now I say, play this game with full confidence because it is one of the best ever made. Enjoy the story! That's what this game is about for me. Closure is there and if you're a diehard fan it may even bring a tear to your eyes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ending Is Far Worse Than They Say It Is July 22, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Mass Effect 3 easily has the best gameplay of the trilogy. The graphics are improved, the tension is palpable, and the cast is robust. It is one of the greatest games I have ever purchased...yet I wish I never played it.

Nothing can prepare you for the atrocity that is the this game's ending. I read the reviews, I listened to friends bemoan it, and I saw the angst ridden videos on Youtube. It is not until you see it first hand that you can understand. Perhaps the ending is Bioware's way of symbolizing war at large? That one can never understand it without experiencing it? It's far more likely that they had to meet deadline and threw together a perfunctory and insulting set of "endings."

I went into Mass Effect 3 imagining the most repulsive, vile, and nauseating ending I could muster. But, despite my best efforts, NOTHING I could have imagined could have been matched the betrayal--the exercise in undermining a narrative's internal logic as what I was treated to.

Even If you envision Oompa Loompas bursting forth from the Reapers and then throwing marshmallows toward the screen as it fades to black, your ending would make more sense than what transpires.

This ending not only manages to obliterate every action that you made in this game but it essentially renders the entire series meaningless.

I implore you: if you have only played the first two games, stop while you are ahead! The horrific fiasco of an ending is not only as bad as they say--it's worse!
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