About the Product
- 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 and supports optional use of the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
- Experience a new emphasis on melee combat, movement and an improved cover system
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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.This item does not come with a gun or controller accessory.
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.
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
- Play with Kinect - Mass Effect 3 features compatibility with the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
A customizable arsenal.
A rich branching storyline.
Multiple play options.
Top Customer Reviews
1) The story is just terrible. I won't go further into detail as to why, I'll just say after 2 games of setting this all up, you'll find yourself disappointed with the outcome. All those important decisions you made in the last 2 games become nothing more than a number in my next fault.
2) There's this thing called galactic readiness. It's a number. The whole point of the game is to just get the number as high as you can. The only way to get it high is by performing some incredibly boring tasks. Including...
3) Multi-player. Which is just a boring, repetitive horde mode. I'd say it would be a great new addition to the game, but if you want to complete single player with any sort of positive outcome, you have to play multilayer. A lot. Because of another number. A percentage. It's the percent of the first number you try to get that you actually get. The only way to raise it, is to play multi-player. And it's impossible to get that number high enough without multi-player.
4) This goes back to story kind of, but the biggest flaw is that you really only get half of the single player. Everything in the games story is bare bones A lot of it is included in about $50 of DLC. Like so much of the story is wrapped up in it, characters even reference events that happen in the main game. If you're going to sell me something, sell me the whole thing. Not part of it, then all the other parts separately.
I have played each series; importing each of my characters from the last. In so doing, it really makes you fall in love with the character and the non-player characters who have stayed with you through the fight. Each game has been immersive and very difficult to take breaks from and this one is absolutely no exception! I believe the game play is nearly perfect by how you can freeze the battlefield and assess it for tactical advantage. Unlike straight shooters, it forces you to command individually your non-player character team mates. Invaluable if you play the game on hardcore. Some may find the customization of weapons, shopping for upgrades, and the side missions boring, but I believe that it just builds up the tension and excitement just as it would in real life, before going into any battle. And the better you prepare, the easier it is to succeed, and your success as the commanding officer is felt.
Now there may be minor gaps in the game where it would be nice to see the cut scenes blending in some of the missions or between missions better or more interesting and numerous still pictures during the in between loads, but in time, in the future I would expect Bioware to perfect an already excellent game and series.
So in summary, this game is not good, its great. It plays similarly to the previous games, probably better, and if I recall correctly, Mass Effect and ME2 were between 4 and 5 stars, so why wouldn't this one be?
+1 star : DLC : Cost ignored, they did a fantastic job with the Citadel DLC.
-1.5 stars : EMS/READINESS : They used something called the "EMS" or "Readiness" point system to determine whether you can unlock all of the endings for Mass Effect. Prior to the "Extended Cut" DLC, it was impossible to earn enough points by just buying the game alone - absolutely unacceptable. To earn enough EMS you had to pay for: DLC, a (terrible) iOS game, and/or an Xbox Live membership to access multiplayer.
-/+1.5 star : PLOT/EXPERIENCE : So much is left unexplained. There are plot holes big enough to fly a Reaper through (EA did). I dare you to explain the endings (omitting the new choice) without using the words "space magic" or "just because". EA should have released a "Revised Ending" DLC as the "Extend Cut" DLC failed to provide a more realistic conclusion,
...except where Shepard shoots the Catalyst, the Reapers win the battle, and it is made clear that the "cycle" continues.
That said, for the experience...
1. ...if you invested money and time into Mass Effect 1 & 2 and enjoyed/loved them...
2. ...if you loved the unique side missions, observing and interacting with your squad mates, and the strong voice acting of Jennifer Hale
...you will want to play Mass Effect 3. You may very well come out disappointed however.