Mass Effect 3

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
88
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Windows
88
4.1
Xbox 360
87
4.0
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Description

As a result of Commander Shepard's affiliation with the Cerberus organisation in the past, he or she is removed from active service by the Alliance military upon returning to Earth. It is at this point that the alien machine race known as the Reapers launch an all-out assault on the planet. The Defense Committee asks Shepard for assistance, and Captain Anderson re-installs him as a member of the Alliance and Commander aboard his old ship, the Normandy. While Anderson stays on Earth, trying to hold its defenses against the overwhelming power of the Reapers, Shepard is sent to the Citadel to convince the galactic council to provide military aid for the struggling planet, and unite the alien races in a battle against the common enemy.

Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the series and forms the final part of the trilogy. As with previous games in the series, gameplay combines tactical, squad- and cover-based third-person combat with role-playing, in the form of different classes, customizable upgrades and dialogue choices. As with the second part of the trilogy, save files from the previous games can be imported with decisions being made in the first two games having an effect on the new situations.

In addition to combat difficulty selection, the player is offered a choice of three modes before starting the game. The "action" mode bypasses conversation choices, displaying them as non-interactive cutscenes; the "story" mode keeps choices intact, but lowers combat difficulty. The "role-playing" mode reflects most closely the gameplay of the two previous games, containing both choices and more challenging combat.

Most of combat-related and character development features have been carried out from the preceding installment. Melee combat plays a somewhat larger role: certain classes possess the ability to execute powerful charged close-combat moves. Weapons can be modified with two enhancements each, gaining more firepower, large magazines, increased accuracy, etc. Like before, abilities and powers can be upgraded when leveling up; each of them now offer two upgrade choices per level, and selecting one of them will lock the other enhancement permanently.

Entirely new to the series is a multiplayer option in the form of the co-op game mode Galaxy at War. It involves up to four players cooperatively taking over enemy strongholds. Players can take part in Galaxy at War as any race in the game's universe.

Screenshots

Mass Effect 3 Windows Shepard, back on the Normandy.
Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360 Opening the powers menu will pause the game.
Mass Effect 3 Windows Sniper Rifle, although it won't do much good against this guy.
Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360 Visiting the Purgatory bar.

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User Reviews

BioWare stands still Windows Cor 13 (173892)
Bioware's worst, and yet still a good game at heart Xbox 360 Zokolov (66)
Shepard's last stand PlayStation 3 MAT (97924)
Watered down Mass Effect 2 Windows Thekwane Black (34)

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Apr 07, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Mar 06, 2012 96 out of 100 96
newbreview.com PlayStation 3 Mar 06, 2012 4.75 out of 5 95
GamingXP Windows Mar 06, 2012 95 out of 100 95
GameSpy Windows Mar 06, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Windows Mar 06, 2012 9 out of 10 90
New Game Network Windows Mar 19, 2012 86 out of 100 86
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Mar 09, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies PlayStation 3 Apr 19, 2012 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox 360 Mar 07, 2012 75 out of 100 75

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Awards

  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - Best Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2012 - #3 Best PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Console Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2013 – Role-Playing Game of the Year 2012 (Readers' Vote)

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