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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
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Overall User Score (48 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The series is a landmark achievement in gaming, and Mass Effect 3 is a fine conclusion. It’s not the prettiest game, and it has more than it’s share of controversy attached to it, but it’s the ending to a gaming experience that should not be missed.
Atomic Gamer (Mar 06, 2012)
But if you are either a fan of Mass Effect, or if you're simply looking for an action/RPG that builds some legitimate lore and backstory while mixing in its explosions and headshots, then this is the series you should start with. Just, start at the beginning if you haven't already. Go through the series properly, then hit up Mass Effect 3 so that you can see the progression and understand just why this is one of the best and most satisfying sci-fi franchises in gaming history.
Cheat Happens (Mar 17, 2012)
When you're in the gaming industry for a bit you realize one thing very quickly; don't believe the hype. Mass Effect 3 is the exception to that rule as it doesn't only meet its expectations -- it blows them away. It's an emotionally charged and often touching tale that doesn't skip out on the action one bit. Most importantly, it's a fitting ending to a world and characters we've spent the last five years getting attached to.
RPGFan (Mar 19, 2012)
Mass Effect 3 is simply brilliant – a peerless sci-fi epic that has created an incredibly high standard in video game storytelling. The few small flaws are overshadowed by the excellent experience the game provides. It is the pinnacle of one of the greatest sci-fi stories of our time, with breathtaking aesthetics, a well-crafted and excellently told story, memorable and realistic characters, and incredibly well-designed gameplay. Anyone who has invested any amount of time in the previous games will enjoy watching the final chapter of Shepard's tale unfold, and among the feelings of excitement and joy as they meet and fight alongside old friends for the fate of the galaxy, they will also feel just a tinge of disappointment and heartbreak as they bid farewell to the colorful universe and memorable characters BioWare has created.
For those willing to brave a conclusion that isn’t spoon fed to them by idiots, Mass Effect 3 is a breathtaking, gorgeous piece of software. Its few quibbles aren’t enough to detract from the monumental achievement in storytelling that Bioware has released. Let’s just hope they don’t cheapen it with an MMO.
95 (Mar 06, 2012)
I have never given a “5 out of 5″, and I probably never will, can anything ever be truly perfect? But I can promise you I gave it some very serious thought in this case. Very serious. I’ve ended up cheating and giving it a 4.75 out of 5, which I’m not technically allowed to do. (*Sorry Ed.!) What is Mass Effect 3 like overall? Put it this way; if you buy this and don’t like it I’ll personally refund you. If you own a system capable of playing this and do not buy it I actually feel bad for you. Seriously. Please do yourself a favour and spend your hard earned cash on this piece of gaming genius. Please.
GamingXP (Mar 06, 2012)
Bei kaum einem anderen Spiel fällt es derartig schwer in wenigen Worten zusammenzufassen, welche Tugenden das Spiel auszeichnen und welche Fehler es mindern. Kurz und knapp wäre man versucht zu sagen: Hier ist der erste Kandidat auf den Titel „Spiel des Jahres 2012“. Trotz einiger kleiner Mängel ist Entwickler BioWare ein Kunstwerk gelungen, das in dieser Form einzigartig ist. So viele Emotionen, so viele Möglichkeiten, so viel Action, so viel Diplomatie, so viel Freundschaft, so viel Ehre, so viel Verzweiflung, so viel Krieg – „Mass Effect 3“ vereint all diese Dinge zu einem unglaublich packenden RPG-Shooter, der in dieser Form einzigartig und grandios ist.
IGN (Mar 12, 2012)
All told, Mass Effect 3 is an absolutely amazing game, one that successfully puts a bow on the Mass Effect trilogy while still leaving us hungry for even more. It looks and plays great, but Mass Effect 3's true strength lies in its ability to tell a deeply-woven story. Better yet, the sheer ambition shown by BioWare in announcing an intersecting trilogy complete with save importation becomes fully realized in Mass Effect 3. BioWare deserves applause for not only having the courage to attempt something like the Mass Effect trilogy, but for pulling it off with such exceptional poise and skill. Mass Effect 3 isn't the best game ever made. But it'll certainly be in the conversation for a very long time to come.
XGN (Mar 12, 2012)
Mass Effect 3 is meer dan de som van zijn delen. Ja, de game heeft zijn foutjes. Maar die foutjes wegen niet op tegen het prachtige en meeslepende verhaal dat je met de game in huis haalt. Het einde van de game zal bij sommigen de wenkbrauwen doen fronsen, maar wij kunnen met zekerheid stellen dat Mass Effect 3 de beste game uit de trilogie is. Halen die handel. Dit is dé beste game die 2012 tot nu toe heeft gekend!
PC Gamer (Mar 06, 2012)
A culmination of all the choice, character and intrigue of Mass Effect. A satisfying end to a spectacular adventure.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 31, 2012)
Het magistrale sluitstuk van een buitengewoon sciencefiction epos waarvan de grote lijnen wel al vastliggen. Spannend, meeslepend en ontroerend van begin tot (een controversieel) eind.
RPG Site (Mar 06, 2012)
A handful of bugs and dodgy moments aren't enough to drag Mass Effect 3 down. It's not perfect, but as a delivery of the package Bioware had conceived, it's pretty damn close. It's epic, exciting, fun and ultimately - above all else - satisfying. Shepard's story may be over, but I can't wait to see what this team does - and what happens to this universe - next.
PCActu (Apr 06, 2012)
En empruntant aux mastodontes du genre autant qu'aux bonnes idées des deux premiers opus, Mass Effect 3 s'impose comme une conclusion très réussie de l'aventure du commandant Shepard. Fort de sa durée de vie énorme, son ambiance de fin du monde hyper réussie et d'un scénario hyper bien ficelé, que ce soit dans les quêtes annexes ou celle principale, les fans n'ont d'autre choix que de céder.
PC Games (Germany) (Dec 24, 2012)
Keine Frage: Wer schon Mass Effect 2 als zu actionlastig empfindet und dabei klassische Rollenspieltugenden vermisst hat, den wird auch der dritte Teil nicht bekehren. Wer jedoch eine epische Erzählung, spannende Entscheidungen und gelungene Kämpfe in einer tollen Inszenierung wünscht, der wird hier erstklassig bedient: Mass Effect 3 bietet ein großes, bleihaltiges Finale, das bei aller Explosionsliebe aber nicht die leisen Töne vergisst und mir dabei Charaktere präsentiert, an die ich mich noch lange erinnern werde. In der Summe ist Mass Effect 3 für mich der rundeste Teil der Reihe und ein würdiger Abschluss – vor allem für jene Spieler, die bereits die beiden Vorgänger gespielt haben und nun ihren Spielstand ins Finale übernehmen. Kleiner Tipp: Taschentücher bereithalten!
GameSpot (Mar 06, 2012)
Mass Effect 3 is a remarkably satisfying conclusion to a beloved trilogy, and a poignant and memorable role-playing action game in its own right.
GameSpy (Mar 06, 2012)
By the time I reached the end, Mass Effect 3 had secured the trilogy's spot amongst my favorite science-fiction stories in any medium. This is the ME series' Return of the Jedi, in that while the third part may be the weakest overall in story, that "weakness" is only relative to its stellar predecessors. It's an action-loaded adventure with at least a few really tough calls to make, and a more than satisfactory conclusion to a memorable and well-told saga.
CPU Gamer (Apr 11, 2012)
In the end, Mass Effect 3 still hits hard. Reading about how some people came close to crying or completely just broke down during certain moments actually doesn’t sound ridiculous. BioWare captures the scale of the conflict well, but always focuses on the people involved in it. It’s pretty amazing just how badly EA disregarded the heart of the game – the characters and the world – when they began their marking blitzkrieg, but don’t worry, it’s oh so definitely there – Day 1 DLC, controversial endings, and questionable use of resources be damned. This is a fine, lovingly crafted game with a clear vision despite the realities of corporations and damning business practices.
GameStar (Germany) (Mar 06, 2012)
Wie so viele Fans war auch ich von der vergleichsweise mauen Demo enttäuscht. Doch jetzt, nach dem ich Mass Effect 3 durchgespielt habe, kann ich mich beruhigt zurücklehnen. Wow, was für ein Spiel! Was für eine tolle Geschichte, die zudem in einem Finale gipfelt, das die Science-Fiction-Trilogie mehr als würdig abschließt. Gut, Mass Effect 3 ist wie schon sein Vorgänger mehr Action- als Rollenspiel. Aber daran müsste man sich ja mittlerweile gewöhnt haben. Ich rate selbst dem traditionellsten Genre-Puristen: ausprobieren!. Sonst verpasst er ein grandios erzähltes Weltraum-Epos, das in seiner Dramatik und Wucht derzeit seinesgleichen sucht. Und nicht findet.
Softpedia (Mar 12, 2012)
Mass Effect 3 definitely has a lot to live up to, as the previous games set new benchmarks in terms of story, gameplay, graphics and more. The new game manages to reach almost all of them, with great gameplay mechanics, impressive visuals and a surprisingly addictive multiplayer. Sadly, its story disappoints right at the end and the closure delivered isn't enough for fans who've already gone through previous titles. You'll feel great throughout the game's journey, but the destination isn't exactly what you'd expect.
90 (Mar 09, 2012)
Un mot pour résumer Mass Effect 3 ? Jouissif ! Plus immersif, plus dynamique mais également plus profond que ses prédécesseurs, celui-ci constitue la conclusion parfaite pour une série tout simplement exceptionnelle. Shepard s'offre donc un final en apothéose mêlant le meilleur des deux premiers opus et porté par un scénario extraordinaire. Le terme épique prendra alors tout son sens et on ne peut désormais que prier pour que la licence perdure.
New Game Network (Mar 19, 2012)
If it weren't for the ending and lack of overall polish, Mass Effect 3 would have been hands down the best game in the trilogy. As it stands, it is instead just a very strong entry with a lot of memorable moments.
Absolute Games ( (Mar 31, 2012)
Тем не менее, даже при эпическом размахе каждому не угодить, и BioWare это осознавала. Завершить культовую трилогию непросто; завязать узелки на десятках сюжетных нитей, сплетенных игроками в уникальные полотна — колоссальный труд. Mass Effect 3 стала первой, кто не рухнул под тяжестью этого снежного кома.
Games Finder (Jun 01, 2014)
It is time to continue your adventure in Mass Effect 2 with a game that delivers everything a sequel should. With just the right balance of traditional game play and fresh ideas it’s a pleasure to play.
Gamekult (Mar 09, 2012)
Epique. Voilà le mot qui vient immédiatement à l'esprit lorsque l'on pense à l'expérience Mass Effect 3. Si les aspirants explorateurs ne manqueront pas d'être choqués par le contraste entre l'immensité de l'espace et les aires de jeux cloisonnées, il est difficile de ne pas reconnaitre l'efficacité du cocktail proposé par BioWare. Avec son système de combat rodé, son rythme haletant, sa progression dramatique maîtrisée, en continuant d'enrichir sa mythologie et en s'attachant à ses personnages, le jeu tient en haleine. Pour les fans de la première heure, ceux qui voulaient voir la série renouer avec ses racines RPG, le dilemme restera entier. Mais dans le segment action-RPG spatial à grand spectacle, Mass Effect 3 fait preuve d'une belle maîtrise. Contrat rempli pour le studio canadien qui, après un coup de mou, signe ici une conclusion en fanfare pour sa licence galactique.
Legendra (Mar 11, 2012)
En approfondissant le background, la direction artistique, les personnages, la narration et la mise en scène, le studio canadien a su extraire l'essence de la licence et la refourguer puissance mille. On aime cet univers, on s'attache à ses personnages, à son histoire, pour ressentir une implication rarement atteinte dans un RPG. On virevolte au gré des explosions, des batailles épiques, des sacrifices glorieux, des morts tragiques, porté par la narration et l'écriture fantastique de Bioware qui, à peine éraflée par quelques clichés mal venus, souffre d'une inexplicable faiblesse au niveau de la fin. Si celle-ci partait d'un bon concept, elle échoue à apporter ce qu'elle aurait dû apporter, à cause d'un traitement confus de sa toute dernière cinématique ; étonnant, au vu du reste du jeu. Quoiqu'il en soit, Mass Effect 3 est un divertissement de haute voltige, à se procurer et à dévorer.
Quarter to Three (Mar 16, 2012)
It might sound like I’m being too negative. But there’s no debate whether Mass Effect 3 is a good game. It has good combat, an effective atmosphere, satisfying resolution, and a few great characters. Co-op is surprisingly entertaining. Bioware has finally settled on a good balance of RPG elements, too. It’s easy to dismiss most of the nitpicks. It’s the best game in the series for all these reasons.
Darkstation (Mar 21, 2012)
Appealing to a new audience is never a bad thing, but doing so for the last game in a trilogy probably wasn’t the best idea. The game doesn’t really suffer too much for that, but the end product just feels…lacking.
Game Over Online (Mar 26, 2012)
So, wow, Mass Effect 3. How to summarize it? It closes off the plot arc. People who are entrenched in that universe will probably be interested in learning what happens to all the characters you’ve interacted with and perhaps grown to empathize with, but the ultimate ending is, without spoilers, unsatisfying to say the least.
Where its wonder was once defined by the traversal of uncharted worlds, here it’s defined by big explosions and space battle cutscenes. This is a spectacular galactic war, and Shepard will lose a lot to end it, but the series has also lost something in order to depict it.
Ten Ton Hammer (Mar 09, 2012)
I love this series, and I still enjoy this game. But I don’t enjoy it because Mass Effect 3 is a great game; I enjoy it because of the scenario and characters built up over the last few years. Standing alone, Mass Effect 3 is a cover shooter with a few decisions and side quests to complete along the way while the Reapers take their sweet time incinerating Earth. As much as I love chilling with the old cast once more, I can’t believe I have to prove myself to the same clans whose asses I’ve saved over the past few games time and time again, and STILL people are like, “Reapers? Don’t know what you’re talking about Shepard.” So while the writing and pacing may detract a bit from what should be the most epic of space conflicts, you’ll still have a good time blasting the hell out of aliens, robots, and your former employer. It just doesn’t feel like as big of a step forward as the second game was from the first.
75 (Mar 19, 2012)
That’s the story of Mass Effect 3, turned from potential masterpiece into a game sabotaged by greed and the „it’s good enough” approach. It’s unbelievable how easy BioWare passed over the opportunity for greatness and, despite the sales, I have a feeling that their reputation as great RPG makers is going downhill fast. Especially after this “back to back” performance with the fiasco called Dragon Age II.
75 (Mar 07, 2012)
Unterhaltsam, actionreich, ernüchternd - das ist der konsequente Abschluss einer Saga, deren Qualität mit jedem Teil sank. BioWare gelingt es wieder einmal nicht, so zu begeistern wie in alten Zeiten. Es macht Laune, die Kräfte seines Teams zu bündeln und auf die Feinde loszulassen. [...] Man trifft alte Bekannte und fühlt sich auf der Normandy fast wie Zuhause. Für all das schätze ich diese Saga. Aber das ist der inhaltlich schwächste, weil eintönigste Teil eines futuristischen Abenteuers, das sich in die falsche Richtung entwickelt hat. Irgendwann geht einem das primitive Geballer einfach auf den Keks: Nicht weil es Geballer ist, sondern weil es zu eintönig ist und zu selten die situative Spannung erstklassiger Shooter wie Killzone oder Gears of War erreicht. Anstatt die Taktik der Kräfte weiter über Konter zu vertiefen oder mal die schrecklich dumme KI zu verbessern, setzt man auf brachialen Nahkampf und einen Koop-Multiplayer mit blöder Wellenaction!
Splitkick (Mar 26, 2012)
If you’re on the fence about finishing the series, jump in immediately. There’s too much of the Mass Effect you love here to miss out. As for the endings, BioWare is no doubt hard at work figuring out how they can turn this around by selling you another kidney. For many, the canonical damage has already been done. The Mass Effect series is a snake charmer. We all swayed to its tune, ignoring fundamental gameplay missteps along the way, because the narrative was so mesmerizing. But what happens when a snake charmer hits that one sour note at the worst possible time? Venom.
Factornews (Mar 21, 2012)
Mass Effect 3 est un très bon jeu. BioWare a réuni le meilleur des deux premiers épisodes, en a tiré la quintessence, et voilà Mass Effect 3. La mise en scène est fantastique (surtout au début et à la fin, il est vrai), mais malheureusement les textures mériteraient une plus grande résolution. Un grand travail a été apporté aux musiques et à l’ambiance sonore en général, et ça se sent. On regrettera en revanche un mode exploration passable, et des dialogues franchement mauvais, voire embarrassants. Quant à la gestion de la fin, elle est plus que passable. Ces trois derniers points sont suffisants pour abaisser la note. BioWare continue son long chemin de dégradation de la qualité d’écriture de ses jeux, au profit d’un gameplay plus péchu et de mise en scène "AAA". (Oct 12, 2014)
Если говорить честно, то завершающая часть трилогии вышла не самая лучшая. Если бы разработчики потратили чуть больше времени, для сбалансирования сражений, более продуманной ролевой системой и подлатали кооперативный режим, то всё бы вышло намного лучше. Хотя, всё равно смотрится эпично: гибель целой галактики, цитадельный хаос, практически везде тотальные разрушения и многое другое. Главное, что разработчики игры смогли донести до людей идею о том, что если человечество столкнулось с проблемой, то решить её можно лишь единением. Когда целые народы, разных рас, религий и цвета кожи, объединяются в одно целое. Некоторые могут сказать, что это игровая истина. Но видимо судя по тому, что у нас всегда происходит так оно и есть, поэтому нам будет очень сильно тебя не хватать, Капитан Шепард.