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Mass Effect 3 is just a Short Time Away

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Posted: 08:50PM

We are officially in to 2012, which means the third installment of the Mass Effect trilogy is nearly upon us. You haven't played the first two games? Well, go ahead and play through them. I'll wait.

Ok, so you've finished Mass Effect 1 and 2, and have a good grasp of what kind of a person your Commander Shepard is? Good, because that will be key when Mass Effect 3 comes out this March. According to designer Casey Hudson, Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 3 is part how you have shaped him/her, and also part of the "underlying themes" since the first game's opening moments. The common experience across everybody's Commander Shepard is that Shepard (male or female) is just an average person thrust into amazing circumstances. The team at BioWare wants to try and get players into the head of their Shepard in new ways to give you a glimpse of what the character is facing.

At the heart of Mass Effect 3 are the Reapers, the race of sentient machines hellbent on wiping out all life in the galaxy. You have to race to fight back against them by gathering capital ships, special forces squads, and armies of warriors, each of which is a War Asset. It is a similar method to gathering the companions in Mass Effect 2, except this time on a much grander scale. The effectiveness of your armada in the final battle is determined by how well the overall war effort has gone up to that point. If your allies suffer huge losses, you will have a much tougher time in the final battle to determine the fate of the galaxy.

Those allies fighting separately from the Normandy and Shepard's team is where the co-op multiplayer comes into play. You become one of these special forces teams fighting across the galaxy, and your performance there helps your overall readiness in the single player campaign. How well that is pulled off remains to be seen, but BioWare has a knack for that sort of thing. For the single player campaign, the weapons get an improvement thanks to weapon mods. You will be able to increase the rate of fire and reload time on a sniper rifle, add a scope to a pistol, or any number of other possible combinations to help your Shepard on their mission.

Mass Effect 3 will launch on March 6th, for the PC, PS3, and 360. Hang on to your save game files, as ME3 will wrap up your Commander Shepard's story in a way few other games have ever done before. The battle for the galaxy is depending on you.

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_TheAlexO on January 2, 2012 10:47PM
I seriously don't know what I'll do with my life. Skyrim AND Mass Effect 3.

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