About Mass Effect 3Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the Mass Effect series of video games that puts players into the role of Commander Shepard, mankind's last and best hope to save planet Earth from an alien race of machines, known as Reapers, bent on its destruction. It also brings to a close the critically acclaimed Mass Effect series and the storyline of Commander Shepard in epic fashion. In Mass Effect 3, players, in the role of Commander Shepard, are tasked with taking back the Earth but quickly realize that the human race cannot do it alone. They must travel the galaxy in hopes of rallying other civilizations to join in the war to take back Earth and repel the Reapers. It is in this portion of the game that the actions and decisions that you may have made in the first two Mass Effect games will have a considerable impact on the storyline of Mass Effect 3. These decisions will help shape the reaction of these civilizations and ultimately the outcome and epic conclusion to the series.
Demos, DLC & Other DownloadsDemo
The Mass Effect 3 demo was released and provides players the opportunity to try out the single and multiplayer game modes.
From Ashes is the first DLC released for Mass Effect 3 and introduces a new playable character and mission.
Features & GameplayFor the most part the game play in Mass Effect 3 remains relatively unchanged, the action RPG is played in the third person, over the shoulder point of view. One of the new features present in Mass Effect 3 is the single player campaign game play modes: Action, Story and RPG. Each mode is geared towards a unique game play style, giving players more options than the standard game play mode found in the first two Mass Effect games.
- Action mode is meant for players who don't necessarily enjoy the storyline. In this mode players are taken out of having a role in the story's outcome so to speak. All conversation responses that would normally need a reply or decision by the player will be automatic. Combat encounters and action take place as normal in action mode. Action mode does not allow for character customization.
- RPG mode is the standard game play mode, players will make all decisions and replies in conversations as well as take part in combat as normal. You'll also play an active role in customizing your character and deciding what skills and abilities to choose after gaining experience. If you want to get everything out of your Mass Effect 3 gaming experience then RPG mode is the one you'll want to use.
- Story mode in Mass Effect 3 is meant to be the opposite of Action mode. It is geared towards players who prefer the storyline over combat. In it players are allowed to fully customize their character to their liking as well as provide all responses and decisions to conversations and cut scenes but they will only have a limited role in simplified combat.
Release Dates North America: Mar 6, 2012
Australia: Mar 8, 2012
Europe: Mar 9, 2012
RatingsESRB Rating: M for Mature
ACB Rating: MA 15+