Plunges you into an all-out galactic war to take Earth back from a nearly unstoppable foe - and how you fight that war is entirely up to you.
A very very good game. The ending however, left me unsatisfied with many questions. Recommended to ANYONE who likes shooters/rpgs.
I´m not giving this 10 becoz the ending and the lack of a krogan on my team.
The last chapter in the great and epic trilogy of Mass Effect. But does it really live up to the massive scale it has promised?
Answer: Hell Yeah!
ME3 delivers so much. Story is superb and the characters are still amazingly well made. It's much about returning characters and things you have done in the other games. Therefor you should definitely play the other two games first.
Gameplay is better than ever, with a bigger focus on grenades and melee. Both works fine, but it doesn't mean you have to use them. You can still just shoot everything in your path, when fighting.
Soundtrack is, as the other games, superb and very well made. It totally fits. Graphics is better than ever, but face-expressions doesn't always behave the way they should. Nonetheless graphics are really well done.
BUT, Mass Effect 3 is so epic all the way up to the last 10 minutes. Yep the Ending. Now, I wouldn't say it's bad... I just say it's wrong. I can't really explain, but if Bioware leaves the ending where it is, then it's a bad endinng. But... if we are going to see more, then ME3's ending could be the best ending I have ever seen - including movie-endings. I also have another problem. In ME3 you get War Assets, that determines the outcome of the game (kind of), but when the Great Battle begins... we don't see much of the war assets. Only the numbers counts it seems. You're going through the whole game, uniting the galaxy, only to see that the numbers count and that you won't see much of them in action.
Still, ME3 is absolutely GREAT. Well GREAT 95% through the game and confusing in the last 5%, but if Bioware does more to the series with that ending (I'm talking about something specifically), then they have pulled of a fine ending for that "trilogy". Play It!
Story: 10/10 (if the ending is pulled off right)
Gameplay: 9/10 (still some minor problems)
Graphics: 9/10 (facial expressions lack sometimes)
Durability: 10/10 (if ending is pulled off right)
Soundtrack: 10/10 (Grand n' Epic)
I recently changed this from an 8 to a 10
Given the Controversey over the game over the past few months, I don't think This truly deserves a 10, But Bioware's efforts with the Extended Cut have both fixed several holes in the story/confusing parts, as well as in my opinion, provided a "better" ending to the choice I made.
Ending business aside Mass Effect 3 was a moving experience for a video game. More for the story and relationships among your friends and crew than the gameplay, but nonetheless a rollercoaster.
And in regards to the extended ending. A Quote from Mass Effect 2, that I think fits the situation.
It's not Perfect, It's not *exactly* what I wanted, but it's the best they could do.
I'm not ready to blindly throw money at EA/Bioware just yet, but I'll give them the respect that They tried to fix the conclusion of a series that had/has the potential to be the Star Wars of our Generation.
Also Massive Spoilers, The 5000+ EMS Destroy *Red* Ending is the closest thing to a real happy ending you will get.
Crew standing around Memorial, Saying their goodbyes to Shepard's Memory, Tali Standing in the center of the crowd with Shepard's name Plaque, Hesitant to put it on the wall and refusing to beileve shepard is gone. Ship takes off. and then Rubble Scene. SHEPARD LIIIIIVES
Obviously things in this scene will vary, male/female shepard, romance partner, etc.
Anyway, Beggars can't be choosers, that's the closest thing to a rainbows and butterflies ending I think they can really get within reason.
Great gameplay and story... Until the last few minutes where it all goes to hell and ruins the entire series.
Nearly the best game ever existed
end result 8.
+1 for the extended cut
But Still a vague ending.
its amazing :)
+ Lots of emotional charge
+ Best combat system in the series
+ 25+ hours game-play
+ Tuchanka mission (don't want to spoil)
+ Quarian and Geth plot
- Illogical, senseless, ending
- Boring secondary quests
- Plot holes
- Predictable story
- Null exploration
- Easily gets repetitive
- No omega, illium or other cities, only the Citadel is present (with no to much to do...)
i liked the game play and ending was better when extend cut came
I don’t review a lot and that’s my longest review so far, but I guess I just needed this to figure something out – why can’t I get sucked in the game and this whole saga?
As a big sci-fi fan (StarWars, AlienVsPredator and DC universes mostly) I consider “StarWars: Knights of the Old Republic”, also Bioware’s RPG, to be the best one they ever made, so I can’t but draw some lines between the two. OK, firstly, I think what’s improved in ME3 – wider item variety and customization compared to the 2nd game, so I thought this one could give me that amazing open-world KotOR experience too. Sadly no, the exploration part turned out to be even more disappointing than in the 2nd game, where it was way superficial and asked for more setting. Secondly, that promising omni-blade… what a waste of good idea! Why couldn’t they implement it properly? Why not give it the importance lightsaber has putting some kind of story behind it and adding at least a couple more animations for each class? I got bored after using it for a short while. The feature is simply poor. Besides I think biotic power concept should’ve been finally changed more as it’s obviously “Force powers” but without StarWars charm. So here’s one problem - the best things they could take from KotOR to improve the game they either didn’t or got wrong (well, except maybe “stasis” power that they didn’t even rename).
Surely as an RPG it’s quite good and qualitative considering some aspects they explore in a more believable manner than KotOR – character morale and choice complexity, alien role in the story and consistent timeline and it’s cinematically set with some style and hollywoodish heroics. But somehow I don’t feel for the events on the screen and don’t see the game being even made with much care (considering copy-paste errors in planet description).
So, another problem here I think – to make ME saga a proper one they should’ve started it with a more original foundation at least, not over the bones of KotOR, so that ME saga didn’t seem to be a StarWars wannabe world, which kinda insolently asks to be reckoned with. So a couple more questions arise – why create such saga at all? Who would ever complain if they set it in some fan favorite universes they worked with like StarWars? Anyway, after half way through the game it made me so sad I had to quit. If only it was happening in a universe that kinda did matter to me…
My verdict for ME3 is harsh and full of blame toward Bioware, but fair I think – it’s a bit more than average (I think that goes for the whole saga), a fine game, but only if you don’t know your sci-fi or don’t really care what you play, otherwise the game’s a huge insult to sci-fi fans who know better and realize it’s just pieces of KotOR with shiny make up + Milky Way galaxy and minus cozy charm and mystery.
P.S.: I look at what upcoming ME: Andromeda’s been promising with even more sadness… come on, you ditched old characters anyway, so you could've made it such a beautiful new StarWars RPG instead, like one connected to events of Rogue One or Han Solo movies. Fans would love it, EA and Disney would be richer, so what’s the problem? The only promising project in genre I see these days is Apeiron KotOR reboot. By the looks of it these gamers are making it out of love to StarWars and true sci-fi unlike Bioware…
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