When Mass Effect 3 was first announced I weren’t excited about it at all, but that all changed after I actually played ME2 for the very first time, and my initial reaction was wow, one of the best if not the best games ever and from then on I knew I had to pick up ME3 day one. And I’m not the only one who’s been looking forward to this, as I cant remember a game ever having as much hype around it such as ME3. And ME3 doesn’t disappoint as it improves in every single aspect, the story telling is brilliant, the narrative is brilliant as it makes you literally care about the choices your making, the graphics have been improved, the gameplay, everything. In my perspective its almost a perfect game.
After reluctantly working for Galactic human organization Cerberus and defeating the collectors, still Shepards greatest challenge lies ahead of him. You begin on Earth where Commander Shepard is relieved off duty for his actions in a DLC pack for ME2 called ‘Arrival’, but after 50,000 years the Reapers arrive and start destroying earth killing millions of innocent people dying on a daily basis, and Shepard now has to fight the reapers not just to save humanity, but for all Galactic races. This leads Shepard with his crew mates Ashley Williams and new character James Vega to venture around the galaxy recruiting each race to help him in the final battle against the reapers, this leads to difficult choices that you will need to make which will literally change the story completely. As you cant make every race happy as the Krogans hate the Salarians and Turians for the Genophae, whilst the Quarians and Geth have been in war for hundreds of years. The conclusion to this game is a little bit disappointing as it doesn’t really give you any closure, but trust me that wont ruin the experience for you at all as the whole game leading up to the last five minutes is just amazing.
Gameplay wise, if you thoroughly enjoyed Mass Effect 2 you will also enjoy this game, but if your looking for it to be more like Mass Effect 1, you will still enjoy it, but be wary that like Mass Effect 2, whilst there are decisive moments where only you the player can make the final decision, be aware this game is more of an action game, but don’t let that put you off as there are still plenty of RPG moments. So, like I said the gameplay is very much the same as ME2, but there are new additions such as the omni blade and the fact that Shepards a lot more agile this time around. I loved the omni blade as its so relieving killing an opponent with the omni blade as you get more close and personal and when you feel anger because of how much you hate Cerberus and the Reapers it releases a ton of stress and makes you feel pleased. Trust me you will feel anger as the story telling is so brilliant it makes you feel as if your experiencing it yourself. The fact that Shepard is more agile this time around, allows you to be able to roll around the battlefield allowing you to roll out the way of bullets and get to a position to cover quicker. The only problem I found with this was the fact that the roll button was the same as the cover button and sometimes when I wanted to cover he would roll into the open battlefield leading to my death. But everything else in the gameplay perspective is brilliant and perfect.
The graphics are jaw dropping at times such as when I arrived on the Turian planet Pavelon, you could see Earth being destroyed and it was jaw dropping, sure the graphics are no Uncharted or L.A Noire, but they help make the characters feel alive. Especially when it comes to their facial animations as when your talking to a character you literally see emotion upon there face which makes you care about them as individuals when it comes to making decisions that could potentially affect your relationship with them, especially when you look at their eyes, as every decision you make their eyes show there emotion, something that is rare to see in a video game.
The newest addition to the game was the multiplayer, which to be quite honest I am not a massive fan of as whilst it is fun at first, I find it gets amazingly repetitive which leads it to get infuriatingly boring and its not an addition they really needed to add anyway. And the most frustrating part for me is that I don’t like the multiplayer so I’m not going to play it regularly, and they’ve made it so you need to play the multiplayer to get the best ending possible and I find this unfair to the people who share the same opinion as me when it comes to the multiplayer.
In conclusion what Bioware has done is amazing, creating a trilogy which in my opinion is the greatest trilogy in all of gaming history that tells a story as brilliantly as an Oscar award winning movie. Pick this game up, you can even play it in the style you want as if your not a huge fan of the RPG elements you can choose not to have them, if you want more RPG elements and easier combat, you can and if you want a balance between both of them you can. Mass Effect 3 is a brilliant game that everyone should pick up, but if you haven’t played any of the previous games and want to get Mass Effect 3, you should definitely pick up ME2 if you have a PS3 and ME1 and 2 if you own a 360 as the experience as a whole will be much better for you.