Mass Effect 3 PC User Review
Super Gamer Dude
In the second installment of the Mass Effect series for the PC, players were shocked early in story when Commander Shepard was killed. Granted, Shepard was immediately resurrected and the mission to find and destroy the Collectors continued unobstructed, but in that single moment of death, players learned that the Mass Effect series was playing for keeps and that any character even the protagonist was in danger of not seeing the complete story play out. In Mass Effect 3 for the PC, a masterpiece of gaming, players once again assume the role of Commander Shepard and once again, there is no guarantee that he (or she) or any of the series' character will survive until the end.
With Commander Shepard successfully thwarting the Collectors and enduring his uneasy alliance with Cerebus in Mass Effect 2, in Mass Effect 3 for the PC his attention now turns to the world-devouring Reapers, gargantuan technological insects bent on the destruction of the majority of the universe. No longer is Commander Shepard stitching together an elite assault team as he did in previous installments of the game; in Mass Effect 3 for the PC, Shepard's task is to convince a variety of civilizations at war with one another to set aside their millennia-old grudges to form an alliance. It is through an almost endless series of incomparable set pieces, wonderfully written dialogue, and perfectly-executed action sequences that Commander Shepard accomplishes this or not, depending on the choices of players and determines the fate of the universe.
While the fate of the universe is occasionally determined within the action portion of Mass Effect 3 for the PC, it is through the series' standard dialogue wheel that most choices take place. These choices are endless. The lives of main characters, the continued existence of planets, and the destiny of life across the universe are impacted by the choices made by Commander Shepard. Never have the choices in the series been so morally ambiguous and unlike the first two parts of the series, the choices made in Mass Effect 3 for the PC are final.
Even when these choices are final and the last credits for Commander Shepard's adventure roll, players still will have countless hours of fun on Mass Effect 3 for the PC. The addition of a multiplayer mode to Mass Effect 3 for the PC is excellent. Similar to other multiplayer shooter games, players are given a variety of objectives, ranging from capture-the-flag to outlasting the enemy. Notable, however, in Mass Effect for the PC is that players are given the opportunity to play as any race or class within the Mass Effect universe. Additionally, the multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3 for the PC enables players to level up their characters and classes, which gives them access to improved armor, weapons, and skills. An added bonus to multiplayer is its impact on the single player campaign. By successfully competing in multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 for the PC, players earn additional allies for the final confrontation with the Reapers.
Mass Effect 3 for the PC is an excellent game. It successfully wraps up Commander Shepard's epic journey while solidifying the Mass Effect series for the PC as one of the great adventures of modern gaming.
Super Gamer Dude
The Mass Effect series launched in 2007 to much critical acclaim, introducing players to a futuristic mesh of RPG and FPS elements with players assuming the role of Commander Shepherd, humanitys aspiring Spectre. Across the first two titles he brings in the rogue Spectre Saren, discovers the Reaper threat, stops the Collectors from building a human-based Reaper and in Mass Effect 3, the final entry of the trilogy, he becomes the galaxys last hope of surviving an Extinction event the Reapers perpetuate every 50,000 years. Can ME3 live up to the hype the excellence of the first two titles created? Lets find out.
In the original Mass Effect, players had myriad choices in everything from gear to abilities, and the second title worked to streamline this, though it did this too much. ME3 scales back some of the simplification in ME2 by adding more detail to both leveling up and weapon customization, both welcome changes.
The atmosphere in ME3 is phenomenal. The soundtrack ranges from tense and frantic to cautiously hopeful, from tragically uplifting to hauntingly beautiful and always perfectly complements the mood. The visual aesthetic is well done, giving off that futuristic, yet feasible vibe.
But the real selling point of the Mass Effect franchise is the story, and ME3 deliver this in spades, with one tiny caveat. The entire galaxy is in a war of survival with the Reapers, and it shows. The Citadel is cramped with denizens of every species, people are dying everywhere and everyone is in at least a slight state of panic, wondering where the Reapers will strike next. As the legendary Commander Shepard, you are tasked with finding a way to end the Reaper threat once and for all.
Another major selling points for the Mass Effect series was that your choices would carry-over into subsequent games, creating your own personal story. This is done exceedingly well in ME3, as you will run into old friends or old enemies, depending on how you handled events in the previous titles. Everyone, and I mean everyone, will make an appearance at some point, though only the base characters from the previous titles return as playable characters. You wont be able to play as Kasumi or Zaeed, though if you had them they do make an appearance.
The only issue with the story is the ending, which really divided the Mass Effect community, with some feeling it was fine, if sparse, while others were angered at what they felt was a sharp change in their Shepards attitude. Personally I found the ending to be beautiful, and found myself wiping away a few tears, but I do understand where the other camp was coming from. So did Bioware, as they later released an update that closed a few plot holes and expanded on the ending without changing the core of it.
ME3 is a satisfying conclusion to an epic story spanning three wonderful games. If you are into Sci-fi, beautifully written characters and an amazingly detailed universe, you need to play the Mass Effect series. You will not regret it.