Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Preview: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 is probably one of the most anticipated games of 2012. The final installment of the series is getting so much attention and with good reason. With its imminent release, many fans have been looking into the great features of the new game.

Arguably the biggest addition to the series is multiplayer. According to BioWare, multiplayer will act as a cooperative effort against the Reapers. This is interesting in that the characters used in multiplayer can build up power and experience. The kicker is that they can be used further in the main single player campaign. How this is going to affect combat in the main story is still up in the air as BioWare has only released so much information...

With the different classes to choose from, gained experience that is put into the powers and skills of your character will make all the difference in how you want to be in the field. Do you like bulking up health and gunning down enemies as a soldier? Perhaps you like cutting down enemies from a distance as a biotic?

Also, you will not just be playing as humans. BioWare has confirmed six different species to the list including Humans, Turians, Asari, Salarians, Krogran, and Drell. Reportedly, each of them have their own skills and abilities that contribute to their combat style. Gameplay has the traditional idea of "accomplish this mission while dealing with waves of enemies". I've heard tellings of plenty of variety in the missions and possible mini bosses. Needless to say, multiplayer is looking pretty good.

So how about difficulty levels? There are going to be three game modes that can be set to the player's liking. One is Roleplaying, where it's the usual format the Mass Effect fans have long enjoyed complete with story choices. Second is Action, where the game focuses primarily on gameplay and gives players a set pattern of dialogue for a linear story, but you still get Paragon and Renegade opportunities. Finally, there is the Story option where combat is set to a very fast and easier playthrough, while still giving gamers heavy emphasis on the plot.

And finally, there are the preorder bonuses. Please keep in mind that the Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition preorders are going fast. There is a significant difference between the Standard Edition and Collector's Edition when preordered. Standard Edition preorders will receive the N7 Valkyrie assault rifle and N7 Defender Armor. Collector's Edition preorders, meanwhile, will recieve the N7 Valkyrie assault rifle, N7 Defender Armor, a DLC called N7 Arsenal Pack with four additional weapons, a FENRIS robot dog, the Squadmate Alternate Outfit Pack, an N7 Hoodie (possibly an article of clothing), a bonus mission, a bonus character, and a hardcover case for the game.

After listing all of that, I need to catch my breath. Regardless of my imminent blackout from sheer awesomeness, Mass Effect 3 looks to be jam packed with content. If you are a Mass Effect fan, do yourself a favor and check out the game. The list of features just keeps growing. I can easily see that I'm going to be dedicating weekends and evenings to this game. I will have to apologize to my PS3 for the sudden neglect, but Mass Effect 3 is calling and I cannot wait!

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