The ultimate space opera video game returns for its final chapter in this action/adventure RPG, but does it provide a happy ending for old and new fans of the series?
Mass Effect 3’s presentation seems to shine from the very beginning, taking many of the elements that made the first two games a success and removing those tedious portions that managed to plague the previous games. The addition of multiplayer is a nice touch, but much like the Kinect functions of the Xbox 360 version, it is not needed.
Taking back Earth is the ultimate goal of the game, but at what cost?
The most frustrating aspect of the closing of this trilogy is the game’s final moments. The final battle quickly becomes aggravating as it mostly consists of fighting waves and waves of enemies that you’ve already met with no new challenges presented. To make things worse, the battle stage is on a dimly lit and poorly structured London cityscape that makes finding cover and bearings a chore. While the main point of the game is to align the galaxy together to take back Earth, the fruits of your labor are never really apparent on the last battlefield. The final nail in the coffin is the three endings that are presented to the player, while these endings may satisfy first time players to Mass Effect series; those who have spent 100 + hours building and shaping the galaxy in the previous games will most likely feel betrayed.