Excerpt: Here we are then, at the real end of the Mass Effect saga. Appropriately, Citadel isn't about saving the galaxy, but about saying goodbye – goodbye to Commander Shepard, to the Normandy, and to Mass Effect as we know it. It doesn't change anything about how the trilogy ended, or make any fresh apologies for it. Nor does it offer hints on its future or change the present.
Excerpt: After the Omega DLC for Mass Effect 3 , I really thought that'd be the end of post-release support for BioWare's RPG. The new Montreal team had put a key first effort into taking over the reins of the Mass Effect franchise - this team will be making the next Mass Effect game, after all - and while it wasn't entirely a successful effort in my opinion, Omega was decent.
Summary: And then—all the way on the other side of the figurative room—there’s Shepard’s face, which quietly tallies the toll of a truly atrocious war. No, Mass Effect 3 isn't perfect. Yes, it occasionally steps on its own toes in terms of both game mechanics and writing. But honestly, as far as long, tearful goodbyes go, it doesn't get much better than Mass Effect 3.
Pros: A fitting conclusion to one of gaming’s finest trilogies; improved combat and character progression; surprisingly solid multiplayer.
Cons: Fetch quests occasionally get in the way of storytelling; sometimes-frustrating squad controls; multiplayer lacks longevity, variety.
Conclusion: It is hard to properly convey how important of a game Mass Effect 3 is. Last year was what I called the "season of 3s" with Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Saints Row: The Third, and Battlefield 3 all coming out within 2 months. Yet none of those games have the same fandom that Mass Effect has. Mass Effect 3 is the finale of the trilogy, and due to that fandom the series has created, it has created a controversy in gaming that could have ramifications beyond its release.
Excerpt: It's tough to write an ending, and Bioware was never one for goodbyes. In 2007, five years ago, the first Mass Effect was released; I was nineteen years old and struggling with finding meaning in my life. I was running out of excuses for games, because they were starting to seem hollow and pointless. Critically, three games were released within a week of one another that challenged that perception: the first Mass Effect was one of these.
Excerpt: If you have not played the other two Mass Effect games, it would be difficult to recommend starting here. I highly recommend going to play them both first, or if the PlayStation 3 version is your only option, just Mass Effect 2 with its interactive comic would work. Whatever you do, do not play Mass Effect 3 without having experienced the others.
Summary: As polarizing as the last ten minutes may be, the fact that the discussion exists is indicative of the impact this game has on the franchise, the players, and the gaming world. Mass Effect 3 is a triumph.
Pros: Excellent, emotional narrative, Masterful soundtrack, including some old favorites