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Mass Effect 3 Details Emerge

BioWare has been letting a lot of details about the final part of the Mass Effect trilogy hit the internet via the fine Game Informer folks.  As a Mass Effect fanboy I am very excited to see how everything is shaping up for the final game.

If you haven’t played the Mass Effect 2 DLC Arrival you might want to skim this article.  I’m going to talk about the story from Arrival and it might spoil you.  Like many of us thought, Arrival is basically the bridge between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Here is what we have learned so far about Mass Effect 3.  I’m just going to list things out and then delve into detail on a few.

  • The game begins on Earth.  Shepard is  on trial following the events of the Arrival DLC for Mass Effect 2 where he was responsible for the death of many Batarians.   The Reapers will launch their assault on the planet during the trial, leading Shepard to flee to the Normandy.  From that point Shepard will look to gather new allies to combat the Reapers.
  • There are a variety of teammates returning as members of Shepard’s team.  This includes
    • Garrus Vakarian (Assuming he didn’t die in ME2)
    • Liara T’Soni
    • Ashley Williams or Kaiden Alenko (This is dependant on your choice on Virmire in ME 1)
    • James Sanders (the character shown in the teaser trailer I assume)
  • Some of your old teammates will be showing up, but not as playable characters.  This also assumes that they were not killed in the suicide mission that ended ME2  Confirmed so far are:
    • Mordin Solus
    • Legion
    • Urdnot Wrex (assuming he was not killed in ME1)
    • Admiral/Councillor Anderson
  • The Reapers are attacking many different planets throughout the galaxy.  As such Shepard will fight Husks created from a variety of species.
  • Shepard will have to fight against the Illusive Man and Cerberus.  Depending on your ending in ME2 this could greatly change how much Cerberus attempts to derail Shepard.  Cerberus will make use of a variety of mechs, assault units, and ‘ninja-style shock troops.’
  • A variety of new locations are being considered for Shepard to explore.  Some possibilities are New York, London, the Salarian homeworld, Mars, and a Quarian moon.
  • Combat will be changed to allow for dynamic damage.  This means if I shoot a mech in the arm I can blow its arm off and presumably disarm it.  This could be a very interesting dynamic for classes that make use of melee attacks.  Disable and then beat the crap out of enemies.
  • The planetary scanning for ore is being overhauled.  I know I’m not alone when I say thank goodness for that.  The scanning was tedious in ME 2.
  • The RPG elements of the game have been expanded.  It won’t be as in-depth as ME 1 but not nearly as bare-bones as seen in ME2.  It’s best to think of the RPG elements hitting a middle ground between the first two games.  In ME3 skill trees will be larger, and powers will evolve several times instead of just once.
  • The weapon system is undergoing an overhaul as well.  Much like in ME1 weapons will be customizable again.  The changes are cosmetic but will affect the behavior of the weapon.
  • Shepard will be more maneuverable now.  New abilities include rolling, jumping, and diving into cover.
  • Classes will now be able to wield all weapon types.  The only class that can carry them all at once will be the Soldier class.
  • There is a new class that will be available in ME 3.  This is the Heavy Melee class.  It will include a variety of kicks and punches and what had been deemed a ‘SWAT move.’
  • In typical Mass Effect fashion, the game will have numerous endings, some good, some bad, and who you have in your squad and which allies you recruit can have a dramatic effect on which endings are available. Sounds like there could be a lot of different endings to try to get. Thank goodness for YouTube where I can view all the endings once they are uploaded by gamers with far more time than me!
  • If you’re new to the game and want to start playing at Mass Effect 3 there will be a motion comic that allows you to see the plot so far and make decisions that will affect the outcome of the game.
  • BioWare has also squashed all rumors that ME 3 will contain multiplayer components.  It won’t happen with this game but they are exploring it for future projects.

As you can see there’s a lot of news and updates about the game.  It’s almost too much to digest.  One thing is certain, with BioWare at the helm it will be awesome.  I still have a few questions though.  Where is the rest of the team from ME 2?  We spent a whole game recruiting them and there is little to no news about them.  I really do hope to see some of the old crew come back.  I do hope Miranda is back since her combo of overload and warp was incredibly useful on my squad.

BioWare has made it their trademark to combine great storytelling with fantastic gameplay and I have no reason to think this won’t continue with Mass Effect 3.  We only have to wait until the end of the year (I hope) for this game.  Keep your fingers crossed that there are no delays!

Via: Joystiq and Game Informer

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3 responses to “Mass Effect 3 Details Emerge

  1. Pingback: More Details on Mass Effect 3 « Nerds of the Round Table

  2. NJG June 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Well. I sincerely hope anyone available at any time during ME/ME2 as a love interest will be making a return in some capacity- Tali, for example.

    • Chris June 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

      Some of the articles I’ve read online state that if you were unfaithful to your ME1 love interest it will cause a love triangle in the third game where Shepard will have to choose. Its Bioware, I’m sure they have a plan.

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