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Gamescom 2011: Mass Effect 3



If you’ve never played one of the Mass Effect games, then you’ve either
been living under a rock for the past three years or your 360 has been sitting
in the garage gathering dust.  The final
part in Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy
is arguably one of the most-anticipated games to be released on the 360, and is
currently scheduled for release on March 6th next year.  Gamescom in Cologne, yesterday, saw a few
more pieces of information about the game released to the press; six new screenshots
and a trailer which highlights the refinements that Bioware have made to the Mass Effect 2 template.
  



The screenshots give us a couple of
interesting hints to the twists and turns of Mass Effect 3’s story; they show Shepard facing off not only against
what looks like a slightly-revamped Geth Juggernaut (as we might expect from
the videos of Reaper ships attacking Earth that have already been released) but
also against Cerberus troopers and a new mech enemy (similar to the Ymir mech
from Mass Effect 2) which is piloted
by a single Cerberus soldier.  This
suggests that Shepard and his team will be forced to fight against both the
Reapers and Cerberus, emphasising your role as the ‘last saviour of
humanity’.  Another image also shows off
a new feature which Bioware has been pushing; Shepard’s ability to use his
omni-tool as a kind of ‘flaming sword’ melee weapon.



We’re given a glimpse at a typical combat
scene in the trailer, which is action-packed and full of quick cuts; from what
we can see, it looks as though the pace of combat has been upped since ME2, with Shepard and his team snapping
in and out of cover even more quickly and skill combinations flowing together
smoothly.  While this could disappoint
those who enjoyed the somewhat more sedate pace of the first Mass Effect, it certainly looks as
though the exciting combat of ME2 will
remain in place.  In addition, the
trailer shows off the aforementioned ‘flaming sword’ omni-tool in action; it
looks like a cool feature, and more sensible (and realistic) than ME2’s Shepard angrily elbowing enemies
with very little effect.  The end of the
trailer also shows off the return of grenades, missing since ME1; they look more powerful than in the
original game, and will surely add a new strategic dimension to each combat
encounter.




If you’ve never played one of the Mass Effect games, then you’ve either
been living under a rock for the past three years or your 360 has been sitting
in the garage gathering dust.  The final
part in Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy
is arguably one of the most-anticipated games to be released on the 360, and is
currently scheduled for release on March 6th next year.  Gamescom in Cologne, yesterday, saw a few
more pieces of information about the game released to the press; six new screenshots
and a trailer which highlights the refinements that Bioware have made to the Mass Effect 2 template.

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