A noob's review: Mass Effect 3 demo

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I love Mass Effect. 

And by love, I don't mean the kind of silly love one has for family and friends ^pfft^.

I mean that deep, eternal, unyielding love. Like my love for cheesecake and Invader Zim.

I love Mass Effect so much, that when I played Mass Effect 2 (the first in the series I'd tried), I went back and got Mass Effect 1 so that I could play Mass Effect 2 again and carry my saved character through all three. The last thing I was this dedicated to was getting out of my mother's womb. 

Of course, I'm  not blind to the game's faults. Going back to the first  Mass Effect made me realise how much more inefficient the key bindings were and how Mass Effect 2's fighting was somehow far less challenging. 

I sceptically waited for the demo, wondering if they'd further dumb down the combat. But when I launched the demo, all I could think was "nerdgasm".

One can't miss the improvements on the graphics. They're sleeker, there's more texture and light reflection has really been enhanced. Even the characters seem to move with more grace. 

However this doesn't only apply to cutscenes. No, no, no  - all this amazingness has been transferred to the battlefield. Before, terrain boundaries made you feel safe when running on a map. But the updates in gameplay have made the Mass Effect world so much more realistic. I find myself slowly walking across a beam instead of sprinting haphazardly knowing that I'm safe. 

Your player also has a whole new range of movement - you can jump across gaps, jump off of objects, climb up ladders and do rolls in combat which make you feel like a ninja. However, these advances in movement also apply to you enemies - they no longer stand in one place taking your bullets like a docile target dummy. They roll, they throw grenades, they present new challenges in combat. 

There are other bigger changes to the game - you can choose different modes: one which focuses on combat, the traditional RPG mode, and one which focuses more on the story. Creating your character is also different - new features are available in each category and some of the old features have been discarded (I miss my old Shepard's hairstyle). 

One major advance in the game is how much more adrenaline-pumping action there is. The tutorial stage is no longer you running around following instructions with no enemies - there's flying debris, intense falls and, oh yes, that mother of an alien ship incinerating everything around you. Everything has become more intense. Cutscenes are cinematic - with music and drama and all that other stuff game developers often don't focus on (like that brief suggestive look between me and Major Alenko ;)) 

New powers have been introduced, which adds new excitement and freshness to your character development. But for those who feel nostalgic for the first two games will be happy to see the inclusion of characters and crew members from both games. 

The demo thoroughly rocked my socks off. So much so that I've pre-ordered the Mass Effect 3: N7 Collector's Edition. And I'm stingy with my money. That's just how good the game is...

However I can't speak for everyone. To those who are familiar with the series, what are your thoughts?

Liked this? See my review of the full game here.

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NetizenSA
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NetizenSA Monday, 20 February 2012

Awesome Game

The Mass Effect series are awesome! This 3rd installment is definitely going to rock, my friends and I are super amped for it. The only problem is there are so many great games being released this year.

For example there's Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2 and Starcraft II : Heart of the Swarm. Which all look AMAZING. I don't know how I'm going to have any time for real life :P.

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riiaan Monday, 20 February 2012

mass effect

I have not played mass effect, but maybe i should give it a try.
i have only heard good things about this game.

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NinTniN Thursday, 23 February 2012

Invader Zim

Off the topic, but hey, Invader Zim just rocks!

Megg_Ellis
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Megg_Ellis Thursday, 23 February 2012

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@NetizenSA Guild Wars 2 came out last night, looks pretty cool. I'm still trying to finish Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 though before Mass Effect 3 comes out :P
@riiaan Doooooo it :P

@NinTniN Yes, yes, it does

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Megg_Ellis Thursday, 23 February 2012

Oops

Must amend this comment, meant Guild Wars 2 beta sign-up opened last night

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NetizenSA Thursday, 23 February 2012

GW2

Ye saw that, myself and my lady were like zomg sign up right now :p.

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Megg_Ellis Friday, 24 February 2012

GW2

My boyfriend was running around like a madman

redsaid
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redsaid Thursday, 23 February 2012

Love this post!

Unless you count marathon sessions of spider solitaire as hardcore gaming (or even slight gaming), I'm not a gamer. (Or does it qualify? Really not?? Not even if you only play four suit????) But I love your passion and your writing style so much, that I actually read your entire blog post! Favourite line: "The last thing I was this dedicated to was getting out of my mother's womb." :D

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Megg_Ellis Thursday, 23 February 2012

:)

Glad I can at least entertain you redsaid :)

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redsaid Friday, 24 February 2012

Always!

Yup, you always do! It's the mark of a truly great writer: the ability to keep people engaged, even if the piece is about a topic they normally would not find interesting/appealing. Where can I get me some of that skill????

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Megg_Ellis Friday, 24 February 2012

lol

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AlcorZA Thursday, 08 March 2012

Awesome post! Awesome game!

Loved your post! The series is simply epic! Now I have to go ask for my Xbox 360 back from a mate so I can get ready to play again!

How were you playing the game? PC, Xbox 360 or PS3? I've heard some pretty impressive stuff about the Kinect interaction on the Xbox, I'm keen to check that out!

My brother is also getting the Collectors Edition... I think he's about to tear out of his flesh with excitement. Going to collect it tomorrow evening and then I won't see him for a while :-)

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