Mass Effect 3 review round-up

Mass Effect 3 wraps up a five-year long saga of glorious space opera, so there have understandably been some concerns about whether or not it properly serves fans that were around from the beginning. Marketing materials were generally offputting, featuring explosions in spades rather than the story-based moments for which Bioware fans thirst indefinitely. There’s no doubt that publisher EA has put a lot of stock in Mass Effect 3, so it’s bound to be one of the biggest games to hit this year either way.

So, what did critics think? Read on:

  • IGN (9.5/10) - All told, Mass Effect 3 is an absolutely amazing game, one that successfully puts a bow on the Mass Effect trilogy while still leaving us hungry for even more. It looks and plays great, but Mass Effect 3’s true strength lies in its ability to tell a deeply-woven story. Better yet, the sheer ambition shown by BioWare in announcing an intersecting trilogy complete with save importation becomes fully realized in Mass Effect 3. – Colin Moriarty, video review below
  • Vox Games (10/10) - As I approached the end, I felt melancholy, surrounded by characters that felt like friends that lived with the decisions I made, and the consequences of those decisions. BioWare promised to make choices matter with the Mass Effect series, and while the systems around those choices have gotten better and better, that main foundation has always been the primary draw. They built a world and a family out of decisions big and small, created a foundation to break my heart and pick it back up again, to make me care. – Arthur Gies
  • Gamespot (9.0/10) - Ostensibly, Mass Effect 3 is about saving the galaxy, but a galaxy is just a thing–an idea, an abstract, a meaningless collection of plutinos, planets, and pulsars. But the game is actually about saving people. And there’s a big difference there. Watching cities burn from orbit tugs at your heartstrings; watching a beloved companion die cuts to the bone. Whether you possess a storied history with the series or come with a clean slate, Mass Effect 3 expertly entangles you in its universe and inspires you to care about its future. – Kevin VanOrd, video review below
  • Game Informer (10/10) - For two full games, we heard about the Reapers. Mass Effect 3 shows us how great this threat is both to the inhabitants of this fictional universe and to the players who must face off against it. I guided Shepard across three massive games spanning over 100 hours, and feel BioWare has delivered one of the most intricately crafted stories in the history of the medium. After getting to know these characters so well, it’ll be hard to leave this universe behind, but it’s been one hell of a ride. – Andrew Reiner
  • Joystiq (4.5/5) - [...] The concluding catharsis of Mass Effect 3 won’t make it the obvious favorite for everyone. It’s the most refined and it’s one of BioWare’s best, but it trades in some of Mass Effect 2‘s mystery and unrepeatable brilliance for a big-bang finish. Rather than hurling yourself into the unknown, you’re saying goodbye to what you’ve come to love over the last four years. – Ludwig Kietzmann
It’s clear that Mass Effect 3 lives up to the hype that’s built up over the years, now all that’s left to do is actually play it. Check out IGN and Gamespot’s video reviews below, but beware of spoilers!

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  • Alex Martin

    I want to avoid coverage, because I think knowing too much spoiled ME2 for me. But it’s good to know there’s no major disaster that would persuade me to cancel my pre-order. Thanks, Jon.