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Mass Effect 3: Story, Gameplay, Future Of The Series

If you loved Mass Effect 2, it's a guarantee that you'll own the third entry in BioWare's award-winning franchise. Right?

Details and information continue to surface, and the latest batch comes courtesy of a Spanish gaming publication and a translation in the NeoGAF forums: as you can see, there are a lot of highlights concerning the story, gameplay, and even the future of the series. I like the new skills for Shepard- rolling and jumping are new, and the "Heavy Melee" class will utilize these new action-oriented capabilities. Then there will be customizable weapons and larger scenarios and environments (provided the translation is accurate), and the possibility of space battles...which some RPG fans may not like.

The Earth locations also offer a fresh change of pace from the standard sci-fi setting (even though we're still very much in the future, of course). We'll visit New York and London, and yeah, we'll take trips to Mars and other moons and planets, too. The introduction of "dynamic damage" also sounds intriguing, as we'll have to nail certain Cerberus enemies in a weak spot to take them down. We'll even be able to remove the limbs of other enemies (ala Dead Space style?) and as far as the future of ME is concerned... BioWare was asked about this, as ME3 is the end of the trilogy, and their response - again, forgive the translation - is as follows:

"With Mass Effect 3 closes the history of Shepard, but the universe that we created is still there, with many possible stories to tell. I see many possibilities in the future from an MMO to a degree of action in first person or even why not a platformer. It all depends on what players we ask in the future."

Well, what will you ask for? These guys know what they're doing, but if an MMO happens, I'm out. What do the hardcore Mass Effect fans really want to see? Perhaps the start of a new trilogy with a new hero and similar gameplay...that might work out nicely.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: me3, mass effect 3, bioware, mass effect 3 details

4/20/2011 10:30:28 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 11:02:27 AM
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"action in first person" -> Oh for the love of all good, don't turn ME into a first person action game!

They could not possibly do that... Could they?

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:17:00 PM

Of course they could. just look at ME2 losing most of the RPG elements of the 1st game.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 8:43:22 PM

I think the more action oriented stuff is geared towards the "heavy melee class" like it was stated in the article.
If anything, this will broaden the accessibility of the game to those who want more fast action and less tactical planning.
MGS4 adopted a similar design.
I think it can work.

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 11:15:25 AM
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Please Bioware learn from others mistakes. Stick with what works giving little upgrades here and there.

Please do not turn Mass Effect into a generic action shooter. People like Mass Effect, no need to get crazy and make it a new genre.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:18:27 PM
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I refuse to give this series my attention until they give us ME1, I find it absolutely asburd that I'm expected to start a series from the middle.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:34:28 PM

If they could, they would...!
This is the harsh reality of exclusivity and what follows.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 12:36:38 PM

I understand that Microsoft were being stubbon, but I don't want the left overs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:05:47 PM

That's a bit harsh, I played through 2 just fine with the brief comic and didn't feel like I was missing anything. Great games are great games, would you tell someone not to play MGS4 who couldn't play the others?

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:27:06 PM

I would definatly not let someone play MGS4 without playing the rest of the series. They would be missing out on so much. Chapter 4 of MGS4 would mean nothing to thoughs who had never played MGS1.

As for ME, A gimmicky comic is not satisfactory. They think they can cover up such a loss with a modern craze, no way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 5:15:23 PM

That's an extreme stance.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:07:54 PM
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That all sounds fantastic and I'm defo gettin ME3. I found that even though it is at its core an RPG, the action mechanic was stilted in its abilities. So these augmented action abilities are not at all outside the scope of the series, they should be a nice complement. That is in stark contrast to the jump to action that Dragon Age II made, THAT was unnecessary.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:16:07 PM
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Ultimadream,

Blame M$ that BioWare's hands are tied on ME1.

M$ owns ME1, but BioWare "STILL" tried to give us the ME1 story the best way they could.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 1:31:01 PM

Its not the case though, I also angry on our end two for just accepting ME from 2 and onwards. I t should have been all or nothing.

Kindgom Hearts is a puire example of a multi-platform disaster. I loved the 1st game, then on GBA they released Chain of Memories. I went into KH2 without the knowledge from CoM and itr ruined the experience. Not only that afterwards they also put a KH game on the DS and PSP. there is no way i am buying a DS just to follow the story and due to that i have given up on the series which is a shame because I really enjoyed it.

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BIGRED15
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 2:06:37 PM
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they said in gameinformer that they intend to revert back to the rpg elements that people liked. Ive never played these, but it sounds pretty in depth so...

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 7:00:01 PM
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They've said that the reason they're introducing these action elements into the game is because they want to be able to compete with other TPS's, and not get left in the dust with old gameplay mechanics.

That said, they've also said they're introducing more RPG elements into the game, so I think we'll be seeing a really good hybrid of both genres. Provided they do it right, of course, but I have faith in Bioware.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 8:47:23 PM
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I think the ME universe has enough detail and breadth to create a compelling MMO game.
I'm not into MMO's so I wouldn't be on board if it were to happen.

I saw the Game Informer shot from another site.
Judging from the lone photo, what is there looks solid, but technologically, the graphics seemingly have hit a brick wall. The screen could just as well have been ME2.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:37:27 PM
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I tell ya, I'm not usually an MMO guy--in fact, I played one back in the day for a month and have never returned to the genre. However, if BioWare makes a Mass Effect MMO, I will be one of the first subscribers, playing a Geth. Those whiny Quarians will finally get what they deserve!!!

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Shiva369
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 1:27:32 AM
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Having played both ME1 and 2 (ME1 was what finally made me get a 360...just had to play it) I'm guessing BioWare have noted the fans' complaints of the loss of some of the RPG elements of the first game. Fine by me. The enhanced movement and melee features are great news too...imagine, being able to jump...

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___________
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 3:42:30 AM
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sooooooooooooooooooo cant wait for this!
still a little disappointed on the stupid far fetched cerbrus going after sheppard plot, but i guess it will do.
just seems so stupid, i mean cerbrus are for humans, they want the best for humans.
killing sheppard would be the WORST thing for humans!
then theres reaper debacle, without sheppard the whole universe is up sh*t creek without a paddle!
good old blues brothers!

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KidCallaway123
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 11:24:01 AM
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PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THE format of the game the SAME!!!!!

I Absolutely can't wait for ME3!

Change the hero from Shepard to another character that is ok but PLEASE DO NOT turn this great franchise into an MMO or FPS or ANY other variation of the game...

It is FANTASTIC as is!!!

I have NEVER played through ANY game as many times as I have ME2 (already 4 times to completion)... I have my next version of Shepard ready to start again. It will probably keep my busy until ME3 comes out or maybe I can get sidetracked with Infamous2 for a while...

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Lenoxseer
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 3:32:06 PM

ditto my friend, ditto.

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Lenoxseer
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 3:31:28 PM
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I agree with you Ben. I think making a Mass Effect MMO is a horrible idea. Don't get me wrong, I like some MMOs, but it would just negate and ruin the past experience I had with the series on consoles. If this happens it would be a repeat of the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy games are still great, but I just don't have the same feel for them as I did before. FFXI kind of tainted it in my book.

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