Mass Effect 3 screenshots splash down

The first pair of Mass Effect 3 screenshots have been set free to roam the Cybernet as they please, giving a fair look at the kind of pretty pictures we can expect from the final chapter of BioWare's sci-fi RPG trilogy.


The screenshots show some boring-looking bloke we can only presume is an acquaintance of Jane Shepard duking it out with--and this is a story spoiler you might not guess by looking at the pictures, so if you don't want to read spoilers, stop reading now--Cerberus forces on the Salarian homeworld.

They were previously exclusive to Game Informer, the magazine whose latest issue let slip a few tasty ME3 details.

Mass Effect 3 is scheduled to launch for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the 2011 holiday season, published by EA.

Internet, you may now obsess over these screenshots, insisting they prove beyond all shadow of a doubt that Mass Effect has been 'consolised' and ruined, that only DirectX 6 is used, that Sovereign was actually The Illusive Man all along, or perhaps that there will be 96 pieces of downloadable content costing $27.13 apiece. Alternatively, you can choose to be civilised and simply doff your cap or curtsy to BioWare and say "Good show, chaps."