Mass Effect 3 details emerge

We're getting some of our first details of Mass Effect 3, including some early plot details, the resurrection of certain RPG elements, and more.

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Besides a cinematic trailer and some groundwork laid in the recent Mass Effect 2 Arrival downloadable content, details for Mass Effect 3 have been sparse. Now we have a few more snippets of information, thanks to the latest issue of Game Informer (via GameFAQs). Minor spoilers follow.

Apparently the Reaper invasion of Earth seen in the trailer kicks off the action, as it interrupts Shepard's trial for his actions during the Arrival. Some familiar faces from both previous games will join the squad, including Liara, Garrus, and Ashley or Kaiden based on which survived in the original Mass Effect. Cerberus also plays a role, and the Illusive Man is none-too-happy with Shepard this time.

The third game in the series has learned a lesson from the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2, and will feature an interactive comic to let players make major decisions if starting from scratch. It's also said to bring back some of the more standard RPG elements, including mods for weapons, and more customization for equipping squad mates.

Check out the issue for more details, and we'll keep an eye out for other juicy tidbits as BioWare ramps up its marketing campaign for Mass Effect 3's holiday 2011 release.

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    April 8, 2011 4:00 PM

    Comment on Mass Effect 3 details emerge, by Steve Watts.

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      April 8, 2011 4:05 PM

      Eff yeah gun mods.

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        April 8, 2011 4:08 PM

        Interesting that we can use Ashley or Kaiden, however, on trial for Arrival? I did beat that DLC but I didn't know it was Canon.

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          April 8, 2011 4:12 PM

          Why would it not be cannon? That would make zer0 sense.

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            April 8, 2011 4:21 PM

            I thought I read somewhere that because it was DLC it wasn't - If the majority of players never get the DLC they would never know. Of course this DLC is pretty heavy if ME3 starts off with the trial, but players who never grabbed the DLC might not have any idea why he is on trial, u know?

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              April 8, 2011 4:23 PM

              If you never bought Mass Effect 2 you wouldn't know where to begin with the story either. With DLC out there now, we can all pretty much know that we might not get the "full" story simply by purchasing retail.

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              April 8, 2011 4:24 PM

              That's dumb That's why there's the comic. What about people who never bought either of the previous games? Should they make ME1 non-canon so PS3 users get the whole shabang?

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            April 8, 2011 4:29 PM

            most likely shit from shadow broker DLC will come into play as well

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              April 8, 2011 4:34 PM

              Don't get my wrong, I"m not saying it shouldn't be canon, I thought I read somewhere that it wasn't, which kind of surprised me that the beginning of 3 would start with his trial. Either way, I can not wait, it will simply the best game of the year for me. I can not get enough ME.

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      April 8, 2011 5:01 PM

      I loved ME2. It had depth, beauty, and a rushed, crappy ending. Well, 2/3 isn't bad!

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        April 8, 2011 5:31 PM

        terminator reaper dislikes this

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          April 8, 2011 5:40 PM

          It needed a single, manageable villain. Like the collector general. Not what actually happened at the end.

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            April 8, 2011 5:44 PM

            lol yeah the end boss was lol

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            April 8, 2011 5:55 PM

            Collector General sounds like a member of the Presidential Cabinet.

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          April 8, 2011 8:58 PM

          shadow broker boss was so much better than that shit

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      April 8, 2011 5:04 PM

      If Tali isn't a squad member I will be angry. It won't stop me from pre-ordering the game, but I will go all angry video game nerd on teh interwebz.

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        April 9, 2011 3:10 AM

        I'll be right there next to you!

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      April 8, 2011 5:08 PM

      Good. ME2 streamlined too many classic RPG elements and I really didn't like being barred from outfitting/customizing my party members. Glad to hear that a lot of ME1's cast returns and I look forward to seeing what all the ME2 characters are doing. It will be sad to see this series end though. I wonder what Bioware's next big project is. With ME3 almost done they've got to be well into development on it.

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      April 8, 2011 5:12 PM

      Who was it that was saying previous characters wouldn't be playable this time around?

      Also, I hope they include Tali as playable. One of my favorite characters of the series.

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        April 8, 2011 5:37 PM

        I'd be pretty annoyed if they go and don't use the team you basically spent the last game assembling.

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        April 8, 2011 5:48 PM

        I've always said that they wouldn't due to the amount of work required. But am glad they are bringing back the ME1 chars.

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          April 8, 2011 10:41 PM

          You're forgetting Garrus is here too. Same amount would be required for both! There is hope!

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        April 9, 2011 7:53 AM

        I dont think anyone has said this.

        But I've said in the past that, with anyone being able to die in ME2, I dont see how they can bring back your squad from ME2 for anything but cameos. I guess they know the stats on which characters survived the most from peoples playthroughs so could invest more time in those, but it is still a tricky thing.

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      April 8, 2011 5:23 PM

      Now give me an all inclusive DLC sale Bioware for the PC DLC ok? I haven't played ME2 since beating it at launch :(

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      April 8, 2011 5:27 PM

      that all sounds pretty rad.

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      April 8, 2011 5:43 PM

      Glad there is a comic this time.

      Really annoyed that Wrex was dead in the ME2 default background. I'd lost my ME save!

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      April 8, 2011 6:00 PM

      Im sure the storytelling will be great as usual - but can Bioware get gameplay right finally?

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        April 8, 2011 6:24 PM

        They're going to eliminate gameplay entirely from ME3 and just make it a 4 hour long visceral cinematic experience.

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          April 8, 2011 8:57 PM

          id enjoy a choose your own adventure style experience

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          April 9, 2011 2:49 AM

          Spoiled seafood + LSD is also a visceral cinematic experience.

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          April 9, 2011 4:19 AM

          Maybe the game will prompt you to hit a button to get another camera angle during the huge cinematic every now and then. I'm playing the first assassin's creed now and the game does that. To be honest, that shit is annoying. Just switch it to the new angle!

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        April 8, 2011 8:08 PM

        Pretty sure you have no clue what you're talking about. The gameplay in ME2 was excellent. Unless you were clowning around on Normal difficulty, the combat proved challenging with the three-layer enemies and the weapon and biotic combinations required to break through those layers.

        It was much better than ME1 and on par with the best third-person shooters.

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          April 8, 2011 11:26 PM

          off the top of my head:
          1) shit cover system
          2) invisible walls
          3) shit loot system
          4) unresponsive controls

          Yeah it was definitely better than 1, but still far from "excellent"

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            April 9, 2011 2:48 AM

            Don't forgot the AI that did almost nothing else than play whack a mole with you.

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              April 9, 2011 7:24 AM

              I actually really liked it, the kind of easy nature of the shooting let me appreciate just how fucking beautiful that game was. I remember towards the end being almost overwhelmed at the crazy amount of gunfire about the place, it's awesome!

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          April 9, 2011 9:31 AM

          I've actually *never* played on anything less than Insanity. Yes, even for first playthrough. I would agree that the difficulty definitely makes it more fulfilling.

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        April 8, 2011 8:31 PM

        wut? i loved the gameplay in me2

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        April 8, 2011 9:09 PM

        they did. in ME2.

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        April 8, 2011 9:18 PM

        Gameplay was fine in ME1. 2 was leaps and bounds better

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        April 9, 2011 2:11 AM

        Ya know, they came close with ME2. The game was just fun to play.

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        April 9, 2011 6:41 AM

        The ground combat was awesome. They just need to avoid the whole scanning planets kind of nonsense. I want cool space gameplay.

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      April 8, 2011 8:25 PM

      Just gimme MOAR!

      Such a great franchise. I'm happy to see gaming world coming to rescue trailing sci-fi genre.

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      April 8, 2011 9:15 PM

      Started replaying ME1 (for the third time) recently. Will work thought ME2 again. Then be ready for the sweetness of ME3!

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        April 9, 2011 2:45 AM

        Hey, just like me! I'll be doing this run of ME2 with both Arrival and Lair of the Shadow broker, though.

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      April 9, 2011 7:26 AM

      This news gave me an erection. I really missed the more RPG type elements from the first game. I just hope the game won't be short. It would be hard to zoom around the galaxy knowing Earth is getting rapped by a Reaper invasion.

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      April 9, 2011 8:27 AM

      I hope Bioware is paying attention and realizes that making Mass Effect into a game that can be slapped into a "shooter" sale by EA means they did something wrong.

      Then again, they'll probably quietly remove more features and call it "streamlined" (a la Dragon Age 2).

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      April 9, 2011 9:43 AM

      I am really hoping it isn't rushed like Dragon Age 2 was. You can just fell the EA "its good enough get it out the door!" influence, especially by ACT 3. I honestly think the repeating maps/enviroments was EA's influence, as no other Bioware game has ever been like that.

      EA has a long history of fucking up awesome game devs. I hope that Bioware isn't another EA casualty.

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      April 9, 2011 9:46 AM

      Mass Effect 3 is going to be amazing.

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      April 10, 2011 7:54 PM

      SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE !

      I am afraid to even begin reading the article. You should come up with a way to write your articles where you have a marked spoiler section, where you have a designated spoiler paragraph, and the rest is spoiler free. So we can read up on latest game sequel news, without the fear of accidentally reading something we can't un-read.

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      April 11, 2011 8:53 AM

      Hmm, it looks like we'll get everyone we've had on out teams this time around.

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      April 11, 2011 5:04 PM

      Nice still got my saves from both games. Just give my group of the most Bad ass team in the Galaxy let me make two other squads that i can give orders too and we can get to the job at hand.