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Best of 2012: #6 - Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U is #6 in our Best of 2012.

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Mass Effect 3 marked the final chapter in the sci-fi adventures of Commander Shepard. And boy, did it cause quite the kerfuffle. Fans were outraged by the ending. But, wasn't the outcry a testament to how involved fans became in this universe? Had BioWare not done so much right over the course of three games, the trilogy could have ended with a far worse fate: no one giving a damn.

Controversy aside, Mass Effect 3 provided one hell of a shooter-RPG experience. The drama reached new heights as the story took players to often-surprising places. The addition of online multiplayer proved not to be the scarlet letter fans had feared. Instead, Mass Effect 3's tight on-the-battlefield shooting and tactics made it possible for the mode to be as fun and addictive as it ended up being.

Fans will likely debate the ending for eons to come, especially whenever the next Mass Effect game is revealed. And when that day comes, fans will likely have their interest piqued--proving how successful BioWare's ambitious blend of shooting and cinematic, story-driven role-playing truly was.


The Shacknews Best of 2012 Awards were determined by ballot voting across the entire Shacknews staff. Andrew, Garnett, Jeff, John, Ryan, Steve, and Tyler voted for Mass Effect 3, earning it 295 points and the 6th place position on our list. Stay tuned all week as we reveal all our winners.

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    January 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Best of 2012: #6 - Mass Effect 3.

    Mass Effect 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U is #6 in our Best of 2012.

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      January 23, 2013 12:11 PM

      Mass Effect 3 better than Borderlands 2 AND FTL? What kind of meth gets passed around in the Shack offices?

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        January 23, 2013 12:15 PM

        i liked ME3 better than BL2. both are great games either way.

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          January 23, 2013 12:16 PM

          I don't know what it is about ME3, but I lost interest about halfway through and didn't finish it.

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          January 23, 2013 12:48 PM

          I agree. Really loved BL2 but ME3 was (on the whole) a much more memorable experience.

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        January 23, 2013 12:19 PM

        The blue stuff.

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      January 23, 2013 12:53 PM

      Dishonored better be #1, dammit!

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      January 23, 2013 2:00 PM

      Grabbed me3, thanks for the sale!

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        January 23, 2013 2:31 PM

        Played the first two games?

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          January 23, 2013 2:39 PM

          I'm very late, but I picked up 1 and 2 from the steam sale. I finished 1, and almost finished with 2. Loving the series so far. I was bummed when I found out 3 was origin only, but what can you do.

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            January 24, 2013 1:45 AM

            I wish I was playing at that point again. Really loved the second game (especially The Illusive Man), even though many think it's the least good one in the series. Enjoy! :)

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        January 23, 2013 3:13 PM

        Kinda bummed digital deluxe isn't on sale. Then again I don't even know if it's worth it.

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          January 23, 2013 3:33 PM

          Nah, they're all cosmetic things. I'm not a big fan of digital deluxe editions--I feel like the entire point of paying that kind of markup is to have physical items.

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            January 23, 2013 3:40 PM

            Digital Deluxe comes with From Ashes, which is damn important to the lore.

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      January 23, 2013 3:49 PM

      Ugh ME3 always goes on sale when I am broke. =/

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