It’s been a long time coming. Up until now everyone but you, me and Commander Shepard has denied the impending Reaper invasion. Soon, Mass Effect 3 will be released to the world, and you alone will decide the galaxy’s fate. All doom-saying aside though, Mass Effect 3 will be one hell of a ride to the end of a fantastic story. A warning to anyone who would rather not know anything about the game’s plot, this play through did contain a few spoilers! Read on at your own risk!
The demo begins with Shepard and Mordin Solus discussing the well being of a Krogan female. She’s being transported in a containment field, and you need to get her from point A to point B safely. Why is she so important? Apparently Mordin has found in this particular Krogan female, a possible cure to the genophage the Salarians introduced into the Krogan gene pool long ago. The genophage, making only 1 in every 1,000 Krogan females fertile was a crippling blow to the Krogan empire. Now, in the galaxy’s hour of need, it’s suddenly become a good idea to have more of that muscle around. It won’t be easy to transport her though. And what’s in your way? Well, no explanation is given, but the dialogue identifies your adversaries as Indoctrinated Cerberus Operatives. My heart sank when I heard this.
Moving on, the level progressed nicely with smart A.I., a fluid cover system, and the addition of a new melee omnitool. The sights and sounds of the immersing levels were spot on, and did justice to the franchise. The control scheme isÂ basicallyÂ the same as ME2, so I had no trouble picking up and playing.
At the very end of the level, my team and I were ambushed by a giant mech suit with a Cerberus Operative inside. The mech, called Atlas, was heavily armored and shielded, and there was no way of getting past it without team work. I actually had to rely on my teammates and their abilities heavily in order to bring the demo to a successful conclusion, as opposed to firing like an idiot, and taking it down myself.
I was definitely pleased with the experience this demo presented to me. It had all of the aspects of the the first two games intact, and still managed to pull off a fresh new feeling, so even if you haven’t played the first two, thisÂ installationÂ will still be a fun and exciting experience. The conclusion of this story will definitely be bitter-sweet. I’m all about story and am drooling to find out how the story ends. By the same token, I know once I finish, all I have left is another play through, and no more main story. Bitter-sweet or not, this is definitely shaping up to be Shepard’s, and Mass Effect’s finest hour.