I played Mass Effect 1 and 2 on the PS3, so downloading and playing the demo on the 360 meant I didn’t get to import my character, which I believe is one of the many cool and unique features found in the Mass Effect framework. The demo gives the player a chance to play two different solo missions – one on Earth as the Reapers begin their attack, and the second mission involves you joining forces with Wrex and two other team members to save a female Krogan from a Cerberus attack. If these two missions don’t make sense to you, please continue reading.
From a pure story-arc perspective, the Mass Effect series are excellent games. If you haven’t had a chance to play the first two, you are depriving your starving brain of one of the better interactive experiences when it comes to game play storytelling. For me, the action and fighting have always been a necessity in Mass Effect to get the rest of the story. I’m not going to say the fighting in Mass Effect is weak sauce or put in as an afterthought, however my main interest is finding out what happens to Shephard next. Pick them up as soon as you’re done reading this. Gamestop sells each game for under $20 and you can pick up used ones from Amazon even cheaper.
Back to the game: Mass Effect 3 offers some of the best shooting environments around, competing with the likes of Battlefield 3. The fighting is also the first thing I noticed as being most updated from the earlier games. The online action of Mass Effect 3 offers new-and-improved co-op missions, however this early in the preview I was only able to play a handful of co-op games while waiting for others to join.
Unlike the earlier releases, Mass Effect 3 will close the story line of Commander Shephard as he/she attempts to bring the Galaxy together one last time in the attempt to save Earth. I’m not sure why the rest of the Galaxy would want to save Earth from the Reavers; however it’s your job as Shephard to make sure you get all the help you can on your side. This means visiting places you were fighting against in previous games and making the right decisions in true Mass Effect style by selecting your dialog from the available choices given.
If the demo is a slight window into Mass Effect 3, the game of the year is hitting stores in March.