Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 Features for Xbox 360

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Before we knew it, December was upon us and all the games had arrived in stores in time for everyone to buy them as presents. We've got the reveal of our Game of the Year coming after Christmas, but for 24 days starting December 1 we'll bring you a new contender for the title. Please note that these games are in no particular order, but feel free to speculate on where they might appear in our final list.

Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor

Mass Effect 3 is one of the best games that everybody in the world simultaneously decided they hated about two weeks after launch. Heck, it was flipping brilliant. I cried. Twice. Admittedly I almost cried a third time when I saw how disappointing the ending was, but even a rubbish ending shouldn't have been able to undermine some of Mass Effect 3's most glorious moments the way that it did. The Tuchanka level was simply sublime; if this was a list of best gaming moments of the year, it would easily be my number one.

BioWare got so close, they really did. I worry people let things like the wonky DLC and crappy ending make them forget how good Mass Effect 3 actually is, but then I understand why it can be so disappointing - the whole trilogy deserved a fantastic swansong that it didn't quite get, and I think BioWare could have done it. They should have done it. Yet Mass Effect 3 is still a triumphant game, and one I very much enjoyed.

David Scammell, Deputy News Editor

To give you some background as to how we whittle down our GOTY shortlist, every one of us individually votes for our top ten games of the year in secret, with points allocated to each one based upon where we rank them. From that, a shortlist is deducted, and within that - if we're all in agreement - we move things around slightly within the final top ten. Anyway, after all that's done, we each go away and write our own little paragraph, short story or synopsis on why we liked (or occasionally disliked) each game in question. So, tl;dr, I haven't got a clue what everybody else has written about Mass Effect 3 elsewhere on this page, but I can almost guarantee that the words 'The Ending' have been uttered at least half a dozen times.

So yes, The Ending. At the risk of annoying forum-goers the world over, I didn't actually think it was that bad. Disappointing, yes, but bad? I'm not so sure. If you've already made your mind up about it, I'm not going to try and convince you otherwise. But what I will say is this: while the significance of The Ending certainly shouldn't be downplayed, I felt that the controversy surrounding the last 20 minutes of play unfairly deflected attention away from the game's previous, stunning 20+ hours.

BioWare really mastered its craft with ME3, I felt, honing the series' gunplay to rival an out-an-out shooter, triumphantly executing its goal of creating an approachable, yet soulful action-RPG, and elegantly handling a powerful tale of love, honour, and loss. It's just a shame, I fear, that one of gaming's greatest masterpieces is fated to become overlooked for a bum final note.

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rbevanx's Avatar


I'm actually glad this game featured as it was good but just had a terrible ending.
The MP was it's highlight though, which still amazes me now!
Posted 20:42 on 24 December 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar


My partner and I both disliked the fact that she - as a non-multiplayer gamer - did not apparently quite complete every single side objective/mission needed to unlock the third 'green' ending option (despite thinking she had), which was arguably the best (in our opinions). That spoiled all the work she'd put in, retrospectively, and soured her experience.

That is my biggest issue with ME3. It didn't seem as grand or as large as the adventure in ME2... which was my second... but it wasn't dire by means.
Posted 17:52 on 24 December 2012
dazzadavie's Avatar


Until ME3 id never played a ME game. Now im a lover of them all and ME3 was *****ing great, I loved every moment and cried too.

The ending while a bit off should never of distracted from a great great game.
Posted 15:45 on 24 December 2012
reynoldio's Avatar


Tuchanka! I cried too. Managed to keep everyone happy on Rannoch, somehow, too, otherwise I'm pretty sure there might have been more tears there.

Blummin' great game, truly one of the best ever, let alone this year. I played it for over 60 hours, so I'm supposed to be disappointed bya 2 minute cutscene? Shut your holes, moaners, I LOVE IT!
Posted 15:33 on 24 December 2012

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Technical Specs
Release Date: 06/03/2012
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 477 273
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