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Mass Effect 3 and Epic Game Trilogies of Recent Memory: So Nice, They Had to Do It Thrice:

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WORDS BY KEVIN L. SANTOS


The reapers are coming.

And with their arrival signify the destruction of the galaxy as we know it. Millions of organic life are dying and suffering on a daily basis. As Commander Shepard, it’s up to you to fight back, make the right choices, rally the galaxy’s different civilizations, and end the massacre. Not just for the sake of humanity, mind, but for the sake of all the races of the galaxy.

As the final chapter of Bioware’s grand science-fiction RPG trilogy, Mass Effect 3 attracted an ungodly amount of hype leading to its release. After all, its predecessors Mass Effect 1 and 2 are highly regarded as two of the best games ever made. The pressure of having to create another game to remind fans why they fell in love with the franchise in the first place is hard, and game sequels and reboots fail (See: Duke Nukem Forever and in film, The Godfather 3).

That said, Mass Effect 3 is not horse manure — damn far from it. Bioware, the game's developer, was able to give Mass Effect fans a gaming boner with this amazing visual masterpiece. With amazing cinematic storytelling, this game will move you to tears, make you laugh, scream, fart, possibly at the same time. It can give you the chance to do it all over again.

Mass Effect 3 picks up where the second game left off. As in: It allows you to import your character from Mass Effect 2 (as well as your actions and decisions in the previous game). If you’re completely new to this epic trilogy, fret not. The game lets you create your own Shepard with a plethora of options with a character creation tool, as well as multiple choice questions on how you acted in the two previous games that will alter the course of this new chapter.

It is important to note, however, that without completely immersing yourself in the chaos and emotions of the previous games, Mass Effect 3 won’t be as a fulfilling experience as you would like it to be. Needless to say, playing the two previous games is highly recommended.

What makes the game so immersive is that it involves making hard choices for the greater good. Each decision, each action you take, affects the course of the entire story in an intense narrative.


The game is also full of white-knuckle adrenaline-charged action. Similar to the Gears of War series, the game employs cover-based run and gun action. Enemy AI here is smart and aggressive, so charging in guns blazing over and over again won’t give you a huge chance of survival. You have to utilize your character’s special abilities, learn how to dodge, and get the right gun to get the job done. Killing enemy scum is all about strategy. As a plus, you get to level up and spend points to improve your abilities as well as customize your guns, fine-tuning yourself into the ultimate galaxy-saving hero.

With awesome graphics, solid gameplay, and intensely epic storytelling, Mass Effect 3 is a fitting end to the franchise. This is one of those awesome games that suck you in to its magical universe, and games like this make you proud that you’re a gamer.

Speaking of awesome games, Mass Effect is not the only great trilogy around. So now we present the other epic gaming trilogies of recent memory worthy of your war-hardened sore thumbs in the gallery below.

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