Mass Effect 3’s reviews explode onto the web in glorious fashion

There are very few things worse in a consumer’s experience than to see a series they love sputter out at the end, leaving them a bitter, disappointed ex-fan. It turns out that in the case of Mass Effect followers, their fears can probably subside–well, except for these folks who just can’t be pleased. Mass Effect 3 reviews are shuttling their way onto the worldwide web, and they’re looking pretty darn good. As of this writing, Mass Effect 3 has an average Metacritic score of 93 (Xbox 360 version).

Here are a few excerpts from various outlets:

Eurogamer (100)

As with any game that dares to be ambitious, deconstruct Mass Effect 3 into its constituent parts and of course there are flaws, but taken as a whole this is arguably the first truly modern blockbuster, a game that transcends the genre boundaries of old and takes what it needs from across the gaming spectrum in order to finish its story in the most compelling, thrilling, heartbreaking way possible. Few gaming sagas come to a definitive close, but this one signs off in breathtaking style.

GameInformer (100)

For two full games, we heard about the Reapers. Mass Effect 3 shows us how great this threat is both to the inhabitants of this fictional universe and to the players who must face off against it. I guided Shepard across three massive games spanning over 100 hours, and feel BioWare has delivered one of the most intricately crafted stories in the history of the medium. After getting to know these characters so well, it’ll be hard to leave this universe behind, but it’s been one hell of a ride.

Destructoid (85)

When all is said and done, Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion of Shepard’s career and as fine a conclusion as they deserve. The story is more fast-paced than anything BioWare has done before and still feels like it’s affording the player as much time as they need to explore and discover. While some niggling issues do persist in terms of controls, the storyline is supremely satisfying right up to its climax, which contains one of the most interesting moral dilemmas found in videogames (from a standpoint of long-term implications).

Well done, BioWare. Mission accomplished.

Giant Bomb (4/5)

At the end of the day, Mass Effect 3 is a game for people who liked Mass Effect 2 so much that they absolutely need to see how it all ends. Despite claims to the contrary from the game’s publisher, I really don’t think newcomers will get much out of it at all. All it would take is getting to the new character creation screen and being forced to select between Numerous, Ashley, or Kaiden from a screen that asks you who died during your previous missions for a new player to realize they’re being asked questions they couldn’t possibly answer in an educated way. The value in this story is from seeing characters you adore dealing with a continuing situation. Even though it doesn’t come together quite as successfully as it did in the previous games, those of you with an attachment to the Mass Effect universe should still play it.

Sources: Eurogamer, Giant Bomb, GameInformer, Destructoid, VG247

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