Earth is under attack by a monstrous race of gigantic living ships known as the Reapers. Even if Commander Shepard could unite all surviving species in the universe, only a miracle can help. Then again, Shepard did come back from the dead.



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Commander Shepard - Female / Mysterious Figure - Female (voice)
Commander Shepard - Male / Mysterious Figure - Male (voice)
Kaidan Alenko (voice)
Diana Allers (voice)
EDI (voice)
Urdnot Grunt (voice)
Illusive Man (voice)
Jack (voice)
Kym Hoy ...
Kasumi Goto (voice)
Thane Krios (voice)


Earth is under attack by a monstrous race of gigantic living ships known as the Reapers. Even if Commander Shepard could unite all surviving species in the universe, only a miracle can help. Then again, Shepard did come back from the dead.

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The voice of the Catalyst at the end of the game is actually a combination of three voices: The boy that Shepard encounters in the first mission of the game, and the voices of the male and female Shepard, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale. See more »


It's stated in Mass Effect 1, as a major story of the Mass Effect 1 game, that the Citadel is a giant mass relay used by the Reapers as an entry point to the galaxy and that the Keepers of the Citadel are altered by the Protheans so they ignore the Reapers control signals, making their return impossible. However by the end of Mass Effect 3 the player learns that the Catalyst, who controls the Reapers and also the Keepers (who at this point in game are serving the Catalyst in processing the human bodies) is housed on the Citadel itself. That revelation makes the existence of Mass Effect 1 plot useless. See more »


Dr. Liara T'Soni: I've written over a dozen studies on your species. I've published in several journals...
Javik: Amusing. Asari have finally mastered writing.
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Best game in the series but not without its flaws. 82.5%
28 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Platform: PS3

Genre: Role playing sci-fi 3rd person shooter

Setting: The Milky Way Galaxy in the future

Story: The concluding chapter in the story of your Commander Shepard (whether you made them male or female) and their fight to defeat the Reapers, a force bent on destroying all life in the galaxy.

Graphics: The best in the series. The textures on the clothes, especially, are approaching photographic realism (whereas the previous game had a more fantasy/sci-fi art look to it) but the custom face I built for my female Shepard looked more cartoony in comparison to the other characters.

Audio: Haven't mentioned this aspect in my previous reviews, but as far as voice acting goes, I enjoyed it...many times I laughed at the jokes in the game or was moved by some scenes when I replayed various sections of the game looking to see what happened if I chose different options. To audio proper, some parts of the score brought to mind the work of Saul Bass, perhaps in Hitchcock films like Suspicion or Psycho...e.g. the parts with the violin (which both the game and the movies have).

Romance in the game:

Having chosen to let Kaidan die on Virmire rather than consummate a relationship with my female Shepard (because I found Kaidan so dull), I did finally consummate a relationship for the first time in both the times that I played Mass Effect 3...once with a male human character and another with the feminine alien Asari character. So...numerous options on that front...but I really would recommend starting this franchise from the beginning, not jumping into it from the middle or end.


My first playthrough was on Normal on this and I got through it alright, although some of the DLC missions had extremely tough sections to get past...Insanity level. Speaking of which, this is the first game in the series where I played on the hardest difficulty level. Made it all the way to the beam section on Earth on Insanity, but I couldn't get past it. This is my worst experience in a game and I feel cheated by how the gameplay plays out in this section. It's frustrating and was a profoundly negative experience for me. This is also the first game in the series not to have any small spacecraft for you to's all done for you in cutscenes.

Good about the game:

* I like how the game wraps everything up (this is without the Extended Cut DLC) but I haven't had a chance to compare it to the Extended Cut version.

* Also good was how some of the conversations played out. E.g. on the Omega DLC Shepard reminded Harrot of how he knew her, cf. earlier games where Shepard was always having to be reminded of how they knew people (or at least, I was! I played Mass Effect 2 first, when the official line was that the first game in the series would never be released on PS3...which it later was). This kind of character knowledge (as opposed to the gamer's knowledge) should be the default in games, I think...whether for conversation options or assumed knowledge for weapons and tactics etc...i.e. for the latter, games should clue you in as to what the right thing to do is, re weapon selection etc.

* Okay, that example was for DLC...although I never saved some outcomes, there are some really poignant/tragic scenes which may happen in your game if you don't have the requisite amount of conversational options, as per the previous games...Tali's is particularly affecting. Basically, playing the "paragon" version of Shepard, I was emotionally invested in the characters and the story. I wish your crew's reaction to Mordin's fate was not as superficial, verging on indifference.

Bad about the game:

* The cover system can be very annoying...e.g. if I was under heavy fire in cover and wanted to get away...I seemed to get into cover nearby and not just free run away like I wanted to.

* The side missions can be broken if you don't do things in the "right" sequence...and there is no way to know beforehand what that "right" sequence is...which brings me back to my earlier point about what the default should be re character knowledge vs the gamer's knowledge. The photo quest was broken for me for some silly reason, which sucked...I didn't have that problem on my second playthrough though.

* The load times. The game REALLY needs a "QUICK load" feature to go with the handy "Quick save" feature.

* The load times when you want to replay a conversation to see different outcomes.

Intolerable about the game:

* The way that the game cripples Shepard in that section at the beam on Earth.

* The intolerable load times. Let's not forget the intolerable lack of save spots which forces you to replay over an hour of content up to a bit you might want to handle by itself. The beam section could have done with an opportunity to save, if you got past the first wave of enemies on your slow walk to it. It's just agonising, frustrating and tedious gameplay. It really made me want to not play that section of the game. Which I acted on. By not trying to get past that section of the game on Insanity. It's that bad. Not much better on Normal, either.

* On the original ending of the game, the narrative and final choice options are just badly handled or opaque. It's not clear who dies or how to identify the final options in the game...and it seems if you want to retry the ending you have to...wade through an intolerable amount of time replaying the game in order to do that. That sounds like torture. Ruinous to a game.

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