New Trailer for MASS EFFECT 3 Forgets What Makes MASS EFFECT Special

     February 21, 2012

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I’m counting down the days until Mass Effect 3 hits stores and then playing the hell out of it.  What makes the Mass Effect series stand out is how it builds a big, sprawling space opera, and you realize that there are whole galaxies and non-human races that have their own conflicts.  The big selling point of Mass Effect 3 is that Earth is now under attack, and the plot has the series’ hero, Shepard, on a mission to rally the universe to defend against the attack from the malevolent Reapers.  Sadly, this new trailer decides to go ful-on Michael Bay, and make an ad for a game that could easily be Halo, Resistance, or Gears of War, but with different-looking aliens.  Where’s Garrus?  Where’s Wrex?  Where’s Mordin?  Not to be found here.  But there is a shot of a falling building that could have been taken directly from a Transformers movie.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  For comparison, I’ve also included the far superior “Reinstated” trailer, which features the female Shepard.  Mass Effect 3 hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 6th.

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