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.