Whether you like it, hate it or are completely indifferent to it, there’s no denying the fact that franchise milking has overrun the gaming industry today. Fewer developers take risks with new IPs, concentrating instead on the games that rake in the bucks. In practice, it’s sound business strategy, but after a while, customers begin seeing through all the smoke and mirrors and come to the startling conclusion that this is the same game they played last year or the year before.
The reason I broke out into this impromptu monologue is because Mass Effect 3 firmly belongs in that category. Does that mean it’s a bad game? Not at all. It just means the game is commercialized, simplified and way too predictable, but at the same time still manages to deliver a solid inter-galactic action adventure.
Who brings a Mech to a gun fight?
This is gonna hurt
Things do fare a bit better as far as gunplay is concerned, since this series has now evolved into a third person shooter, so anyone who’s played Gears of War will feel right at home here. You take cover, shoot, occasionally pop out of cover, shoot some more and move on. It’s been done before, but gunplay feels solid and polished, so that’s always a plus point. Things become far more intense and interesting when you add your biotic powers into the mix or combine your powers with your squad’s abilities.
Squad AI is relatively self-sufficient and they can take care of themselves during combat. However, if you aren’t too confident of their abilities, you can actually chose the powers they use in battle or even send them to a corner of the map to flank enemies. Enemies in Mass Effect 3 come in different shapes and sizes, but their behavioral patterns are more or less the same. Every hostile race you encounter has foot soldiers who basically are your fodder for most of the game. Accompanying them are enemies with better firepower, like soldiers equipped with rocket launchers or mini bosses who can absorb a serious amount of damage.
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