There's a lot of people back on Earth dying while we gather our strength. They wonder if we're ever coming back. Friends, family, parents and children. This isn't their fight, but they're buying us time with their lives. _____ Each of you needs to be willing to die. Anything less, and you're already dead! -Commander Shepard Mass Effect 3 Platform: Playstation 3, X-Box 360, PC Developer: Bioware Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: March 6, 2012 Product Description (credit to Amazon.com): Mass Effect 3 is a Role-playing Game (RPG) / Third-Person Shooter hybrid set in a Science Fiction universe. Mass Effect 3 is the third game in the popular Mass Effect series, and is rumored to be the final installment. In it players continue the adventures of Commander Shepard utilizing extreme character customization which is the hallmark feature of the series. Additional features include: the ability to import decisions from both of the previous games into the new game, ownership/play of previous games not required, customizable weapons, improved mobility and melee combat, many returning characters (if they were not killed off in previous imported games), an improved cover system that allows for more action and more. The Final Chapter in the Mass Effect Trilogy Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers," has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe-to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation. Key Game Features A Rich, Branching Storyline - Experience a sci-fi epic with multiple endings determined by your choices and actions throughout the game Massive in Scope - Battle on many worlds across the galaxy as you unite the ultimate force to take back the Earth before it's too late Large-scale and Intelligent Enemies - Battle enormous enemies and take on a smarter type of foe that will consistently challenge your best combat tactics and put you on the edge of your seat Unlock a Customizable Arsenal - Tailor each weapon with devastating upgrades including scopes, grips, barrels and dozens of other unique attachments. Each weapon boasts its own powerful impact and visual flair Unleash Death from Afar or Go Toe-to-Toe - Customize your soldier and squad to engage the enemy on your terms. A huge variety of weapons, abilities and equipment allow you to combat the enemy in your preferred style of play. Comments? Seriously. This is Mass Effect. You want it. If you have a PS3 and haven't gotten in on this yet though, the 2nd game is only $20 now. I think you'll find it as worthwhile as I did. Reviews are favorable as expected. As usual you can find a good collection of them on metacritic's page (it's scoring 94 so far, for those who care). Fans and the uninitiated alike may also get a lot out of this great article. It's got a debatable title ("Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation") but even if you don't agree with that, it's a good overview of many positive elements in the whole Mass Effect saga.