It’s easy to overlook games released early in the year, but some, like Mass Effect 3, are worth remembering, especially considering the price drop. The Mass Effect series, action-packed role playing games which pit human soldier Commander Shepard against a galaxy full of enemies, are memorable for the interesting (if convoluted) storyline and the highly useful teammates Shepard must collect to aid him before the final battle to defend Earth. Difficult decisions must be made, and the outcomes can be gut-wrenching. Unlike most soldiers, Shepard and his gun-toting squad can draw upon nigh-magical powers. The ability to mentally lift a tough enemy and slam him to the ground adds diversity to shootouts. Though Shepard’s final fate may not appeal to all, this is an epic tale told well.
(Price: $22 on Amazon; Score: 93; ESRB Rating: Mature; Developer: Bioware; Available on PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)
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