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Byte Sized: Mass Effect 3 Special Edition Review


Mass Effect 3, yet another sequel released on the Wii U, despite the fact that Nintendo consoles have not had any of the previous releases, in this case leaving Nintendo only households none the wiser as to what is going on with Commander Shepard. Most of us know it's a great game, but is it worth jumping in at the very final part of a trilogy?

To get newcomers up to date there is a sensible inclusion of a digital comic presented by Dark Horse Comics; In Mass Effect: Genesis 2, Shepard reflects on past events, allowing you to view a rough history of what occurred before. Fully narrated by Shepard, the comic starts off with the test flight of the Normandy, the first encounter with the Reapers and through to the artefact left by the Prometheans, then moving onto Mass Effect 2 and the Collector threat, along the way allowing you to pick vital choices just like you would have in the original games like deciding which of your crew to send on a suicide mission to who you want to sleep with.



Once all up to speed with events we start right at the beginning of a galactic invasion by the Reapers. Earth is all but wiped out, leaving Shepard to planet hop, trying to organise a new team to stop the Reaper threat once and for all. The game appears to play pretty much the same as the other console versions, a game that I have already spent a lot of time on and you can check out a more in depth review here.

The big difference with the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 is that the GamePad does make things a little easier when it comes to management of your team, with now pretty much no reason to use the action pausing controls to select other team members powers. On the GamePad you can drag and drop up to eight powers onto the touch screen plus the three quick use buttons on the GamePad. With four of these touch pads on each side of the screen the middle is mainly used as a rather handy map that even pinpoints enemy positions. An added bonus is that by using the touch screen you are also able to directly command your team mates by tapping their position on the map and then dragging their cursor to your preferred position; a great addition from a tactical players perspective however it is a little fiddly and does detract from the action, with the AI doing a pretty decent job of controlling them anyway.

For those that want to play away from the TV screen, you can press the select button and instantly swap from TV to GamePad, the game still looks great on the smaller screen but loses some of the benefits of the dual screen options.



So aside from a few new ideas for controls and an interactive digital comic what else does the Mass Effect 3: Special Edition offer? Well those hoping for the full Mass Effect 3 experience similar to what you have on the other consoles may be a little disappointed, it does contain all of the maps and extras for online but when it comes to the DLC all you get is From Ashes and the extended ending, with no sign of the more recent Omega or Leviathan releases.

If you are new to the Mass Effect games and have no intention of playing the first two then this Wii U edition does of great job of bringing you up to speed and letting you get to play one of the best games of the year and the added controls make it even more playable.

Words by Ash Buchanan

(Version Tested: Wii U)

Pros

- The Wii U controller has its advantages over conventional controls.
- Stands well against the other versions.
- Dark Horse digital comic to bring up to speed on the whole saga.

Cons

- More recent DLC is missing.


Edited On 05 Dec, 2012

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Robichoico 4 years ago
Cons - Costs more than the trilogy does on other consoles. THAT is what's stopping me from buying to be honest
Dead's avatar
What's stopping me is that I've already bought and played it, mind you I could say the same about the trilogy too. I'm not too bothered about multiplatform games anyway, there's a couple I may pick up, just for exclusive content, but in general I want exclusives.
Dead 4 years ago
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if they announce some up and coming ones I'll jump to it. (only got Tekken and Warriors Orochi atm) but they need to have stuff. For example. If we get Tomb Raider. I'm expecting the same special edition for the Wii U version as the other two (Lara Croft figure etc.) otherwise there's little point. But really if it's a new release then I don't mind paying the extra £5 or so just to be able to play on the gamepad while watching TV But I've little intention of buying what I already own.
Robichoico 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
Yeah, future releases is a different matter, I'm definitely going with the Wii U version of Aliens Colonial Marines, just for the motion tracker.
Dead 4 years ago
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Solidus 5nake 4 years ago
I just want Mass Effect 1 to hurry up and appear on PSN, so that I go playthrough them all back to back! I think its arriving on the UK PSN on the 7th of this month.
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ZdravkoN 4 years ago
I think that the lack of new DLC is kind of annoying. Also being unable to use a custom character from previous parts and continue the story is a little bit of a letdown. EA and Bioware will publish ME2 and ME on Wii U at some point. I think that ME3 is just a test to see how the game sells. If the profits are OK, they will bring the other two (and maybe the DLCs). That's business. ;)
Robichoico's avatar
and it goes in a vicious circle. EA: We'll see how it goes before you can have the rest. Person: Well I'm not paying more for it and the previous two aren't there. EA: Oh it didn't sell very well. We'll drop support Person: But it was because of your half arsed support that drove us to this EA: Too bad. And then the Wii U ends up like the Wii eventually. Amazing first class support and some great exclusives. But bogged down by lack of third party support because those third party folks screwed up. Maybe just my opinion but I would have preferred if EA released Mass Effect 1 for the e-shop. Say.. £10-£15 or so. Straight up port except for the ability to play on the pad. And announced if sales were good enough they'll release the other two at the same prices.
Robichoico 4 years ago

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