The final game in the series, Mass Effect 3 is a role-playing game with a third-person shooter combat system. The defining feature of the franchise is that decisions you make in one game will impact the next. 

What's the story? 
We don't know much, but as usual, players will assume control of the confident Commander Shepard. An urgent situation kicks off the final game: the Reapers, a sentient race of machines who like to wipe out everything in the galaxy every 50,000 years or so, have finally made it out of dark space and to our home turf, Earth. With the Reapers destroying the human home planet, it's up to Shepard to stop them somehow. If you're new to the series, be sure to watch our Mass Effect in five minutes video to catch up on part of the storyline. 

What does it play like? 
We haven't seen any gameplay footage of Mass Effect 3, but we have created a list of features we want. We imagine it will be extremely similar to Mass Effect 2, which means you can expect dynamic, cinematic conversations mixed with intense battles. 

Will it have multiplayer? 
The first two titles did not include multiplayer elements, but therehave been rumors that it could be incorporated into the third. As of right now, multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 has not been confirmed. 

What characters will return? 
Although we can't say for sure who will star in Mass Effect 3, here's a list of folks that should return: 
  • The Illusive Man 
  • Liara T'Soni 
  • Kaidan Alenko or Ashley Williams (the Virmire survivor) 
  • Joker 
  • Ambassador Udina 
  • Captain Anderson 

    Wasn't this game exclusive to Xbox 360? 
    Although Mass Effect was a former Microsoft exclusive (only available on Xbox 360 and PC), Mass Effect 2 was ported to the PlayStation 3 with an interactive back-story comic in 2011. Mass Effect 3 will release on all platforms simultaneously this fall.