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Mass Effect 3 Demo Details and PC Specs

Posted on January 19, 2012 AT 09:34am

THE BUZZ: BioWare has revealed some details about the upcoming Mass Effect 3 demo, along with the official specifications for the PC version of the game.

The single player portion of the demo offers ”roughly 1 to 2 hours of content,” the publisher revealed. ”The opening level featuring the Reaper attack on Earth, and a level further into the game where Shepard travels to an alien home world to seek their assistance in the war effort.” The co-op multiplayer mode features two maps, Slum and Noveria, and will be available from February 17, however if you purchased Battlefield 3 and activated your online pass then you will be able to access it from February 14 when the demo launches.

Now onto the PC Specs:

Minimum Spec:

CPU – 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM – 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive – 1x speed

Hard Drive – 15 GB of free space

Video – 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)

Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible

DirectX – DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

Recommended Spec:

OS – Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7

CPU – 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM – 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive – 1x speed

Hard Drive – 15 GB of free space

Video – AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater

Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible

EGM’s TAKE: In terms of PC specs the game is less demanding than expected considering the requirements of Battlefield 3, which should please a lot of fans and make the game more accessible. However, most of you are probably more interested in the demo details and we can’t really blame you. In terms of content, two hours is a long time for a demo and two areas to play through should really wet player’s taste buds before launch. Multiplayer is an added bonus, especially if you’re a Battlefield 3 player, however once you’ve played through the two maps there isn’t really much point in continuing, unless EA offers an incentive such as unlocks in the retail version, similar to what Naughty Dog did with Uncharted 3. Mainly it’s a chance to finally try out the game’s multiplayer which has been teased a lot since it was first revealed. February 14 can’t come quick enough.

What will you spend more time on, the single or multiplayer? Leave your comments below.

Source: BioWare

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