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Mass Effect 3 Trailer Confirms Demo Release Date

Posted on January 18, 2012 AT 08:07am

THE BUZZ: BioWare has released a brand new trailer for Mass Effect 3, which also confirms the demo’s official release date.

The trailer itself demonstrates how Kinect will work with the game: It gives you the ability to choose conversation options, order your squad in combat and select weapons and abilities. The demo will arrive February 14 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

EGM’s TAKE: Finally we can get our hands on the epic conclusion to Commander Shepard’s story. Will he/she save the galaxy from the Reaper invasion or will we be doomed to destruction? The idea of moving the fight to earth is a fantastic one, as now we have something much closer to home allowing the story to capture our hearts and minds more easily through familiarity. This is no longer some intergalactic space war thought in distant galaxies, now it’s much closer to home.

As far as the Kinect capability goes, it’s a fun add-on if you enjoy using the system, but most fans will just turn it off and never use it as it distracts from the core gameplay elements. Really, who wants to be barking orders at their TV when a simple button press does it twice as quick? The ability to select conversation options feels incredibly gimmicky for BioWare. No one is going to read out an option when they can just select it. Maybe if the NPC actually responded to you instead of Shepard just repeating it might be more immersive, but that technology is still a long way off.

Is Kinect capability a good or bad thing? Leave your comments below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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