Mass Effect 3's Release Marks The End Of An Era
Tuesday, March 6th marks the end of the Mass Effect trilogy that has seen the Sci-Fi genre of gaming reinvigorated. Seen as the modern day Star Wars (because let's face it, the new trilogy of movies is NOT the modern day Star Wars.), the Mass Effect series has seen sales top over seven million since its debut in November 2007.
The hype for the finale of the trilogy has exploded to points of law breaking. Recently, EA and Bioware sent copies of Mass Effect 3 into orbit via weather balloons and had fans attempt to find those copies once they floated back to earth. One personal account reads that they had guns pointed at them by property owners threatening them to get off their land.
Why is the Mass Effect series so incredibly popular with not only gamers, but Sci-Fi fans in general? Is it the story? Characters? How it plays? According to one fan, it is all of the above.
"You are more than just absorbed into the expansive story, the action, the characters, and the drama of this tale. You are indoctrinated. You are the hero. You are the journey. You are the decisions you make, tiny or tremendous. As immersive as any game I’ve ever played, this game is the definition of epic." Said Charles Zarsuela, one of the millions who will stake out their copy of Mass Effect 3 at 12:01am March 6th.
One thing is for sure, fans have been looking forward to seeing how Commander Shepard and his ragtag band of comrades finish the fight and take back Earth!
Mass Effect 3 releases on March 6th. It is developed by Bioware and published by EA Games.