1. Mark says:

    I saw this earlier. It is interesting that the trailer contains so few of the things that are interesting about the series. I’m not worried about that. What I am worried about is the bit where the unimportant space marine ejects a thermal clip, suggesting that they haven’t abandoned that obnoxious system.

    It’s objectively more fun to use sniper rifles for everything, and thermal clips make it impossible to do that!

    • Inglourious Badger says:

      Yes, and yes.

      Good comment!

    • Stick says:

      Are we sure the British land-based sniper is unimportant?

      I mean, I haven’t checked, but I’d bet there are already people on the Biosite demanding optional nookie with him.

    • V says:

      Thermal clip? That looked to me like a medical something-or-other that he’d just injected into the wound on his leg…

    • subedii says:

      I believe he’s referring to the fact that he ejected a cartridge after firing.

      Reloading wasn’t present in Mass Effect 1, they introduced it as a mechanic in ME2 under the moniker of “Thermal Clips”, so called because what you’re effectively doing is dumping the heat generated into a disposable heat sink and then throwing it.

      In real terms it was just a way of finagling a reload mechanic into the game when it wasn’t there in ME1.

    • Springy says:

      I think he means the one that sailed out of his gun when he chambered it after firing.

    • Highstorm says:

      Call me crazy, but I enjoyed the reloading mechanic. What I did not enjoy was the ridiculously small amount of clips you could carry at a time. If they just let you carry more clips, I think it’d be a lot less annoying.

    • Nalano says:

      I think it’s just because the gun doesn’t feel powerful unless you can make that KrChack sound once in a while.

  2. Jimmy Z says:

    I’m kind of disappointed that they’ve taken earth as a focus here. To me it seemed that the reapers wouldn’t hold a grudge or give any special attention to earth but would genocide everyone equally. Might be just a marketing thing though and we all know how terrible Bioware is at that.

    • Flint says:

      It became pretty clear in ME2 though that they’ve started to view humans in a special light, with what Shepard being one of the few responsible for ever bringing down a Reaper and then that thing at the end of ME2. After the events of ME2 it does sorta make sense that they’re now targeting the human homeworld.

    • opel says:

      I thought that, but they could be particularly pissed off at the human race because of Shepard.

    • Jimmy Z says:

      Flint, oh yes that thing in the end of ME2… Has to be *the* biggest brainfart of the whole series. Just. Utterly. Stupid.

      I hope they retcon it away in the beginning ME3, something like: “Hey Shep, remember that thing, that machine-thingy that oddly reminded you of a certain former governor of California? Well it was just a Halloween prop, just a joke we tried pulling on you, and you completely fell for it. Ha ha, guess the joke’s on you! Now here’s what the new Reaper model really looks like…”

    • Vague-rant says:

      My understanding was that that’s just how new reapers were made; with traits/DNA of all the species that they wipe out. That they attempt to take the best of whatever has risen at that time period and assimilate it into machine. Most of that was conjecture but I swear it made sense when I was thinking it while playing.

    • Evil otto says:

      yes, that is correct. Reapers are made of the biological material of a species, and bear their likeness. That’s why some Reapers look a bit like the collectors.

    • Tei says:

      The game say that every harvesters wave is made to look/use the most powerful specie. So is because the humans have taken over the govern that the harvesters see us as the specie to consume first.

    • Fergus says:

      (Seems a bit late now, but spoilers ahead …)

      Or it could just be that humans are the compatible species. The Reapers tried making a new version of themselves out of the Protheans, but that didn’t work. Humans could be a target simply because they’re ripe for being made into new Reapers.

      Remember that the Collectors are called the Collectors because they periodically come into our space and trade technology for “samples” of living, sentient life. They’ve taken Quarians, Krogan, Asari … in fact, it could even be that the whole reason the Reapers are attacking the galaxy at all is because of humans. The humans come on the interstellar scene, the Reapers find them to be compatible for their needs, and suddenly we have a full on Reaper invasion after 50,000 years, just a couple of hundred after humans first go into space. Makes sense that they’d go for Earth first and harvest the population which is most useful to them.

    • jalf says:

      So yeah, the *idea* behind the last boss made a certain amount of sense. I’m fine with them building a “human” reaper, but *why did it have to look like the Terminator*?

      The actual implementation of the idea was just ridiculous.

    • CaiusCaligula says:

      I just can’t stand the Reapers invading earth. I kinda thought they’d stay away from the “Oh noes, Earth is being invadededed!” tropes entirely because they are a classy kind of game developer, and the previously mentioned tropes are kind of left to people with less class, like, say, developers of cookie cutter FPSes or something. (Cue the announcement that ME3 is going to be an FPS and me going “Dammit!”)

      Oh, who the hell cares. I’m going to wind up buying it, playing it, and saying it’s cool anyway. Who am I kidding?

    • Nalano says:

      Beeeeeee-cuuuuuuzzz humans are the only ones to have put up a real fight?

      If I thought I was better than everybody in the galaxy, and then was getting my cybernetic butt kicked by people who only discovered long-distance space flight, like, 20 years previous, I’d be a bit pissed too.

  3. jeremypeel says:

    Oh wow. Focusing on Earth is a real big decision, is it not? Previously Mass Effect has consciously avoided going anywhere near it. I think I like the idea.

  4. agent47 says:

    London = buy.

  5. JohnArr says:

    Haha, I expect it’ll be some bombed out urban location. Wry social commentary!

    Oh shit it’s set in London.

  6. opel says:

    So, multiple Reapers are attacking Earth? Isn’t that a lost cause considering how difficult Sovereign was to destroy for the Citadel defenses? Maybe that’s why Shepard walks away from the image of Earth.

    I guess the worst case scenario is that the Reapers lightly assimilate Earth and Shepard has to go around uniting all the different races and assembling an elite crew while the Reapers patiently wait.

    • qeloqoo says:

      Maybe Shepard again will have to make the hard choice: safety of humans or all other alien spiecies?

    • Stick says:

      I’m a bit bothered that the Reapers had to decide to fight a land war. Nuking things from orbit is generally more efficient. Fine, if they do want to integrate that indomitable, dashing Human Spirit I guess they can’t just bomb us.

      But there really needs to be some kind of Overlord List for alien invaders. (“Do not develop an obsession with the generic, middle-of-the-road race. They have any number of plucky protagonists with motley-crew-assembling skills, mothership-wrecking computer viruses, biology-wrecking actual viruses and deus-ex-machinas up the wahoo. Just obliterate them as soon as you spot them.”)

  7. Flint says:

    Note to self: hurry the hell up with replaying ME2 with your main Shepard so he can continue his frolicings in this game.

    • Riaktion says:

      If your having trouble with the ridiculous loading times (which put me off and stopped me playing for a while) use the “set affinity” thing to fix it.

      If however its just lazyness…. GET IT FINISHED ITS GOOD

    • Flint says:

      I have finished it once! It is indeed absolutely amazing. But I want to replay it with the same character and this time save my crew.

  8. The Tupper says:

    No idea who this…’Shephard’… is.

    Shephard is, as all right-thinking people know, a woman.

    • cypher says:

      Indeed, why would you ever play the male Shephard?

    • Maykael says:

      Gods damn you people!! Because of you I will always beat myself up for not starting with a female in the first Mass Effect. I only heard how incredible Jennifer Hale sounds after starting Mass Effect 2. Now I’ve invested too much intro male Shepard to let him wither and die…

      Maybe once ME3 is out I’ll do a back to back playthrough of all three of them with a Renegade female Shepard.

    • Urael says:

      All Hail the One-True Shephard. May her lustrous red hair shine forever. :)

    • Kadayi says:


      I think replaying ME1 is a lot easier with female shep as she does such a good job of the VA, where as unfortunately it’s an utter chore with male shep.

    • subedii says:

      I find the opposite. Jennifer Hale never really suited the face I was going with for ME, whereas Mark Meer seemed to suit the Male Shepard fine. So that’s what I went with.

      That said, the best main character VA I’ve heard in games of this style probably remains Josh Gilman from Alpha Protocol. He did a really stellar job.

    • Hidden_7 says:

      I find the “Female Shepard is clearly the only sensible choice, she is the one true Shepard thing” a bit an exaggeration, personally.

      I’ll grant that Jennifer Hale emotes more, and I’d give her the edge in voice acting, but I personally don’t think it’s anywhere near as decisive as the received wisdom seems to suggest. Having played with both my preference is for Male Shepard simply because I like playing male characters more. I don’t think the voice acting is really different enough to outbalance other preferences you may have, but yeah, if you really don’t care, I guess go with female over male.

    • Tei says:

      Is incredible dull to play Mass Effect with a male sheppard. It feels somewhat like playing with a commander chief from halo, or the muscle dude from gears of war. Is best to play with a character made after Honor Harrington (David Wever) or Lady Sharrow (Ian M. Banks).
      I mean… come on!

    • subedii says:

      I don’t see how Jennifer Hale is any less dull.

      There, I said it. For all the praise she gets, Female Shepard doesn’t really impress me any more than Male Shepard does when it comes to voice acting.

    • Flint says:

      I prefer male Shep over female Shep.

    • dash says:

      Man I first read Honor Harrington soon after playing ME with a female Sheppard. They were one and the same to me.

    • Doesntmeananything says:

      To support the latest trend in the comments above me – yes, there isn’t really that much of a difference between male and female versions, I think. I’ve recently tried playing ME again with female Shephard after hearing much praise about voice acting of Jennifer Hale, but I just couldn’t carry on after first half-hour. I haven’t touched the game since spring, yet I was tired and bored by the game already. Also, I’d thought that female voice would make all the difference, yet she just did an okay job, same as Mark Meer. I think it is an extreme to call male Shephard an emotionless “muscle dude” from any generic action game or film. His acting was natural for the most part and it hadn’t contradicted with my perception of a space marine on a “save-the-world” mission.

    • teo says:

      The Alpha Protocol dude did a stellar job?


    • subedii says:

      Yes, he did. I feel a lot of the voice cast actually did a pretty good job in that game. Having the writers in the recording sessions clearly helped.

      I certainly have no qualms in saying his performance was well beyond anything Mark Meer managed in Mass Effect.

    • kyrieee says:

      Did you try playing as a tough guy in AP?

    • Jack says:

      Subdeii, Shirley, you cannot be serious. Listen:

      link to joystiq.com

      Can we hear the same thing here? He sounds like he’s arguing over the benefits of trimming his toenails. Constantly. If I could imitate him mockingly over the internet, I would.

    • subedii says:

      Like I said, his performance is way better than anything Meer managed in ME. Mark Meer doesn’t really have much of a choice but to sound neutral because for a few reasons the conversations don’t seem to flow as naturally. In AP, the main character is more of a deadpan snark, so his VA suits him quite well. I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t pantomime at the freaking screen, screaming and wailing “NOOOOOO” should something untoward happen.

      Plus it does help a lot that the dialogue choices don’t ultimately boil down to save kitten / boil kitten alive.

      But hey, I’m depending on my experience of actually playing the game a few times, not a trailer. A better video might the “Michael Thorton, Psychopath” one (or maybe “Tense and easily angered”), but again, you need a bit more context for the conversations, and besides, it’s quite spoilery. And hey, some people just feel he doesn’t put much emotion into the role. I can appreciate that, but frankly, I feel that it’s just that he gives it a fairly decent range for the character, and doesn’t pantomime and over-act all the freaking time, which helps a lot.

      Basically if I had to choose between the VA in ME and AP, well, for me AP wins out. Yes, even against Jennifer Hale, as high a pedestal as people seem to place her on.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Guys, I’ve said it many times before- Your complaints are just bonuses if you’re in the right mindset! Male Shepard acts like a callous sociopath? He’s the Doom guy! Think about how ridiculous and good that feels. It’s like the intro to a 1980s arcade game, like Contra. “Not even Satan could stop him. Now Doomguy returns… IN THE FUTURE! To stop SATAN LIKE ALIEN ROBOTS! And he’s going to need a BIGGER GUN!”

      Or you could have a belivable Shepard. Y’know, if you’re not a bad enough dude to save the president.

    • Auspex says:

      I’m with DJ Phantoon here. There’s something incredibly (unintentionally) amusing about the blank looks on your teammates faces after male Shepard makes of one of his awful James Bond style kill jokes.

    • kyrieee says:

      I don’t know what do say.
      You think AP guy is better than Hale because he doesn’t bring any emotion in his acting. For all I care you could just as well have said his acting is better becauase it’s worse.

      You can like whatever you want, but seriously, the AP guy is nowhere near as good an actor as Hale.

    • subedii says:

      Not really. I’m saying that he brought enough emotion to the role without over-acting and turning it into a pantomime. But then, I was pretty clear on that point. I’m sorry you feel this is somehow so offensive that you have to actually go changing what I said.

    • Jack says:

      I think you can make a lot of good game design based arguments in favour of letting the player imprint their own readings on an emotionless voice actor’s performance. The J.C. Denton principle, you know. But arguing that it’s actually good taken as acting is a bit rich.

      Subedii, we both know there’s a big space full of voice-acting opportunities between the twin poles of Over-Acting Melodrama and Barely Awake Muttering. You don’t have to be one or the other.

    • subedii says:

      I think you can make a lot of good game design based arguments in favour of letting the player imprint their own readings on an emotionless voice actor’s performance. The J.C. Denton principle, you know. But arguing that it’s actually good taken as acting is a bit rich.

      Subedii, we both know there’s a big space full of voice-acting opportunities between the twin poles of Over-Acting Melodrama and Barely Awake Muttering. You don’t have to be one or the other.

      So which are you saying I’m applying then? Because as I said before, he brings plenty enough emotion to the role, so I certainly don’t feel he falls into the “JC Denton” school here. At which point, saying that emotionless voice acting is bad voice acting is moot, since that’s not what I’m saying either.

      Like I said, the character of Thorton’s more of a deapan snark, and the VA fills that role pretty well. If he tried to start with wailing and gnashing of teeth out of some misguided attempt to give the role “more direct emotion”, that would have detracted from it.

    • Fergus says:

      Oh god, it’s another “You’re not a hip and cool gamer if you don’t play Shepherd as a woman!” argument. Has gaming really reached the point where we’re having discussions like this?

      I like male Shepherd. Anybody who wants to tell me how I’m missing out and must be mad because Jennifer Hale is, like, sooooooo much better can piss off.

    • FunkyBadger says:

      Male Sherpard’s (and can I coin Shepardess for the distaff?) delivery in ME2 was mostly good, and at times – thinking of the Mordin loyalty quest – it touched on excellent.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Tali’Zorah nar Rayya can only be romanced by a male Shepard. That’s the main reason I chose to go male, when I had both a male and female Shepard saved from ME1 endings.

      There is always the option of not pursuing a romance in these games, but if I was going to do it at all in ME2, Tali just seemed like the most interesting choice. YMMV… there’s no accounting for taste in this sort of thing. I was just curious how that would play out.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah, I play the game as a bastard, killing everyone I can and doing all the bad stuff. I tried playing as the woman, but it all feels so unnatural and forced, especially when she is trying to sound angry or aggressive. I think both voice actors are pretty awful, but that kinda works for the way I play the game.

      As for Alpha Protocol, I suppose you could argue that your character is actually just acting anyway, so the voice acting is good. But no, I think he’s doing a pretty bad job. Though some of the voice acting is quite good in the game.

    • subedii says:

      Well there’s always going to be difference of opinion, I can appreciate that. But compared to Mark Meer? Sorry, I just think Meer sounds utterly bored most of the time.

  9. Rich says:

    Wow, it actually looks like a credible future London*, unlike the intro for CnC4, which is supposed to be Manchester.

    *Although I hope they get rid of our silly ferris wheel by then.

    • bleeters says:

      I do find it quite impressive that 200~ years into the future, with immortal sentient death robots countless millenia old obliterating the planet, that sodding waste of money ferris wheel is still intact.

    • Fullbleed says:

      You’d think that in the far future full of aliens and lazers where interstella space travel is a reality and people have actual hover cars, people aren’t going to be that interested in the worlds slowest and most over priced ferris wheel ever?

    • DrGonzo says:

      Such a waste of money that it makes millions of pounds in profit every year. So much so it’s going to be upgraded soon apparently.

      I’m more surprised by the fact that he was hiding in Big Ben. Probably the most obvious place for a sniper to hide ever.

  10. kutkh says:

    The use of the Mass Effect 1 score at the end of this trailer makes me feel happy.

    • Nighthood says:

      Ditto. The ME1 soundtrack is infinitely better than ME2’s.

    • suibhne says:

      That music was also in Mass Effect 2.

    • kutkh says:

      Yes, but noticeably only at points that are supposed to evoke ME1 – the opening scene on the first Normandy, reuniting with Liara in Lair of the Shadow Broker, etc. It’s become their go-to “remember how atmospheric ME1 was?” refrain, and its presence here hopefully signifies something of a return to that atmosphere.

    • The Hammer says:

      I’m a big fan of the Vigil track from the first game, too: the main menu music. That’s used to beautiful effect when you meet Ashley/Kaidan and Liara (In Shadow Broker’s DLC) again in the sequel.

      Goosebumps material, deffo.

  11. GoodPatton says:

    Whoa, this is a game?

  12. Alonzo says:


  13. Rhade says:

    Why won’t it plaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  14. Riaktion says:

    Yayy. Mass Effect 3! I should of finished Dragon Age 2 by the time this comes out then.

  15. Kdansky says:

    Why is it on earth? It’s easier to draw people in when they feel connected. Therefore only chosen out of marketing reasons.

    • subedii says:

      Or you know, it could just be that’s where the authors of the story wanted to take the series. Possibly because it has more resonance for people. The story was leading things up with a connection to the human race in the second part to begin with, invading Earth follows on pretty much from ME2.

    • The Colonel says:

      Authors you say? Interesting theory. Yes I suppose it makes sense that at some point along the line authors were allowed to look at the story.

    • Hidden_7 says:

      I get what you’re trying to suggest, saying the story is badly written, but really, who would have authored the story other than the authors? The artists just sorta made what they wanted, and the level designers just made environments, and all the voice actors just ad libbed some lines? Because if so, the game turned out bloody brilliant for a multidisciplinary directionless mashup.

      If they actually made games that way, that’d probably be a pretty interesting game to see.

    • subedii says:

      A game series like Mass Effect has dedicated writers. Care to have a discussion on the actual quality of the writing itself? If you despised the dialogue / characters / setting, then fine, whatever, but making flippant comments about how that can’t be the case is usually silly and doesn’t really add much.

    • qeloqoo says:

      Shepard: Earth? Screw Earth. Never liked that place. I have honeymoon vacation at Migrant Fleet. Do not disturb me.

    • kyrieee says:

      If you’ve paid _any_ attention while playing the games you won’t think Earth being invaded is strange

    • Nalano says:

      Y’know, saving the galaxy, like you thought you did in the first game, doesn’t really mean much if your home never feels threatened.

      Here’s that threat. In a very real way.

      If I was writing a three game arc, this is how I’d have it end, too.

    • Wraggles says:

      The thing I don’t get is why everyone seems to think that they’re ONLY hitting earth. There’s supposed to be hundreds of thousands of reapers out in dark space awaiting return. A single trailer showing an intense battle on earth doesn’t exclude other locations from undergoing the same treatment at the same time. I get the feeling shepherd’s going to have to make a lot of bad choices this time around.

  16. TheJimTimMan says:

    Is it just me, or has everyone forgotten how gods awful the marketing was for both Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age?
    And yet both games, despite concerns to the contrary, ended up being rather excellent?
    That said, trailer is interesting. Wondering how Bioware will handle Earth’s gradual (or not-so-gradual) destruction.

    • Tusque d'Ivoire says:

      It’ll be in the form of lots of deep solemn conversations in the kitchen between missions.

    • sinister agent says:

      Fiver says that asking the commander of the resistance movement if they’re okay will result in immediate sex.

  17. squirrel says:

    1 million death in a day, 7 million counts in a week that follows.

    Cruelly speaking, not an impressive statistics for an alien invasion though. A possible nuclear warfare will give a worse picture.

    • Jimbo says:

      Yeah, you’d think the Reapers would have a slightly more effective method of depopulating a planet than flying around stomping everybody one by one. At that rate Shepard has about 20 years to go and get help.

    • Evil otto says:

      It might be possible the Reapers want to enslave mankind instead of exterminating them, just like they did with the Collectors/Protheans.

    • sinister agent says:

      This is a good point. 7 million is rubbish. If I took a few weeks off work, I could do more than that with my shovel and some deftly flung rocks for distance work.

    • The Hammer says:

      Perhaps Earth has decent defences now? I’m assuming the whole galactic community has had time to buckle up and prepare for invasion. The human military IS one of the better ones, I think.

      Oh my god, I want Hackett in my squad.

    • Kandon Arc says:

      Also something to bear in mind is that the Reapers don’t want to damage the planet, so are presumably holding back on WMDs. 7 million in a week is still low for a global invasion though.

    • Jesus Christ says:

      Stomping on everything is probably more fun than destroying the planet efficiently.

    • Lacessit says:

      Actually, I have just seen the vid again, and I think he’s saying: 2 million on the first day, 7 million in the week that followed (that would make 9) AND reports coming in from other major cities. Implying that those nine million dead are in London alone. That would make it slightly more impressive methinks.

    • penhat says:

      i think they’re just referring to the deaths in London

    • jalf says:

      Doesn’t London have a population of 5-6 million? Which would make 7 million dead rather impressive.

      Ok, so this is the future, they might have a higher population count. Call it 7 million then, and there’s no one left in London.

      I think those numbers are global. Keep in mind that

      – the Reapers seem to want humans taken alive (well, they did in ME2), Or alive-ish, I guess. Alive enough to be liquified.
      – there aren’t that many Reapers. The Earth is a big place, and the Reapers are presumably more built for space combat. Big powerful lasers, but short on WMDs.
      – Earth most likely had some beefy defenses. Not only because of Shepard’s warnings (which were probably ignored again), but also because of the fairly powerful “xenophobe” factions among humanity (including Cerberus, as well as the more openly political groups)

    • FunkyBadger says:

      jalf: Greater London is closer to 20 million I think.

    • bleeters says:

      Not to mention this’ll take place some time after 2185, which is when ME2 was set. I assume that between now and then, more than a handful of people will have concieved children. Factor in medical advances and such too, if you like.

    • Eschatos says:

      I got the impression that he’s referring to just in London.

    • jalf says:

      Not to mention this’ll take place some time after 2185, which is when ME2 was set. I assume that between now and then, more than a handful of people will have concieved children. Factor in medical advances and such too, if you like.

      Factor in colonies too, though. Presumably a lot of people have left for other planets. *Especially* if Earth starts to feel too overcrowded.

      Anyway, 7 million in London sounds excessive. There’d be nothing left to save, basically. Even if we say they meant “greater London” and, say, 30 million people, it’d mean 20-25% of the population dead. In a week. If that happened worldwide, there just wouldn’t be any fighting happening any more. The losses would be too great. It’d be Reapers stomping on panicking refugees.

      If they say 7 million worldwide in the first week, and we take into account that:
      – Earth presumably had some reasonable defenses,
      – the Reapers were weakened because of Shepards actions in the first two games,
      – the Reapers want to harvest humanity, which means they can’t just wipe everyone out.
      – initially they’ll be focused on taking out any organized resistance, rather than maximizing casualties.

      then I think it sounds pretty reasonable.

      Earth has to be able to hold out long enough for Shepard to fly around talking to people, running errands and mining. 7 million dead worldwide sounds like a good “taking heavy casualties, we can hold out for a while still, but we’re getting slaughtered if we don’t get help” kind of number.

    • Wraggles says:

      Seems like stock standard reaper tactics, land on planet stomp on resistance, wipe out majority of the inhabitants during stomping, wait for a period while geth/collectors strip the planet of resources and indoctrination enslaves any resistance left on the planet.

      Also according to mass Effect Incursion the population of earth is supposed to be 11,490,225,106, which is roughly double it’s population now.

      So really 7 million in a week in one location, even if every major city on earth was hit exactly the same (they wouldn’t be), is only 420 million in a week (today there’s only around 60 with over 5 mil, so perhaps they’re big enough in the future to be counted at that rate), so at that rate earth would still be going for almost half a year. This doesn’t include the fact that the rate will drop off as reapers run out of massive cities to hit and need to strike smaller widespread targets and if an effective resistance is formed or if a number of invaders are destroyed, further reducing the rate.

      So it doesn’t really seem an unreasonable statistic to me based on the lore and current city trends.

  18. sonofsanta says:


    Second, genuine comment: oh holy fuck I just did a little sex-wee. Mass Effect is probably my favourite series of this generation (sorry, I know, PC is all one generation, etc. etc.) and I really really really really really can’t wait for this to come out.

    <3 you Bioware

  19. FunkyBadger says:



  20. Loshon says:

    The Mass Effect 2 Trailer gives me almost as many chills as when I first saw it when I watch it now.

    This trailer just looked kinda silly.

  21. Tusque d'Ivoire says:

    Is the soldier guy in the Big Ben actually CGI or is he just acting like he is?

    • Rich says:

      I think he’s CGI. If he is, it’s actually one of the best CGI human characters I’ve seen.

    • Joshua says:

      It’s in the spirit of Mass Effect tradition that most of the detail goes into the faces. They really amped it up this time.

  22. Cooper says:

    I… Don’t… Know…

    I want this so bad,

    But at the same time, the trailer reflects nothing of what I love about Mass Effect…

    • subedii says:

      It’s a 1 minutes announcement trailer. It’s not supposed to tell you much about the game storyline.

      Given the plot of 1 and 2 though, where the focus of the story in number 3 is likely to be seems pretty much spelled out already.

  23. DrugCrazed says:

    Dammit, who is the voice? I recognise it but can’t place it…

    • sinister agent says:

      It’s Serious Pretend English Voice #3

    • Mungrul says:

      Sounded like Sean Bean to me…

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:


    • thedosbox says:

      Sounds like Sean Bean to me also.

    • CJWilkie says:

      It’s definitely not Sean Bean. Probably just a random washed-up Eastenders actor?

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      @thedosbox: Your ears are wrong.

    • Meat Circus says:

      Sounds like Sean Bean, which means he’s very definitely not pretend English.

    • thedosbox says:

      @Man Raised By Puffins – you do realise he’s an actor right?

    • DrugCrazed says:

      SeaN Bean was the voice I was thinking of. It evidently isn’t him.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      @thedosbox: Er, well yeah. But as an actor he’s not exactly famed for his accents, his distinctive (Sheffield?) brogue invariably shines through.

      To be honest my first thought was that it was indeed him, and there is certainly a faint whiff of Beaniness, but I’ve watched enough Sharpe to be able to tell the difference. Of course, in the not entirely unlikely event that I’m hideously wrong, I’m prepared to eat one of my TF2 hats.

  24. Abacus says:

    link to tubedubber.com


  25. Gurrah says:

    I like the grittyness of it, no green lit space stations or ransacked excavation sites that still looked rather charming despite a Reaver lurking just beyond that next hill. OK, there were spikes with human bodies on top that turned into cyber-zombies but still, the view was brilliant! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the space stations but no matter where I went it always looked so sterile, this teaser gave me hope that there will be some grit in it.

  26. Sky says:

    Looks like humans got
    reaper rush’d.

  27. The Hammer says:


    Interesting trailer. Didn’t find it that enjoyable – despite it being London! – until Shepherd, the N7 logo, and THAT music.

    It makes sense that the final game in the trilogy will feature Earth, but I do hope they’ll allow you to visit other planets and star-systems too. Earth’s great and all, but I’ll miss the Citadel.

    Also: I’m wondering about your crew, your squad, and your previous decisions. WILL THE RACHNI FINALLY HELP OUT. WILL THE QUARIANS SEND THEIR FLEET? WILL MY FRIENDS THE GETH COME TO MY AID?

    I really, really hope so.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Also: I’m wondering about your crew, your squad, and your previous decisions. WILL THE RACHNI FINALLY HELP OUT. WILL THE QUARIANS SEND THEIR FLEET? WILL MY FRIENDS THE GETH COME TO MY AID?

      They bloody better, ME2 had a pleasing undercurrent which suggested that while you were recruiting, suiting and booting your suicide squad you were also sowing the seeds for a pan-galactic gargleblasting alliance. And I’ll be disappointed if that doesn’t bear fruit.

      The bumpf released so far seems to indicate there’ll be plenty of pratting around the galaxy, and with the Council sitting pretty in the Citadel I’d be suprised if Shepherd doesn’t pay them a visit.

    • Nalano says:

      I kinda think it’s patently obvious that it’d be a lot easier to get the Krogan if you didn’t kill Wrex, a lot easier to get the Geth if you helped Legion, etc.

      God knows what you’ll have to do to get the Turians on your side. Aside from Garrus, they never seemed to like humans much. Grudging respect, maybe, but never like.

      EDIT: Scratch that – I’ll bet sacrificing human ships in the first game will help wean them to your side.

  28. sfury says:


  29. pagad says:

    I’m amused that hundreds of years in the future, the London Eye is still standing.


    • The Hammer says:

      Wouldn’t you think they’d target the landmarks first, just to reduce the morale of the insects far below?

      Or maybe Reapers find them very pretty!

  30. manveruppd says:

    I’ve never seen a worse idea for an RPG plot.

    “Quick Shephard, get help!”
    Cue Shephard going off and mining lots of planets, or doing small irrelevant side-quests, while millions of humans die every hour he wanders around pointlessly.
    Then when he finally gets to the local warboss/power broker, he gets told “Sure, I’ll help you, if you go take care of this minor niggling problem that my entire planet’s armed forces couldn’t sort out for me!”

    It always breaks immersion completely for me when you get idiotic conceits like that! Cause why create the illusion of time pressure if the game isn’t going to enforce it? (and OF COURSE they’re not going to enforce it, none of the previous MEs did!) And why have the saviour of the galaxy bother with minor shite like recovering the maid’s stolen vacuum or whatever the local throwaway side-quest is?

    • sinister agent says:

      I very much doubt that those scenes are from the opening of the game. If the attack on earth is the Big Bad, you can be quite sure that the invasion won’t actually start until the final act, and probably it will be a point of no return.

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      *Makes huge assumptions based on a tiny teaser trailer*
      *Acts smug on the internet*

    • James G says:

      Nah, clearly you defeat the Reapers in the prologue, and spend the rest of the game running round upgrading the Normandy to throw one hell of a VE (Victory on Earth) day party.

    • Auspex says:

      Won’t we all be valiantly defending, or cruelly attacking, the earth in the multiplayer while Shepard is away?

      (I will not be playing the multiplayer)

    • manveruppd says:

      Going both by the trailer and the store leak the invasion clearly happens sometime near the beginning, and you’ll spend the bulk of the game going from planet to planet trying to get enough support for Earth. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what that’s gonna be like. And unless it’s gonna be a short game with practically no sidequests, there’s going to be a tension between the typical format of the RPG with the plot of the game. It’s a problem in lots of Bioware games imho.

    • ulix says:

      Mass Effect 2 actually DID enforce time pressure:

      (Spoilers, obviously – copied from the Mass Effect Wiki)

      “After the Normandy crew is abducted by the Collectors, Shepard must decide whether to travel immediately through the Omega 4 Relay to rescue the crew and destroy the Collector Base or to delay the mission in order to prepare themselves better.

      If Shepard chooses the latter option, the team arrives just in time to see Kelly and other crew members get dissolved into raw organic material — which Doctor Chakwas describes as paste — used to create the Human-Reaper. If Shepard chooses to go through the Omega 4 Relay immediately, then Lilith, a colonist from Horizon, is liquefied, but Shepard and the squad free Kelly and the rest of the crew just in time.”

      So yeah, I know, not that much negative consequences, but who’d like to see sexy Kelly die? I for one was shocked, because my Shepard was still hoping for a shag with her…

    • manveruppd says:

      That was only one small part of the game though, sadly I don’t think they’d have the balls to do the whole game like that (and it wouldn’t make sense either, as an RPG has to be huge and rambling and give you time to explore, it shouldn’t be a speed-run!).

  31. Fredereichvon says:

    Did anyone notice the adrenaline shots, possibly hinting at a new health system. Maybe it’ll have the Metro 2033 style health system.

  32. Alex says:

    What? Holiday 2011? A whole year? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  33. silvarius2000 says:

    Mass Effect: Bronx Age

  34. Po0py says:

    Don’t worry. The Metropolitan Police are quite good at kettling tactics these days. They’ll put those pesky aliens in their place.

    • sinister agent says:

      If this game doesn’t feature a legion of cops massed around a single 400 foot tall behemoth, with one or two of them flicking its toe with batons, I will be sorely disappointed.

  35. Jog says:

    From the recent EA store leak…

    “your only hope for [b]saving mankind[/b] is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth”

    Bioware are Nazis and racists ! ! ! ! !

  36. Jack says:

    Aliens besieging earth as a lone hero ventures across the galaxy in an attempt to save it?

    I sure hope these Star Control 2 readings I’m picking up are accurate.

  37. Tauers says:

    London? I thought in VideoGameLand-Hollywood only NewYork existed.

  38. Angryinternetman says:

    What does “holiday 2011” mean?

    • Auspex says:

      Around Christmas time basically. You have to work non-stop until then.

  39. Bhazor says:

    So I take it Shepard got better after my ending for Mass Effect 2?
    link to youtube.com

    There’s something hilarious about the characters dying almost immediately after each decision. The fact the thumbnail for the video is the Illusive Man face palming makes it even better.

    • Veret says:

      Actually, I was wondering about that. Didn’t Bioware say you’d play as someone else if Shepard didn’t make it?


    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      I believe they said you can’t import the save at all if you got the worst ending.

    • steggieav says:

      I remember hearing that it would be one of Shepherd’s siblings or great-uncle or some other relative of his.

    • subedii says:

      I believe you can’t import the save if Shepard is dead in yours.

      That said, you really need to go out of your way to kill off Shepard in ME2.

    • Bhazor says:

      Yeah it was a much harder ending than saving everyone which I did with a Lady Shepard. Killing everyone through almost criminal negligence all whilst being called the great hope for mankind was funnier though.
      Oh Shepard what are you like, huh?

  40. Pretentious Old Man says:

    Dear Reapers,

    Please could you attack and level Southwark, Battersea, Hackney, Peckham, Camberwell, Streatham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets, so we can start again. Please keep your hands of Westminster, Hampstead, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Notting Hill, Kensington, Mayfair, Picadilly, and the whole periphery of Regent’s Park.

    Yours faithfully,
    Mrs M Leadbetter

    • FunkyBadger says:

      Pretty sure you’ve got that list the wrong way round.

  41. Stick says:

    Shepard who?

    Seriously, if big crabby alien ship thingies start tearing up London, you don’t call the marines. You call the Doctor.

    It had to be said, okay?

  42. Agent 47's therapist says:

    Also, this gives Shephard’s “N7” a whole new meaning. London North 7, that’s Holloway isn’t it?

  43. KindredPhantom says:

    Wow. I called London as soon as i saw the teaser. This is going to be great.

  44. Vodka & Cookies says:

    The voice actor is Dominic Keating I’m pretty sure it sounds very much like him, the actual soldiers face I’ve seen somewhere before, Bioware are no strangers to taking real peoples face and modeling it so I suspect that character is in the game.

  45. FunkyBadger says:

    Man, I hope they hit Shoreditch first.

  46. Wednesday says:

    Alright, sod it.

    Oh my gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!! No other series gets me this excited, and damn, what a set up!

  47. Frosty says:

    Unsure about this baby:
    -Massive emphasis on humanity
    -Thermal clips still exist
    -Trailer suggests more love of combat then anything else (although I admit that’s very speculative)
    -I’m not sure about gritty accents

    -Earth. I always wanted to go to earth even if I didn’t want Humanity to be the focus of the game.

  48. a.simons613 says:


  49. mod the world says:

    Too few games are set in London, Rome or Paris. Nice that ME3 will change that a little. I predict an awesome game. (ofc hated by the RPS community for its streamlining and beautiful graphics :P)

    • Frosty says:

      I get the joke about streamlining but beautiful graphics? Wah?

    • subedii says:

      I’m not sure many people hated ME2. RPS seemed to have a very positive “Wot I Think” on ME2 in general.

  50. Karthik says:

    Did anyone else think the Reapers looked smaller than Sovereign in ME 1?

    Do want. Do want now.