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Mass Effect 3 Box Art
System/s: PC, PS3, Wii U, X360
Developer: Straight Right, BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG Shooter
Players: 1-4
GD Score: 82
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: Nov. 18, 2012
Europe: Nov. 30, 2012
Australia: Nov. 30, 2012
Japan: Dec. 8, 2012
ESRB: Mature (Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence)

"A Very Special Edition Indeed"

REVIEW |

Author: JC Marx  

Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U gives Nintendo gamers their first taste of the masterful sci-fi RPG, and what a taste it is! Using the Wii U GamePad, players have new ways of controlling Commander Shepard and, especially, his squadmates.

For example, players can use the touch screen on the GamePad to issue tactical orders, activate and customize squad abilities, and view enemy positions on the fly. Perhaps most amazingly, players can play the entirety of the game through the GamePad, allowing others full use of the TV. 

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In addition to the new controls, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition is a truly enhanced gaming experience compared to all other versions of the game. On the game disc, players will have access to a total of six pieces of bonus content. For starters, Genesis II, a vibrant, interactive comic from Dark Horse Comics, will allow players to familiarize themselves with the overarching story covered in Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, choosing how the narrative flows at key junctures and leave a lasting mark on Commander Shepard’s story going forward in ME3.

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Also included with the Special Edition of Mass Effect 3 for Wii U is the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut (the alternative ending that "rights" the much-maligned final moments of the trilogy), as well as the Mass Effect 3: From Ashes single-player DLC pack. Additionally, three other pieces of multiplayer content have been shoe-horned into the game: Mass Effect 3: Resurgence, Mass Effect 3: Rebellion, and Mass Effect 3: Earth.

Online co-op multiplayer is also available in Mass Effect 3: Special Edition. In the four-player cooperative missions you can choose from several races and classes, and what you do will influence the single-player campaign.

In case you're wondering, the graphics of Mass Effect 3: Special Edition look great on Wii U. It's exciting to finally see a Nintendo system display the quality graphics we've come to love. However, the shiny, almost plastic-looking character models we've come to expect from the series have not been altered, so don't expect more refined visuals.

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All in all, my time spent with the game was a blast! If you haven't played Mass Effect 3 yet, this is your chance to have the most complete experience at a lower price, all on one disc, since the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 versions don't include all this content. That said, there's one drawback. Surprisingly, the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 doesn't include the Leviathan or Omega DLC, and it sounds like they won't be coming either.

Wondering what the game is like in terms of story and gameplay? Check out GameDynamo's very own Nicholas Greene's reviews of Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut.

GameDynamo's Score for Mass Effect 3 (Wii U)
Graphics
The look is every bit as high quality as in other console versions. The shiny, somewhat plastic-looking character models the series is known for have not been addressed.
Sound
Nothing has been improved here compared to other versions of ME3. Voice acting is generally very good, and the sound effects and musical themes are excellent.
Gameplay
Though the GamePad feels large in the hand, the ability to marshal your team with the touchscreen and monitor enemy positions is a boon to the series. It really feels like you've got access to a bit of tech pulled directly from the Mass Effect universe.
Play Value
The inclusion of bonus content on the disc enriches the experience, and being able to play exclusively on the GamePad, freeing up the TV, is heaven-sent.
 
Final Score  82  
The imperfections found in the other console versions are still present, but there is no doubt this is a great game. The addition of the GamePad to the formula is both natural and interesting.

Posted on 11/19/2012 | Game Played on: Wii U
JC Marx

Cutting his gaming teeth at Aladdin's Castle and on the Commodore 64, JC entered into video game journalism in 2008. Helping run GameDynamo as its director is both a dream and a rewarding challenge.

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