Most of the conversation relating to Mass Effect 3 nowadays revolves around the mixed reception of the ending It's truly tragic that the debate over the ending overshadows the epic masterpiece that is Mass Effect 3. The gameplay of ME3 is greatly refined, creating what is easily the best customization and combat experience of the series. Whereas ME1 buried you under a mountain of items, upgrades, and talents while ME2 stripped you down to bare basics, ME3 strikes an excellent balance. There's a large variety of weapons and five modifications for each class of weapon. The previous games barred training and outright use of a weapon based on class respectively; ME3 allows any class to use any weapon, giving greater customization to classes and allowing the player to balance between weaponry and power cooldowns. Powers are revamped; each power and class talent tree has six levels with two options for the last three levels, allowing you to fine-tune your powers' performance and functionality. Melee attacks are improved on, allowing melee combos and powerful class-unique heavy melee abilities. The enemies are challenging but rewarding to defeat—their AI is smart and merciless, working together to flush you out of safe cover and cover their individual weaknesses. ME3 doesn't disappoint when it comes to storytelling. The game is the culmination of over 1,000 variables based on your decisions over the previous games. Watching the fates and emotions of the universe, old friends, and even Shepard is breathtaking and heartrending. You're forced to make several difficult decisions that influence the fate of entire races, with your options based on what you've done in the previous games. Your choices determine what War Assets you have available; the greater your War Assets, the better the outcome of the final battle. No matter what your choices, you'll have many come to reward you in the war and some to end up biting you in the rear. There's plenty of times where ME3 left me in awe, laughter, and sorrow. The hard work and love that went into ME3 is very evident. It's a epic and thrilling conclusion to the masterpiece that is the Mass Effect series and a must-play for shooter-RPG fans.
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