Saving the galaxy in Mass Effect 3 is a full-time job. Unfortunately, most of us need to maintain our real full-time jobs to play Mass Effect 3. See the dilemma? EA has, which is why it's released the Mass Effect 3 Datapad for iOS devices.

Announced last month, the Datapad is billed as “the ultimate companion” for BioWare's sequel. With it, Mass Effect 3 players can keep in touch with the Normandy and its crew through character details and in-app messages; while staying current on their exploits via updates from the Alliance News Network. Much like the game, the Datapad also includes a comprehensive codex detailing everything you need to know from the Mass Effect series; as well as a library of videos, photos, and wallpapers to ensure there's always something to gawk at.

On a practical level, EA's Mass Effect 3 companion app grants players the means to influence their Readiness Rating while away from their consoles. This is accomplished through a mini-game wherein users deploy fleets to combat Reapers throughout the galaxy with the flick of a finger.

The app is a 73.6 MB download, and available to all iPads and third generation iPhones and iPod touches. You can find it for no charge now in the Apple App Store.


  • inkyspot - March 13, 2012 10 a.m.

    The ending is not what you think, it's a set up for a DLC. That's all I can say without spoiling it.
  • GhostbustTyler - March 13, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    I know, and I beat it like half the internet already. I was just joking since that's what Mass Effect fanboys/girls are bitching about everywhere. The petition to make Bioware write a new ending is just as pathetic as the Valve fanboys making one to stop Valve from making Left 4 Dead 2, and then they all bought it. The only complaining I've done about the ending was to some friends who love the series more than me and I told them it was horrible to make them enjoy the game instead of rushing through it.
  • GhostbustTyler - March 13, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    *Generic comment about the ending being terrible*
  • DeathNick88 - March 13, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    What, no android version? This blows
  • Darkhawk - March 13, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Very cool idea. Free app that lets you feel like you're plugged into the virtual war? Sign me up.

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