Mass Effect 3 demo drops in on February 14

Mass Effect 3 is only a few months away, crashing into your living room and slapping you in the face on March 6, but you'll be able to get your hands on the game much sooner than that. Today, BioWare confirmed that a demo for the game was due out next month, landing on February 14 and granting access to a large chunk of the game that the developer claims will give players a glimpse into the scale of the war, which is enveloping the entire universe. Downloading and playing the demo will also grant access to some sweet digs to use in Kingdoms of Amalur via a sweet cross-promotion deal that has both games' demos unlocking items for the other games.

“We are excited to be able to give gamers an expansive demo that will put them right on the front lines of this all-out galactic war,” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series. “The entire scale of the game is bigger than anything we’ve ever done. With its intense action, deep customization and raw emotional power, Mass Effect 3 will deliver a spectacular action RPG experience to fans of the series and newcomers alike.”

To celebrate the announcement, BioWare also released a trailer for the Kinect-enabled version of Mass Effect 3, wherein you'll scream at your television instead of tapping buttons. Which, obviously, is preferred by everyone, right?


  • Darkhawk - January 19, 2012 10 a.m.

    QUERY: Will this demo require XBLA Gold? I can't download the Amalur demo for that reason.
  • soren7550 - January 19, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    My guess is yes. But I have heard that a week after a demo is released, silver users can download demos as well. And hey, the demo is being released on my birthday! Awesome!
  • RipgutReaper - January 18, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    Isn't there an Xbox game that allows you to give voice commands using your headset? I believe they were Tom Clancy games. How does Kinect make ME3 so much better when we should be able to do this with our headsets at no extra cost?
  • garnsr - January 18, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    The Mass Effect 2 demo didn't convince me to get, but I'll probably try this one out anyway, on PS3. I already get a free piece of ME3 armor from the Amalur demo.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - January 18, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    HAHAHAHA, 'with kinect i don't have to pause the game' Ahun, you had to pause the game to open a door before?
  • bebl09 - January 18, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    "Better with Kinect" - lol
  • gondarpwns - January 18, 2012 4:02 p.m.

  • Brutalicus - January 18, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    Sorry, ladies. Mass Effect 3.
  • playswithsquirrels - January 18, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    Can anyone tell me if I need to have played 1 and 2 to play 3? I was in college and too committed to doing well to play them, and now I don't have time. It may be too early to tell, but any input would be great.
  • ChiChiRocket - January 18, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Well.. you can try, but I think you'd be pretty lost without the context that you get from ME1 and 2. The stories are tied together pretty closely. I can't imagine how it would be possible to play ME3 without playing the other two first.
  • playswithsquirrels - January 18, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    I played about 10-15 hours of ME1, but I'm assuming that's far too little considering the scale of the games, right?
  • TheRandomFool - January 18, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    At least play the 2nd one, as a rental - you can get through everything in about 20ish hours, and there will be enough story to satisfy that. Plus, it's much better than the first, gameplay wise.
  • BladedFalcon - January 18, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    Yeah... I'd honestly recommend you to play the first two first. Diving into this one without experiencing the others would be akin to watching Return of the Jedi, or Return of the King without watching the first two movies of their respective trilogies...
  • radiodeaf - January 18, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    yeah...seems gimmicky at best... no thanks... stop shoving voice commands down our throat. It was a great idea for a's crap for actual practice.
  • DeliciousPie - January 18, 2012 2:43 p.m.


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