Mass Effect 3 launch trailer is here to whip you into a reaper-killin' frenzy


Here's the launch trailer for Mass Effect 3, arrived just ahead of the title's launch next week and just in time to work you into a proper state of anticipation. To put this in perspective, when Mass Effect 3 went into space, the residents thereof didn't get a new clip – but now it's about to go on sale, EA's looking out for you.


In fairness, this might not be the best clip to show the residents of deep space anyway. Future archeologists may well look back on it and wonder why we were so eager to paint extra-terrestrials as genocidal maniacs and/or laser cannon-fodder... or, if the clip's done its job, they'll just wonder how they can get their hands on the game. Luckily for you in 2012, obtaining a copy of Mass Effect will shortly become very straightforward indeed – and you can be sure we'll have a review ready and waiting for you imminently too.

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  • steventylerbray - March 4, 2012 5:23 a.m.

    this made me excited, not for the game, but for the soundtrack. I loved Jack Wall's work on the first two, and was super bummed when he wasn't coming back, but, damn... that was amazing...
  • lemur - March 3, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    the part of the trailer at the end when someone says "so this is how it ends." (or something like that.) reminds me of the halo 3 trailer where Cortana says "this is the way the would ends."
  • jackthemenace - March 3, 2012 4:50 a.m.

    Man, I can't wait to get a hold of a copy of this, even if I can't do it until April. It's a shame I can't get it day 1, but I don't have the money D:
  • purple_omlet - March 2, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    I came. Hard.
  • winner2 - March 2, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    They can off the matriarch lady, jack, and jacob if they're back. And Kaiden or Ashley depending on who you kept in the first game. Everyone else is off limits Bioware!
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - March 2, 2012 4 p.m.

    Seriously way too good to be true. This simple trailer brings me to tears every time. Why? Because its so well done. Because I know that characters close to me will die. Because of Garrus' quote. Because of Liara's quote. Because there may be no way for Shepard to survive. Because its the end of the trilogy that I've spent so many hours playing. Because I know the choices I've made throughout the story will have serious repercussions. Because of the music. Because its Mass Effect, and its my favorite franchise of all time.
  • R-ape - March 2, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Thank God for no wub wub in this trailer.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - March 2, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Must. Resist. Temptation. I've stayed pretty much free of all major media regarding this game so far. It would be a shame to ruin it now and watch this. Gonna just wait a FEW MORE DAYS ARRW:THKLWJEHRLKWHJ.
  • christian-shaffer - March 2, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    If Garrus dies on my first play through I will probably cry.
  • slimjim441 - March 2, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    Anyone notice the rachni?
  • MetroidPrimeRib - March 2, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Rachni join the Reapers no matter what you did in Mass Effect 1, if you did save the Queen they get mad and join and if you did not they find a long lost Queen or some stupid shit BioWare is dumb like that. Same thing with the Batarian Colony in ME2, you blew it up no matter what. The Geth are still around no matter if you blew them up or not, and they still worship Reapers even if you rewrote the code. It also doesn't matter if you destroyed the Collector base in ME2 or not because TIM and Cerberus get indoctrinated anyway.
  • slimjim441 - March 2, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    I'm tempted to call bullshit on that.^ But I have no facts that prove otherwise, so where did you get your info?
  • Drphil17 - March 2, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Thats completly not true the choice at the end of ME2 makes a huge difference Casey Hudson said this, and all the other choices make a huge difference too you havn't even played the game yet so just sit down until you actually play it
  • MetroidPrimeRib - March 2, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    Yes yes just how Todd Howard said Fallout 3 would have 200 endings and Peter Molyneux said you could do anything in Fable. BioWare's writing capabilities have been forced into a corner, a lot of things have been retconned, going from minor plot consistencies to major developments decided by the player themselves. The Protheans used to be a non-existent race, right? Well now they're $10 day one. Humans used to be the redheaded stepchild of the galaxy and a human spectre was a silly thought? Now apparently Earth is the most important thing in the universe and the Citadel has been forgone. Whether these things are just BioWare's silly writing style or them writing themselves into corners, most of your decisions have been planned for you.
  • slimjim441 - March 2, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    You still have given no sources to confirm your jests against ME3's 'set-in-stone-plot.' But I can still see where these dynamic story points that you complain about are coming from. 1. The Protheans were extinct, as far as everyone knew, but what about the team of scientists on Ilos who obviously weren't wiped out by the Reapers? Maybe they're a little like the Chozo, you've never seen one, and have no reason to think any are left, but who's to say they aren't? 2. Human's are looked down upon by the other races as weak and inferior in the beginning. Then Shepard (a human, from Earth), almost single-handedly mind you, destroys a Reaper and their entire races of slaves after being blown up have way through all that. The Reapers are going to be pretty pissed at this Earth-dweller and the galaxy probably has quite a bit more respect for this Shepard chap. Nothing about the game's story so far seems outlandish at all.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - March 2, 2012 9:57 p.m.

  • babyhenchy1 - March 2, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Great trailer. Really made it feel like the end of an incredible saga.
  • BladedFalcon - March 2, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Just 3 days... Just 3 days... Why oh why, could this game come out on this weekend? I'm gonna have a LOT of free time... but not next week -.- Oh well, good thing I'll be able to rest and sleep a lot now to make up for the lack of sleep I'll get just to make space for the game!
  • Brutalicus - March 2, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Geth and quarian fleets working together in the same shot... goddayum
  • artistjdk - March 2, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    Well, I'm in love.

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