The only real issue I had with "Mass Effect 3" is more of an annoyance than anything, but is worth noting nonetheless. The Xbox 360 version, which I played for my review, comes on two discs, which isn't altogether surprising for games of this size and scope. But while most multi-disc games require only an occasional disc swap, "Mass Effect 3" had me switching out discs on a regular basis - in fact, there were times when I had to swap discs after consecutive missions. I'm not too lazy to get up and walk across the room to change discs, but the constant stopping and starting certainly made it more difficult to become immersed in the game.
I had been waiting for "Mass Effect 3" since the moment I completed "Mass Effect 2," and I'm happy to say that the final installment in the trilogy did not disappoint. The core gameplay was every bit as enjoyable as I remembered, and the addition of Kinect support and online multiplayer only added to the overall experience. But it was the story - a story I helped craft over the course of the trilogy - that made "Mass Effect 3" an unforgettable game. Whether you've been on board since the get-go or are enlisting for the first time, "Mass Effect 3" is not to be missed.
"Mass Effect 3"
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($59.99)
Rating: M for mature