E3 '07: Mass Effect Trailer Impressions

Microsoft shows off a new trailer for BioWare's upcoming RPG at its E3 press conference.

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During Microsoft's E3 press conference here in Santa Monica, Microsoft showed off a new trailer for Mass Effect, BioWare's new exclusive role-playing game for the Xbox 360. It appeared that the bulk of the content was cutscene-related, and the new insights were relatively spartan. We did immediately note that one of our favorite actors, Keith David, did the bulk of the voice work in the demo, leading us to hope that we get to experience more of his dulcet tones in the game.

The plot of the game revolves around a mysterious alien commander who appears to be driven by a genocidal drive to wipe humanity from the galaxy. Anyone who's read the prequel novel based in the same universe as the game, Mass Effect: Revelation, will recognize said villain as likely being Saren, one of the elite soldiers for the united galactic government that incorporates numerous alien species. His race was involved in a skirmish with humanity before the humans were incorporated into the galactic community, and bad blood still exists between the races, which apparently spills over into a rather dire conflict during the course of the game.

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Saren's ability to effect his genocide will apparently revolve around mysterious new technology, including some kind of matter-warping device that apparently sucks up a human during the course of the trailer. A number of other small scenes appear as well, with some third-person shooting with the requisite futuristic weapons thrown into the mix.

The trailer ends off with a huge space battle, showing that Mass Effect will at least attempt to capture some of the epic scope of BioWare's much-beloved Knights of the Old Republic. Microsoft did wind up seeming to confirm a solid November release date for the game, so we can expect to get a nice RPG around the same time that we'd normally get a Halo title.

Discussion

100 comments
PainfuLstyLe
PainfuLstyLe

One of my reasons to buy 360. A great game is coming...

Brimmstone69
Brimmstone69

Just simply AWESOME!!! I mean this will simply be the BEST game ever on the 360 untill part 2 and 3 come out

Kronblom71
Kronblom71

The only reason to buy an 360 I´ve seen thus far

XYZVector
XYZVector

BioWare does have a good pedigree, how many AAA titles have they released. How many AA titles. Mass Effect looks great also. I cant wait to see it on my HT.

submissions72
submissions72

this game's going to be sick guys..buy it when it comes out

Chocolate_Hero
Chocolate_Hero

It looks alright, but I'm not sold on it yet. I need to see more in terms of game play.

RavenSoS
RavenSoS

One of the reasons I bought a 360 in the first place. It was Gears of War, Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Too Human that made me want it. One down, two more to go this year, and HOPEFULLY the final piece of my 360 puzzle next year.

monco59
monco59

Most. Anticipated. Game. Ever! I love Bioware.

cubeman
cubeman

Just another title I will be picking up for my 360.

bond21
bond21

this is GOTY 2007

Saije
Saije

The Good Doctors are Ingenius, can they make a bad game??? I dont think they can...

mikeg0788
mikeg0788

Looks like a promising fall for Xbox 360 owners. Sucks that they are all coming out my freshmen year of college. Wont have time to really enjoy them!

jimbobb23
jimbobb23

I am about to get a PS3, but this game and Bioshock (mostly Bioshock) really really tempt me. Eventually, I will need to have a PS3 and XBOX360 - both great systems. For those that can afford it - I bet that is heavenly!

icecoldkilla78
icecoldkilla78

i cant wait for this to come out, mass effect plus halo3 plus gta IV equals no time for classes this fall

maltiiatus
maltiiatus

I'm so pumped for this game. This is gonna be another instant classic by one of the best devs in the business.

SMASHED_ASPHALT
SMASHED_ASPHALT

Atleast we have somewhat of a release date (month) to count down to. I think this game is going to be really good.

disappeared
disappeared

I'm really glad BioWare's getting it out in November. A 2008 release would still seem so far off.

tk-42121
tk-42121

it looks good ill probly buy but i think i want to see more

nujack
nujack

Bioware and the two doctors are amazing. Any game they publish i will get sight unseen.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I thought it was cool, and I am wait to see more on this game

monkeyman
monkeyman

Hey Kartel, go back to playing FInal Fantasy you douche.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I guess we will have to save humanity in this game as well. The game does look good though and I look forward to it.

Kartel101
Kartel101

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Ludovic
Ludovic

Those who have read the book (Mass Effect Revelations) can make a lot out of this trailer. Basically the book is about the bad guy of the game. And they also know how this whole universe is absolutely awesome. Mass Effect will definitely be a must have for all western RPG's fans. Also, if the game is anything like the book, it will definitely get a M rating, which is good in my book.

daniel665
daniel665

Yep this is the one this year that my moneys on for game of the year. Halo3 looks great but man this is the one.

joshtheboss
joshtheboss

This game looks awesome. I cannot wait till November to try it!

martin_f
martin_f

Cutscenes are In game engine too so 'thats just cutscene graphics' argument isn't valid

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

I want to see more of this game:).

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I was impressed with the trailer, and am excited for Mass Effect's release!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Beautiful looks like tons of action with a true plot

GrayCalx
GrayCalx

slappylad : Too bad you guys dont have your own 24 hour gaming network. I'm pretty sure they do, or at least support one. Its called GamePlay its on the VOOM HD network (brought to you by Dish Network). Its a fantastic channel. A lot of repeats but hands down the best gaming only tv channel.

dommeus
dommeus

Trailer looks amazing. Buying a 360.

donger
donger

Yes the "cutscenes" were some of the nicest visuals i've seen in a video game. Just too bad that the very brief in game footage's frame rate was still choppy as h e l l . hope they get this one right.

slappylad
slappylad

I caught the trailer during the conference last evening while watching it on gamespot (thank you), unlike a certain-named 3rd tier cable network who thought it would be smart to take a 5 min break for home loan and credit report ads during a live press event. Too bad you guys dont have your own 24 hour gaming network.

kyrieee
kyrieee

I liked the old trailers better

ziggy87
ziggy87

dam im pissed i really wanted it earlier

selbie
selbie

I'm absolutely drawn to this game. It's like KOTOR but with a hint of Freespace 2 (ie. big mother freakin' ships). I just pray to the gaming gods that it come to PC :(

akif22
akif22

looks great, very epic

BigC43
BigC43

November is better than 2008, like something else I know of. *caugh*Too Human*Caugh*

Limonadi
Limonadi

January 2008?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

glock125
glock125

i cannot wait to play this game