The Game

Mass Effect 3

For those of us who dug in, binned our social lives and fought our way through the 70-plus hours of gameplay in BioWare’s first two Mass Effects, not only were we rewarded with one of the best shooter/role-playing game franchises of recent years, but also the diverting prospect of hooking up with a number of the characters featured in the games. 

However, with the conclusion to the trilogy coming next month, it could be time for the consequences of those R&R antics to come back to the space dock to roost. Why?

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ME3 will be thin on the ground as far as new conquests are concerned, dishing up instead a series of old flames from episodes one and two for Lieutenant Commander Shepard to unleash his/her silver tongue on (depending which gender you’ve opted for). If you didn’t stay faithful to your squeeze from ME1, then it’s likely you’re going to have some serious explaining to do this time around.

And if that wasn’t complicated enough, another sweet-love angle for ME3 comes in the form of what Shepard might class as a “don’t ask, don’t tell” addition to this military mission. Yep, same-sex bed-hopping is on the cards this time, whether you play the male or female versions of our swinging starship trooper. (That’s 22nd century progress for you.)

Mass Effect 3 is out on 9 March on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360