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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Mass Effect 3 is an action game with role-playing elements designed for mature players. It shows violence and blood -- dramatic, slow-motion headshots depict crimson splatter -- and presents adult situations that include suggestive dialogue, sexual activity, and partial nudity. There are thousands of lines of dialogue, some of which include strong profanity. What's more, multiplayer support over the Internet means gamers can chat freely in real-time, creating potential for players to share personal information and become subject to inappropriate conversations.
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Is it any good?
The intense, combat-heavy gameplay, tight controls, and engaging story and characters all make Mass Effect 3 an extraordinary adventure, regardless of whether you're new to the series or a longtime fan. Along with the long solo campaign -- which features tens of thousands of lines of dialogue and nearly 90 minutes of cinematic sequences -- the game features multiplayer modes for up to four players. This continues the fun long after the story is completed.
While all three versions of the game are the same, the Xbox 360 version also adds Kinect support, which allows gamers to assign instructions to Shepard's squad mates using voice commands instead of using the controller. Without question, the Mass Effect series -- designed for players 17 years of age and older -- is among the finest examples of interactive entertainment, delivering immersive, action-heavy gameplay (with many RPG upgrades), solo and multiplayer gameplay, and memorable scenes and characters.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this game utilizes Kinect for Xbox 360 in a meaningful way. Do voice commands enhance the experience? Did you feel more immersed in the game?
Families can also discuss the depiction of sexuality in games. Do you think games are an appropriate platform for romantic narrative?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: March 6, 2012
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
- Last updated: April 21, 2021
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