Viewers of the latest Walking Dead episode got a glimpse of BioWare’s Mass Effect 3: Taking Back the Earth trailer Sunday.
Today we get to watch the full version.
The trailer certainly looks pretty and does a good job of showing just how completely fucked Earth is now that the Reapers have arrived. But again, I feel the need to reiterate this point: Everything before the release of the Femshep trailer all looked the same to me. I caught small glimpses of different things here and there that made me a little excited– but it took the female Shepard trailer to amp me up enough to preorder the game.
Now this new Taking Back the Earth trailer feels like a step backwards.
First thing that threw me: The “Oh, look. Kids are in peril. Kids are dying (off screen). Kids are our future. Blah blah blah… We’re doomed!” aspect. The drama felt forced. I’m assuming it’s there to tug at viewer’s heart-strings, but it just didn’t strike me as being original.
The second thing that didn’t work for me: Any scene with Broshep. I feel no connection to the character… Everything concerning the man feels bland. I understand the Broshep used in the trailer is the “default” male Shepard for the game. I also get that he is purposefully generic looking so gamers can create their own Shepard to bond with while playing… But why bother using “GenericShep” in an otherwise nice looking CGI trailer? At least the new default Femshep has more character than that no-neck, space marine bastich. Maybe BioWare should have gone with her in this trailer instead… Or maybe I’m just biased.
My gut tells me my specific feelings concerning these trailers don’t/won’t matter. BioWare will still have my money on release day… And I’m fairly certain this visually impressive commercial will be more than enough to grab any on-the-fence gamers once Mass Effect 3 launches… If there still are any out there straddling those fences anyway.
You tell me.