And some plot/game details here. (100% SPOILERIFFIC - you have been warned!)
So we’ve got some ME1 and ME2 characters as confirmed as playable (Virmire Survivor, Garrus), some making guest appearances (TIM, Wrex, Legion, Mordin) and a whole lot of nothing about the rest of the ME2 squad which are driving the fanbases over on Bioware Social Network crazy because their favorite is not mentioned…
Plotwise, it looks like Shepard is on trial for events in ME2, especially The Arrival and the opening stage is on Earth… The trial itself is interrupted by some surprise witnesses for the defense in the form of the Reapers who show up and start laying waste to everything. (Shepard: “I TOLD YOU SO! But would you believe me? Dismiss this claim now, biatches!”) So the ME3 trailer represents the opening act rather than the entirety of the game.
There are a lot of people freaking out because of disappointment in the new comic series, the idea of spending all of ME2 getting to know characters who won’t be around for 3, and the continuing war between the hard core RPGers who hated the “dumbing down” of game mechanics in 2, and those who were thrilled not to have to micromanage inventories and go on shopping sprees to get to the plot.
Me, personally, I’m happy with what I’m seeing. I’d pretty much like to see the whole gang from 2 come back, but just like with 1, having new characters was not a bad thing. As long as the narrative and personalities have the same emotional heft of the first to games, I’m good with it.
Going back to Baldur’s Gate, Bioware has always come through when it comes to giving suitably epic endings to their storylines. Their track record is pretty solid. I’m hopeful ME3 will end with a bang – or, as alluded to in the previews, multiple bangs as there will be several alternate endings.
What say the rest of you?