Last week, BioWare released a teaser for its “Take Earth Back” Mass Effect 3 trailer. The slow pacing and quiet reverence shown as a young girl from Earth watched a reaper hover over her farm was downright chilling. One astute reader even correctly pointed out that the teaser was a nod the famous 1964 “Daisy” ad from Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign.
This Sunday night, the full cinematic version of the trailer aired on AMC’s The Walking Dead. And while it’s definitely not as subtle as its teaser counterpart, it’s no less titillating. Fans of explosions, tight-roping space battles, mass destruction on a global scale, and oddly enough, 300 — you won’t be disappointed.
Check it out below, and get ready to “Take Earth Back” in Mass Effect 3:
Those who downloaded the Mass Effect 3 demo know all too well what the downfall of our planet looks like: The Reaper fleet invading en masse. The Alliance and their defenses too slow and too unprepared to stop the scourge of Earth’s major cities. Commander Shepard forced to make a split second escape aboard the Normandy SR-2.
The trailer doesn’t tell us anything new in that regard, but it provides an undeniably epic look at how Shepard pulls a Douglas MacArthur, returning for one final ass kicking with the Alliance Fleet in tow. We don’t see any other races coming to the aid of Shepard and his war party, but presumably, that’s because it’s up to you whether or not humanity stands alone.
With the Normandy raining down air support from above, it's also interesting to see Shepard in full close-quarters-combat mode. The omni-tool knife we saw back during our E3 preview of weapons and combat for Mass Effect 3 inserts itself quite nicely inside a couple of husks, and the big leap Shepard takes during the final shot might be representative of the revamped movement in the game.
We’re only a little more than two weeks (and presumably one more launch trailer) away from the one of the most anticipated game releases this year. If you still need convincing that Mass Effect 3 likely won't be one to miss out on, see how we fared during our demo impressions for another look.
That, or you could just hope it falls out of the sky.
Mass Effect 3 takes off on March 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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