With the third instalment of the series on its way in March, it's safe to say I'm pretty excited about the Mass Effect franchise. Opinions have been generally mixed when I talk to people about it, though; anyone who has stuck with the first game long enough to clear it either falls into the 'love it' or 'loathe it' camp. True, there are aspects of the first game that brought it down from a perfect 10/10 to an 8—the Mako missions were tedious at times, for starters, and the combat system could be a bit simplistic—but I'm always surprised by the hate this series gets sometimes. It's just the right blend of shooter and RPG, in my opinion.

Here's some gameplay from the third game, aired at the Spike Video Game Awards:

Anybody else waiting with bated breath for the final part to the trilogy?