E3 2011: Mass Effect 3 Dated and Kinect-Enabled

After a slight blip in release date, BioWare has finally set a date for the conclusion of their space opera, Mass Effect 3: March 6, 2012.

But wait! There’s more!

Mass Effect 3 will be Kinect-enabled on the Xbox 360 in a crazy new way.  The player will be able to speak for Commander Shepard (sort of), as they can vocally respond to the NPCs.  As a conversation response prompt appears, the player will be able to state the paragon or renegade choices to advance the conversation tree.

In battle, the player will also be able to control Team Shepard via voice command.  You can order your teammates to advance (“Garrus, advance!”), to attack, or even to use specific abilities (“Liara, Singularity!”)

Pretty awesome – although I can’t help but feel like after using these voice commands for a hour or so, I’ll be returning to the control pad just because it’s easier and faster.

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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