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The makers of Mass Effect 3 have tried to counter worries that the upcoming addition to the space opera franchise will stay true to the game's RPG origins. But game developer BioWare and publisher EA Games might not have done themselves any favors on that front in pushing out a new Mass Effect 3 trailer that paints the game as more shoot-em-up than cerebral puzzler.Which isn't to say that the next edition in the award-winning Mass Effect series, due out March 6, 2012, doesn't look cool as all get-out. The new trailer, coming in at just under two minutes, depicts Commander Shepard and several allies taking on threats in close quarters, resulting in a firefight that looks to blow away combat encounters from Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 (video below).The stakes are high in Mass Effect 3, which BioWare marketing chief David Silverman has described at "HBO meets Star Wars." Nothing less than the extinction of the allied planets is at stake as a final showdown with the Reapers looms—hence the tip of the cap to the Star Wars saga's galactic scope. The HBO reference, of course, indicates that the adult themes of the Mass Effect franchise are still very much intact.
But some hardcore fans of the Mass Effect series are concerned that BioWare has been spending too much time ginning up the combat engine for the new game and too little on the choose-your-own-adventure foundation that has won the franchise such a loyal fan base.Trailers like the one released Tuesday probably won't do much to allay those concerns. Silverman, in a July interview, tried to walk a fine line between pumping up the game's new action elements while promising that it's still an RPG title at heart.