The Mass Effect 3
demo was officially released today on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3!
If you're playing it on the PC, you'll need Origin
(EA's version of Steam) to play it and an active EA/Origin account. Whatever your EA or BioWare account was becomes your Origin account.
Some people may not like having to use Origin, but I don't mind it. To me, so long as it's as user-friendly as Steam -- which it seems to be so far -- I don't have an issue with it. I'm glad they modeled it after Steam and not GFWL, which has more bugs than a South American rainforest and never seems to work right.
Right now you can only play the single-player portion of the demo. The multiplayer co-op part is available right now to those gamers who own Battlefield 3
. The co-op section will be available to everyone on Friday, February 17th.
That's how it works on the PC, so I'm assuming it's a similar situation on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
As for the game itself, it's awesome! The gameplay is very, very similar to ME2 (which is good in my opinion) and although they've improved the graphics some, it doesn't seem to slow anything down. In fact, my computer (a Pentium 4 3.6 GHz, WinXP SP3, 2GB of RAM, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 3870) which will be eight years old later this year, played ME3 perfectly. No slow down and all graphical options were turned up to their highest (although admittedly, there aren't very many options to choose from).
I'm sure many gamers elsewhere would say I'm full of shit. They've said it before regarding my old PC and modern games. According to these morons, my PC shouldn't be able to run anything more than Flash games or casual games, like from PopCap. Obviously, they don't know anything.