Mass Effect 3 Ships March 6th, Sports Kinect Voice Recognition on Xbox 360

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It’s been a busy day for Mass Effect 3, appearing prominently during both EA and Microsoft’s E3 press conferences. I suppose the most important news is the confirmation of a launch date: the trilogy closer in BioWare’s shooter/RPG series will ship for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012.

Now that the date is set, the next order of business to address is the N7 Collector’s Edition, an $80 special edition available for pre-order now on all three platforms (a digital edition will also be sold on EA’s new Origin online store). The N7 edition will come with “in-game appearance packs, a Dark Horse Comic Book, a hardcover art book, an exclusive extended soundtrack, exclusive lithograph and an exclusive N7 patch,” in addition to instant access to a “N7 Arsenal Pack which features four tactical guns exclusive to this special edition.”

Finally we come to the Kinect support. As demonstrated during Microsoft’s E3 presser, the Xbox 360 version of ME3 will feature exclusive support for Kinect voice recognition. This completely optional augmentation will allow Kinect users to make dialogue choices and issue party orders via simple voice commands. Voice commands aren’t particularly new in gaming, but the functionality appeared to work extremely well during the demo, and should be a nice addition for those who choose to go with the Xbox 360 version.

Now, how about some screenshots? Yeah, I thought you’d like those!

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And a trailer. It’s nice, too!

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