And honestly, it's pretty much the same as Mass Effect 2. No major roles, at least according to today's information, have been recast. Martin Sheen still plays the Illusive Man, Seth Green and Tricia Helfer still play Joker and EDI, Jennifer Hale is still Femshep, Keith David is still Admiral Anderson, and Lance Henriksen is still Admiral Hackett. Also, Carrie-Anne Moss returns as Aria T'Loak, Yvonne Strahovski returns as Miranda, and Ali Hillis returns as Liara. All in all, there are no real surprises.
However, there are two new cast members that may raise some eyebrows. One is the casting of former teen hearthrob Freddie Prinze, Jr as new team member James Vega and Jessica Chobot of G4TV, IGN and those videos on Xbox Live (seriously) as the busty and very low cut-shirted news reporter Diana Allers. I'm not judging, however; maybe she'll be really good - if you can get past the fact that the character is the spitting image of Jessica Chobot but sporting a brand-new pair of barely restrained double-D's. At least they kept her a brunette instead of setting feminism back 20 years by giving her character the awful blonde hair she's currently sporting right now, in real life.
For more info, follow the jump. Mass Effect 3 comes out on March 6.
BIOWARE RECRUITS ALL-STAR CAST
TO TAKE EARTH BACK IN MASS EFFECT 3
In a series known for delivering one of the most cinematic experiences in all of interactive entertainment with an emphasis on high quality digital acting, BioWare is aiming to once again set a new bar with Mass Effect™ 3. Today, BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc., unveiled the cast for 2012’s first blockbuster game, Mass Effect 3. The ensemble will see the return of fan favorites, including Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale as Male and Female Shepard and will introduce Freddie Prinze, Jr. as James Vega, a marine who will help Commander Shepard take Earth back.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the passion and emotion the entire cast brought to their performances in Mass Effect 3,” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series. “In a story where Earth and the entire galaxy are at war, we needed to take the performances to a level of dramatic power and intensity that we’ve never previously attempted. This extremely talented cast delivered.”
The star-studded cast for Mass Effect 3 includes the return of Golden Globe winner Sheen (“The Departed”, “Apocalypse Now”), Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”, “Family Guy”) as Joker, Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as the Normandy’s A.I. EDI, Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”) as Miranda, and Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix”) as Aria T'Loak. Other returning fan favorites include Meer and Hale as Male and Female Shepard, Ali Hillis as Dr. Liara T’Soni, Keith David (“Platoon”) as Captain Anderson and Lance Henriksen (“Aliens”) as Admiral Steven Hackett. Prinze, Jr. (“24”) and Jessica Chobot (G4 TV) as news reporter Diana Allers, are the newcomers to the series.
“I have always loved science fiction and I have always loved games and Mass Effect is really the first time both come together successfully,” said Prinze, Jr. “It is a completely immersive game where you really feel like you’re part of this journey inside this universe. It will make you think, you will care about the character you are playing, and you will care about the characters that you bring into battle with you.”
In Mass Effect 3, players will be thrust into an all-out galactic war to save the galaxy from an ancient alien race known only as the Reapers. Players will assume the role of Commander Shepard, a war-torn veteran who’s willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate this nearly unstoppable foe. With a team of elite, battle-hardened soldiers at your side, each player decides how they will take Earth back, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break. Gamers can get their first taste of the galactic war when the Mass Effect 3 demo launches worldwide on February 14.
Mass Effect 3 arrives on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC in North America on March 6, 2012 and in Europe on March 9, 2012 and is available for pre-order now at participating retailers. Fans who pre-order* have the opportunity to arm themselves with cutting-edge in-game weapons and armor to prepare for the all-out galactic war.
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