BioWare’s Mass Effect series has always been full of tough choices. None seems more compelling or tragic than Shepard’s forced departure from Earth to seek allies among the other Council Races.

The Reapers have arrived in full force, and no one will be safe. When they finish with Earth, they will sweep through the rest of the known Universe. Asari, Salarians, Turians, Volus and even Batarians will be annihilated by the wave of destruction if Shepard cannot convince the disparate species to unite.

Our review of Mass Effect 3 is underway, but you can get a look at the intense, epic conclusion to the trilogy in the launch trailer (underscored by Sam Hulick and team’s stirring soundtrack).

For those of us who aren’t Stephanie Gutowski, Mass Effect 3 will be in our hands in a few short days on March 6, 2012.

Oh, one friendly tip. If you don’t want the ending spoiled for you, stay away from social media. There are some real jerks out there.