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Mass Effect 3 Voice Cast Revealed

Not a ton of surprises here, but it's good to see some familiar faces. Or should that be voices?
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: January 31, 2012
Plenty of things can be said about the Mass Effect franchise -- hell, we finally got the chance to say a few in our review of the better-late-than-never release of ME2 about a year ago. Ah, but the era of the late release of the Mass Effect franchise is being put to an end with Mass Effect 3, the conclusion to a conflict stretching across both millennia and the edges of the known universe. In short, it's going to be pretty friggin' epic.

Thankfully, we won't have to wait much longer to finally imbibe the whole space enchilada, as ME3 hits stores on March 15th. To help tide over info-hungry superfans (yep, we'll count ourselves among that number), BioWare and EA kicked over a little info on who you should expect to see and hear when the game finally does street.

In short, it's a pretty familiar cast: Keith David's impossibly awesome baritone providing Captain Anderson's pipes, Martin Sheen giving the Illusive Man his particular take on yoo-manity, Seth Green doing his best Seth Green impression as Joker, Tricia "I'm not Six, dammit" Helfer voicing EDI, Yvonne Strahovski mourning the loss of Chuck by playing Miranda, Ali Hillis and Carrie-Ann Moss going Asari as Liara and Aria, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale giving Shepard and FemShep their gender-appropriate character-created lead a voice, and of course the greatest voice of them all, Lance Henriksen as Admiral Hackett.

It's not all returning cast, though. This time around, all-around sweetheart and serious Mass Effect fan Jessica Chobot is lending her likeness and voice to news reporter Diana Allers, while Freddie Prinze, Jr. is voicing burly space marine James Vega. We're not sure if Shepard will treat Ms. Chobot the same way he/she treats other reporters, but for Jessica's face's sake, we hope not. We do know, however, that Shep's face will undergo a light pummeling from Vega, so that should be interesting -- provided you like watching burly dudes slug each other in the face while talking it out.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the passion and emotion the entire cast brought to their performances in Mass Effect 3," squealed a giggling, clapping Casey Hudson, the ME series' Executive Producer. "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."

"I have always loved science fiction and I have always loved games and Mass Effect is really the first time both come together successfully," added 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."

If that quote from ol' Freddie seems a little... strange, we have something of a treat for you. Watch has he describes the rest of the Mass Effect series as well as games in general with the same level of knowledge and understanding. Also, Martin Sheen may not know he's talking to a camera. Yes, it's awesome. After the video, feel free to scroll up and click the Images link for some new screens too. Yes, we love you. Enjoy!