By Christian Blauvelt
March 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM EST

Mass Effect 3

Tomorrow’s release of Mass Effect 3 isn’t just one of the videogame events of the year. It’s one of the pop-culture events of the year. And last week, fans of BioWare’s deeply immersive action role-playing space opera got a tantalizing early glimpse at what’s in store. In a cinematic three and a half minute trailer called “Take Back Earth,” we saw the Reapers, that ancient machine race that periodically awakens to destroy all organic life in the galaxy, finally make their conquest of Earth. That is, at least until that stubbly interstellar savior, Commander Shepard, returned to spearhead the bloody interstellar reconquista.

The only thing cooler than seeing a male Shepard kick cybernetic butt? Seeing a female Shepard kick cybernetic butt. Especially since FemShep is once again voiced by veteran voice actress Jennifer Hale, who’s quickly become the gaming world’s Sigourney Weaver, with her roster of complex sci-fi heroines that started with Bastila Shan in 2003’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Exclusively for, BioWare recut their “Take Back Earth” trailer to give FemShep a starring role, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Clearly, the Reapers don’t stand a chance. Take a look after the break.

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