While we saw Mass Effect 3 in hands-off behind-closed-doors form at this year's E3, BioWare were being a bit more friendly at GamesCom, allowing yours truly a taste of combat with some hands-on.
Unfortunately that was the only real new component shown at the event, and even it was locked to a pretty straight-line of play. The team are definitely playing their hand close to their chest.
Still, I did get a taste of some of the tactical changes to gameplay, as well as a brief look at weapon customisation, some story, returning characters and a nice view of the scenery.
Click here for our hands-on feature
, and the thumbnails below for a closer look at a batch of new screens.