Mass Effect 3 may be a few months away from release, but that does not mean there is a lack of information on it. Today, BioWare have launched a new episode of BioWare Pulse that showcases the new heavy melee attacks for two of the classes. The Engineer's melee attack is a high-damage hit that includes fire damage to easily slice through armor. Adepts use their biotic ability to punch enemies and send them flying through the air just like in kung-fu movies. Each class will also be getting some new abilities to help make combat a little easier. Engineers can lay down a sentry turret in the middle of a fight to help take down enemies. Opposing Engineers can do the same, but you can actually hack their turret provided your Shepard is an Engineer as well. Vanguards, one of the favorite classes in the game, get a new ability called "Nova." It is another high risk, high reward ability like the returning Charge, but activating Nova will lower your barrier and then unleash them as a powerful shockwave to damage anything nearby. It looks as cool as it sounds, but it also leaves you vulnerable for a counterattack from anyone not caught in the blast.
The new Krogan shotgun "Grawl" is also shown, and it is one of the most accurate shotguns in the game. It fires a cone of spikes that embeds itself in bad guys while also leaving them with a bleed effect to bring down their health after the initial attack. It looks like it will make for one fun weapon when we can get our hands on Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect 3 launches on March 6th, 2012, for the PC, PS3, and 360. The video below also details the contents of the N7 Collector's Edition.