Forget that special evening with your significant other, Valentine's Day will be spent with Commander Shepard as he takes on a horde of Reaper combatants to thwart their objective of, well, being big alien jerks.

EA and BioWare announced today that a Mass Effect 3 demo will be made available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms on February 14th, 2012.

As for what the demo will include, we turn to a specific portion of the press release:

The extensive demo will allow players to experience the all-out galactic war against an ancient alien race known as the Reapers from multiple fronts, including the mind-blowing opening attack on Earth that kicks off the single-player campaign. Players will go deeper into the campaign and also get a taste of the franchise's new co-operative multiplayer mode as they preview the epic story, adrenaline-pumping action and deep customization options that lie ahead when Mass Effect 3 launches on March 6, 2012.

Xbox 360 gamers with the Kinect add-on in operation alongside their console will also be able to sample the voice control features touted back at Microsoft's E3 conference. Gamers will be able to give voice commands to companions in battle as well as use their voices to select dialogue options when those moments approach.

This is the first pre-launch demo to support full Kinect voice recognition functionality, according to a blip in the release.

I'm not sure I'm sold on the Kinect features coming to this franchise. It seems to me that speaking to a computer controlled character will only act to remind me that I'm playing a game instead of further immerse me in its universe and story. Am I alone in that thinking?

Mass Effect 3 will launch for all three platforms on March 6th, less than two months from today and one month from the demo. Will you be snagging the final chapter in the universe's first trilogy?

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