Mass Effect 3: Kinect Commands Guide

The Reapers are on Earth in Mass Effect 3, and Commander Shepard is going to all the help he can get to drive the alien menace back. For players excited to give voice commands a try and get a leg up over the Reapers, Bioware has included Kinect functionality on the X-box 360 version of the space-RPG-shooter epic. Below, we’ve got a quick and dirty guide to get you started with the Kinect.

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Kinect Commands Guide

Tips & Tricks

  • To give commands with the Kinect, speak clearly and use the keywords listed below.
  • Giving commands to Cmdr. Shepard is as simple as stating the command.
  • Words like “Open” or “Examine” allow Shepard to interact with the environment, while weapon names or ammo types will automatically switch. For example: Open, Examine, Shotgun, Assault Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Pistol, Incediary Ammo, Cyro Ammo, etc.
  • To gives your squadmates commands, state the name of your squadmate followed by a command keyword. Some commands require the aiming reticule to target enemies or areas.
  • For example: Say “Garrus Incendiary Ammo” and Garrus will switch to Incendiary Ammo. Or, say “Ashley Follow” to command Ashley to follow you. Say “Liara Attack” and use your reticule to have Liara attack an area.
  • Voice commands are best for avoiding the squad command menu. Issuing special attack commands with Kinect is much faster than using the on-screen menu.

Voice Command List

Note: During conversations, speak the response choice.

  • Command Scheme: For Shepard: (Single Command) Weapons/ Action Commands/ Ability Commands
  • Command Scheme:For Squadmates: (Two Commands) Squad Member + Weapons/Action Commands/ Ability Commands

Squad Members:

  • Ashley
  • Garrus
  • James
  • Kaidan
  • Liara
  • Tali


  • Assault Weapons
  • Pistol
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Shotgun
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Submachine Gun

Action Commands:

  • Activate
  • Bypass
  • Deactivate
  • Open
  • Examine
  • Pick Up
  • Reactivate
  • Support
  • Salvage
  • Talk
  • Warn

Ability Commands:

  • Warp
  • Throw
  • Tech Armor
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Biotic Charge
  • Overload
  • Pull
  • Cluster Grenade
  • Sabotage
  • Combat Drone
  • Sentry Turret
  • Concussive Shot
  • Shockwave
  • Cryo Ammo
  • Singularity
  • Cryo Blast
  • Sticky Grenade
  • Disruptor Ammo
  • Tactical Cloak
  • First Aid
  • Frag Grenade
  • Incendiary Ammo
  • Incinerate
  • Lift Grenade
  • Nova

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7 Comments on Mass Effect 3: Kinect Commands Guide


On February 26, 2012 at 7:09 am

worst gaame evar, made worse with kinect


On February 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

But I kid, It will be great


On February 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

*sees guy yelling at his xbox*

*points at guy yelling at his xbox*



On March 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

saying “boom stick” is an alternative to shotgun

hag beam

On March 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm



On May 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

Warp ammo does work as an ability command


On May 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

You can say “Ash” instead of “Ashley’