Rated 4 out of 10 by asmodai77 Lazy Ending Destroys Franchise
The game engine is beautiful. The multiplayer co-op is fun and challenging. The story itself throughout is fun and enjoyable, plus they do an amazing job of tying the events of the previous two games together and making you feel like your choices matter.
In the end, though, they don't. The ending is so sloppily and lazily done it destroyed the whole franchise. Choices no longer matter as Deus Ex Machina tears apart the 'choose your own adventure' style of storyline for a force railroad that leaves the joy of playing these games bloody and broken on the tracks.
I can't even bring myself to try to play and enjoy the MP aspects of it anymore, there's just no point. I know the ending. I know my choices don't matter and in a fit of intellectual laziness, the devs have sauntered off to collect my money.
I give this 4 stars because there are some redeeming parts of the game. I won't give it any more because it has destroyed its own replay value through the terrible conclusion.
Rated 6 out of 10 by GrudHeap Decent Action-Adventure
This is easily Bioware's most casual-friendly, streamlined game. The RPG elements are very minimal and the high-octane action is pretty much driving the whole story. If you enjoy action-adventure games that simply tour different exotic set-pieces, then this game is well worth $30-$40. If you like quasi-strategic action shooters, you might have a great time with this. But as an RPG, and as the critical installment in a series, the game falls quite flat.
There were also quite a few graphical and sound glitches at launch, as well as gameplay hiccups that hurt the multiplayer experience. Beyond that, the "action button" technique that Bioware insists on using is quite cumbersome in this game. The action button has about 5 or 6 different functions, which leads to a lot of gameplay problems. ME3 is far from perfect, but in the right state of mind it can certainly be a heck of a good time.
Rated 9 out of 10 It's not about the destination, it's the journey.
This game ends a great trilogy and is a great investment of money. If you played any of the previous games, this game will be twice as good. But it is not unapproachable if you haven't. Some people complain about the ending, but there are 3 reasons this shouldn't discourage you from buying: 1) Developers have already agreed to write a new ending and are probably going to patch the game with it in the future, 2) The whole game is great enough (especially the whole series) to make the 'bad ending" only a minor deterrence in a great game, and 3) story doesn't affect it's multiplayer, which is enjoyable as well. If you are looking into a new series to play, start with the first Mass Effect and play through to this one. It is a very worthwhile experience. Developers update the game and listen to feedback! And DLC is available!
Rated 10 out of 10 by donutseed An underappreciated ending
This game was incredible all the way through, despite a glitch here and there that would result in a reload. If you ask anyone what they would rate this game before the end I guarantee you would not get less than a 9. But people are very sore about the end of the game...will try not to spoil anything...this game had a very amazing ending. I wanted to shed a tear it was so amazing, and it came to a conclusion that has a cinematic ending that anyone would hope for if they were watching a film, its just that because it is a well loved game nobody likes it. The multiplayer sucks however, I am not going to lie about that, and you have to play it to get a decent ending out of the game. But If I may say so, this is the best game I have ever played and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Rated 0 out of 10 by gtrfreak182 Get it...that is all...
Mass Effect was a fantastic shooter/RPG and Mass Effect 2 goes down as the best game I've played since Ocarina of Time. The exciting, customizable story keeps you always on your toes. The phenomenal graphics and character personality/development make you feel like you're in a real world. By the end of the game, the critical decisions you have to make are weighed on the fact that you develop relationships with the characters around you. If the gameplay is at all similar to Mass Effect 2, you can't go wrong with 3rd person cover shooting mixed with abilities, all of which you have control over their development. It goes without saying that I will not be leaving my room for a week when this game comes out (hopefully at the end of the year as posted now). If you haven't played the first two...what are you waiting for?
Rated 7 out of 10 by Solkris Great until the end; terrible for trilogy wrapup
Graphics and sound were great. I gave gameplay an average because as a squad shooter, it's just that. Controls are tight but even when set to use abilities, squad members frequently won't. I had to manually activate Ashley's marksman ability most of the time. Also, while you can order your squadmates to move somewhere, they won't always stay. Which results in them getting killed by heavy fire because they left the good position you had them in.
The game's storyline was good, but the ending was atrocious. It is wrapping up a trilogy of games. I expected two things. First, that it would show me glimpses of the main characters' lives in the aftermath. Secondly, that it would have a happy ending (yes, I got the "good" one). The ending was fifteen seconds of footage showing Joker and two other seemingly random characters. It was, in short (pun intended), awful.
I had to rate "Lasting Appeal" low for that reason. I can't imagine replaying the game to see that ending. Also, there is about 10 minutes of dialogue at the end that cannot be skipped. After how wonderful the journey was, I cannot fully express my disappointment in how poorly executed its end turned out to be.
Rated 9 out of 10 by HKXPrototype Awesome game!
This game is amazing and if your a true Mass Effect fan and know how the games play, you know that there is much more to the game than just running thru the game and beating it! Mass Effect is one of the best gaming franchises ever made and yes, the ending was a bit of a disappointment, but if your a true die hard ME fan than this game is amazing and the ending shouldn't ruin the entire game for you. I went through and did all the side missions and played the multiplayer and got my effective military strength and galatic readyness as high as they could go and the ending was not as horrible as everyone is saying. If you go through and play it like a true ME fan you will love this game and when Bioware releases the new ending sometime this summer it will make the game even better.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Daedhart Want, but Confused...
From my understanding of the end of the second game, each Reaper looks like one of the civilizations that were wiped out. Why do all the Reapers in the trailer look like the squid men? ...Anywho, with the total and utter disappointment that was Dragon Age II (and the bogus, pointless and extremely shallow storyline that went with it), this is pretty much the only game I have to look forward to. I was pleasantly surprised by Mass Effect II's story line being as good as it was, almost rivaling the first one. Lets hope Mass Effect III can supply the same quality.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Supremewargod47 one of 2011 top
ok im a huge mass effect fan, the first two games were amazing nothing wrong with neither of them, the only thing i hate is they brought it to PS3 but i guess they do need to let both consoles play this amazing game, the only concern i have about the third game is it going to be on multi disk cause the first two were really long and since there making it for PS3 also only means that its going to have alot of data that xbox wont be able to have on one disc kinda like what they did with FF13 but regaurdless this is going to be a game that goes down in history
Rated 9 out of 10 by LegendaryKyle Under-toned finish to a fantastic series
The final installment of mass effect was fantastic all the through until the end. The final battle felt a little under-rated considering this was the build up for the series in the past five years. There have been a lot of complaints about small details at the ending but i won't say any in the event i spoil it for someone. My only complaint about the ending is how sloppily it felt (in mass effect standards, which is fairly high.) This game is well worth the money even still though, and is a fantastic experience you can't miss out on.