Mass Effect 3
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.
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.
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.
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?
this is an overall great game.
this is one of the best games i have ever played it has the best story line and only one bad side to it the bad side is that the ending sucks but i would recommend this game to every body who loves any mass effect.
The Mass Effect series is by far one of my favorite game titles ever in terms of story that it provides. This game just can't come out soon enough...
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!
Mass Effect was one of the best games I've ever played. Mass Effect 2 (with the exceptions of a couple of very minor complaints) exceeded all of my expectations, and set the bar far higher for ME3 than it had been set for ME2. The trailer looks awesome, but a cinematic trailer doesn't add up to an outstanding game. This is the game I most anticipate this year, and its release date is too far away.
Ending ruins whe whole game!
Great game up until the last 10 minutes, now I wish I never would of played mass effect. I dont understand what the writers were thinking on this one.
Bioware has become EA
First off, I have a question: why is the spacebar used for so many tasks?! This alone has led to countless deaths (not even on the hardest difficulty) and should never have been allowed to happen. If you're picky about your controls and being able to customize them, don't get this game! Another complaint I have about customization, which is two-fold: why are the options under EXTRAS of all places?! And graphics settings don't even exist! If my computer is running anything in the background, I cannot play this game because I can't turn down the graphics settings from gorgeous to performance. Oh wait, I can turn dynamic shadows and anti-aliasing on and off, because that makes all the difference. No, wait, it doesn't. Finally, my third problem with this game: If you're a hardcore Mass Effect fan as I was, DO NOT buy this game! If you don't get the From Ashes DLC, it will not feel like a finished game! Then again, even with that, don't get it for the story, as the ending (trying to avoid spoilers) is the worst ending to a game I have seen in an EA title, much less a Bioware title. I've played Call of Duty games with better endings, and I don't even like those games! Ranting aside, the gameplay itself is epic, and it is DEFINITELY a fun game, especially the multiplayer. If you're in it for the gameplay, this game is definitely worth buying (other than the spacebar). It has the feel of an EA game rather than a Bioware game, however, so I'm conflicted on whether or not to recommend this game.