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Old 8th March 2012, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mass Effect 3

Because it came out today and it will be massive.

I haven't got it yet so I won't post much but for those who do, enjoy and post your thoughts.
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Old 8th March 2012, 10:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

All I know so far is that the internet hate machine is out in full force on this one:

http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-...3/user-reviews

And this is the case AFTER Metacritic cleaned out some of the negative reviews.

I usually assume that whoever gives a review with a rating of zero is an idiot. Seems like they all came out of their hidey holes for this one.
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Old 8th March 2012, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

What have the negative reviews been all about (aside from trolling).
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Old 9th March 2012, 12:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

Looks like a bunch of people didn't like the ending. The demo was pretty cool, though the sprint animation reminds me of I, Robot and the Centurions' smoke effect is abysmal, hope they fixed that for the full game. The multiplayer is brilliant.

My copy is hopefully arriving tomorrow but whether I'll be in to get it is another matter. My weekend is packed so I doubt it'll make a difference anyway. Although if it turns up I'll likely do little else.
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Old 9th March 2012, 11:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

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What have the negative reviews been all about (aside from trolling).
Almost exclusively about the inclusion of a homosexual romance option.

There has been a little criticism about the ending as well, but primarily the issue seems to be "ONOES MANLOVE!". What an accepting world we live in.
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Old 9th March 2012, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

As I said, the hate machine is strong in this one.
I would like to include this episode of the Jimquisition regarding that subject of Mass Effect 3. Not safe for work as his language is pretty appalling (don't mind the character he portrays, just what he says):

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/vide...-A-Gay-Shepard
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Old 10th March 2012, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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As I said, the hate machine is strong in this one.
I would like to include this episode of the Jimquisition regarding that subject of Mass Effect 3. Not safe for work as his language is pretty appalling (don't mind the character he portrays, just what he says):

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/vide...-A-Gay-Shepard
that clip was hilarious, but i also completely agree with everything Jim says about the "homophobia-disguised-as-justification" arguments of "fans" of the series.
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Old 10th March 2012, 02:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

I finished ME3 yesterday and with the exception of one segment in the finale, I had no problem with the ending at all. It's using a philosophy what many can't understand, namely the "Regardless what decision you make, you have a fix destiny". The only problem in the ending is the "Normandy" scene, however I also have an explanation for that. The problem is that the ending is requiring some meditation and that's why many don't like it and / or worse, don't understand it.
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Old 15th March 2012, 04:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

Finished it yesterday. Both ME2 & ME3 have been unable to instill that sense of impending doom that the original managed to do. Kinda dithered into the final quest thinking "****, was that all of the side quests?" Apparently not, but I'm not sure how I missed them. What happened to all the "randomly land on a planet and kick the stains out of XYZ mercenary company" quests???

I WTF'd at the Normandy cut-scene.

As for "gay Shepard", the only problem I had with it was that I didn't want to select the wrong options in conversation with the pilot and end up in the sack with him, lol. Some of those options can be misleading, particularly when what Shepard says is absolutely nothing like the text suggested.
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Old 21st March 2012, 09:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
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yes, paraphrasing Shep is a nightmare. I actually found it very easy for femshep to shoot down the fem-fem option, and still remain friends with her.

Having said that, i adored Mass Effect 1, Loved Mass Effect 2 even more, and i LoveD 95% of Mass Effect 3 - i utterly LOATHED the ending. From the Cerberus base onwards (except for the final goodbyes prior to launching the "Hammer" assualt), it sucks balls. (and not in the good way )
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Old 3rd April 2012, 12:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

I finished it a few days ago, the game is awesome! The ending is... stupid.
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Old 14th April 2012, 06:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

Still need to buy this one, enjoyed the demo though I never did manage to get a multiplayer game going and I am not really sure what that is all about...do you play the storyline in cooperative mode? Or is it just a way to test your character in a PvP battle?

I have loved this series right from the get go so I can not imagine not liking ME3 and on a side note I have no idea why Bioware decided to team up with LucasArts for their MMO game because in my oppinion they have a much better space opera of their own that they could now be developing into an MMO...The Mass Effect Universe...
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Old 20th April 2012, 10:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 was perhaps the most depressing game I've ever played.
In the middle of the whole thing, I had to take an entire week off so that it wouldn't
completely pull me down into an emotional slump.

Having said all that, I understand the need for the game to be this way. I personally
just don't need that much negativity from a gaming experience. After a week of not playing,
I went ahead and finished the game.

While the in-action experience was definitely high adrenaline, I felt absolutely no attachment to the new cast of characters. the ME2 cast had personality. The ME3 cast was cardboard. Lastly, the ending, the secret to the universe, was laughable. I laughed because it was almost like Bioware was sacrificing itself for the good of the gaming industry, although you can't quite be sure how their sacrifice would actually help the gaming industry. The in-story ending gives you that exact same feeling. It's funny that Bioware probably did do the best that they could by destroying the re-playability of their entire series, and then at the absolute end of the game, after the credits have scrolled, offering you the opportunity to pay for more downloadable content.

A resounding vote of "no confidence" in Bioware's ability to successfully conclude an epic trilogy of video games
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Old 22nd April 2012, 03:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

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"Regardless what decision you make, you have a fix destiny"
That could have worked in other games, but in ME Shepperd would have headbutted destiny and did things in her/his way.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 11:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Mass Effect 3

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Mass Effect 3 was perhaps the most depressing game I've ever played.
In the middle of the whole thing, I had to take an entire week off so that it wouldn't
completely pull me down into an emotional slump.

Having said all that, I understand the need for the game to be this way. I personally
just don't need that much negativity from a gaming experience. After a week of not playing,
I went ahead and finished the game.

While the in-action experience was definitely high adrenaline, I felt absolutely no attachment to the new cast of characters. the ME2 cast had personality. The ME3 cast was cardboard. Lastly, the ending, the secret to the universe, was laughable. I laughed because it was almost like Bioware was sacrificing itself for the good of the gaming industry, although you can't quite be sure how their sacrifice would actually help the gaming industry. The in-story ending gives you that exact same feeling. It's funny that Bioware probably did do the best that they could by destroying the re-playability of their entire series, and then at the absolute end of the game, after the credits have scrolled, offering you the opportunity to pay for more downloadable content.

A resounding vote of "no confidence" in Bioware's ability to successfully conclude an epic trilogy of video games
Overall the generally depressing tone was expected and not the problem for me with the game. A war-time setting against the "big bad" is not a sunshine lollipop party...
A FULL renegade shep playthrough is one of the most difficult things to do in this game. the Samara and Mordin bits especially. they make the game utterly utterly terrible (Renegade Shep in ME3 WAY different to Renegade Shep in ME1 and ME2)
There are however some utterly brilliant arcs in this game... Tuchanka (i cried when i renegaded Mordin, so i reloaded and paragaded tuchanka instead) and Rannoch (cried again, from melancholy happiness) are gaming magnificence. Thessia is desperately sad (i cried more) (kai leng excluded of course). Its once all these large set-pieces that actually are made different by your earlier decisions that make the ending EVEN WORSE. Thessia doesn't change much i'll admit, but Tuchanka and Rannoch are vastly different
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