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Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:30:58 AM »
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Well folks, Mass Effect 3 has hit, and while I eagerly await reviews from those around here who have the game some reviews have started to hit from others.  Of particular interest are the Metacritic user reviews which are positively brutal netting the game 2.1, 2.3, and 4.1 out of 10 for the PC, PS3 and XBox360 respectively.  The industry reviews are also somewhat interesting with PC Gamer's review including the phrase "The end of the series is a mixed bag. Satisfying in some ways, nonsensical in others, and ultimately too simple." but giving it a 93/100...  That seems a bit off to me.

I personally can't speak to the games quality, most of you know my personal opinion and that I highly exaggerate it for comedic effect but the reality is that I have not and will not be playing the game so I can only give second hand opinions.  With this beating in user reviews and odd features in some industry views it does raise some eyebrows though.  Hopefully we can get a review from one of our locals soon though.

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 12:04:35 PM »
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If we're being fair...when have user reviews EVER been an accurate judge of things when it comes to a controversial, big-budget release?  I'll have a Review In Progress probably, once I get my hands on it.

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 12:30:21 PM »
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If we're being fair...when have user reviews EVER been an accurate judge of things when it comes to a controversial, big-budget release?  I'll have a Review In Progress probably, once I get my hands on it.

Looking forward to it Cap'n! Just remember we'll lynch you if you give it a bad re--- I mean we all eagerly anticipate your thoughts on it!

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 12:38:06 PM »
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Looking forward to it Cap'n! Just remember we'll lynch you if you give it a bad re--- I mean we all eagerly anticipate your thoughts on it!

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We'll lynch him anyway, so let him give his review.





This is obiouvsly a joke. :D

From what I've seen of the endings, they suck.


Also, make no mistake, people are going to try and score bomb this game.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 01:15:16 PM »
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Haven't read a single valid user review of it yet, gameplay, storytelling, dialogue all blow the previous 2 games out of the water. There is nothing wrong with the game at all, and I wish people would whine less about the wallet crusade the EA has taken upon itself to subject us to. But please, show me something objective that doesn't have to do with, "ohgodwai day one dlc or money money money" that presents valid reasons why the game is bad and I'll be sure to read it.


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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 01:50:02 PM »
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Jeez...1 gigabyte for art books alone...
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 01:58:00 PM »
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Yep. Shall see soon enough what I will think about this game. Endings have definitely raised some consern from me, but I will form a more complete opinion after I have played the game and thought about it more.

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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012, 06:38:51 PM »
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As soon as I have the monies to throw I will get it. I am not pleased with the whole DLC thing, since it is just bad business, but i would like to finish this game series.

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012, 07:39:38 PM »
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One thing I seem to be seeing is that most people are letting their entire opinion rest on the ending.

While, no, I don't know anything about the ending, and it could be the biggest pile of excrement ever, it still seems a bit ridiculous to ignore everything else about the game just because you don't like how it ends.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2012, 08:11:28 PM »
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One thing I seem to be seeing is that most people are letting their entire opinion rest on the ending.

While, no, I don't know anything about the ending, and it could be the biggest pile of excrement ever, it still seems a bit ridiculous to ignore everything else about the game just because you don't like how it ends.

I wouldn't say they were letting their entire opinion rest on the ending...but for some people I can see it being a big deal for them.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2012, 08:14:04 PM »
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If we're being fair...when have user reviews EVER been an accurate judge of things when it comes to a controversial, big-budget release?  I'll have a Review In Progress probably, once I get my hands on it.

This is true, but usually there are a bit more immediate 10's given to balance out the immediate zero's.

Also the PC Gamer review really talks about excrement they don't like the whole way through... And then gives it 93/100 at the end.  Now I'm okay with them not liking it.  I'm okay with them giving it 93/100.  But their review doesn't match their score.

One thing I seem to be seeing is that most people are letting their entire opinion rest on the ending.

While, no, I don't know anything about the ending, and it could be the biggest pile of excrement ever, it still seems a bit ridiculous to ignore everything else about the game just because you don't like how it ends.

To be fair the ending is kinda important.  When I go to a movie or read a book if the ending blows I'm not going to give a good review.  In some games this is less true.  UT for example: Who cares about the ending of the story?  But the Mass Effect series is built on story and characters which means you have to have a good story and part of a good story is a good ending.  When you have a bad ending it puts cracks into the rest of the story.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 08:36:40 PM »
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Well, yeah, the ending is important, but it isn't the only thing that matters.

Especially with games.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2012, 08:50:38 PM »
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Well, yeah, the ending is important, but it isn't the only thing that matters.

Especially with games.

True but in a series so steeped in story a poor ending really would sour the rest.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 08:52:43 PM »
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If the story makes me have any care at all for the characters and the series as a whole, if it strums my hearts strings in any sense, then its worth my time.

The ending sucking is another story.

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 08:59:24 PM »
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@Doc: Eh... even so, if the rest of the story is good, I won't really care.

And I liked DAII, so I'll probably like ME3's ending. Poor taste, ahoy!
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2012, 02:32:49 AM »
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And I liked DAII, so I'll probably like ME3's ending. Poor taste, ahoy!
Jumping jeepers...you liked DA2.

I found it quite grating on the nerves.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2012, 07:27:50 PM »
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As I said, poor taste, ahoy!

But really, I get why a lot of people don't like DAII, I just don't really give a damn. To me, it's a good game, with a good story, and good characters, that's just a bit rough around the edges.
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2012, 08:44:05 PM »
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As I said, poor taste, ahoy!

But really, I get why a lot of people don't like DAII, I just don't really give a damn. To me, it's a good game, with a good story, and good characters, that's just a bit rough around the edges.
You aren't alone I liked DAII as well. I mean when it came to story and such, but I didn't like the redundancy of maps.

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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2012, 08:53:15 PM »
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the redundancy of maps.
This was my main gripe with it. This, and quest bugs. And the lack of variety in regards to places where the game takes you.
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2012, 08:57:59 PM »
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... Really? I don't really see how recycling maps is ''that'' big of an issue.
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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2012, 09:05:39 PM »
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... Really? I don't really see how recycling maps is ''that'' big of an issue.
I don't mind it per say..... but I do mind that their wasn't more unique maps. It got really redundant. During the start of the game i didn't care but as i got more into it I got tired of seeing the same maps over and over.

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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2012, 09:16:21 PM »
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... Really? I don't really see how recycling maps is ''that'' big of an issue.
First the maps became boring, then grating and then downright annoying. Seeing that all caves were the same maps with just a radomized placement of entrace, exit and closed doors was enough to make me almost skip over any sort of quest that involved caves.

The rest just made the game sorta boring. I think the game took too much time in Kirkwall. Just one single city, a excrementload of caves just like each other, 2 or 3 outside areas.

The parts i liked the most were the expeditions into the Deep Roads. But that was it. The game should've had more of the deep roads, MUCH more of the fade, more cities, etc.
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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2012, 01:26:32 AM »
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I don't mind it per say..... but I do mind that their wasn't more unique maps. It got really redundant. During the start of the game i didn't care but as i got more into it I got tired of seeing the same maps over and over.

excrement I felt that way about Mass Effect. The story and exploration kept it going for me, but it got really old when all the maps looked the same. Generic ice planet number 1 or Generic Volcanic planet number 4 etc. The only break from that was the primary missions.
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2012, 12:57:06 PM »
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First the maps became boring, then grating and then downright annoying. Seeing that all caves were the same maps with just a radomized placement of entrace, exit and closed doors was enough to make me almost skip over any sort of quest that involved caves.

The rest just made the game sorta boring. I think the game took too much time in Kirkwall. Just one single city, a excrementload of caves just like each other, 2 or 3 outside areas.

The parts i liked the most were the expeditions into the Deep Roads. But that was it. The game should've had more of the deep roads, MUCH more of the fade, more cities, etc.
I'm starting to get annoyed with all the Cerberus missions... Hell, I just got off of the
Spoiler for Hiden:
level where Cerberus Attacked the Citadel  -- Oh and on that note,  I mean seriously, how the hell are they suppose to take over the largest space station in the galaxy in a few minutes. Also wtf Udina being a spy for Cerberus?! I've said it before; but it was more joking at the fact of it
At this point I'm getting tired of all the Cerberus being in every gently-carressing spot of the game. You literally can't walk three steps without hitting one a platoon of them.

... on the side note though, there are some funny parts... EDI giving Jeff "Moral Support, Tuchunka having not only the Genophage; but the thresher-maw to end all thresher-maws , A giant Reaper, Reaper Rachnii, a few hundred Cerberus soldiers, and a giant planet destroying bomb
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Re: Mass Effect 3 User Review... Not so hot
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2012, 02:42:13 PM »
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Spoiler for Hiden:
Also wtf Udina being a spy for Cerberus?! I've said it before; but it was more joking at the fact of it
Spoiler for Hiden:
He's indoctrinated. Or so it seems.
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