Mass Effect 3 Review

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BaronIveagh:

The fact that Bioware TV is running his music, exposing his work to a wider audience? Most artists consider that a very good thing to be getting. It is, after all, what a lot of artists have historically been willing to sign away creative rights for, though on a much smaller scale, since Bioware is hardly a recording contract with BMI.

Except that I don't have to give up any creative rights. At all.

Bioware and I are just mutual fans who like eachother's work.

Dunno why that's such a difficult notion to grasp.

MiracleOfSound:

Except that I don't have to give up any creative rights. At all.

Bioware and I are just mutual fans who like eachother's work.

Dunno why that's such a difficult notion to grasp.

I didn't say you did, I said that in the past, artists have done that. And Bioware has been very deliberate in their music selection in the past, why would they deviate from that now (not implying that you are not good, but rather that Bioware has selected every song up to this point very deliberately to produce certain outcomes, but in this case, the logic they used is not clear.)

Zhukov:
I was already on board, but a little confirmation never hurt anybody.

My copy should be arriving any day now.

...

I said, any day now... *twitch*

Try 3 days later... :/
Still, can't wait!!

If I could be pedantic for a bit, the Reapers didn't start at Earth. They started with the Batarians, at least from what I could tell in the demo. Where else would they get all those four-eyed husks when they attacked?

Good review. I'll be avoiding this game until it comes in non-Origin form. Or when the price drops on the console version.

Being poor sucks.

I just have one question for anyone who has played the game, is there a Zaeed cameo?

Protip for the homophobic - play as femshep, and the homosex is lesbian!

Take it less seriously, too.

The game has a 93 Meta Crit score, Wow EA must have payed off EVERY SINGLE GAME MAG WITHOUT ANY OF THEM REPORTING ON IT FOR A MASSIVE SCOOP! SUSAN YOU TURN COAT!

PS I just checked though the MC User reviews, most of them mention Day one DLC and Homosexuality as a reason to give a game 0/10. People are giving a game a 0/10 score, which means there is nothing at all good in the game, because of they added Homosexuality or "Political correctness gone mad".

People are idiots.*

Still, sucks that I have to wait still Friday/Welsh Mail to stop failing, but never the less, EVERY who reviews games is giving this a high score, all my US friends playing it are raving about it and the biggest complaint ive seen so far is that its not as good as ME2, which is one of the best games out there. I Repeat, people are idiots.

Oh, i will ask, Whats Hardcore/Insanity like to play? Harder/Easier than ME2?

*I'm not including the people who gave it a lower score (5-8 etc) due to actual reasons they didn't like, just encase you think that.

Danial:
The game has a 93 Meta Crit score, Wow EA must have payed off EVERY SINGLE GAME MAG WITHOUT ANY OF THEM REPORTING ON IT FOR A MASSIVE SCOOP! SUSAN YOU TURN COAT!

You do realize that only 5 critic reviews are posted there, yet, right?

Hopefully this game will be worth installing origins over then.

In 2 days I'll make my own mind about the game, had it preordered anyways so reviews were never gonna to influence my buying decision, but as me3 threads up to now had tended to be pessimistic it's nice to know I won't be buying another dragon age 2 (some people liked it, GOOD for them, apart from some redeeming qualities in act2 that game really disappointed me personally).

BaronIveagh:
My name's Colin Young, and feel free to visit your nearest library to dig out the now dead papers I occasionally got my own byline in. I usually didn't get one though.

I actually did lose a job for refusing to lie, and I do feel good about it to this day, because the Buffalo News ran a story vindicating my findings on the front page back in 2010, even though it didn't get my byline.

I guess we'll just take your word for it then.

Susan Arendt:

If I spare people any spoilers, I'm happy to do it. Of course, there's no dealing with "lazy" people - they don't generally like to read at all. Too taxing on their tiny brains.

Touché, Ms Arendt, touché.

Eh, I know I will get hate for this, but when the mass effect trailer link is on the front page with the title "Mass Effect 3 redefines the word 'epic'", You can't help but think that there is some gushing going on. Whether or not anyone has been paid (which I doubt). It'd be nice if this site could maintain a neutral tone outside reviews and opinion columns.

Andy Chalk:

BaronIveagh:
My name's Colin Young, and feel free to visit your nearest library to dig out the now dead papers I occasionally got my own byline in. I usually didn't get one though.

I actually did lose a job for refusing to lie, and I do feel good about it to this day, because the Buffalo News ran a story vindicating my findings on the front page back in 2010, even though it didn't get my byline.

I guess we'll just take your word for it then.

The Buffalo one is easily verifiable: the IT vice president of the SG Corp was in bed with the former CEO and stealing the customer data from the company and funneling it to him. I tried to expose her and got shown the door instead. Six months later it blew wide open with her resignation and the ensuing lawsuits.

Just finished installing it and i can't run it because apparently i don't have physx installed, that would be fine, but i have a friggin ATI card, hopefully i will find a solution soon, but its still fucking weird.

EDIT: well it works with physx installed, whats the point of it i have no idea. Off to shoot some husks and save the galaxy and whatnot.

TLS14:

Eh, fair enough. I figure that's what's going to happen, anyway, so I guess Origin is the way to go in my case. I mean I don't have a 360 or even a PS3 copy of ME2, so that's out of the question. Just to be sure, though, does anyone here have an Origin account, and can they verify that it's safe?

Yeah, and it's fine. Got it for BF3, was able to download some other that I had CD keys but no discs for, so that was a bonus.

I refuse to pay full price for this game. I have seen the endings, and how it works, and I refuse to support that. None of your choices matter, they pull some Deus Ex:HR type shit to decide how it ends. Not to mention that the whole thing is Deus Ex machina to explain why we've been calling the reapers unbeatable for the past 2 games, and now we can apparently beat them.

The endings are really a kick in the crotch for fans of the series, it's completely unexpected, comes out of nowhere, makes no sense, and disregards 3 games worth of stuff.

Frostbite3789:

TLS14:

Eh, fair enough. I figure that's what's going to happen, anyway, so I guess Origin is the way to go in my case. I mean I don't have a 360 or even a PS3 copy of ME2, so that's out of the question. Just to be sure, though, does anyone here have an Origin account, and can they verify that it's safe?

Yeah, and it's fine. Got it for BF3, was able to download some other that I had CD keys but no discs for, so that was a bonus.

Well, that's a relief. I've been anxious to try BF3 as well, so I think I'll pick that up at some point. Now I just have to wait until I get some cash...

razer17:

The endings are really a kick in the crotch for fans of the series, it's completely unexpected, comes out of nowhere, makes no sense, and disregards 3 games worth of stuff.

In all fairness it does have it's high points, but this is more or less how i feel too. Unless there's some hidden ending no one has found yet, I feel the ending was just too disruptive to the narrative they seemed to be telling up until that point.

I was really hoping this review would tell me whether or not I would like the game, but it left out a pressing question: if someone hated ME2, but loved ME1, would they enjoy ME3?

krellen:
I was really hoping this review would tell me whether or not I would like the game, but it left out a pressing question: if someone hated ME2, but loved ME1, would they enjoy ME3?

I'd say probably not, but that's colored by my own view, so take it with a grain of salt.

TLS14:

Frostbite3789:

TLS14:

Eh, fair enough. I figure that's what's going to happen, anyway, so I guess Origin is the way to go in my case. I mean I don't have a 360 or even a PS3 copy of ME2, so that's out of the question. Just to be sure, though, does anyone here have an Origin account, and can they verify that it's safe?

Yeah, and it's fine. Got it for BF3, was able to download some other that I had CD keys but no discs for, so that was a bonus.

Well, that's a relief. I've been anxious to try BF3 as well, so I think I'll pick that up at some point. Now I just have to wait until I get some cash...

Yeah, I find it best to kind of take things the Internet Hate Machine says with a grain of salt. There was a time when everyone hated Steam, and we all see how that is now.

BaronIveagh:

satsugaikaze:

Ponder and you shall be informed.
If the haters had posted these things a few days after release, I might have been concerned that there were actually genuine problems with the game, but spontaneously bursting into a legion of 0 scores on the same day of release smacks of nothing but a really terrible attempt at trolling.

Um, you do realize that some people have been playing it for a few days now, right? Pirates do have opinions too... LOL

While they do, the writers of these 'reviews' barely give them. From what I've read all the low scores are just screaming "OMG FUCK EA" as loud as they can. This looks like a petty attempt at bombing EA.

Want. Now. Bring it to me my minions. Assuming direct control.

*Several hours later*

You have failed. We will find another way (i.e. wait until release in the UK).

BaronIveagh:

Danial:
The game has a 93 Meta Crit score, Wow EA must have payed off EVERY SINGLE GAME MAG WITHOUT ANY OF THEM REPORTING ON IT FOR A MASSIVE SCOOP! SUSAN YOU TURN COAT!

You do realize that only 5 critic reviews are posted there, yet, right?

31 Meta Critic Scores, even if you take out all of the Random sites people ignore, the "real" critics are all still in the high 90s, the lowest respected score there is Destructoid with 85, Why should Susan feel the need to Lie or even get bribed when everyone else is giving it the high score? DA2 proved people will give the games a lower score, I can't see why you're throwing these accusations around, possibly its just a really good game?

Good to know how good it is. I'm CE copy from Amazon has said it has been out for delivery in my area for the last 5 hours, carried by UPS, so it should be here sometime soon. Having been 5 hours, my address must be last on the list for delivery or something.

Well I'm glad that despite all the pessimism leading up to the launch, people are enjoying the game. Susan hasn't steered me wrong yet so I'll definitely be getting ME3 when it comes out here in Australia (2 days to go I think). Of course I made up my mind to buy it months ago, but knowing she liked it is reassuring.

NightHawk21:
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If they haven't been claimed, I'd like one of those codes. It appears your generosity has been lost between, as Gavan put it, "the butthurt bitching and moaning"

Andy Chalk:
I guess we'll just take your word for it then.

Author and editor lower themselves to actively trying to belittle people that express rather widely held concern about state of the media and industry? If you have nothing to hide, act with dignity. But the way you are reacting so severely to what is to all intent and purpose just another post on forums is ... Bad.

At least it smells to me that way. Perhaps you will enjoy your "fans" cheering you on, but you just made me make consider weather another year's subscription here is money well spent.

There are much better ways of insuring your journalistic integrity. At least have the balls to admit your scores are complete publisher service, since we have not seen a game get 2 or 3 in ages, hm?
No offense Susan, but your defense just made me lose a good ton of my own belief in your integrity. You are obviously a fan of the series, which is in itself a problem when you are supposed to score things objectively.

Damn you, EA, for Origin. Damn you to hell.

(sigh)

I want this one. I do. And they know it.

Still hoping that somewhere, somehow, cooler heads (or at least heads not so determined to make ME3 the cornerstone of their emergence into the digital market) will prevail.

And the problems mentioned with 64-bit operating systems aren't helping me either.

THis review brought to you by EA! Because poor ass gaming journalist's need to feed their kids too

PingoBlack:

Andy Chalk:
I guess we'll just take your word for it then.

Author and editor lower themselves to actively trying to belittle people that express rather widely held concern about state of the media and industry? If you have nothing to hide, act with dignity. But the way you are reacting so severely to what is to all intent and purpose just another post on forums is ... Bad.

Acting with dignity also involves not indicting a proven author's journalistic integrity in the first place.

deathbydeath:
i'm actually going to need a plot analysis before i throw down my money. I'm still paranoid after that shit they pulled in ME2

Its the same game. Right down to the planet scanning

satsugaikaze:

Ponder and you shall be informed.
If the haters had posted these things a few days after release, I might have been concerned that there were actually genuine problems with the game, but spontaneously bursting into a legion of 0 scores on the same day of release smacks of nothing but a really terrible attempt at trolling.

If Origin delivers on genuinely good product such as ME3, (or more accurately in my experience, the ME3 demo), I have no qualms with using it.
I've had it installed on my computer for a month now, and I haven't seen any noticeable change on my computer, whether or not it be spyware, adware, the thought police, my privacy instantly ruined and distributed to a hundred billion internet companies, or whatever people are getting butthurt about.

I'm not about to avoid something on some extremist principle, if that something involves a genuinely entertaining gaming experience.

Seriously, this is just sad. Metacritic seriously needs some policing of these scores and what really aren't reviews.

The PC list is horrible at 2.5. I'm getting it on the 360 and it's at 4.3, but look at the top negative comment listed on the 360 that gave the game a zero.

EA and their DLC, if you people will just understand that if you keep buying DLC then publishers will continue to rip you off, you only have your self to blame, playstation didnt start this and the PC community didnt start it ( they had fully fleded exspansion packs), XBOX users let this DLC stuff get out of hand. STOP buying DLC.

It isn't even a review, it is just boo-hooing about DLC. If I ran Metacritice that that comment and score would be erased from the system.

I feel sorry for people that actually use metacritic for purchasing decisions, because with the way these rabid mobs 0 bomb the games, it gives a horrible slant that might make people not pick up a great game.

I'm definitely going to speak my mind on this matter when I make my properly done review of the game after I play through it.

Let's show one more:

To view this review, it will cost you $10 as premium DLC. But seriously, Bioware really ended the trilogy on a bad note. So much day 1 DLC, it's ridiculous. The Cerberus system discourages buying the game used. Please, do yourself a favor, and just end the ME series at 2.

Ha, so much day 1 DLC. Let's see, there is the From Ashes and all the cosmetic stuff and weapons and robot dog. Oh boo-hoo, all this stuff was known since November, plenty of time for people to make the decision to get the CE. If you didn't get it, you didn't get it, you are only entitled to what you pay for and what the company determines what that is.

Paragon Fury:
Well, the review is accurate.....except for a few things.

1 - A significant amount of your choices from the previous two games have no impact on the ultimate outcome, even the seemingly important choices. Most things are relegated to one-liner acknowledgements.

2 - Your squad pool is stupidly small, and definitely limits you a lot more in composition than ME2 or even ME1.

3 - All of the game's ending's suck. Every. single. one. Not only are they terribly written, each of them causing massive plot holes/inconsistencies by their existence or implied outcomes (Hint: One of the biggest bombs in the game comes right at the end, where it makes everything that made sense before not make sense any more, ever), but exactly none of them are fulfilling and one is likely to leave people frothing with rage because it is so bad.

4 - The story assumes the player knows a lot more about ME than many will - a shit ton of players who didn't read all of the books are going to be confused as the why Anderson is no longer Councilor even though they picked him in ME1.

5 - There are several annoying glitches, including one that often causes the game to not be able to read your face gen date from ME2 characters, meaning you have to have the code written down or memorized exactly how to customize your character.

Wow.. you really need to read the novels to understand what the hell is going on? It explains why ME2 made no damn sense

Daystar Clarion:

BaronIveagh:

Daystar Clarion:
I won't be joining the contingent of whiners and naysayers.

I'm sure there will be faults, there always are, but the overall experience is bound to be worth it.

Yes, but in this case it's a wonderful three course meal interrupted by being forced to drink a vial of arsenic. It rather spoils the whole thing.

I'm easily impressed, so I very much doubt that ME3 won't be one my favourite gaming experiences of all time.

I haven't come this far for nothing.

hangin' on a prayer... it almost sounds like you're trying to convince yourself

Marshall Honorof:
Acting with dignity also involves not indicting a proven author's journalistic integrity in the first place.

No. It does not.

If you are in position of power, you have to take criticism well. Even when it is not justified, you should take it. Then provide a neutral explanation addressing those concerns.

That's the reason why I for one have less belief in Escapist integrity now than before. Integrity is something you have to cultivate and maintain, it's never proven for a lifetime.

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