Mass Effect 3 is now under $30 is it really that bad of a game?

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I just noticed that Amazon is selling Mass Effect 3 for $29.99, its only been out a month and a half, is it really so bad that no one is buying it?
I know most people did not like the ending but most people I have talked to said it was good for the rest of the game, doesn't this seem a little soon for this big of a price drop?

I think it could be a reaction to how many people are complaining about the ending. I mean imagine you have never played the series before, do you really want to invest so much time into a trilogy that, according to everyone has a really bad ending that barely reflects your choices? Half the appeal of Mass Effect is the story.

Okay well maybe like 1/3 story, 1/3 characters and 1/3 gameplay.

...Okay more like 1/5 story, 1/5 characters, 1/5 gameplay, and 2/5 Garrus Vakarian

Well yeah... an early price drop usually indicates falling sales. If a game continues to sell like hot cakes at the full price then why would the publisher drop the price?

As for whether or not it's "really that bad of a game", that's a purely subjective matter.

My opinion of the game as a whole breaks down something like this:
- 90% - Most fun I've ever had with a video game.
- 9% - Meh.
- 1% - Oh God, guys, what are you doing to ME3? What the fuck are you doing!?

It looks like it is on sale.

Its been cheap for quite a while I also see that Street Fighter X tekken is now over 50% off in some stores as well basically I dont think people liked what they did so now they are dropping the price to get people to try and buy it.

I believe Amazon was the first to seriously slash the price and they did it pretty fast too probably because they offered to buy back peoples copies if they didnt like it so no doubht they have more copies than most and you gotta get rid of them somehow. A loss from selling them cheap is better than a loss from not selling any full price.

It's actually been quite common lately for game prices to drop significantly shortly after launch to boost sales, especially on sites like Amazon.

considering EA's share price dropped and apart from the odd bump up it hasnt increased despite ME3's release its a bad sign for EA

It was reported on the official forum, many people returned their copy to Amazon because of the ending.....that's voting with your wallet!

About the game...

1) Don't play it unless you've played the first 2 games.

2) IMO, the game was 90% perfect...until the horror...the horror...

3) I really do not know weather to recomment it or not. As I said, it's a really good game, it has the best combat system and emotional impact of the three, but the ending can potentially ruin everything you did before it, including the other two games, not to mention the risk of depression (not even joking).

In hindsight, the really good moments of the journey can potentially overshadow the ending...I just pretend it never happened xD

The_Blue_Rider:
I think it could be a reaction to how many people are complaining about the ending. I mean imagine you have never played the series before, do you really want to invest so much time into a trilogy that, according to everyone has a really bad ending that barely reflects your choices? Half the appeal of Mass Effect is the story.

Okay well maybe like 1/3 story, 1/3 characters and 1/3 gameplay.

...Okay more like 1/5 story, 1/5 characters, 1/5 gameplay, and 2/5 Garrus Vakarian

:P Just to be a dick, I'd point out that categories such as "characters", and "Garrus Vakarian" can indeed all be summed up within the category of "story". :P

OT: It is surprising to see that ME 3 is already down to half price...I personally thought it was the best game of the trilogy because of what you actually do in the game. Yes, like the majority of others, I was quite offended to find that the ending was essentially a giant spray-paint can that asked you what color you wanted to paint the galaxy (despite us being assured by Casey Hudson that the ending WASN'T going to be some cliche "Pick A, B, or C" type ending), but to think that a month after the game is out it's already down to half price just because of the last 10 minutes? That is pretty extreme. If you're a fan of the series, then this should have been your opinion of the game:

Zhukov:
My opinion of the game as a whole breaks down something like this:
- 90% - Most fun I've ever had with a video game.
- 9% - Meh.
- 1% - Oh God, guys, what are you doing to ME3? What the fuck are you doing!?

Personally I still love the game. The ending failed to ruin the entire game (and the entire series, for that matter) for me. Hell I just finished up my 2nd official playthrough with my full Renegade character, and I'm eagerly looking forward to starting up my 3rd playthrough as a class that actually has powers (first two playthroughs were as an infiltrator and a soldier). But really that's just my thoughts on the matter...clearly other people are more offended by the ending than I am. :P

dimensional:
Its been cheap for quite a while I also see that Street Fighter X tekken is now over 50% off in some stores as well basically I dont think people liked what they did so now they are dropping the price to get people to try and buy it.

Is it that people didn't like it or are (like me) waiting for Super SF vs Tekken?...
Then ultimate SSF vs Tekken...
Then Ultimate Premium SSF vs Tekken.

I'll tell you what made me giggle....

EA refused to give GAME ME3 due to game being in debt and a bit of a risk, so GAME had no stock of ME3.

GAME in my town now has more stock of ME3 than it knows what to do with due to quite a few people trading it in.

And it's under 20.

i never actually completed the ending, my shep is still standing there while the battle is happening

Christ You're not kidding I ordered Kingdoms of fucking Amalur on Amazon about a week ago and it's significantly more expensive on there than ME3. A far lower budget game that's been out for longer and has no established fan base. Weak dude.

Oh good, a Mass Effect 3 thread. Was hoping for one of those.

[quote="RJ 17" post="9.372781.14388023]
I was quite offended to find that the ending was essentially a giant spray-paint can that asked you what color you wanted to paint the galaxy (despite us being assured by Casey Hudson that the ending WASN'T going to be some cliche "Pick A, B, or C" type ending), but to think that a month after the game is out it's already down to half price just because of the last 10 minutes? That is pretty extreme.[/quote]

I'm creating a new restaurant. I've hired the best chefs from New York, Paris, and Tokyo. My wait staff are all paid a handsome salary in addition to the tips they earn, resulting in only the creme de la creme of waiters and waitresses the world over. The atmosphere is sublime, the food is exquisite, the service is first rate. People flock to my restaurant, no matter the cost of the meal. This restaurant is the talk of the town.

Then Casey Hudson takes over as manager and decides to implement a policy that the table will have a giant toilet seat placed in the middle of it and waiters will be required to serve dessert while taking a titanic dump in the middle of the table. The food is still great. The service is still excellent.

Should I really be surprised that no one likes my restaurant anymore?

That's what it feels like playing ME3.

Saints Row 3 was 20 within a month.
Skyrim was 25 with a month.

I just think you're seeing what you want to see, mate.

I'm happy with my full priced purchase of the collectors edition, so would i pick it up at half price? hell yeah.

You'd think the ending was carcinogenic or something by the way people have been going on about it.

Was the ending terrible? Yes.
Did that make the hours of fun i had playing it before the end invalid? No.

Zhukov:
[...]
My opinion of the game as a whole breaks down something like this:
- 90% - Most fun I've ever had with a video game.
- 9% - Meh.
- 1% - Oh God, guys, what are you doing to ME3? What the fuck are you doing!?

You sir, pretty much sums it up perfectly.

Well since you won't be getting a full game, why should you be so concerned about paying full price?

My brother finished his playthrough: Most of the time he was going on about how fun it was. But now that he's finished, he's firmly in the indoctrination camp. I'd say $30 bucks is about what it's worth.

Seems fair that Mass Effect 3 is dropping in price. For a game that prides itself on its amazing story to have a bad ending, it's not worth full price. On the other hand the mechanics are fun and much of the story during the game is fantastic, so paying a lower price to experiance them is fair.

The ending doesn't entirely ruin the entire series, at least not for me, but it does leave it on one hell of a sour note. It's true the ending is emphasised by the fact that epic climax is what people really remember in a story, but it was bad - perhaps even terrible - and it was a kick in the nuts t the fans who were with the games since the beggining. But that doesn't stop the rest of the game from being an emotional rollercoaster in the very best way.

I'm not sure if that's a recomendation or not, though perhaps that's because the game as a whole sits right in the middle of my quality spectrum. I am tempted to tell people not to buy it just so the game fails (relative to other AAA games of course) and we don't get this lazy, quickly-written ending bullshit in ther titles, but that would be wrong.

The game is hardly worth the disc it was printed on. In my opinion, the ME3 ending ruined the replayability of the other two games, now that I know to expect the red/blue/green brick wall I'm flying light speed at.

I think most games stay at full price for far too long anyways. I'm sick of waiting 6 months or longer because the game devs absolutely REFUSE to drop the price below $60 until they've wrung every single last possible cent they can from us. $60 is just flat-out too much for a video game, regardless of content. Unless I'm really-super-into-it (see: The Witcher and CD Projekt with their idea that "hey, maybe we shouldn't treat our customers like criminals" stance on DRM), I'm waiting for a price drop, and I'm glad that this one is coming sooner rather than later.

To be honest, it was really a good game for the most part.
There were three separate bits that actually caused me to tear up a little, which is a good achievement.

I would recommend it, despite the ending which -while not fantastic- was not actively bad, it just fell really flat.

Well it is quite a fun game....an above average AAA game at best. Definitely worth the 30 it's being sold for.

I'm not giving EA any more of my money. They've gotten out of hand. Any money I might spent on a title with EAs label on it I'll give to something on kickstarter or some indie game on steam.

EDIT: is ME3 fun? It has its good moments. in my opinion the bad outweighs the good though.

RJ 17:
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Honestly I'd say Characters and Story can be classified as different things. Like good characters greatly contribute to the story, but you can still have great characters in a game with a terrible story.

Or plot, I cant remember what the difference between story and plot is.
And Garrus gets his own statistic because its unfair to lump him in with the other characters, they'd feel really inadequate

It's under thirty? GET IT!

Yeah, the ending was supremely disappointing (though, IMO, not nearly as bad as so many people say it is), but the rest of it was so fantastic that I'd say it's still worth 60$. Get on that shit, man.

Let me put it this way.

If you were having a wonderful, WONDERFUL blowjob from a prostitute and right before you finished, she bit down onto you and wouldn't let go for a full minute, would you still be willing to recommend her to your friends?

Devoneaux:
Let me put it this way.

If you were having a wonderful, WONDERFUL blowjob from a prostitute and right before you finished, she bit down onto you and wouldn't let go for a full minute, would you still be willing to recommend her to your friends?

BECAUSE THAT SITUATION IS TOTALLY COMPARABLE TO A SUB PAR ENDING OF A VIDEO GAME, RIGHT GAIS?!?

Give me a break. It's no where near that bad, and the rest of the game is so damn awesome that telling someone NOT to try it is doing that person a disservice.

The_Blue_Rider:

RJ 17:
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Honestly I'd say Characters and Story can be classified as different things. Like good characters greatly contribute to the story, but you can still have great characters in a game with a terrible story.

Or plot, I cant remember what the difference between story and plot is.
And Garrus gets his own statistic because its unfair to lump him in with the other characters, they'd feel really inadequate

:P characters cannot exist without their accompanying stories. If Shepard's story wasn't there, where would Garrus be? Busting drug addicts on the Citadel as he lives out his life in C-Sec. Characters gain justification and validation by taking part in the story, however as you said a story isn't justified and validated by its characters. You can have a great story with crappy characters or you can have a crappy story with great characters. You cannot, however, have characters - great or crappy - without a story. It's a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

As for plot vs story, simply put: the story is the general outline of the events that occur. The story of Mass Effect is Commander Shepard doing everything in his power to stop the invasion of the Reapers. The plot are the specific events that take place within the story. "He went to Tuchanka and did this." "He went to the Citadel and did this." "So and so contacted him and told him about this, that, and this."

Devoneaux:
Let me put it this way.

If you were having a wonderful, WONDERFUL blowjob from a prostitute and right before you finished, she bit down onto you and wouldn't let go for a full minute, would you still be willing to recommend her to your friends?

Depends....

If one of my friends has been helping himself to my ale then guess what his birthday treat is going to be....

RJ 17:

The_Blue_Rider:

RJ 17:
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Honestly I'd say Characters and Story can be classified as different things. Like good characters greatly contribute to the story, but you can still have great characters in a game with a terrible story.

Or plot, I cant remember what the difference between story and plot is.
And Garrus gets his own statistic because its unfair to lump him in with the other characters, they'd feel really inadequate

:P characters cannot exist without their accompanying stories. If Shepard's story wasn't there, where would Garrus be? Busting drug addicts on the Citadel as he lives out his life in C-Sec. Characters gain justification and validation by taking part in the story, however as you said a story isn't justified and validated by its characters. You can have a great story with crappy characters or you can have a crappy story with great characters. You cannot, however, have characters - great or crappy - without a story. It's a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

As for plot vs story, simply put: the story is the general outline of the events that occur. The story of Mass Effect is Commander Shepard doing everything in his power to stop the invasion of the Reapers. The plot are the specific events that take place within the story. "He went to Tuchanka and did this." "He went to the Citadel and did this." "So and so contacted him and told him about this, that, and this."

Right i knew there was some sort of difference.
Okay then Mr Smarty Pants 1/5 PLOT, 1/5 Characters, 1/5 Gameplay and 2/5 Garrus Vakarian.

I know the story is a huge draw for people playing Mass Effect, but I felt that because theres such a focus on characters and interacting with your squad it deserved its own statistic

Wait, a game is sold on a cheap sale at AMAZON? STOP THE PRESSES GUYSE!

The_Blue_Rider:

RJ 17:

The_Blue_Rider:

Honestly I'd say Characters and Story can be classified as different things. Like good characters greatly contribute to the story, but you can still have great characters in a game with a terrible story.

Or plot, I cant remember what the difference between story and plot is.
And Garrus gets his own statistic because its unfair to lump him in with the other characters, they'd feel really inadequate

:P characters cannot exist without their accompanying stories. If Shepard's story wasn't there, where would Garrus be? Busting drug addicts on the Citadel as he lives out his life in C-Sec. Characters gain justification and validation by taking part in the story, however as you said a story isn't justified and validated by its characters. You can have a great story with crappy characters or you can have a crappy story with great characters. You cannot, however, have characters - great or crappy - without a story. It's a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

As for plot vs story, simply put: the story is the general outline of the events that occur. The story of Mass Effect is Commander Shepard doing everything in his power to stop the invasion of the Reapers. The plot are the specific events that take place within the story. "He went to Tuchanka and did this." "He went to the Citadel and did this." "So and so contacted him and told him about this, that, and this."

Right i knew there was some sort of difference.
Okay then Mr Smarty Pants 1/5 PLOT, 1/5 Characters, 1/5 Gameplay and 2/5 Garrus Vakarian.

I know the story is a huge draw for people playing Mass Effect, but I felt that because theres such a focus on characters and interacting with your squad it deserved its own statistic

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Baby seal has been satisfied.

:P But yeah, like I said originally I was just being a dick. I've got a degree in English and damnit I feel like I have to use it for something! God knows it sure as hell isn't applicable to my current job... >.>

RJ 17:

The_Blue_Rider:

RJ 17:
:P characters cannot exist without their accompanying stories. If Shepard's story wasn't there, where would Garrus be? Busting drug addicts on the Citadel as he lives out his life in C-Sec. Characters gain justification and validation by taking part in the story, however as you said a story isn't justified and validated by its characters. You can have a great story with crappy characters or you can have a crappy story with great characters. You cannot, however, have characters - great or crappy - without a story. It's a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

As for plot vs story, simply put: the story is the general outline of the events that occur. The story of Mass Effect is Commander Shepard doing everything in his power to stop the invasion of the Reapers. The plot are the specific events that take place within the story. "He went to Tuchanka and did this." "He went to the Citadel and did this." "So and so contacted him and told him about this, that, and this."

Right i knew there was some sort of difference.
Okay then Mr Smarty Pants 1/5 PLOT, 1/5 Characters, 1/5 Gameplay and 2/5 Garrus Vakarian.

I know the story is a huge draw for people playing Mass Effect, but I felt that because theres such a focus on characters and interacting with your squad it deserved its own statistic

image

Baby seal has been satisfied.

:P But yeah, like I said originally I was just being a dick. I've got a degree in English and damnit I feel like I have to use it for something! God knows it sure as hell isn't applicable to my current job... >.>

What you dont know is that I too am a dick.
I AM NOW INITIATING DICK TO DICK COMBAT

..wait that doesnt sound right

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