Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Mar 2012 23:54 UTC
Games As I made very clear in my thorough review of Mass Effect 2, I'm a huge BioWare fan. This relationship got very, very cloudy when BioWare released Dragon Age II, a rush job with no story and atrocious gameplay. Mass Effect 3 looked like redemption - until I hit the terrible, terrible ending. The criticism of the ending has been so immense and consistent, BioWare is contemplating changing it. Of course, this story is riddled with spoilers, so be warned.
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Mass Effect is terrible
by WorknMan on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 01:30 UTC
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This relationship got very, very cloudy when BioWare released Dragon Age II, a rush job with no story and atrocious gameplay.


Well, I've never played Dragon Age II, but from the way you describe it, the only difference between it and Mass Effect is the no story part. I tried playing Mass Effect 1, and the gameplay was just terrible. About a year or so later, I got bored and decided to read the Mass Effect 'prequel' novel. I rather liked it, so decided to give Mass Effect another shot, and I just couldn't get into it. People say that ME2 was an improvement over the original, although I can't imagine how.

There was an article posted on Ars not too long ago where they asked readers if a good story mattered in a game. Almost all of the readers said it did matter, and after playing games like Mass Effect, it's not hard to understand why; most modern games are complete garbage and so monotonous, a good story is pretty much required, just to have a reason to plod through them. I've heard reviewers say about certain games (*cough* Alan Wake *cough*) 'I liked everything about this game except actually playing it', and the game still gets 4 or 5 stars. WTF?

If you're about to hit the thumbs down button and mod me down, think about this... if games like Mass Effect didn't have a story to them, would you still bother to play them? Probably not, and we all know why... because the actual game underneath is shit. Actually, these aren't really games when you think about it... they're more like interactive movies with lame bits of action in between the cut scenes. And honestly, if I want to watch a f**king movie, I'll just rent one. Or else, if you're looking for a good story, why not just read a book instead?

It's too bad about Mass Effect though, as they appear to have a good story. If they made novels of these games, I would read those. But I'm not about to waste my time with the games.

Edited 2012-03-22 01:33 UTC

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