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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My take on Bioware
by Yagami on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 03:47 UTC
Yagami
Member since:
2006-07-15

My Backstory :

Bioware is actually the few game companies i really love ( other is square soft with chrono trigger/cross ).

Baldurs Gate is one of the best games i played, played Neverwinter nights and Dragon's age I and am on the middle of Dragon Age 2 ( for a long time now ).

I just finished, ... 5 minutes ago Mass Effect 3. I saw this story on Osnews and though... gonna finish the game today ! ;)

I had the luck of playing Mass Effect 1 and 2 almost one after the other. I think it was only one month between. Maybe this was key, being able to play ME1 and ME2 just like if they were the same game.

Mass Effect 1 blew me away, really loved the game. Mass Effect 2 was amazing to me. I felt a little down that it was "do this mission to get this caracter and then go to the final" but I really fell in love with some of them. Garrus, Grunt were always on my team. Garrus missions and Grunts missions will forever be remembered.

I read about the end being bad while playing Mass Effect 3 (although i didnt knew the end, just that it was bad). While playing i kept thinking to my self : "this game can have the worst end, it still one of the games of my life". The Universe was amazing, it really felt like i was there. Stories like the Geth-Quarians ( really the best, really great V.I./Tron moment with sad story to tell) and seeing grunt after saving the Queen was amazing. Garrus always on my team, heh ;)

About the ending : I am mixed about the ending, it felt short and all that. It did answered the "whats controlling the reapers question" though. AND I FUCKING glad that there was no "And they lived happilly ever after" ending. Serious ending to a serious story. Could be much serious though.

About the gameplay : I actually loved the gameplay. I havent loved playing a FPS game so much since Doom or Aliens VS predators 1. In the question "if this game had no story would i play it ?" HELL yes. It actually played very well for me. I tried alot of gun combinations, the Powers were important, It actually clicked to me.

There is soooo much i hate about games today (PES and FIFA ... really, how many years is it gonna take to make a good soccer game???), but honestly, kudos to BioWare for Mass Effect. Really loved it.

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RE: My take on Bioware
by blitze on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 07:23 in reply to "My take on Bioware"
blitze Member since:
2006-09-15

Well, after all the outrage, I just purchased it to see how it goes before they balls it up.

Liked the 2nd ME game play but the first one had better character development and story. Be interesting to see how this one pans out.

As long as there isn't too much planet mining, scanning or roving to be had LOL.

I prefer the character interaction and story development.

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RE: My take on Bioware
by Soulbender on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 08:13 in reply to "My take on Bioware"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

AND I FUCKING glad that there was no "And they lived happilly ever after" ending. Serious ending to a serious story.


Why can't serious stories have happy endings?

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RE[2]: My take on Bioware
by MORB on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 09:38 in reply to "RE: My take on Bioware"
MORB Member since:
2005-07-06

Why should every story have a happy ending? That's the one thing that irks me the most about most hollywood movies.

Plus ME3 isn't actually a sad ending, you do prevent the annihilation of every civilization in the galaxy, don't you? There's even one possible ending where shepard somehow doesn't die (although what actually happens is kind of confusing, but all of the endings have that particular issue)

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RE[2]: My take on Bioware
by cfgr on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 13:19 in reply to "RE: My take on Bioware"
cfgr Member since:
2009-07-18

Sure an unhappy ending is fine, but make it a choice just like in the second game. If you want to go badass, you can. If you want to go pope-style, you can. In the 3rd game however, it's the same ending no matter what you do. That was one of the things I liked most about ME2. Your decisions mattered and you could work towards the ending you wanted.

Mind you, that doesn't imply that the pure paragon path is the road to a happy victory. It would be nice to see some renegade options leading toward success while paragon would be too weak and ineffective in the same situations (and vice versa).

There are plenty of good ideas with interesting plotlines but I think Bioware had to make it to the deadline and rushed the ending through giving a less than satisfactory result. It certainly ruined the replay value for me, knowing that no matter what quests you did, how much effort you put into it and what decisions you take, everyone dies the same way anyway.


Edit. Woops, replied to the parent post instead, sorry ;)

Edited 2012-03-22 13:20 UTC

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