A game's worst sin? Knocking you out of character.
3 March 2015
Summary: This installment in the series suffers from a critical overflow in drama. To understand this, we must back up, and look at the first two games, which follow clear themes; Mass Effect 1 was all about exploration. As the introduction to the series, it brought the character lots of places, and allowed the player more insight and access to these areas than in any of the other games.
Summary: Obviously, first we need to talk about the ending. I didn't really mind it. People say it doesn't matter what you choose, because you get the same 3 choices for endings anyway, but Bioware themselves said before the release that no matter what, Shepard saves the galaxy. I view it less as "your decisions didn't matter" and more as "all your decisions were different means to the same end." I just can't get worked up over the ending like other people do.
Summary: Overall probably the toughest combat in the series, very rewarding to beat certain sections. However, they really cut down on the rpg elements of the game, resulting in less character conversation options and an overall lack of immersion. The fleet collection missions which i had hoped would give me a cooler ending still only showed human ships at this "final climactic battle for the galaxy" despite my "fleet" having every race in the galaxy in it.
Summary: Overall still a good game, fell short of the bar set by 1 and 2 in just about all aspects but still has its shining moments, despite the black eye 3 is on the series, the series as a whole is still one of the best, and I highly recommend checking this trilogy out if you never played it.
Pros: Addictive and simple multiplayer. Environments were great, some collision and item interaction bugs in the cut scenes but nothing I haven't seen before. If you like TPS action you can't go wrong here. Characters don't quite meet the bar set by 2 but still excellent work. That's what really made the whole trilogy great, the characters. The animations are smooth and the combat is very fluid and easy to grasp.
Cons: If you're one of the few, like me, that actually played this series 1,2,3 as opposed to 2,3,1 like most, or 3,2,1 like a few others then you will notice the huge change from RPG centric to TPS centric. That's been my biggest gripe, Mass Effect was supposed to be a RPG from an RPG developer and with 3 those of us who were hoping for a more RPG centric experience were blatantly lied to by Bioware about this being the "RPG of the ages" Next the classes have no real defin...
Summary: Mass Effect was a great series, if you are here you probably want to finish the story and see what your decisions have influenced. And you should! But take it with a grain of salt. Instead of having richly involved conversations and interesting relationships, interactions, for the most part, have been reduced to on-screen text while you walk by people.
Summary: I loved ME and ME2 and eagerly awaited the finale. I was very disappointed in this game. It was so unimaginative and had overtones of just stealing from the competition. The facial and body animation is a throwback to poor attempts like in Deus Ex HR. Tight and unrealistic, certainly not up to the ME2 standards. The ending also was reminiscent of Deus Ex HR, which I liked for that game but seemed contrived for ME3. Like let's get this over with.
Summary: Haven't reached the end yet, but I watched the spoiler before buying. Enjoying it for the most part, I thought it was a little racist that the one Latino character is all full of himself and swears at you. It'd be nice to have vehicle portions like in the first 2 games, but I like that you can mod your guns again, this was there in the first, but not the second. Game play seems like a compromise of the best features between the first and second Mass Effects.
Summary: Great game, but knock 1 star off for bad ending and another for banning mods on PC version. Let's start with the good - graphics, voice acting, gameplay, etc. It's even more simplified from the ME2, which itself was simplified from ME1, but it isn't yet to the point of being dull. I certainly don't miss mining dozens of planets for elements. Combat is still quite satisfying and challenging enough, even if you import a power character from ME2.