Average User Score: 2.6Aug 1, 2012I tend to discount all other selling points of a game when they boldly include terms that indicate that gameplay is composed of concise epicenter segments such as, in the case of this game, 'missions' albeit 'challenging' since that almost always means my character is as good as recycled for a new game because once all the wonderful and developer-glorifying missions have run out I have nothing better to do than watch my character loop idle animations or roll in the grass because it's easier than revisiting vanquished areas no more than 20 in all, blurring past old and now-useless rivals, halls and arenas myriad where challengers posed one-time stands, or count the disgustingly finite amount of money I scoured each crag to hoard so that I could choose between an essential piece of equipment or a pair of restoratives, all now completely useless *cough* POKEMON! *splutter* How I loathe dead end games fettered to dubiously grandiose story lines grovelling in the shadow of franchise or big name publisher...But then what does my opinion matter, I'm just a potential buyer whose judicious purchases for entertainment have rescued many more unassuming titles from the oblivion of anonymity despite all other reviews. You go make your games, I will spend my money on what I deem fit and the rest will rot with legions of Bl*****d and EA games.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jul 19, 2012Mass Effect comes from a company whose games I enjoy. I enjoy the games they have made in the past, though now this and one other, Dragon Age, fortunately represent a departure from the norm, or so I would hope. I read the ESRB rating for this game and the other I mentioned and was shocked. I could go on at length about why this is a permanent deterrent, but I think what might be of more interest would be my overall impression of the franchise.
Ever since KotOR so many years ago, the developers have been distinguishing themselves with signature features, veritable hallmarks of their craft. One thing I noticed about KotOR was their flare for conversation cinematic sequences and their ethic-centrism as pertains to the player choices. I must say that although I tolerated the character and, inevitably, the curious little tropes that became evident I immediately identified a specific character in the conversations. What was a quirk at first became a rash of repeated patterns, conversations being little more than debates or conflicts where the player plays a casual moderator. When I watched the trailers and previews of the first Mass Effect, I was disgusted to find that those same tropes were awaiting in this 'new' title, and how much worse when I heard the same voice acting all over again. I could literally have closed my eyes and but for a little voice modulation could as well have been hearing a conversation in KotOR or NWN 2. It was at that point that I thought that the game must not have anything to offer as if the rating wasn't reason enough.
And so on the topic of the rating, I asked myself why this series could justify its rating when KotOR scored only a Teen. When the details came out, thanks to the near-Inquisition depth of ESRB rating, I understood that the game, meaning the plot, the mechanics or any other viable features of the game were just a medium for adult material. With that unsavory revelation in mind, I regard this franchise with an even deeper disdain. What RPG elements or other enjoyable features there might have been in the game I must surely have discovered in the brief preview I had seen of the first title years ago. Now that I have seen the good and been advised of the bad, I can't offer any praise at all to the game. Quite frankly I have played too many games that I would without reservation have attributed excellence which kept their work clean to even consider this piece of media.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jul 19, 2012I was excited about this game. I love the concept of the strange fractured realities and so on. But since it included adult content I won't never play this game. What a shame that such a great game had to be ruined because someone can't keep his dirty mind out of the development.… Expand