Mass Effect 3 Hits The Streets

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darkshadow136

The gameplay up to the last part of ME3 was great, but the end of the game ruined the entire series of the franchise. The parts that ruined the game for me listed below.

1. The endings for the game were horrible, no good endings and ruined the entire series in my opinion and many other. If Bioware does not either patch the endings, or give away a free DLC that fixes the endings, many ciustomers like myself I'm sure will never buy another Bioware game ever.

2. MultiPlayer content should never effect the Galactic readiness of the Single player Campaign. Many players like myself have no interest in MultiPlayer, and we should not have our game endings determined by what happens in the Multiplayer content.

3. Also minor complaint, all conversations pushing his gayness towards a straight Sheppard is not called for and should have been excluded from the game.

Gameplay on an overall was great just spoiled by the ending and influence of Multiplayer content, it makes all the right decisions you made through your ME1/ME2 playthroughs seem worthless.

The game as is I rate at a 3/10
If they fix the endings to the game. I rate the game a 8/10
If they fix both the endings and the influence of the MultiPlayer influence on the single player Campaign. I rate the game a 10/10

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Caboose

ciustomers? Not sure what those are, but whatever.

You can get a full galactic readiness without playing the multiplayer portion. You just have to explore every single nook and cranny in the entire galaxy to get it.

And what the hell are you talking about? "pushing his gayness towards a straight Sheppard"? Who cares if the character is gay or straight? Who cares if Femshep is a lesbian or not? Does it change anything from the story? Does it change the fact that Shepard is the galaxy's last hope for survival? All these people up in arms over the possibility of having a gay main character are really pathetic. It really brings to light some hidden sexual conflicts within the individual if they're getting all pissy about it.

Why don't you grow up, and get the hell over it! It's a goddamn video game for fscks sake! No one seems to be up in arms over a lesbian Femshep, why is having a gay male Shepard any different? Oh, because "lesbians are hot" right? I'm about half-way through the game, and so far the only "homosexual" stuff has involved the pilot/armourer telling my character about his husband and how he died in the attacks. That's it.

This is 2012 people, I'd have thought we'd have stopped this pathetic obsession with sexual orientation by now.

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h e x e n

I think I'll stick to one and two. There's literally no way the third installment answers everything while being innovative and fresh.

Read about 50 reviews of both users and critics and I have to say, I'm disappointed in Bioware. Mass Effect 1 and 2 are in my top 10 games of all time. All I see when I look at ME3 is day 1 DLC, horrendous writing, and the big kicker, it's another stand alone story, or so I have read. There is little to no impact on the game or story from the choices you made in the previous two games, something I had high hopes for.

Sorry Bioware, after the bomb that was SWTOR and now this, you have in four months completely changed my perception of the games you create.

EA, what happened? You were getting back on track a couple years ago and now you're back to your old self, ruining franchises as you go. Was it just a stroke of luck that you were less of a butthole to consumers and developers?

Sad, really sad. ME1 is one of those games that I'm sad I'll never get to play for the first time again. To end on such a sour note is such a disappointment.

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Caboose

You got all that from the day-1 2hr comments from some whiny gamers? I've been really enjoying ME3, and yes, the choices that I've made in the first 2 ME games are having an affect on the 3rd. Do you know how long it would have taken Bioware to write and develop ME2 and ME3 if they created them so that every single thing you did in the previous game had an affect on what happened in the next? We'd be looking at a DNF wait time between games!

Oh boo-hoo, there's day-1 DLC. And what horrendous writing? So far, the writing for the 3rd chapter seems to be similar to the first two, and I've no problem with it. The cover system has been improved, the exp and leveling system has been improved. The weapons system has been improved. And the multiplayer is actually a lot of fun. I'd have liked to see some MP with more than 4 players, but whatever. I'm liking it a lot.

But hey, if you don't want to finish the story, if you're going to rely on the "reviews" (if you can even call them that) of the whiny little bitchy kids that played the game for a half-hour, or read somewhere that "something happens in game", then so be it.

But hey, at least you're not bitching about the option to have Shepard have a male homosexual encounter like the rest of the idiot critics out there.

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ozziekun

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that's what make it their own. So saying people are idiot critics is not helping. I'm not gonna go into the homosexual choice of players, because it's their choice. My male Shepard was straight and my female Shepard was not. I did that purely out of curiosity to see if the interactions would be different. Mass Effect's whole gameplay is about choice, so who or what anyone wants is up to them.
Great, now that's out of the way all I can say is that the game is GREAT, the ending SUCKS. Some of the best writing in gaming history, artistic magnificence, near perfect shooting, weapons, powers and characters. I almost shed a manly tear (insert laugh here) as some of my favourite characters died and then Bioware stabs me in the back, twist the knife and spit on my bleeding corpse with that Horrible ending. Mass Effect 3 was like waiting to go on the best roller-coaster and as your about to go over the final and most awesome part of the ride; it stops and thanks you for your participation.

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zero_ken13

ME WANT!!!

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linesma

I think I am finished purchasing EA Games. First off, I am a US service member stationed in Japan. All of my billing information is out of the United States. Because I live in Japan, Origin will not let me access the US store. When I contacted the "Tech Support", I was told that my locale was determined by my local server and that I can not change my locale setting. I will be restricted to the Japanese store. This means that I have to use a JAPANESE address for purchases, because the local server will not accept US addresses! This means that I can NOT make any purchases. So the service is basically useless to me. To add insult to injury, they tried to offer me a 15% discount for Origin Store purchases!

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picorosan

I have a similar problem as well. My account is in the US and I am currently living in South Africa. Origin and Steam both give me problems when I try and buy direct from them. Only thing is I live in a country that speaks English so I have to wait til friday since it is released on the 9th here.

I am sure the Sight and Sound on the base will have it sooner or later, or you can have a friend in the States buy it and ship it to you. Or if you are willing to wait and can speak Japanese you can get the Japanese version on the 15th. The cost will be steep though 7,665 yen (or approximately $99.57 in U.S. dollars). I suggest asking friends in the states to ship you the retail version.
just my 2 cents.

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Supall

Can you use a VPN or even a proxy to fake your locale?

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firefox91

If anyone wants to pay me to give a bad review to ME3, I will. I want the money so I can go buy a copy of ME3 and enjoy it.

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IIAbeII

They are a good few bad scores from stupidity and bigotry. However, they are many more angry scores from the bad plot, "deus ex machina", day one dlc, multiplayer, and mediocre combat. I kinda suspect PC Gamer has over-rated this one, similar to DA2.

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logicmaster2003

Is this a standalone game ? or do you need another program or subprogram installed (origin, etc) in order to play this ?

This is the reason why I won't buy BF3.

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linesma

You will need Origin installed in order to play this game. I ended up deciding to pass on it because of the problems I was having with Origin. I posted them here.

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noobstix

A good chunk of the user reviews on Metacritic seem to be on the fact that now Shepard can be literally homosexual. Overall, the general consensus (if you can call it that) for ME3 seem to be "Bioware+EA made a shitfest of a game". I hate EA as much as the next person but I still give the Mass Effect series a chance because I've enjoyed it. I actually saved up some money by not buying Battlefield 3 in order to pre-order the Collector's Edition of this game. Like the saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together."

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Caboose

In ME1 you could have a lesbian Shepard. lesbians are homosexuals too.

I've noticed that people are OK with having 2 chicks go at it, but not 2 dudes.

It's the whole "homosexuality is bad, unless it's 2 women!" thing.

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triclops41

the critic reviews may be a bit too nice to the big name games, but the user reviews are absolutely worthless.

and the critic reviews have nothing to do with advertising money, its about psychology. hype and reputation influence everyone, games journalists try to avoid it, but no one can completely.

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iceman08

Dang, what did ME3 do to get such low user reviews on metacritic?

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Teeebs

Because some childish users are giving the game a zero for really stupid reasons. Come on, the only reason a game could possibly rate a zero is if it didn't actually start and/or caused your computer to spontaneously combust....

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szore

All I know is I tried ME2, and it was unplayable it was so bad.

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Teeebs

Unplayable?? Only if you're a blind deaf-mute with no fingers.... :)

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steevonson

Even a pinball wizard could play ME2

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TommM

ME3 is getting absolutely hammered by user reviews on Metacritic:

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/mass-effect-3/user-reviews

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Peanut Fox

I think there are people purposefully dragging down the Metacritic scores. I haven't played ME3. But I really enjoyed 1 and 2. I'd have a hard time believing this game could be universally bad.

The game has only been out for a few hours. How could anyone have had time to really dig into a 60+ hour long experience? Unless they're encountering bugs that make the game unplayable.

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iceman08

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I saw user reviews that were talking about Satanism, reviews that gave the same score so as to "doubly NOT recommend this piece of **** game" to "The nub of what I intend to say here is that Bonapartism has its stronghold among vainglorious, picayunish nutcases. Why does that matter? It matters because the time has come to choose between freedom or slavery, revolt or submission, and liberty or Mass Effect 3's particularly sententious form of parasitism. It's clear what Mass Effect 3 wants us to choose, but he's like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz." <---WTF

I'll be playing when I get home, but seriously, how many are hating the story itself or are just hating EA/Bioware? There's even reviews saying that since they made Dragon Age II, ME3 sucks on the same level

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dgrmouse

How do you interpret the ratings when the media reviews are overwhelmingly positive and the user reviews are diametrically opposed?

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TommM

The media is influenced by advertising revenue - that's been happening since the first Pong game came out. And I think a lot of professional reviewers have "stars in their eyes" when it comes to big releases. They are privy to inside info and game developers for months prior to release so they get a vested interest and just can't say anything bad about a game once it comes out. They lose their ability to be neutral and provide a non-biased opinion. Buyers have no such restrictions.

Same thing happened with Dragon Age 2. Professional reviewers all loved it on release but the users called it a dog. Eventually the professional reviewers (grudgingly) admitted that maybe it wasn't quite as good as they originally decreed. Even happened here on MaxPC.

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Neufeldt2002

"Same thing happened with Dragon Age 2. Professional reviewers all loved it on release but the users called it a dog. Eventually the professional reviewers (grudgingly) admitted that maybe it wasn't quite as good as they originally decreed. Even happened here on MaxPC."

Didn't the same thing with Duke Nukem Forever? or am I wrong on that one?

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TommM

Actually, on Duke Nukem it came out fairly even between professional and user reviews with the user reviews being a little higher (which is generally not the case). At any rate - it was clearly a disappointment.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/duke-nukem-forever

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somethingelse

hahahaha, omg, fuck EA! how much did they pay PCG for that bullshit review?

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Captain_Steve

Woohoo; I'm kind of happy they didn't release it on Steam now, otherwise I would have been a day 1 buyer. Thank you EA.

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