SilkyGoodness wrote:Oh and actually on topic, I think the reason people are going to hard on this game is because people have a lot of animosity directed at EA and BioWare for some obvious reasons. They found a reason to hate the game, and they're sticking with it. I don't think it's fair, but Mass Effect sits squarely in a very sensitive personal and emotional place for many many people. It's something that has to be handled with care and something that will never make anyone happy.
The reviews tell you in some detail why they give the scores they do. That doesn't really come up. Technical problems, bad writing, bad voice acting, boring characters, and repetitive missions seem to be the common complaints. Don't even need to play the game to see 3 of the 5 of those problems, the example footage (like in the gamespot review) makes it pretty clear.
The bad writing, btw, is super easy to explain.
Who wrote Dragon Age (all of them)? David Gaider. Also wrote KoToR, Neverwinter Nights, Baldurs Gate 2. Say what you want about the overall plots varied quality, the character writing in all of those games is quite good.
Who Wrote Mass Effect1 and 2? Drew Karpyshyn Also Wrote KoTor, Neverwinter Nights, Baldurs Gate 2
Who Wrote Mass Effect 3? Mac Walters. Also worked on... Mass Effect 2, Jade Empire and some books. Decent books, but compared to the rap sheet of the others it's pretty lacking.
Who Wrote Andromeda? Chris Schlerf. The guy who wrote Halo 4 and a Destiny expansion. Yeah, brilliant choice for the lead writer, the guy who wrote the worst halo and the notoriously story deficent Destiny. Awesome.
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