Forum_Pirate wrote: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.
That's not 100% true. Sure you have to run everything by the lead writer, but each writer is assigned a character or two, and anything that Chris approves then goes to Mac because he's the project lead. I'd say some characters and their interactions are quite good, and no actor is giving anything below a moderately good performance. I would also say ME1 has cringy dialogue and acting sometimes. The encounter with Benezia and some of Liara's lines and delivery almost physically hurt. She of course gets comfortable in her role in ME2 and 3, although isn't one of the best actors on the staff. I would also say Jennifer Hale spoiled us. Mark Meer however give the flatest performance of the series thus far.
However the faces are, meh quality, I would say the only reason the aliens don't look bad is because their designs let them get away with it. However Lexi has good animations on her face. I have a feeling a bug might be present or they didn't ship with the right animations OR they couldn't complete them with the sheer amount of NPCs in game. Either way this is fixable and really stops being noticeable after like 30 minutes, or perhaps the more important character are better. I would also like to say I quite like Drack and Liam(they're of bros, as in friendly and likable), PeeBee is pretty alright as well. A little bit much, but she definitely could become a great character as this story continues or the next game comes along. Cora isn't as bad as I would have imagined, and may come around. The Asari commando thing and roses thing has me interested. Suvi can be cute, her face is the most stiff on the tempest though, and she really shouldn't have as tan of skin as she does being Scottish and all. Also I'm Scottish so I think I can look right in the mirror or at my family to know what pigment my skin is. She should be pale, or more pale. Like Cora.
I would say some issues definitely exist, but it is far from even an okay game. It is bordering on great, and will be as the patches come along. It however won't ever be exceptionally simply for the fact that it's the fourth game in a franchise.