@BrockNRolla: I haven't been able to play ME3 as of yet, but I don't want the series to end. I could care less what direction they take it down as long as the great sci-fi storyline stays intact. I really enjoy the focus they bring to the table and do not want them to stop.
Burned out, or looking forward to more?
The idea of DLC about the Leviathan is cool considering it was always a super intriguing and mysterious concept when first introduced in ME1 but after seeing some of the press footage and hearing Bioware PR talking about how they've applied systems from the multi-player into the new single player content I just can't seem to get excited about it.
I hate to join the chorus but ME3 really killed a lot of the love I had for that universe and every time I see footage of the combat I just feel an exasperated sigh coming on knowing I'll have to churn through waves of the same four enemy types just to get to the narrative. Yes, I know that sounds like so many other game titles, but for me the problem feels accentuated in the case of ME3 due to them bumping up the combat focus considerably from ME2 which had already taken some criticism for favoring shooter-mechanics over its RPG roots.
I believe there is still potential in the bare-bones conceptual side of the Mass Effect fiction but if the future of the franchise has you blasting things from behind cover & buying weapon packs then I feel they have miss-managed what was initially fantastic about the product.
Mass Effect is probably my favorite series of all time. I played ME1 like 5 times, ME2 either 3 or 4, but I didn't get very far in my second playthrough of ME3, and haven't played the new ending yet either. I'd say I'm basically burned out. I'll get all the DLC, but I may not play it until I finally feel like doing my insanity trilogy run.
Leviathan would have to be a very long thing. I would rather pay 20 dollars for a new Tuchanka or Rannoch segment than pay 7 dollars for a side mission. Pack four or five missions together and then have it read like "Did I kill Balak?" "Did I save Kasumi's data?" and have it drastically affect the entire thing like the Rannoch section.
I think the problem with ME3 is that it ended the series with finality. Ironically the lack of finality is what makes other games kind of miserable, but... The Reaper War was too big of a conflict to resolve in just 30 hours. They should've done an entire trilogy of Mass Effect 3. Like the way they made a trilogy out of AC2.
They should've done Tuchanka, Rannoch and... I don't know, the liberation of Palaven for the first one. All done with the same care and detail. The second game would be darker, you'd have the retaking of Omega and defense of the Terminus, a section in Batarian space featuring Kar'Shan and this rogue Reaper Leviathan, and then the crushing Fall of Thessia. The third starts with tracking down Illusive at Horizon and then his base, then The Battle For Earth, which essentially plays out like a 15 hour Suicide Mission. Firebase Blood Dragon in Edmonton is falling and if it can't be saved, it has to be destroyed... Who do you send to make sure it doesn't fall into Reaper hands; Urdnot Wrex? Miranda Lawson? Garrus Vakarian? You need someone with naval experience to aid Sword Company, did you build alliances with General Partinex from the first game? What about Balak, the batarian terrorist?
I think the problem is just that they tried to make everyone happy in one game and there's just not enough time to wrap up every story.
@Brodehouse: Turning the war agaisnt the Reapers into the equivalent of Star Wars Clone Wars would have diminished the urgency though Shepard was constantly on the run , I thought that scene on Mars where the Reapers just come down as soon as Shepard and his teamates are getting on their feets after that encounter with the Cerberus Agent was really great to make that sense of urgency stand out at least early on , I would have loved to see a 60 h game with a more deep arc to each separte substoryline ( the Krogan Genophage, getting the assistance of the council (Turians, Salarians) , the battle for Rannoch , the Geth situation, the fall of Tessia) but coming up with a good pace for all those stories while making you feel you're not wasting too much time while Earth is getting decimated would have been somewhat difficult or maybe not I don't know.
I can see what you're saying since we already know how the story ends this post DLC story doesn't feel like something as relevant to the war effort like the other main missions, if they use the "Grampa tell me another story about the Shepard" device with the Stargazer and child then I can see how it could work in the story . The most interesting thing about Leviathan (to me) is to know what he is not so much what he does for the Mass Effect 3 story.
I can't wait for more Mass Effect 3 single-player content. Contrary to what seems to be popular opinion, I greatly enjoyed Mass Effect 3 and I had zero problems with the original ending. This is probably my favorite game series of all time, and I'm looking forward to delving back into that universe.
I enjoyed ME3 as well, thought the original ending was a little weak (for reasons completely different from why most people didn't like it), and thought the extended cut answered most of my complaints. So it's no surprise to know that I'd play just about anything they make in that game universe, with or without Shepard. It's definitely a series that draws a pretty stark dividing line among gamers. Honestly, I don't quite understand the hate it gets, but gaming taste is subjective. ME3 probably scores equally with 2, with ME1 being my least favorite of the series (though still one of my favorite games ever).
I'm looking forward to new single-player DLC content. I'll probably snap it up on day one of release despite the uneven quality of BioWare DLC.
I wouldn't say I'm burned out but I feel like I've had my fill. We've had three big Mass Effect games, all of them pretty long, and more importantly ME3 was a clear closer to the series and even if it's still not the best ending, I felt like post-Extended Cut especially there was a strong sense of conclusion. I don't feel like I'm particularly against the new ME3 DLC but like all the other Mass Effect DLC I've played post-game I don't think there's anyway for it not to feel tacked on, although it will help if they try and flesh this one out a bit more.
Add me to the list that are just burned out on Bioware in general. I still haven't gotten around to ME3 and at this point, I doubt I ever will.
It's my own fault really; I played way too many Bioware games between 09 and 10. Imma suffering from Bioware oversaturation!...or something.
I am one of those who hated the original ending, and I still kinda dislike the new endings, but I still think that ME3 was an awesome game overall. Not as good as ME2, yeah, but still pretty damn awesome.
However... while the Mass Effect Universe is big, wonderful and has a lot of potential..... Drew Karpyshyn left BioWare. I know he didn't create the ME universe alone, but he played, without a doubt, a central part of it. I sincerely believe that ME3 suffered at the end because he wasn't there, and I'm pretty sure that it won't be as good without him around.
That said, they could always surprise you. BioWare still has some pretty talented writers. But I'll be wary in regards to any new content. Unlike with ME2, no DLC form ME3 will tie into an ME4 - because Shepard's story is done. I got almost all the ME2 stuff, even the stuff that was crap like Arrival, because it would impact ME3 in some way (actually a lot of it didn't). Now, since ME3's DLC will impact nothing in anyway whatsoever, I'm not sure if I'll get it. It'll have to be at least Shadow-Broker quality for me to even consider it.
I loved Mass Effect 1, but it was all downhill from there. Mediocre gameplay aside, the universe and the fiction was so thoroughly massacred that I still have a sour taste in my mouth. Unless BioWare were to hand the series off to a more competent developer (which is unlikely) I wouldn't bother with another ME game.
Recently i played a bunch of multiplayer and it got me excited for more single player content, I actually really like where the multiplayer went, with more locations and classes it doesnt feel as one sided as it once did with everybody and their dog rolling a vanguard.
You don't see much vanguard outside of Bronze these days. The fact it dumps you into the line of fire with little chance of retreat on higher difficulties, as well as the tendency to glitch pretty much killed an otherwise really fun class.
I personally don't care about any future DLC for ME3. I saw a headline on facebook from Bioware saying "Leviathan dated!" and I thought, "yep, that's pretty much my opinion on the matter, Mass Effect 3 is old news." Maybe after it's all said and done I'll pick it up for a song during a sale and see what the DLC was all about, but they're not getting my money anytime soon.
It's one of my favorite series of all time, of all mediums. And I have no desire to play anything else they put out.
Heard the new DLC is about a rogue reaper. Takes real discipline from a writing team to keep something alien and unknowable. And not just over-explain and iterate 'till you basically get human actions in alien bodies.
Nah, I'm not really feeling any interest in Mass Effect 3 anymore (I do need to get back and finish that achievement though... actually scratch that, the new DLC will probably have achievements, so why care about the last achievement).
In other news, apparently only 42% of players actually completed Mass Effect 3, which sounds bad but isn't when looking at other Bioware games. With only 40% completing the first Mass Effect, 56% for Mass Effect 2, 36% for Dragon Age: Origins, and 41% for Dragon Age 2.
I loved the series, even ME3 shockingly, but it's safe to say I'm okay with taking a break from the Mass Effect universe for awhile. If they do get around to making a new game I really hope it features a new story and protagonist, in a different timeline all together.
I really just want them to release some of these characters. Don't want to for hours and then roll the dice on a premium spectre pack to only get gear bonuses.
Regardless, I did participate in the multiplayer event this pass weekend and I have to say that this is still holding up well. If I had been playing it constantly I may have been burned out, but it's nice to throw some powers out and snipe some guardians from time to time. It seems like people are still playing, so there's that.
I will get the new DLC because I've gotten every non-weapon or cosmetic DLC for the franchise to date.
Mass Effect - Played through 12 times, S-Ranked, bought all DLC
Mass Effect 2 - Played through 8 times, S-Ranked, bought all DLC
Mass Effect 3 - Played through 1 time, missing achievements, don't care about Mass Effect any more.
Pretty much this for me too. Sadly, I'm over Mass Effect.
It is pretty much the only series I play at this point. I don't have the extra money for other games and since I love sci-fi it is where I am at right now. The endings don't bother me a bit, although the Bioware forums are filled with people who think their fan fiction ideas are better. They're not, and it is a sad group over there. I do look forward to more dlc obviously, I think Leviathan will be fine and it looks like the Omega dlc is a lock. Only problem is I won't play the 3rd anymore until all single player dlc is out. Even if all Leviathan does is add a few Catalyst lines, I don't want to shortchange any of my Shepards. They have created to vast a universe, one of the most expansive in gaming, to let it go. Shepard may be done, but the universe goes on.
I think Mass Effect is done for me... When I reflect back to when I played ME2 this seems insane, but still true. ME3 ending was bad, but I realized few days ago that I didn't like the game as a whole either. The gameplay was fine, but the way the story went around and tried desperately to tie everything together in a extremely unreasonable way. I just didn't care. Pains me to even say it. Fuck.
After a few months, that's me just starting to get a little tired of the multiplayer - I don't think I've ever put so much time into online play before. I'm really looking forward to the Leviathan DLC, because I enjoy the cohesive and comprehensive nature of the universe. Also, I just really like the way ME plays.
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