Mass Effect 3, play it or leave it.

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#1 Posted by Timothie (23 posts) -

I've just started playing ME3, and I am wondering, is it worth playing? I am asking this because I am reading doom messages all over the internet! Should I stay in my nostalgia and keep playing digimon world, or should I start playing Mass Effect3, and find out for myself?

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#2 Posted by CL60 (17118 posts) -

Yes, it's a good game.

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#3 Posted by AlisterCat (6706 posts) -

You mean someone has something bad to say about a videogame on the internet!?

I believe the consensus to be that it is a good game. I think it is great, really enjoyed the time I spent with it. The outrage is over 10 - 20 minutes at the end. Don't let that ruin 30+ hours of a good game.

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#4 Posted by M_Shini (567 posts) -

If you ever enjoyed Me1 or 2 go for it its a very well made it, even without it has a good pacing and the socialising and shooting is solid, tis all bout the journey.

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#5 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

If you haven't played the first two in the trilogy then you won't see what the big deal is either positively or negatively. If you have, then the game absolutely delivers. Terrific game in my opinion but I'm very invested in the series.

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#6 Posted by Jamakan_Inc (100 posts) -

It's an excellent game, especially if you played the first two. Your choices carry over in some pretty interesting ways and overall, it's a blast to play. Make your own mind up about the ending when you get to it, but even if you don't like it, the ride is well worth the price of admission.

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#7 Edited by Sooty (8194 posts) -

It's way worse than 2 but has its moments. If I knew what I did now I'd have waited for it to come down in price.

It feels more enclosed than 2 ever did, that and the lack of squad mates really bugged me.

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#8 Edited by Fudge91 (201 posts) -

You should wait for the upcoming dlc that bioware announced, the one that fixes the ending.

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#9 Posted by Baillie (4690 posts) -

The game is fantastic. It's a shame it won't get the recognition it deserves because the gaming community has become the worst community of all. I thought the ending was great, however weird it was.

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#10 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (756 posts) -

I don't think it's a great game, but if you enjoyed 1 and 2, it's worth playing.

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#11 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6117 posts) -

@KittyMeggerz said:

If you ever enjoyed Me2 go for it its a very well made it, even without it has a good pacing and the socialising and shooting is solid, tis all bout the journey.

There we go.

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#12 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1379 posts) -

It is good and although the ending is shit, that alone is not bad enough to not play it through.

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#13 Edited by BRich (490 posts) -

If you actually pay attention throughout the game the ending is fantastic. My favorite ending of anything ever is Inception and I felt it had a very similar vibe.
 
The previous 35 hours are on par with Mass Effect 2, so absolutely play it.

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#14 Posted by Animasta (14848 posts) -

lol I like the decision is between digimon world and mass effect 3

it's alright, just make sure you know going in that the ending has a lot of people angry...

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#15 Posted by Funkydupe (3563 posts) -

When Mass Effect 10 is upon us you won't give a shit about the ME3 ending.

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#16 Posted by stryker1121 (2010 posts) -

Definitely worth play especially if you've played 1 and 2. The character interaction stuff is top notch and the story has more of an epic feel than 2. Play on hardcore for extra challenge and you'll get a solid, 40-hr experience out of it. ME3 has its problems (including, yes, the ending) but I enjoyed it.

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#17 Posted by frankfartmouth (1048 posts) -

It's a terrific game. All the Internet hate is based on the final few cutscenes, not even really the whole ending, which incorporates many excellent battle sequences and story segments. And the hate over the final few cutscenes is pretty overblown anyway. There are some legitimate gripes with it, but as far as it being so bad that it ruins the entire game and such, a bit dramatic if you asked me.

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#18 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5120 posts) -

We're missing vital information: Did you play the first two?

Although honestly, everything pales in comparison to Digimon World.

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#19 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

The entire experience is amazing, the ending might sour it a little, but get a grip and realize there's been tons of movies and books that end kinda lackluster, doesn't mean you didn't enjoy all that came before it.
(Yes, a game is different, but I'm talking about the ride here).

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#20 Posted by Draugen (868 posts) -

@Timothie: I love the game. There is a good chance you will find the very ending a bit (or extremely) dissapointing, but the game at large is great.

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#21 Posted by Arker101 (1484 posts) -

@Timothie: Yeah play it, but go in with the knowledge that the last 20 Minutes was written by 2 dudes out of the whole writing team, and that it was written for the sole purpose of causing (Direct quote from Mac Walters) "Lots of Speculation."

I only reason I would say to hold off on it, is if you cared about the story from the past 2 games.

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#22 Posted by dervish (2 posts) -

You should. I was pretty wary myself due to the negative responses online, but I just finished and really enjoyed the game (and even the ending, but I tend to like unexpected or complicated finishes). I found this article by Tom Bissell (of the book Extra Lives) to be pretty true to my experience: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7694386/on-mass-effect-3.

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#23 Posted by drag (1212 posts) -

It's a pretty great game, some of my favourite moments from the entire series in there.

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#24 Posted by Gamer_152 (14435 posts) -

You might want to steel yourself for a less than stellar ending but totally, yes, play that game. Whatever happens at the end, the rest of the single-player is fantastically made and is still doing things with its story on a level that no other game out there is. If you haven't played at least Mass Effect 2 first though, I'd advise you to get through that before going onto 3.

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#25 Posted by bellmont42 (341 posts) -

The game overall is fantastic. If you're that unsure then maybe wait until that free dlc that adds to the ending is out.

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#26 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1201 posts) -

The ending won't be as bad as you'll be expecting. It's a fun game.

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#27 Posted by pyromagnestir (4416 posts) -

@CL60 said:

Yes, it's a good game.

Truth.

Is it the best Mass Effect game? I don't think so. And if you haven't played the first two I'd suggest you do that first. Does it end well? No. Not really. At least I don't think so.

But you should play it and come to you're own conclusions. If you want to anyway.

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#28 Posted by Sauson (581 posts) -

Yes, it's a good game. There are parts of it I didn't care for but it should still be played by anyone who has enjoyed a previous Mass Effect game.

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#29 Posted by aspaceinvader (262 posts) -

It's a good game, all the fucking whiney bitches out who didn't get the ending they wanted is what's ruining the game, make of the ending what you want, destroy control or integrate, that is the choices your given and so what if it's the same ending just different colours. Yes bioware need to explain to the thick stupid gamers out there what happened at the end.

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#30 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

I think im one of the most dissapointed people on these forums about the ending , but you should definetly play it , it a well made tight game ,,, even more so if you played the other 2 games ... if in the other hand you have never liked the mass effect games , this one wont change your mind.

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#31 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

It's a pretty good game, but it's not as good as the other ME games. There's no exploration, the side quests are lazy and bad, and it all just felt kinda rushed. And yeah the ending sucks. But hey... not a bad game.

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#32 Posted by Jimbo (10453 posts) -

It's a good game, it just has a trainwreck ending. Let's not get carried away here - the vast majority of the game is still a lot better than the vast majority of other games, and it's not like good endings are particularly commonplace in gaming either. Definitely worth playing if you've played the first two.

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#33 Posted by Bobstar (365 posts) -

@Sooty said:

It's way worse than 2 but has its moments. If I knew what I did now I'd have waited for it to come down in price.

It feels more enclosed than 2 ever did, that and the lack of squad mates really bugged me.

My god this annoyed the hell out of me.

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#34 Posted by Kelswitch (142 posts) -

Its still an incredible game barring the ending nonsense, possibly my favourite of the 3.

Don't let raging kids on the internet poison your own opinion.

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#35 Posted by Blackmoore (258 posts) -

The 20+ hours of enjoyment I had overshadowed the 10 minutes of distaste I had at the end. I'd make that trade again.

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#36 Posted by Cataphract1014 (1471 posts) -

Mass Effect 3 is an amazing game. Best of the series imo.

The ending takes a bit away, but the rest of the 99% of the game is far and away the best game I've played since Skyrim. Might even put it over Skyrim.

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#37 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (5258 posts) -

@Timothie said:

I've just started playing ME3, and I am wondering, is it worth playing? I am asking this because I am reading doom messages all over the internet! Should I stay in my nostalgia and keep playing digimon world, or should I start playing Mass Effect3, and find out for myself?

Game is awesome. The "doom messages" all over the internet concern the last 15 minutes of the game, which I agree were completely botched. Everything leading up to that point is pretty great, and the multiplayer is loads of fun if you like co-op / horde modes.

If you REALLY are afraid of the ending disappointing you, wait until the summer after it's been updated with the "directors cut" DLC. It might not fix everything, but I have to think that whatever they add will be for the better.

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#38 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (4090 posts) -

never let internet rage make decisions for you.

never ever.

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#39 Posted by Dingofighter (1872 posts) -

If you played the first two, or even just ME2, you owe it to yourself to play ME3.  
Really, there is no excuse not to play it when you already have the game.

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#40 Posted by LiquidPrince (16788 posts) -

@Sooty said:

It's way worse than 2 but has its moments. If I knew what I did now I'd have waited for it to come down in price.

It feels more enclosed than 2 ever did, that and the lack of squad mates really bugged me.

7 squad mates is plenty. More then ME1.

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#41 Edited by Sooty (8194 posts) -

@LiquidPrince said:

@Sooty said:

It's way worse than 2 but has its moments. If I knew what I did now I'd have waited for it to come down in price.

It feels more enclosed than 2 ever did, that and the lack of squad mates really bugged me.

7 squad mates is plenty. More then ME1.

Compared to 2 it pales in comparison, James and Edi are wastes of space. It's more quality over quantity, and 2 had both of that. ME1 had Wrex. Wrex.

I'm thinking that 7 includes the DLC? I didn't support that stupidness, so it was 6 for me.

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#42 Posted by TheMadCat (4 posts) -

You should definitely play it, great story line and real cool soundtracks :o Be prepared to be blown away!!

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#43 Posted by LawGamer (862 posts) -

I think the answer to this question depends on whether you have any experience with the prior games or not.

If you have played before, then I think you will find it to be the most uneven of the series. There is some great, great stuff in there. Then again, the end is in there too, along with several obnoxious gameplay elements like the quest log and "hide-and-seek" scanning.

If you haven't played the series before, then I say go for it. You might not get as much out of the really good moments (the quality of which mainly comes from having prior experience with the characters involved and some series in-jokes), but the ending and gameplay stuff probably won't piss you off as much either.

If you haven't played the series and are looking for good compromise, go and give the first two a try, since they are now cheap. By the time you finish them, the "Extended DLC" will probably be out and we'll all know if the ending is any less crappy.

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#44 Edited by Timothie (23 posts) -

Yes, I was talking about the end, should have mentioned it. Then again I did not play ME 1 or 2, is it recommendable to play those two first? And about the game, I will probably play it anyway because I am an addicted curious little bugger!

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#45 Posted by yinstarrunner (1302 posts) -

Not as deep as one, not as much content as two. it has its moments, but about 2/3 of the way through, i was just ready for it to end. i felt the same way about 2 though. i just don't think typical cover-based shooting can be stretched for 30 hours without me getting a little tired of it.

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#46 Posted by VaddixBell (275 posts) -

I'm one of the people who hated the ending but still think everyone should play it.

It's got an incredible story with great characters and writing. It's the last 10 minutes that anyone is critical of. Play without hesitation.

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#47 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (5258 posts) -

@Timothie said:

Yes, I was talking about the end, should have mentioned it. Then again I did not play ME 1 or 2, is it recommendable to play those two first?

Absolutely! Lots of the events and choices in ME3 are based on your actions in the first two games, and are completely out of your hands if you don't import a character into the game. Start with ME1. It has some control and gameplay issues that were ironed out later, but I'd say that it has by far the best overall story of all three games.

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#48 Posted by Brendan (8910 posts) -

Awesome game in my opinion, and if you were invested in the previous two you will most likely enjoy the hell out of it, save the last 5 minutes or so.

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#49 Posted by Timothie (23 posts) -

Yea, I played it for 15 minutes, and I had to chose all kind of things whether he was traumatized by all his friends getting killed and such.

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#50 Posted by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -

Digimon world what

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