Thinking about picking this up

#1 Edited by Praedos (23 posts) -

Was thinking about picking this up or Witcher 2, but cannot decide. I've been a fan of ME since the first hit, and ever since have loved everything about it. However, i'm skeptical this time around considering the ending and I've heard the MP is mediocre (Don't really care about that as much). Its reviews were good but the past couple of weeks I've heard a lot of bitching regarding the game, and was just wondering whether this is a buy/skip.

TLDR: Buy or pass on ME 3

Dankeschon,

~Praedos

#2 Posted by rjayb89 (7717 posts) -

You should probably wait until the Extended Cut of the game comes out. Should be out around summer.

Honestly, the game is getting flak for how it ended. Everything else is fine. The multiplayer actually has some depth to it on higher medal challenges. Sure, you could just shoot dudes and judge the game by that but power-dependent classes, in single-player and multiplayer, are much more fun. At least give the multiplayer a try. I was one of those people who said they would completely ignore that stuff since I'm not interested in that stuff in any game. But now I have an N7 ranking of 300, which is pretty effin' surprising as far as I'm concerned.

#3 Posted by Fait622 (79 posts) -

@Praedos: I would say play ME3, the game has a couple of the highest highs of the trilogy, but feels a little rushed and the ending seems strapped together for the purpose of causing "discussion" (that has to be the best cover for making shitty media). Just temper your expectations and enjoy some more time with your crew and the game is awesome. However, I have not played Witcher 2 so I can't really compare the two.

#4 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

The multiplayer is really fun don't know who told you otherwise.also the game ia a blast.

Can't go wrong with eather

#5 Posted by DeF (4813 posts) -

finally started playing last week ... stopped after 4 hours. their way of storytelling/cinematic direction this time really really really puts me off ... I'm gonna have to force myself to continue.

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#6 Edited by TheHBK (5466 posts) -

I am waiting for it to be 20 bucks, it's on sale at Best Buy for 40 bucks now though... so tempted.

#7 Edited by Zacagawea (1585 posts) -

The multiplayer is generic, but you should definitely play ME3. It is, without a doubt, a good game. If you must buy one right now though, buy Witcher 2. That game is fucking fantastic. Just wait to buy ME3 in the summer when the free DLC is out and maybe then it will be cheaper.

#8 Posted by Irvandus (2826 posts) -

ME3 is a great game and shouldn't be missed.

#9 Posted by chilibean_3 (1626 posts) -

Yeah, the multiplayer is alright at best (though some people seem to love it for whatever reason) and the ending isn't good but it's still a really good game. Though you may want to wait until they do whatever it is they plan on doing for the ending. Or maybe not since I have no idea what they really have planned for that. If you're a Mass Effect fan then you should definitely play the third and see the end of the trilogy.

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#10 Posted by Grillbar (1800 posts) -

buy it its great, i dont care what people say about the ending its the main game thats worth it

#11 Posted by onan (1283 posts) -

@Praedos said:

Was thinking about picking this up or Witcher 2, but cannot decide. I've been a fan of ME since the first hit, and ever since have loved everything about it. However, i'm skeptical this time around considering the ending and I've heard the MP is mediocre (Don't really care about that as much). Its reviews were good but the past couple of weeks I've heard a lot of bitching regarding the game, and was just wondering whether this is a buy/skip.

TLDR: Buy or pass on ME 3

Dankeschon,

~Praedos

How have you been a fan since the first game but now you're on the fence because the included multiplayer is just average? That... makes no sense.

The only thing you need to know to answer this is if you care at all about the characters and the universe and you'd like to see some resolution. Granted, the final resolution is handled incredibly poorly, but the 30 hours leading up to it are pretty incredible. One point in the game even made me put the game down for a few days just to absorb the ramifications of it before moving on.

I'd say get it, or get whichever game is in a universe you enjoy playing in.

#12 Posted by Mirado (992 posts) -

I didn't find the ending to be as offensive as people seem to take it. It wasn't great, but I don't think it's terrible enough to warrant skipping the game. Give it a go.

#13 Posted by Animasta (14651 posts) -

get witcher 2. ME3's fine, but Witcher 2 is a fantastic game that is way better than ME3.

#14 Posted by LiquidPrince (15855 posts) -

@DeF said:

finally started playing last week ... stopped after 4 hours. their way of storytelling/cinematic direction this time really really really puts me off ... I'm gonna have to force myself to continue.

I don't know what you're talking about. It's almost the same execution as in the second game. The only difference now is sometimes people have more automated responses as opposed to always bringing up the dialogue wheel on the ship.

#15 Posted by Sackmanjones (4652 posts) -

If you sift through all the negativity you can find te truth that mass effect 3 is an amazing game and you should definitely play it since your already in the fiction. Never played witcher 2 and im sure it's great, but you owe it to yourself to play mass effect 3. If you don't believe me I have a thread that show, despite the controversal ending its an overall incredible package. Plus that extended cut is due soon I believe

#16 Edited by DrHawking (214 posts) -

If you haven't bought it yet, just wait until Bioware adds the epilogue stuff. Pretty sure the game will be much cheaper by then as well.

Edit: Still a fantastic game but its not a must play immediately if you managed to put it off this long

#17 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

MP's great, game is great, ending leaves much to be desired.
Its worth playing though, but so is Witcher.
 
Up to you, fantasy or sci fi?

#18 Posted by FLStyle (4595 posts) -

I love the multiplayer and the 97% of the single player makes it GOTY so far for me. Hopefully that'll become 99.99% this summer.

#19 Posted by pyromagnestir (4252 posts) -

Play it. The game is fantastic. Make up your own mind about the ending. Some people probably think it's fine, right? Anyone? Although waiting for the extended cut may make it better. But then again, it may make it worse.

#20 Posted by onan (1283 posts) -

@pyromagnestir said:

Play it. The game is fantastic. Make up your own mind about the ending. Some people probably think it's fine, right? Anyone? Although waiting for the extended cut may make it better. But then again, it may make it worse.

#21 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3578 posts) -

I absolutely hated the ending as well, but we're literally talking about the last 15 minutes of a game that took me 35 hours to finish. The rest of the game was quite good, and I also really enjoy the multiplayer.

With all that said, it might be a better idea to wait for the extended cut version of the ending, and instead get Witcher 2 for now. It's not a matter of if you should play ME3, but when.

#22 Posted by Schatzy23 (159 posts) -

Buy the game. Enjoy the game. Come to your own conclusion about the ending.

#23 Edited by MooseyMcMan (10556 posts) -

If you played ME1 and ME2, then you absolutely have to play ME3 at some point. But if you've waited this long, then wait a few months until they put out the extended cut DLC.

But really, as bad as the ending is (and I'm of the belief that it's REALLY bad), it doesn't negate that the rest of the game is fantastic. Well, the ending is bad, and the fetch quests are bad. But that's it. The rest is great.

#24 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

@DeF said:

finally started playing last week ... stopped after 4 hours. their way of storytelling/cinematic direction this time really really really puts me off ... I'm gonna have to force myself to continue.

agreed.. though i trudged through and am about to be be done with it in minutes... finally!

#25 Posted by RedRavN (397 posts) -

Its a great game. I feel like its just more of what was in ME2 for the most part. There was not that much of an awesome jump between the second and third game as the first and second IMO. It for the most part stays a high quality exerience with some great moments. It feels like a more directed game than the predecessors, almost a linear progression. This is good because it keeps the tension up but takes out some of the exploration and character building that I enjoyed specifically in ME1. The threat of the reapers sort of paints everything in the game with one brush. The side fetch quests are horrible and not a suitable diversion from the main missions unfortunately. The gameplay is not mindblowing and gets repetative. There are not a lot of enemy types. I felt like the gameplay was still fun especially on insanity because it forces a more tactical approach.

In my opinion I think the witcher 2 is a better game overall. However, it is more of an rpg and less action game. So I suppose it depends on what you are most into.

#26 Posted by DeF (4813 posts) -

@LiquidPrince said:

@DeF said:

finally started playing last week ... stopped after 4 hours. their way of storytelling/cinematic direction this time really really really puts me off ... I'm gonna have to force myself to continue.

I don't know what you're talking about. It's almost the same execution as in the second game. The only difference now is sometimes people have more automated responses as opposed to always bringing up the dialogue wheel on the ship.

Well, I was referring specifically the extreme cheesiness during the "escape" and how terrible random, pointless and annoying that first dream sequence was. The only thing I liked so far was when Shepard visits ... what's his name? The new dude (Freddie Prinze Jr) for the first time and the "talk" they're having. That part seemed well done, everything else in concerning the grand scheme of things felt very B-movie-like to me. I haven't played enough to notice the dialog wheel thing myself but I've noticed that I found myself annoyed when I saw that "investigate" prompt. Not sure if I'm just not in the mood for it this time, or if I just feel it's too cluttered with information that doesn't add anything.

There's probably a lot to look at in a blog after finishing it...

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#27 Posted by jaycrockett (434 posts) -

ME3 is fantastic, an unqualified must buy, especially for a fan of the series. I am also loving the multiplayer.

However it sounds like you might be getting psyched out a bit from all the internet chatter, and that could negatively affect your experience if you let it. Maybe you should go with Witcher 2 now, which has a lot of good buzz at the moment. Then come back to Mass Effect in a few months when things (hopefully) calm down.

#28 Posted by EXTomar (4523 posts) -

No one can tell you if you will like it or not. Instead it should be more a question of "Do you have enough time to play Mass Effect 3?"

#29 Posted by Karkarov (3007 posts) -

Don't listen to the haters. Even if you end up hating the ending it only represents 5-10 minutes of a playtime that should run you 30+ hours. Those 30+ hours (minus the 5-10) will also be some of the best 30+ hours of gaming you will do in 2012, trust me.

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