Will Brad Finish Mass Effect 3?
He has until the end of March. I'm leaning close to no right now. I think there is a chance but that chance will be gone once 2013 starts.
Edit: If you listened to the recent bombcast Brad got his USB back and there was nothing that could be done because it was encrypted. Brad's last resort will have to be to use an editor to create his own save file.
Good god no. He's been indecisive about that USB with his save for this long, so why stop now?
He'll be be busy reviewing games for the next month and a half, then he'll spend December playing things of his own choosing that will definitely not be Mass Effect 3.
You guys should listen to the bombcast. Sounds like the save is done for. However I believe he will play some ME3, perhaps as a premium feature on some week where nothing else is scheduled. But finishing it may be another matter. Still I'll be positive and vote yes.
Listening to the Bombcast and christ, it's not like he's reviewing every single game from now until spring. There's nothing coming out for like, seven weeks between December and January. ME3 is 30 hours if you do most of the side missions. It's not that long, and the save file decisions aren't that integral to enjoying the game. Don't get me wrong, it's cool, but I wouldn't pass on a decent game simply for that reason.
Don't play it, Brad. I'm kind of tired of the "will he or won't he?".
Also listening to him worry about his choices is kinda funny, like his example of choosing whether he saved the Rachni Queen. Because really none of it even matters; the only primary choice that matters in the long run is whom you're boning. I can still understand the want to have his own 'personal' take, but... so as long as he knows the story (which he does), he could head into ME3 fresh and still more or less get the exact same experience as the rest of us.
I think it'd be hilarious if he actually decided to finally play Mass Effect 3, but it's the Wii U version.
The question should instead be: Should brad play ME3?
And the answer is no.
No to the original question too.
That would be a terrible question because this poll would devolve into a thread filled with roundabout arguments over the quality of ME 3. He's interested enough in the game that he should just play it...even though I think that will never happen.
I think the only way to solve this problem is to force Brad to review the Wii U version of ME 3.
I'm thinking that might be the only way, too. With the exception of Patrick and Vinny, if a game is over 2 months old and still hasn't been played, it might as well not exist to the rest of the staff.
I hope Brad decides to play Mass Effect 3, again.
I remember how enthusiastic he was on his video review of Mass Effect 2.
At this point, it's pretty unlikely that he would be nearly as enthusiastic about it when he actually does get around to playing it (if he does). Even if he managed to go into it without having the ending spoiled for him, he knows how much ire and vitriol it brought out in a lot of people who played the game, and that negative word-of-mouth will almost definitely affect his perceptions of the game throughout and will probably make him think about it a lot more cynically than he would otherwise.
I should say that I do not care, because I myself didn't finish Mass Effect 3 either. But somebody has brought up the idea of Brad having to finish it on the highest difficulty, for the feature Breaking Brad. Now I should not desire this since I would not even make the effort on featherbed. But I do so much enjoy the thought of Brad having to complete this game on Mass Effect 3's most misrerable setting..
Who says life is fair....
Probably at some point but the will he-won't he is so stupid. It's a goddamn video game in one of the most impressive series of the generation, the first two of which he thought were exceptional. He's not some sort of supremely busy man that is reviewing everything for the next year, I wish he would just get over it and play it. His reasons are pitiful.
@AngelN7: I wish Leviathan made it into the game because it had some great missions and an awesome reveal at the end that would have made the overall game better if it made it into the shipping product.
Wait Leviathan is more than just one mission? I though it was sorta like From Ashes but with you getting Leviathan instead of a playable character ... I should download that at some point.
If he doesn't then, when they start recording the Game of the Year podcast, they should tie him to the chair and force him to listen to every single bit of the conversation. Spoilers and all. Hell, if he doesn't play it by then then I'll literally pay Ryan (or Jeff. Doesn't matter) $50 to do this.
@AngelN7: I was surprised too, it's not Shadow Broker length (it's kinda close to it) but you go to multiple places as you piece together the whole mystery of "Leviathan" and I was surprised at how engaged I was considering you already know what happens at the end. It just reminded me how good a ME mission can be.
Probably not, it seemed like the USB thing was a bit of an excuse (the save game makers are fully featured). And with the upcoming release schedule for the rest of this year, not likely. I bet he ends up with a Wii U though, and buys ME3 on that but still does not play it (because it has the updated ending, as Brad mentioned wanting to see the original).
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