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BioWare's difficult third album is nearly upon us.

For two years, the studio has been battling with one of the toughest questions ever faced by a games development unit: How do you follow-up one of the best-rated games of all time?

The Canadian giant wants to woo two audiences that don't easily snuggle together: the RPG heads who first sung about Mass Effect's brilliance, and the action-hungry mainstream crowd.

The former wants to make an idiosyncratic imprint, controlling the complex evolution of minutiae; the latter just wants to blow **** up.


Whose side are you on: The geeks or the luddites? You can only pick one - can't you?

We're talking to you, David Silverman - BioWare marketing boss and willing multi-audience fathomer.

What do you reckon?
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A nice interview imo.
 
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I'm honestly skeptical.
    
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Products dont sell products.

Brands sell products.

Take a generic brand of anything and put it in a shop window and note its sales numbers.

Then have a megacorporation buy the manufacturer and put their label on it, then note its sales numbers.

Its the biggest reason why big brands stay big unless some mega scandal comes along to break up their fun.

Mass Effect already has its name.

It will sell unless they just make a POS game.
Edited by GrizzleBoy - 7/25/11 at 12:40pm
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"best-rated games of all time"

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Originally Posted by TheStealthyOne View Post
"best-rated games of all time"

Here you go, troll.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/mass-effect-2
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I'm honestly skeptical.
Yep. The marketing speak in this interview scares me.
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Yeah, that's the joke. Mass Effect 2 is very, very overrated. But again, it's a matter of taste. Enjoy the games you want to enjoy.
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I simply could not get started playing ME2 right after playing the first one, seeing as there's not a single trace of an RPG element in the sequel that's worth talking about. I hate it when developers dumb down a sequel. It happens way too often, imo.

If the Mass Effect series was supposed to be an action rpg, why implement it in the first game, only to remove it in the second game, only to implement it again in the third game? Really great logic there, BioWare.

Still not sure if want ME3.
Edited by Goaky - 7/25/11 at 12:48pm
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No developer has tried something like this, but, what would work:

When you begin the game, you get a menu and choose whether you'd like a lot of customization and interaction or not (There would need to be more depth in the menu but that's the gist of it).

Those that chose all the customization and option (dialogue, loyalties, etc.) play the same game as those players, which chose the 'dumbed down' version but instead of just cut scenes and basic interaction with npc to receive missions, etc, more menus and interaction become available.

IE> Character Development: May be setup to have a choice of increasing either stamina, strength or tech one point per level and choose to increase biotics, weapons or tech another point of that level. OR You can have more detailed menus allowing players to micromanage small weapons, sniper rifles, tech, etc. The latter allows for fine tuning while the first option allows certain automatic ups of these sub-skills based on the broad selections.

IE> Interaction: Basic players can be led around with map markers and have short (right or wrong, help or deny) quests and most side quests can be outright ousted. Players wanting a more immersive experience would have all side quests open and more dialogue options.

Consider that the above is already done albeit on a smaller scale, in many games (for instance, some rpg's allow certain interactions with npc's based on your characters skill level in a particular area - this shouldn't be that difficult to transition to the above).

IMHO, the first developer to do this will score unprecedented sales of their IP.
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I don't see it happening. ME1/2 were both garbage and if they're going to try to appeal ME3 to all party's it will suck even more. The scores on metacritic mean nothing to me either. The gameplay in ME is extremely easy, requires no critical thinking skills or strategy, and the dialogue is very mundane and stereotypical of a high budget RPG game.
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