Originally Posted by Shinobi Jedi
Nice, Masked! That gives me hope!
Mass Effect has become my personal favorite game/game series. Specifically in terms of story/presentation, especially for an original story/franchise designed ground up for video games, compared to a great game based off an established property from another medium. (KOTOR or Batman:AC for example)
While the first game was definitely an RPG, I know it and it's sequels have been a disappointment to many when judged by the parameter's of that genre. But a good buddy of mine who works in the industry I think nailed it best: the game isn't an RPG, but actually morphed into an Adventure Game with some RPG overtones. And while I can understand why people who judge it by RPG's genre conventions are disappointed with the series, I think when evaluated from the conventions of the Adventure genre, it makes for an Epic Kick-Ass game that deserves the same respect as the Uncharted series or Half-Life or any of the other worthy giants.
I'm trusting I'll be like you Masked and get and pick up the subtle intent layered by the story developers that seems to not have communicated well to most audiences to the point of being abrasive.
I'm still on the fence with how I feel about them adding DLC that amends the ending to appease fan reaction.
Originally Posted by rush2049
Adding DLC for the ending is like....
Here is a 60$ beginning and crescendo to a game, pay us another 20$ and we will write an ending if enough people complain.....
I mostly agree w/Rush on the DLC front...I mean, coming from a beta office -- That just doesn't make sense...Battlefield 3 did the same thing with BTK...It's just not good business much less good gaming...
I'm 100% for the artistry of a game and I, personally, feel, that changing the ending to this game is flat out wrong...It's a work of art, the designers came together and created this; polished it enough to release it -- Respect that and let it be...If it sucks, tell the world it sucks and move on.
The cupcake thing, I also believe, was ingenious and one of the most intelligent things the gaming community et al, has ever done...So, while I disagree with the movement, you can't exactly attack their tactics...
Overall, it creates a stigma and a terrible precedent, even releasing the DLC ending, IMO, is bad news because...What happens if I go play Zelda and I don't like the ending...Am I allowed to run out and sue Nintendo because the Zelda: A link to the past has some MAJOR plot-holes? Which, it does but, I think I was 9 when I last played that game, maybe 10...What rights do I have? Should I have any? I mean I paid 50$...I want a different ending...So, while it is a terrible precedent, it brings some long overdue questions to the table.
There's a point to which the whole situation becomes irrational and I think it's gone there.
I can't say much about the ending but, for me, I read into things so, it made sense...I was disappointed in the ultimate outcome in that, I didn't want Shepard to do what he did but, he did what he had to do, I had a gut feeling it would happen and while I shouted NOOOOO at my computer monitor, I'm content with the way it ended...I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and while I don't think the ending was blockbuster, it fits with Shepard.
I think most people miss that...Look at who Shepard is and look at the decisions he makes and it makes it extremely easy to rationalize the ending...That being said there are some very small plot holes but, to the average, intelligent gamer, you'll put 2+2 together which, is what they wanted you do to.
HOWEVER, I can relate this to something VERY similar...I paid 850$+shipping for a graphics card that was supposed to be the enthusiasts dream...It was supposed to be unlocked, overclockable and a work of genius.
It turns out to have locked me out of my fairy-tail ending...And now I have to rely on a different designer to write drivers that allow me to experience the card in full...
What rights do I have in regards to getting that fixed? Should I have to rely on this guy at Alienware for my information when Nvidia should be informing me of what's going on? He's abrasive, often a total d-bag and while he's often spot on, he is very arrogant sometimes...Why should I have to listen to him at all?
So, realistically, there are 2 sides to this coin and while I think Bioware did respond eventually, I feel like they dropped the ball...Just like Nvidia dropped ours.Edited by Masked - 4/5/12 at 5:47am