Into the Fray: Mass Effect, the Franchise that Defined a Generation

James writes, "As we near the end of the current console generation I have been taking a lot of time to reflect on everything that we got to experience and about all the changes this time has brought us."

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Son_Lee1373d ago

ME2 & ME3 are the best in the series. ME1 is dated and very hard to play.

Blacktric1373d ago (Edited 1373d ago )

"ME2 & ME3 are the best in the series."

What's wrong with current generation summarized with one sentence.

darren_poolies1372d ago

Correction: ME2 is the best in the series.

DeadlyFire1372d ago (Edited 1372d ago )

Here is how the design timeline went with Bioware influence. It shines through like a blinding light. The parts that EA skimped around.

First game had power and immersion to 100% some bugs yes, but the game was solid and the atmosphere was unlike any other game out there. Granades were like mini bombs. EA took that for a ride later, but less immersion to a degree in the final game. The original goal of the series that Bioware stated disappeared overnight when EA took charge. Stating that decisions in the first game had different effects for the third game. EA clearly took it and did what they wanted with the series.

In itself its still a decent series though despite the changes that EA inflicted upon it. What will bioware games be in 2013 and beyond with all EA influence I wonder.

ME 1 - 100% Bioware
ME 2 - 70% Bioware 30% EA
ME 3 - 40% Bioware 60% EA

Bioware leads/creators laid off pretty much.

ME 4 - 100% EA

WolfLeBlack1373d ago

Well, that's a tad harsh.

What's your problem with the games? Personally I thought 2 was the best in the series in terms of the story and characters, while 3 claims the best combat gameplay and I'd even hazard the best levelling up options in the series.

Irishguy951373d ago (Edited 1373d ago )

Completely agree with you. Amazing series, ME3 had some of the best tps combat i've played. Biotics helping with that.

ME1 is too flawed to take on 2 imo, I was sad to see some things from ME1 go but ME2 held it's own and comes out on top. What I would have liked was an improvement on the Mako and planet exploration aspect, not removing it. But either way, ME2 wins.

I was also sad to see some things go in ME3, but it picked up even more with the combat so it is still a great game. The last 10 minutes were just an unfortunate thing which alot of people including me are critical of. I loved the Indoc theory too. Haha

Also Blacktric, ME1 is still flawed, the combat is dull now compared to Me2 and 3. The elevator parts/geez- The Side quest/planets were too repetitive - If someone likes ME2 and 3 more who are you to say that is a problem of this gen. Again I say, I wish the improved on ME1's faults instead of removing them but in the end ME2 is still a more fun, rounded experience.

Take the game for what it is, not for what it isn't.

Son_Lee1372d ago

Glad to see a lot of people agree with me. Sick of seeing all the hate for this series on here. ME2 and ME3 improved combat, graphics, stability, and the leveling up in ME3 was the best. I can't decide what is the better game: ME2 or ME3. I even loved ME3's ending without the extended cut, probably the only person in existence that did. I love leaving certain things open because the best stories allow you to theorize your own ideas about what happened while still having enough closure to feel satisfied.

TisMayo1373d ago

IMO this is the best sci-fi saga I've ever experienced.

ChippyDee1373d ago

I wouldn't say it defined this generation. Not one single franchise no. There are other games too.

rainslacker1372d ago

By define I think they mean glitchy bland-looking unreal engine games. Lets face it, that's been pretty defined this gen.

SuperSonic2661373d ago

Mass effect defined generic

OmniSlashPT1373d ago (Edited 1373d ago )

A Franchise that defined a generation? lolwut no one gives a fuck about ME anymore, it wasnt even in the top 5 games of last year and it is far from 'defining' this gen.

If I was to pick a game/series that defined this gen I would say Uncharted 2 for example, because it brought so many new things to the table and influenced so many other games, that it can truly be called gen-defining. But ME? It's not even an RPG anymore, it's a TPS with some lousy moral choices. Pretty much like a complex inFAMOUS. And I love ME, but I don't think it changed the industry at all.

dirthurts1372d ago

Really? Uncharted is basically a cut and paste of every other action adventure game that ever existed. It didn't do anything new. It did what it did very well, but nothing new.

gillri1372d ago

as much I Love Uncharted 2 and 3 you cant compare a linear action game to an entire universe

Mass effect is my favourite new IP this generation (which Assassins creed, dead space and uncharted behind it) and has created a universe more interesting than Star wars or middle earth

ME2 is in my top 3 games of all time, UC2 would struggle to make my top 10

rainslacker1372d ago


While true, to define a gen, you would have to see the effects of that game prevalent in many other games throughout the same generation. Very few games tried to do what ME did.

Final Fantasy 7 could be considered a generation defining game, because many of the things that it did were seen throughout the entire generation of it's time...and even through to today. Full-CG cut-scenes, heavy story influence, non-linear gameplay, etc. All those things could be seen in many many games that came after it, even outside the RPG genre.

I really can't think of a single game which defined this gen for me.

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