PAX 2007: Mass Effect is disappointing, but nice looking

Watching the first 20 minutes of Mass Effect played by a BioWare representative, one couldn't help but be reminded of a the ventriloquist seen on America's Got Talent a few nights ago.

Now, the thing about Mass Effect is that it seemed, more or less, like a ventriloquist's dummy. Of course, it was a very nice-modeled, well-rendered dummy with nice textures, but nothing more. The game, much like Pinocchio, lacks life.

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Frances-the-Mute4127d ago

every one has been raving about how impressive its graphics and facial animations were.. but nothing on gameplay or fun factor IMO

45421254127d ago (Edited 4127d ago )

Watching someone else play, is potentially boring in general. I am stocked about Mass Effect, and judging by Biowares previous games the fun factor in this game is going to be high.

SlappyMcTaint4127d ago

I'm really worried. I mean this is one of those games all xbots frantically list in console-war threads. What to do if it isn't all that?!?

What next? Halo 3 gets rated a 7.5

Rhaigun4126d ago (Edited 4126d ago )

Last I checked this site was run by gamers, much like N4G. It's not run by actual journalists.
To me, this sounds like a bitter PS3 fan. First off, he insults the facial animations. Sites such as GameSpot and IGN have said that the animations and conversation choices are stellar. You can go anywhere and watch a video for yourself.
Secondly, he calls it an FPS. We all know it's an 3PS/RPG. Where does this guy get off making this stuff up? How do you supposedly watch 20 min. of gameplay and still call it an FPS?

bung tickler4126d ago (Edited 4126d ago )

what i'm not surprised about is the sony trolls out in force TRYING ever so hard to down play the 360's big hitters this fall since all of sonys are turning into crap. I'm sure I could go around the internet and find a dozen 'bloggers' that give a negative opinion about any game due out this holiday... however this is just a PREVIEW done over someone elses shoulder by some tard no one has ever heard of, a tard that didn't even PLAY the game... yet people are pretending that this is valid in some way.

This is BioWare for gods sake, everything they touch is gold. I paid my pre order in full over a year ago just cuz it has thier name on it.

AngryTypingGuy4126d ago

@Slappy McTaint - I don't know what on Earth I'd do if Mass Effect isn't "all that". I'm not used to games being disappointments on the 360. I think I need some advice. So tell me, how are you going to handle Lair?

SlappyMcTaint4126d ago

I'll wrangle it like the dragon in my pants.

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FordGTGuy4127d ago

They got this from watching a guy play the game?

Frances-the-Mute4127d ago (Edited 4127d ago )

i havent heard anything on what the story is about....anyone? plz i want to know......i know its part 3rd person shooter/rpg

Adamalicious4127d ago

They're are, wisely, keeping the story under wraps. We know that something happens that give your character what are essentially "force powers" - perhaps that's the Mass Effect - I don't think we know for sure. Bioware is all about story so expect that to be one of the big draws in the game. I tend to like story-driven games best so I'm looking forward to this one.

hazeblaze4127d ago

Yes, from watching 20 min of gameplay. They reserved comment on what it felt like to actually play the game since they didn't play it themselves and merely commented on what they'd seen.

I have to agree. The game looks pretty good. But all of the facial animations are pretty stiff & the voice acting certainlly isn't fluid... But to be fair, what they're trying to do is pretty ambitious... so I could forgive both of those.

My only complaint from watching the vids is the gameplay & the environments. Just like the review said, the shooter gameplay LOOKS pretty bland (may be fun once you actually play???)... I don't think the translation of fps into an rpg looks very good. And although the game looks good, the environments also look pretty bland (but that's excusable too considering there are so many worlds).

All in all, it'll still be worth playing... just not as great as some have hyped it up to be.

i Shank u4126d ago (Edited 4126d ago )

alot has been revelead about the story. to sum it up, every 1 million years or something like that, a sentient machine race is awakened, a race that destroys and consumes everything in the universe. in mass effect, the main character, a captain of an elite military team comprised of several different alien species, finds a beacon, which gives captain shepard a grave warning about the coming danger. it may also give him "Force" like powers (in this universe, "the force" is called "mass effect") and after this, its your job to figure out whats going on and save the galaxy, traveling to about 200 different planets, stars, moons, etc. in the process. theres also been at least 1 mass effect book already written, on store shelves. i dont know how good the book is, but the game's story sounds pretty damned epic. the story in KOTOR was great, this
game should offer an even greater one
guys. this game will NOT be a shooter. no no no no no. no shooter damnit. yes, you fire guns. you also use a ton of magic, mana and the like. so is it a magical magicians game too? no, its not a shooter and its not a magician game. its an rpg, with crazy acting and story skills. and mad bow skills (napoleon dynamite)

if you all want a general idea of the combat system in Mass Effect, try KOTOR for xbox.

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Violater4127d ago (Edited 4127d ago )

ho hum KOTOR

soccerstar4127d ago

do we have another game to join lair and heavenly sword with the nice graphics but ok gameplay club?

Venom_Blood4127d ago

I guess the hype kill the fun