"Call me crazy. Call me an idiot. Or call me for a date. It might be a stretch, but I'm going to go ahead and say: Mass Effect, Game Of The Year." More after the jump.
heres a cheapshot.
the gameplay is acctually 20 hours, its just that the time you spend with that menu open it drags it to 70 :P
You can say what you want to say,but the XBOX360 is Kickin Azz first and taking names Last.
your Comment would make a Fanboy turn Neutral.
All EU journalists back at GDC,2007 termed ME as totally disappointing.
It feautures just 1/2 enemies per screen...what a shame.
with disappointing graphics this shouldnt have been made in the first place
MASS EFFECT disappointed at GDC.
this is what the EU journalists had to say:-
Watching the first 20 minutes of Mass Effect played by a cute BioWare representative, I couldn't help but be reminded of a ventriloquist I saw on America's Got Talent a few nights ago. Why I happened to be watching America's Got Talent is none of your business, but let it be known that I wasn't happy about it.
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.
The gameplay looks like your standard FPS fare, which is to say that I didn't see anything great or remarkable. There's a variety of weapons and abilities to use, but my pants didn't get wet or tight because of them. Gameplay is kind of hard to judge without an actual controller in your hands, so I'm going to reserve judgment on that.
Where the presentation really fell short, however, is in the emotionless voice acting and subpar facial animations. Not only did the conversation lack the natural ebb and flow to which we were all looking forward, but it was as if the voice actor's took commas, question marks, and exclamations points out of their repertoire. The dialogue has about as much emotional engagement as a grocery list. Even worse, the facial animations match the shoddy voice acting: the mouths move, and that's about it. It'd be great for a Joan Rivers botox sim, but it doesn't really make for a compelling video game.
At worst, Mass Effect is disappointing. The best reaction I've heard all day was this: "It wasn't that bad, just more of the same." If "not that bad" is all you've got going for you ...
Insights from a reviewer who was 'not very interested' in Mass Effect...
"First up, Mass Effect Looks absolutely stunning! I simply can't describe to you how good the facial models look in this game - this is about as close to in-game, photo-realistic imagery I've ever seen on a console game. And if you think that the screen shots look good, wait until you play the game itself on a large screen, high definition TV - you'll find it hard to believe what you're seeing."
"It's also good to see that absolutely all the cut scenes and animations use the in-game engine - nothing is pre-rendered in Mass Effect."
"One of the most important things about Mass Effect is that it's as much of an RPG as you want it to be. This game could very nearly be described as an over-the-shoulder, third person shooter, if that's the way you decide to play it. The basic combat is very slick and definitely doesn't feel anything like kind of laborious combat systems that are often associated with role playing games."
"BioWare has created a combat system that is both strategic and fun, and that's no mean feat. It's also a completely open system, so if you're facing a couple of relatively simple enemies you can just dive behind some cover and take them out with your pistol, old school style. But if you're facing a superior force, that's when the strategy part comes in, making sure that the right members of your party are attacking the most important targets. It's also a case of using the right attacks - knocking an enemy down with a Psi attack, so that a comrade can then finish them off with a clear shot is extremely satisfying."
"But the real beauty of Mass Effect is how you approach the game - the story line really does appear to be driven by the player, to a far greater extent than most games."
" ...there are at least three completely different endings to the game, and it should take the average player around 25 hours to reach one of them, assuming that they choose a direct route. Greg was keen to point out that once you have completed the first section of Mass Effect, the universe really is your oyster and there are many, many planets to explore which have little or nothing to do with the main story line."
"Mass Effect employs Ageia's PhysX engine for in-game physics, and from what I saw it's very well implemented. The Mass Effect world seems to react as it should to your interaction, rather than throwing up physics eye candy. Obviously you've got the usual debris being blown all over the place when there's an explosion, but it's not over the top, making the physics implementation an enhancement rather than a distraction"
"Going back to visuals, it's not just the facial textures and animations that look good. The environments are well rendered and add atmosphere, especially when you're exploring new planets. There's good use of motion blur and even some film grain thrown in for good measure - the latter can be switched off if you don't like it. Most impressive though, is the depth of field effect, making it very easy for the player to concentrate on the focus of the scene - in fact I'd say that the depth of field in Mass Effect is the best I've seen in a game."
"With games this strong hitting the street before the end of the year, I can see Santa delivering a lot of Xbox 360s again."
Im dying to play this game too but to call it GOTY without playing it is like me calling H3 or COD3 GOTY right now. So yes your an idiot.
COD3 or H3? I don't get it, one has been out for a while and the other isn't out yet.
you waste your only bubble on showing everyone how much of a scabby c*ock you are. well done, you pr*ck
I know I shouldn't read this guys post but they just make me laugh so hard, I just find it hard to resist!
360 sure has a lot of them
RPG GOTY, no contest folks.
white knight story will be, not mass effect. Jrpg > wrpg in general.
@chrno don't make me laugh just because you like JRPGs more doesn't mean everyone does.
For me most JRPGs are more like "choose your own adventure" then a true RPG.
EDIT: Actually I have played Suikoden and quiet a few JRPGS since I got my first NES system. Over the years I just got more interested in western RPGS like Fallout, Ultima and Baulder's Gate. And I really couldn't care less which is more popular worldwide. Popularity is never a measure of quality. If it was true Britney Spears would be one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Well that's your opinion, but worldwide jrpg is a lot more popular than wrpg. No offence but I doubt u have played the best jrpg such as suikoden 2 and chrono trigger. Final fantasy is not the only jrpg u know?
White Knight doesn't come out in 2007 genius
Yea those are very nice rpgs (I have both of them by the way and completed the hell out of Chrono Trigger) but it is true that Western Rpgs are rising and jrpgs (made today) are falling in standards and getting stale. Games like Oblivion, KOTOR, Mass Effect and Fable are rising and getting great sales even more than many jrpgs. Even Jrpg fans must admit that this game is looking very good and will most likely get GOTY honours. Besides. What JRPGS are contenders that are even being talked about as much as Mass Effect right now anyway?
think before you post; white knight story will be contender for next year's GOTY, because thats when it comes out jackass. :)
but i realize you needed a launching post to give your jrpg > wrpg opinion, which is also a little bleh because you name old games and compare them to new ones. you do play new games dont you?
Oblivion owns all those Jrpg's you named(my best friend used to be a suikoden nut, ive played it many times). IMO
Just because many people may not like jrpgs like you and prefer western rpgs, doesn't mean they haven't been a fan of jrpgs in the past. I used to love them. But now they're getting a bit old. Mainly talking about the random battle battle system in many of them.
Hmmm, JRPGS more popular you say? Correct me if I'm wrong but last time I checked World of Warcraft was a western rpg.
Another comment on JRPGS - Why do all the characters you play as have to look like they have'nt hit puberty yet? It just feels silly.
White Knight Story (you get to play as a 13 year old knight?!) looks like it will get average scores like 7,2/10. It's doesn't impress graphically (poor textures and not much detail. Good lighting though) and the battle system looks tedious.
This game's a keeper.
are really the best in the market.
Gears of War
and some of these are going to be trilogies.
All are GOTY quality aswell.
Is it the PS3 fanboys??
well.. lets see what new IP PS3 has that is actually AAA and/or could be GOTY...
and... that's it...
***Edit: In this CONSOLE war (hence the word 'console') the New IP's of the 360 look more promising and delivering.
Lets have a run down
Drake (What new and innovative thing does this game put on the table??nothing)
Heavenly Sword (wow... new IP but same gameplay as GoW)
Lair (this is a joke..it failed in so many ways..not even worth playing on the PSP)
White Knight Story (Again, what new things doe sthis put on the table?)
Haze (The only thing new and innovative is the drugs. lol. I like it)
Eye of Judgement (This is a stretch... We'll see, definitly not GOTY)
Folklore (Wow, played the demo...far from being AAA or GOTY)
L.A. Noire (What information have you about this game?? that it's being made??)
Nobi Nobi Boy (from Katamari creator) (any screen shots??)
Infamous (again.. anything that proves this to be big??)
LittleBigPlanet (This is a good attempt to see Nex Gen Gaming)
Dont' say Lost Planet Floped if it went platinum and sold over a million in less than 2 weeks or a month.
Gears, Lost Planet, Bioshock, Huxley, and Alan Wake are all/will be on PC. So we're waiting on Mass Effect and Lost Odyssey, and part of me sees ME coming to the PC as well just as KOTOR I, II, and Jade Empire.
Of your list, only Gears and Bioshock are proven hits.
Dead Rising (was ok, with rumour that the second will be multi-plat) Lost Planet (Flop)
Viva Pinata (Flop for what it was trying to be)
The rest, while new IPs, cannot be judged yet. So saying they are "the best", well thats like PS fanboys going off purely based on hype. Which apparently, you don't like.
And using the "etc" doesn't add anything. In fact it just shows that there is nothing beyond that initial list. Also, saying that they will be GOTY, wow, what crystal ball are you looking into. Just because they are 360 exclusive does not guarantee an automatic GOTY bid. But for comparison, here is the PS3's new IPs:
White Knight Story
Haze (exclusivity in question, but for now PS exclusive)
Eye of Judgement
Nobi Nobi Boy (from Katamari creator)
Plus there are at least two unnamed IPS that could be huge:
Rockstars New IP
Epics new IP
Being ignorant must be peaceful, but to the rest of us who know that great games are coming from all sides (Wii included) its a great time to be a gamer.
where do you get your facts? Both Dead Rising and Lost Planet sold over a million copies, AND there is no proof that Epic is working on a PS3 only IP
Its definatley gona be great. While making a trilogy they should also make a Mass effect MMORPG.
Say what you want about the 360 GOTY is going to be Halo 3, Mass Effect, or Bioshock. PS3 doesnt even have a contender. They didnt last year and they dont this year. Next year? Maybe.
White Knight Will take it. But then again, its the US reviewing sites, and they will most likely give Mass Effect a greater score than White Knight. But looking at White Knight, it looks like CGI. Mass Affect only looks good because all they are doing is talking, but the action sequences arent that great. Anyways, these 2 will be heavy weight champion contenders.
will be awesome, probably better then FF13, one of the reasons I want the PS3, but it comes out in 2008, so it's not like it will knock out Mass Effect.
haha are u joking ? ive seen white night story and u cant compared the graphics to even next gen it has very similar graphics to call of duty 2 the game engine is very out dated and its the usually jrpg style the character model is not lfe like and its not in real 3d but still i like games like that and think it looks like the old style i love and i think it will be a good game but not in the grapics department i have a 360 btw and wud liek to get that game i like siukuden type jrps and Zelda ftw
Mass Boring.. lol.. Cant bash it until i play it but from what i saw it looks really boring...
Mass Effect won't grab the hype or the insane sales of Halo 3, I love Halo & I can't wait...
But, Mass Effect represents a new ip with a fresh infusion of rpg customization meets 3rd person shooter tactical action, delivered with stunning graphics, 50+ hours of gameplay, & a BIOWARE storyline. KOTOR was the first RPG I ever really enjoyed, & it blew me away. I see Mass Effect as the Dark Horse ppl have not paid much attention to until late, and a serious GOTY contender. We'll all see on 11/20/2007.
But, the ppl at these major Press Events have seen it up close & personal, & that's probably why so far Mass Effect has earned:
E3 2006 Best RPG
E3 2007 Best RPG
E3 2007 BEST CONSOLE GAME - (that's over KZ2, MGS, HS, HALO 3, COD4 & everybody else folks).
That's why these good reviews of gameplay & graphics are starting to trickle in now, because game reviewers are now getting their hands on playable demos of Mass Effect & they can see it for their own eyes...
Ppl are going to start jumping on the bandwagon soon, because otherwise, they'll be steamrolled in November.
MASS EFFECT = GOTY
2006. Gears of War took that with so many awards and high sales.
2007. BioShock and Mass Effect.
These are new IP's that have done extremely well.
Next Gen Gaming is not about proven franchise . It's about New IP's that bring out new Gaming Experience.
Like for Example...BioShock, you see the art and creativity in that game? Gears of War....Close combat/pop and shoot/ fresh UnrealEngine 3.... Mass Effect..a huge leap of Plot, SandBox RPG, Custom style....
Now look at Lair. I give it Kudos for being different. But it just failed because Six-Axis is plain garbage. HS...New Ip but nothing new...God of War??... and Drake is possibly the one that bring out what a new IP should be...I just wish they became more original and not take ingredients from Gears of War.
Next Gen gaming man.
Drake... look at the weapon switch pop-up.. Looks like Gears of War to me
Look at Melee attacks up close...zoomz in + Action..looks like gears of war to me.
When you get shot...Blood appears on the screen..looks like Gears to me..
and to bring up the whole Cover System. Gears of war system is way different from KillSwitch or Win Back. Could you go from wall to wall, Jump over boxes, Automated Detecting Wall finding in KillSwitch or WinBack??? of course you can't.. That's What made Gears stand out.
Drake did not take anything from Gears of War. The cover system in games started from Winback and really became an integral part of gameplay in Kill.Switch YEARS before Gears came out.
Dude yes you could do all of that in Kill.Switch and the Winback sequel. Hell blindfiring was introduced in Kill.Switch go play them first then come back and talk. Only thing Gears added to the gameplay was um. ..roadie run and a chainsaw bayonet. Gears was NOT innovative, pretty? Yes it was very much so and it did a good job at delivering action. Don't mistake that for it being "first" in doing any of the things it did.
Sandbox RPGs are nothing new. Look at Oblivion and the rest of the Elder Scrolls franchise (Personally I think Morrowind was the best.) And Gears of War really had no competition who else would they have given those awards to, since personally the story sucked, don't get me wrong though the game looked awesome (But after reading a lot of Xbox 360 owner's posts graphics apparently don't matter). Now for Bioshock, I hear it's awesome (Only played them demo and I didn't like it), but it didn't seem too creative I really liked the idea of the underwater city like in Waterworld, but other than the plasma thingies it wasn't too much different than any other FPS. If you think it's different, because you can pick up random items and use them as weapons look back at condemned: criminal origins.
play mass effect
ILL PLAY GOLDEN AXE (AAA) for real
double edge your a joke, those games arent even out you also are in denial
AAA for PS3:
HS (No duh AAA)
Uncharted (Of course)
Ratchet (who didnt know)
COD4 (multi but still)
HAze (dont deny it)
Timecrisis (AAA all day)
KZII (wow you know that)
UTIII (if you deny it, you should die)
Orange BOx (WORD)
Halo3 will be dead later so wow
ANd VIVA PINATA??? PLZ xbots are crazy
HS (No duh AAA) from its rating its A or AA not AAA title sorry
WARHAWK (AAA) Ratings its a AA title
Uncharted (Of course) Gotta wait and see but people are pissed its only 10 hours
Ratchet (who didnt know) gotta wait and see
COD4 (multi but still) multi like you said
HAze (dont deny it) gotta wait and see
Timecrisis (AAA all day) gotta wait and see
KZII (wow you know that) how was the first one again?
UTIII (if you deny it, you should die) multi
Orange BOx (WORD) and multi.
why are you naming so many multi platform games? and i see you left out Lair. but whatever im not trying to be a fanboy i just like making fanboys like you look stupid.
Educate yourself. AAA on PS3 is a myth.
Read over again.
and reply again..
I'll excuse you of your stupidness.
Not sure if you're being ironic ironman. You slate someone for listing 360 games that are not out yet then list a bunch of them for the PS3 that are also not out yet. Logic = banzored.
So is intelligence and 360fanboy
& Haze is coming to X360 and PC
i promise you.
Try naming one AAA PS3 exclusive game so that we can all have a good laugh.
What constitutes AAA?
Score? Cause unlike you lemmings, I buy what I want and not what review sites tell me are good. (I'm probably one of the only ones who enjoyed Way of the Samurai 1& 2(PS2) and Advent Rising) Although I am partial to IGN for other reasons than their games section.
Critical Acclaim? Again, I don't buy into hype and some awesome games have sold horribly.
While you ponder that..I'll answer your question:
Warhawk (Ign's exact words if you want to check)
01. i don't particularly like RPG games
02. but i'm buying Mass Effect when it drops
Man this is a must buy for me. I really like bioware and they haven't dissapointed me yet. Still can't believe how big it is. You may not like western rpgs but you have to give a little credit to this one.
Why do people include Killzone 2 in 2007? That is for 2008. PS3's big titles won't come until 2008 and it should be the biggest year for the PS3.
X360 has the best selection for 2007. PS3 will get better titles in 2008 and maybe beyond.
So far X360 has alot yes, the PS3 has mostly AA titles hitting this year and a ton of AAA titles coming in 2008. 2008 has White Knight Story(US), KILLZONE 2, Gran Turismo 5, FFXIII Versus(maybe 2009), FFXIII(maybe 2009), Metal Gear Solid 4, and a couple of unkown titles that are coming down the line. So far I havn't seen many of X360's 2008 titles but I know of one that should shine. That is Too Human. There are probally a good line of titles coming along for the X360 as well.
Why are yall bickering about Game of the Year?
This is definately going to be a strong GOTY contender. Every year they've released a game they've won it. This year will have some strong competition but if we were in Vegas I would be betting on ME.
This is definately my #1 most wanted game for 07 and besides a couple of odd balls I've heard nothing but very high praise for this game from anyone who has had a chance to play it or go thru a walkthru with the developers.
Mass Effect is my most wanted game. It looks like it will push video games to another level.
"This is definately going to be a strong GOTY contender. Every year they've released a game (Bioware) they've won it. This year will have some strong competition but if we were in Vegas I would be betting on ME."
From the article itelf:
"Bioware has done it before with Knights of the Old Republic,
and they have a long track record of great games. "
@chrno - PS3 fanboy? I thought so. Mass Effect looks amazing, well, at least IMO, but what the fùck is White Knight Story? I guess Ima have to look that up. I've never heard of it. And, how would you know, have you ever played it? I just watched a video of White Knight Story, and yet I still would rather pick up Mass Effect over WKS, however, it still does look good.
BioWare, IMO, is one of the best studios around right now, especially in making GREAT RPGs. This definitely looks to be tough competition for GOTY.
people are wondering what's the next killer game in future that's going to take the torch that halo left. I believe Mass effect will be 360's block buster scifi game
however this game will not be a fps it will be a 3rd person RPG
(If you want to know more about this game check out ign or game trailers)
Made in Canada! Edmonton AB FTW. We dont mind being locked up in game studios the computers keep us warm as we munch on beaver tails and drink high test brew. Sh1t my igloo is melting.
Mass effect will dominate!!!
Bioshock, Halo 3, Uncharted, or MGS4 (if the rumors are true) will take the crown. Mass Effect is a bunch of shiny talking puppets with shooter like gameplay, except a lot slower than Lost Planet (and lost planet was kinda slow (compared to other shooters), but that's understandable since you play in the snow, duh). Seriously... even though I'd like to be immersed in such an epic experience, this game will bore almost everyone. Especially since it doesn't bring much new to the table.
Neither does FF:XIII but that will sell a ton. Oh yes, I want to play a game where I choose "attack" and "defend" on a menu. Menus are so last gen (actually they are from the days of text-based games from the early 80s) When it comes to RPGs, western style is where it's at, first/third person views, real-time battles, open ended exploration.
mass effect the best looking
xbots are dillerious
HAZE is coming to 360 like MGS4 right? plz, we get way better games we appreciate and play, we dont count on reviews when we PLAY THE GAME. and Blazing prophet, im no fanboi, i make sence and present facts, those games are all AAA because they sell COPIES and ppl play them, PS3 has 2007 and 08 on lock down, all 360 has is halo3 for now. DOnt get at me
Jokes on you never ceases to amaze me, damn that comment just shows how ignant (LOL) you are, why do xbots stay with BIOSHOCK, its a one hit wonder, MASS effect is a cheesey rip off of STAR WARS and halo is just actractted too 10 year olds. XBOTS ARE SO DELLUSIONAL
Judging by your acute state of denial, you must be a jilted woman.
But quote of the year is............................ .
IRONMAN_X57-"im no fanboi"
360 has got it going on this year!!! Even you know that despite you wanting to admit it.
360 ain't no PS3 but it has some sexy looking games. Haze actually looks boring and re-hashed to me and will probably be a flop no matter what console it comes out on (both probably). Nobody can deny that Mass Effect looks better than MGS4! Final Fantasy is the only game (although I'm only speculating) will surpass Mass Effect in the upcoming years. I will buy this and salivate throughout the whole 40+ hours playing this.
yeah Halo3, Bioshock, Mass Effect are definitely the leading candidates for GOTY, the amazing thing is they are all "exclusive" to the 360= WOW, now you can understand WHY sonykids are so bitter these days=
@bootsielon - tha fùck.. -.- IMO, read closely.. i said IMO. I'm looking forward to Mass Effect more than Halo 3 or MGS4. Why? Because, ME is a new IP, I pretty much know what to expect from MGS4 and Halo 3, and i agree with ElementX what new does the FF games bring? New characters that's bout it, although I still enjoy them, FF7 owned. And, bore everyone? Are, you, serious? BioWare is making this game, I don't know if you played any of their previous games.. but they fùcking own, their some of the best RPGs I've personally ever played.
@IRONMAN_X57 - tha fùck? Why do all sony fanboys keep on saying the same damη thing that the 360 won't have no games in 2008? And talkin bout MGS4(Gonna Be A Great Game), it comes out next year.. key words NEXT YEAR. Mass Effect to appeal 10 year olds? Wha tha fùck? Then what does White Knight Story appeal to, 5 year olds? Don't Get me wrong WKS looks good but it has more kiddie graphics than ME does.. so don't say that stupid Sh!t.. and by the way, how fùckin old are you? Learn to spell, stay in school. =]
I like how PS3 fans refuse to see that playing these games on the PC is just giving more money to MS than if they bought a 360 and to play these high end games on a PC they spend even more than the PS3, Wii and 360 combined. Then they go off and hate everything MS when it comes to the 360. (because it's kicking the sh!t out of the PS3) But, when you mention Gears of War, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Alan Wake or any of the great games Sony just don't have, they say "I'll just play this on PC" and again the cycle of hypocricy continues.
Although, I'll agree it will probably be on PC one day. Buying a video card to run Bioshock, Mass Effect or Gears of War costs more than a 360, & you can't sit on the couch with a cold beer & a wireless controller & enjoy it on your HDTV.
The PC sentiments came in because of the "exclusive IP" talk. If you have a gaming PC and no 360 are you going to go out and buy a 360 to play a game you can just play on the PC? I don't think many people would, I know I certainly wouldn't. In fact I have a gaming PC AND a 360 and I bought Bioshock for the PC because of the control scheme. I'd have waited to get Gears on PC as well had I known it was coming out when I bought it originally.
Back on topic, Mass Effect looks awesome regardless of the platform and I'll certainly be picking it up.
Damn, Video games in this day and age should get a big televised show like the Oscars or Grammys to announce these GOTY awards. (spike tv doesn't count). Budget wise, they are similar to music and movies, and more value for your dollar in my opinion. Mass Effect looks freaking sweet and juicy!! I hope to god it is a trilogy!!!
they should at least televise the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Interactive Achievement Awards, the most respected...these games are just getting too good and too big not to not have a formal, spectacular awards show...