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Mass Effect: Killing? Sometimes. Talking? Constantly

Dialogue is king in any good story, and there's plenty of it in Mass Effect.

"We have 20,000 lines of dialogue," says senior designer Drew Karpyshyn of Mass Effect. That's the equivalent of 15 to 20 movie screenplays, created by Karpyshyn and five other writers, working with the rest of the creative team. Karpyshyn discusses the challenges of implementing cinematic rules with dialogue and choices in Mass Effect.

Clint Hocking, creative director of the action-oriented Far Cry 2, offers counterpoints. Hocking claims that story is not something that game makers write, and that players are playing the story the same way they would play Tetris. He says that any comparison between games and film breaks down, and that the most powerful filmmaking tools need to be abandoned in order to make a game that equals or surpasses a film.

(Reported by Darren Zenko for Toronto Star on November 4, 2007)

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skynidas3549d ago

if we want 20000 lines of dialogue we read book, this game is going to be boring!!

ktchong3549d ago (Edited 3549d ago )

They are acted and voiced by virtual actors in the game.

The BioWare writer says the dialogue in Mass Effect is the equivalent of of 15 to 20 movie screenplays. An average movie is 2 hour long. Mass Effect is 30 to 40 hour long - which is the equivalent of 15 to 20 movies.

AngryHippo3549d ago

..... Sorry have you played it? Seen it being played in person or had any hands on experience with this game?! That comment is like me going 'killzone is going to be another generic first person shooter offering absolutely nothing new and innovative that looks really good, but plays just as good as the last one......sh!t.' That comment was trying to prove a point, im not dissing Killzone in any way, wait and see before making assumptions.

ElementX3549d ago

Mass Effect isn't a JRPG.

Salvadore3549d ago

Words coming straight out of a Sony fanboy.

DethWish3549d ago

Actually FF7 is by many seen as the best game ever..
You have to read pretty much loads in that game

sagapo3549d ago

a lot of people (including me) like this kinda games.

jiggyjay3549d ago

"That comment is like me going 'killzone is going to be another generic first person shooter offering absolutely nothing new and innovative that looks really good, but plays just as good as the last one"

That's what Killzone 2 is going to be! I mean what else can be offered with FPS after what Halo3 offered? Killzone is going to be another overhyped underdelivered game on Playstation just like Lair and Heavenly Sword!

Gorgon3549d ago

"I mean what else can be offered with FPS after what Halo3 offered?"

You're joking, right? I don't care a rat's ass for either HAlo3 or Killzone2, but boym you must be joking! Halo 3 is a perfectly banal game that doesn't bring anything new watsoever to the FPS genre.

Opinions like yours are the reason why hype works so well with juvenile crowds like the console boys. Ever played Stalker? Deux Ex? System Shock? ever heard of the upcoming Far Cry 2? Thats what FPS should be. Its games like Halo and Killzone that maintain PC gaming alive and prevent many people from going over to consoles. They are just overhyped, childdish games. Time to grow up people.

jiggyjay3549d ago

LOL talking about growing up! That's pretty funny coming from a gamer! Games are for kids time to grow up people! Clown!

BLACKJACK VII3549d ago

Please, please go read a book. It's a well known fact that RPG's focus on story, hence = dialogue. If you don't like cutscenes & dialogue or RPG's, then you are gonna hate MGS$ & FF. Good luck with that.

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RadientFlux3549d ago

The more I read about Mass Effect the more I want to play it. It's going to be tough waiting for my holiday to start so I can enjoy Mass Effect to it's fullest.

Fu19853549d ago

Oblivion shooting RPG with more talking in it,but basically just about shooting that it.I see this game are about exploring,lots conversation and shooting sometime during missions.FF seris is another big step rpg compared to this sci-fi thriller.Tactics team just like Jericho game and real time strategy thinking.This is all about guns guns shooting magic game and nothing more.I think this game will do great went it comes out this holiday for every who enjoy sci-fi shooting rpg.^_^

happyjimmy3549d ago

If i want talking ill watch a movie. I just want to kill things.

wageslave3549d ago

There are games for everyone, relax, try new things.

TheMART3549d ago

Then Gears of War, Halo 3 and Bioshock are more your kind of games. All killer apps, all high score (above 90%) and console exclusive on the 360.

Gorgon3549d ago

"What a joke
If i want talking ill watch a movie. I just want to kill things."

Then stick with consoles, they are perfect for you.

supermandead6663549d ago

Gears of War, and Bioshock on pc too and in the near future halo 3.

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FordGTGuy3549d ago

50,000 lines of dialogue.

DethWish3549d ago (Edited 3549d ago )

Uhh what..?

EDIT: This is not what I meant.. Halo DOES NOT have more dialogue than Mass Effect, an RPG.

If Halo has 35,000 lines, those must be counted in a different way >.<

The Chief of Mjolnir3549d ago (Edited 3549d ago )

Sorry to disappoint you, but it's "just" 35 000.

EDIT: DethWish, Bungie said it in one of their updates/podcasts. I don't remember which one.

And the most of them are just made for fun.

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