Submitted by Rowland 2881d ago | review

Mass Effect: GamerTM Review Awards 9/10 - 'whole galaxy waiting to be explored'

All too often, games that try to encompass so many elements, genres and features as Mass Effect does fall flat on their arses from spreading themselves too thinly.

Here, though, BioWare proudly displays a mastery of its trade worthy of its reputation, giving us a massive and oddly personal sci-fi tale that is sure to keep you busy until Christmas if you try to attempt every task that comes your way. You'll want to, as well. It's just one of those games that devours your spare time and makes hours tick by in seconds. Clear your diaries, people. (Mass Effect, Xbox 360) 9/10

wil4hire  +   2881d ago
I am just going to say this once.
I find it amazing that every single review of this game points out the graphical failures of the engine. How the NPC's aren't up to par and clip through walls etc.

Yet all that is overlooked, because ME is a good game.

Other great games with great AI/Visuals/Gameplay are knocked because there is screen tearing, or a texture pop in.
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toughNAME  +   2881d ago
your just itching to use the conspiracy card aren't you?
wil4hire  +   2881d ago
There is no conspiracy. Read all of the Mass Effect reviews.

They all say the games engine cant keep up, pop-in is terrible. NPC's are borderline retarded. The voice animations are bland, the game is 12-15 hours. Yes there are additional side quests.-- "It's a shame when obvious technological constraints keep such a great experience from being flawless." -Gamespy

I'm not making any of this up.

I would only think there was a "conspiracy." if the same reasons that were marked against other titles on the same site, weren't marked against Mass Effect.

I think everyone knew that ME was AAAA+. The 8 from Eurogamer was a surprise though. They seem to be the only ones to mark ME down for the games problems.

To say a game with all of the problems that ME has is still 9+ because of the gameplay, why even have those factors in the score? Why not just have "Game: 9" not "sound/controls/graphics. / etc.
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mesh1  +   2881d ago
Real gamer 4 life  +   2881d ago
No i can tell you as a american microsoft is known for conspiracy. Microsoft his known for monopolizing the competition, just aks apple. I have no doubt in ma mind that microsoft is writing checks out there. There known for this they are a dirty company, they have been charge for monopolizing the competition. And they are also copy cats, They see that a company is succesful with a produc so they try to release their own version of the product. They see that apples ipod is making good money so now they try and release the zune which flop hard and i am happyu that it did. I dont like microsoft If a american company would had released a system i hoped it would have been apple.
snoop_dizzle  +   2881d ago
apple did, heard of the pippen? that didn't do that good.

but as for msoft yeah they are a monopoly business and they do have some interesting tactics.
Real gamer 4 life  +   2881d ago
Due to microsoft past i understand why some people throw out the conspiracy card around. I dont balme them, microsoft is known for conspiracys.
MK_Red  +   2881d ago
They gave 9/10 to Mario Galaxy. Not a bad score indeed.
wil4hire  +   2881d ago
Do you think MG would get a great score w/all of the technical issues ME has?

I seriously doubt it.
MK_Red  +   2881d ago
ME may have issues that may lower it's score but it also has merits and great positive elements and that make it a 11/10 game (Story and character design plus dialogue system is beyond revoltionary). So those 8/10 elements combined with 11/10 elements make it a 9/10 game. Not to mention that game is kinda ono-linear, has multiple endings and such so even with it's current flaws, ME gets a 10/10 in my book. 10/10 doesn't have to be flawless. It has to be 10/10 awesome and a work of art and if ME is above all a true masterpiece and great work of art.
ParaDise_LosT  +   2881d ago
Oblivion had serious glitches and Many many MANY bugs
But it got a Great Score Because even with its Flaws the game is so highly Enjoyable people don't even give a rats ass.....

+ a SandBox-ish RPG is Bound to have alot of bugs especially if Its a long game...
Theres alot to keep track of and I don't think even the best Devs can kill of every single bug in a game as big as ME
Same with Assassin's Creed...and Even Oblivion...

Saying ME should score an 8.0(or lower) because of bugs is like saying Oblivion should score low because of bugs....
Stupid really....
MK_Red  +   2881d ago
Bubbles for you :)
Great comment and examples (Oblivion and Assassins)
People say Assassins and ME deserve low scores because of bugs and keep posting vidoes of bugs in AC. Don;t they know that every game has it's share of bugs, specially open world ones? BioShock was a true masterpiece but had bad physics bugs. Those bugs are bad but that doesn't mean the game is bad.
cr33ping_death  +   2881d ago
game looks good.....but 15 hours long? what kind of rpg is that? might pick it up.....but with so many damn games to finish.......might hold out a bit.
Silver Bull3t  +   2881d ago

Half of any good RPG imo are sidequests that help you power-up your character and add to the story. If you want to run through as fast as possible to claim "I R FaSTER WINNERER" than fine. But just because the MAIN storyline can be shortened subjectively makes the games actual length just that. Subjective.
Nicosia  +   2881d ago
i keep telling people this: Don't like the game? the please move along nothing to see here.

I share the same opinion with MK_Red. Not every game is perfect but to troll and ruin it for someone else its just LOW. Your a big PS3 fanatic, so why are you here?
Double-Edged  +   2881d ago
Mass Effect is living up to the promises.

too bad ya can't say the same for the other games.
fopums  +   2881d ago
what like COD4? or R&C which got the same score from IGN? Mass Effect is a contender but dont write off the competition.

My moneys on COD4 or Bioshock....
mesh1  +   2881d ago
GOTY MASS EFFECT/BIOSHOCK/COD4 /crysis/halo3/ac/smg even tho i wud never by it i have fate inthe ppl that made link.smseries these are ythe true games of the year nomineee i u ask me
Neoninja  +   2881d ago
Can't wait for teusday. I wish I could get it today, but the gamestop over here is strictly by the book. Anyway I think this game will be a serious contender for goty.
Rowland  +   2881d ago
Mass Effect 'problems' ? ..no problem !
Games of this depth & quality always ship with a few problems. But in most cases with a genre-breaking collosus, the majority of the glitches can be & are patched. This important factor is rarely mentioned or considered within most reviews.. which is a huge omission !
power091999  +   2881d ago
I need to pick this up.

I am kinda itching for it already. I have not gotten a 360 game since Halo 3 came out.

This and Drake's.... must resist.... Holiday's approching .... ARRRR!
Contra26  +   2881d ago
sucks to be a PS3 ONLY owner right now
PS3rd place  +   2881d ago
shhh.. dont say that
cloud360-7th_account  +   2881d ago
Gamers TM gave ratchet a 6/10
IceVenti  +   2881d ago
this is a mass effect thread
no one cares about that garbage
ParaDise_LosT  +   2881d ago
It sucks to be a 1 console owner right now contra
I want U:DF but I don't have enough money for a Ps3 :\
CoD4, Assassin's Creed, and ME made sure of that D:

But hopefully I can gather enough $$$ for a 40g
but then again, I might just wait till MGS4 comes out...
PS3n360  +   2881d ago
I dont get to play it for a while.
got the red rings on my launch unit this weekend. Ms is sending me a coffin and estimated 3-4 week turn around. can anyone tell me if they send you a new one or if they fix the old one? I heard of people getting new ones back but I am not sure if thats a rumour. Wouldnt mind an hdmi enabled one. Anyway guess I will be playing my guitar for a few weeks. I got so bored on Sunday I painted my bathroom kitchen and family room. Maybe its a good thing my xbox went t1ts up I am gettin stuff done around the house.
razer  +   2881d ago
This game is great in so many ways..
that it makes up for some of the glitches..

Some things I noticed:

1. The lip syncing isn't always %100
2. Constant loading from the disc can cause slow down(NOT framerate issues)
3. My Shepard character got stuck at one point when I got to close to a wall. I had to move him around a bit and then he was fine. This only happened once in my 2 hour game session.
4. Occasional screen tearing

I also noticed that some of the dialog branching was cheezy in the fact that if you answer the question 2 different ways you end up at the same response. This isn't a big issue, since there really is no way around this if you want to keep the story flowing.

But the characters, storyline and combat make up for all these little glitches. The game is deep, before I even got on my ship and left for another planet I had a ton of side quests lined up. The voice acting is top notch and it really feels like you are part of an epic story like a Star Wars or Star Trek movie would be.

I give it a 9.5 and definately one of the best RPG's I've played.
BLACKJACK VII  +   2881d ago
Another AAA title from Bioware !!!

Can't wait for tomorrow !!!

Mass Effect is tearin' up the reviews !!!!



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