Mass Effect Doesn't Live Up to its Hype

Matt Peckham of PCW writes:

"Beautifully rendered with an above-average plot, Bioware's new sci-fi epic for the Xbox 360 still turns out to be a disappointingly overhyped encore to Microsoft's main holiday act in gaming, Halo 3."

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BigKev454046d ago

Hey Matt Peckham, let's see you make a game!

mesh14046d ago


Twizlex4046d ago

Matt Peckham of PCW writes:

"I'm a tool. Someone please kill me for being such a moron."

You got it, Matt.

Feihc Retsam4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

Oh, Matt Peckman, of PC World... of course...
We've all been waiting for this review...

And as for all of these claims of "Over Hyped"

The only hype that was generated was from people who got to play some early builds of the game.

This game is not plastered all over the television like Halo 3 was. If you don't read up on games online, you may not even know about this one.

So, maybe Mr. Peckerhead just overhyped it in his own little head, but from what I've heard, the game delivers exactly what was promised.

Wii60_FTW4046d ago

HAhahahahAHAHAa this loser dreams of a PC game as good as Mass Effect. PC games are for nerds who play sim city all day lmao.

marinelife94046d ago

It seems weird that a supposedly reputable publication would write such an article. Didn't seem like he liked anything about the game. They must be trying to draw web traffic.

I really don't understand why he even bothered to write the article if he wasn't even going to attempt to be objective.

lawman11084045d ago

Even if that was the world's best review of that game I would not read past 16 words never mind 16 pages. What a BORE

Fezthebest4045d ago

okay i have to say that is the lamest review. This game wasn't hyped up like Halo 3 ( i think someone lese said this too) or even hyped a little at all.

@ 1.4 WOW true fanboy, im pretty sure you've heard of Crysis, hey oh did you know PC fans also get to play Gears of War, SHadowrun, Halo2, soon Halo3,BIoshock which are all 360 games. so in your words that means all those gammes would suck too, cause you know PC sucks.

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toughNAME4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

I guess Microsoft forgot to pay off PC World


i swear to god sony boys you need to get out of the 360 section
who would agree wqith my stupid comment?

MK_Red4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

PC World reviewing a console game (360 here) and saying it doesn't live up to it's

Also, they definitly haven't played a classic RPG like Fallout that has lots of dialogue and speechskills and dialogue decisions play important roles in history. Heck they didn't even understand the true nature of game and design let alone it's genre...

Dlacy13g4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

You nailed it. The whole nature of an RPG is.....wait for it...wait for it..... ROLE PLAYING!!!!

Stupid tards at PCWorld obviously have forgotten that. They Probably are too busy running around WOW killing repetative creature after creature in an effort to level up while socializing with their online buddies about everything under the sun except the game....and somehow think that WOW is what a Role Playing Game experience should be.

+bubble ;)

jcgamer4046d ago

yeah, you nailed it...bubbles up bro...

MK_Red4046d ago

Thanks my friends. Bubbles for both of you :)

Dlacy13g, good one about WoW. The review/article has missed the point entirely.
It seems that most PC gamers have forgotten about PC's true classic RPGs like Planescape Torment, Baldur's Gate and Fallout 1&2.

Loopy4046d ago

Your comment is just silly.
The PC has been the the building block of RPG. Video games RPG started on the PC because at the time, PC's weren't powerful enough to display graphics, even as lame as the NES 8 Bit.
Fallout was born on PC, and you're saying PC World never tried Fallout? Don't make me laugh. Tim Cain did a great job on it, but the sequels really lost its touch.

FYI, not every BioWare games are good. Planescape Torment was great. KOTOR and Jade Empire are crap. But that's my opinion, and I perfectly know how highly people think of KOTOR.

So is Mass Effect any good? I don't know, but it doesn't mean you can't respect someone's opinion.

You want a really good RPG? Try Disgaea on ps2 or psp. Fun, addictive, without even the slightest use of gore (of which you seem to adore)...

MK_Red4046d ago

Loopy, I know Fallout is a PC game but just read the review. It's obviously from someone who hasn't played classc and real PC RPGs except from WoW as Dlacy13g.
As for BioWare, I do agree that not every game from them is great. Jade Empire wasn't great enough IMO and I personally don't like Neverwinter Nights but Mass Effect is seriously close to their masterpiece Baldur's Gate 2.

The reason I attacked this review is because:
1. It mostly sounds like Eurogamer's review of NWN2 that gave it 5/10 and sounded more like a rant against PC RPG and D&D rather than a review which force the site to do a re-review.
2. You said it yourself: PC World IS a PC magazine. What is it doing with a console game? Should PS3 Fanboy review Crysis and WoW? Should TeamXbox review Neverwinter Nights and Company of Heroes?

Skemo4046d ago

He does have a point though when he says that ME is a poor RPG in terms of the evolution of the genre. I've played it, and needless to say its good, but not great. Slowdown is rampant, the load-times are horrible, and the dialogue (not the voice acting) is campy and overproduced.

In the end its a poor RPG, but a good squad-based third person shooter. If you're looking for the next great RPG, move along, if you're looking for a solid game that is enjoyable, but not earth-shattering, then by all means pick it up.

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Dlacy13g4046d ago

First off, like a recent article I read through here suggested regarding Assassins Creed "There is always some reviewer looking to be 'that guy' that gives a low negative score to a great game". Well it looks like this person from PCWorld is that reviewer.

Secondly and MOST importantly imo....why should we care about what PCWorld has to say about a console game? Why are they even doing a review for a console? Are PC games hurting that bad that a PC mag is resorting to reviewing console games for readership? I just dont get it?

But I guess it really doesnt matter, because EVERY other review on this game has been saying "brilliant". So again why should we care what PCWorld has to say about the potential GOTY by many accounts?

IceVenti4046d ago

"why should we care about what PCWorld has to say about a console game? Why are they even doing a review for a console? Are PC games hurting that bad that a PC mag is resorting to reviewing console games for readership?"

agree + bubble

MK_Red4046d ago

"There is always some reviewer looking to be 'that guy' that gives a low negative score to a great game", sad and true fact, great comment :)

Assassins was victim of those attention seekers and now ME is victim of this stupid review. PC World reviewing a console game is wrong enough let alone the score.

razer4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

Tell that to all the console oriented reviewers giving it 9's and 10's and many already claiming GOTY. Who gives a crap what a PC gaming site has to say.

Sounds to me like sour grapes. I was able to pick the game up on Sunday and got to play a few hours on it.. It's a fantastic game and I would say it's like Oblivion in space but with much better combat.

I would score it a 9.5

EDIT @5.1: Yes, maybe you missed that many stores broke the street date and since I had a pre-order I was able to pick it early. I don't know why they decided to let me pick it up early, but I'm not going to argue with it.

IceVenti4046d ago (Edited 4046d ago )

you have a game thats supposed to come out tomorrow? teach me magic please....unless you got it from a local game store and not a major retailer, then magic lessons wont be needed

[edit]"I was able to pick it early"
so jealous...i hate you....i have to wait and youre playin it...i hate you alot... ='[