Ouch BioWare. Just... ouch. The creaking, overworked hype machine spits out one of the last HUGE holiday releases this week in the form of the Canadian developer's long-awaited Mass Effect. Despite a brilliantly written story, excellent voice acting and a brand new fictional sci-fi universe to explore - complete with its own rich back history - the game falls disappointingly short in far too many places. That's not to say Mass Effect is a total waste of time. But expect to be gritting your teeth through much of the experience as you contend with glitched-out visuals, RPG mechanics which beg for more complexity and a repetitive string of sidequests which definitely favor quantity over quality.