Ars Technica Review: "Mass Effect is a flawed gem" (Verdict: Buy)

Frank Caron reviews Mass Effect for Ars Technica's Opposable Thumbs. His conclusion:

"I'm going to do something I rarely do and conclude with a personal message. I love Mass Effect; I'm a sucker for BioWare games, and this particular one won't leave my disc tray for very long over the next six months or so. Part of me loves this game to no end for providing such an immersive world, one that not only warrants multiple playthroughs but demands them. But part of me can't get over the many problems. I love it half the time; I hate it half the time.

Many people I've talked to regard this game with an unrealistic level of respect, and I feel the need to deflate that hype a bit. The game is unrivaled in so many capacities that the flaws are all the more apparent. Some have chosen to completely, perhaps irrationally, ignore these flaws. I still give a hearty recommendation that you buy this game, you need to go in with the right mindset: Mass Effect is a flawed gem."

Verdict: Buy

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Douchebaggery3954d ago

The only problem with this game is that now I can't wait for the sequel.

razer3954d ago

agree!!! It's going to be a long wait for ME 2. :(

Leathersoup3954d ago

I was late for work today because I was searching monkeys for a data module. ;)

Padre3954d ago

Poor Mass Effect, didn't live up to the hype. (But still Xbox 360 GOTY)

CrashSharc3954d ago

that's no surprise in this media driven industry

power of Green 3954d ago

Who's hype? as a fan of the flatform this title is on I say it pasted the little hype there was and then some! by alot!. Makes all the other games I play seem less appealing.

I have to play it, I can't stop thinking about it, when I burn my eyes out of my head and take a break I wan't to play only after an hour.

I convinced myself it was time to turn off my 360 3 times last night but found reasons to play it two more times after I quit the first time.

Wotbot3954d ago

did you hear that???

Or was it something you made up? Thought so.

It was only released last Friday.

Greysturm3954d ago (Edited 3954d ago )

But by the way 360 fanboys were talking about it, some of them must feel outright dissapointed its a shame it hasnt receive much media attention it could have sold a lot better.

Edit: I didnt say it needed to be a blockbuster i just said that the quality of the game deserves to be apreciated by more people. I thinks its a great game not the second coming of Mario but a great game.

PS360WII3954d ago

Not every game needs to be a blockbuster. Some have more prestige as an underdog.

PS360WII3954d ago

Oh for sure. I was one of those people saying Mass Effect probably won't be any good. Psh how wrong I was! I got it on Wednesday and put as much time as I could in the holiday weekend. I finished the game as a 42 biotec and I'm now playing on Veteran and already up to 23 tech/solder (can't remember what it's called)with a whole lot more side quests done.

So sorry for misreading your comment this game should be regarded as a top notch story with an epic tale and will be a great franchise.

aggh im on fire3954d ago

Considering it was only released on Friday in Europe i think its a bit early to say it bombed. I think it went in at number 2or something.
Im playing through it now and i have to say even though i have COD4,HALO3,Assasins creed,bioshock and Uncharted, Mass effect is my favorite. My game of the year.

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