'Mass Effect is enjoyable, but not a masterpiece' - Destructoid's review

Destructoid writes:

"Mass Effect is not a revolutionary RPG -- hell, it's not even particularly innovative. It isn't a sprawling 40-hour epic, it doesn't include particularly great action, and it won't change the way we handle dialogue trees in role-playing games. Given how revolutionary Mass Effect seemed during its initial announcement, these realities may be hard to face -- but, like all crushing truths, you'll have to come to terms with them eventually. Once you do, of course, you'll be much more likely to have fun with this flawed, but enjoyable action-RPG."

"All in all, Mass Effect is a good game which will disappoint nearly everyone who plays it. Immensely flawed in its design choices, but absolutely fantastic in its attention to character and atmosphere, Mass Effect is enjoyable, but not a masterpiece; entertaining, but not revolutionary; epic and emotionally involving, but disappointing. It is not a great game -- but it is, generally, a good one."

Score: 7/10

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snoop_dizzle3249d ago

i can partially agree, its not exactly revolutionary and it does have flaws, but still i found it to be quite enjoyable.

skychad11113249d ago

It seems whenever a great game is released, at first, all the reviews are great but its always a week or so later some moron decides to be different and disagree. Reminds me of that friend everyone has the thinks he's so smart and tries to be different. Not only is this review hard to believe, but if a site wants my credibility, they should consider releasing the review on time and not 2 weeks late lmao.

wil4hire3249d ago

The PROBLEM is.. every single review of the game mentions its technical failures, loading issues, choppy framerate. They just still decided to give the game 10/10 "BEST GAME EVER" (OXM).

Destructioid is saying the exact same thing... but giving a lower score. It shouldn't effect the average though, seeing as how the "official" xbox fan sites have given this game nothing but 100%'s. I think there are 6.

This game h as problems... in a different day in time for gaming.. that would mean it is a 7 or 8 because of the problems. But now, there is no such thing as problems.. as long as your fanboy heart can ignore them.

Hatchetforce3249d ago

The guy isn't being different, he is dead bang on right. He wasn't sucked in by the massive PR machine. His words echo what I have said in several recent posts here about the conversation system being a massive smokescreen.

With 4 paths in a tree there is often no effect or a best only two distinct possibile outcomes. All you have to do is save the game and then go back and replay sequences choosing different paths and approaches and you will see the reality. Between this, the idiot team AI that loves to get in your way despite orders, the clunky framerate and it's MASSive collision detection issues, over 75% of people you can't intereact with, etc etc a 7.0 is just right...if you can be honest in the midst of a fanboy fit.

On the other hand I have also been playing The Witcher on PC and I will have to say that it is a RPG that really does have serious consequences and a phenominal presentation.

skychad11113249d ago

Those earlier review said the frame rate and other graphical issues were minor flaws, and were both overweighed by the good aspects heavily. I can tell how much of a fanboy u r by how fast you jumped on the bandwagon of critisizing my valid point. Even Ocarina of time, which is hailed one of the best games ever had flaws back in 1998, but it still deserves 9 or 10. But enough said,...its obvious u haven't even played Mass Effect. LMAO

Hatchetforce3249d ago (Edited 3249d ago )

No you are the idiot because you can't read a gamertag. You are just having fanboy fits because the truth is too much for your adolescent heart to handle. Next time check your facts when saying people haven't played something dumbass.

BTW I don't even see a gamertag on you so you must not even own it...

If anyone is lacking proof of having played it, then it is you cheesedick.

skychad11113249d ago

UR obviously a ps3 fanboy becuase your comments contain no point, but instead insist on trying to find lame insults that a 9 yr old could do much better. Anyways back to the point, Mass Effect is a great game that is only guilty of minor flaws. Alot of reviewers will give below the average reviews to gain more site traffic. Its so sad these ps3 fanboys will only agree with me when on this issue when it concerns there own games. Get a clue.

Hatchetforce3249d ago (Edited 3249d ago )

I back up my point of having played the game - a major accusation you made. You can't = you fail.

The person that had the 9 year old fit here was you. The individual that began the name calling with the word idiots was you. Go change your diaper and take your ritalin before you bust a blood vessel.

Me = Dual Console and PC owner. Broad exposure equals better gaming and less narrowmindedness.

You = Rabid prepubescent wannbe fanboy.

wil4hire3249d ago (Edited 3249d ago )

these guys are really fanatical.

@ Sky.. SO ALL THE OTHER XBOX owners in this thread are admitting to the same issues. they aren't "MINOR" either. Maybe to you, but not to all of the reviewers. And not to all xbox owners either.

You have people that clearly played the game... saying the same thing the reviewers were saying.

Find me the quote where anyone said the flaws in Mass Effect are "minor"

skychad11113249d ago

will the 9 yr old p3s fanboy rant ever end. Just because I can tell you havent played the game doesn't mean you need to cry. I once again made a point and gave u all opportunity to defend your view and all you did was flame. I feel sorry for you, intellectually :-)

skychad11113249d ago (Edited 3249d ago )


nobody said there were no flaws in the game. Thats been said a hundred times but must of went over your head because of your intellegence level. Calling people names like "imbecile" and "cheesedick" really show how special you really are so I will stop now and let you continue your rant. ;-)

Hatchetforce3249d ago (Edited 3248d ago )


Ha ha I know. It is ridiculous to watch people so upset over something like this. I could see it if they said yes these issues are there but I still like the title. I understand that. Hell, I have numerous games like that on many platforms. I enjoyed the hell out of Kane and Lynch but it has serious issues. But some people can't admit that even to themselves.

It is also funny to get accusations levelled that you haven't played it yet it is right there in your gamertag. To be told you haven't played it when your gamertag shows it is idiotic. Especially when those charges come from some imbecile with no proof of having experienced something they are so rabidly defending.


Another idiot below that can't read a gamertag. Also another person that doesn't understand simple english. No one is saying the game is not enjoyable. No one is saying the issues in the game prevent it from being playable. What we are saying is they exist - which means the game is not a 10. And we are saying the game isn't the end all be all of RPGs. Even the Destructoid review said it is a good game, just not a great game. That is a matter of opinion.

If you can't face the fact other people have different opinions then you are in for a rough ride in life. Maybe you should go ahead and make that cut or jump now...

What isn't a matter of opinion is the fact the game has issues and some of the claims about the game and it's dialogue system are outright bullshit. A smart consumer knows this and is honest with himself, a fanboy isn't. It doesn't mean you can't enjoy or like the game, even alot.

Mass Effect had a chance at being Game of the Year...before it came out. Even I thought so based on everything I had read and what was being said. But the facts are those chances were ruined by ... Mass Effect itself. It didn't live up to the billing. Some people can't handle the truth (Jack Nicholson voice needed there)

If Mass Effect could have been nominated without coming out then it would have stood a chance. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating and Mass Effect is an okay meal, not the banquet fit for a king.

For all this talk of me and others being fanboys, it isn't us that are having a conniption over something we worship having the truth told about it.

Some attempts to attack Destructoid are just beyond the pale of common sense. Look at this excellent example of a fanboy flopping around in an absolute fit of rage:

SUBJECT: Power of Green
CONDITION: 100% Brain dead enraged fanboy

He made this moronic and ridiculous comment below:

"Destructiod is a green light for Sony fanboys anyways when the subject's about anything MSFT."

[note, the error in correctly spelling Destructoid is the Power of Green's. Maybe there should be a law aginst attacking things you cannot spell, let alone properly comprehend]

He implies quite clearly in his post that Destructoid is a Sony favored site. Let us examine the facts, shall we. Let's look at 3 recent high profile Destructoid reviews on each platform. It is too bad they haven't posted a review yet of Uncharted. Remember these titles were picked to demonstrate the obvious because they are not multi-platform with the exception of RE4. Also remember this is done because people like PoG ignore the obvious.

Xbox 360

Mass Effect - 7
HALO 3 - 8.5
Bioshock - 10


Heavenly Sword - 8
Ratchet and Clank FTOD - 8.5
Everyday Shooter - 8.0


Super Mario Galaxy - 9.6
Metroid Prime 3 - 8.5
Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition - 7.5

If anyone should be flipping out at Destructoid it is PS3 fans. Yet children like PoG love to rail at the sky and ignore the facts. Here is note dummy - Destructoid lays into everyone equally. You can't stand the fact they weren't bought off like 1up. Tough. Suck on it and cry. If you want a leaning site that claims to be center of the road that would be Joystiq and it is obvious which way they tilt.

dragunrising3249d ago

Ic that you have played Mass Effect...but have you really played it longer than a day? You see, I've played Mass Effect in excess of 30 hours and find that all the "technical flaws" people are complaining about moot. If you were intelligent you would have disabled the independent AI and made micro-commands for your squad to follow. I can guarantee you could never play...or "beat" the game on anything but normal or easy difficulty. The game is far more engaging and fun if your making combat decisions. Bioware rpgs have always been about micro managing combat. Show me proof you actually know the hell your talking about. Lame fanboy.

Nicosia3249d ago

wil4hire and Hatchetforce, i heard you guys don't care about Mass Effect but ya'll all over the place about this game. The thing about the framerate is kinda funny that you debate it, yet you havn't played the game. Thats the thing about you both, you havn't played it. If the game was killed by framerate problems then i would agree, but you both are nitpicking.

People are brainwashed, please look at yourself before giving blame to another.

stunt2133249d ago

i played this game a lot at my friend's house, the only thing that annoys the sh*t outta me is the framerate and the glitches.

dragunrising3248d ago

I was trying to be nice, but your a dumb ass simpleton that tries to act smart. You never answered my question about whether or not you beat the game or invested any time longer than a half an hour. How many achievements do you have in the game? Did you play with team AI on or off? Were you aware that you can skip cut scenes if you so choose? Its called the X button...try it...thats if you still have the game. I'm waiting to hear your rebuttal and vast knowledge about Mass Effect...Oh, and I DO agree that everyone has a difference of opinion...except, yours happens to suck and isn't credible.

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gaffyh3249d ago

I fail to see how Mass Effect was a masterpiee in the first place, it is basically a shooter/RPG, except that the dialogue is actually spoken unlike normal RPGs, but wasn't that done in FFX to a certain extent anyway? I realised then how annoying it was to wait for the person to finish talking when usually you could read it yourself quicker.

I would say it deserves higher than 7 probably around 8.5, but it's amazing how Microsoft can hype up a game when it isn't that gret.

Jack Bauer3249d ago

i disagree with him... it looks like he ran through it... took me 24 hours to beat doing less than half the side quests...and is definetly worth multiple play throughs ...goes to show reviews mean nothing, they are just one persons take, and a person who plays through it like that doesnt mean nothin in my book.

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sheng long3249d ago

this is still a good score, nothing wrong with a 7/10.
only xbots or sony droids believe the game should be a 9+ in order to be considered good.

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