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Submitted by ktchong 2493d ago | review

Mass Effect - The A.V. Club Review: B-

The A.V. Club - Chris Dahlen, December 3rd, 2007:

"Role-playing-game addicts could easily ignore gameplay problems if the story kept delivering. Yet Mass Effect feels like the first two acts of a great space opera, and the main villain and the most intriguing parts of the backstory have been saved for a sequel. The non-player characters that hang around with you have also taken a major step back, with less dialogue and none of the spontaneous clashes (and subtle flirting) of BioWare's past high-water marks, Baldur's Gate II and Knights Of The Old Republic. The graphics keep improving, but the diehards would rather be immersed in the words."

Beyond the game: Mass Effect crams a lot of setting into a single game. Spend enough time reading up on the history and politics, and you'll start to see how much is hanging on a split-second decision.

Worth playing for: Panting over the lesbian sex scene will lead some players to pick a female protagonist. But the real reason to play a woman is the fantastic voicework by Jennifer Hale.

Frustration sets in when: All those side missions feel like a distraction while you're hurtling toward the destruction of the galaxy. But make sure to finish them before you get too far: Once the main story's over, you can't go back and explore what you missed.

Final judgment: A space opera with huge potential ends in a shrug.

A.V. Club Rating: B- (Mass Effect, Xbox 360)
Tipsed by: Probotector
B-/A+

PS3 Limps on and on  +   2493d ago
that's not too bad
I guess.
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Probotector  +   2493d ago
Poor Mass Effect, it didn't live up to the hype. (And some people thought that was going to be GOTY, LOL!)
Rice  +   2493d ago
Honest Review, Respect......
fury  +   2493d ago
I will definitely pick this game up
even if it didn't live up to the hype.
razer  +   2493d ago
Didn't live up to the hype?
Comments are coming from people who never played the game. The game is massive and screw this dudes opinion.. The game is an A (but not an A+) the only thing I can slack on this game is the texture pop-ins and loading hiccups. Which are a lot of the same things Oblivion sufferred from and guess what got game of the year???
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