So, like I always so when I'm considering the purchase of a new game, I played Mass effect 3 at a friends house to try it out before buying it.
And I must say, it is an overwhelmingly average game.
Here's my opinion on it:
The guns are very same-y and without character. The Melee is awful in that you can either hit your opponent ineffectively* with the but of your gun, or use a heavy attack by holding circle (or equivalent) which takes forever and makes your character use the singularly least imaginative melee weapon of all time: a glowing hologram knife. (Its attached to your arm, that makes it cool though, right?)
The characters are pretty flat, pretty unlikable, and cookie cut. Commander Shepard (whether you are male or female) is determined and stony. You have some giant fish thing who is the big 'likeable' tank guy who I assume would shout "woooh, baby!" while shooting any gun larger than the average assault rifle.
You have the one who makes jokes (who needs a personality when they make jokes and come up with one liners?) and says things like "where can I get one of those?" when the fish guy shoots a big gun. I think he'd probably be good with the laydeez if there were scenes like that in the game.
Then you get the rest of the characters: The old flame, the five-star general figure who says things like "Now go get your girl! And that's an order!", just a whole bunch of people you could swear were in every other mediocre game you've played in the last five years.
One of the most important (and I assume the hardest to do) things in a big game like this is face animation and body language, Mass effect 3 has done this so terribly, I cant even begin to explain how much it takes away from the entire experience. The cutscenes are WAY too long (the longest was over five minutes) and a little too frequent for my liking. Its not like games of yore where people used to turn on the spot without moving their feet, its just that everyone is very obviously animated, every action seems scripted, every expression is over acted, its just. So. Bad.
Graphics wise its pretty decent.
- Overall gameplay:
Overall, the gameplay is passable, the controls are a little clunky and its difficult to roll in and out of cover in the direction you want, but those are my only gripes, its relatively smooth and the engine seems decent. Although despite my turning on the tips option, I found it tricky to navigate my way around the levels, and a good in-game sense of direction is something I'm normally quite good on. The mechanics aren't so passable though, to select different types of rounds/moves etc, you have to go into some unexplained menu with just a few symbols to navigate by. The whole thing is too complicated for a shooter, I don't like tapping/double tapping/holding a button to do a whole bunch of different things, just make it more simple, EA. EDIT: oh yeah, and the character you play as (Shepard) really just gets in your way. I like 3rd person shooters, and this is a problem that needs to be tackled, why can other people do nice 'over-the-shoulder" gameplay, yet Mass effect 3 cant?
- Art design:
The design in Mass effect 3 is great, the guns, the armour, the baddies, the other alien races are all pretty imaginative (apart from that holo-blade thing), the scenery is nice, and everything feels like its supposed to be in the game, Eg: everything seems to be from the same genre (apart from that holo-blade thing).
Like most of the time, the trailer (which was super-realistic and really atmospheric) hyped the game too much and everyone is making a really big deal over nothing new.
I've never played the other two, so forgive me if my analysis of the characters is a little off, as I've only played for a few hours (more than enough time to get a feel for a game in my experience, especially when you are aquatinted with the genre).
*If the the lack of any "oh no! I've been hit" animation is anything to go by.
Anyone else found themselves mightily disappointed by a game/movie? if so, share your experience!