Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Worth Reading

If you're looking for a solid and balanced viewpoint on ME2 (yet still favorable), check out the Ars Technica review. It's 100% spoiler free and very little I could argue with, although they do give the planet scanning mini-game an undeserved free pass.

Here's a snippet:

Mass Effect 2 is a reworking of the original game. It throws out much of the RPG trappings, keeps what worked, and streamlines the experience for a much more action-oriented package, all while keeping the depth and heart of the first game. This is something you'll only truly appreciate after playing the first game and seeing how the threads are woven together. The games are very different, and Bioware made a brave choice in approaching Mass Effect 2 in this way. Many fans will be upset, but after giving it a few hours you'll be able to see why the game is such a success.

This is a must-buy, and the only thing we know for sure about the third game in the trilogy is that we have no clue what we should expect. Bioware is chasing a vision, and it won't let things as silly as genre tropes or expected gameplay elements get in the way of telling their story, their way.


Cody said...

Hmm. i was really excited and now I'm not so excited. I guess I'm one of those people that feel like they dumbed things down. Remember the travesty of Deus ex 2?

Rand said...

The repeated comments that this is a Halo esque shooter first and foremost and the RPG elements have been minimized in favor of a simplified take mission kill bad guy, talk to someone repeat ad nauseum formula make the game sound incredibly unappealing.

This one definitely falls under the wait and see category for me.
Ironic how a very positive review can do an awful lot to kill ones excitement towards the game.

Hopefully it's not as much the linear shooter as Ars implies.

todd brakke said...

For what it's worth I do think the Ars review overstates the loss of RPG elements. There is still character and squad building and it is important to your success.

I think a comparison to Bioshock rather than to Halo or Deus Ex2 is more apt. (Loved the first DX but avoided the second.) At the same time, no, this is not an RPG in the vein of Dragon Age.