March 2, 2012

“Mass Effect 3” Review in Progress

IGN has been playing Mass Effect 3 and reviews what they’ve seen so far sans spoilers.

Compelled by Mass Effect 3's amazing ability to tell a story, the last couple of days have been a whirlwind of nonstop play. After taking the weekend off to socialize and collect my thoughts, I anxiously quarantined myself in my apartment once more and jumped into the experience full bore. What I found pleased me greatly. In fact, I had to do everything in my power to stop playing right before the endgame, just so I could bring that freshly beaten-game feel into the final review and not prematurely waste that inevitable elation here in the Review in Progress.

A common question eager Mass Effect fans like to ask revolves around how Mass Effect 3 stacks up against Mass Effect 2. I wasn't quite sure how to adequately answer that as I trekked through the first half of the adventure. Mass Effect 2 in many ways represents the sheer potential of gaming, a force to be reckoned with that easily falls into the short list of best games of all-time. Indeed, for some of the experience, Mass Effect 3 actually felt weaker in many ways when compared to Mass Effect 2 just because it set the bar so high. But now, my feelings have markedly changed.

They also answer reader questions about the game experience, and note that the ways in which BioWare has integrated experiences from the first two Mass Effect games “borders on mind-boggling”.