Mass Effect 3: Omega review

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#1 Posted by SecretPolice (22243 posts) -

No interest :?

Well, perhaps for free then, okay. :P

Anyway...

The Story.

Just some pics and the last couple of paragraphs so for full review, hit the linky.

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http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-11-28-mass-effect-3-omega-review

Aria sure you want to buy it?

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Omega's price point as the most expensive Mass Effect DLC yet is another galling factor.

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In terms of returning characters, two (very) minor Mass Effect 2 faces reappear.

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The next single-player expansion will centre on the Citadel, if reliable internet sleuths on the BioWare forum are to be believed.

And it hasn't. Shepard is again given the illusion of choice - he can choose to save or kill in a couple of places, but in the end the decisions don't amount to anything. Insultingly, the only real story branch dependent on your dialogue options is how Aria acts at the close of this chapter. If you've acted like a badass she might pucker up and give you a kiss. (If you're wondering: I played as a Paragon and she didn't.)

Some might moan that Omega should have been part of the main game. I'm glad it isn't, although I do believe it would have worked better shrunk down to the length of a single mission. It's refreshing to get to the point where BioWare doesn't feel the need to address the main game's faults yet again in its DLC (the Extended Cut and Leviathan's story points were all conceived post-release) - but it's also worrying because Omega has been planned for far longer. BioWare has had a year to get Omega right. It didn't.

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4 / 10

#2 Posted by freedomfreak (41036 posts) -
Ouch. Never bought ME DLC.
#3 Posted by MercenaryMafia (2917 posts) -
Meh, ME3 will continue to collect dust on my shelf.
#4 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

That was a close call, nearly bought it yesterday...

#5 Posted by carlisledavid79 (10503 posts) -
Haven't bought any ME dlc. Think that trend will continue. Shame as I like the main games.
#6 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42984 posts) -
That's disappointing.
#7 Posted by TheEpicGoat (2006 posts) -

Has the ME series ever had good DLC?

#8 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42984 posts) -

Has the ME series ever had good DLC?

TheEpicGoat
Yes.
#9 Posted by Heil68 (45267 posts) -
Ugh, certainly not for $15.
#10 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42984 posts) -
Ugh, certainly not for $15. Heil68
$15? Yuck.
#11 Posted by Kinthalis (5322 posts) -

The ending wasn't good, btu it wasn't as terrible as the internets made it out to be.

Still, combined with the horrible pacing, and the annoying gameplay mechanic of the repears out in space, which makes exploration a tedious thing, it's my least favorite Mass Effect.

It goes ME2, ME1, ME3. I played through ME1 twice, played through ME2, 4 times, and a few times through about half the game. That's how awesome it was. The pacing, the story, the exploration, the themes, the characters, it was near perfection. ME3 I played through once, and I've had 0 desire to play through it again. I might do it, now that there's an extended ending and lots of DLC, but I'll probably wait until all the DLC is out.

#12 Posted by CanYouDiglt (7493 posts) -
I bought it and I enjoyed the DLC. I very much enjoy the Mass Effect world.
#13 Posted by SecretPolice (22243 posts) -

The ending wasn't good, btu it wasn't as terrible as the internets made it out to be.

Still, combined with the horrible pacing, and the annoying gameplay mechanic of the repears out in space, which makes exploration a tedious thing, it's my least favorite Mass Effect.

It goes ME2, ME1, ME3. I played through ME1 twice, played through ME2, 4 times, and a few times through about half the game. That's how awesome it was. The pacing, the story, the exploration, the themes, the characters, it was near perfection. ME3 I played through once, and I've had 0 desire to play through it again. I might do it, now that there's an extended ending and lots of DLC, but I'll probably wait until all the DLC is out.

Kinthalis

ME1 for me. :)

But I wanted to say, I was less disappointed with ME3 after my second play through :o For some reason, I enjoyed it more so perhaps try it one more time. :P

#14 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42984 posts) -

The ending wasn't good, btu it wasn't as terrible as the internets made it out to be.

Still, combined with the horrible pacing, and the annoying gameplay mechanic of the repears out in space, which makes exploration a tedious thing, it's my least favorite Mass Effect.

It goes ME2, ME1, ME3. I played through ME1 twice, played through ME2, 4 times, and a few times through about half the game. That's how awesome it was. The pacing, the story, the exploration, the themes, the characters, it was near perfection. ME3 I played through once, and I've had 0 desire to play through it again. I might do it, now that there's an extended ending and lots of DLC, but I'll probably wait until all the DLC is out.

Kinthalis
For a second there I thought you were summerizing your thoughts on the DLC, but at the end you state you haven't even touched it. WHY ARE YOU SUMMERIZING YOUR THOUGHTS ON ME3 WHEN THIS THREAD CLEARLY IS ABOUT THE DLC. FFFUUUU. /caps.
#15 Posted by Stringerboy (7094 posts) -

Bioware, I'm starting to hate you.

#16 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26597 posts) -

Has the ME series ever had good DLC?

TheEpicGoat

shadow broker and overload were two very good dlcs.

#17 Posted by megadeth1117 (1830 posts) -

Nothing stated in the review seemed to warrant a 4/10. The whining about how "choices don't matter" is starting to get annoying as well.

#18 Posted by Stringerboy (7094 posts) -

Nothing stated in the review seemed to warrant a 4/10. The whining about how "choices don't matter" is starting to get annoying as well.

megadeth1117

Even though that was supposed to me the entire premise of the whole series? Yeah, it's a sad day when Black Ops 2 is able to implement this better than Bioware.

#19 Posted by CanYouDiglt (7493 posts) -

Look I am not going to say it is the best DLC ever but it is good DLC. For some reason Bioware has become a punching bag this gen. They are clearly still making great games that people love but for some reason people love to hate on Bioware now. People will complain about things in this DLC that they would never complain about in any other games. The story is fine and you know clearly what you are doing from start to finish. There is no story that is needed in the main story but there should not be since it is DLC and everyone complained about the last DLC had too much important information.The Bioware hate is beyond stupid at this point.

#20 Posted by BrunoBRS (73261 posts) -

Nothing stated in the review seemed to warrant a 4/10. The whining about how "choices don't matter" is starting to get annoying as well.

megadeth1117
when you advertise the game around "CHOICES THAT MATTER" and make it the center of the attention a bunch of times, then it's a valid complaint that they do sh!t.
#21 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -
hehe well i knew this would suck, just like mostly ME 3, btw this content was meant to be in the original game but as mostly all the ME3 content was stripped out just for the milking.. ask yourself this: is it worthy to pay $15 for a few hours of pew pew and seeing aria around ? not to mention the DLC is very lackluster
#22 Posted by megadeth1117 (1830 posts) -

[QUOTE="megadeth1117"]

Nothing stated in the review seemed to warrant a 4/10. The whining about how "choices don't matter" is starting to get annoying as well.

BrunoBRS

when you advertise the game around "CHOICES THAT MATTER" and make it the center of the attention a bunch of times, then it's a valid complaint that they do sh!t.

But they do. Determining the fate of the Krogan and solving the conflict between the Quarians and Geth were entirely based on previous choices.

#23 Posted by layton2012 (3653 posts) -
So this is no Shadow broker? :(
#24 Posted by Crossel777 (5595 posts) -

ME2 had some decent DLC... Too bad they're half assing it with ME3.

#25 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.
#26 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
But they do. Determining the fate of the Krogan and solving the conflict between the Quarians and Geth were entirely based on previous choices.megadeth1117
And those choices meant nothing at the end of the game.
#27 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zeviander"]:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.

oh yes, they are coming.. and so the battle of discussions shall begin.
#28 Posted by Krelian-co (11239 posts) -

Meh, ME3 will continue to collect dust on my shelf. MercenaryMafia

poretty much, havent played it since the ending dlc was released and i dont want any reason to go back to, even though i really like the first two

#29 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -

[QUOTE="MercenaryMafia"]Meh, ME3 will continue to collect dust on my shelf. Krelian-co

poretty much, havent played it since the ending dlc was released and i dont want any reason to go back to, even though i really like the first two

lol same, the last thing i played was that horrid EC stuf, other than that ME 1 and ME 2 will be the best, although more ME 1 for me.
#30 Posted by megadeth1117 (1830 posts) -

[QUOTE="megadeth1117"]But they do. Determining the fate of the Krogan and solving the conflict between the Quarians and Geth were entirely based on previous choices.Zeviander
And those choices meant nothing at the end of the game.

Were you promised otherwise?

#31 Posted by TheEroica (13726 posts) -
Mass effect dlc is always lacking of what the main game offers... its still fun though and im looking forward to it.
#32 Posted by CanYouDiglt (7493 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zeviander"]:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.

Biohaters are FAR FAR more annoying. One group is enthusiastic about liking a game and the other group is just sad because they are enthusiastic about convincing everyone else the game is bad and they should not play it.
#33 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -
Mass effect dlc is always lacking of what the main game offers... its still fun though and im looking forward to it. TheEroica
its pure pew pew and nothing else than that.. but if thats what your into go for it.
#34 Posted by GD1551 (9155 posts) -

Here's my issues with it.

1. The area doesn't become available.. bioware wtf here?

2. It's very very overpriced.

3. It's a bit too short and thus characters were rushed.

4. Somewhat buggy.

5. Doesn't have an impact on the galaxy.. for instance aria is still in the citadel after the fact and it feels like nothing happened at all.

Really speaking, Omega should have been opened up and filled with side quests to be worth the kind of money they are asking. It was fun, but not worth the price of admission.

#35 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
Were you promised otherwise?megadeth1117
Yes, but that didn't matter. My problem with the ending was that every choice up until that point meant nothing in the grand scheme of things. It was just a contrived method of gathering good/bad "points" that gave you a couple extra options for how you wanted to save the universe with starchild's help. There would have been two scenarios that I would have preferred: 1. Bioware doesn't talk sh!t about the ending, and makes it so the Reapers always win, no matter what, poetically slapping the player across the face, saying "it was hopeless all along, but you could try again and maybe save it next time" *wink*. Making me want to replay it infinitely to try to win. 2. Every major decision has a non-quantitative effect on the ending, and can significantly alter it's result. Saving the krogan could end up biting you in the ass if Wrex died in the first game, for example.
#36 Posted by Maroxad (8351 posts) -

The inevitable damage control coming from the Biodrones over this will be entertaining.

[QUOTE="Zeviander"]:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.CanYouDiglt
Biohaters are FAR FAR more annoying. One group is enthusiastic about liking a game and the other group is just sad because they are enthusiastic about convincing everyone else the game is bad and they should not play it.

While Biodrones are enthusiastic about Bioware games, and Biohaters love to bash them, the behaviour of some Biodrones out there is just... taking it too far.

A large reason Bioware gets a lot of hate is because of false advertising, EA practices, and excessive dumbing down of sequels. Now with the third one. Bioware games are very popular, and because of that, they have an influence on the genre, and some see Bioware as a terrible influence on the WRPG genre.

#37 Posted by Vaasman (11501 posts) -

In b4 TGR and Dreman ruin the thread.

Sounds like pretty bad DLC but I was never interested anyway. I was over ME3 before I could even finish the second playthrough. I'll just watch the major plot points online like I did with extended cut and leviathan.

#38 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -

In b4 TGR and Dreman ruin the thread.

Sounds like pretty bad DLC but I was never interested anyway. I was over ME3 before I could even finish the second playthrough. I'll just watch the major plot points online like I did with extended cut and leviathan.

Vaasman
sorry to dissapoint you even further, the DLC has no plot points at all, its pure pew pew and what not.
#39 Posted by Legendaryscmt (12532 posts) -

Looking back, I was disappointed in it. They should have kept Omega as an explorable area, Adjutants were barely there, the DLC's length was just over Leviathan's, it did feel rushed, should have had the female turian as a crew member afterwards, etc. That said, I did find parts enjoyable.

#40 Posted by TrapJak (3487 posts) -

Mass effect dlc is always lacking of what the main game offers... its still fun though and im looking forward to it. TheEroica
Lair of the Shadow Broker is an awesome DLC experience, and Overlord has a fantastic ending. The DLC for ME3 is not worth it, unless it's for Multiplayer.

#41 Posted by Rocker6 (13358 posts) -

:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.Zeviander

I just came here to say this!

Can't wait! :twisted:

#42 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -

:lol: Can't wait to see the damage control from our resident Biodrones.Zeviander
inb4 Texasgoldrush claiming ME3 is the best game ever created. :twisted:

#43 Posted by BadNewsBen (1493 posts) -
Man, I was looking forward to some good ME DLC. I may still try it out, but at $15, it won't be until there is a price drop.
#44 Posted by Lionheart08 (15436 posts) -

Has the ME series ever had good DLC?

TheEpicGoat

Lair of the Shadow Broker. Admittedly, I think that 's the only one I'd classify as really good.

#45 Posted by coasterguy65 (6033 posts) -

4/10? Seriously? Had to buy this yesterday because the wife is a ME nut. I watched her play it last night. Not the best DLC, but surely not 4 out of 10. More like 7-7.5 out of 10. It sucks that you're stuck with pre-defined partners to take with you on the missions, but the levels seem good, and it looks good. Probably not worth $15, but that's the price of admission. Companies are going crazy with the cost of DLC anymore, but at least Bioware is supporting the game with new content.

I'll probably get around to playing it myself this weekend.

#46 Posted by Lionheart08 (15436 posts) -

Look I am not going to say it is the best DLC ever but it is good DLC. For some reason Bioware has become a punching bag this gen. They are clearly still making great games that people love but for some reason people love to hate on Bioware now. People will complain about things in this DLC that they would never complain about in any other games. The story is fine and you know clearly what you are doing from start to finish. There is no story that is needed in the main story but there should not be since it is DLC and everyone complained about the last DLC had too much important information.The Bioware hate is beyond stupid at this point.

CanYouDiglt

For some reason? Maybe you should re-evalute how Bioware handled Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3.

#47 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

:(

#48 Posted by xOMGITSJASONx (2634 posts) -

Just beat it. Its definatly up there with Lair of the Shadow Broker ME 2 DLC. The problem was (for me) this DLC ran poorly on my PS3 with so many glitches frame rate drops and bugs. But as far as ME DLC goes regarding story, twists, deaths and romance its some of its best DLC ever. Now Bioware needs to lower that damn price its too damn high!!

#49 Posted by GhoX (5027 posts) -

Has the ME series ever had good DLC?

TheEpicGoat
Lair of the Shadow Broker was a very good DLC for ME2. It was the last good SP DLC they've made for ME series.
#50 Posted by BrunoBRS (73261 posts) -

Just beat it. Its definatly up there with Lair of the Shadow Broker ME 2 DLC. The problem was (for me) this DLC ran poorly on my PS3 with so many glitches frame rate drops and bugs. But as far as ME DLC goes regarding story, twists, deaths and romance its some of its best DLC ever. Now Bioware needs to lower that damn price its too damn high!!

xOMGITSJASONx
it's too damn high and yet you paid for it. why would they lower if people buy it?