until i get a new graphics card I won't be playing Mass Effect so i can't really comment on the game other than to say I would like to try it out and heck I'd give the same sex a chance in a video game. we break every other rule of civilized society in our games so why not?
In one of the articles a gamespot staff member wrote that a reason why people hated Mass Effect 3 is because it had a homosexual couple in it. Seriously?
Animation: While it's true that Mass Effect's writer was drowned in a pool of insults that also include homophobic ones but Mass Effect 3's main problems were NEVER about people being homophobic. The game allows you to choose between being straight or gay moreover, if KevinV would look at the animation of some games from previous generations, he'd tell how bad the animation is in Mass Effect 3. I suggest looking at Psychonauts. The movement of characters is robotic. The facial expressions are almost nonexistent. Bioware better hire someone who can animate for them if they want to deliver "a true cinematic experience".
Bad execution of choice system: Another issue with Mass Effect games is the choice system. Mass Effect is one of those choice games which get the concept wrong. The concept is never about choosing between scripts, it's about playing as different characters and experience being many personalities and not just one. A good example of this would be Peter Molyneux's Fable where gamers get to choose between playing as a good or a bad person. And I mean by good or bad here is allowing gamers to destroy or construct buldings, attack or save people, burn or grow plants and so forth and not look at cut scenes with the things mentioned above. Video games are meant to be played and not looked at.
The movie game: A cinematic experience in video games means to make graphics look so realistic that people would mistake that video game for a live action movie and not include many and ten minutes or more cut scenes. Game play to story ratio in games which try to deliver a cinematic experience should be at least 60 to 40.
Jack of all trades: Mass Effect gives the illusion that the game play is rich by including FPS and role-playing games elements when the truth is neither the shooting nor role-playing is good. It's one of those games which try to cheaply shut consumers by including many forms of game play without perfecting either. The aiming is still clunky and role-playing is about choosing which story to see and not play.
I'm yet to play any of the games in the series for me to make any kind of informed opinion, but even with all the bad press, the series attracts me due to its scifi subject matter.
I agree Khatibi22 besides that it's optional but it wasn't why gamers were enraged. Those who were angry over this don't make much of angry ME fans.
I have installed the game but have only played 5 minutes or so. ATM, I am busy with family, work etc. so I don't want to spoil the game playing it right now. About the homo issue, my god! Nobody forces the gamers to play or get involed with same sex here. Play it as you wish folks, homo, hetero whatever....
They already have gotten into the book industry, like many other video game series have. The third game was my least favourite. I completely understand the people hate it for the wrong reason, I wrote a really strong worded blog about it before, even before people played it they said nasty thing. But yeah for a game that was delayed to be "polished" it didn't look that polished at all.
I'm just saying it's silly to assume that people hate a game for the wrong reasons when a game has major technical and design issues. If Bioware have a nice story to tell then perhaps video game industry is not right place. There's always books industry... A game with a budget so huge that you wouldn't expect to see anything wrong in it and yet the animation is so awful.
I love Mass Effect, I was a fan before EA got their hands on it and I stand firm to my beliefs that EA tried to change the formula way too much from the first game. I agree there were way too many cinematics and far too few choices especially in the third game. But I don't judge a game by its graphics, I look at the story when it comes to any game that claims to be an RPG and it is a great story, so I think fans main problem wasn't all the things that you mentioned but more the complete let down the ending was.
I am afraid what you said is true.
Mass Effect has many flaws, but most gamers didn't realize that untill the end.