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Review Mass Effect 3: A Narratological Review

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by VentilatorOfDoom, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. VentilatorOfDoom RPG Codex Staff

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    For the last couple of weeks TNO did nothing else but to tirelessly play through Mass Effect 3 time and again with the noble goal to bring us the third of his narratological reviews of the Mass Effect series. Let's have a snippet:
    Read the full article: Mass Effect 3: A Narratological Review
     
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  2. hiver Guest

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    Gee,... talk about extra stamina...

    Lets read, if only because the poor fellow went through such a horrible ordeal to bring this review to us.
    Gas masks on! Vaseline buckets at the ready!

    Dive! Dive! Diiive!
     
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  3. Stinger Arcane

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    Just finished reading it. It's a great breakdown of the game. The only thing I'd disagree on is that his explanation of the Tuchanka C&C doesn't sound that intricate or a particularly difficult moral choice. Amd Renegade still sounds like being an utter dickbag for no good reason rather than making ruthless but necessary choices for the greater good. It sounds like plenty of RPGs have better C&C than the Tuchanka storyline rather than just Alpha Protocol- but maybe if I actually saw it in effect I'd think otherwise.

    But that said, it was a really good review that seems to have covered the story quite well so TNO has my brofist if he posts here. The last two paragraphs in particular are quite glorious :salute:
     
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  4. waywardOne Cipher

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    Good analysis. I expected to cringe during the inevitable "but here's what Bioware did well" part, but I didn't.
     
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  5. CrustyBot Arcane Patron

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  6. hiver Guest

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    Whoooaaaa....

    dang...
    :wipes slime and bad looking gunk from gas mask visor:

    Ah,... few... Im out.


    Good review, mang, of course.
    :salute: :splatters bioware gunk over everyone while saluting:




    I need to wash off... well, i need to desterilize really.
    If youll excuse me gentlemen...


    Going to the car wash...!
    Going to the car Wash , WASH, WASH!
    yeaaaahhh....
     
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  7. Outlander Custom Tags Are For Fags. Patron

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    Good review, although it could have used more lulz.
     
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  8. Seboist Arcane Patron

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    Great Review! ME3 was horrible right from the get-go when they started having stupid shit like having the defense committee acting like clueless morons in order to metaphorically jack off the player and when they introduced the deus ex machina crucible.
     
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  9. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    An outstanding review!

    :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Krraloth Prophet Patron

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    Majestic review.
    Well balanced and level-headed.
    I will enjoy linking to some people who are still playing ME3 to enjoy their rage sweet butt-hurt.
     
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  11. Fens Ford of the Llies

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    enjoyed reading that more than i enjoyed playing ME
    :salute:
     
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  12. Tical Arcane

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    I think I played the first ME for about 30 minutes before I couldn't stomach any more. Why would anyone invest this much time on such a stupid game from such a stupid series? Come on, that kind of masochism could be put to better use.

    Might as well write a fucking doctrine for Lionheart or Mistmare while you're at it.
     
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  13. Oriebam Formerly M4AE1BR0-something

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    could have been longer that "you should avoid ME3/the series" remark was too much, why so prejudiced against mole poppers? Why do you assume people won't just enjoy popping the moles and have a laugh at the writing?

    anyway, :thumbsup:

    sounds like this is the only review of the sort on the internet, you successfully fought the good fight with your words
    "LA LA LA LA I CANT HEAR YOO"

    paging Volourn
     
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  14. Sul Savant

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    Didn't take long.:lol:

     
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  15. CrustyBot Arcane Patron

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    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/323/index/11622803#11624157

    Looks like your review has it's fans, TNO.

    :troll:

    edit: Dammit Sul. :lol:
     
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  16. Oriebam Formerly M4AE1BR0-something

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    someone invite Amioran over here, for assimilation
     
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  17. Oriebam Formerly M4AE1BR0-something

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    hope no one ninja's me this time

    edit: yes
     
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  18. Oriebam Formerly M4AE1BR0-something

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    :lol:
     
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  19. CrustyBot Arcane Patron

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    :lol:

    :hero:
     
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  20. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    So I actually read the whole thing and I gotta say TNO sums it up very well. ME2 was the least poor game in the series, and the series overall felt like a missed opportunity.
    Brahfist, brah.
     
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  21. jiduthie Educated

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    In the entire series I've played about 60% of the first and watched a roommate play quite a bit of the second. Being vaguely aware of the rage surrounding ME3's ending, I have been somewhat surprised by it. None of the characters seemed to have any depth, not even on the level of the standouts in KOTORs, and the story line was obviously one built for a 3 part video game. It demonstrated no comfort or awareness within its constraints and didn't seem to aspire to the grand themes that are the typical wheelhouse of these types of stories. I'm not sure what is philosophical about "order vs chaos," as one is a recognizable value and the other isn't. I'm unaware of any philosopher who held chaos to be a force for good in society. Even Serenity, a movie I found ham-fisted in its handling of theme, aspired to tell us something about what it is to be human.

    Having read the description and watched the youtube video linked here of the ending of ME3, I'm still not sure what exactly happened or why people are angry (A fault I'll attribute to the ending rather than the reviewer), but I can't help feeling that the series got the ending it deserved. The game was an average cover shooter held together by simple character improvement systems and an admirable technical attempt at improving facial expressions in console games. The ending seems to be series of simple choices, good looking explosions, and a nice shot of a pilot attempting to escape the mayhem of it all. Where exactly is the disconnect?

    I suppose the hope here should be that developers in the future reconsider using "a force which threatens all of existence" as an easy device with which to make a game compelling, but people around here having been using failed games to generate that hope for years and I don't think any Codexer will be holding his breath.
     
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  22. IDtenT Contact me for a good time Patron

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    The first one is the only one that was able to get me to the end. If that means anything. The second one was mostly banal.
     
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  23. Ulminati Kamelåså! Patron

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    The first was a lost oppertunity. The second was carried mainly by the BRO moments with Wrex, Mordin and Garrus. The third looked like a steaming pile of shit, set off warning bells. If everything i've read and seen on the internet so far is even remotely correct, I dodged a bullet by not even contaminating my interwebz with a pirated copy.

    the biodrone butthurt is delicious, mind you. I like how they accuse us of liking no games whatsoever, even though this forum has a long and prestigious list of things we generally love :obviously:

    Link for butthurt biodrones who are too afraid to search the forum on their own:
    http://www.rpgcodex.net/forums/index.php?threads/list-of-the-must-play-games.55367/

    You can add Jagged Alliance 2, Vampire the masquerade bloodlines, Deus Ex, System Shock 1+2, thief 1+2 and UFO: Enemy unknown (XCom UFO defense in kwanzania) to the list of games that we generally :love: around here.
     
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  24. 861129 Cipher

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    What a cunt. Too bad it's in the game owners' circle jerk section. It would be fun to hear him explain exactly how he thinks Mass Effect treats 'the philosophical theme "order vs. chaos"' meaningfully.
     
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  25. CrustyBot Arcane Patron

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    I've never bought (or even played) Mass Effect 3.

    :smug:

    It's in the general section where anyone with an account can post.
     
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