I know this is probably going to be ridiculously hard, but I would love if people could do their level best to keep this spoiler free. With that said, how are you guys finding Mass Effect 3 so far?
Bizarrely, after seven hours with the game, I don't know if I'm ready to have a proper opinion of the game yet. All Mass Effect games seem to have this really interesting pacing, where the beginning feels very unrushed, maybe even a bit flat and then, before you're barely aware of it, you're hurtling towards the endgame at this furious pace.
At the moment it feels as though I'm in that relaxed, beginning section -- the section that's just 'talky part'/'shooty part' rinse/repeat. I'm enjoying it, because the combat feels really slick, but at one point I genuinely pushed the right bumper button by mistake to 'active reload'. Yep -- for a split second I actually thought I was playing Gears of War!
Still, the Mass Effect universe is such a great place to return to. It's such a believable world, and one I'm properly invested it, and I like the idea that the stakes have been fully ramped up in the third iteration. I'm enjoying the whole political manoeuvring aspect of the game -- it feels very grounded and real. The conversations I'm having, even in the beginning, feel like they have real consequence, and that tension of making the right decision in stressful situations is what makes Mass Effect so compelling.
Looking forward to the rest of it.
How are you guys finding it?