In defense of a what is a great trilogy; the same fate befalls this trilogy as most others. That fate being that the third just doesn’t live up to the first. Mass Effect 1 and 2 were great games and ME1 is likely to be considered by most to be the best. I’m hoping Bioware stops here and moves on to the next great game series.
What is not so great about Mass Effect 3? The cover system. It’s bad. It’s real bad. More often than not you will die not because you didn’t use it correctly. You will die because you end up stuck in the “cover river dance” trying to get into or out of cover and failing. Getting into cover amid a firefight means standing still for a moment then attempting to get into cover. Attempting to press the correct buttons quickly will likely do the opposite of what you expect. It’s annoying.
In Mass Effect 1 and 2 the side quests were at times even more interesting than the main storyline. That just isn’t the case in Mass Effect 3. There’s very little in the story that pulls you in. You seem to be thrown into more and more of the same time after time. From the beginning I was hoping for a surprise turn of events and one never really came.
You can no longer equip armor to members of your party. THAT bugs me. It really does. There is no excuse for removing that option. None whatsoever. What possible reason is there to remove this than “I’m fucking lazy”. All those sweet looking armor sets are wasted in ME3.
Another thing: and this one really pisses me off. ME3 must have a Field of View of 40 degrees. That is unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable. At least allow us to change the Field of View. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that this is not preference, it’s lack of professionalism. If you don’t understand what FOV is look it up. And I’m talking to you Bioware.
I’m not saying Mass Effect 3 is a BAD game. It’s not. I guess it’s just not great. It lacks the magic of its predecessors. I have to give it a 7 out of 10. Unfortunately many review sites have been removing negative reviews for little good reason other than to inflate ME3’s score. It’s a 7. Move on.