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The story itself, while lacking the depth of any of the first 3, is, at least for now, still interesting enough to keep me playing. The premise is a bit overdone, but so far I'm enjoying it. The endless fetch quests don't bother me either, I like seeing the finer details of the story, and I enjoy the banter between squadmates in the Nomad.
What I am having a hard time coping with is the horrible design and programming choices. I can count on characters disappearing, freezing in place, falling off the map, and simply "acting weird" every single time I start the game up. This is not an exaggeration, it happens every. single. time. Missions sometimes won't complete or load objectives, at seemingly random times Ryder recites lines from long-ago completed missions, and all too often the game thinks I'm still in combat when every single enemy in the room is defeated. Might be related to the bug that causes an enemy to appear in your radar but be nowhere to be found. Mind you, I've installed two patches already, and I'm still dealing with this many issues. It honestly feels like they rushed out a beta version of this game, and the plan all along was to finish the game post-release.
I'm going to finish this game simply because I already purchased it. If you haven't...don't. Give it a few months and see if EA/Bioware can fix this mess they've put out. I want to play through it again, to see what the other gendered Ryder brings to the narrative, but I'm very hesitant to do so unless they can bring this game up to standard. I'm still giving this 3 stars because according to Amazon, that's the difference between "I's okay" and "I don't like it." I DO still like it, I'm just disappointing that the development of this game was phoned in.
I'm glad they're shelving the franchise for a while. This isn't Bioware's best work, and I hope they take these criticisms seriously and make the next installment as good as the first 3.
The conversation system also appears to have taken a step back, it is not very clear whether your conversation decisions have any real impact on the overarching narrative. I have been waiting for a new addition to the Mass Effect series for some time and what BioWare released was a disappointment to say the least. Please save yourself money and do not buy this game.
However, the one caveat is that I think that this game would be decent if it were not a Mass Effect and were the first entry in a new franchise. However, as a Mass Effect game, there is a great deal missing. The stakes in this game do not feel particularly high, when in ME 3 there was a palpable feeling that a poor decision could make a huge difference in the war effort.
In short, this game is disappointing. Wait until it is significantly discounted before buying.
Again, this not a horrible game. Combat is solid, overall the graphics are servicable and there are moments when the writing shines. Its just a really bad Bioware game. Wait for a sale.