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Game Informer gives Mass Effect 9.75

Game Informer has reviewed Mass Effect for the Xbox 360 and the news is good. In short, the magazine thinks Mass Effect is one of the best games ever made. In particular, the magazine lauds the game's storyline and compelling characters. The review praises the game, noting that it has a deep and rich universe easily on par with Star Wars, even noting that it is "the next big franchise for science fiction junkies to latch onto." More importantly, the review notes that Mass Effect represents "a huge step forward for video games" and that it "rings in a new age of interactive storytelling."

The only downside of the game seems to be the combat, which is apparently hampered by balance problems and wonky AI. The review notes that the combat certainly isn't a deal breaker, and that it's still fun to play, but it's not quite on par with the grand universe present in the rest of the game.

All in all, Game Informer gives it a 9.75. How exactly one equates a game's deficiencies to a value of 0.25 we don't know, but we're sure the team at BioWare is pretty damned pleased (as are their new overlords, no doubt). Keep an eye out for the full review in the latest issue of Game Informer.

[Thanks, Morphy]

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10-16-2007 @ 5:08PM

teenagertc said...

Richard, I love when you "talk" like that. "I can haiz gaim uv yeer?" It's always so hilarious!


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10-16-2007 @ 5:40PM

AoE said...

clearly it gets the -0.25 for having replay value of some kind. If it had been a game completely devoid of replay value like Bioshock, that score would have been a 10.


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10-16-2007 @ 8:08PM

OTAM said...

If Halo 3 wins game of the year with stuff like Mass Effect,Bioshock,Call of Duty 4,and even Assassin's Creed you can truly tell that the people arent going by game quality.


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10-16-2007 @ 8:13PM

OTAM said...

Also,to add to my previous comment.

When it comes to Halo 3 it seems that people just want more of the same. The people playing Halo 3 it seems would be fine with Halo 2 just getting updates and new maps over and over instead of a part 3. As if adding a video recorder makes the game a perfect 10. Skate has a video recorder and editor so I mean,it clearly must be 10.

I'm not a Halo hater,but it's nearly the same exact game as the 2nd with a few minor tweaks and slight graphic enhancement. It doesnt TOUCH the amount of work going into a game like Bioshock. For christ's sake TF2 is a better multiplayer game then Halo 3 because it involves more then just dance around then melee.


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10-17-2007 @ 12:56AM

MYPS3KilledMy360 said...

i want to know what merits these scores. not to bring up a war or anything but PS3 games have there faults but end up losing 1 entire point for falling short of something whether it be story, gameplay, length, presentation even multiplatform games get lower marks even when maintaining core gamplay. why do PS3 games get hit with so many heavy blows? I fear MGS4 may get an f'in 8 because of something, maybe the story doesnt live up to expectatons. i dont know but i havent seen many ps3 games over an 8 since launch, RFOM 8, Motorstorm 8, NGS 9, HS 8, Warhawk 8, and 3 other games that scored less than 7 but LAIR happened to get an 8 in japan (exclusives not multiplatform). while gears got a 9, halo 3 9, bioshock 9, mass effect 9, not to mention 3 other previous games that scored 8s(lost planet, dead rising,condemned but all may go multiplat) but it hard to tell the reason for the scores back then. some games like graw got an extra boost when compared to the last gen consoles but then again the PS3 hasnt been out in the US for a year yet so i shouldnt really care. the games that anyone cares about are coming out next year.


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10-17-2007 @ 8:13AM

Jonathan said...

First, Heavenly Sword is really short. That took points off. In comparison to Mass Effect, it also lacks the customization options and freedom Mass Effect gives you. That wasn't a good comparison.

Secondly, games are rated individually. You can't say that all Ps3 games get an 8s and Xbox 360 games get 9 and call a conspiracy.

The only games on Xbox 360 getting 9s are the super high quality AAA games. And they deserve it. Warhawk doesn't deserve a 9, buddy. Your problem is that your comparing Warhawk to the likes of Bioshock, a game that was hailed the best game ever made and completely atmospherically haunting.

It makes no sense to gather a clump of PS3 games and say, "I fear for MSG4 because reviewers only give Xbox 360 games good scores!"

They give great, AAA titles good scores. Heavenly Sword is to short. Warhawk is by no means epic. Motorstorm underdelivered, RFOM was great in comparison to other games in Sony's lineup but honestly is nothing revolutionary, just fun.

To compare RFOM's 8 to Bioshock or Mass Effect's 9 and cry foul is ignorant, and you clearly know nothing about the quality of Bioshock or the hours upon hours of customization and freedom given in Mass Effect.


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10-17-2007 @ 1:24PM

Mauricio said...



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10-17-2007 @ 10:41PM

Who Flang Poo said...

Halo 3 or Mass Effect will take GOTY. Bioshock has no chance because it has no replay value what so ever and after a while it gets really tedious killing the same enemies over and over and over and over and over and over........untill you come to the final boss. It also has no multiplayer. I loved Bioshock a lot one of the best games ive ever played, but afer I beat it once I never touched it again.


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10-22-2007 @ 1:25PM

MYPS3KilledMy360 said...



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10-30-2007 @ 1:43AM

ALi Gizzel said...

GOTY is all about the experience, however short or long.

So this means BioShock, Halo 3, and (probably) Mass Effect are going to be the forerunners for that title.

Which is sweet because I own a 360.

GRAW, Gears of War, BioShock, and Mass Effect
I made the right choice, non???!!!!


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