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BioWare: Do The Side Quests In Mass Effect 3, Or Else

Oh come on, what hardcore role-playing fan will complain? And who besides hardcore RPG aficionados plays Mass Effect?

According to a PC Gamer interview with BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson, those who take the extra time to complete all the side quests in Mass Effect 3 will receive an "amazing" ending. And if you don't bother with the extra stuff, you could be in for a very disappointing climax. Said Hudson:

"If you just rip straight down the critical path and try and finish the game as soon as you can, and do very little optional or side stuff, then you can finish the game. You can have some kind of ending and victory, but it'll be a lot more brutal and minimal relative to if you do a lot of stuff.

If you really build a lot of stuff and bring people to your side and rally the entire galaxy around you, and you come into the end game with that, then you'll get an amazing, very definitive ending."

The RPG fan in me applauds the move, even if it may annoy those who simply want to experience the story. But really, I can't imagine the ME fan who doesn't enjoy doing all the side quests and exploring just for the fun of it; isn't that one of the single biggest appeals of the role-playing genre? ...by the way Square-Enix, remember this for the next Final Fantasy.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: me3, mass effect 3, bioware, mass effect 3 side quests

5/17/2011 8:59:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

BTNwarrior
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 9:36:07 PM
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and this is why I love mass effect, and why I beat the first one 5 times, the second 3 times and am about to buy 2 for the ps3.

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kraygen
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 9:52:20 PM
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I can see the positive to this, but doesn't this kinda mean that if we want to try something different then we'll get a meh ending.

Was disappointed with ME2 when it came time to end my 2nd play through. First time I did it all, 2nd time I wanted to leave some things undone to see if some people might die or something. Instead the game refused to let me continue until I did more party member loyalty missions.

I should not be required to do loyalty missions in order to continue, they have almost nothing to do with the game.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:29:41 PM
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In ME2, I explored all the planets and did all the side quests. It was a lot of grinding at times, but it was well worth it. Rest assured, I'll do it for ME3 also.

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FxTales
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:53:05 PM

Same here, adds to the whole experience and lengthens the game.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 2:02:31 AM

Me too, ME is one of those games that you never want to end.

What I do hope though, is that they add more of the "meaningless" stuff in the game too, like loot and stuff in the shops that has no "real" functionality, just looks or trophies for your apartment or whatever. I like collecting stuff. :)

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Jdogtoocool
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 10:37:04 AM

Thats how I felt about Dragon Age origins, after I Platinumed it I was really looking forward to part 2 but we all know what happened with that

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 11:26:56 PM
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This is excellent news! Part of playing an RPG is doing as much side quests as you can, and to hear that there are lots of them on the third installment is more than just welcome news for me. Besides, it's awesome to be Commander Shepard. LOL

I'm just glad that Mass Effect 3 was moved to a 2012 release date as I would be too busy with Uncharted 3 by November! This way my attention won't be divided between two awesome games.

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 1:38:45 AM
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Normally, I completely agree with Ben in his articles, and for the most part, I love this one, too. However, the second sentence jumps out at me: "And who besides hardcore RPG aficionados plays Mass Effect?"

I would argue that this game is enjoyed by many, many more people than just RPG fans, particularly the second installment. By reducing the RPG elements a bit, ME2 became more appealing to a broader audience. I know numerous FPS fans who were drawn in by the increase emphasis on combat, and more "casual" players liked the decreased inventory management. Over 3 million copies sold according to vgchartz, which suggests to me a much broader appeal than this statement implies!

Personally, though, I miss the more hardcore RPG elements, and I look forward to seeing what BioWare has in store for the series now!!

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:03:08 AM

i would agree with that. i think this game can appeal to others just as a 3rd person cover based shooter with a great story. you don't have to be a rpg lover to get enjoyment out this game.

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Ludakriss
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 2:07:11 AM
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Bioware, you have no right to speak to Square, my dear friend. If you missed it...just by accident, Final Fantasy is by far the biggest and most successful of all RPGs to date.

May I also draw your attention to you so praised Msss Effect 2 for PS3. It's a poor graphics, lame animations game with a seriously amazing story. The game's dialogue is more than often chopped - UNCONDITIONALLY! If that's what you call an example, I hope next time you might be more modest rather than attacking a true exemplar(however flawed the last game might be).

Thank you

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Fane1024
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 2:43:07 AM

It was Ben, not Bioware, who addressed S-E, but if it were them, they've earned the right.

RIF


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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 3:36:32 AM

Ludacriss: It's the story and dialogue that *makes* a rpg, not the graphics and animations. That being said, I think it looked good, at least good enough to not use that against them.

To use FF13 as a comparison (it's my only square enix game): Nice looking graphics, but uhm... the rest: Not so good.
No doubt in my mind who I'd rate on top...!


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BikerSaint
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 2:46:16 PM

Ohhhh Ludakriss,
the irony of your name & comment, LMFAO

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___________
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 3:51:59 AM
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i miss the good old days where games did not punish us for having a life!
first they restrict half of a games trophies to time consuming ones like the top 1% in a week for KZ2, and now this?
what about us who study or work 15 hours a day, and have heaps of other tasks to complete, let alone other games to finish!
oh well, i guess being delayed to early next year was a good thing after all!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 4:12:26 AM

This reminds me of Ben's article a while back, regarding length of games.
I don't understand this kind of argument at all. So what if you have a life (meaning "other stuff to do as well"). It only make the lifespan of the game longer? More bang for the bucks? More stories to experience? Places to see? Things to do?
It's not the destination (ending) that is the goal, it's the travel, isn't it?


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___________
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 8:56:58 AM

its taking away experiences, making them inferior because you dont have the time to put it in thats the problem.
i love the side quests, but the fact that you have to finish every single one to get a proper satisfying ending is just stupid!
i always like to finish games ASAP because 99.99% of the time when games release theres 120 other games i want to play.
then once im up to speed and theres nothing else to play ill go back to it and finish it again.
tis what im doing with fallout new vegas now, i rushed to finish it last year because there was so much to play, but now the months been quiet ive had a chance to go back and do things i did not get a chance too.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 9:18:21 AM

Having a life has nothing to do with the length of a game.

It's ridiculous to have that mindset.

For example, I played Fallout 3 and all the DLC for over a year.

What is with the hurry up and beat it mentality with gamers now a days? Is it due to the fact that people have to have the trendy new title when it's released?

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coverton341
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:31:58 AM

....You are complaining about games punishing you for having a life, yet you say you want to finish games ASAP because you want to play the other 120 games that are out...

WHY DOES NO ONE ELSE SEE THIS GUY IS INSANE!!!

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 7:20:50 AM
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I watched one of my favorite YouTube commentator play the first Mass Effect, and It's interesting, I love Sci-Fi movies and games but wasn't sure if I should or not, but I just can't resist It seems to draw me in more when I watch. I'm getting a PS3 on Friday, so if all works out I'm going to pick up Mass Effect 2.

I don't have a good computer to run Mass Effect 1. So I guess Mass Effect 2 will hold me over until I get a good enough PC to run Mass Effect, later down the road when I have enough funds to actually play it on a good PC.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 9:50:28 AM
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I did every single mission I could find in ME2 so no problem there. But I was disappointed that I didn't end up with any of the women at the end. Kinda like in real life, lol.

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coverton341
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:30:03 AM

You have to talk to them and show interest in their day to day in game....kinda like in real life :-P

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Jdogtoocool
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 10:22:42 AM
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Idk I'm hardcore RPG gamer but ME never appealed to me. Maybe if it had some time traveling and went back to setting similar to that of the legend of dragoon I'd definitely give it a try

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coverton341
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 11:29:00 AM
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I am so stoked for this game. I have to finish my Insane playthrough of ME2 on the PS3 and I am set to go. Probably do that in between some playing on my minecraft server, playing some LA Noire, and Mortal Kombat while I am waiting on my face to heal from having my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow.

Apparently I should have had it done fifteen years ago when they came in....who knew?

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 1:13:21 PM
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FFX-2 did this. I like this, it gets you more emotionally attached to what you're trying to accomplish, which for Yuna it was to find "him."

I like this, though it's risky, twitchy/lazy gamers want everything WITHOUT effort.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 4:15:28 PM
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I'm still looking forward to running my ultra nihilistic playthrough character through ME3 and making the decisions in ME3 that correspond to that view. I only have 3 people that survived, with lots of death on the NPC side of things and just about ever renegade decision you could think of.

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Crabba
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 2:53:09 PM
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This doesn't concern me, what I'm worried about is that Bioware is going to make the third entry even more action-oriented, removing the tiny bit of RPG elements still left in ME2 just as they have done with all their new games lately :(

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Lairfan
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 3:52:59 PM

Well, they said they were adding in more RPG elements alongside the new action mechanics, so I don't think there's gonna be too much of an action-focus in it.

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