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BioWare Won't Be Skimping On ME3's Single-Player

With all the rumors circulating about the possibility of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3, the hardcore fans are a touch concerned.

Thing is, role-playing games like Mass Effect are about the story and the characters, and not about multiplayer gaming. The latter might be a nice addition to the formula but if it's a particular focus, and BioWare sacrifices that which makes this franchise great, the followers will be severely irritated. Not everything requires multiplayer these days. But project director Casey Hudson has recently left a Twitter update that should pacify the skeptical:

"Like Ray said, we evaluate lots of tech/designs but as you saw at E3 we're focused on the best SP experience in the series."

See, that's what we're looking for right there- "the best single-player experience in the series." That's what these games are about. Sometimes, we wonder why developers replace tried-and-true formulas (the very formulas that get them their fans) with experimental things, or features designed to appeal to a "wider audience."

Why "replace?" Why not just add? It seems BioWare is going to do just that, though: add.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: mass effect 3, me3, bioware, me3 multiplayer

6/17/2011 10:54:24 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

Highlander
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:08:11 AM
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Opinions please - from the hardcore RPG fans. Is Mass Effect worth my time? I love a good sci-fi based JRPG (with KOS-MOS in my avatar is there any doubt), and I have sort of wanted to play this game for a while now, but the persistent suggestion that it's not much of an RPG, but is more of an action adventure game keeps holding me back. With this article discussing ME3 and it focusing more on the SP aspects of being an RPG, I am once again wondering whether ME2 is RPG enough to satisfy me?

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PorkChopGamer
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:22:53 AM

Highlander-

It really depends on how you, Highlander, define an RPG. If a very high level of customization is what you require, then Mass Effect 2 will let you down. If you enjoy being part of an an absolutely amazing story where every decision you make dictates how it is told along with some decent customization, then you will like Mass Effect 2.

But RPG or not, the game deserves to be played. It's one of the best series this gen.

Edit: It REALLY helps playing ME1 in full, though. EVERY choice you make in the game, down to the NPCs you interact with even briefly, is carried overto ME2. That is an absolutely amazing experience that has never been done in gaming before.

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cLoudou
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:29:25 AM

It is good but I really see ME, as well as Fallout, to be Shooters with RPG elements. I don't consider myself a hardcore RPG player, but I enjoy the genre, especially JRPGs, more than other genres but have played little to none this generation.

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Eld
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:55:06 AM

If you're looking for hardcore RPG experience, I'm afraid, you will be severely disappointed. The game is a blend of shooter/action with some RPG elements.

I would say It's mostly comparable to Deus-Ex.

It's not a bad game, but RPG element is weak.

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Claire C
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:00:52 PM

I would label Fallout as an RPG. I don't think I would label Mass Effect as one. Maybe if the series had evolved the RPG elements of the first instead of stripping them. It's really more of a third-person shooter with great dialogue options and a great story (which isn't a bad thing).

Highlander, you absolutely should get Mass Effect 2 though no matter what 'type' of game you would describe it as. I've played through it 3 times and got 3 different experiences. It's worth your time. Trust me. =D

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cLoudou
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:15:51 PM

Highlander do what the lady, I suppose, says.

I only label them (FO and ME) as Shooters because, to me, it really isn't an RPG unless it is a JRPG.

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Highlander
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:35:45 PM

Hmm... Thanks one and all, I think I will put ME2 on the list of games to get after I get the day one purchases out of the way...

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Claire C
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:36:47 PM

You 'suppose' correct. ;)

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Excelsior1
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:46:47 PM

mass effect2 is more of a tps with very light rpg elements sprinkled in. you do upgrade your character, and your ship. it's an excellent game with rich and detailed universe. the story and characters really drew me in to my surprise. i'm more of a jrpg lover myself, but i did enjoy me2.

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FM23
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 1:18:40 PM

Its a good game, thats all that really matters. It really blew me away and took my number one spot over MGS4, Demons Souls and UC2. It's the TPS/RPG of Bioshock...brillant storytelling and exciting gameplay. RPG or not...who cares...great game over all and deserving of most praise.

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Beamboom
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 2:24:59 PM

ME is not a shooter - it's an action rpg!
What's missing is the micro management typical for RPGs, and one might argue, the exploration. But is that really what RPG *truly* is all about? I'd say NO!
It is a RPG because the *soul* of the game is firmly placed in the RPG category. The storyline, side quests and choices are all that of a RPG. The characters, relations and dramas between characters are entirely RPG.
The pausing mid battle, issuing of the commands and strategies of teammates, is all 100% true RPG.

So it's not a "hardcore" rpg, but it's not a shooter either, damnit! *cries*

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 2:26:23 PM

I rather disagree with most and agree with Ben, Mass Effect is heavy on RPG when weighed against a typical action adventure or TPS game. You have a large open universe, plenty of choices, interesting places with people to talk to, side quests to take on, and shops to screw around in. There is a heavy emphasis on developing relationships and the direction you want to take conversations is important.

Now, customization and tool creation are pretty light, but still kinda cool.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 3:17:39 PM

Yeah, the majority of time spent playing ME is not spent shooting guns. In fact, I'd say about 3/4 of the game was spent doing everything else.

Picture Star Trek, there's the story an character interaction and then the segments of engaging combat.
But there is no doubt, at your preference, the game can be played more action gamer centric, if so desired. As much of the side stories and plot points can be ignored and a persons real time shooting abilities can heavily influence the success or failure of combat.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 3:41:30 PM

Oh, and I agree with FM about the whole RPG thing.
Many games have moved past these archaic type caste terms. Such terms invite false attributions and erronious preconceived notions. As the term "RPG" alone can not encapsulate all the many modern things something like ME is doing.

These Interactive visual experiences are redefining the way we think about entertainment.

I can play something like Super Stardust HD and clearly see how it's a simple classic formula presented in 1080p premium visuals and clearly define it's purpose as an arcade action shooter. But I can not look at more progressive entertainment like Heavy Rain as an evolution of Dragon's Lair.
These terms born out of the golden age of game design are simply out of date.


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Beamboom
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 3:56:16 PM

That was a very interesting point of view, Temjin001.

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Highlander
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 4:08:28 PM

Although I understand and agree with a lot of what you say Temjin, your comments regarding RPGs seem very dismissive of the genre.

"...archaic type caste things..."
"...terms born out of the golden age of game design are simply out of date."
"the term "RPG" alone can not encapsulate all the many modern things"

Sorry, but you're raining on my parade, and that of a lot of others with those comments. Much like SuperStardust is a classic arcade shooter with some modern elements, there is no reason for any RPG - even a classic archetype of the genre - to endure wholesale change for the sake of being modern, or to avoid the label "out of date". SuperStardust is a great game that is extremely familiar to anyone who played arcade shooters in the 'golden era' of the arcade game. It's like a combination of Asteroids and Sinistar, on steroids, and with dual stick control. But the thing is that the core attributes of the game remain true to the arcade shooter genre.

It's not necessary to make wholesale changes to underlying game mechanics or strip previously standard features from RPGs to make a 'modern' RPG. Yet that seems to be what you are saying in your posts. I reject that completely. By the same token, should we modernize platformers by removing the climbing and jumping because it's archaic? After all, it's no longer necessary to arrange the game to follow the archaic form laid out by the 2D platform games of old, is it?

Seriously, this throwing the baby out with the bath water mentality that comes with the urge to 'modernize' specific genre is frustrating in the extreme, and in my opinion depends on false reasoning. the false reasoning being that the very things that define a genre's core gameplay must be thrown away in order to make a modern game.

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cLoudou
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 5:12:51 PM

Yeah, games nowadays are ever-evolving, and blending genres. Whatever the hell you want to classify ME as, it is a damn good game. Worthy of GOTY nominations of 2010 and I believe it won for best 360 game.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 8:24:37 PM

Hardcore there Highlander. Maybe u misunderstood my intent. Please don't think I'm downing on people's favorite existing genres. Or suggesting that games like super stardust don't serve a purpose... They do. But they don't broaden the breadth of gaming ingenuity.
It's really quite simple to understand. I'd hope anyway.

My comment, in response to FM, was in agreeance with his suggestion that whatever you want to call it, RPG, shooter, porn simulator, doesn't matter. It's the wholeness of it's offering is what counts.
Much of this confusion can be traced back to people wanting to categorize their games into genre terms invented in the "golden age" of gaming.
The term is simply too broad in scope to tell you much of anything specifically.
Hence the reason of your original ME inquire. Right?

So Highlander I'm sure you've noticed by now, there is a massive identity crisis encircling the format that Mass Effect follows after the manner of.

Quite honestly, it seems to me,





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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 8:28:02 PM

Sorry for the abrupt end of post.. Darn phone argh!

So as I was saying, quite honestly it seems to me the term RPG causes more confusion than it helps to define in newer games like Mass Effect.

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Highlander
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:32:21 PM

True Temjin, and I wasn't so much firing back at you personally, as I know you wouldn't be making any personal dig, but I do read a lot of comments here and elsewhere with people espousing that idea that to modernize the RPG you must do away with the very mechanics and qualities that literally defined the genre for two decades or more.

I agree that the term or label RPG is used in an over-broad manner. As I've said before, depending on how you define Role Playing Game ,literally almost any game can be an RPG because the player takes on a role of some sort while playing the game.

Can you tell that TheHighlander likes his RPGs and is saddened and frustrated by their demise?

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Temjin001
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 9:50:49 AM

Not a problem my friend.

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CrusaderForever
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 11:59:55 AM
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IMHO yes. Mass Effect is an outstanding space opera. It is well written and offers good RPG elements as well as third person shooter qualities. I beat Mass Effect on the PC and it was a very memorable proud experience. The story was phenomenal!

Mass Effect 2 expands on that but I have to say is more on the shooter side compared to ME1. I have ME2 on the PS3 but have held off due to some technical issues. I have played for a couple of hours but stopped. From what I have read and played it is very good! There is a new patch coming out but not sure if it's out yet. If I were you I would go to the ME2 forums and spend 15 minutes reading up to make sure you are ok with any of the unfixed problems ME2 has. I will go through ME2 but just have so many games to play that I can be patient for Bioware to fix all the problems.

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FM23
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 1:22:40 PM
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Thank god...ME2 is a my favorite game ever based on great dialogue, impactful storytelling, nails-on atmosphere, and great (but limited) gameplay. Too destroy this recipe of success would end up in dissappointment for me. Look at KZ3, they changed the core mechanics and I ended up caringless about that game like most FPS. KZ2 will always be better than KZ3 even if it plays better because KZ3 didn't capitilize on KZ2's potential, just completely changed it. Hoping ME3 goes through evolution, not a revolution.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 2:28:53 PM
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That statement worries me, I've learned to read between the lines and haven't we heard this same line from every game that plans to add MP? I admit Dead Space 2 still kept a great SP, but when there's MP in a game that doesn't need it I always feel short changed. Yeah you may be focused on giving us the best SP ever, but couldn't it be even BETTER without wasting space on MP?

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FM23
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 8:00:02 PM

Well I know you hate AC, but look at Brotherhood, though the story wasn't the best in the series...the actual game was the best in the series and it had a MP...I trust Bioware won't mess this up.

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Alienange
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 6:48:07 PM
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It's because the fans ask for mp. Bioware doesn't dream up adding on mp, they're the ones who made the first two games. Their adding on mp is in response to the fans desire to play one of their favorites along with a friend or two. When you know what you're doing, adding on mp doesn't detract from your game, it makes it better.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 4:25:31 AM

Exactly!

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Jonesy555
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 7:29:27 PM
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Currently playing through Mass Effects 1 and 2 on the xbox as femShep and trying to get the best possible ending in anticipation for Mass Effect 3. Looking forward to my team of femme fatales: Ashley, Miranda, and femShep.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 4:52:31 AM

That's how I play ME too! In fact, I always play a female character when given the chance.

There is nothing more sexy than a female hero! :)

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___________
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 4:43:48 AM
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dam straight!
ME is my new favorite IP of this generation, if EA were to destroy it and do what ubisoft did to AC......... well im sorry but i cant be held responsible for my actions!

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Teddie9
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 10:14:25 AM
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Probably won't touch the mp, glad Bioware's doing their best as always.

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Crabba
Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 2:16:27 PM
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A one-line twitter entry does nothing to put me at ease for Mass Effect 3. ME1 was an awesome game, even had an action/RPG feel to it but the second while still good just wasn't as good and severely dumbed down.

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