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Old February 15 2012, 10:20 AM   #706
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Well that was awesome. Is it March yet?
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Old February 15 2012, 01:36 PM   #707
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I only had one minor quibble (other than Mordin's VO actor not being Michael Beatie) was that the developers have canned the original beginning of the game where Shepard stands trial for his actions before the Admiralty Board. The fact that EA demands that it should be easy to pick up without having to backtrack is really annoying.
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Old February 15 2012, 08:56 PM   #708
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Secondly, I wasn't very happy the look of the custom faces. Like John Clark I used a facecode to recreate one of my Shepards, but unlike JC mine just looked...off. Sure the skin and hair textures look better (*especially* the hair!) but there was something odd about the proportions that made the face look somehow smaller. Also, the eyes...they have this off-putting milky plastic look to them.
For mine, the eyebrow colour was off (grey instead of black) but it was a minor tweak.

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Old February 15 2012, 09:26 PM   #709
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Yeah I think my femShep's eyebrows looked weird too. Actually, after playing through all the different classes, trying out several of my facecodes, I've somewhat softened my opinion on this. It seems as though the CC has an odd lighting setup that makes everything look a bit strange. In-game it's not nearly as bad. Still, did anyone else notice that the various buns and ponytail hairpieces make an enormous bulge at the back of the head? Very strange.

In other news, a couple of MP gameplay videos have show up on IGN. I was never terribly interested in the MP, but this still looks pretty interesting.
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Old February 15 2012, 09:39 PM   #710
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I probably won't get a chance to try the multiplayer bit til the weekend and in general, I'm not used to playing multiplayer games. I'll give it a spin though.

I have to agree with you on the hair though.
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Old February 15 2012, 09:43 PM   #711
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how can there be spoilers if you're actually playing it?
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Old February 15 2012, 09:53 PM   #712
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It seems as though the CC has an odd lighting setup that makes everything look a bit strange.
It's tradition at this point.
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Old February 15 2012, 10:12 PM   #713
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Just noticed another media release. This time it's a teaser for a trailer (yes, apparently that's a thing now.) Fully pre-rendered, with none of that cheep in-game footage nonsense. Indeed, Bioware liked it so much, they released it twice. Apparently they're trying to snag anyone who 1) isn't already aware of Mass Effect and 2) likes hordes of undead on an Earth laid waste. A sound advertising strategy if ever I saw one...which begs the question; who are these people and what have they done with EA's marketing department?

At least now we know why the femShep trailer was all in game stuff. Personally I'd foolishly hoped that that'd be the flashy pre-rendered one. Mind you, if it's anything like ME2's "fight for the lost" trailers it'll have very little to do with the actual game.
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Old February 16 2012, 03:52 AM   #714
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I wasn't too happy with the demo. The game feels too much like a shooter and not enough of an RPG. Also, introducing the game midstream without a prologue to bridge the events of ME2 and ME3, the game feels jarring story-wise ... AGAIN. I hope I'm wrong, but I feel there's a strong chance the game will suck.
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Old February 16 2012, 04:06 AM   #715
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^Mate, I don't know what you were expecting, but it's just a demo of an RPG game, not an RPG in and of itself. I'm GLAD it was focused on just the new combat mechanic with only skirting references to any actual story content. This thing is meant to attract *new* players who may not have played Mass Effect--or any RPG for that matter--before. Fans of the franchise already have an idea where things are so there's no need to go over old ground. As for connecting to the end of ME2; again, it's a demo. I'm sure what we have here is a cut down version of the final product's beginning.

Next thing you'll be complaining that film trailers are too short, don't tell a complete story and have "endings" where nothing is resolved...
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Old February 16 2012, 05:59 AM   #716
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As for connecting to the end of ME2; again, it's a demo. I'm sure what we have here is a cut down version of the final product's beginning.
According to the devs, the only cuts are that there will be more dialogue choices - that is, the demo basically "preselected" some of Shepard's lines. It's not going to be any longer or more in-depth.

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Next thing you'll be complaining that film trailers are too short, don't tell a complete story and have "endings" where nothing is resolved...
This wasn't so much a specially crafted trailer, as "watch the first 10 minutes of the sequel!" like is sometimes seen on DVD releases (like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1). Significant changes shouldn't be expected.
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Old February 16 2012, 07:14 AM   #717
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^Mate, I don't know what you were expecting, but it's just a demo of an RPG game, not an RPG in and of itself. I'm GLAD it was focused on just the new combat mechanic with only skirting references to any actual story content. This thing is meant to attract *new* players who may not have played Mass Effect--or any RPG for that matter--before. Fans of the franchise already have an idea where things are so there's no need to go over old ground. As for connecting to the end of ME2; again, it's a demo. I'm sure what we have here is a cut down version of the final product's beginning.

Next thing you'll be complaining that film trailers are too short, don't tell a complete story and have "endings" where nothing is resolved...
I understand you're excited about the game. If you don't think there's anything to worry about, that's fine. But as a fan of the original Mass Effect, I have some concerns about ME3. As this is a forum, I feel compelled to express those concerns. If you don't like it, too bad. Deal with it. Your aversion to any sort of criticism doesn't make my impressions of the demo any less valid.

Quite frankly I'm tired of people on the Internet attacking people with negative opinions about things. We ought to be able to disagree and still be civil and constructive ...
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Old February 16 2012, 01:49 PM   #718
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I don't have a problem mate (and honestly, I'm not really *excited* at all) I just question the assumption on which your complaint was based. As you say, this is a discussion forum, so if you have a problem with your opinions being challenged: deal with it.

You shouldn't expect to get a feel for the action/narrative balance of an rpg from a demo. All you should get is a feel for the tone, style and some hands-on with the core gameplay mechanics. Would it have been fair to base you entire opinion of ME2 from the Lazarus Station mission? No. That'd be crazy. Likewise, this is just the prologue. As for the later mission, you'd have to be blind and slightly concussed not to see they intentionally cut out any reference to the larger story and context.
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Old February 16 2012, 02:18 PM   #719
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Would it have been fair to base you entire opinion of ME2 from the Lazarus Station mission? No. That'd be crazy.
I dunno, Lazarus Station set up pretty much everything I disliked about ME2 - working for Cerberus, much smaller health pools, ammo clips...
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Old February 16 2012, 03:24 PM   #720
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Would it have been fair to base you entire opinion of ME2 from the Lazarus Station mission? No. That'd be crazy.
I dunno, Lazarus Station set up pretty much everything I disliked about ME2 - working for Cerberus, much smaller health pools, ammo clips...
Fair point. I wasn't crazy about those things either, but I suppose my point is that the rest of the game made up for it in spades.

Actually, wasn't there a ME2 demo? I'm sure I've seen one on Steam but I never bothered to play it. I'd be interested to know what part of the game they chose to use and how (if at all) it differed from the full game.

And hey, it's not like I'm perfectly happy with the ME3 demo either. The cover/jumpy-rolly system is driving me nuts! That plus it appears the heavy melee only work from cover if the enemy happens to be standing on the other side of said cover. At one point I had a trooper sneak up behind me and when I turned to face him and hit the melee button, nothing happened and I got shotgunned in the face because I was still "attached" to the bloody wall! So I hit space and Shepard dived across to a different wall (still in the line of fire) and got *another* hit. Thankfully at that point Liara saved me with a singularity and I was able to disentangle myself, but it rather soured the experience.
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