theres no problem with the game being a majority of side quests, if they are well executed.. but ive heard that they are all the same and follow only a few different boring formulas - if thats the case then i will pass on it
can anyone comment on that?
I beat this on the 360. The main quest line is definitely longer than 5 hours (probably around 13 if you take in the dialogue) but I chose to do virtually every side quest and that took me about 32 hours. The side quests all have different objectives but they usually boil down to going to a planet and killing a bunch of stuff. And due to limits of the DVD medium on the 360 (or so I heard), all of the buildings on the planets consist of 1 of about 4 floor plans which can make the quests really boring. I hope they fix that on the PC but I don't know if they will. I wanted to play this game again as an evil character but I might actually play it again on PC just to avoid the atrocious load times.
Agreed on the main quest time... there's no way it's only 5 hours. I mean maybe if you did absolutely nothing in the game except the main quest line, skipped through all the dialog, explored absolutely nothing, and had already played through once and knew exactly what to do you might be able to rush through in 5 hours, but you'd have to be absolutely working your butt off to play through that fast. I beat the games, did a chunk of the side quests, and hit around 32-33 hours of play time. I assure you I did not spend the majority of my time exploring the random planets.
As for the side quests, as Parallax said, there are only a couple base designs for the side quests that involve invading bases. Yes, it gets old seeing the exact same floor plans. Fortunately, the planets' surfaces have a little more variety, so the fights to the bases are slightly more interesting.
Also, there are quite a few side quests that aren't base related. Early in the game, you can do quite a bit without ever leaving the main station (the citadel). If you only do a couple base quests just to see how they go, and then do the main quest and the non-repetitive side quests, I'd imagine you could get a good 20 hours out of the game if you don't rush. As with the Bioware games I've played, it's well worth it to play through again as the opposite alignment, or even gender. This comment was edited on Feb 12, 13:35.