So with ME2 they went the shooter route. I didn't like that decision but I have to admit that if you want a shooter then ME2 is a better shooter than ME1.
But this is crap. As a shooter.
1. Your movement speed is ridiculous,
2. cover is glitchy, and
3. half the time you wanna get into cover you do something else because the Use/Sprint/Cover button is now the Use/Sprint/Cover/Roll/Collect Stuff button (it did collect stuff in ME2, too, but there was hardly anything to pick up. Press X to Jason all the way guys).
4. And on a purely subjective note it doesn't really feel like I'm there; there's a detachment between you and the character. Perhaps it's just the horrible animations.
The combat animations are horrible (for J. Jonah Jameson's opinion click here
), in fact they've gone from good in ME1 to meh (or bad if you played a female shepard because they canned the female animations) in ME2 to ridiculous in ME3. Anderson is waddling in front of your face, Shepard's either to static if you run or ridiculous (see above) if you sprint and faces still are off, sometimes creepy (they might wanna call Valve).
The PC version is an afterthought.
a. We already know that they weren't ready to invest the time to port Gamepad support (too time consuming; funny how lots of one man operations manage to do it).
b. Textures are bad; in particular there's still the complete disconnect between a character's face and his body in all of the games copious close-ups in conversations.
c. Oh and you can no longer holster your weapon because they had to can the animation on XStation for memory reasons and couldn't be bothered to leave them in on PC.
d. There's no way to unbind the Press-X-to-Jason button and separate all those completely disparate actions. At least not officially, which leads to
e. There's still no mod support. And I'm not talking about a full SDK but simple stuff like retexturing. Expect some ini hacks at some point but that's it.
The demo was really too short and too targeted towards teh HalOZ crowd to judge the story but Shepards interaction with the Defense Committee was definitely written by Bad BioWare
Conclusion: I'm too invested in the series not to buy it. But I'm not 15 anymore and I got so many games I want to play on my shelves that I won't bother with that Origin crap and ME3 until the Steam Christmas Sale and EA's inevitable copycat operation.
Expect me to break down and buy it no later than May.