CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 22, 2019, 13:43:
I actually think the only thing that MEA had going in its favor was the combat and the gameplay. Combat was the very least of its problems to me.
Yeah, I enjoyed it too, but Anthem's combat is better. (With the exosuits at least.) If they put the exosuits into ME:A along with the powers of ME, it would have been pretty awesome.
Where MEA raced off the cliff full throttle was story and characters, especially when compared to the awesome ME2.
There were so many embarrassing moments and lines in the first few hours already that it tainted the game beyond any hope of salvation. It was one facepalm after another, a cringefest of epic proportions. What a fucking muppet show...
It had bad stuff in it, sure, but by and large it wasn't too horrible, it's just that it was all delivered by voice actors who were just mailing it in for their paycheck, and then it had no animation to go along with it.
So if that had the performance we see in Anthem, it would have been substantially better. Not fantastic, but still a damn sight better than it would have been.
For "best Mass Effect yet" it would have required a complete rewrite and a replacement of nearly every single character including the dopey main character Ryder.
Yeah, fair enough, it likely wouldn't have done that, but it would have been an excellent game, and worthy of the ME name. Then EA doesn't immediately pull the plug, and who knows, we might have been a year out from seeing ME:A 2.
Cmdr Shepard was so many leagues above that hipster kiddo it ain't even funny...
It always baffles me why developers create a fantastic character, and then stop using him/her.