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Is this game worth buying?
SMehan  posted on Jun 06, 2008 5:58:43 PM - Report post

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I am considering adding this game to my collection, but was interested in hearing others thoughts on the game, before I commit to buy. I do enjoy RPGS, but have only heard people talk about the xbox version, and as far as I am concerned, they are not hardcore game nuts, like us PC users.
ByDesign  posted on Jun 06, 2008 7:06:34 PM - Report post

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I own both. So if I said yes it would be a bit biased that way.
Dhampy  posted on Jun 06, 2008 9:56:08 PM - Report post

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I think it's worth it.

The sci-fi theme is refreshing in a world of xeroxed fantasy RPGs.

It is very well written and takes inspiration from some of the greatest works of science fiction without blatantly ripping them off.

Some parts seem like a scifi dungeon crawl, but the main quest is well fleshed out and has enough variety and compelling story to keep you going.

The RPG elements are well integrated and don't get in the way like that do in some other games. You don't have to do tedious "kill the wolves over there" quests for ten hours to level up enough to take on the main quests.

It does have its weaknesses, there are some parts that are boring and you feel like you're just slogging through it. It has the occasional crash or hangup and there are times where you aren't allowed to save. There is a lot of walking around and you can only really run when you're being shot at.

Overall, I think it is worth the money. Eventually, BioWare will release the "Bring Down the Sky" content for PC and it'll be a free download, so you get an extra hour or so of gameplay for free.

DarthParametric  posted on Jun 07, 2008 2:02:23 AM - Report post

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As with Bioware's prior console RPGs, KOTOR and Jade Empire, the RPG elements have been watered down for the console masses, although not quite as badly as in JE. They've extended what they tried to do in JE, making it "action oriented" to appeal to the shooter crowd. But the core Bioware goodness is still there - story and character interaction, albeit much reduced from past efforts. Overall it's a good, enjoyable game (altogether I've played through it 9 times now on the 360 and PC), but it's not without its flaws.

The main story arc is much too short. There is a lot of filler material in the form of the UNC (uncharted worlds) planets that basically consist of driving around barren environments and entering repetitive bunkers (there are about 4 different interiors reused constantly) to fight a few enemies. Even if you avoid the UNC missions, driving the Mako is forced upon you in every story mission (aside from the early part of the game - Eden Prime and the Citadel). The Mako's control was god-awful on the 360 and it's even worse in the PC version. All of the "improvements" in the interface and control scheme promised for the PC version have failed IMO. Squad control is actually worse than in the 360 version (and it was pretty useless there). The inventory isn't any better functionality-wise and may actually be worse in some respects.

Performance-wise, the PC version is riddled with bugs. As with the PC version of JE, Bioware handed the port off to some 3rd rate developer (Demiurge Studios in this case) and, just like Grey Matter did with JE, they screwed the pooch. There appear to be some additional level load points that weren't in the 360, most because they sped up the speed of the elevators that masked the loads in the 360 version, but some seem inexplicable. The prerendered cutscenes are the 1280×720 ones straight from the 360. They are fine at 1024x768, but at higher resolutions they can become pixelated. There have also been reports of heavy compression artefacts, although I haven't noiced these myself (likely much more apparent at a high res). Some of the textures have been upsized for the PC, but many are still the low res ones used in the 360 version and thus look pixelated and blurry. One good thing is a significant reduction in the texture pop that plagued the 360 version, although it is still present to a degree (an unavoidable legacy of the Unreal3 engine). I'd probably wait for the first patch as for some people it is unplayable (literally in some cases - CTD on startup). There seems to be a particular issue with high-end nVidia cards and/or drivers.

Sharp2255  posted on Jun 07, 2008 10:42:12 PM - Report post

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This game is definatly and amazing game i have both the 360 and pc version, i can play through them atleased 3 times and not get bored then later i come back to it, lol its a fun game.
Kobaneko  posted on Jun 08, 2008 6:23:01 AM - Report post

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I bought and played the game through on 360. Ran through it maybe 15 times. I'm on my 6th playthrough on the PC version now. the game is a classic and also the beginning of a trilogy, so it wouldn't hurt to be prepared.
Enigmafirst  posted on Jun 08, 2008 11:33:34 AM - Report post

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The game is currenty ranked number 1 right now. Not really my type of fantasy, I'm more into unicorns, magic, and dragons, but I'm gonna give this space stuff a try.
Serivor  posted on Jun 08, 2008 11:52:23 AM - Report post

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It's an awesome game with an amazng story line

5 out of 5 from me

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