So the question posed in the episode: If Mass Effect 3 was a stand alone game – or, if it’s easier to imagine, if it was your first encounter with Mass Effect – would you think of it any differently. Would people call it, “A really smart shooter”? Would people praise it for bringing dialog and characterization to a genre where it’s mostly mute dudes having orders shouted at them?
I find it hard to squint in such a way that I can see that particular hypothetical, but my guess is that I’d be giving this game a lot more praise.
This is not to say that we should excuse the lack of payoff or thematic cohesion. It’s just an interesting thing to note.
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