posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 01:26 PM
reply to post by Davian
Forerunners and etc. are obviously lore or background.
Did you need to know all that in order to conclude the conflict presented in the plot?
Of course not!
Let me ask you this, did you have to know the historical details behind the computer in order to know how to use it? The matter that comes in to play
is: Will you use the computer today, and if so can do you do it? The scenario ends within the restrictions established by the question. Did you need
to know the origins of the computer in order to use it? Of course not!
In the same manner, background is background. Halo 1 concludes what it establishes and leaves room for LORE. Thats where Halo 2 & 3 made their
mistake, by not exploring enough of it and turning it to a generic Hollywood experience.
In any case, why should I be talking about Halo? Halo is just mid-tier entertainment.
I can easily name three titles that has more content, background, better plot execution, and ULTIMATELY conclusive endings. (not to mention 2 of
which have deviating scenarios EACH with its own ending)
- Xenogears, Planescape Torment, 9 People 9 Doors 9 Hours
If the matter is plot,lore, characters, endings/multiple endings, I GUARANTEE each of these titles execute all of those mechanics far more
impressively than what Mass Effect did with 3 games. At least in these titles, the lore influences the scenarios to such a degree that they play a KEY
role in the decision making process and the way the the plot will turn out.
Unlike Mass Effect where the lore is just age old history. These games directly utilizes 'ancient history' as a plot device to influence the scenarios
that occur as you play through to the end.
Here's one example
999 Has 9 endings: one of which is a parody, one of which is the final ending. There are 7 others which despite being separate and 'unrelated', they
remain relevant to the details that flush out the final and true ending.
It's such a big deal that you actually have to play through the 'worst case scenario' ending just so you can access the real one.
Mass Effect 3 despite having more than 4 times the budget does nothing close to that, when it's a game that should be doing things of that nature in
the first place.
edit on 28-4-2012 by GambitVII because: (no reason given)