A lot of the choices you make have huge impacts on the story
Just think back on all the major choices you made in Mass Effect 1 and 2- the rachni queen, Maelon’s data on the genophage, saving the Council, making Udina or Anderson the Ambassador. Most of them had an impact on how the story in Mass Effect 3 plays out. Players have been complaining that many choices don’t. But they’re missing the point- Mass Effect, the entire trilogy, should be looked at as one game. One story. One adventure. When you look at it from that perspective, you’ll realize that most of the choices you made had an impact on all of the story is some way or another. Just like Metal Gear Solid 4, Mass Effect 3 is best played when you’ve experienced the previous instalments of the franchise. It’s a weakness, sure, but that’s just how it is.
It’s about the journey, not the destination
For a moment, let’s not consider Mass Effect 1 and 2 and the wonderful games they were, and how they magnificently lead up to Mass Effect 3. Let’s just think about Mass Effect 3. Think about the first thirty hours of the game, the entire game before the last 15 minutes. Most of the people I have talked to agree to the fact that Mass Effect 3 is a brilliant game. Their opinions on the ending may differ, but that aside, everyone acknowledges the fact that BioWare developed a great game. Well, almost everyone. And seriously, can just 15 minutes, no matter how bad they are, really ruin 30 hours of magnificence before them? I don’t think so. As I said before, it’s just the hyperbolic hating taking a toll on all the haters.
The multiplayer is NOT a cash-in
Those who’ve played the multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3 know what I’m talking about. Sure, it’s no Gears of War or Battlefield, but it’s still damn fun and addictive. It’s a deep component with a complex and fleshed out levelling system with slick shooting and some typical Mass Effect play styles. Single player and the main story are still the main focus of the game, but the multiplayer is definitely worth trying out, and is definitely not just a cheap cash in by BioWare.