Reviews of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition are starting to pour in, but the pace is a bit slow due to the fact that a lot of people got copies quite late, and there’s uh, about 200 hours of an entire trilogy to go by. , depending on how you play.
But the early reviews here paint Mass Effect: Legendary Edition as a phenomenal experience, and at the time of writing, it’s the best-reviewed release of the year.
Mass Effect currently shares a 91 on Metacritic and OpenCritic. How does that compare to other participants this year? Here’s the list for 2021 so far:
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition – 91
- Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 +2 – 90
- Disco Elysium: The Final Cut – 89
- It takes two – 88
- Monster Hunter Rise – 88
- Crash Bandicoot 4-87
- Back – 86
- Hitman 3 – 86
- Everhood – 85
- Loop Hero – 85
- Resident Evil Village – 84
This does raise an interesting question, however. When you review a game like this, do you review the content of the game or the quality of the remaster? The answer has to be both, but as one of the most beloved gaming trilogies in history, it stands to reason that deep down, unless the remaster is totally butchered from a point of view. technically, a high score should probably be in the cards.
For reference, the metascores for the original Mass Effect trilogy were:
- Mass Effect 1 – 91
- Mass Effect 2-96
- Mass Effect 3-93
And then the series’ goofy dragon, Mass Effect Andromeda (not in the Legendary Edition), at a 72.
If I see any complaints about the Legendary Edition, some things haven’t been updated sufficient, in particular, there’s a big gap between most of the systems in the terminally ill Mass Effect 1 compared to the last two games, but again, this is where you get into tricky revision territory. Is it “true” to the original by not changing things, or should it have changed things to improve gameplay? These issues were probably dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and you will find out the end result as you play.
Mass Effect is currently set to return in one form or another to BioWare, although, as has been noted on several occasions, the team that created the original Mass Effect trilogy for the most part left BioWare at this time. stage, and therefore it is unclear whether this magic can ever be fully resumed. Andromeda certainly did not achieve its goal, and everyone is hoping that the return to the “real” Mass Effect galaxy will turn its tide. But we just don’t know anything about this game yet, and this remaster is supposed to help us until we do.
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