Oh come on, what hardcore role-playing fan will complain? And who besides hardcore RPG aficionados plays Mass Effect ?
According to a PC Gamer interview with BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson, those who take the extra time to complete all the side quests in Mass Effect 3 will receive an "amazing" ending. And if you don't bother with the extra stuff, you could be in for a very disappointing climax. Said Hudson:
"If you just rip straight down the critical path and try and finish the game as soon as you can, and do very little optional or side stuff, then you can finish the game. You can have some kind of ending and victory, but it'll be a lot more brutal and minimal relative to if you do a lot of stuff.
If you really build a lot of stuff and bring people to your side and rally the entire galaxy around you, and you come into the end game with that, then you'll get an amazing, very definitive ending."
The RPG fan in me applauds the move, even if it may annoy those who simply want to experience the story. But really, I can't imagine the ME fan who doesn't enjoy doing all the side quests and exploring just for the fun of it; isn't that one of the single biggest appeals of the role-playing genre? …by the way Square-Enix, remember this for the next Final Fantasy .
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3