The Mass Effect 3 franchise could be such a great franchise. I wish the BioWare team had not decided to go the M route with this game.
As I mentioned in my earlier review of the Mass Effect 3 preview the GD was used and this soured me toward the game right away as I am sure it did other Christian Gamers. For some even being a deal breaker.
The Game is rated mature 17 and there was some cursing in the demo the most offensive being (drum roll) you guessed it the GD. Come on developers if you’re going to use curse words stay away from that one it’s very offensive.
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Who wants to spend money to hear the Lords name used in vain?
Now that the game is launched Mass Effect 3 has definitely earned its M rating. So the game is geared toward adults and I get that. The point of this article is not to put our parental responsibilities off on BioWare but to point out the fact that most Americans crave clean entertainment. It’s what sets good franchises and great franchises apart.
Mass Effect is a good franchise engaging characters, great story line, with a hero that is ultimately responsible for the salvation of the human race. Think of what an impact this story could of had if it was available to a much broader audience.
The point is to make money right?
Look at the Star Wars franchise and what George Lucas has done with it. Families love the movies because of the story and the characters. It transports you to a place where the hero ultimately wins against insurmountable odds. These are the ingredients to success in movies and video games.
So what is Mass Effect 3 missing?
Families can’t share the adventure!
Sure I can play the game and feel like I’m a part of Shepherd saving humanity from the Reapers but I can’t share the adventure with my son.
Think about all of the great franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones…..all of them have one thing in common. They keep the cursing and sex to a minimum focusing on high moral values.
If you want to sell t-shirts, toys, posters and other media then you have to make the media available to the people who buy those products. It’s not the Kids. The people who buy your product are the parents who want their kids to have the toys their kids are excited about.
I know what some of you are going to say. The cursing and sex make the game more realistic and not to use that in the story would be to portray a false since of reality. People use those kinds of words in stressful situations.
The whole game is a false since of reality. If I can suspend my since of reality long enough to believe that there is an alien race intent on destroying earth. Then the absence of curse words is no stretch.
There is nothing wrong with a little romantic interest in the game. It actually adds to story. Star Wars again is a good example of romantic interest.
Not the scene where Luke kissed his sister that was a little weird.
The sexual tension between Han and Leigh kept us wondering if they would ever be a couple. We never saw the raunchy details though.
With Mass Effect 3 we not only have to worry about our kids seeing some body hook up in a heterosexual way but in this game you can choose to hook up in a homosexual way.
Personally I wasn’t interested in seeing Shepherd hook up in either way. It actually distracted from the story for me.
Either way the hook up takes place it is depicted as being a normal part of life. When actually in both instances sexual sin is taking place.
And so goes the moral Character of Shepherd the image of a super, bigger than life hero is diminished to just another somebody.
Mass Effect 3 could of been a great game if someone at BioWare had the creative initiative and desire to make the game available to families.
That’s where the real money is anyway.
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