Tech: Mass Effect preview
BioWare's upcoming action-RPG game, "Mass Effect," is being billed as a spiritual sequel to KOTOR, and it's not hard to see why. The conversation scenes are highly reminiscent of BioWare's previous Star Wars-themed effort, and the futuristic settings and alien planets seem calculated to generate approval from sci-fi fans, as opposed to the sometimes hard-to-swallow milieu of Jade Empire:
You know the drill - big galaxy to explore, ancient evil, lots of NPCs, etc. While it's nice to see another great BioWare game in the works, I can't help but think that maybe they've gone to the well one too many times. I'm just hoping they fix the most basic issues with the Baldur's Gate/NWN/KOTOR formula - friendly AI (pathfinding, combat, etc.), bugs, and what I like to call the "Endless Inventory" problem - where you get so much minor loot that you feel more like a pawn shop than a hero.
Some of the dialogue outcomes are...interesting, to say the least: