What do you think of Mass Effect referencing political and socioeconomic problems? Jul 2, 2019 12:32:13 GMT cyberstrike, KaiserShep, and 1 more like this
Post by UpUpAgain on Jul 2, 2019 12:32:13 GMT
I actually would like to see the Mass Effect IP expand into many different media and genres. While Andromeda did not really appeal to me I certainly didn't want it to fail. I want the franchise to say alive and healthy but in my opinion it has been very ill since ME2. For the franchise as a whole to thrive it needed its core media to be solid, but other than the first game it really wasn't. Star Wars would not be what it is today (or what it was, anyway) if the first films were EPS 1, 2, and 3, or the modern JJ Abrams films.
For me, the ultimate disillusionment with Andromeda was that my personal investment was in the Milky Way, in all that lore. There was so much of it and so much of it was so great. I wanted to continue on and explore all the conflicts between the species and factions. Andromeda pretty much through all that out (for understandable reasons), but what it replaced it with didn't grab it. It's not written as well as the first Mass Effect, which formed the core of the old lore. It left out my favorite races too and had some others around as glorified cameos.
We differ in our base assessment of ME1 as well. IMO, the lore was never particularly sound in that game. It contradicts itself all over the place, but people really worked at developing head canon to rationalize it all... something they simply were not willing to do to accommodate Andromeda into the franchise. None of this franchise is Pullitzer material. It's pop culture, comic book fair... reasonably good pop culture comic book fair, but not great on the plane that I hold certain novels as being great. That's fine.
If Voyager was a failure... it would not have lasted 6 seasons. It lasted longer than the original Star Trek and nearly as long as Star Trek: TNG. It was a much superior Star Trek to Enterprise and beats Discovery all to H*l. I think I have a pretty good ability to assess fiction... carried a perfect A* average in all my Lit classes at university (albeit that was a long, long time ago now). It just disagrees with your assessment and a number of the people remaining on this site. That's also fine - critics disagree all the time.
We'll see what happens after ME5 releases... what it winds up being about and how the remaining people here end up receiving it.
ETA: Out of curiosity, I looked up the Metacritic scores for both Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: Voyager. Professional critics gave TNG an averaged Metacritic score of 51 and Voyager a score of 66. While not a foolproof system of comparison, it does say something about how each series was initially received. While not a fair comparison (because we're dealing with two different media), it's interesting to note that both scores are lower than the critics gave ME:A.
ETA to my ETA: I also looked up Metacritic scores for Enterprise and Discovery. Both have higher scores than either TNG or Voyageur, but both also enjoy individual reviews that are far more negative (Enterprise having one negative review that gave it a score of 20 and Discovery having a few negative reviews that ranged in scores from 0 to a high of 2.