Mass Effect Legendary Edition released on Steam Friday and the reception was lukewarm: for most of the day, the remastered RPG trilogy had a "mixed" user score on Steam. (Right after this article was published, Steam's rating changed to "mostly positive" and on Saturday it has become "very positive"). However, do not resign yourself to disappointment. Many of the negative reviews cite technical complaints that do not necessarily apply to you, and there are some enthusiastic recommendations as well.
For $ 60, Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a 100GB package that contains remastered versions of Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 (minus multiplayer) and all the DLC (except Pinnacle Station). Being the oldest, Mass Effect 1 has attracted more attention. Along with the graphic remastering, the combat has been modified to feel more like Mass Effect 2 and 3, and some may be disappointed that the original role-playing systems are & # 39; 39; have relaxed. For example, you now have a precise point of view instead of a circle that vaguely suggests where your bullets will go.
However, granular design reviews are not the focus of current Steam reviews. Here’s a paraphrase of the main complaints I’ve found in negative user reviews so far and what I’ve experienced playing the ME1 remaster myself.
"The Steam version launches Origin in the background, which is annoying and may require troubleshooting."
This is true and caused me a brief problem: on the first release, a message complained that I could not run EA Desktop and Origin at the same time. I had forgotten to install the EA desktop beta and had to find and delete the process in the task manager. Once I did, it launched well and Origin isn't too intrusive: it automatically appears when the game launches and then hides on the taskbar. (If you have other EA games on Steam, you will be used to this small and annoying process. And obviously, it's not a problem if you bought Mass Effect Legendary Edition directly through Origin instead of doing it on Steam, but that makes you a little weird.)
"Mouse control in Mass Effect 1 feels annoying, as if mouse acceleration is turned on."
Shepard's turning radius needs a bit of getting used to (if you don't know the Gears of War era for third-person shooters, welcome) and finding the right mouse sensitivity is tricky. Sometimes the camera rotates at an uneven pace, but I don’t know if it’s just my perception. As for me tin tell me, the mouse control is the same as the original, although perhaps the remaster did not need to reproduce this aspect of the old PC port.
"Ultra-wide support doesn't include cut scenes, which are 16: 9 with black bars."
I haven't tried it, but I think we can safely take the word of the owners of ultrawide, the most vocal special interest group on the PC. I also had an ultra-wide one, so I get it. It’s annoying to go from full screen to cut scenes with black bars. Not surprisingly, these 15-year-old scenes have not been recreated in a broader-looking relationship.
"No FOV slider".
Is true. While it’s typical that a third-person game doesn’t have a FOV setup, here’s a surprising omission as the remaster includes excellent shooting mode with an adjustable camera. Maybe there’s something tricky about getting certain levels or stage transitions to work with the adjusted FOV.
In any case, PC gamers have rarely found a game in which they cannot change the FOV. I still haven't figured out how to do this in the Mass Effect 1 remaster: the configuration file system has changed and I'm not sure how to access the developer console, but someone will probably do it.
Update: There is now a solution, a modification that you can download that will allow you to modify the FOV from the base configuration of 70.
(As for the photo mode, it's really good. You have a free camera and you can adjust the focal length and depth of field blur, adjust saturation, brightness and contrast, apply filters and toggle character models and vehicles).
"There aren't many graphics options and it doesn't look as good as I expected."
It is true that the graphics options have not changed much. In Mass Effect 1, you can now choose resolutions above 720p, of course, and there is a framerate limit setting of 240 (I'm not sure why the uncovered option isn't optional), as well as new checkboxes for antialiasing and occlusion environment. That’s all that’s new.
For the first game, it represents a significant visual improvement. The unrecorded mass effect has been created for 720p TVs and the original textures look blurry today. The remastering may not be impressive, but at 1440p it looks crisp and I find the simplicity appealing: something about modern lighting techniques combined with older-looking graphics is great. (It seems related to the way miniature physical models look cool when they are realistically lit.) The characters move their mouths as if their jaws are closed without wires, but hey, it’s an old game. I don’t find it distracting. Others, at PC Gamer, think the remaster is ugly, so maybe I’m a softie.
"The performance is not as good as I expected."
Playing the Mass Effect 1 remaster with my RTX 2070 Super, I get between 150 and 220 fps at 1440p with all options set. Rachel said she was getting over 60 fps on a Radeon RX 5700. That’s all well and good, but some on Steam say they don’t get the framerates they expected. If you have an older graphics card, prepare yourself gently for potentially disappointing results. (We'll get a better idea of how it works when performing performance tests.)
"I can't run it at all."
Some players cannot launch games or are suffering from blockages. I haven't had any crashes, even after turning Mass Effect 1 on and off several times. It is not yet clear whether this is a widespread problem or whether it only affects a small number of players.
"Cannot set audio or subtitles in different languages."
This is true and quite silly. It looks like an oversight that can be fixed at first glance.
(False) "No driver support".
I don't know why someone wrote in a review that there is no driver compatibility. There is driver compatibility. The UI automatically switches between key and button directions. Maybe some specific controller driver doesn't work, but my Xbox One wireless controller works fine.
Update: A reader, Steven, wrote in it to say that even though he saw the instructions on the Xbox button, the game did not recognize the Xbox One controller and the camera rotated in one direction. For Steven, the solution was disconnecting the HOTAS settings, so if you have problems with the driver, make sure you don't have any additional drivers or joysticks connected. Steven also says he had frame rate issues caused by Steam and Origin overlays, but with the blackouts, everything is peach.
On the first Mass Effect mission, I just fucked up (why did I shoot the gas bags again even though I know they’re harmless?), So I don’t get too close to a full set of visual sensations and design changes are still there: this is just a context in terms of what user reviews look like right now and what you may or may not experience.
Alan, in the hardware department, will release a technical analysis of Mass Effect Legendary Edition very soon and Jody is working on a new revision of Mass Effect 1, not only a revision of the technical updates of the remaster, but also of the game. himself. It’s been almost 15 years since the first Mass Effect was released, after all, and role-playing game design has changed a bit. If you want to know how it is maintained before considering a work, keep an eye on this review on Monday.
For more information, check out Jody’s recent interview with some of the developers behind the remasters.