Users of review aggregator site Metacritic gave the hugely-anticipated game a sour score of 3/10. Over 70 percent of the nearly 1,000 reviews on the site gave negative remarks.
Players cited the “dumbing down” of the third installment and the forced integration of gay romance as the reasons for their dismissal of the game. Gamers claimed that the inclusion of “homosexual romances” was detrimental to the story built up from the first two titles of the series.
“This game is a slap in the face to those who have been there since day 1,” said FrostWolf11. “Homosexuality is all fine and dandy, but not when 2 games are suddenly thrown out the window just so a niche of fans can feel like special snowflakes,” he added.
“What the hell were they thinking? Putting gay scenes into video games? If I wanted political messages, I’d watch the news. I do NOT want games becoming yet another medium for propaganda,” said ilovegaben, who gave the game a dreaded 0 score.
Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer platform was also an area of concern, as most of the fans thought that the strength of the ME series was its single-player story. One fan called the multiplayer gameplay “complete garbage,” while others thought it was just a way to “attract some of the Call of Duty kiddies to play it.”
Mass Effect 3 has reportedly sold over 1.5 million copies, while Mass Effect 2 sold more than 3.3 million copies.