Re: My top 10 favorite video games of all time
The way some of you guys feel about Mass Effect 3, I also feel about Mass Effect 2.
I don't know if it's necessarily pressure from EA, but Bioware certainly toned down their ambition in favor of a more smooth experience. They took away the entire planet exploration mechanic, took out the inventory, simplified character customization from the skill-trees, to the weapons and armor, simplified the skill use in combat, more linear corridor shooting levels, ammo, more traditional shooting feel, more focus on combat in general, different and "less boring" aesthetics . Even the storytelling and characters felt more like your standard action game.
And I'm not saying all that stuff worked particularly well in the first game, but on the whole it made a much bigger impact on me.