Over the last few days, I have been attempting to make the move from console to PC in preparation for 5 months with access only to my laptop. As I have developed everything I know about gaming on a console, the mouse and keyboard method of gaming is alien to me and as a result it is near impossible for me to enjoy the gaming experience anywhere near as much as I do on a console. So of course the answer to this is ‘Sean just plug in an Xbox 360 controller!’ and you’re right this would be the easy answer for most games, but not my favourite series however.
As I tried to play BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 with a controller I was astounded to see that the series had no controller support what-so-ever. This is a major disappointment to me personally, especially as from the outside I had always seen PC as the platform with the most choice of how to play, the most variety of settings and control input, and with mods adding even more to that.
To add to this, my disappointment in the PC version of Mass Effect 3 extended upon how few options there were. I have a very low powered laptop, I struggle to run most games and the fact there are so few options for me to get this game to run effectively on my laptop is a major disappointment.
To BioWare, and other developers who do the same, from a console perspective the PC has so much freedom, why not utilise that freedom instead of trying to force console like restrictions on it, that will ultimately lead to a better player experience.
It is by no means the end of the world, and there are other games and other developers to support on the PC, but a developer with as much prestige as BioWare should not settle for making a weaker game on any platform.
As someone who hopes to make the move to PC from console permanent over the next few years, I hope the next Mass Effect has both controller support and more options or I will not be buying it.