Mass Effect may have close to a 400,000 words in its script.
I’m probably the only person who looks at this game and says “what fucking waste”. There is absolutely no reason for that much wordiness in a game. Did they think I came to their game to read four – five novels worth of text? This is the kind of stuff that drives me nuts, because people always seem to encourage them. I could deal with the dialogue in Planescape: Torment, because it was good and I read it at my own pace. Then Knights of the Old Republic came around, and Bioware wasted thousands of words, because I didn’t listen to a word of the excruciatingly slow spoken dialogue. I can only see Mass Effect getting even worse than that.
Still, I’m curious to see if they manage to actually improve upon KOTOR’s morality system, which always boiled down to:
“Please help me!”
> Of course, for I am a kind and gentle soul.
> That armor is pretty. I think I’ll just to kill you!