I'd no problem popping in a Key from G2Play (which G2P almost always supply from boxed retail versions AFAIK) and downloading it straight away.
To the best of my knowledge any EA key from any source, Digital/Retail etc, is supposed to be usable with Origin (With the exception that older pre 2009 games are a bit hit and miss and may require support assistance to add properly).
I'd say possible you were unlucky enough to get a key from a batch that wasn't uploaded to their authentication servers or something like that and are looking at a support ticket to resolve .
EDIT: Apparently this link will add games manually to Origin, according to this thread on the Bioware forums.
I think it's brilliant, personally. My only real flaws are the sidequests, namely the Citadel and it's overheard conversations where you go and get stuff for them. Really pointless.
The combat has massively improved and the sheer scope of dialogue and interaction based on decisions you made, and characters that survived in ME2 and ME1 is staggering really.
I wouldn't take the Metacritic stuff seriously, it's mostly from users who can't stand EA and are p*ssed at the whole DLC and Origin situations, I doubt most of them actually dislike the game at all.
Don't get me wrong its not a bad game by any means, I just don't think its even close to the 9/10 or 10/10 scores its been getting. Both Arkam City and Skyrim were true AAA titles but ME3 is just not near polished enough to be in the same league imho.
While the combat has improved hugely the RPG side of the game has become very basic. The size of the game has also gotten a lot smaller as well with most of the side quests being nothing more than scan a planet or sector.
If the metacritic scores were just people hating on EA why is the ME2 score not low? If you read the negative reviews a great deal of them are very well written and do make valid points.
You lost me there when you said Skyrim was polished. One of the most ludicrously buggy releases of a big game ever.
It's just as good as ME2, for me anyway. For some reason lately people are just hating Bioware, because of the dumbed down stuff they've been doing like DA2 and TOR, as well as the very negative influence EA are having on them.
I encountered one bug in the PC version of Skyrim which was a bugged minor side quest. It was the only issue I had and the rest of the game ran like a dream for me and looked amazing.
ME3 looks kinda dated tbh. Load up ME2 and the graphics are not much worse but the animations and lip sych of the characters looks much better. EA still have the most basic moral system for player choices which is either pure as driven snow or out and out bastard.
Apparently ME3 was given low ratings on metacritic because of the gay character that is featured and because supposedly Sheppard can romance a guy.
Anyone having trouble finding a game in multiplayer on pc, haven't been able to play one game.
And my summary of this game, terrible rpg, decent game
Many thanks for the assistance, unfortunately it didn't sort my issue.
I shall just contact the folks who sent it to me and get it sorted tomorrow. These things happen
I fully agree with you here. As I said earlier, I'm really enjoying the game but it's not something I'll give a second thought to once I'm finished. It's a terrible thing to say about something which people have obviously worked hard to create, but I can't help but get the feeling that they knew the game would be a success, so they didn't put their heart into it.
Are those not perfectly valid reasons for hating the current incarnation of Bioware?
Loved the game (multiplayer and all) but hated the ending. Wrote way too much on the ending thread.
That is all
Ok guys i'm wondering if anyone can help me WITHOUT giving any spoilers away.
I just want to know since i dont have my save from mass effect 1 is there any real impact of not having it ?
I have my save from mass effect 2 which i can use. Also is there anything in the game like they did with the PS3 version of mass effect 2 where you could pick what happens ? or any sort of Mod on pc i could you to copy my actions from Mass effect 1 AND 2 over Mass effect 3?
Any help would be great.....But please no Spoilers from ME3
I've been playing through the 3 Mass Effects lately so I feel I can give a good account of this game. I'm about 12 hrs in and its fairly enjoyable don't get me wrong but there are a lot of parts where I feel Bioware are trying to do something thats mimmicks other games I have played parts that remind me of Gears, Uncharted, Alien & Dead Space & there are a few too many cut scenes particularly early on for my liking. I've braced myself for the ending you'd have to be blind and deaf not to realise its been met with a lot of Anger.
You don't import your ME1 save game, (as far as I could tell, anyway) only the ME2 one. They make the odd reference to (Mass Effect 1 Spoiler) and to some other choices you made. But it's mostly ME2 choices that affect this one.
I gave a link earlier (can't find it now) to an editor that allows you to choose all the options you want for your character. I'll try and find it again.