BioWare made the bold, progressive move to include same-sex romances in Mass Effect 3. Male Shep has the option to pair up with Steve Cortez, while female Shep can get together with Samantha Traynor. In fact, most romance options are up for grabs in the game. Race, gender, species--there are no barriers to love in Mass Effect 3, and that’s a wonderful thing.
However, this prompted two very different reactions from fans. The first saw a number of players heading to Metacritic, intent on giving the game poor ratings based on the same-sex options. Things got ugly, and Metacritic eventually agreed to remove the offending reviews. The second backlash was strangely positive. Fans argued that same-sex romance was inconsistent with previous games, where the option was unavailable. The argument was that their Shepard, who had carried over from previous games, should have had same-sex options from the beginning, not just in the final chapter of the story. The controversy was somewhat overshadowed by complaints about ME3's ending, but it did prompt BioWare to write a lengthy blog-post about same-sex romance in the game.