That's because Bioware uses a different interfaces for the PC version. I've tried using something like Xpadder to get a controller working for Mass Effect, but it just feels clunky because the interface is reworked for mouse and keyboard. Pausing the game and issuing commands is where you really start to see how clumsy it becomes. Moving a mouse around the screen with an analog stick is not very fun. That's why the console version uses a wheel.
I really don't understand why Bioware games have that issue though. I've played other games where the user interface is different on PC to accommodate a keyboard, but when you use a controller is reverts to the user interface that's on console. I understand why it isn't there for a game like Dragon Age: Origins, but then you get DA2 that seemed to be designed with consoles in mind, and it still doesn't support a controller.
Bioware has some weird fetish about not including controller support in their PC games unlike every other publisher has been doing for years. It's almost as if they think it might hide the very obviously designed around consoles nature of their more recent games. Someone from Bioware even had the nerve to say that it would ruin the integrity of Dragon Age 2 PC to support controllers. That game was designed around controllers. Who are they fooling?
Also, as you said, it's not that difficult to do separate UIs for controller and keyboard and mouse if they really want to. Topware did if for Two Worlds II and they don't have anywhere near EA's resources.
If there are any fans of point-and-click adventures here, these are some pretty good deals, some of which are not listed in the OP. I haven't played any of these so I can't vouch for them. Tony, do you know when these sale prices will end?
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder $2.50
Mata Hari $2.99
Alter Ego $1.74
Syberia II $2.99 (oddly the first one is still $9.99)
Secret Files: Tunguska $3.39
Secret Files 2 $3.39
Cursed Mountain $1.69
Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon $2.99
Dark Fall: Lights Out $1.24
Sinking Island $2.99
Lots more from this publisher
Mata Hari and Alter Ego plus several other Viva Media games are in the Bundle Stars bundle right now at bundlestars.com for $5 and for those of us who prefer our games on Steam it's even better because you get Steam keys.
I almost never get those small to mid tier publisher games on Amazon because the pricing isn't usually competitive with the indie (or not so indie) bundles and unlike the bundles Amazon usually does not sell Steam keys for them.
I probably would
buy the long discussed 1C complete (Steam) pack from Amazon if that ever comes out before I get all those games from indie bundles. And before I die.
This game is really bad. I'm having a hard time going back to it. The required dancing mini-game is a -1 out of 10, and the the rest of the game is like a 1/10.
And it was in a bundle recently. Same with Alter Ego.
I actually kind of like Mata Hari, but then I am drawn to oddball stuff and repulsed by popular stuff like Call of Duty.
Anyway, it's something different than your usual pixel hunt adventure game. I liked that there's a lot of dialog and you need to interact with various people.