But you've just nullified your point within the point itself (Inception), if money doesn't matter to make a good video game, then why should I think it matters to begin with?
As I said before, no matter the developer, I hold them on equal ground because I think any developer can make a good game.
Just because Mass Effect is in the "epic" category doesn't mean I'll hold it higher than say... New Super Mario Bros. U which had a tiny budget in comparison. Both games made promises, both are trying to aim for certain goals in their creation, both developers went about achieving whatever it they wanted to achieve using the tools and budget they had. If it's a good game, it's a good game, the price tag of its development shouldn't matter.