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Mass Effect

Post by Scythe » Tue Nov 27, 2007 1:07

The other game I've been playing is Mass Effect, Bioware's latest "RPG", so far X360 exclusive.

I always have great expectations of Bioware, and they rarely disappoint. While this one has some odd elements and somewhat unfortunate things to it, generally speaking, it's pretty awesome.

It's kind of a mix between two games that I happen to like a whole lot: Knights of the Old Republic, which as we all know was a great Bioware RPG, and Alien Legacy, an old Sierra strategy game. You take your third person RPG-ish game with great dialogue and memorable characters and mix an exploration game into it, where you go to various planets, drop your ATV and start looking for resources and dungeons to explore.

Yep, there's a story as well, that so far seems ok, not anything fantastic. As for the oddities and problems: You've got a third person shooter game instead of your regular RPG. Feels pretty damn odd. Then you have the bouncy ATV from hell driving across mountains mini game, which reminds me of how they made the car sequences in Enter the Matrix (unfortunate, as some you should know). In spite of those shortcomings, there's still wonderful places to explore, great dialogue and intriguing quests. So I'm caught in it, even though it has some sucky things in it as well...
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Post by Scythe » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:46

Chances are you didn't know that Yahtzee (of the Trilby games) does speed talking trashy joke (?) reviews of games. It's true. He did one of Mass Effect. See it here:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/article ... ass-Effect

I've completed the game twice now, by the way...

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Post by Scythe » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:47

Now coming to the PC on May 6th. I just might get it for a better control scheme, more save slots and textures that hopefully load completely before being shown. 'Cos it's a really cool story (what Bioware game isn't?).

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Post by Pager » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:46

I've been playing this game for 1 hour bursts (that's all I can manage) for about the past month, and I think it is great! I have to say I actually like the third person shooting style of the action sequences...although, I haven't really gone anywhere yet (still at the Citadel)...although for some reason i'm a little miffed about the fact that it is early on and I have already gotten the 6 characters for the party...call me crazy, but I'd rather play through and gain allies along the way...meh...if that's all that this game does wrong then it's going to be fantastic :D
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Post by Scythe » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:41

You have yet to experience random planet exploration in the MAKO ATV. I have the feeling that, like everybody else, this is going to rub you worse than getting most allies early. It's fantastic that it's still a good game, for the most part.

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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Zyx » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:43

Yay. Resurrecting a two year old thread, but I have to join to this ode to Mass Effect. I played it through some time ago and it was a really great experience.

It was my first RPG that I really played, but I think that the combination of action and traditional RPG elements worked pretty well as long as you remembered to press space during combats and not just blast away. My main gripe was the really poor inventory system.

Have you guys played the sequel?
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Scythe » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:27

Doing my fourth playthrough of the sequel these days. It's a lot more action-ey (third person cover shooter), but it doesn't have the cluttered inventory or the terrible driving. It does have boring planet scanning. The character interaction is wonderful and most of the many mini missions are better and more varied than those in the first game. Very accessible and parts of it are very epic.

Importing your character from the first one is a must.

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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Chroelle » Wed Dec 15, 2010 20:20

I still have this as top of my list of the backcatalogue of games that I need to dig into. I got it some time ago from a friend that couldn't play it on his PC, and knew I liked gaming. The horrible thing is that I need to play it before April as that is when the baby comes and thus my gaming time is slowed to a complete halt.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Usul » Sat Dec 18, 2010 13:20

Scythe wrote:Importing your character from the first one is a must.
Characters :Clap:

paragorn shepard, renegade shepard, conucil was saved, council was sacrificed, rachni queen spared + all sorts of mini-sidequest chars that you keep encountering...or not...or...in a different way. Playing through all three parts with different romances, combinations...wua, I'm getting dizzy. A very unique experience!

The feedback for the terrible scanning was harsh in the Bioware Forums. After all, it's not a crime to develop a combat-based RPG that you can finish in approx. 35 hours, if it tells you a story like a movie does, with great characters and a full-voiced main char. And ME2 just did that. No need to stretch it artificially.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Scythe » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:13

I did only bother to import 3 different characters from the first, mainly because the gameplay drags too much in ME1 for more playthroughs.

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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Zyx » Fri Jan 14, 2011 14:31

I got Mass Effect 2 as a Christmas present (from myself!). I'm just couple of hours in, but it does feel quite epic.

I can now understand all the criticism about dumbing the game down, however I felt that the inventory system was horrendous in ME1. It's also nice that I don't have to carry around a Tech guy to be able to hack things.

I've so far enjoyed the game, but haven't really figured out the scanning the planets thing. It is rather silly, but on the other hand the hacking minigames have been better in ME2.

spoilerrific and rhetoric question: The only thing that I don't understand is why neither Shepard or Joker feel that it would nice to know who shot them and their stealthy ship down in the intro. Maybe they're just so busy saving the galaxy again and past is past, or they got both some post-traumatic stress disorder and forgot about it. Maybe it's explained further on. =)
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Scythe » Fri Jan 14, 2011 14:47

It will be explained further on. But basically they're too busy to deal with it right now. ;)

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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Pager » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:38

I had signed up for Xbox Live and got stuck with a Gamer tag I hated, and didn't want to spend the 800 points to change it...so I nuked my Live account off of my Xbox but was unable to transfer my Mass Effect saved game over to my new account (but had already traded it in at this point)...then when I found out I could carry my character over to the second one, I rebought the game to play through...but this time my character is so much better, plus he has a wicked scar across his face and I altered his face to one only a mother could love...anyways, I was about 2/3 of the way through and ran into the RROD on my xbox... :Wallbang:

So...I will probably need to start over again...seen as how it cost just as much to buy an Xbox S, as it would to get mine fixed, and the transfer cable from my old HD to the new S is about $30...which would be the cost of Mass Effect 2...so weighing the options means I will just have to start again...eesh... :wink:
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Zyx » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:54

I give you not one, but three Mass Effect inspired songs.



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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Zyx » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:54

I just completed the Lair of the Shadow Broker missions and I'm so amazed how everything has a full backstory in this game.

And then there are all those small jokes that are mixed in there between, like there being a Hanaar (jellyfish-looking aliens) juggling act.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Chroelle » Sun Mar 13, 2011 20:45

This game has now moved as far as the disc is now placed out of the cover on my desk simply awaiting that I put it in and find time to play... I guess my mission to complete this before the baby comes might be impossible.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Pager » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:32

I was playing this about 2 hours ago :D
I bought Mass Effect 2, but I am waiting until I am through the first one before I fire it up.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Zyx » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:13

I completed my first run of ME2 couple of days ago. Amazing.

I was, however, really disappointed that my female Shepard couldn't romance Miranda. I said no to everyone else, even Kelly. And I have no effing clue what's my dear commander's situation with Liara, even after Lair of the Shadow Broker.

And yes, I know. I'm a sad, sad man.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Chroelle » Fri Mar 18, 2011 13:11

...but I like the way you think!
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Scythe » Fri Mar 18, 2011 23:16

You could always play Dragon Age 2, where both the female romances allow for same sex romance... you sad, sad man. (2 male romances also allow for same sex romance, if you'd rather have that.)

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