Maverickslayer744 (el 08/01/15 a las 6:53 pm)
I know I'm gonna get flak for this, but....I honestly think that Mass
Effect 2 is the best in the series. I'm sorry, but if anyone's gonna berate
me with how the gameplay is more Gears of War-esque, I'm going to counter
with how clunky and unrefined the first Mass Effect is. Don't get me wrong,
it's still a great game and I have fun playing it, but the first Mass
Effect's execution in terms of polish was just atrocious. You'd clip onto
numerous objects and if you did that too much, you could possibly screw up
your game and either have to restart from an earlier save or, if you didn't
save recently (God help you), you'd have to start the entire game over.
Given how many hours it could have taken you to get that far, that could
get grueling. This could especially ruin your experience in combat as could
get trapped in terrain and not be able to move, leaving you as an open
target. Even if you survived that, you'd be stuck and not be able to move
on in the mission, once again resulting in a reload of a previous save.
I've had this happen to me way too many times.
Also, while you could explore more worlds in Mass Effect 1, they weren't
exactly all that noteworthy; aside from different colors, possible hazards
(like heat and poisonous atmosphere) and the occasional building, the
planets are almost exactly alike. I would actually become hesitant about
visiting other worlds because that would usually just result in my riding
the Mako up several hills for two hours looking for drones with possibly
good equipment or the off-chance of finding a quest-related anomaly. I'm
sorry, but it was just so boring. With Mass Effect 2, there was no
exploring and fewer areas to interact with, but to the very least each and
every environment you went into was dripping with atmosphere; no two levels
were the same by almost any means. Sure, numerous missions could take place
from inside a ship, but that's where the similarities end; every ship was
deigned differently and lovingly crafted so that you could definitely tell
the difference from one level to the next. Combine that with the more
refined gameplay with epic situations (dat suicide mission) and you have
some of the best moments in the franchise's history. Crucify me if you
want, but I would take Mass Effect 2's less complex, yet more refined
gameplay in beautifully designed environments over Mass Effect 1's more
complex, but clunky as hell gameplay in cookie cutter environments.
Lastly is the story. I both love and hate Mass Effect 1's story. I love it
because it's compelling; with every mission you learn more and more about
the Reapers, and especially with what happens on Virmire you WANT to take
down Saren. The side stories with each of the main planets are engaging,
Also, for one exception only, it is on these planets that more effort was
put into the environment. These environments, combined with the situations
at hand, made for some awesome storytelling and Mass Effect 1's story is
one I will always remember. Why do I hate it then? There's another reason
why I still remember it; it's the exact same story as Star Wars: Knights of
the Old Republic. You don't need to confirm it with me, just ask anyone
else who's played both and they'll say the same. From the companions you
gain to the types of worlds you visit, and even down to the story (save for
some notable exceptions) it's almost copy/paste. This soured the experience
for me a good bit. I was basically playing the same story with different
skins of everything. Hey look, it's Canderous-I mean Wrex. You want to take
down Darth Sio-(ahem) Saren? We can do it with Juhan-wait.....(if you want
a more satirical view, go look at Epantiras' "Mess Perfect" comics. They
both give light to some issues and make you laugh).
In terms of quality I honestly can't say which is better, but Mass Effect 2
at least tried to tell a different story, and you know what? It was damn
engaging. Seeing how your teammates have changed over the years since you
were gone, as well as how dark the galaxy is from the different locations
really drew me into it. The warring factions of the Blue Suns, Eclipse and
the Blood Pack were extremely relevant throughout the game both in the main
story and side missions, and (spoilers for anyone playing the first game)
how you are forced to work with Cerberus, the extremist anti-alien rogue
group from the Alliance (now that I think about it, they were pretty much a
footnote in the first game). So, in a nutshell, I loved Mass Effect 2's a
bit more simply because it was a completely different story that hasn't
been retold in Bioware's previous games.
All-in-all, I love all three of the games (even with the bad ending of the
third). Despite all of the downsides I gave the first game, it's still a
permanent edition in my gaming library. I'm just more partial to the second
game of the series. Maybe it's my bias because it was technically the first
Mass Effect game I played, but I'm getting kind of tired of seeing people
always put it down simply because 'it wasn't as complex as the first Mass
Effect.' Yeah, it wasn't, but at least in the second I could walk down a
corridor without the danger of phasing through the wall. Mass Effect 2 told
a great and different story, had simpler, yet refined gameplay, beautiful
environments and fantastic characters, and to this day remains one of the
ONLY sequels that I think one can play without the first (though if you
can, do play the first then move to the second. Trust me).
Tl;dr: I love the second game more than the first, and if you're going to
counter my argument with the overused excuse of the gameplay not being as
complex, I'm going to ignore you.
Erin L (el 05/03/15 a las 9:01 pm)
This music really makes me want to give the game a go. Would anyone
recommend a specific console that's best for Mass Effect? Or is PC better
for Mass Effect?
EDIT: Deciding to play these games was one of the best decisions I've made
in my 17 years on this planet ahaha I ended up playing them on the Xbox
360, and they were amazing. Best game series I've ever played, not even a
question. Great characters too, Thane, Legion, and Garrus were my
Ray Novia (el 27/03/15 a las 2:13 am)
This song still gives me chills.
Valiantsin Lapatka (el 14/03/15 a las 12:51 am)
I gonna miss Shepard and his crew....
Cameron Reyno (el 22/03/15 a las 10:46 pm)
This soundtrack was really underrated. One of the best video games of all
EdSkywalker (el 15/11/14 a las 6:42 pm)
The Mass Effect Trilogy (Mass Effect 2 in particular) is not just one of
the great video games ever created, but it's also one of the greatest works
of Sci-Fi ever.
Vernon Roche (el 17/09/14 a las 2:00 pm)
The Suicide Missions is one of the best end-levels in history. The fact
that you choose your teammates for each task and aren't told which one is
clearly the best made it feel so immersive. You actually had to know them,
not just take them for missions as if they are dumb robots. As much as I
disliked ME2's gameplay compared to ME1, the story feels much more deep and
entertaining, despite the fact that Shepard has basically full control over
galaxy (everything depends on your actions).
Grim Looters (el 06/09/14 a las 1:26 pm)
The Music in Mass Effect is utterly awe inspiring. It's music that any true
Mass Effect fan has felt empowered by, saddened by, inspired by, and moved
by. Even on it's own, out of context of the three absolutely stunning
games, it always provokes emotion from me. Mass Effect is the greatest RPG
series of all time, and it's OST more than lives up to the story and
TJ Anderson (el 16/03/15 a las 6:57 am)
*My Soundtrack when I wake up* lol
DisgruntledViewer (el 24/08/14 a las 6:49 pm)
Dislikers, you have changed nothing.