My experience with Mass Effect
is a bit of a strange one:
I picked up Mass Effect
long after 2
had already been released, after a friend of mine recommended the series. And I effing loved every minute of it. Even the Mako--while awkward to control--gave the game a real sense of scale. As Douglas Adams once put it: "Space is big." And it really captured that feeling of big-ness. I found the gameplay to be a lot of fun (it was a classic RPG that happened to be made in a shooter's engine), the plot was suitably epic, and the ending of that one really could have stood on its own if the sequels had never been made.
Pretty much as soon as I'd finished it, I went out to grab a copy of Mass Effect 2
. I played it for about 20 minutes before returning to play through 1
about three more times.
Eventually, I went back to 2
, and decided to stick with it this time. And holy hell, I was rewarded. While the combat and leveling systems had been streamlined a bit too
much in my opinion (it felt like they removed about 3/4 of the RPG), I was given another brilliant game. There was an interesting plot with enjoyable characters and a few real moral dilemmas (one of which actually forced me to step away from my computer and think for a while; you know which one I'm talking about). And hell, the combat was still fun
, in the end.
And then Mass Effect 3
was released. I'd preordered the Special Edition, and was replaying both 1
, to create the perfect save file to import into 3
... when I had to get my hard drive replaced, and lost my saves. So I had to start it over again
I'm not done with 3
yet, but it's hard to avoid the ending fracas, and I've seen the ending(s) on YouTube... I'm kind of fond of the Indoc. Theory, honestly.
Also, Garrus is
awesome; he's like Dirty Harry in SPACE
. I like pretty much all of the cast, except Vega and Allers. He's just bland, and she has a derp face.