Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby mew » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:00 pm

I'm sure Vanifae would love to get in on this thread, but he is too busy playing Mass Effect 2 for the next month. Both Mass Effect and Dragonage seem like very well done games.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Gorlando » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:14 pm

Two words.









Space.
Hamster.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:51 am

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ulushnar wrote:Yeah, I saw the link on Penny Arcade, it's almost making me consider getting the PC version of ME1 and ME2. But goddammit, I've got my achieves on the Xbox and I'll damned well keep playing on it.


The achievements don't carry any weight from ME1 to ME2. Only that cash achievement which merely gives you some bonus credits and resources.


Funnily enough, that's one I have...

Still I like the social aspect of them, checking in with how my mates are playing and what plots points I can safely discuss with the.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Belloc » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:11 pm

Chrono Trigger.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby honorshammer » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:36 am

Gorlando wrote:Two words.
Space.
Hamster.


Squeaky wheel gets the kick!

I'm getting a little sleepy.

And who could forget everyone's favorite:

You must gather your party before venturing forth.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Dakiros » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:39 am

honorshammer wrote:
Gorlando wrote:Two words.
Space.
Hamster.


Squeaky wheel gets the kick!

I'm getting a little sleepy.

And who could forget everyone's favorite:

You must gather your party before venturing forth.


Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES!
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Garov » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:00 pm

Dakiros wrote:
Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES!


Best line ever. I'll never forget this voice as long as I live. My son was watching an episode of Clone Wars months ago and I nearly bowled my wife over while running into the living room screaming "It's Minsc!" I'm not sure what episode or who exactly the guy was playing, but I recognized that voice from across the house.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Chicken » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:33 am

honorshammer wrote:You must gather your party before venturing forth.
I enjoyed that about Dragon Age too, where the confirmation on leaving a zone had the text "Gather your party and venture forth".
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Santcuff » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:19 am

Dorvan wrote:Yo Mass Effect, I'm happy for you and I'ma let you finish, but Final Fantasy is the best RPG series of all time!


I <3 u for that.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Njall » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:25 am

Garov wrote:
Dakiros wrote:
Go for the eyes, Boo! GO FOR THE EYES!


Best line ever. I'll never forget this voice as long as I live. My son was watching an episode of Clone Wars months ago and I nearly bowled my wife over while running into the living room screaming "It's Minsc!" I'm not sure what episode or who exactly the guy was playing, but I recognized that voice from across the house.


Hell, my wife says that from time to time still... and she only played the game for a little bit.

Old grognard that I am though, hearing these things called RPGs really does crack me up as they aren't. Not really.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Fivelives » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:24 am

I'm not entirely sure if it's the best RPG series of all time. It seems like Bioware learned a lot from Mass Effect, and implemented what they learned in Dragon Age: Origins. Then, they learned from DA and implemented that in ME2. I wonder what'll happen when the sequel to DA:O comes out.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Gracerath » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:48 am

For all you folks playing, who are you trying to romance?

I was planning on trying for Tali but after recruiting Jack, there is no doubt in my mind that she's the one I'm going for. Jack is all sorts of awesome and she's so damaged, I want to just fix everything for her. God I'm lame.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Dakiros » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:10 pm

Gracerath wrote:For all you folks playing, who are you trying to romance?

I was planning on trying for Tali but after recruiting Jack, there is no doubt in my mind that she's the one I'm going for. Jack is all sorts of awesome and she's so damaged, I want to just fix everything for her. God I'm lame.


I was going to go for Jack but told her no at the end and went for Miranda instead. Kinda regret it now.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Rothes » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:14 pm

If you want to romance Jack be sure to turn her down when she asks if you want to have sex. If you do have sex with her you are just another asshole trying to use her. :P

I am romancing Jack and close to the end of the game... I should seal the deal tonight.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Hearthvaderr » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:23 pm

Dorvan wrote:Yo Mass Effect, I'm happy for you and I'ma let you finish, but Final Fantasy is the best RPG series of all time!


Incorrect.

I went after Tali in my first playthrough. Cannot Has no more! If you listen closely, once in a dozen or two uses, when Tali summons her combat drone, she will scream:
"GO FOR THE OPTICS DRONE! GO FOR THE OPTICS! YEAAAAGH"
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Rothes » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:43 pm

I am a big fan of Jack yelling, "I will destroy you!" as I see her shockwave tosses like 5 dudes in the air.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby mew » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:30 pm

I made this today for Vanifae's birthday:
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:45 am

Awesome cake!

I finally got ME2 on Monday, but I'd been prepping myself for the prior week by playing through ME1 to try and get a lvl60 character to import. (I failed, with a level 56 being my best shot.)

I was struck by how different the game feels. Better graphics, different combat, a complete excising of the inventory system, and the Mako is rusting in a crater where it belongs. The only thing that tells you it's a Bioware game is the massive amounts of dialogue options, other than that, it could be another squad-based third-person shooter. And I don't think that's a bad thing.

Playing a Paragon legacy character, it was great to catch up with people I'd encountered in the first game, it actually strengthened my attatchment to the game. Despite there being little mechanical benefit to importing, it's still worth doing imo so you can see the effect your character's had on the universe.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Rothes » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:37 am

Does everyone play paragon... I feel like I am the only one who plays renegade sometimes...
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:11 am

Rothes wrote:Does everyone play paragon... I feel like I am the only one who plays renegade sometimes...


Of all the Bioware games that included a morality system, the Mass Effect series has probably done the best to not make the moral choices into "saint vs psycho" but I still lean towards Paragon. I have done Renegade playthroughs of ME1, and my other high-level character from ME1 is Renegade, but my instincts always lean towards Paragon.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Dorvan » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:28 am

I'd rate my playthrough of Mass Effect 1 as somewhat Han Solo-esque (as cliche as that is). Majority Paragon, but not maxed and with a healthy dose of Renegade thrown in (my character didn't suffer fools lightly, and *spoiler* let the council die for example). Although it doesn't have an explicit morality system, my first playthrough of Dragon Age is turning out similarly.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:35 am

I tend to play through these games as basically a good guy with a strong Objectivist streak. I reason that since I'm the only one who can save the country/world/universe, that petty little things like property rights don't apply to me. I will therefore happily scam merchants, nick anything that isn't nailed down and ask for rewards from anyone who looks like they can afford it. There's no point in other people accumulating wealth if they're going to be overwhelmed by the evil and insidious forces of darkness after all, is there?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Arcand » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:41 pm

Rothes wrote:Does everyone play paragon... I feel like I am the only one who plays renegade sometimes...


Just got ME1 last night, played from 8 until 5 in
the morning.

I've picked paragonesque dialog my entire life in games
like this, but this time I'm making myself go as renegade
as I can stand. It's turning out to be about 1/2 renegade
lines, 1/3 neutral and 1/6 goody-goody.

I'm actually pretty impressed with the writing of the
renegade side; it's pretty far from being evil. Most
of the time you're just blunt and lacking in empathy,
with forays into ruthlessness. :)

This is in contrast to way too many games with morality
mechanics, where the dialog options go something like
Mister, could you help me find my puppy? He's the only friend I have since the Reavers killed Sally and Mom.

* Dry those tears, little one, and stay close. We'll find him together.
* Goodbye.
* Your larynx will make a fine ****-ring, brat. Die! Die! Die!


On the down side, heavy armor makes Athena's bum look fat. :(
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby crazyharry » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:20 pm

Have been playing this for the past 2 days and something seemed subtly wrong, then today it struck me, all the women don't have massively overinflated chests.....
Is that allowed in rpg's?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Levantine » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:54 pm

That's it. I don't care how amazing the game is, if the female characters are defying the laws of physics with their chests I'm not interested.
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