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

Postby Arkesh » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:37 pm

I'm a bit behind the times with this, I bought the original Mass Effect a month or two after it released for the PC, but never got much further than halfway through before it started crashing over and over and I subsequently lost interest. Now that I have 5 free days a week I decided I'd pick it up again. I completed it in 2 sittings - though I did kinda skip over a lot of side quests mostly because the main story is constantly telling you to "hurry cause everyone will die if you don't do this mission yesterday" - I think I'll replay it after I've done ME3.

ME2 so far has been great, just the change of pace from "hurry" to "do it if you want" is brilliant. I'm taking my time and speaking to everyone and having a blast just completely immersing myself in this universe. I love how characters that I helped in the first game pop up when you least expect it and thank you for whatever.

I think as far as RPGs go this series will knock TES off the top spot IMO, mostly because they voiced your character. Sure it's easier when there's only 2 combinations rather than 20 but I think by the time TES:VI rolls round they will have to address the issue. As the data size argument can't really hold any weight these days, the only thing that could is cost.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby sahiel » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:07 am

I too found I often felt the need to avoid frivolous side quests, "Find your lost puppy? DUDE! I'm trying to save the damn galaxy here!" Which I think is a sign of the mostly excellent writing, they managed to get me so into the story I'm 100% feeling the urgency rather than taking in all the content I can. I made sure to do all of them across my three playthroughs in the end, but it took that many times before I did it all.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Arkesh » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:12 am

Just finished ME2 last night, zomg the last hour had me on the edge of my seat at every cutscene just praying Tali, Garrus and myself would be ok. About to plunge into ME3, can't wait.

Just imported my character and they changed the hair colour, I can't be a ginger headed hero anymore I can either go with the blonde colour they gave me or I can go with what is definitely a hair dye colour. The first line of dialogue better not be "Oh, Shepard you've dyed your hair, it suits you!" -.-
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:36 am

Arkesh wrote:Just finished ME2 last night, zomg the last hour had me on the edge of my seat at every cutscene just praying Tali, Garrus and myself would be ok. About to plunge into ME3, can't wait.

Just imported my character and they changed the hair colour, I can't be a ginger headed hero anymore I can either go with the blonde colour they gave me or I can go with what is definitely a hair dye colour. The first line of dialogue better not be "Oh, Shepard you've dyed your hair, it suits you!" -.-


I just went with default appearance for femshep. ME3's default femshep is pretty hot.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:09 pm

Not sure how I feel about the Leviathan DLC... It looks really cool, but...
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:02 pm

Does it take place before or after the events of the Indoctrination dream sequence?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:05 pm

I believe its supposed to take place before the assault on the cerberus base
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Fivelives » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:25 am

The Cerberus base assault is the point of no return, so all DLC would have to start before that.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:27 am

I understand, and was merely interjecting the point that I don't give a good goddamn what they said in the extended cut, it's was like that movie between Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI. It didn't happen.

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

Postby Klaudandus » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:32 pm

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

Postby Arkesh » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:49 pm

So just finished ME3. Not quite sure what to think, I chose to destroy the reapers. I think I'm sad because I've just lost a character that I've grown quite attached to over the 60 hours or so that I've spent with her. Scratch that, I'm definitely sad because of that. Having just watched the refusal ending on youtube... I'm satisfied with my choice, although seeing my name go up on the wall that I've watched friends slowly add to it was quite painful. I'm glad I saved everyone that I really cared about, my only regret is Legion, I'ma gonna have to try and save him in the next playthrough, I unwittingly killed him in the ME2 suicide mission >.> (I don't want to know if he can't be saved, it's gonna be one of the biggest things keeping me going).


I honestly have never had a video game provoke so much raw emotion, there's been joy, tension, fear and everything between. Sure I'd have loved a happy ending with Shepard settling down with a family... but I don't think I'd have really enjoyed that half as much as the rollercoaster of an ending that Bioware gave us. I cannot wait to start a new character and take him/her (probably him this time, it's too soon to hear Jennifer Hale's voice (although I'm really eager to get back to finishing my Trooper's story in swtor when it's F2P) again :( ). I'm not sure if I'll play the polar opposite of what I've been playing (mostly paragon but after the reapers invade took a few renegade options that Shepard wouldn't have dreamed off 3 years ago) but I'll definitely mix it up a little.

To conclude my thoughts for tonight, zomg I want more from the Mass Effect universe and I want it now! Get cracking Bioware! Even if Shepard isn't in it, the galaxy they've created is so rich and diverse I want to keep exploring it for years to come.

To bed I go, doubt I'll sleep after that, it's now been about 35 mins since I completed the game and I'm still all over the place. Maybe I'll read the comics I bought from my Uncle's shop, need a ME fix so bad... What have I become?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby aureon » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:57 am

To be honest, i was so involved in the galaxy's doing that a certain point i was "Wait, i do not think i want morally hard decisions in a VIDEO GAME TOO"
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:01 am

Arkesh wrote:I'm glad I saved everyone that I really cared about, my only regret is Legion, I'ma gonna have to try and save him in the next playthrough, I unwittingly killed him in the ME2 suicide mission >.> (I don't want to know if he can't be saved, it's gonna be one of the biggest things keeping me going).

His story arc through ME3 is one of the parts I thought that was exceptionally well done. Moridin's was another, just so you have a comparison. There are multiple choices you can make, no-mega happy option no matter what you do, just meaningful story. Really wish that had translated to the ending of the game. Or, say, Miranda's plot, so that you weren't basically stuck with Liara if you wanted a male hetero romance option that wasn't Ashley.

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Arkesh wrote:I cannot wait to start a new character and take him/her (probably him this time, it's too soon to hear Jennifer Hale's voice (although I'm really eager to get back to finishing my Trooper's story in swtor when it's F2P) again :( ).


I specifically made a Trooper just for this purpose. She's my little FemShep, with as close to the same appearance as the default FemShep from ME3 as I could manage (I liked that look a lot more than the mangled mutant that the importer tried to say was my Femshep from ME1 and 2). That said, she's on hold as I have my Knight almost done (Playing with my wife's Smuggler), my Bounty Hunter starting Act 3, and I'm really digging the Agent/Operative playstyle and Smuggler/Agent is the only buff I don't have unlocked via legacy.

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

Postby aureon » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:27 am

Actually, the Geth/Quarian thing HAS a big happy ending.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:24 am

He asked for no spoilers. But that said, are you telling me that EVERYONE involved in that part of the story has a happy ending? EVERYONE?
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