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

Postby Arkesh » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:31 pm

I did enjoy Mordin's storyline throughout ME2 and 3, he's never going to be someone that I can see myself taking in a squad, but as far as friendly scientists go, I'd have no other. On the flipside of that... I can't really see myself not saving Ashley, Jacob will probably always die too... (I really have never liked Cerberus) I think once I'm home from work tomorrow I'll fire up ME1 and start a new story.

I actually didn't realise it was the same person who voiced the trooper and femshep until I was halfway through ME3. Nor did I realise that Ashley's appearance was based on Erica Cerra whom I've watched in Eureka for years, I figured it was just a coincidence. I'ma have to pay attention for Adam Baldwin and Michael Dorn's voices. I did recognise Claudia Black, probably helped by her appearance with Kate Mulgrew in Dragon Age: Origins and Marina Sirtis.

As for the romance options, I didn't realise there was such a thing until Traynor asked if she could use my shower. I'm definitely gonna have to spend a lot more time exploring in ME1 rather than doing what I'm told and rushing to save the galaxy. I spent three times as much time in ME2 and 3 and I wish I had just dawdled a bit more in the first. I think I'll be reading most of the Codex entries as well this time through, I've probably missed a frackton of lore in those.

I don't think I've geeked out this much about any fictional universe before. I'm gonna have to get the books when I'm done with the comics and my uncle's shop has a fantastic scale model of the Normandy, if it's still there the next time I'm there I'm definitely getting it. I feel like I should be a recurring cast member of The Big Bang Theory...
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:46 pm

In ME1 I generally played with Liara and Garrus. In 2, I stuck with Miranda or Samara and Garrus. In 3, Liara and Garrus. That said, Mordin is probably my favorite companion for dialog:

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

Postby Passionario » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:23 pm

Torquemada wrote: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?

For a given value of "happy".
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Sabindeus » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:23 am

Arkesh wrote:I feel like I should be a recurring cast member of The Big Bang Theory...


Don't insult yourself like that.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Arkesh » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:41 am

In ME1 I spent most of my time with Ash and Garrus, then in ME2 it shifted to Tali (Dem probes too stronk) and Garrus then ME3 kinda forced me to take a biotic for the cerberus guys with shields so Liara and Ash ended up being my team most of the time. I'm not going in with a plan for this playthrough other than being a bit different to the previous one, I'll probably still distrust Cerberus and I'll probably still just be a boring Soldier although I might opt for an Adept... I'll see.

Just waiting for Bring Down the Sky to finish downloading then I'll get started.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby aureon » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:16 am

Torquemada wrote: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?

In my opinion, yes. It's arguable, but in my view, everyone has it the absolute best it could go.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

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

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

Postby Klaudandus » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:39 am

Aug 28th is the release date for the leviathan dlc
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

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

Postby Arkesh » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:38 am

So I've been trying to play through the series again. I say trying because I've rolled a male Shepard and I have a problem. He sounds like a 12 year old boy. His voice doesn't inspire me to follow him to the shops, how can I realisticly expect a crew to follow him on a suicide mission? I was hoping that it was just nerves after finding out he was a spectre candidate... but no. I'm sorry Bioware, but after the fantastic casting of the female Shepard, I just can't believe in the other Shepard. It doesn't need to be Michael Ironside, but I'd sooner follow Niel Patrick Harris into the unknown than Mark "Meek" Meer.

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

Postby Skye1013 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:50 am

Arkesh wrote:I'd sooner follow Niel Patrick Harris into the unknown than Mark "Meek" Meer.

NPH is awesome, so yes, I'd definitely follow him into the unknown.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Arkesh » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:29 am

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Arkesh wrote:I'd sooner follow Niel Patrick Harris into the unknown than Mark "Meek" Meer.

NPH is awesome, so yes, I'd definitely follow him into the unknown.


He is, I wasn't questioning his awesomeness, but I wouldn't say his voice has your average war hero charisma to it. Just my opinion.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

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

Postby Klaudandus » Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:16 pm

I gave in and bought Leviathan and Omega...

Leviathan is pretty darn good! Specially because it expands more on the origins of the Reapers and whatnot...

Omega? Not so much -- the most interesting part is Aria had a love relationship with a female turian in the past...
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Flex » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:23 am

I lost my save files when I got a new computer, expecting Steam sync to actually sync save state is too much to ask I guess. Replying through 2, no desire to do 1 again, and I realize how indifferent I am towards the game.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Torquemada » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:37 pm

You can download other peoples' saves if you want. I think the website is masseffectsaves.com or some such. I came out to Afghanistan without mine, and I picked up a Paragon save that was close enough that I don't care. Then I downloaded a save editor so I could edit Shepard's first name to what I want.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Flex » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:31 am

Torquemada wrote:You can download other peoples' saves if you want. I think the website is masseffectsaves.com or some such. I came out to Afghanistan without mine, and I picked up a Paragon save that was close enough that I don't care. Then I downloaded a save editor so I could edit Shepard's first name to what I want.


I did, I grabbed a ME1 save that was close enough to what I wanted, only difference as I sacrificed the council and this save saved them. I greatly enjoy the combat missions (outside fo stupid boss fights), I just don't want to space bar through 15 hours of dialog.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Passionario » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:56 am

I recently reinstalled ME3 and discovered that multiplayer got even better in my absence.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Sagara » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:24 am

Care to elaborate?

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

Postby sahiel » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:26 pm

I've never had to wait more than a minute or two for a game, there are loads of new classes now, some that really change up the gameplay and enough to cover most play styles, still surprisingly fun for something I never thought I'd play.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Passionario » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:40 am

sahiel wrote:I've never had to wait more than a minute or two for a game, there are loads of new classes now, some that really change up the gameplay and enough to cover most play styles, still surprisingly fun for something I never thought I'd play.


Basically, this.

There's lots of new fun stuff, from guns, to race/class combos (including playable Vorcha and Voluses, both of which are totally awesome), to maps, to objective waves, to a whole new enemy faction. Yes, the Collectors are back - apparently, we didn't quite kill them all in ME2.

The old stuff's gotten better as well - classic maps now have "hazard" variants, old guns are more balanced, some of the more annoying bugs got fixed (e.g., it's no longer a death sentence to play Vanguard off-host), and there were some nice quality of life improvements (fire/cryo explosions now trigger like biotics/tech bursts - kills are no longer required).
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Passionario » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:58 am

Oh my. A playable Collector. :shock:
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Paxen » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:20 am

Passionario wrote:Oh my. A playable Collector. :shock:


Is it really a collector? Wouldn't it be a Protean like the From Ashes squadmate?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Passionario » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:05 am

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