Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

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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

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

Postby Folstar » Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:33 am

The Greatest RPG (/adventure) series of all time is, without a doubt, Quest for Glory. Just picturing those sweet EGA graphics makes me tear up a bit.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:02 am

Levantine wrote: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.


Why do you care about boobs?
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Folstar » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:06 am

ulushnar wrote:Why do you care about boobs?


No offense, but this may be the dumbest question ever.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:30 am

Folstar wrote:
ulushnar wrote:Why do you care about boobs?


No offense, but this may be the dumbest question ever.


Not when you know Levvie...
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby alayire » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:15 am

ulushnar wrote:
Folstar wrote:
ulushnar wrote:Why do you care about boobs?


No offense, but this may be the dumbest question ever.


Not when you know Levvie...
quite the opposite actually.
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby Io.Draco » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:55 am

mew wrote:I made this today for Vanifae's birthday


He is a Tali fan then? :P

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


I play a mix of both, though in the end I usually wind up with more Paragon points then renegade ones. I just simply refuse to do what I call, dick choices ( such as giving Legion to Cerberus ). Still I always give the base to the illusive man.

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

Postby ulushnar » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:48 am

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

Postby Io.Draco » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:26 am

Gotta admit he is funny as a character :)

Anyway, here is my female Shepard, gotta give Hale kudos for her voice acting, she really is 10 times better then Meer in most cases, save for when she does the speech at the end.

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

Postby Minnerva » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:27 pm

Io.Draco wrote:
mew wrote:I made this today for Vanifae's birthday


He is a Tali fan then? :P



well vanifae had said to be interested into certain features. i guess it might be CBH
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Re: Mass Effect - Best RPG series of all time?

Postby ulushnar » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:08 am

Completed it last night.

Have to say, I was disappointed with the big bad at the end. The bad guys this time around really lacked a "Saren", for want of a better word; a true nemesis for Shepard rather than a bunch of remote control grunts.

That said, I really enjoyed the crew's storylines this time, and it was a great idea to make them part of the main plot of the story, rather than a series of side-missions. I also appreciated that you can continue playing after the big mission's done.

Now I'm gonna go back to ME1, finish taking my guy there to 60, import him and then try a playthrough as an Adept!
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