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Mass Effect is great!
Posted: Posted April 1st, 2017
Edited April 1st, 2017 by Famov

This is FAMAZING Shepard.

I think I was a sophmore in high school, otherwise known as a period before recorded history, when I considered myself a "retro" gamer and started collecting old systems and games. It was a much less expensive hobby in the mid 2000s, but more importantly Mass Effect hit somewhere around this time and in my head it was a clearly demarcated example of an unambiguously modern game. After about twelve hours of play this last week the only thing that surprises me more than how old it feels is how much I like it. A few observations:

What is it with games from this era not having respectable beard options in the character creator? Half of the facial hair choices look like Shepard smeared dirt on his mouth. The best I could do was give him a pencil mustache. Half the time he looks like the grizzled mercenary I'd envisioned and the other half he looks like a pockmarked John Waters. It's a difficult look to pull off, but I think he almost manages it. Considering this game's vintage I can't tell if it's impressive how much the characters usually avoid the "Oblivion face" look or if as a point of comparison it serves as an indictment against The Elder Scrolls IV. The visuals on the whole usually still look okay, and the music is fantastic.

Am I crazy or is the Council not nearly as unreasonable as I'm expected to think they are? They had the audacity to not take the testimony of dockworker (who wasn't even present at the hearing) at his word and arrest a man that they were responsible for elevating to the position of Specter in the first place. They even allowed Anderson and Shepard go to collect evidence on Saren and continue what should have otherwise been regarded as a farce. Hurling these sorts of accusations in real life would have probably got both of these men in front of a military tribunal and discharged, and the ambassador would have been disgraced and probably fired as well. Even the evidence they did collect on Saren wasn't exactly conclusive. I expected the council to say that it's not enough, because a brief recording free of context really shouldn't be enough! Did I miss something in that exchange? For context I've completed about three main game missions, including killing the zombie plant, showing mercy to the singing space bug, and rescuing Liara.

By the way Shep, nice job taking all of three minutes to ask the cute blue alien about the mating habits of her people. You're a hero among men. Incidentally, it is hilarious how jealous the female crew seems to be getting over Shepard. He hasn't done anything to deserve it and he looks like John Waters for god's sake. It's always amusing when there's a disconnect between how handsome the supporting cast thinks the pc is supposed to be and how ugly I make him in the character creator.

Marina Sirtis as the Matriarch is interesting but I can't help but associate her with Deanna Troy.

I bought the series on sale for 20 dollars. The brisk pace has been a breath of fresh air and I'm probably going to hit the sequel next assuming I continue enjoying myself. Are they able to keep up this momentum? In retrospect it's no wonder this is the game that made Bioware a star.

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Ha, we just had a big argument about how reasonable/unreasonable the Council is!

It definitely is a dated franchise. I just finished replaying ME2, and even though that is one of my all-time favorite games, there's a lot about it that hasn't exactly aged super well. But it is still kiiind of annoying how easily you "woo" the romantic partners. Seriously, all you have to do is be nice to them like, twice, and you can bang 'em. Makes it kind of awkward when you have more characters around.

Posted April 1st, 2017 by Jet Presto

Ha, we just had a big argument about how reasonable/unreasonable the Council is!

Well I mean, I don't think the unreasonableness comes into it until late/post game. Their initial skepticism is warranted, although I'm not entirely sure that I'd agree that any 'context' would help with that recording.

Posted April 1st, 2017 by Count Dooku

Admiral Hackett MVP. Seriously, why can't I recommend him to the council?

I maintain what I said earlier, which is that Mass Effect is great. I absolutely intend to play the sequel, and am pleased to learn that you get to import your save from ME1 in. More games should do that.

Edited April 8th, 2017 by Famov

Hackett only gets better (I think) in ME3. ME2 takes a little bit of a detour, which - in context of the trilogy - makes it narratively weaker. But it's also just the Dirty Dozen in space, with stronger characters.

As I play Blandromeda, I can't help but notice a lack of depth to the universe that was found in the first two Mass Effect games. There is so much rich lore to ME1, and they continue to build on it in ME2.

In my latest playthrough, I have altered the appearance of my character every single game, even though it's the same game. So every time, in the next game, someone immediately recognizes me, I'm just like, "HA HA! That's stupid!" (You can make some pretty goofy lookin' dudes.)

Posted April 9th, 2017 by Jet Presto

Hackett really was the secret MVP of the series. Never got tired of hearing his voice over comms; just a shame it took until the Arrival DLC before we got to see him in the flesh.

Posted April 10th, 2017 by Orion Nebula

I admittedly got a li'l tired of hearing him in ME1. I'm tryin' to take down Saren and save the galaxy, but like, every other system I go to, he interrupts me and begs me to do his job for him!

Posted April 10th, 2017 by Jet Presto
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