Mass Effect is great!
Posted: Posted April 1st
Edited April 1st 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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