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I think Mass Effect 2 is all around a better game then Mass Effect. A lot of what they stripped away and improved was just what they needed to do, but there were also some things that they removed that I personally enjoyed quite a lot in the original Mass Effect. I loved exploring the planets with the MAKO, even though the structures on most of the planets was the same, I simply enjoyed it. The could have kept some what of a loot aspect, but it was absolutely horrible in Mass Effect, so I think it was a good decision to remove it, rather then keep it as it was. The loadouts worked well in Mass Effect 2 worked very well with the game they made.
Overall I think it's no doubt that Mass Effect 2 was a better game then the original. I've spent probably close to 200 hours in those to games combined and they are both a blast, and I love this series soooo much. But no, Mass Effect 2 is the superior game. IMO of course.
I will vote how I voted in the original thread, for Mass Effect over the sequel. However, this choice is like picking between cookie dough ice cream and cookies and cream ice cream. They're both phenomenal and one day I'm all up for cookie dough and the next I realize that cookies and cream is pretty fantastic (for different reasons) and I'm all about that all of a sudden.
The biggest things in Mass Effect's favor are the world building, the overall plot, the characters and the RPG elements. Mass Effect 2 continues the world building, has a smaller, more character focused plot, and ditches a lot of the RPG elements while improving by leaps and bounds the combat and general gameplay. So, like I said, it's like picking between two awesome but different flavors of ice cream. Either way, you end up winning.
Well as that thread got locked to count the votes I guess this is okay if he wants further discussion on it? I'll post what I posted in there anyway -
ME2 is just a better game to play overall, yeah they streamlined it but IMO losing some of the more 'hardcore' RPGish elements to make it a better playing game was worth it. Looking back on the story though, I'm still not sure how I feel about the collect them all Pokemon aspect of the game, the main meat being loyalty missions, building up your team only for it to all be over in the next few scenes hit me a bit flat. Don't get me wrong though, I loved the characters and the back stories of them.
Also Jeff thinks you're a monster if you choose ME1 over 2 -
#84 Posted by Jeff (3192 posts) - 15 days, 20 hours ago
Only monsters would vote for Mass Effect 1 over Mass Effect 2!