How much time did you spend minning?

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#1 Posted by Irvandus (2879 posts) -

Doing my Mass Effect replays to get ready for 3 I realized I must have spent about 4 hours just scanning for minerals in 2. How long did all of you spend trying to fill up your platinum reserves?

#2 Posted by ShaggE (6455 posts) -

I did a lot more maxing than minning. "Chilling out, maxin', relaxin' all cool"? Yeah, that was me in ME2.

Jokes aside, I found the mining oddly addictive.

#3 Posted by TobbRobb (4652 posts) -

Not a lot, enough for the dumb upgrades since I could. But I didn't go crazy and try to mine EVERYTHING like some people did.

#4 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

I don't remember spending a lot of time doing it. I did it a little bit here and there with each session. I didn't spend a ton of time doing it all at once.

#5 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

too much. worst part of the game. totally took me out of it. hope ME3 doesn't resort to this kind of filler.

#6 Posted by Soapy86 (2621 posts) -

Probably a lot. I mined every planet in my first playthrough.

#7 Posted by Soapy86 (2621 posts) -

Also, it wasn't really "filler" was it? I mean you didnt have to do it.

#8 Posted by Funkydupe (3320 posts) -

They patched it to be less time consuming. I played prior to this fix and spent way too much time (I worried about having too little resources later on). My own damn fault.

#9 Posted by Apsup (38 posts) -

I think I at least checked out every planet, but if the radar showed that the mineral count was low I left and never looked back. It must have taken a quite a heap of time, but it was on small bite sized pieces so it didn't feel so bad. On the other hand driving around in the surface of every planet in Mass Effect 1, now that took too much time from my short life and I can't understand why I even did it. I hope that the third one doesn't have any of that kind of boring filler stuff and focuses on talking and shooting because those two things are the reason why I love Mass Effects so much.

#10 Posted by HatKing (5952 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

I did a lot more maxing than minning. "Chilling out, maxin', relaxin' all cool"? Yeah, that was me in ME2.

Jokes aside, I found the mining oddly addictive.

Same here. On both accounts.

#11 Posted by Irvandus (2879 posts) -

@ShaggE: Yeah I kind of hate doing it but for some reason it's also addictive. I don't know, maybe I just like seeing bars and numbers go up in video games.

#12 Posted by MentalDisruption (1635 posts) -

Probably a good amount. I hit up 3 or 4 planets between each mission. I found it oddly amusing, even though it should have been super boring.

#13 Edited by killacam (1284 posts) -

@Soapy86 said:

Also, it wasn't really "filler" was it? I mean you didnt have to do it.

you do if you want to be ballin.. if they want to make these "bonus" mineral yields an option, they should do a better job at integrating them with relevant gameplay so that it doesn't feel like a chore each time.

#14 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Every planet.
 
Every.
 
Planet.

#15 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5144 posts) -

Every god damn planet.

#16 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -

I mined every planet to resource deficiency.

#17 Posted by M_Shini (551 posts) -

Spent maybe 20 mins mining , I never did feel like upgrading was too much of a thing you needed to do since it was easy enough to just play well enough to not need it.

#18 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -

Uranus? Really, Shepard?

#19 Edited by stinky (1549 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Every planet. Every. Planet.

yeah? including Earth?

thats right, didn't think so.

#20 Edited by MetalBaofu (1386 posts) -

Enough. My only real goals with it were to mine every planet at least once(meaning send one probe), and to get enough resources to purchase all of the upgrades.

#21 Posted by Crypt135 (68 posts) -

@Mr_Skeleton said:

Every god damn planet.

#22 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Soapy86 said:

Probably a lot. I mined every planet in my first playthrough.

How the hell...? Was your playthrough like over a hundred hours or something?

#23 Posted by clubsandwich (3795 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

I did a lot more maxing than minning. "Chilling out, maxin', relaxin' all cool"? Yeah, that was me in ME2.

Jokes aside, I found the mining oddly addictive.

THIS!

#24 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

I have a notebook somewhere with which planet is rich in what mineral... I spent far too long mining.

#25 Posted by rjayb89 (7722 posts) -

Just enough to get all of the upgrades, minus the scar removing one.

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#26 Posted by ajamafalous (11995 posts) -

All of them.

#27 Edited by NegativeCero (3003 posts) -

Enough to upgrade everything available. In other words, too much.

Edit: I'm surprised there are people who had the patience to mine every planet they found.

#28 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

Oh, no. Fuck no. I had forgotten entirely about mining, until I saw this thread. I am going to be very bummed out if it's back in Mass Effect 3. Sure, it's slightly better than traipsing around shitty looking empty planets in the Mako, but . . . it still was a drag.

#29 Posted by chrissedoff (2108 posts) -

Remember getting that upgrade that made scanning faster? Damn, that was sweet.

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#30 Posted by stryker1121 (1448 posts) -

Far too much.. even w/ the scanning updgrade the mining was arduous to say the least. BioWare took out the planet exploration and replaced it with this. Odd as a cod that decision.

#31 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

@stryker1121 said:

Far too much.. even w/ the scanning updgrade the mining was arduous to say the least. BioWare took out the planet exploration and replaced it with this. Odd as a cod that decision.

I felt this was far superior than exploring empty and uninteresting cookie-cutter planets with the shitty Mako that handled like roller-skates on gravel. This was still pretty unappealing, which only serves to stress how terrible the alternative was, in the original game.

#32 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#33 Posted by OmegaChosen (645 posts) -

So many hours. *shiver* After my first playthrough, I made sure to look up how much of each element I'd need for all the upgrades, which planets had element hotspots and then just kind of got all my mining done as quickly as possible in one sit through so I wouldn't have to do it later. Mining hurts so bad. So...much...monotony...

#34 Posted by stryker1121 (1448 posts) -

@Branthog: I enjoyed exploring the planets, re-skinned though they may have been. Replacing that w/ a boring mining mini-game was an asshated decision on BioWare's part, IMO.

#35 Posted by Branthog (5562 posts) -

@stryker1121 said:

@Branthog: I enjoyed exploring the planets, re-skinned though they may have been. Replacing that w/ a boring mining mini-game was an asshated decision on BioWare's part, IMO.

Yeah, but how many times did you get stuck on geometry and shitty physics moving your mouse around a planet while it beeped at you?

In concept, the solution in the first game would have been ideal. The execution was very poor, though. In the second game, the solution was smooth and acceptable, but kind of ridiculously simple and primitive. A strange mechanic to find in such a modern game.

I can only hope that in ME3, they've found a nice marriage of the two, so they neither frustrate nor bore us.

#36 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11025 posts) -

Too much. Well, I didn't really mind it the first time, but the fact that I had to do it again when I new game plus'ed because none of the upgrade stuff carried over was disgruntling. And when you're playing on Insanity, those upgrades help.

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#37 Posted by stryker1121 (1448 posts) -

@Branthog said:

@stryker1121 said:

@Branthog: I enjoyed exploring the planets, re-skinned though they may have been. Replacing that w/ a boring mining mini-game was an asshated decision on BioWare's part, IMO.

Yeah, but how many times did you get stuck on geometry and shitty physics moving your mouse around a planet while it beeped at you?

In concept, the solution in the first game would have been ideal. The execution was very poor, though. In the second game, the solution was smooth and acceptable, but kind of ridiculously simple and primitive. A strange mechanic to find in such a modern game.

I can only hope that in ME3, they've found a nice marriage of the two, so they neither frustrate nor bore us.

It was more a matter of not being able to scale certain rock formations and such, although that didn't bother me. In ME2 exploration was nixed even in side missions. You'd just get plopped down on a planet and where you needed to go was right in front of you. I love putzing around in open world games so that linearity in ME2 was disappointing to me. Would enjoy seeing a better controlled vehicle and unique planet terrain in ME3. Just bring back the exploration in some form.

#38 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

All of it.

#39 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

I did SOOOO much mining. I'm actually kind of disappointed that they got rid of it for ME3.

#40 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

@ShadowConqueror said:

Uranus? Really, Shepard?

*sigh* probing Uranus...

#41 Posted by NTM (7381 posts) -

After you upgrade everything you can, it's useless to get all the resources out of every planet. I was going to scan every planet and deplete their resources, but I again just scanned all the planets instead and didn't deplete them all since it was pointless. I spent a lot of hours in ME and ME2 because of ME3. I've done everything possible with my soldier character and I know more than I need to about the two games.

I actually didn't hate it, I mean, it does feel like a chore after a while, but the two benefits are while you're trying to upgrade things, you feel like you're doing it for a reason, and after you do that, you feel like you've accomplished a somewhat hefty goal. I think my last ME2 profile which I just finished up a few weeks ago ended around 42 hours. Another reason to scan them is because you get to land on some planets for small side missions.

#42 Posted by lord_canti (1512 posts) -

trainers are awsome. but in all seriousness i didnt spend too long doing it as i used a guide to find the best planets for each mineral and strip mined them

#43 Posted by evanbower (1211 posts) -

@killacam said:

@Soapy86 said:

Also, it wasn't really "filler" was it? I mean you didnt have to do it.

you do if you want to be ballin.. if they want to make these "bonus" mineral yields an option, they should do a better job at integrating them with relevant gameplay so that it doesn't feel like a chore each time.

I was into it. Put on a podcast or some jams and suck the Universe's resources dry.

#44 Posted by bybeach (4831 posts) -

I mined them...

I mined them all

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#45 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

@evanbower said:

@killacam said:

@Soapy86 said:

Also, it wasn't really "filler" was it? I mean you didnt have to do it.

you do if you want to be ballin.. if they want to make these "bonus" mineral yields an option, they should do a better job at integrating them with relevant gameplay so that it doesn't feel like a chore each time.

I was into it. Put on a podcast or some jams and suck the Universe's resources dry.

unfollowed.

#46 Posted by Soapy86 (2621 posts) -

@evanbower said:

@killacam said:

@Soapy86 said:

Also, it wasn't really "filler" was it? I mean you didnt have to do it.

you do if you want to be ballin.. if they want to make these "bonus" mineral yields an option, they should do a better job at integrating them with relevant gameplay so that it doesn't feel like a chore each time.

I was into it. Put on a podcast or some jams and suck the Universe's resources dry.

Yep. That's what I would do.

#47 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

@killacam said:

too much. worst part of the game. totally took me out of it. hope ME3 doesn't resort to this kind of filler.

It was optional so it is your fault it felt like filler. As for the question I would say a good 6 hours or so over the course of my playthrough.

#48 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2106 posts) -

The ambient background sounds and music Was amazing and just kept me doing it. The only thing I was worried about was the faxt thay the more i mined, the more i fretted the fact that i qas going to have no minerals left if I needed them later in the game for some big upgrade!

#49 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

@killacam said:

too much. worst part of the game. totally took me out of it. hope ME3 doesn't resort to this kind of filler.

It was optional so it is your fault it felt like filler. As for the question I would say a good 6 hours or so over the course of my playthrough.

i wish i could attribute blame in a similarly haphazard way, but i'm sure it's not your fault you turned out like this

#50 Posted by CornBREDX (5298 posts) -

I only mined mined enough to get all the upgrades. Total it took maybe an hour or a little over max on my last play through (which was post patch). It is incredibly boring and I preferred landing on the planets as at least there was interactivity to that even if the planets all look the same or similar. It had more flair.  
  
All in all, while being the most uninteresting part of both games, it didn't really ruin the experience.

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