Does Mass Effect suck?

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Posted by outlawtotheend (120 posts) -

Ok, as of now, I'm four hours into the original Mass Effect. I expected the game to have drawn me in by now but I'm not enjoying It at all. I'd heard such amazing things about this game and, although I was really late to the party, I was expecting a really good game. 
But so far...so far the game isn't living up to my expectations at all.  
So tell me, does Mass Effect only get good once you've played It for a while or is it just me?

#1 Edited by ProfessorEss (7361 posts) -

I found the first 4 -6 hours wicked slow.
It thought it got real good after I got out of the Citadel.

#2 Posted by brodywb (190 posts) -

I did not enjoy Mass Effect at all. I eventually gave up after driving the Mako for a while. Mass Effect 2, on the other hand, is fantastic. It is probably my favorite game that has came out this year. So even if you give up on the first one, I still recommend playing the sequel. 

#3 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Well it actually has a main game story which is more than you can say about ME2. Niether are particularly fun to play. But if you have the PC version, I imagine there are some good mods that make it more manageable.

#4 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19334 posts) -

I enjoyed it very much from the beginning.

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21615 posts) -

The first is tougher for newcomers to get into in this day and age sadly. It's not a bad game imo. Infact I prefer it over ME2 but ME2 is definitely easier to just pick up and play.

#6 Edited by RVonE (4638 posts) -

It might also be that the window to start with the first Mass Effect has passed. I mean, I still go back to ME to have a good time, but that is fueled by the fact that I played it when it first came out and that I'd been following every bit of information on that game leading up to its release. By today's standards, there are some very serious issues with that game.
#7 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -

I fucking hate it and want to kill it and every developer at BioWare with a chainsaw. My biggest problem was that I played it for about 5-6 hours, and half of that was me being lost in the Citadel (or anywhere for that matter,) and the rest was me being completely confused as to where to go with only the thought of, "If these guys are shooting me, I guess I'm in the right place."

#8 Posted by mazik765 (2315 posts) -

I would say it does pick up, but if it's the gameplay and kind of sloppy shooting mechanics that is detracting from your enjoyment, they don't change. On the other hand, ME2 fixes all that stuff. But if you're going to play ME2 you are going to get way more out of it if you finish the first one and import your character.

#9 Edited by outlawtotheend (120 posts) -

I'm on Noveria right now...I just drove the Mako up to...what's it called? Something 15...anyway, I'm seriously considering not finishing the game. I mean, I want to, I only just bought and started the game this week,  but I'm just finding it ridiculously boring.  
I'm seriously considering just going back to get 100% in Red Dead Redemption

#10 Posted by memo (421 posts) -

its a slow game to get into.

#11 Posted by Jeust (10643 posts) -

I felt it too boring, and it never picked up for me, still i went all the way to the ending, in hope of a major twist - never happened. :( 
 
Still i loved the Mako. Exploring inhabited planets is such a blast! 

#12 Posted by Jazz (2268 posts) -

....no, its great. 
Even from that start its great. 
*shrugs*

#13 Posted by Yummylee (21615 posts) -
@outlawtotheend said:
" I'm on Noveria right now...I just drove the Mako up to...what's it called? Something 15...anyway, I'm seriously considering not finishing the game. I mean, I want to, I only just bought and started the game this week,  but I'm just finding it ridiculously boring.  I'm seriously considering just going back to get 100% in Red Dead Redemption "
Noveria's one of the games weaker points too so I see where the compulsion is coming from. Play till you reach the Mining Colony and see how you feel. One of the best parts of the games for me.
#14 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

I think you would like mass effect 2 more than part one. If you like one, you don't like the other one as much, vice versa.

#15 Posted by 21stCenturyJesus (174 posts) -

While neither is fun to play, they both have compelling story's, interesting characters, and all around cool looking environments to....uhhh....look at....i guesss...
#16 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

I really liked it personally.

#17 Posted by SilentCommando (579 posts) -

The first few hours are slow. Once you gain control of the Normandy, things start to pick up and get interesting. I found a lot of the charm in the characters you meet along the way.

#18 Posted by John1912 (1881 posts) -

Just my opinion, but I thought ME was horrible.  Never finished it.  ME2 was decent, still nothing to rave about by any means.

#19 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -
@outlawtotheend said:
"I'm on Noveria right now...I just drove the Mako up to...what's it called? Something 15...anyway, I'm seriously considering not finishing the game. I mean, I want to, I only just bought and started the game this week,  but I'm just finding it ridiculously boring.  I'm seriously considering just going back to get 100% in Red Dead Redemption "

Look, there is no need to finish any game you don't feel like finishing. It doesn't grab you? That's okay; just move on to a game that you like. Ultimately. a game either draws you in or it doesn't. If it doesn't, you can convince yourself that the game is worth playing. If you can't, move on.
#20 Posted by outlawtotheend (120 posts) -

I have always had trouble getting into older games that other people thought were great. I've picked up games like Gears and Half-Life way too late and never gotten into them.  
I think I'll stick with ME until I reach around the 10 hour mark and if I'm still not enjoying it I'll just move on. From what I've heard on forums, the game takes up to 40 hours to complete and I'm not going to play a game I don't like for that long...

#21 Posted by JoMate (241 posts) -

It's AWESOME, that is if you can get by the sometimes terrible gameplay, but story and rpg wise it's way better than ME2

#22 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Yeah it's good, but just like any other game, it might not be for everyone

#23 Posted by DuhQbnSiLo (2139 posts) -

It's better than the 2nd thats for sure..

#24 Posted by Yummylee (21615 posts) -
@outlawtotheend:  
40 hours?? If only. If you decide to rush through it like you may plan to it's around 13-15 hours long. When taking my time I could only reach the 22 hour mark at that.
#25 Posted by EpicSteve (6487 posts) -

The first Mass Effect just kinda sucks due to inventory and the checkpoint system. It may have aged a little badly, however. The pacing was also pretty slow in the beginning hours of the game. 1st in the trilogy syndrome, my friend.

#26 Edited by Azteck (7449 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:

" The first is tougher for newcomers to get into in this day and age sadly. It's not a bad game imo. Infact I prefer it over ME2 but ME2 is definitely easier to just pick up and play. "

I agree with this man. Though I really didn't have an issue getting into it, and I've played it at least 6 times already. I adore that game.
#27 Posted by sarahsdad (1088 posts) -
@outlawtotheend said:
" I have always had trouble getting into older games that other people thought were great. I've picked up games like Gears and Half-Life way too late and never gotten into them.
Funny you should mention Half-Life; reading your first original post reminded me of how I felt when I first played HL2 last year. It just didn't work for me. I'd think the first Mass Effect would be a kind of hard sell now, considering the sequel's out, but if you haven't played that yet, I think at least one play through of the original couldn't hurt.
#28 Posted by Nymphonomicon (97 posts) -

Arguably, if an open world game like Red Dead is your cup of tea, I seriously have to wonder why you bothered playing Mass Effect in the first place.
You sure you're not trolling?

#29 Posted by LeetBalla (698 posts) -

I don't like the name of this blog post; furthermore, it annoys me how people believe a game to be awful simply because they do not like it. There are plenty of reasons why Mass Effect is a good game, however, if you don't enjoy it that is your own opinion. Your opinion of the game does not make the game bad; the qualities, good or bad, that the game exhibits make it good. I, for example, have always found JRPG's in general to be complete garbage. This is my opinion, not a fact. Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger are both good games that I simply do not like. Blanket statements such as "Mass Effect sucks?" is not an absolute; if you like the game play it, if not, get rid of it.

#30 Posted by outlawtotheend (120 posts) -

No, I'm not trolling. I'm not a one-genre man. I'm willing to try the majority of games and genres. I've only had my 360 for a year and a half so there's still a whole lot of games that I haven't gotten round to playing yet. 
I was gonna buy ME2 a while ago but a friend of mine told me that it was a lot better if you'd played the original so I bought it at a cheap price.

#31 Posted by sagesebas (2003 posts) -
@outlawtotheend: Keep up with it, definitely one of the best gaming experiences I've had in a long time
#32 Posted by SneakyPenguins (242 posts) -
@outlawtotheend: for me the citidel was the best part and the open world exploring was just a hassle
#33 Posted by sagesebas (2003 posts) -
@outlawtotheend: I beat it in 18 and did everything I wanted
#34 Posted by Skytylz (4033 posts) -

I like the first one more than the second. 

#35 Posted by TheSilentTruth (1115 posts) -

The first for hours are a borefest of conversations with 30 minuets of shooting, give or take, but  it packs up after that.

#36 Posted by CompleteInanity (41 posts) -

I thought it started out a little slow, but picked up fairly quickly, and I ended up really enjoying it quite a lot after getting to know the characters a bit.
 
It was also nice to be able to bring my ME character into ME2, and have the game remember and reference decisions that were made. If you're planning on playing ME2, it's worth sticking with it to understand the story. Personally, I think ME2 is easily one of the best games of the year, so far.

#37 Posted by papercut (3493 posts) -
@ProfessorEss said:
" I found the first 4 -6 hours wicked slow. It thought it got real good after I got out of the Citadel. "
Yea, Citadel really drags on
#38 Posted by Glak (613 posts) -

It's an amazing game, I enjoyed it from the getgo
Although my friend hated it for the first 6 hours and then the game clicked with him and he loved it too
And Mass Effect is not a 40 hour game, I finished it on my first playthrough on normal 20 hours, insanity later 30 hours doing 100%

#39 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

I really liked Mass Effect but there were parts of it that were not very good. I have yet to start playing the sequel.

#40 Posted by Daveyo520 (6742 posts) -

No it does not. It is great.
#41 Posted by Chris2KLee (2335 posts) -

It's great, but it's not exactly for everyone. The first one straddled the line a little wobbly between RPG and Shooter, and I can see it not pleasing either crowd that well. I found ME2 fixed a lot of those problems, but it remains a heavily story driven game with hybrid elements that don't click for everyone.

#42 Posted by Brendan (7804 posts) -

I loved the first and frickin loved the second even more.  The first; however, is a slightly dated game by today's standards, and would be difficult to get excited about.
#43 Posted by newhaap (421 posts) -

I guess if you're looking for action, the game can be slow at times. Another thing is the side missions can be a bit repetitive (same structure, same environments). But I think the people that really enjoyed Mass Effect are people who enjoy finding out more about the world by following the story and finding out more about the characters through their dialogs. Mass Effect 2 has much better pacing I think, and it's probably worth it to finish Mass Effect at least once to take your character over to ME2 :)

#44 Posted by Sin4profit (2931 posts) -

When i played it i made the mistake of exploring planets to find better loot...that made the game really slow. Just stick with the story, the side missions aren't worth the bother.
ME was really disappointing to me. ME2 had a much more interesting story but the combat still wasn't thrilling me.
But, yeah, i thought Mass Effect sucked too.

#45 Posted by FavoritoBandito (171 posts) -

 

I absolutely dreaded Mass Effect 1 for its combat system as well as its slow progression.   Whereas Mass Effect 2 seems to address all of my concerns, (for the time I’ve put into it so far).  I finished Mass Effect 1  just for the game save.

#46 Posted by supermike6 (3564 posts) -
@RVonE said:

" It might also be that the window to start with the first Mass Effect has passed. I mean, I still go back to ME to have a good time, but that is fueled by the fact that I played it when it first came out and that I'd been following every bit of information on that game leading up to its release. By today's standards, there are some very serious issues with that game. "

@Abyssfull said:

" The first is tougher for newcomers to get into in this day and age sadly. It's not a bad game imo. Infact I prefer it over ME2 but ME2 is definitely easier to just pick up and play. "

I just played it for the first time two months ago and it really grabbed me. In my case it was the second that I played for a couple hours then quit. I came back a few months later and finished it but I still definitely liked the first one more. So, I guess I'm the opposite of everyone else.
#47 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Maybe you just don't like RPGs. Whenever someone complains about a game because it's slow, it's almost inevitably an RPG. I actually found ME1 to be quite enjoyable. I spent the beginning of the game exploring and absorbing the lore and atmosphere, not looking for things to shoot. 

#48 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11720 posts) -

To be fair, Mass Effect 1 isn't very good on the gameplay side of things. In fact, it was probably at the bottom of my Bioware list until I played Jade Empire and realized how much of a mess that game was. 
 
I recommend soldiering on and beating the game (it's not that long anyways. Just don't do any of the terrible cookie-cutter side missions), if only so you can see the story and then import your character into ME2, which is significantly better.

#49 Edited by Catarrhal (831 posts) -
@outlawtotheend: It's certainly arguable as to whether or not Mass Effect starts slowly, but I suspect there may be a more tangible explanation for your dismay. Let me ask you a question: Are you particularly blown away with Mark Meer's interpretation of Commander Shepard? See… I, too, played Mass Effect well after its initial release and--several hours in--felt the same trepidation. Then, for the hell of it, I went back and created a female character. Literally, from that point on, I enjoyed the hell out it. And I'm definitely not alone. In fact, there was a brilliant editorial written on this very subject. I encourage anyone who found themselves unable to enjoy Mass Effect to read it immediately and consider the author's "plea."
#50 Posted by StarFoxA (5157 posts) -

Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 are some of my favorite games on the 360, but they definitely aren't for everyone. I enjoyed every minute, but for some people it may take a few hours to get started, or never get started at all.

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