Mass Effect 1 Worth a Play-through?

#1 Posted by ep_driver (447 posts) -

Soooooo Mass Effect 2 was my favorite game of 2010. I played the first ME a few years back and hated it. I'm currently playing through ME2 again and find myself wanting to play ME1 for the sake of really getting into the story. If I didn't dig ME1 three-four years ago am I still not going to like it, or if I want to know the story from the start will it be worth a play-through? 
 
Is the jump from 1 to 2 as drastic as Assassin's Creed -> Assassin's Creed 2 was? 
 
And just so you know, my complaint about the first Mass Effect is that gunplay was NOT tite. If I remember correctly, it had that RPG hit/miss type calculation when shooting. I wasn't aware of this going into it the first time and thought it'd be more of a 3rd person shooter. Going into it this time I would know not to expect a 3rd person shooter. 
 
So based off of all this, do you guys think I would enjoy it? Or am I better off taking an hour to read up on the story from Mass Effect 1 instead? 
 
Thanks in advance for you input and sorry for my unorganized thought process above.

#2 Edited by imsh_pl (3298 posts) -

My advice: play the 1st and 2nd Mass Effect just before the 3rd game comes out.
 
I know that's what I'm gonna do.

#3 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

You should but don't expect a fun experience, the technical problems in that game just makes it hard for me to go through again.

#4 Posted by 02sfraser (847 posts) -

I think you will find it a bit hard since you have already played 2 which is a lot better in many aspects, but I would still say it's worth a play.

#5 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

A focused playthrough will only set you back about 8 hours. I would still do it for the save file transfer. Just be aware that it's still the same game you put down 3-4 years ago. It'll probably be even rougher coming off of ME2.

#6 Posted by Daveyo520 (6869 posts) -

Yes it is.

#7 Posted by kabuto202 (16 posts) -
@ep_driver said:
"  And just so you know, my complaint about the first Mass Effect is that gunplay was NOT tite. If I remember correctly, it had that RPG hit/miss type calculation when shooting. I wasn't aware of this going into it the first time and thought it'd be more of a 3rd person shooter. "
What? Not it didn't, and the gun play was great. The grenades could have been done a bit better, but that's about it. Honestly, the only real changes in combat mechanics between the two were the UI, the health system, and the removal of nades.
#8 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I played the first again after playing the second and it doesn't feel that bad, at least on PC. 
 
The 360 version is awful though, I've played through it on that twice and it's just a mess, framerate is all over the place.

#9 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3386 posts) -

Saying the gunplay is great is hilarious. You make it sound like a shooter. 

#10 Edited by Fudge91 (199 posts) -

YES 100% fantastic story and characters with a massive amount of side quests and planets you can explore  (though not everyone seems to appreciate that) If you have a choice however get the pc version, the graphics  and framerate are considerably better compared to the 360 version, but it will be a great experience either way.

#11 Posted by kabuto202 (16 posts) -

I know right? It totally doesn't have any shooting qualities.

#12 Edited by NTM (7490 posts) -

As long as you're happy with your progress in the Mass Effect games as a whole, then you don't need to replay it. I went back to ME1 and beat it (twice unfortunately), just recently and then I beat the second. Going through all the side missions in the first kind of wasn't worth it since there are only a select few characters you can talk to from the first. So no, just read up on it. There were a few things that benefited going back through it, but not enough really.  
 
When I beat ME1 in 07 I didn't really pay much attention to the character stories I guess because it was the first time I realized that Liara was Benezia's daughter. So, I'm kind of glad I went through it again (and again...). One of the biggest problems with the first Mass Effect is the slow frame rate. You could play it on PC but there are a lot of problems with that version on steam for some reason. Then again, I guess it depends on what system you play ME2 on as well.
#13 Posted by sodapop7 (261 posts) -

I finished Mass Effect about two weeks ago and then went straight into ME2, and I really enjoyed both experiences.  Besides from the major decisions there are a lot of minor events that come back as well and really added to the experience for me.  I did not have much of a problem with the first game particularly because the story was so good.  It may be worth another try since you can focus solely on the story.

#14 Posted by Zor (659 posts) -

I would answer no, if you didn't like it before, it is unlikely that you will now (it doesn't get better with time).  Also, ME1 and ME2 are rather different games when it comes to gameplay, if you like rpgs (and their game mechanics) or have started to like them since you first played ME1, then yeah, it would be worth another look, but if your taste in games is about the same as it was back then, then no, you shouldn't try it again. 
 
On a side note, if all that you are looking for is a re-cap, try to find a video (or just rent/borrow) of the comic that they included with ME2 on the PS3, it goes over the events of the first game. 

#15 Posted by mgray5159 (52 posts) -

I really wanted to play Mass Effect 1 because I thought the story was great.  The gameplay is some of the worst I have ever encountered.  Just read online about it.

#16 Posted by morrelloman (608 posts) -

Its worth it. You can streamline the game to under 10 hours no problem, I actually fell in love with the piece of crap and am currently on my 3rd play-thru just to get to level 60. Why not? Its not THAT bad.

#17 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (699 posts) -

It's worth it for the story threads. 

#18 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Compared to ME2 you might be thinking wtf is happening in the combat the first few fights but you should adapt to it soon.
People saying they can't probably have some real life issues and probably never did anything but sleep, eat, piss and play videogames since they became able to.
 
The story is way better then ME2. its more spacey and grand, while ME2 was more structured and the overall plot predictable (but not less fun, oh no!).
Love Mass Effect? Give it a play, you can always stop if you don't like it and watch a youtube video of it.

#19 Edited by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

If your complaint was the gameplay, then you probably shouldn't play it seeing as the gameplay/gunplay in that game is the worst aspect of it. 
Also, It didn't have that RPG hit miss/thing you mentioned. 

#20 Posted by JeanLuc (3592 posts) -

The story, dialogue, characters, and graphics all still hold up very well. The gameplay is hard to go back to after playing ME2, but if you can look pass it Mass Effect 1 is still a great game.
My suggestion is to play ME1 on the easiest difficutly. The combat becomes super simple and you can quickly get past it and back to the story and dialogue.

#21 Posted by joecool626 (22 posts) -

I played them both in order and enjoyed them both a great bit. However if you plan on going back to the original you should keep your expectations low. At least for the way the game handles. It can be quite rough at times, especially the way the shooting controls. It is not a coincidence  that most reviews mention how ME2 feels more like a 3rd person shooter. Having said that the story and the characters that you will come across are well worth looking over the small imperfections. Plus you get to more closely affect the way ME2's story plays out for you.

#22 Posted by LiquidPrince (16027 posts) -

How could you have hated it? Anyways, yes, play it.

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