Diving into the Mass Effect universe

#1 Posted by Ustrup (19 posts) -

So guys - i have never played the Mass Effect franchise before, But the hype about ME3 have taken me and i now almost feel like i have to play this franchise.

The problem is that i only own a Playstation 3, and as you probably know, ME1 isn't available on this platform.

Therefore is was wondering if you think it is possible to start out by playing ME2 without having played ME1 ? And then moving on to the DLC and finish up with ME3..

#2 Posted by Brodehouse (10659 posts) -
@Ustrup Absolutely. The comic will give you an overall idea, and you can codex/wiki up anything else you need.
#3 Posted by Ustrup (19 posts) -

@Brodehouse: Thx champ - it was just that the whole "Lore" and such seemed so daunting when hearing about it, but i´ll hit amazon for the comics and ME2 later today and dive in during the upcoming vacation :-)

On another note, How long does ME2 take to complete just for the sake of the story ? :-)

#4 Posted by Brodehouse (10659 posts) -
@Ustrup It's possible to get through it in 12-14 hours, but you're going to want to do all the recruitment and loyalty missions because those are really the focal point of that game. Average playthrough is probably 25 hours, doing all the side stuff and scanning probably gets close to 35.
#5 Posted by believer258 (12974 posts) -

The comic is actually included in the PS3 game. It's virtual and allows you to make all of the major Mass Effect 1 decisions in it.

Do I personally think that the series will be quite the same without the first game? No, and it never could. But starting with the comic and ME2 is just fine, you'll have plenty of fun that way.

Also, it's possible to beat the game in about ten hours or less, but you don't want to do that. You want to do all of the recruitment and loyalty missions, which for me totaled to around 25 hours. Some people claim that, after all of that as well as all the side quests and other things, you can drag 40 hours out of it. I can't see myself spending that much time in one Mass Effect playthrough, but you might.

Have fun!

#6 Posted by rjayb89 (7806 posts) -

Bring a phone with you so you can check your twitter during the long loading times. Make sure you follow a lot of people too.

#7 Posted by OMGITSJASON (17 posts) -

I don't see a problem starting with ME2. And yes I have completed all games.

#8 Posted by astrodoggy (185 posts) -

prepare yourself for disappointment my friend

#9 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (1597 posts) -

As far as Mass Effect 1, if your reality is that game isn't on your platform of choice then the best you can do is jump into ME2 straight. Its kind of unfortunate because that games establishes a lot of the backstory for certain characters but ME3 is geared toward newer players anyway. That is, ME3 will at least try to explain a lot of the races and such.

That said, I think a 100% run of ME2 is roughly 25 hours of time which is reasonable. I would urge you not to rush through the game, but if you didn't find the side missions and characters interesting enough to not plow through the game as quick as you can, Mass effect might not be for you. ME2 is a pretty complete package and with the intro comic I think you will be absolutely fine for heading straight into ME3.

#10 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

For me I don't think I could imagine going through the ME universe without playing the first game. It sets up all the relationships and has arguably the best story of any of the 3 games. The motion comic gives you the quick and dirty version of the events of 1, but no real context for the choices.

If possible I'd say find a way to play 1-3 to get the most out of it.

#11 Edited by ll_Exile_ll (2133 posts) -


It would really be best to try and find a way to experience the first game. Most of the squad mates in ME3 are originally from ME1, and that game sets ups the lore, political situation in the galaxy, and the overall plot. If there is no way at all for you to play it, I would suggest watching a summary or let's play on youtube as opposed to relying solely on a 10 min motion comic for your Mass Effect 1 experience.

Shameless self promotion incoming!

I have a youtube series where I took the story of the Mass Effect series and turned it into a television like viewing experience. I have gotten feedback that PS3 players found it very helpful. The Mass Effect 1 series totals 8 episodes and lasts 5 and a half hours, and covers the entire story of the game. Here is the link if you want to check it out.


#12 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (4116 posts) -

If possible, you should get ME 1 for your PC & play through it as
well.  I don't know why you would want to rush through these games
just to get to ME 3 however.  I spent at least 80 hours on ME 1 &
again on ME 2 & those were just the first play-throughs.  I then played
through them again multiple times.  If you're in a rush to play ME 3,
perhaps you should just start with it, finish it, then go back & do all
that you can for the entire trilogy.  Savor it.

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