Lost Passion - Part 2 - The Completion of Mass Effect

I have just completed Mass Effect for the first time, 5 years after the initial launch. It was better than I expected, better than I read in the reviews, and better than I had hoped for. I am writing this while downloading and installing Mass Effect 2 and its related DLC. I intend to pick up the story as soon as I can.

I had tried to play Mass Effect once before, much closer its original launch date. For whatever reason, I got sidetracked and never completed what I had started. In fact, it was the memory of some old save files from my first play sessions that originally led me to pick this game back up. Sadly, those save files were not found, so I ended up playing through the game with a fresh character. It should go without saying that I want to do it all over again because I'm not satisfied with some of my choices, however I will continue my story without going for a perfect save game status. I want my character to play out just like he should. My current time investment of 19 hours will have to do, as I am just too eager to get into Mass Effect 2.

There are things about this game series that are very compelling to me. The relationships you form with your shipmates being number one. The sense of pacing the developers have put in the game is stellar. Interestingly, I was actually a little disappointed in some of the game mechanics. The actual shooting itself was competent enough, but the Mako driving sections were just tedious and time consuming. One area that I feel Bioware is to be applauded as the Journal and Codex. These two additions were handled well and really added to my experience. Alas, let me not turn this into a review. I've heard the action gets better in ME2, so I am looking forward to that. Beyond the action however, is the continuation of the story. It is the cinematics and storytelling that are so compelling for this franchise. I am genuinely excited to see what happens to Shepard and the crew. So it appears my installation of Mass Effect 2 is complete. Here we go!

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Posted by Doombreed

I have just completed Mass Effect for the first time, 5 years after the initial launch. It was better than I expected, better than I read in the reviews, and better than I had hoped for. I am writing this while downloading and installing Mass Effect 2 and its related DLC. I intend to pick up the story as soon as I can.

I had tried to play Mass Effect once before, much closer its original launch date. For whatever reason, I got sidetracked and never completed what I had started. In fact, it was the memory of some old save files from my first play sessions that originally led me to pick this game back up. Sadly, those save files were not found, so I ended up playing through the game with a fresh character. It should go without saying that I want to do it all over again because I'm not satisfied with some of my choices, however I will continue my story without going for a perfect save game status. I want my character to play out just like he should. My current time investment of 19 hours will have to do, as I am just too eager to get into Mass Effect 2.

There are things about this game series that are very compelling to me. The relationships you form with your shipmates being number one. The sense of pacing the developers have put in the game is stellar. Interestingly, I was actually a little disappointed in some of the game mechanics. The actual shooting itself was competent enough, but the Mako driving sections were just tedious and time consuming. One area that I feel Bioware is to be applauded as the Journal and Codex. These two additions were handled well and really added to my experience. Alas, let me not turn this into a review. I've heard the action gets better in ME2, so I am looking forward to that. Beyond the action however, is the continuation of the story. It is the cinematics and storytelling that are so compelling for this franchise. I am genuinely excited to see what happens to Shepard and the crew. So it appears my installation of Mass Effect 2 is complete. Here we go!

Posted by joshthebear

Be ready for disappointment, story wise, as both 2 & 3 are nowhere near as good as te first.

Posted by living4theday258

the last 5% of ME3 ruined it for some people..... to be honest the other 95% were amazing its just the ending. but dont let that bum you out. also 2 is fine as far as story goes its not particularly amazing but its pretty good.

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Posted by zombiepenguin9

I'm doing the same thing, actually. I'm around 10-12 hours into ME1 currently, and I'm really looking forward to going through the other two as well.

The thing I'm struggling with is really wanting to dig in to all the side quests and Codex material and whatever other awesome stuff is there... but I don't want to put in 30-40 hours into ME1 and then not want to do the same in ME2, or maybe not even play it for a good while. Then again, I really don't want to just blast through the story content and disregard everything else.

So much game, so little time.