Just beat Mass Effect! Thoughts.

So, I just beat Mass Effect 1 and it is extremely satisfying...at least the way it played out for me. I am glad, because I finished it the day before Mass Effect 2 came out, so I am all ready for it. I am looking forward to seeing all of the choices I made play out in the new game. Having just finished the first entry in the series, here are some things I really liked and did not like: 
  

Dislikes:

-The Mako on IIlos (spelling). The Mako is controversial in that it's both hated and liked, but mostly hated. I, for one, really liked the exploration with the mako. Having said that, when you drive the Mako during one of the last missions (Illos), it sucks soooo bad. That thing is bouncing around, hitting walls, and going out of control for no reason.  
- The upgrade system. The upgrades are too frequent; there are too many of them, and they are just annoying. They show significant increase in power as much as they just clutter your inventory space.   
-The snipers. The sniper rifles, until the very end, are way difficult to use. I played an infiltrator due to the fact that I love sniping, yet the sniping is way too difficult for its own good. I haven't played ME2 but this is something that must be fixed in order to make the class justifiable. 
-The achievements. The ME1 achievements are not really bad per se. I enjoyed trying to get as many of them as possible on one playthrough and will probably play through the game again later down the road. However, the fact that they are glitchy is kinda disappointing. I used Wrex and Tali for the entire game and completed both side quests. When it was time to receive the achievements for using them for the "majority" of the game, I only received the one for Tali. Also, the achievements are sometimes too vague or too intense. 
 

Likes:

-Combination of Speech, dialog, and story. All of these aspects are done well enough to be a  film. However, since they are all able to be interacted with, they are great in a game. I like how it is done here more so than in Bioware games that have come out after the fact.  
-Side quests. Although the side quests were optional, mundane, or Blank (insert negative comment here) they were present and that was great. I did the majority of them to increase my level and experience everything the game had to offer. Unfortunately, some of the missions were repeated. That didn't stop me from doing them all, and I never got to the point where I didn't want to do any more. 
-The abilities. I liked how every class had abilities and how they all worked. Every ability did something useful and none felt out of place. The biotics, techs, and weapons all did something and it was all satisfying.  
-End Boss Fight. The end boss was extremely satisfying. I played on hardcore and loved how the boss was challenging and rewarding to defeat. The ending in general came to a very well made conclusion as well as leaving room for ME2.  
 
I will add more as I think of them, but these are some things I wanted to touch on before the release of Mass Effect 2. 
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Posted by immike

So, I just beat Mass Effect 1 and it is extremely satisfying...at least the way it played out for me. I am glad, because I finished it the day before Mass Effect 2 came out, so I am all ready for it. I am looking forward to seeing all of the choices I made play out in the new game. Having just finished the first entry in the series, here are some things I really liked and did not like: 
  

Dislikes:

-The Mako on IIlos (spelling). The Mako is controversial in that it's both hated and liked, but mostly hated. I, for one, really liked the exploration with the mako. Having said that, when you drive the Mako during one of the last missions (Illos), it sucks soooo bad. That thing is bouncing around, hitting walls, and going out of control for no reason.  
- The upgrade system. The upgrades are too frequent; there are too many of them, and they are just annoying. They show significant increase in power as much as they just clutter your inventory space.   
-The snipers. The sniper rifles, until the very end, are way difficult to use. I played an infiltrator due to the fact that I love sniping, yet the sniping is way too difficult for its own good. I haven't played ME2 but this is something that must be fixed in order to make the class justifiable. 
-The achievements. The ME1 achievements are not really bad per se. I enjoyed trying to get as many of them as possible on one playthrough and will probably play through the game again later down the road. However, the fact that they are glitchy is kinda disappointing. I used Wrex and Tali for the entire game and completed both side quests. When it was time to receive the achievements for using them for the "majority" of the game, I only received the one for Tali. Also, the achievements are sometimes too vague or too intense. 
 

Likes:

-Combination of Speech, dialog, and story. All of these aspects are done well enough to be a  film. However, since they are all able to be interacted with, they are great in a game. I like how it is done here more so than in Bioware games that have come out after the fact.  
-Side quests. Although the side quests were optional, mundane, or Blank (insert negative comment here) they were present and that was great. I did the majority of them to increase my level and experience everything the game had to offer. Unfortunately, some of the missions were repeated. That didn't stop me from doing them all, and I never got to the point where I didn't want to do any more. 
-The abilities. I liked how every class had abilities and how they all worked. Every ability did something useful and none felt out of place. The biotics, techs, and weapons all did something and it was all satisfying.  
-End Boss Fight. The end boss was extremely satisfying. I played on hardcore and loved how the boss was challenging and rewarding to defeat. The ending in general came to a very well made conclusion as well as leaving room for ME2.  
 
I will add more as I think of them, but these are some things I wanted to touch on before the release of Mass Effect 2.