Yup. Gotta stop making such descriptive titles.. should I just get it?
I want ME2 but I haven't played the first
ehh i'm in the same boat as you...i have mass effect 1 and everyones like "mass effect 2 is orgasmic" and i REALLY wanna play it but i dont really wanna play mass effect 1 especially after i lost a significant amount of hours when my friggin save got deleted.
Play the first. It is not a terrible game by any means, you just have to be an actual gamer to get through it.... it is a bit rough around the edges, but you will love it if you are even interested in Mass Effect 2. I have heard that it is kind of hard to play through the first after playing through the second just because how much better the sequel to the first is. I would suggest if you are even interested in doing it, play through the first... it will only take 20 hours if you blow through the campaign only doing a couple of the side missions.
Even if you don't follow the story the game is still pretty damn solid. Having said that, I highly suggest doing your research. The comic at the begining of the game does a fair overview, but you'll want to look into the codex (basically an in-game encyclopedia) to get some more background on the various races, species, and planets.
You should play this game. Buy it, rent it. Do something.
After playing the ME games in this order:
I highly suggest playing the first game. The whole time I was playing it I felt as though I was fighting the controls, and inventory just to get through the story, but it was absolutely worth it. The reunion/emotional scenes carry a lot more weight with the back story and previous experience with the characters and the galaxy it exists in.
In short Mass Effect makes Mass Effect 2 an even better game
I've played Mass Effect 2 both with a save from ME1 and with a default Shepard with the choices made by Bioware.
Safe to say that there's a looot of things you'll miss if you haven't got a save from the first game. It's not major things that affect the story but it adds so much more with people that you've helped approaching you and talking to you.
It adds a sense of accomplishment I've not felt before. Also interactions with squad mates like Tali and Garrus is not the same if you don't have the story of ME1 in the back of your head. You don't need it, but you miss out on so much.
If you can, buy ME1 on the PC and play through it before going into ME2. You don't need it, but it adds a lot, especially if you can fake the choices you made in ME1 with the interactive comic on the PS3 for ME2 (even if that only involves the major ones).
But for the sake of saying it; you'd get even more if you went for ME2 on the PC as well since you'd get the save file.
" Search on Youtube for "Mass Effect in 5 Minutes". IGN made the video and it's a really good summary of the first game... in about 5 minutes. actually, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5ns3lSWPs8 "I watched this before playing ME 2, While i missed out on specifics of the ME1 story, I felt like I was sufficiently educated.
I've run through ME 1 three times & ME 2 twice. If you
have the time, I suggest playing ME 1 before you start
ME 2. Otherwise, you might feel a disconnect from some
of the old characters that were in the first game that you
meet in the second.
I've got such a huge backlog right now I don't know when
I'm gonna be able to go back & do an ME 1 on its
advanced difficulty or ME 2.
I would recommend playing the first game first; i've seen the comic stuff on Gametrailers and they sure leave a lot of things out (the Geth anyone!?). If you don't have a 360 or PC that can run the first game, we'll i guess you don't really have a choice...
I really loved the first Mass Effect and if you stick to the main storyline most of the gameplay holds up. The side missions can be tedious but the story and characters are great. Having played through the first game also gives you an even better experience in the sequal...
You might enjoy it more with the experience of the first one under your wing.
But I got into Mass effect 2 just after new year cause all the buzz from game of the year and i really enjoyed it regardless.
It was a bit confusing to follow along with every little detail. But with just the comic from the ps3 (have no experience with it) but might be enough to cover it.
that and mass effect 2 felt like a continuation but self contained enough to work as a stand alone.
From the reactions here it seems i need to go back and finish the first one..
You HAVE to play ME2, even if you haven't played the first one. The game is such a good experience that it stands by itself. Besides the PS3 version has a interactive comic that will catch you up. Look at the quick look on the site to see what to expect.
Please Log In to post.
This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.
Comment and Save
Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.