Mass Effect

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Prof. Amy Lupin
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Mass Effect

Post by Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:54 am

A fellow HOLer recommended Mass Effect to me and so far I'm loving it. This took me somewhat by surprise as this is the first proper science fiction video game I've played (I tend to prefer RPGs with fantasy elements).

I'm still in the early stages of the game, but the storyline and the world-building appeal to me, not to mention the depth to the various characters' backstories. I really like how one's dialogue and squad choices seem to have more impact on gameplay than most other games. I'm still getting the hang of combat (I may have had to reload several times >>), but there's a lot more strategy to it than the average "hack and slash" RPG.

Has anyone else played the original trilogy or the latest installment Mass Effect: Andromeda?


Note: Although the first game came out more than 10 years ago, please use spoiler tags when discussing specific plot points or characters, so that those new to the franchise can still experience these first-hand.
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Re: Mass Effect

Post by Prof. Amy Lupin » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:05 pm

I'm a little further into the original game since I last posted, having completed one or two of the first main quests (depending on one's perspective). I've enjoyed exploring the other planets while completing the various side-quests. I really like how each has a different landscape and there's descriptions of the various planets just before you land or survey them, as this really adds to the depth of the Mass Effect universe.

One of the things I like about this particular RPG is that you're encouraged to change your squad up depending on the mission. While Kaiden and Tali are probably my favourite squad mates -- I ended up switching to Ashley and Garrus when it came to the geth incursions. I definitely found times when I missed Kaiden/Tali, particularly because their skillset would have come in handy with decryption, but it's a balancing act really because Ashley/Garrus are better fighters. With most other RPGs I've played one tends to stick with the same team throughout, unless the storyline forces one to temporarily choose someone else to stand in for one of the characters.

My only real complaint of the game so far is that it isn't as open-world as I was initially led to believe from interacting with the various NPCs. After getting thrashed in the second/third main quest as well as being caught off-guard by a thresher maw during one of my planetary explorations, I decided to consult a walkthrough for some guidance as to where to go next, and it was just as well because with most of the side-quests you're given in the first part of the game, it is suggested one has a minimum level of 30. This isn't the most practical though, as I'm still only a level 22 at this stage, and experience isn't always the easiest to come by.

In spite of that, I'm still enjoying the game and looking forward to seeing how things pan out.
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- Edward Everett Hale
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