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The Effects of Mass Effect

findyourinnergeek.ca -- I wanted my first piece to be on a subject that I love and believe in…gaming. More specifically the Mass Effect series from Bioware. Now as most gamers are probably aware, Mass Effect 3 has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. If any of you are members of Raptr then you can find my little rant on that topic on the Mass Effect 3 dashboard under the thread ‘Mass Effect blamed for Connecticut school shooting: fans defend video games’. This isn’t going to be another chapter on the idiocies of the ill-informed though. This piece is about my love for the Mass Effect trilogy and the effect it has had on me as a gamer.

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crxss1373d ago

mass effect 2 was an extremely powerful game for me. making, i guess, my expectations for 3 unrealistic.

NYC_Gamer1373d ago

Mass Effect 1 was the best and really thought part 2&3 would raise the bar but they failed

fossilfern1373d ago

I Agree 100%! I still enjoyed ME2 but I didnt like the direction it was going and ME3 just solidified my fears and it eneded up turing into a poor mans GoW with RPG elements stripped to the bare minimum.

deletingthis346753341373d ago

That is the new BioWare for you. They completely abandoned their fans and pandered to the MTV/ADD crowd with ME3 and DA2. As it looks BioWare probably received the most hate among gamers of any studio this year. Serves them well. Fail company is fail.

grifter0241373d ago

I agree with both of you. I can play Mass Effect 1 every day and not get tired of it, I've already put in 100hrs into 1 and still play it.

2 and 3 were a big let down, yes I couldn't put either game down (I didn't even beat 3 I just got to the FOB at the end and turned it off to not get mad at the ending) but there is something different about them compared to 1.

I don't know how people can say that 2 is better than 1 every time Mass Effect is talked about, almost everything they say was done better in 1 besides the graphics and screen tearing issues.

greatcrusader441373d ago

SPOILERS
I consider Mass Effect 1 art. I know many will disagree with me and bring up its many problems like graphical glitches and bland uncharted worlds (though each had a unique, beautiful sky), mako controls, etc. But no game, even the sequels, made a universe feel so alive and realized.

The atmosphere was amazing and the art style and film grain gave the universe a dark disturbing feeling, that IMO space should feel considering how unknown it is. The visions from the beacon, Sovereign conversation, Vigil (Song and AI), the recording on Illos with the awesome voice (ALL IS LOST...ALL IS LOST!) Etc. So much about this game I loved.

I was genuinely scared of the Reapers, billions of Space Cthulhus (I took Sovereigns words that their numbers will cover the sky of every world to heart) who come from the dark of space and kill everything for no reason (til ME3 tried explaining it *shutters) and I remember when Sovereign docked onto the Citadel I get goose bumps thinking any second billions of him could pour out and destroy galactic civilization in mere seconds. Hell I still get goose bumps even though I know now how exaggerated the Reapers forces were.

Anyway sorry for the novel but I just had to say this, I'm sure a lot of people think ME is overrated but its one of my fave of all time.

SonyStyled1373d ago

i never understood mass effect. watched my boyz play for a while and played a little bit myself. i dont see what the hype is all about

ChickeyCantor1373d ago (Edited 1373d ago )

You don't play a little bit. That doesn't make sense where you have to play trough a complete story.

Mass effect is clearly story driven. Something you failed to appeal to.

Knight_Crawler1373d ago

Mass Effect is a very story driven game where you have to look for stuff and interact with people in order to fully understand the story - unlike most games where the story is giving to you by CGI cut scenes, this games makes you work fr answers.

One does not simply play MGS 4 an expect to understand the story, same concept with Mass Effect.

tigertron1373d ago

I just completed my first PS3 play through today after completing it on the PC a couple of years ago and I have to say it is still the best Mass Effect. I actually had a quick go on ME2 and 3 to remind myself of how ME has changed.

Although there were improvements in the graphics department and the combat may have been improved, but it's not hard to see how the series was in decline i.e. a more stream lined experience, no Mako exploration, auto dialogue, lots of loading screens.

I hope ME4 takes the best features of all the games. I would like Shepard to return though, but I know that's not going to happen. :(

Tetsujin1373d ago

There is a way where he survives, however I hope they at least have more elaboration on him surviving along with everyone else. I do feel what your saying though, I didn't like how you make this character only to die at the end.

Unless it's some time later, and even then I hope some of the original cast is there.

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