Geek Revolt writes "You could play Mass Effect 2 without playing the first, I’m sure when the third one comes out—the same could be said. It’ll stand on it’s own, prior knowledge to the Mass Effect universe won’t be necessary. But that doesn’t mean these are “standalone” games. They’re apart of a trilogy and if you want the full experience, you should play all of them. Well, I think this trilogy approach is holding Bioware back. One-off games set in the Mass Effect universe might be better, here’s why."