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Why Mass Effect 2 is the future of the RPG

GamerNode's Matt Erazo writes, "BioShock challenges the very idea of player action, or Dead Rising forces you to face the consequences of your in-game actions, I perk up and immediately take notice, hoping future games will continue to evolve.

But this is not always the case. Sometimes a game will release, trying something different, and player will not take to it, forcing developers to go back to their established formula permanently. I saw the future of the Zelda franchise with the superb Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, a game that shook the very foundations of the Zelda franchise and provided truly original gameplay, but was "too weird" for Zelda fans, and we were stuck with both The Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time retread, Twilight Princess. While both of these games are still good in their own right, they are still derivative of A Link to the Past.

Well dear readers, I've seen the future once again. A game has released that has challenged the RPG genre and is the harbinger of the future of the RPG. It takes everything that is great about RPGs, trims out all of the useless tropes that plague the genre, and delivers an experience that made me realize that this is what I play RPG games for."

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italianbreadman3175d ago

I love how Mass Effect 2 really trims the fat from both of the genres it merges together, yet has tons of content better placed in other areas.

presto7173175d ago

cuz if it was, then my gaming future would be RPG-less....

Digitaldude3175d ago

The choice system is the future.
But the game is more TPS than RPG.

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SilentNegotiator3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

The future of RPGs is having less and less RPG elements?

Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, but it's not the future of RPGs.

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evrfighter3175d ago

Mass Effect 2 is going down as one of the greatest RPG's in gaming history. Bioware truly are the RPG developers to beat this gen. If they keep up this pace then nex-gen as well.

DelbertGrady3175d ago

To the people who say it's more TPS than RPG. Would you rather have seen turnbased battles?

Adding a fun and interactive way of battling your enemies certainly is more "future-proof" than using some turnbased method where the player does nothing but repeat the same selections over and over.

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DanCrabtree3175d ago

I think the most important thing about Mass Effect 2 is clearly the babin babes, alien and human. Bioware has made a generation of gamers oddly comfortable with interspecial relations, and for once, thats pretty sweet.

KiLLUMiNATi_893175d ago

this game is the future by far

Graphics3175d ago

ME2 is one of the best games that I ever played, but not because of the graphics or gameplay, but because it has one of the best if not best stories ever in a game, It sucks you in.

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hmmmm3175d ago

OK we get it! You dont like ME2, now leave...

caffman3174d ago

more like dipsh.tboy! You dont like mass effect 2 go back to playing MAG. Trust us, we wont stop you

Letros3175d ago

I think its a bit far from a traditional RPG, but might be more accurate to say, Bioware: the future of the RPG, especially considering what they are doing with The Old Republic, a story driven MMO, sounds epic.

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