So the holydays are soon to be over. Every xmas I end up playing old games or trying out titles I skipped when released, sometimes I return to old mmo’s or fire up battlefield or COD. This year I ended up buying (among others) the Mass Effect series on the cheap. I played ME1 a couple of years ago, but being a hardcore mmo player the streamlined gameplay somehow left me disappointed back then.
Treat it like a interactive book or a movie instead
To be honest the problem was, I misunderstood the whole concept and compared it to computer games and mmo gameplay I general. When I returned this winter I choose to treat it as a interactive book or a movie instead – and boy was I in for a ride. I played thru ME1 and ME2 and finally in ME3.
For the first time I have actually cried during certain moments in a computer game.
As an interactive movie or book the Mass Effect trilogy is one of the greatest games/stories of our generation. It’s a trilogy and should be experienced like one straight up. Gameplay is pretty streamlined, but Bioware leaves you with a ton of hard moral choices within the story itself making the game taking some really different turns depending on how you decide to play it. There at least three different endings – each of them depending on the decisions you made during the game(s). The replayability is not all that great, the core of the story will always be the same, but the relations with your comrades, alliances with other races could change dramatically. It’s the little things that stand out and stay with you. The deep comradeship with Garrus or the fact that there at least two crewmembers being openly gay. The different romantic relations you can pursue. Or the moments when you have to sacrifice one of you teammates. In my case one who had been with me from ME1
If you’re looking for cheap games on Steam or Origin the Mass Effect series is a great choice if you like me missed out earlier. Trust me, It’s breath taking.
The Mass Effect trilogy is one of the greatest games of our generation, and you would be a fool to miss it.