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Gamers: Thoughts on Mass Effect 2?

Asked by jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities (19677points) March 6th, 2010

I have not yet played Mass Effect 1 or 2, but they look like intriguing games. The last Bioware games I played were Star Wars: KOTOR 1 & 2, and I really enjoyed them. From what I’ve seen of Mass Effect so far, the gameplay seems similar to the KOTOR series.

Before I shell out some money and buy the game, I’d like to hear what you jellies thought of Mass Effect (especially #2). Thanks!

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andrew's avatar

Brilliant game, if enjoy the genre—though you may want to play through mass effect 1 since you can import your character in 2. It just depends how much time you want to waste.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@andrew Does the storlyline from ME1 to ME2 flow well (to the point where I should definitely start at the beginning as to not miss crucial points)? Or is it sort of like Assassin’s Creed where there is continuation of the story, but for the most part, the games can be played independently?

Edit: I see that ME1 is a Platinum Hit Now, perhaps I’ll just get it while it’s cheap.

Flarlarlar's avatar

A lot of choices you’ve made in ME1 will have an impact on the missions in ME2, even the reactions of some alien races will be affected. I’d really recommend to play ME1 because of the consequences on the sequel.

andrew's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities You can definitely play ME2 without playing ME1—it just seems like 80% of the one-off npc’s are from the first game and ‘remember’ how you interacted with them, so you get some neat continuity.

ChaosCross's avatar

Great as usual, but still not an elder scrolls.

ShiningToast's avatar

Like what @andrew said, you can get through it no problem really. Just read the wiki so you get the basic gist of the storyline.

I loved ME1, and they fixed everything that was wrong with ME1 in ME2. No more random long elevator rides and weapon upgrades now apply to all weapons of that type, among other things. The new Planetary Scanning mini-game is fun for like 5 minutes, but then get tedious, though it is necessary for elements so you can upgrade your stuff.

ME1&2 basically is KOTOR without the lightsabers. I loved both of these games, and they are a must play for me. I’m going to start my second run through on ME2 after I finish a few papers, and not often do I play long games like this multiple times through. The last one I did this with was Oblivion, so that’s saying something about ME2.

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