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Mass Effect - 2.5 days in and 20 levels later

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Initial post: Nov 23, 2007 10:37:58 AM PST
Ok....before I get started into my further impressions of Mass
Effect, let me throw this at you all....if some of you noticed, when
I write on games, I call it a 'first impression' and I compared it
with a first date, you go and the first things that you note you tell
others about ut. The good the Bad and the Uggghhhly.

Same with a game and when you are investing 60 bucks
a pop into these games, someone should give you an idea of what you
are getting into.

When I do these first impressions with my games, I do it because
right off the bat there are some games i can tell are going to be
pretty good and some that are going to be crap and sometimes I may
not have time to get around to give a 2nd impression or a review
(heck i don't get paid for that anyways...LOL)

Now...what does all of that have to do with Mass Effect?

Well for some of you I didn't think a 1/2 an hr impression was fair
altho I kinda knew it would be dead on.... that I have had time to play....has my feelings changed
about the game?


Do I still think it's cool?


What do I think of this game?


This game has been able to take stories from all the sci fi greats
such as Star Trek, Aliens, Babylon 5 and many others and put it into
one playable package!

And it is so true that some missions you play may change the outcome
later on in the game while some, such as a hostage situation, no
matter what, will not change.

One thing I will say, your moral compass always swing north
and you are afraid to break it, this game won't be as fun. You have
to sometimes make tough choices and sometimes you have to know when
to have mercy. One of the main missions involve me having to possibly
exterminate a whole race of sentients and yo tell me whther I had a
hard time pulling the trigger.

It's moments like that which makes this game worth playing.

You have to pick the greater good for the galaxy over what your
conscience may say and I playing thru now waiting to see if I will
possibly learn the consequences to my actions.

Now...some tips for those playing.

SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE!!! self explanatory...if you hit a spot where
something big may come up or just happened. makre sure you follow
that rule.

Next, sometimes micromanage your leveling. Let the computer do all
the work but every once in a while, check in and see what your squad
is doing and if you don't like it, make the changes needed to get
necessary armor, weapons etc.

Also, like I stated, don't be afraid of saying no because sometimes it
may be the right thing to do. I have any complaints?

A few...very few and Bioware should adress these before the next

1. Inventory - not all that crazy with when going to a shop and
everything is all lumped in with no way to sort what from whht
because I have to be careful that I am not selling off something good.

Also...the comparison charts need to be a lot more informative from
character to character.

2. Combat AI - kinda shaky at times, doesn't always obey commands

3. Music - ok...I will be first to admit...I am not a big fan of the
music, it's just that to me, the music is more 80's sci fi than next
century. I was expecting something more sweeping akin to Star Wars
etc...but will do.

4. Some of the puzzles are WAAAAY too hard.

Starting the reactor (wont say where) suffice to say, if you don't have enough of a certain thing you will need to guess your butt off in order to figure it out.

Also one of the early Boss fights is a bit complicated until you figure out what you need to gun for....and sometimes the enemy AI can be cheap to say the least.

Otherwise...if you needed the next big thing after Oblivion, this is
it. Get it, don't play it...experience it and enjoy it.

When you are done, you will probably play it again!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 7:44:51 AM PST
Thanks, dude. If I wasn't sure about buying this game before, I definitely am now!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 7:24:39 AM PST
pezzy says:
I loved KOTOR, so that was my sole reason for getting this game. I am only a few hours in, just starting the Feros mission.. it's not bad so far, but things seem to take too long.. also.. I keep dying with the Mako.. I just can't get passed that part for some reason... the vehicle controls are just bad.. do is have a rocket, or just the useless machine gun?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 9:42:39 AM PST
The MAKO just takes some getting use to, at first I couldn't hardly drive straight with it, but buy the end of the game, I was more effective with the MAKO than on foot and dodging incoming missles with it easily. I still couldn't drive straight though. ;P

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 3:42:32 PM PST
Yes, you do have a rocket on the tank; it's the right bumper.

Also, if you're having trouble with tank combat, it's useful to note that if you press the A button, your tank can jump. Very good for avoiding those missiles ^^

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 5:02:50 PM PST
Bookwoman says:
Could someone help me with the "Mature" rating on this game? I'm thinking of getting it for my 15 year old nephew.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 5:39:34 PM PST
pezzy says:
Hi Bookwoman,

I'm not very far into the game, but it seems the rating is because the game is a shooter and some violent characters. After a few hours, I haven't seen anything a 15 year old will be shocked by (given the other games and movies out there).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 5:43:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2007 5:44:06 PM PST
Violence is not graphic (less explicit than halo), and while there are minor adult themes they tend more toward very minor innuendo. As far as I can tell, the biggest reason for the M rating is a very short (less than 3 minutes or so) lovemaking scene in the game. There is both traditional and lesbian sex depending on which path you chose, but nothing you see is more explicit than what you might see on TV. The downside is, being a teenage boy, he'll likely go for it if they can. The upside is that there's not much there to be seen.

So in terms of violence, it's pretty mild. In terms of the love scene... well, if you're curious, look up Mass Effect on youtube and you'll dig up one of the scenes, I'm sure. If you watch a little 3-minute heavy kissing scene with some naked hip at the end, then you've found it.

Personally I think that the good, heroic aspects of this game far outweigh the love scene in terms of appropriate content. But that's not my call to make.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2007 3:41:52 AM PST
There is a bit of adult language on here too and that may be another reason for the M rating.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2007 12:42:23 AM PST
True, I've noticed it watching my sister play. I tended more toward the goody-two-shoes verbal responses ^^

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2007 7:28:13 AM PST
A 12 yr old can by this in the UK. The M rating in the US is such a broad brush. I have the game and my 12 yr old plays it, the love scene is very mild and is 3 mins max out of hours of gameplay.
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Initial post:  Nov 23, 2007
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