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So I've played Mass Effect for a few hours a year back (or so) but never got too far. I just picked up the trilogy at GameStop today, and I was wondering what you guys had to say about the game (no spoilers) and if you had any tips for me. I may not be running blind right now, but I will be soon. I've picked the Soldier so I can use more than 2 weapons -.- since I got tired of being stuck with the shotgun and pistol on the save I had on my XBox. I'm leveling up pretty randomly, but I have no clue if I'm going to screw myself over with this. I'm also recording this and putting it up on YT... but I'm having a small problem with rendering (I know how to fix this).

Just let me know how you guys felt about the game(s), but keep the spoilers out.
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Personally I loved it, and sat through every single second of dialogue. Replayed all the games multiple times.

Some issues:

The first game is almost impossible on the higher difficulties without the fitness ability only infiltrators and soldiers have. Ashley and Wrex become the only two useful team mates since they have fitness too and won't drop like flies in battle. Outside the main story line, they reuse level maps for the side quests... also when you explore the worlds it's just bland wasteland so its a disappointment there.

With the second game playing with Vanguard class (Shotgun/Biotics) was annoying. You can not use biotics on enemies that have a shield or barrier. On higher difficulties, everyone has a thick shield/barrier and their too strong to rush with a shotgun so 90% of the time your picking off enemies with the pistol and scourging ammo for it so it's not fun playing vanguard.

No worries though, you can switch classes at the start each game.

Me3 basically took everything that was good in me1/me2 and put them together. But the ending though is kind of a bummer. A lot of people online don't like it since it's very "linear" and you end up choosing 3 endings to your game, paragon, neutral or renegade which is not "open" ending people wanted.

Anyways, if you want to breeze through the game, playing on a difficulty of normal or lower is easy and fun with all classes. All the games were console ports, but as long as you like the game, it shouldn't bother you.
Edited by darksideleader - 5/17/13 at 12:38am
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I loved what I played so far. I'm only an hour in the game right now, but I made several hours in on console. I'm playing on normal because I'm trying to have a good time with this series. I think I was on a harder difficulty on console, and I may have been Vanguard (which may be why I hated weapon restrictions). I managed to do some interplanetary exploration which I liked for the most part. I only wish they had more to do on the planets as that would have made the game so much better. Thanks for the input thumb.gif
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Vanguards are actually quite easy to play in the later two games... Charge = recharging shields and you would spec in lower cooldowns so you could charge every 4 seconds. At least thats how I did it, and at the range that charge put you you could one shot the lesser enemies with one round from a heavy shotty. In ME1 Vanguard Barrier was OP in the earlier versions when I played as you could spec into shields and simply walk through enemy fire.

Personally ME1 was my favourite since its game mechanics were more of an actual RPG, the later two made the UI, inventory and gear system simpler.

Try not to bring up ME3's ending. It's quite literally "pick your colour"....
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2 and 3 are the ABSOLUTE BEST FRAGGIN' GAMES I'VE EVERY PLAYED!!! If you're a Sci-fi fan, prepare for the experience of your live thumb.gif It's comparable to watching BSG remake for the first time smile.gif

I have very little experience with 1, but from what I know, it is times larger than 2, and with a bit less "wow" effect to it.
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Also, make sure you install the 3's fixed endings DLC before you finish the game.

Side recommendation: Play with default character, don't change face, name, class, etc - it's much more cinematic that way wink.gif
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Also, make sure you install the 3's fixed endings DLC before you finish the game.

I don't know if they already installed. I installed the first and second game via disk, and downloaded the third from Origin (since I only have one drive). I'm playing these in order, so I will have plenty of time until I hit the third game
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They're not really hard games so don't worry about the class you picked, though in my opinion Biotic and all of the ones with biotic powers are by far the most fun. Take your time when playing, talk to your squad members on the Normandy often, do side quests.

I've only played ME1 and ME2 so far, since I too only just got into the series. But man are they amazing, the attention to detail is remarkable and Bioware is just the best at creating characters in games. To give you more of an idea what to expect, ME1 is far more of an RPG than the others (especially ME2), since ME1 is the only one with an inventory system, and has far more armor/gun customization than ME2.

There's a much wider range of skills to level up in ME1 compared to the others. Speech is important! That's pretty much a universal tip for RPGs. Choose Renegade or paragon, and max it out. Don't be put off by ME1's side quests; they get repetitive after a while (kind of like Dragon Age 2), but ME2 and ME3 don't have this problem. ME2 is just non-stop an amazing game.

Be sure to get the main DLC -> all quest related ones. You don't need alternate appearance packs. You should also be aware that you might end up with a strong desire to do multiple playthroughs of the series. This is already the case for me, and I haven't even started ME3 yet. I plan to do a playthrough on every class, some will be paragons, others renegades, and there's just a million different paths you can go down since there are so many important decisions to be made in the series.

Disregard all of the ME3 haters, everyone was loving it up until the last 10 minutes. Then when they were disappointed by the ending, they conclude that the entire game sucks, seemingly forgetting how much they were actually loving the game. Besides, you won't see that ending since ME3 comes with Extended Cut now. Install all the DLC before playing (managing DLC is a pain on Bioware games). The biggest Mass Effect fan I know fell in love with the Extended Cut ending, so that says something.

Having played these + Dragon Age series, it's very easy for me to say that Bioware is one of the best developers and most of the hate is unjustified. The problem is they're held back by EA, causing ridiculous DLC prices (I'm about to pay $55 for ME3 DLC, when I got ME3 collector's edition for $15 lol), and obtaining the DLC for these games is just a pain. But still, DAO is the most impressive game I've played; nothing matches it in terms of scale and attention to detail, while Mass Effect is the most impressive video game series out there.
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I don't know if they already installed. I installed the first and second game via disk, and downloaded the third from Origin (since I only have one drive). I'm playing these in order, so I will have plenty of time until I hit the third game

if you want a better understanding of certain things in ME3 consider getting lair of the shadow broker and arrival DLCs for ME2. There is free DLC called bring down the sky for ME1 that is pretty enjoyable. However I wouldn't recommend playing for Pinnacle station ME1 DLC (unless you really enjoy combat)

I'm not sure if that stuff is included with the trilogy. Also from ashes and Leviathan DLC are enjoyable for ME3 I don't consider them integral to the story
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I have played each of the games through about 5 times each >.> If you miss something or you think you didn't make the right choice, go back and play it again. I think between ME, ME2, and ME3 I have over 350 hours logged.
 
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