Mass Effect Series Catch-All

Grenn wrote:

It would also be nice to grab those "Use X ability 25 times" achievements as well. And I can see what the rebalancing of the leveling system would be like.

You don't have to be the class anymore, you just have to manually trigger the squadmates power. Also you can use some of them while targeting the Mako to get the cheevos. They made it a lot easier to 100% ME1 now. Original game took a minimum of 3 play throughs I think.

I'm playing through the trilogy on Normal and might go back and do a new game+ for an Insanity run at a later date. Not sure why I didn't hit the level cap in ME1 as I did every single quest in the game and landed on every rock you can land on and basically licked the bowl clean. If it had Pinnacle Station I would have hit the cap for sure though. I wonder how long until PC modders add that back in.

Also wondering how this has sold since Mac Walters mentioned a few times that if it sold well and fans made enough noise about it they might add the Multiplayer back in. There are rumors that it is going to be revealed at EA Play, but they don't sound like they are from very creditable sources to me.

I would assume a dragon age remaster pack before multiplayer. I don't see mass effect multiplayer selling a ton of micro transactions.

Bulleted thoughts on Mass Effect 2, because that’s how I am broken.

-Unlike Mass Effect 1, I’ve played the crap out of this on my PS3. And it is exactly as I remember. Not as it was, because I’m sure the original Game looks way worse, but s as I remember.

-Seriously, I am pretty sure I can do some of those description puzzles without actually clicking on them.

-This feels like a modern game, except for some clumsiness in the UI and having to hit a button to get into cover. But unlike ME1, this game feels like a contemporary to other late era PS4 games.

-Hey, they fixed the weird thing where the Normandy’s elevator would go upside down. Seriously, for the longest time I thought there was a weird Naval thing where the floor numbers were inverted.

-Speaking of playing this game now, all the genophage stuff feels less thought out than I remember.

-I am glad Jack comes with her DLC costume from the jump and isn’t forced to be over sexulized—or at least allowed to be less over sexulized. And don’t get me started on the heteronormative romance options.

-Kelly is my friend, so now I can buy fish. I will not suffer the fate of Alex Navarro.

-If Adam Savage happens to be my Stanta this year, The M96 Mattock is my favorite gun that has ever been in a video game.

-I would love to recruit Steve Cortez to fly that damned Hammerhead around.

-I love planet scanning! My brain is broken in precisely that way, so much so that I have scanning rules for myself. (Only rich planets, only take them down to moderate). In fact, if I could be scanning planets, sending out probes, and discovering anomalies on my phone, I’d be doing that instead of typing this. My brain is broken in that way.

-The story of ME1 holds up better. But I like the little stories in ME2 more. I’m looking forward to seeing if some of the ones I enjoy but haven’t got to yet.

-Though all of those half thought out Cerberus anomalies are just as bad as I remember.

I’m looking forward to filling my ship full of cool aliens and getting them to be my friends, buying fish and armor I won’t wear in combat, and eventually killing one of the dumbest end bosses in video games.

Spoiler:

Y'know, having gone through ME1 twice now, I do wish they'd deepened Ashley a little bit more or worked a little harder to make her more interesting/sympathetic, because in both playthroughs, when I got to Virmire...

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UpToIsomorphism wrote:

-And don’t get me started on the heteronormative romance options.

She's not an option for FemShep?! I remember being impressed that if you jump straight to sex, she sleeps with you then irrevocably writes you off, but if you decline sex but still get to know her, she opens up. But I could have sworn that I was FemShep when I did that.

The only romance options for FemShep in 2 are Thane, Garrus, or Jacob. ManShep can romance Tali, Miranda, or Jack. Kelly is the only one available to either selectable gender, but is also an 'unofficial' one.

Or, like I am doing, stay loyal to Liara (with a little Kelly fling).

Lair of the shadow broker lets you continue a liara relationship in a way. It's a cool doc I wish I had when I played 2 back in the day.

I think the other asari you recruit may be an option for both male and female shep.

While I am having a great time and I am in the middle of 2, the idea of running my other shep through all three games is a daunting thought.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Or, like I am doing, stay loyal to Liara (with a little Kelly fling).

That's how my femShep did it way back when.

Stealthpizza wrote:

Lair of the shadow broker lets you continue a liara relationship in a way. It's a cool doc I wish I had when I played 2 back in the day.

I think the other asari you recruit may be an option for both male and female shep.

While I am having a great time and I am in the middle of 2, the idea of running my other shep through all three games is a daunting thought.

Samara is not a romantic partner for either Shep, but…

Spoiler:

If you chose to kill her and in her place recruit Morinth during the loyalty mission, you can romance her. However, she will kill you as Morinth is Ardat-Yakshi, and that is just how they roll.

I just finished ME1. 32 hours. I think it's the first game this year I beat. Wow, the magic is there. Yes the combat stinks, but man you really get into the story.

After a bit, it really looks like a recently released game. They did a great job.

I mustn't have had some DLC for ME1 or I just missed the foreshadowing events of Cerberus and the husks.
Does anyone remember either way?

I got sick of side quests and stopped after Virmire. I did Bring Down the Sky though which I definitely didn't have in the past. I am curious as to see how my choices play out in the future.

The romance for Femshep is sooo hard coded though. I barely spoke to Kaiden and suddenly we're this close to heading upstairs before the final missions. I was worried it was going to happen without me even getting to choose it.

Yeah I killed him as femShep too just so there wasn't any confusion

I laughed so hard when got the you have to choose speech from Kaiden because I did not even try to romance him.

I think most of the Cerberus stuff was on random one side quest on a bunch of random planets.

The Cerberus stuff all branches off of the side quest you get from Admiral Kohoku (?) up by the council chambers. Ends up being like 4 different planets.

I'm still in ME1, taking my sweet time. Yet to hit Feros but doing every side mission that comes my way.

I agree with how 'easy' the romance is -- my FemShep was keeping her options open, not really looking for anything, but still talking to the crew a lot, choosing "top-right" responses to max out Paragon points before Feros.

Next thing I know, Kaidan and Liara are each telling me that they sense I have feelings for the other and I have to declare one way or the other. Sheesh! Back off, crew. I know I'm awesome, but I've got planets to scan.

Felix Threepaper wrote:

Sheesh! Back off, crew. I know I'm awesome, but I've got planets to scan.

Eleima still around? I have not seen her comment on this thread and it's weird.

Stealthpizza wrote:

I laughed so hard when got the you have to choose speech from Kaiden because I did not even try to romance him.

I think most of the Cerberus stuff was on random one side quest on a bunch of random planets.

Jacob in ME2 is just as bad and FemSheps dialog with him doesn't help. I'm just trying to be friendly and get to know the guy, but FemShep is delivering the lines all sultry like and he seems pretty DTF. At least in ME1 you can shoot down Kaiden pretty early when he get the wrong idea.

Balthezor wrote:

Eleima still around? I have not seen her comment on this thread and it's weird.

Probably really busy playing Mass Effect ^^
Sounded like that was the plan in the Monthly Pile thread.

Alternatively, Steles drastic solution for Kaiden might have been the last straw.

Speaking of which, when does this go on a 50+% sale :/

Difference between 2010 and 2021 me.

2010: Wow, my new diagnosis of Aspergers as an adult is represented in Mass Effect 2 Project Overlord as a badass who can control Geth.

2021: Wow, Project Overlord is ableist as f*ck and just serves to other and stoke fears about autistic people.

Just got to Omega Station on Mass Effect 2.

This game hits hard from the start and does not let go. I'm so happy that this playthrough is not ruining my nostalgia of the original Xbox 360 games.

Yeah, some of the animations look a little cringe because they are trying to make someone sound edgy, but otherwise it holds up. ME1 is still not great, but I never thought it was great to begin with.

ME2 though? Man. Dripping with cool. I wanna spend time at the Citadel now. In ME1 I groaned when I had to go back.

One of my favorite YT channels (Lessons From the Screenplay) did A Thing on Mass Effect. Haven't watched yet, but they're always a good watch, and (if you like it) the ME pod they did last month was excellent as well.

Balthezor wrote:

Eleima still around? I have not seen her comment on this thread and it's weird.

I’ve see her streaming these games on twitch recently

Other way around. Game of Thrones is the new Mass Effect. It's the hugest thing in the world, every release is a big event, everyone loves it. Then the ending sucks and it disappears from the cultural zeitgeist surprisingly quickly.

The only thing GoT lacks is the disappointing followup, but they're working on it with House of the Dragon.

Beat ME2. Some thoughts.

-The end boss, although it is completely ridiculous and undercuts the threat of the Collectors, is not as bad as I remember.

- Forgot how much of a bullet drain the end of ME2 is. As a soldier, I ended up beating the game with like 5 shotgun and 3 handgun rounds (not clips, shots), and no sniper rifle ammo, assault rifle ammo, or heavy ammo. I may also be a bad shot.

-I did something to screw up my romance with Kelly. Probably for the best, Liara has my heart. And Kelly still fed my fish, so I get to get them back from her later (I think).

-Why can I not get one of the most interesting characters in ME2 until the very end of the game if I want everyone to live? Serious design flaw, give me more Legion.

-Also, I wish they would have made Legion use They/Them pronouns, or at least clarified. 2010 me defaults to Legion using he/him. 2021 me knows that they probably use they, and it makes more sense for them to.

-I ended up looking up the roles my team could play in the Suicide Mission to make it less suicide-y. I ended up just going with what I remember my role-playing was, because it makes sense. If anyone cares, and I doubt anyone does...

Spoiler:

Garrus leads the first alternative team and my tech specialist is Tali. Everyone is loyal, but Shep trusts those people more.

My first team is Jack (headcanon I don't want Miranda and Jack together too much) and Legion, (headcanon I don't know that everyone on my ship trusts the Geth who stole my armor and has just been on the ship for five minutes).

Mordin leads the survivors back because he is a doctor, and those people probably need a doctor.

My biotic is Jack (because she is the bad bitch) and Miranda leads the second squad (because she probably needs to feel like she is in charge). I take Legion (headcanon that he could last longest if the shield falls) and Samara (headcanon that if Jack needs a break or falls, Samara can back her up).

My final team is Miranda (headcanon that she would not let me not take her) and Garus (headcanon that if Miranda turns on me Garrus would be the first to put a bullet in her head). I don't get to pick, but in my headcanon Thane commands the barricade (mostly because he was the one to communicate with me on coms).

And of course, we blow the base to hell.

And before I start ME3...

-If they had that stupid app that I played back in the day to raise my Galactic Readiness, I would play the crap out of that. I am broken in that way.

I am getting close to finishing up ME2 as well. I did the Reaper IFF mission last night and I have done most of the other stuff you can do. I need to do Samara and Legion's loyalty missions and then I have the Shadowbroker and Arrival DLC missions (which I feel should be done after finishing off the Collectors).

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

-I ended up looking up the roles my team could play in the Suicide Mission to make it less suicide-y. I ended up just going with what I remember my role-playing was, because it makes sense. If anyone cares, and I doubt anyone does...

I remember being really stressed about this when I first played, but now, replaying... I'm surprised how intuitive and easy it was to get the suicide mission perfect or nearly so, other than arbitrarily knowing to put off the Reaper IFF mission. There are only one or two places where the best choices for certain roles didn't seem obvious. But maybe I just had subconscious memory still kicking around?

I still like every game in the series. They all had flaws but all did certain things wonderfully... just different things in each game. I totally get why people had favorites, of course, depending on what they most value.

beeporama wrote:
UpToIsomorphism wrote:

-I ended up looking up the roles my team could play in the Suicide Mission to make it less suicide-y. I ended up just going with what I remember my role-playing was, because it makes sense. If anyone cares, and I doubt anyone does...

I remember being really stressed about this when I first played, but now, replaying... I'm surprised how intuitive and easy it was to get the suicide mission perfect or nearly so, other than arbitrarily knowing to put off the Reaper IFF mission. There are only one or two places where the best choices for certain roles didn't seem obvious. But maybe I just had subconscious memory still kicking around?

I still like every game in the series. They all had flaws but all did certain things wonderfully... just different things in each game. I totally get why people had favorites, of course, depending on what they most value.

I kind of want to recreate my first ME1 play through (Ashley killed Wrex and then she died in an atomic fireball, the Rachni queen got turned into goo, and the Council survived) and then recreate my first ME2 play through (lost Zaeed, Mordin, Miranda, and also half of the Normandy crew) and then take that into ME3 just to see how horrible everything is

Spoiler:

Mordin never felt like an obvious choice for escorting the crew back to the ship, but this is pretty much required to keep him alive as he is the mostly likely to die later while holding the line. To me sending someone more tanky like Grunt or Zaeed made more sense.

Rykin wrote:

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I think I was just quite lucky, because I did exactly that my first time through, and had no losses.

Mass effect 2 complete. Now to play 3 for the first time.

Upon further review OG Mako is better than new hover Mako.