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Well, completed my first playthrough earlier this afternoon (Weekend? What weekend?).
Bar some minor niggles...what a game. The characters are presented cleverly and each has their own depth and motivation which keeps on coming through. The streamlining has helped it a lot, although I'd have liked a bit more RP-ing - there seems to be less than there was in the ME1. The addition of certain 'split second' decision is a nice touch, though (Out the window you go!).
Anyone else out there been kicking some collector backside?
Having an army and not owning a rulebook is like owning a car with no steering wheel.Originally Posted by amishcellphone
Haven't had a change to get to it yet, I'm still going through Dragon Age. But from what i've heard from some of my friends, its even better than the original, and that alone is something to be proud of. I look forward to it.
2010 WoC Cav W/L/D - 7/3/1
I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as the first - but my god is it brilliant. Its just everything really.
The increased detail, lighting and effects. Beautiful and varied locations and missions. The extra depth to the locations, and the darker and more 'real' setting. Mass Effect 1 did the very rare thing of have having detailed, diverse and interesting characters who are shaped by their past - Mass Effect 2 has even more of those and has characters who are not just shaped by their past, but seem to genuinly live with it. All of this combines to create a game that must be biowares crowning glory so far.
Alot harder too - I'm embarrassed to say it, but in one level I had to drop it down to 'casual'. Even then I barely survived. The only gripe I have is the whole "You died - and you got better, in a convinent amount of time for everything to change." Is a little cheesy.
Oh, and ever wondered what Quarians do when when they get the 'urge' - yep you find out.
The bit where you are on the Collecter ship 'disabled by the Turians' and it it turns out to be a trap. Possibly poor squad selection of Miranda and Zero, possibly triggering it too early, possibly the LMG is a rubbish choice for the gun, but I still expected to be able to do it on normal. The Harbingers just murdered me because they kept spamming that three shot blast that knocks you out of cover and I couldn't kill them and the scions quick enough.
On normal the battles were like this:
Shoot until my shields go, about 1/4 to 1/2 of Harbingers left,
Harbinger gets closer, One team-mate dies, Shields recharge,
Shoot until shields go, Harbinger on armour, Other team mate dies,
Harbinger concentrates on me and before shields recharge knocks me out of cover and I get killed instantly.
My Shepard was imported from a ME1 Lvl 60, and I did all the rest of the game on hardcore. So Yeah.....
Mass Effect, as a series, has never been anything but a relatively sub-par third person shooter. If you want a great third person shooter, take a look at GRAW or Gears of War. What Mass Effect delivers is a reasonably fun shooter and an amazing storyline, and of course BioWare's legendary dialogue system. I didn't play ME1 or ME2 on any difficulty other than Casual (I will do Insane for an achievement on the Xbox, but that's it) simply because that is not the purpose to play the game; every time you die or it goes to game over because of some gimmicky cover mechanic or your squad's AI failing you, it detracts from what the game is supposed to be about - it's a roleplaying game through and through, in my opinion, and that's why I play it.
That said, ME2 is leagues beyond ME1 in character development, story telling, dialogue and cinematics. I absolutely loved it and it took me over 30 hours for my first playthrough with my primary (imported) Paragon character. I've already begun a second playthrough with a Renegade. I highly recommend the game and it's one of the few games I'd suggest buying to people (I subscribe to Gamefly - Netflix for video games - so I buy very few games anymore); I can already tell after less than an hour into the second playthrough, that it's going to be a new and fun experience.
Garrus is actually cool!
I'm really glad Garrus is back too. As, he was always in my party in the first game along with Wrex. Now I'm using him, my Infiltrator class which I have carried over from the first game, and either Mordin or Jack. I like using these classes together as I feel I can usually win in most fire fights. First hitting with two snipers and moving Mordin/Jack up a flank, and then having myself going invisible and rushing to support him, while having Garrus cover me with his Assault Rifle.
I've been playing ME 2, with my imported Renegade Character and I'm still not done. But, I am completely amazed by how great this game is. And I was really thinking about it, I strongly believe that they guys at BioWare are genius. Time and time again, I am finding myself playing through their games for a second time. I just finished Dragon Age: Origins, which actually, oddly enough, reminded me sometimes of both World of Warcraft (through talents and skills, and the classes) and Knights of the Old Republic. But as for Mass Effect, the story is extremely intense and immersive. I was a huge fan of the first one and am really happy with how the second one came out.
Both Dragon Age: Age Origins and Mass Effect 2 did remind me of Warhammer Fantasy and 40k respectively. (though it may be just me.) As Dragon Age's gameplay was very strategy based, making sure that you have a plan before going into a certain fight. And Mass Effect's gameplay revolving around a certain tactical synergy with equipment and cover that now, after thinking about it did remind me somewhat of 40k. Though this may be just me, as I have only played those two tabletop games.