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ApostateMage

If the combat was updated to be more like ME Andromeda's then I'd be well chuffed. The writing and characters were awful but that combat was slick man.

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nessisonett

The sniper rifle in Mass Effect 1 is the best feeling gun in the franchise. The overheating mechanic works so much better with that gun than the machine guns.

Socks before or after trousers, but never socks before pants, that's the rule. Makes a man look scary, like a chicken.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

I've never played any of the Mass Effect games myself so I'm glad this trilogy's coming out to bundle them all together and jazz up the gameplay of the first a bit.

Not a day 1 purchase for myself as I don't think Dragon Age is that great of a series (despite the fantasy setting being more up my alley then mass effect's space opera) but I'll be sure to give 'em a go at some point

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RogerRoger

LieutenantFatman wrote:

@RogerRoger
They stated the romance options will remain as they were in the original release, they're not adding any content there, they said it would take too much work as they'd have to create stuff from scratch.

@LieutenantFatman Ah, nuts. That's annoying (especially since it wouldn't be "adding" anything; all of the voice lines were recorded for MaleShep to romance Kaidan in the original game, and were just deactivated in the code, so it'd simply be a restoration).

Fixing the original intentions for Mass Effect 2 would be more work. I wouldn't expect that.

I just hope the trophies have been altered, then. I'd love to platinum a Mass Effect game, but forcing me to go straight in order to do so is more than a little insulting.

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@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy With any luck, the fact that you're not the biggest sci-fi / space opera fan might work to your advantage. I'm sure Dragon Age isn't the best fantasy franchise ever made, and your wider experience of the genre might've made this more apparent. If you've got fewer comparisons to draw with Mass Effect, then you've got a better chance of missing its small handful of flaws.

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Thrillho

I played ManShep for my first ME2 run and my full paragon run (maybe one more to save everyone?) and one FemShep renegade run. I did both ME3 runs with my full paragon and everyone saved ManShep save.

I got platinums for both games so am excited to do the same for this! The amount of DLC included is pretty staggering though. ME2 had most of the DLC on it for PS3 with Shadow Broker being excellent. Arrivals was separate but also fantastic and linked ME2 to 3 really well.

I only remember getting one pack for ME3 with Leviathan. I bought the Collector's edition so got From Ashes which included Javik. I definitely didn't play the Citadel DLC and don't think I played the Omega one.

Thrillho

BearsEatBeets

@Thrillho I never platinumed any of the originals back on the PS3 but when I started chasing trophies I did go for the ME2 one as I only had the 'beat it on the hardest difficulty' trophy to get. So I increased the difficulty to Hardcore and set off on my playthrough. There were some tricky spots but I made it through and sat watching the credits waiting for the trophy to pop but nothing. So I waited and waited and eventually switched to the trophy list and discovered the top difficulty was Insanity and I hadn't flicked far enough through the options. I couldn't bring myself to do it all again right away and I forgot to ever try again.
I fully intend to give it a go getting all 3 this time around and might start on the top difficulty from the get go or if new game + is an option I'll probably do that (it sure helped for Andromeda).

It's only from this re-release that I realised that I never got or played the Leviathon DLC so I'm eager to play that one as it apparently gives a lot more insight into the Reapers.

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RogerRoger

@BearsEatBeets You're gonna love Leviathan, but not as much as @Thrillho is gonna love the Citadel. A pair of fantastic DLCs, but the former isn't quite as magical as the latter.

Omega got a teensy bit boring, I hate to admit. Still good, but quite forgettable (for me, at least).

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Thrillho

@BearsEatBeets I'd forgotten there was one for the hardest difficulty (it is almost 10 years since I got the trophy after all.. that's slightly depressing). I only have vague memories of one really tough bit but it's hard to remember for sure. I did think it was slightly unfair to have a PS3 trophy for "beating the game twice or once with an imported ME1 character" seeing as the latter wasn't available at the time!

The Leviathan DLC was short but quite important in the overall lore from what I remember (only 8 and a half years ago for that one!). The Citadel one @RogerRoger mentions always sounded like fun but I think it came out after I'd played the game twice and I didn't feel I really wanted to go back just for that.

Thrillho

Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Here's hoping! Though with Mass Effect typically being lauded as some epic sci-fi trilogy left, right and centre... Let's hope it doesn't fall flat for me like a certain legendary JRPG that you didn't get along with much either @RogerRoger


I have to say I'm really quite surprised at looking over everyone elses replies in this topic at how little I know about the Mass Effect series despite hearing about it so often.

Other then knowing the main character has the last name of Shepard, the ending of 3 being bad and had a dlc to "correct" it and the memes of Andromeda from it being buggy at launch... I actually know absolutely nothing about 'em 😄

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Thrillho

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy I never played ME1 seeing as it wasn't available on Playstation but lots of Xboxers had kept saying how ME2 was one of the greatest games made so I jumped on board as soon as it launched on PS3.

It was quite clever as the game came with a sort of digital comic that allowed you to whizz through the story of ME1 but make the big decisions in the game so that it influenced ME2. The game was incredible for having such an incredible world, some fantastic characters, and actually having a solid, fun combat style too.

One of the big things was that your decisions did have massive impacts on what happens in the game; you can pretty much wipe out entire races of aliens if you so wish and these decisions would affect the games quite significantly.

The issue with ME3 was that the ending then took away all of this incredible decision making and made it feel that all of them were made for nothing. On the one hand, you could argue it was quite clever writing but it certainly never felt that this was the intention. The "additional" ending tacked on a bit of "what happened to everyone after the credits rolled" bit but couldn't take away from that. All that said, the reaction was a bit overblown (there's a surprise!).

I've avoided saying too much about the games in this post because if you really don't know much about the series then I would try and stay away from big spoilers as the story is still great and ME3 builds it up to incredible heights.

Thrillho

Th3solution

@Thrillho I agree that the backlash about ME3’s ending was overblown. I mean, I’m fine with linear storytelling. I know the presence of decisions and dialogue trees makes one think the end points will differ, but the journey all along felt very much like I was in control of my own destiny. At the time, I hadn’t seen something like Detroit Become Human or Until Dawn with all its multiple endings, so I wasn’t bothered by ME3’s. The test will be how it holds up now though, since I have seen what can be done with branching narrative and player choice. I wonder if I’ll feel the same about the game.

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RogerRoger

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Oh, I'm certain we're not looking at another Final Fantasy VII here! The huge diversity of characters (and their in-depth presentation) almost guarantees that you'll find somebody, somewhere, who'll carry you through the trilogy. To begin with, I was a little underwhelmed with my crew, but I slowly started to realise that I cared. By the end of the first game, I was hooked.

In addition to what @Thrillho and @Th3solution say about the ending, I'll add my two pence and say that I never, ever had a problem with it... but that's probably because I was a latecomer. My first experience of it didn't just benefit from the Extended Cut, but also from the Citadel DLC (which I highly, highly recommend leaving to be the very last thing you do before triggering the endgame). As such, I found it a powerful and emotional finale to a journey that had taken me months to complete. When I later watched the original ending on YouTube, I was pretty shocked, and reckon I would've felt let down by it, but the post-release repairs made by both the Extended Cut and the Citadel DLC are transformative.

Of course, it's a shame that nobody can come fresh to it nowadays, without the knowledge of the ending controversy. It's difficult to avoid looking for flaws, even subconsciously, when you know something's been at the centre of such a storm. With any luck, your immersion will remain intact.

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LordSteev

I'm in the minority, but I thought the ending was fine. Decisive. I'm not sure how else they could have ended it. I know it disappointed a whole lot of people, but I kind of liked it. It brought the story to a definite conclusion, not leaving the door open for another game in the same galaxy. I thought that was kind of brave of them. It wasn't a happy ending, but I didn't think that made it a bad ending.

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Thrillho

@LordSteev Well, there was the smallest glimpse of continuation with Shepard living and Earth saved but I still doubt they'd ever do so.

Thrillho

LordSteev

@Thrillho Well, they've let loose that trailer, so we'll see another Mass Effect, for sure. I'll be very curious to see what direction they take it in. They have some of the old people back who worked on the first 3, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

That's one of the main reasons I never gave Mass Effect a shot seeing that the first wasn't made available on PS3 @Thrillho (Though didn't it get a digital release at some point?)

That and sci-fi has generally become less interesting to me as a genre as I've gotten older.


I sure hope so @RogerRoger!

I'll admit I'd actually be a little more relieved if there was a more mixed opinion on the games so I'd end up being pleasantly surprised at it being good rather then being disappointed at it not quite living up to the hype.

Still all the positive responses have been rather reasonable so hopefully it'll rub off on me! 😄

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RogerRoger

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Hey, if @Thrillho could convert you into a Yakuza superfan, I'm sure we could do the same for Mass Effect, right...?!

And yes, the first Mass Effect did get released on PS3, eventually.

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Th3solution

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy @RogerRoger Yeah, I’d be interested in how Foxy responds to it. It has some of the best character relations and back stories in gaming, but it is very Sci-Fi. But to be honest, although I’m a big Star Wars fan, I’m not as big a Sci-Fi fan as would be suspected. I can’t think of many other Sci-Fi games not in the Star Wars Universe that I’ve played. Titanfall 2 and Detroit Become Human I guess are Sci-Fi setting, and maybe Horizon Zero Dawn and Ratchet & Clank...
So I guess even if you’re not into the starship/space exploration setting, I think there’s still a lot to love about Mass Effect because of the character and story elements. Of course that’s what I thought about NieR Automata (oh, there’s another Sci-Fi set game) and that didn’t go so well. 😅 So take my recommendation with a grain of salt. Especially since I’ve not played the series in many years.

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