We’re Going To Need Bigger Guns

December 13, 2010 at 8:53 am | Posted in rpg | 4 Comments
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Oooh look at those eyes. So dreamy. Now try to say I don't objectify both sexes equally!

I am way more excited for Mass Effect 3 than Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Kind of odd really. I have spent far more time in Oblivion, Fallout 3, Morrowind, and New Vegas, than in Neverwinter Knights 1 & 2, Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, Mass Effect 1 & 2, and Dragon Age.

If I’m being honest, Mass Effect 2 was actually extremely short. I spent less time in that game than I have in any other major RPG I’ve played. And yet it’s one of my all time favourites. Why is that?

The only reason I can think of is that Mass Effect 2 is a superior game. I mean they nailed it. I have no complaints to speak of other than when I was done, I wanted more.

Bathesda style games have loads of content, reams of material to play through, an extensive game experience. I like my supporting cast, I enjoy playing through it. There isn’t anything wrong with those games.

You get to decide who your character is because beyond attributes, they leave the rest to you. There isn’t a story attached to your background, you’re an amnesiac, a nameless chosen one, “The Courier”. You decide if you’re a vilified or idolized.

Actually I think that may be the crux of it. Shepard, he’s full of history. I can’t care about the nameless unknown that will be my character in Skyrim this far in advance, but I’m already worried that Shepard will bite the dust in Mass Effect 3.

With Mass Effect the narrative is much stronger. You are Shepard, and whether you’re a paragon or a renegade, you are badass.

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4 Comments

  1. I just purchased Mass Effect2 for $19.99 this weekend. So far I’m loving it. My daughter is addicted now too, enough that I’m already getting the Mass Effect books for her to read. I think I’m going to check out the comic myself.

    • yeah it’s a great game. I’m not really into dlc, or the cost, but this is the one game where i’m still tempted to pick up the content.

  2. Yeah, I’m surprised, I thought you would be way more excited for Skyrim than for ME3.

    • i just had way too much fun in mass effect 2. better story, acting, characters, gameplay.


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