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Posted on Tuesday, September 28 @ 23:22:37 PST by
This week's Post Revolution looks at Mass Effect. How the hell am I going to play this after Mass Effect 2?

I was a little late to theMass Effectbandwagon, I'll be honest. It wasn't untilMass Effect 2was about to release that I was even remotely interested in playing the first installment of Bioware'ssci-fiaction series (notice how I classified it?). Still, with the focus on narrative and story in the ME series, I knew I had to start off on the first born.

I made my way throughMass Effectonce as a paragon, male Shepherd. The story was cool, combat was a little frustrating, but largely manageable. The end boss was ridiculous. Once I putME2in my console, I was very happy I played through and made my own decisions. Having that kind of control over the wayME2turned out was really satisfying, and meeting up with old friends like Wrex was awesome.



I've since beatenMass Effect 2. Now I'm going back for my second playthrough ofMass Effect. I am beating my head against the desk right now.

I'm honestly a little ashamed to say it. The "hardcore" gamer in me wants to favor the technicality of the firstMass Effect. I want to prefer the density and challenge that goes into picking weapons, ammo types, suits, and party members.

The rest of me is just so goddam frustrated. Those of you in the know are probably nodding your head knowingly.

For those of you who haven't playedMass Effect, won't spoil any of the story, and I HAVE TOrecommend you play the first game first, but please get all you want out of it before moving on.Mass Effect 2revolutionizes a lot of the gameplay for the better(?).
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