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30 April 2012 @ 07:20 am
Mass Effect  
So i started playing Mass Effect yesterday. And by "playing" i mean spending two hours installing the thing, then spending about five minutes going through character creation before stopping halfway through the process and spending an hour or so looking up a bunch of faqs and forums about character creation and jobs and skills and such :)

At first it sounded like i needed to go through the game three times, but then i found out you can't carry over achievements to Mass Effect 2, so now i'm figuring i ought to go through the game twice, first on the Renegade path and a second time with my "real" character on the Paragon path, so i can see both sides of the story.

I'm currently thinking Renegade will be with an Earthborn Ruthless Adept (not sure what bonus power to pick for them) and the second time will be with a Colonist War Hero, either as a Soldier or an Infiltrator and probably with the Singularity bonus. (Unless anyone else has any better suggestions? Particularly for the jobs/bonus skills.)

Also, has anyone else been getting about half their comment notifications dropped recently? My last post about Mass Effect has about twice as many responses as my inbox led me to believe =P
 
 
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Madman Across the Water: Hermitmadmanatw on April 30th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
If my experiences with email notifications from LJ is any guide, you'll get the rest of them in about a week. :P
受け継がれる意志doctorskuld on April 30th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
The cool thing about the ME is that you can replay with different character paths. If you've played other BioWare games before, this mainly seems to have an affect on what you say and how the other characters react to you, and some of the details of the plot, but not necessarily the overarching storyline. If you want a romance, I am under the impression that you have to be nice to them. I usually go through BioWare games on the Jedi/Paragon option, because I am such a sucker and I feel bad when I am mean to virtual people.

A lot of your decisions do actually carry over to Mass Effect 2 (no spoilers, but there are decisions that you have to make that will impact how some parts of the interactions and story in ME2 unfolds), and for some of the options there's no "optimal decision" it's just what you make. I'd suggest not reading the walkthroughs too detailed on these decisions, because it's actually really cool to run into these decisions cold and have to make those judgement calls. I think I've given too much away already. :p

I've been going through my games as a Vanguard, but everything really depends on your playing style. If you're a hardcore FPS person, I would suggest Soldier, since that gives you the broadest range of weapon abilities. If you like a mix of shooting and using powers that bring you into the middle of the action, I'd suggest Vanguard. If you're a "stay at the back, snipe and sneak" type of person, I'd go Infiltrator? I don't really have a good insight into the other classes. You can switch classes in ME2 and ME3 if you want, so you're not locked into one play style for all of the games.
DonAithnendonaithnen on May 1st, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's why i'm figuring on doing one time through Renegade and one time through Paragon. Renegade will be my "blind" playthrough that i'll do first, then i'll look at a faq so i get a "perfect" playthrough for my "real" character :) And yeah, i always tend to be the "good guy" in games, that's why i'm doing the blind playthrough with the Renegade :)

The last FPS game i played consistently was... Battlefield 1942 i think, and that was just because it's what people played at lunch/after work at my last job.
Coraa: n7 gamer chickcoraa on May 1st, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
The fun thing about going through as a Renegade is that you get to be the most hilarious jerk to everyone. Renegade!Shepard gets some of the best lines. But yeah, my "real" playthrough is always the Light Side/Paragon/whatever version, too, so I think that saving that for your perfect playthrough makes sense.
Pava: OsakaHurahijmpava on May 1st, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
Man... now I want a big stupid jellyfish icon...