Look, I know, the fight isn’t great. That’s crazy. But if you go straight to Mass Effect 2, you’d be wrong.
To me, I feel like the online video game community is currently in the midst of a glorious time warp dating back to the early 2010s. High quality remasters like Mass Effect Legendary Edition and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 spark reruns, reassessment and a warm discussion of these classics. But in the case of the first, I noticed a tendency that I find null: the general advice to skip the first Mass Effect Game.
Let me tell you right now – if someone tells you to skip ME1 and just start with the second game in the series, ignore them. Block them on Twitter. Detach yourself from them. Burnt earth. I mean – just kidding, don’t quarrel with them over that. Where am I?
Either way, the point is, if you skip the first Mass Effect, you’re missing out on some of the most interesting moments and elements the series has to offer. You often hear the developers of these games, like the Legendary Edition project manager and original trilogy author Mac Walters, describe the process of their creation as iterative. This not only holds true for each individual game, but also for the trilogy as a whole. Each of the three games has its strengths and weaknesses, and each one excels at something the others don’t. The first Mass Effect has a lot of stockings just because of its age. No amount of remastering was ever going to make this game feel good by modern standards. But other elements are better than its successors – and in addition to deserving your full time, the game ultimately enriches its offspring.
To put some context into what I’m saying, I would define it like this: Mass Effect has the best atmosphere and execution of a worldview. Mass Effect 2 has the best characters, which in turn delivers the best and most compelling story. Mass Effect 3 is the best game of the bunch by a country mile, finally finding a balanced mix of cover-based third-person shooter and RPG character progression, which has trended too far in each of these. directions in ME2 and ME1.
After making a Star Wars game and an Asian-inspired fantasy adventure, the makers of BioWare sat down and discussed their next project and decided they wanted to channel Star Wars to create their own space opera saga. The entire Mass Effect trilogy is a triumph of the genre that mixes influences such as space magic from Star Wars, military lore from Star Trek, and more than a pinch of Battlestar Galactica – and the results are generally convincing and brilliant. However, the universe looks most well done and unique in the first game.
For better or for worse, it’s fair to say that the series has shifted away from some of its more country lyrical elements and favored more cinematic ones with the sequel. The fitted spacesuits are out and the bulky, more recognizable N7 armor is in. The world hasn’t changed, but the tone of its portrayal has changed. These changes contributed to the success of Mass Effect, and I’d say one of the areas where Andromeda fell flat was an attempt to rekindle some of the specific tone of ME1 while still keeping the look of ME2 and 3 – but nothing. of all this does not mean that the original Mass Effect is no less of a triumph.
It’s not just about having choices to pursue in ME2, but simply experiencing the genesis of this universe, and seeing it in a light and style in which it has never been shown since. There is an energy in this game that is special and unique, even within the series. For this reason, the first Mass Effect is worth your time. Warts and all.
I say all of this knowing that, yes, the combat and movement in this game is not for everyone. The way that John or Jane Shepard’s “quick start” gets you into the game as a Soldier class (arguably the worst class in ME1) doesn’t help either. I believe there is a lot to like about this game; I will never tire of the slightly shattered nature of physics-based biotic powers – but I recognize that not everyone has the patience to learn these enigmatic systems.
For these people, I have some advice. First of all, understand that the first Mass Effect improves dramatically as you go along. Once you hit your first seven to ten levels or so (on the new Legendary Level Boost system), you’ll have unlocked enough talents and powers to have more fun options available to you in battle.
Second, if you really can’t figure out how the fighting plays out in this game, consider letting it play for you. Team member AI is pretty stubborn in Mass Effect – so use it to your advantage. Decrease the difficulty and use the options to set them to be as self-sufficient and aggressive as possible. Design your Shepard as a support class like the Sentinel or the Infiltrator. In this scenario, you can stay in the background, using support powers or sniper fire to help your team get through enemies. This in turn will allow you to enjoy the narrative and the atmosphere, which is great. It’s a bandage, but it’s enough.
Basically don’t skip Mass Effect 1. That’s it. This is the article.