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Mass Effect - 2 Disk Special - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
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- Platform: Xbox 360
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: CD-ROM
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MASS EFFECT (2 DISK SPECIAL ED) CLASSIC
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First things first, this game is a Sci Fi RPG, and thus I would expect it to tell an intelligent and engaging story. However, the story is not 'amazing', as some have claimed, I wont ruin it for anyone, but once the game gets underway properly you pretty much know the whole story apart from one or two rather unsurpising revelations.
I found dialog to be stilted and the protagonist Commander Shepard to be a bit of a 1D moron. For example, early on the game when theres a rogue agent that needs tracking down he proclaims 'I will do it! I will go stop Saren at ALL COSTS' or something to that effect, which makes little sense. All costs? Seriously? Why you Shephard? Surely a properly planned course of action run by the right authorities would be more appropriate, and whats his motivation anyway, other than main characterness? On another occasion he denounces the use of a female dead body for critical research so that the husband can have a funeral. A dead body, its crucial research, but no, short sighted Shepard must make the widower happy, screw the beneficiaries of the research. Sometimes the end DOES justify the means, you gun toting simpleton.
Then theres your teamates. You pretty much meet all your teammates before the game gets underway, meaning you leave off on your adventures with a motley crew of people you know nothing about, all with half explained motivations. Most of them remain very underdeveloped.
Often people say things or do that just grate, like the romance from nowhere. Other times dialog is just unoriginal or plain thieved from elsewhere. At one point a drunk character quips to an ugly character "I am drunk, and you are ugly, but tommorow I will be sober". It's a great line, except its plagiarised from Winston Churchill. BioWare do you really think your customers have not heard this before? Come on!
The combat is OK, the cover system is nice although a bit awkward sometimes, but combat in general is quite repetitive after a while, as are most of the side missions, with many of the same locations being cut and paste from one planet to another.
And the main bad guy/s, as in Dragon Age: Origins, which this game is quite similar to, don't seem to have any motivation other than pure evilness! At one point your character asks someone why the bad guys are doing this only to be told 'don't worry about it, just kill them EVIL DOERS!' or something to that effect. Who wrote the script, George W Bush? Asking the bad guy the same thing just causes him to spout a load of rhetoric "We are far beyond you (evil laugh), you cannot understand us" or something. Its like the Archdemon in DA:O. Why is it evil? Because its evil. But why? Because they were made evil, somethings are just evil! But, surely they must have some motivation? NO! Just their EVILNESS! But...but...why..? Just because OK! Now stop asking! We need a bad guy and we cant think of a motivation for its evilness.
On the plus side BioWare have put in a lot of effort to create a universe, with lots of information about everything from race history to weapons systems available to read about if you so want, but its just not enough. I did complete the game, I feel its unfair to review a game if you don't, although I have no desire to play any of the downloadable content.
Were others stressing its faults too, I'd go into its positives more, but since everyone else has done that, I won't bother. I can't really tell you not to play this game as clearly so many have enjoyed it, but for me, it just wasn't all that.
Unfortunately, the combat engine for this game does not work well and you'll find yourself lacking firepower and effective team members to help. I often found that my crew would not always follow me and I had to go back to the beginning of several stages to encourage them to join in the action. I could go on with an enormous list of combat faults, but they've all been recognised and addressed in Mass Effect 2.
There is also the problem of the Mako, a six-wheeled vehicle, which you must use to complete certain levels. Not only is it infuriatingly difficult to drive - on hilly ground you get a camera view of the underside of the vehicle during battle - added to this it has inaccurate weapons and the tendency to explode after a few hits. The reason why I play RPGs is to avoid the stress of driving a vehicle worse than my own car...
The final major problem to being able to enjoy this game is the lack of a useful auto save. On too many occasions I found myself having to begin an entire section after getting unstuck at a certain stage. This really ruined the experience and eventually made me give up finishing the game.
I'm sure that I will come back to complete this game, just to find out about the back story to Mass Effect. However, if like me you're hoping for an experience similar to Mass Effect 2, then give it a miss unless you're willing to be disappointed.
Eventually I did finish this game and also enjoyed it as I was able to experience the whole story. Being able to import my character from this game into Mass Effect 2 really impressed me as Bioware had obviously spent a great deal of time rewarding those players who had completed the first game by offering dialogue options and decisions in ME2 that are not available if you've not played ME1.
The faults that I pointed out before are still relevant, however many of the difficulties you may experience can be overcome by searching for hints, cheats and tips from the IGN website.
Anyway, I would recommend any fan of the Mass Effect Universe to play this game as it does add more depth and appreciation of the level of detail that went into creating this fascinating world. Also, I shouldn't really complain too much as at the current price of the game is fantastic value; and if you are willing to persevere through any difficulties that you encounter, you will eventually see that despite the frustrations it was worth the effort.
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