Is the first Mass Effect still worth playing?
Yes
94.6% (434)
94.6% (434)
No
5.4% (25)
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Poll: Question regarding the Mass Effect Trilogy

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ME1 is probably the best of the 3. I had fun with 2, and literally cried at some parts of 3, but 1 is just fun and campy

BlakBladz:
eugh....I'm really sick of talking about mass effect with people like you.

And I'm sick of the sycophantic fanboys like you who use strawman arguments to try and whitewash the problems with the game. Funny how perspective works, huh?

The entire game is irrelevant, the playing the trilogy is an arbitrary time sink that accomplishes nothing but wasting between 40 and 100 hours depending how you play.... Like most games.

That's...not the point. If you make a game, you have a responsibility to make some sort of resolution. A publisher wants to make money, but they do so through offering compelling content that keeps players coming back. Sure, you could say the same thing about any medium, but all works of fiction usually have a resolution to them.

Honestly, it's like asking why reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes is pointless because you invest dozens of hours into reading them. Whether you want to relax and enjoy something, gain new perspective on something or want to watch a compelling narrative that subverts the genre, there's plenty of relevance to fictional works. You've come at this from the worst possible perspective.

Most decisions you'll make in your entire life will be pointless and irrelevant.

Sorry, I have no idea what you're talking about. Are you trying to compare real life to a video game, or are you just being a pessimist? If you really think that way, and you think "shit is pointless", perhaps you could jump off a bridge and spare me your pointless rambling.

By your logic, being here on a message board talking about games is pointless and irrelevant. If that's the case, why have you spent time (enough to post 742 times) if none of it matters?

Honestly, it's like you WANT to be laughed at. You didn't even answer my argument.

Mass Effect 1 is a clunky mess of a game, but well worth playing anyway, most especially to transfer data from that game to Mass Effect 2, and on to Mass Effect 3. Besides, while most other trilogy installments tend to be taken individually for newcomers, the Mass Effect trilogy's three installments are meant to be taken together, and aren't as newcomer-friendly as a result. That doesn't mean the Mass Effect trilogy is bad, it's just that you might want to deal with ME1's aging gameplay in order to better enjoy Mass Effects 2 and 3.

Joccaren:

Eddie the head:
Yeah, like I said people have a tendency to attach to the first game in a series that they have played. For most people Mass Effect 1 was there first Mass Effect game so they hold it above the other ones despite the improvements. What I mean is I don't think it's much "tastes" as it is nostalgia.

If you played Mass Effect 2 then Mass Effect 1 and liked it more, I would like to hear why. If you played 1 then 2, your opinion means less to me. Just me but if you say the first game you played in any series is the best, you better have some damn good reasons why.

I bought one and two at the same time. Played one first, then immediately went on to two. Technically I still played one first, but its really not nostalgia when 1 is also the last [Read: Most recent] Mass Effect game I played, 'cause I found two and three to be disappointing and its not just looking on with fond memories of 1 - I actually play it and enjoy it more.

What you said just kind of proves my point. The first in the series you played if your favorite? Right? Well what I said was it was your first so it's likely to be your favorite. Not necessarily nostalgia, but the game that you played first. When I said Nostalgic I meant it in a lose way. Meaning it's not "nostalgia" per-say but nostalgia was the closest thing to what I was talking about. So yeah not nostalgia, but an attachment to your first.

Not just Mass Effect suffers form this. The Legend of Zelda, ask most people what there favorite is and I bet it will be the first one they played. Mario same thing. The Elder Scrolls, you see it all the time with that one.

Eddie the head:
Not just Mass Effect suffers form this. The Legend of Zelda, ask most people what there favorite is and I bet it will be the first one they played. Mario same thing. The Elder Scrolls, you see it all the time with that one.

Most Wanted is my favourite game in the Need For Speed series, and it's definitely not the first one of those I played (or the last either). Assassins Creed II, Guitar Hero III, Ultima VII, Monkey Island II, Warcraft II, I'm showing my age now... none of them were the first games I played in their respective series, but they're my favourites (and when it comes to games like Ultima and Monkey Island, I LOVED the previous installments).

Yet ME1 happens to be my favourite game in the Mass Effect series and yes, it was the one I played first. If I think back over all the game franchises that I actually like, Mass Effect is almost the odd one out in that sense. But my opinion on it shouldn't count because I played it first?

Sorry, can't take you seriously on that. Next you'll be telling me I'm wrong about Powerslave being the best Iron Maiden album just because I bought it before Piece of Mind...

Eddie the head:
What you said just kind of proves my point. The first in the series you played if your favorite? Right? Well what I said was it was your first so it's likely to be your favorite. Not necessarily nostalgia, but the game that you played first. When I said Nostalgic I meant it in a lose way. Meaning it's not "nostalgia" per-say but nostalgia was the closest thing to what I was talking about. So yeah not nostalgia, but an attachment to your first.

Not just Mass Effect suffers form this. The Legend of Zelda, ask most people what there favorite is and I bet it will be the first one they played. Mario same thing. The Elder Scrolls, you see it all the time with that one.

Eh, I played 1 and two within the same week, so my attachment to one shouldn't be that much stronger because I played it a few days before 2.
Either way, the main reason I don't like two is thanks to how simple and generic most of it is. You could chalk it up to just being attached to the first one, but no matter what game it is - if it plays like 2 or three I get bored of it quickly. If its down to anything its down to the first games I ever played being the Civilization series, and the first FPS I ever played being Quake, and me preferring that gameplay by far to the new modern stuff. Mass Effect 1 wins out thanks to its slower paced and different gameplay, and would whether I'd played 2 then 1, or 1 then 2. Its what I've come to like in the way of gameplay from the past games that I've played, rather than just liking the first game I play in a series.

Eddie the head:

What you said just kind of proves my point. The first in the series you played if your favorite? Right? Well what I said was it was your first so it's likely to be your favorite. Not necessarily nostalgia, but the game that you played first. When I said Nostalgic I meant it in a lose way. Meaning it's not "nostalgia" per-say but nostalgia was the closest thing to what I was talking about. So yeah not nostalgia, but an attachment to your first.

Not just Mass Effect suffers form this. The Legend of Zelda, ask most people what there favorite is and I bet it will be the first one they played. Mario same thing. The Elder Scrolls, you see it all the time with that one.

Joccaren:

Eh, I played 1 and two within the same week, so my attachment to one shouldn't be that much stronger because I played it a few days before 2.
Either way, the main reason I don't like two is thanks to how simple and generic most of it is. You could chalk it up to just being attached to the first one, but no matter what game it is - if it plays like 2 or three I get bored of it quickly. If its down to anything its down to the first games I ever played being the Civilization series, and the first FPS I ever played being Quake, and me preferring that gameplay by far to the new modern stuff. Mass Effect 1 wins out thanks to its slower paced and different gameplay, and would whether I'd played 2 then 1, or 1 then 2. Its what I've come to like in the way of gameplay from the past games that I've played, rather than just liking the first game I play in a series.

Aaaargh, this is so cool. I wish somebody would run an experiment about this! I'm one of the few people who liked KoTOR 2 better than the first, based on the feel of the inventory and leveling up screens, and Kreia's final message to you. Other than that the games felt the same to me. And I have to agree with Joccaren about ME1. The suit/weapon upgrade items made tinkering in the game fun, not to mention infinite ammo. The use of heat sink cartridges in ME2 turned the guns into regular, magazine-fed weapons. And the Mako? I'll take the Mako over planet scanning any day of the week.

I think Eddie the head has popular culture on his side, but I also think Mass Effect is different because it's relatively new; they all came out on the same console, as opposed to other games that bridged the generational gap, like Halo. Damn, if the world can come up with the Tropes concept, why can't we find a term for this...this bias for the first thing we experience? "Initial Experiential Bias"? So yeah, I think there tends to be a bias for the first in a series we encounter. For me: Simpsons Hit and Run > The Simpsons Game, Burnout 3 > Everything that followed. But is it possible that people can like a sequel more than the first in a series?

Yes.

I played the first one PC a few years ago. I own a PS3 and ME2 was coming, so I wanted to play ME1 to get the backstory. I loved the story but the clunky controls (and my shitty laptop giving it major lagging issues) made it hard to play through.

Having said that though, it is worth playing through and glad you're enjoying it (totally sympathize with that Mako though). I myself will buy ME1 on the PSN when it gets here. I am hoping the switch will help it be more playable for me, because I do love the story and characters and really want to tie the whole trilogy together (not just start at 2).

I'm wanting to download the first when I can, I heard that it would be using the engine that was used for 3, although that was probably just wishful thinking I bet.

MrHide-Patten:
I'm wanting to download the first when I can, I heard that it would be using the engine that was used for 3, although that was probably just wishful thinking I bet.

Not really. All three games use the same engine, the Unreal Engine 3.

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