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User Info: Raile

3 months ago#1
I'm recommending games to a newer gamer, Mass Effect series is on my list of must plays. However, I only played 2 and 3 myself. I'm debating whether to recommend this person start with 1, or 2. Is the storyline...worthwhile? I want to say I already know it's not essential, but I'm not sure about that. I can't recall if I was left confused by missing plot threads or not tbh, and it's been several years now. Could probably replay the whole series and be just as lost as him at this point.

Although I imagine I wouldn't have played 2 if I thought 1 was relevant in the first place...unless I thought it was likely to be boring when I first started. Idk. Title.

User Info: mrCube

3 months ago#2
The gameplay in ME1 is rough by today's standards, but the story and lore is better than in the other two games IMO. I'd say it's worth a play through. At least give it a try and see if you can deal with the gameplay (I find it tolerable, actually just finished a run a few weeks ago.)

User Info: k debonair

k debonair
3 months ago#3
ME1 is the most rpg of the bunch, so if that's the kind of gameplay you like, it's actually the best.

And it has the awesome Mako sections. No idea why they got rid of them; cruising in the Mako was the best part.
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User Info: Wiseius

3 months ago#4
I haven't see another sci-fi game hook me in with its worldbuilding quite like Mass Effect 1. One of the few downsides are the Mako-focused side missions if you're trying to 100% the game. Other than that I think you can appreciate the story/characters even if you've played 2/3.

User Info: Yewolife

3 months ago#5
If you ask me its totally worth playing today. Its the most rpg/loot focused of the games. Though without question it isn't as modern day player friendly as 2/3. Still a great game that has a lot of heart, and depth in story/gameplay.

Just go in with a open mind and not let the gameplay of 2/3 jade your enjoyment of 1 especially early game when your geared to suck a bit haha.

User Info: Born Lucky

Born Lucky
3 months ago#6
I think the first one is the only one worth playing.
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User Info: Ultimate_Noob

3 months ago#7
ME1 is shabby but solid. Its inventory system is atrocious to manage, some dialogue choices are literally the same voice clips, mako combat sucks on high difficulties (you spend more time hiding and waiting for repair regen to kick in than fighting), and the story ends off on an undeservedly inconclusive note. But if you're gonna recommend the trilogy, it never hurts starting at the beginning.
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User Info: KingKilvas

3 months ago#8
I started playing the Mass Effect trilogy for the very first time this year. I can't speak to how it plays on PC, since I played it on my Xbox 360, but I absolutely loved it. I honestly can't imagine starting Mass Effect 2 without playing the first one. The experience of being thrust into this brand-new science fiction world was amazing. Also, I had no trouble with the gameplay aside from the weird inventory menus, though I can understand why people complain about it when compared to the sequels.
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User Info: BMXJouster

3 months ago#9
I still think Mass Effect 1 was the best of the series so yeah I'd say it's worth playing.
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User Info: Raile

3 months ago#10
Alright, sounds like I may as well recommend starting from othe first, and just tell him to skip to 2 if it feels too ancient to enjoy with its clunky inventory. Definitely going to see about arranging some quick mods though, and I might even buy it for myself and see what I missed out on originally.

Thanks for the opinions.
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