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Mass Effect 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
« on: October 18, 2009, 03:29:23 AM »
Well Mass Effect 2 has had its release date announced. Coming to 360 and PC on 29th January 2010. I might have finished with Dragon Age: Origin by then. :)

Everyone kept their save games from Mass Effect so they can carry on their character's development?
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 11:32:59 AM »
Never played the first one so uh.... Nope.

Is it any good?
I just lost the game....

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 03:19:14 AM »
Everyone kept their save games from Mass Effect so they can carry on their character's development?

I had to beat it on insanity before I finally leveled to 60. No way would I delete that save! The new one isn't coming out soon enough.  Need it now! Now now now!

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 05:13:38 AM »
Insanity? Wow I never play higher than hard difficulty. I'm just not that good, or patient. :) I played it through twice with two different characters though. One heroic male and one evil female or whatever the Mass Effect terms where. Actually I play all games like that the same way, Fable 2, Fallout 3, etc. Weird. I wonder why I always play the evil character as a woman? Issues probably.  ;D
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 12:36:01 PM »
Sounds a bit like my housemate, except he just chooses female characters all the time, good or evil.
I just lost the game....

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2009, 00:45:41 AM »
Yeah my issues are probably trust related while your housemate's sound like they are more to do with gender confusion. ;)
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2009, 02:11:23 AM »
Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest lol.
I just lost the game....

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2009, 03:59:42 AM »
I wonder why I always play the evil character as a woman? Issues probably.  ;D

I turned my initially female character in Fable 2 into a male via that quest you can do. But, at that point, I had finished the game anyway. I tend to pick female characters when the option is available (Mass Effect, Oblivion, Fallout.) but usually create a second male character - except Mass Effect and Fable II, because only one character was needed to achieve both alignments.


My Fallout 3 female was a "good" alignment and the male character (who is always named Jimmothy, no matter what game I'm playing) was "evil". But I do first character "good" alignment because I assume it's the easier path for initial game play.

I don't know what any of that reveals about my attitudes men. Also, they're just games, so I don't think I care anyway. :P

Insanity? Wow I never play higher than hard difficulty. I'm just not that good, or patient. :)

One word. Saves. After my first play-through I learned where all the hard stuff was, so I just saved before them all (which meant almost all the time everywhere) on insanity mode, which I think is named because you'd have to be insane to want to play it. I guess I am.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2009, 09:31:19 AM »
I tend to have a lot of characters named Hafren. Hafren is the Welsh name for the (river) Severn, in case you were wondering. I usually start off trying to play neutral but neutral in computer games generally means being schizo rather than actually neutral. So I give up and play nice. Perhaps with Dragon Age I will play it straight up evil. Though evil is always slightly less rewarding as the only evil things you can generally do is kill people and steal and half that is just mean rather than evil. So perhaps I do play good first because it is easier. Hmmmm. I probably still have issues though.  :)

I have a low frustration threshold so if I get stuck doing the same thing over and over again I'll quit. Games are meant to be fun and getting stuck isn't fun. I'm just not skilled enough for anything more than normal or sometimes hard difficulty.
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2009, 23:25:35 PM »
Mass Effect 2 Preview. Sounds like they made it a bit more Gears of War-esque and addressed some of minor issues the first game had. This will probably my first game purchase of 2010.
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2009, 05:19:25 AM »
The review wasn't too specific, but it seems like they're keeping the, ah, epicness? of the first.   

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Though he does admit that choices made in the previous game won't have the same emotional impact to newcomers, using the analogy of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader's relationship and watching Return Of The Jedi as an example.

Also, I hope the DLC is better like it says. Because Bringing Down the Sky was disappointing (it took me maybe an hour to complete it). I never got the 2nd DLC, though.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2009, 08:00:13 AM »
Check out the voice cast

[wiki]Martin Sheen[/wiki]
[wiki]Seth Green[/wiki]
[wiki]Yvonne Strahovski[/wiki]
[wiki]Adam Baldwin[/wiki]
[wiki]Keith David[/wiki]
[wiki]Michael Dorn[/wiki]
[wiki]Tricia Helfer[/wiki]
[wiki=Michael_Hogan_(Canadian_actor)]Michael Hogan[/wiki]
[wiki]Carrie-Ann Moss[/wiki]

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2009, 10:48:04 AM »
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2009, 12:58:06 PM »
Check out the voice cast

[wiki]Martin Sheen[/wiki]
[wiki]Seth Green[/wiki]
[wiki]Yvonne Strahovski[/wiki]
[wiki]Adam Baldwin[/wiki]
[wiki]Keith David[/wiki]
[wiki]Michael Dorn[/wiki]
[wiki]Tricia Helfer[/wiki]
[wiki=Michael_Hogan_(Canadian_actor)]Michael Hogan[/wiki]
[wiki]Carrie-Ann Moss[/wiki]


What the fuck? I watched a short video from David Braben where he commented that there were days when most computer games were written by one or two people. Now all we get are computer games with famous people voicing the characters? No wonder games are a fucking rip-off.

And what good does it do to hear Tricia Helfer's voice? I only need to look at her.

P.S. Michael Dorn is allowed to voice anything he wants. He should totally do my answering machine message. "Pianoman will receive your message. If you were ANY other man, he would kill you where you stand."
LOL @ Pam... if I had $20 for every time someone used that word with me... well....

I'd probably have like $60

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2009, 15:30:31 PM »
I feel bad for Michael Dorn.  It seems like he should be able to land a decent acting job.  I wonder how he got trapped in Star Trek and video games.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2009, 22:19:09 PM »
What the fuck? I watched a short video from David Braben where he commented that there were days when most computer games were written by one or two people.

Yes and 'Manic Miner' and 'Horace goes skiing' were great games at the time but they are hardly the same level of gameplay, graphics, audio, plot, voice acting or anything as modern games.

Films and TV are often voiced by famous actors and DVD's still aren't as expensive as computer/video games. I think you might find people like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have more to do with games prices being so high.
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2009, 09:29:39 AM »
What the fuck? I watched a short video from David Braben where he commented that there were days when most computer games were written by one or two people.

Yes and 'Manic Miner' and 'Horace goes skiing' were great games at the time but they are hardly the same level of gameplay, graphics, audio, plot, voice acting or anything as modern games.

Films and TV are often voiced by famous actors and DVD's still aren't as expensive as computer/video games. I think you might find people like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have more to do with games prices being so high.
I argue more against the likes of Charlie Sheen voicing my game's character. There should be plenty of talented actors who would do it for half the price.

Patrick Stewart is another one I accept in anything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLOiwwyA-ts
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I'd probably have like $60

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2009, 02:11:22 AM »
Yeah but the price of games is general the same no matter the cast. So if they got Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to voice the characters it would cost the same amount as if it was you, me and Supes that provided the voices.

Also Patrick Stewart voices every other TV advert in the UK so I here more than enough of him.
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2010, 08:34:00 AM »
I've played a bit of Mass Effect 2 so far.

A few things I initially dislike:

Clips:
ME1 sort of had "infinite ammo" where you just had to wait until your weapon cooled. ME2 has you searching for thermal clips. I've only ran out of clips one time, and it wasn't a big deal finding more. I can only hope I always have the same luck.

Fuel/Scanning:
The original Normandy could fly anywhere without fuel worries, but the new Normandy has to purchase fuel at stations to navigate between galaxies. At least you can set a jump path to other systems for free. Scanning planets also works differently. It's a very slow process (until you acquire the upgrade, and then it's only a slow process) compared to pushing one button on ME1. You also have to purchase and launch probes to receive the materials.

However, I can see that Bioware was going for more interactivity, so I guess that's a plus. Also, I like that you can use the materials you find to upgrade armor, weapons, and the ship. It's a much simpler system than picking up hundreds of weapons and armor, and consequently running out of inventory every 3 seconds.

A few things I initially like:

Tie-in:
I enjoy the continuation from ME1. If you load-in a level 60 character, you'll start at level 5 as opposed to 1. (Hey, it's something.) It's also great that ME2 revisits so many aspects of ME1. But I think people who didn't play ME1 could understand those connections, just not on the same level as vets.

Plot:
The story seems great so far; and given that the plot of ME1 seemed so deep and immersive with one game disc, I can't wait to see what ME2 has in store for us with 2 discs. Also, at least one race that was not playable in ME1 can be recruited to your party in ME2, and there are still a few familiar faces.

Gameplay:
Combat is pretty much identical to ME1. Don't fix what isn't broken.

A few things that are meh:

Graphics:
The graphics aren't terribly impressive, but then you have to remember that ME1 and ME2 are on the same generation console. I don't know why I expected better graphics. But honestly the idiot machine couldn't handle anything too sophisticated. It loads slowly enough as it is. The game doesn't look crappy at all, just not impressive.

Persnickety:
The layout of the new Normandy seems nearly identical to the original Normandy. And the new ship is named Normandy, but it's not the same ship. I expected (and kind of wanted) a new name and layout for a new ship, but it isn't anything that drags the game down.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2010, 09:53:59 AM »
I dated a girl that was obsessed with Deus Ex.  When they released the sequel they dumbed down the rpg aspects of the game and simplified the entire experience, and she hated it.

I haven't played Mass Effect 1 or 2, but I still think I'd vote for more control being a good thing.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2010, 04:56:41 AM »
Deus Ex? Never heard of it. But yeah, more control is definitely better. And I think if anything they improved the rpg aspects in ME2. They added personal side quests for crew members that increase their loyalty rating (much like Dragon Age), among other things like the interactivity with scanning.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2010, 07:31:07 AM »
I don't know what happened.  Go bug him on his blag.

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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2010, 16:22:11 PM »
I just watched a review of Mass Effect 1—I can understand why you guys were looking forward to ME2. It looks pretty enjoyable.

I've heard of Deus Ex—I heard that it's one of the most awesome games ever.
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Re: Mass Effect 2
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010, 04:42:01 AM »
Oh yeah. I forgot I finished ME2. It didn't have the replay value the original has. So I didn't feel compelled to beat it on higher difficulties.