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Mass Effect: Ranked

Just finished playing through all three again, thoughts.
3The Carrier
No Love Can Save Me


Mass Effect 2. After playing through Mass Effect 2 about five times now, I can honestly say I don't get how this is considered the best game in the series. Many of the unique and innovative combat features introduced in Mass Effect were gone. Weapons now have thermal clips (what the actual fuck), biotics can no longer pick up objects, health regenerates, powers are completely stripped down and now your friendly neighborhood A button performs every fucking action in the god damn game. Have fun getting stuck on every piece of cover you walk by. At least they added actual variations on guns this time around. Just kidding, there's only two of each and if you play as any class besides soldier you won't get to use them anyways. Why? Because fuck you. Alright, so they introduced a whole mess of awesome characters including a TON of new romance options. Character development in this game is undeniably fucking awesomesauce. But then the loyalty missions. EVERY. SINGLE. MISSION. Go to a place, your squadmate will try to murder someone. Convince them not to. The end. Do this 10-12 times. Or you could skip this part, but they'll die. Your pick. Seriously? On one hand, they did remove the pointless and aggravating planet exploration. But they replaced it with pointless and aggravating planet scanning.
2Heaven Shall Burn
Veto


Mass Effect 3. Let's be clear about something. I agree, the ORIGINAL ending was apocalyptically fucking retarded. Even after being told by all my friends how bad it was, I was STILL completely shocked and disappointed. The extended cut brought a lot of much needed revision. It was enough for me. Overlooking the ending however, Mass Effect 3 was almost perfect. It was the point where all the decisions you made in previous games finally started to matter. Curing the genophage was nothing short of epic. When Legion sacrificed himself to turn the Geth into individual people, I cried. Deeply. It was a beautiful, touching, epic conclusion from start to... almost finish. That and the combat was greatly improved from ME2's lackluster redesign. A huge variety of weapons and powers made the combat a truly invigorating experience. I did feel that sometimes the narrative got buried in 'kill these enemies' a few too many times but never enough to make a huge difference. Vanguards were playable again, sentinels were no longer fucking useless. And dear god, Ashley finally let her hair down thank fucking christ. What's this? I can fuck anything I want? ANYTHING?
1Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse
Wisdom of Crowds


Mass Effect. Being the first game in the series, it's obvious that there are going to be some kinks that need to be worked out. Despite that, Mass Effect was a fantastic and well put together game. The controls were a little difficult to master for an avid Gears of War player, but after a bit I got the hang of it. The cover system is incredibly intuitive and I never had any problems with sticky cover. Biotic powers were a little underdeveloped but being able to manipulate the environment and through cover was awesome. Sniper rifles are sadly underpowered but shotguns are GOD. The narrative of Mass Effect is gripping and thrilling from beginning to end. On one hand you have a complex character driven story unfolding in the midst of an epic galaxy-spanning confrontation. At times the sheer scope of the mission seemed daunting and even frightening. Absolutely stunning conclusion. The conversation with Sovereign on Virmire remains as one of the most intense moments in the franchise history. There is less potential for romance (only 2 options for either male or female shepard) but the sex scenes are downright steamy. Forgot to mention weapons having no ammunition. Fucking genius.
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