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01 February 2010 @ 08:54 am
Originally, I was not truly a part of the Mass Effect 2 hype that seemed to take over the gamer world last week. I mean, I thought Mass Effect itself was a great game, but I didn't play it until nearly a year after it's release, and on my one play-through I thought that it was cool... but not cool enough to go back and play through again, much less to go through and play it through completely.

Still, it was the first video game I've completed in years and years, and it's very detailed and amusing and in general good fun, even if the only male romance option for a female Shepard is basically Carth. So I was told that Mass Effect 2 is coming out, and while Matt got very excited and Nathan made plans to play it on the flatscreen tv in the living room, I... didn't really care. Oh, I made plans to play it, in a "once the guys are done I'll borrow it from someone" type of way, but mostly I was satisfied with the idea of watching Nathan play it as he went through his first run. I'd work on my blanket, and it'd be just like watching him play every other video game: crochet during any repetitive combat, watch any cutscenes, chime in with advice on puzzles. This is a long-standing tradition now, and is how I have seen Sands of Time, Warrior Within, Two Thrones, Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, WWE vs Raw 2008, 2009, & 2010, Prince of Persia, Prototype, Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Arkham Asylum... It's a fantastic way to see the plot without doing all the work myself (why yes, I am lazy, why do you ask), and only rarely do I feel the need to play the game myself afterwards (Prince of Persia and AC2, I am looking at you).

I figured it would be the best way for me to see Mass Effect 2 - with a housemate who will play it multiple times and a boyfriend who will play it multiple times, I figured I'd be pretty well covered. So while the rest of the world carefully replayed Mass Effect for save data to transfer to the new games, I... read manga. Rearranged my room. Did nothing.

Then Nathan starts the new game, and about an hour into it I realize my mistake. It's shiny, it's pretty, and I want to play it for myself several times (not because I want to try all the classes, but because I want to see what happens with a ton of the romance options, why yes I am a girl shut up).

In other words, I spent the weekend playing Mass Effect. Now, I first played it through a year ago, and in my haste to actually beat the game, I skipped an awful lot of stuff. I am not making that mistake this time! I'm discovering so much more in the game than I did last play-through, and I'm really enjoying myself. Little things like using the spacebar menu help too... It makes combat so much easier when you actually read all the tutorials!

My goal is to finish Mass Effect this week, so that this weekend I can import my character into Mass Effect 2 and start playing the new shiny game. But honestly? Even if I don't get that far for a while, I'm really pleased with Mass Effect 1, and am greatly enjoying myself.

So in other words, my weekend was spent killing people in space for XP. It was a FANTASTIC weekend.

Beloved Porcupine: Zhaan (50thousandtearz)gamerchick on February 1st, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yay Mass Effect!

Also CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARTH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. (I'm really glad that there are different romance options in ME2. Carth is, well, Carth, and Liara did not interest me very much. Though I will probably still feel bad about it when I end up stepping out on her with my ME2 character.)
Bethgirlscoutchick on February 1st, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I still can't decide who I'll wind up with in the second. I've been told Garrus is an option, which is tempting, because let's face it, he's kind of awesome in the first one, but there are lots of choices I've been told, so I'm looking forward to it. :D
Beloved Porcupine: D'Argo surprised (secret-lair.net)gamerchick on February 1st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Garrus just looks like a weird bird/cat thing to me, so yeah not so much. My character in Bioware games is almost always gay, but we'll see what happens this time around. I'm looking forward to it too! But I have to finish Dragon Age first, so I don't get distracted.
Bethgirlscoutchick on February 1st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Dragonage. I haven't played it yet because one of my friends wants to run it as a tabletop for D&D, so I'm being good and waiting. :P
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Bethgirlscoutchick on February 1st, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's the same voice, which is what did it for me.