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Azuardo

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This had to happen, right? A place for us to talk all about the Mass Effect series. Everything from your memories and thoughts of the games, to the decisions you chose and current playthrough progression, to your hopes for the future of the series. Please be aware of spoilers in this thread!

I only started this series in 2012, but it's quickly become one of my favourite ever franchises. I don't think I'd ever been so immersed into a video game for such a long time until I played Mass Effect. I still need to do a full FemShep playthrough, and I should really switch from Soldier at some point, as well. I don't think I've ever saved Kaiden, so that needs to change.

I'm hoping in ME4 (well, it probably won't be called that), that there is more scope for choice. Even though there were some good key decisions to make in the Trilogy, some things were still a bit too pre-set. I want to see more serious consequences and missions that only open up if you choose one option over another. Make it so that players really are experiencing very different playthroughs to each other.
 

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Gunna be honest. I havent played a single one. But I want to. My backlog is too insane
Always a problem. What I will personally say is that I would happily put everything on hold to play the next Mass Effect game. It's become one of those series that I want to replay time and again. It's really had this insane effect on me. Definitely give it a go at some point.
 

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The best RPGs of the generation/decade, in my opinion. Say what you will about the last ten minutes (and I didn't have as much issue as others - I knew my Shepard was never going to walk away) - all of these games are just, imo, pitch perfect. Every one has its victories and issues, but the entire series really is something special.
 

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The best RPGs of the generation/decade, in my opinion. Say what you will about the last ten minutes (and I didn't have as much issue as others - I knew my Shepard was never going to walk away) - all of these games are just, imo, pitch perfect. Every one has its victories and issues, but the entire series really is something special.
Couldn't agree more. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on what you'd like to see for the next game.
 
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The best RPGs of the generation/decade, in my opinion. Say what you will about the last ten minutes (and I didn't have as much issue as others - I knew my Shepard was never going to walk away) - all of these games are just, imo, pitch perfect. Every one has its victories and issues, but the entire series really is something special.
Its good you guys think so highly of this. My rpg of the generation/decade is about a grouping of 20 really phenomenal jrpg's. I bought this game I just havent really sat down with it yet
 

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Couldn't agree more. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on what you'd like to see for the next game.
Interestingly, last month I had a meeting with some folks from Bioware - we chatted for RPG Site about the general approach the studio takes. One of the said folks is the Lead Artist on the next Mass Effect, and he talks a little about what the series means to him and stuff in the piece. When that feature goes up - I need to polish it up a bit - you can definitely take some ideas of what is in store away from it!

I'd like to see the next game be a natural continuation (in gameplay mechanics, not story) of what Bioware Montreal was already doing in ME3's very impressive multiplayer, and I think that's what we'll get. Within that, I'd like to see the story go in all-new directions of that vast universe.

I'd also like some smaller-scale spin-off games tackling other sides of the universe. I'd love the C-Sec investigation game, for instance, but it'd be better as a handheld or even mobile thing than a massive AAA game.
 

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Brilliant, will definitely give that a read when it's up.

Didn't dive into multiplayer too much, but may have to check it out again. I saw some videos of people playing as Vanguards or whatever, pulling off these crazy moves that I'd never seen in the single-player, so I really should try it out.

I'm hoping the next one isn't a prequel. I'm expecting it not to be, since we've had so many novels and comics on the history, but I really would want to see this as a future timeline title.
 

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I'm fully expecting a prequel, because the ending is difficult to follow. I don't see why on a universe so vast the timeline always has to go forwards, though; there's hundreds of years for them to play around in.
 

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You're right; it shouldn't matter too much really. I was just naturally thinking that it would end up covering stuff we already knew about, such as the First Contact War or something else from a novel or the history of the universe. I'd just want a storyline completely fresh that may not have been hinted at before. But yeah, even going backwards it shouldn't matter.
 

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I personally would rather have something more enclosed, really - most of the things we know about in Mass Effect are large-scale events that shape races, planets and alliances that ripple through into the core trilogy. I'd quite like at least the first game of the next set to be a little more tightly-focused - give us a story that is simple, smaller, about individual characters. Make it about the fate of a group of people, a smaller place, rather than the fate of the Galaxy. Tell a smaller story, even if it is one that fans out to be about all of creation. ME1 is like that, I suppose - it's about revenge on Saren, then just gets massive in scope in the last third of the game.
 
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Should I just play the trilogy version of the games?
The actual Trilogy pack is probably expensive. Cheaper to just buy each game separately. Make sure they're all on the same platform, though, so you carry your data over.
 

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Then I'm sure the majority would tell you to go PC. 360 version has better framerates over PS3, too. Though I only play PS3 anyway, so I didn't care. In the end, it doesn't matter which platform it is, so long as it's played.
 

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They have had good ones in the past. Origin has them too. But worth looking online as well - they're dead cheap as it is.