A friend of mine has been discovering Dragon Age and then Mass Effect for the first time. It’s been pleasing to see how much he’s enjoyed all the games, even though some of them are pretty long in the tooth these days.
It also inspired me to go and play Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 again (I’m about 10% through ME3).
It’s a bit depressing how badly Andromeda stands up to Mass Effect (certainly 3) in terms of story and emotional engagement. The side stories in Mass Effect 3, the overheard conversations, are heart achingly tragic and poignant. And they’re not even part of the overall story, you can’t even always influence them. There’s a elderly lady in one location trying to contact her son, who’s in the military. You don’t know if her son is okay or not, but you know she’s got memory issues, because she’s confused and doesn’t realising she’s been having the same conversation for several days. You get the conversation in snippets, and the response from the woman she’s speaking to is so real. There are loads of conversations like that, moments, ‘real’ lives, telling a story of people affected by war.
Andromeda tried, but it missed, and I guess while it’s mechanically a good game, it just doesn’t have the heart present in ME3 (BioWare have form here, DA2 didn’t have the same heart as DA1).
Anyway, just a short post in passing – Mass Effect, the whole trilogy, is still worth buying and playing if you’ve never done so.