We’re back with the final day of our month-long Mass Effect challenge! For previous days, click here.
Mass Effect Month, Day 30: What would you tell someone new to the franchise, and would you recommend it?
Well, the second part is obvious. Of course I recommend people play the Mass Effect games. It’s on the short-list of my favorite games ever, right up there with Dragon Age: Origins and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. There has never been a series that has spanned three games in the same way that the original trilogy does, following the development, rise and (possible) fall of one heroic character, and that then follows a green newbie trying to accomplish the same heroic feats of saving their existence.
The original Mass Effect set the foundation for the ensuing games to build upon and introduced us to the characters, Mass Effect 2 made us love them even as the Reaper threat increased and quietly tried to tear the galaxy apart, and Mass Effect 3 (say what you will), gave a frantic build to the all-out war that was needed to conclude the conflict. Despite its flaws, the games presented a very solid and enjoyable experience. So yes, I recommend it.
Regarding my advice to someone new to the series, I would give the same advice I would give anyone starting a new game: play it with as few spoilers as possible, and allow yourself to build your own opinions on the series without the influence of the Internet. Love it or hate it, the Mass Effect universe certainly leaves a lasting impression, after all!
What do you think? Is the series worthy of being on a list of “must play” games? What is your advice to a newcomer to the series? Let me know in the comments!
Also, a huge thank you to everyone who has stuck with me this entire month! I’ve had a lot of fun with it, and I’ve greatly enjoyed reading what you all have had to say about the series, as well! Now, if you’ll excuse me, that Reaper threat isn’t going to stop itself…
I should go,
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