Feb. 11th, 2010

longwing: (Human)
1 - It's one of the best games I've ever played. Right up there with System Shock 2, Deus Ex, and Thief 2.

2 - I feel a little guilty about that, like I lose some kind of Indy cred for liking something so phenomenally popular. At least ME2 earned its vast popularity, unlike some cultural phenomena.

3 - They let you import a Mass Effect 1 save game. The decisions you made during ME1 then come back into play for ME2. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes small. You get emails from the people you saved, that's awesome.

4 - Though not as awesome as the intergalactic sci-fi spam. A Batarian businessman has millions of credits tied up by the Citadel Bureaucracy. If you could just help him with the transfer...

5 - One of your crew performed Gilbert and Sullivan as a youth. Ask nicely and he'll give you a rendition of "I am the very model of a scientist Salarian", it's one of the funniest moments of sci-fi I've ever seen.

6 - I don't understand why people keep saying that ME2 has invented it's own Genre. It's a Thinking Man's Shooter. Granted, the category is tiny, but most of the ground in ME2 was walked by Deus Ex and System Shock 2 first. ME2 walks it better, but it's still the same ground.

7 - I feel really weird admitting that this game is as good as Deus Ex. I didn't think that was physically possible. I'll get over it eventually.

8 - If you don't feed the fish in your captain's cabin, they die. They don't tell you this ahead of time, just figured I'd warn any would-be fish buyers.

9 - The endgame raises some interesting issues regarding Transhumanity, which is a favorite philosophical subject of mine. From a Transhumanist perspective, you're kind of the bad guy. I'll cover that in a more cogent post later.

10 - The voice actor for Female Sheppard (Sheppard is the main character's last name) is about six times more awesome than the voice actor for Male Sheppard. Just sayin', the game's better when you play as a girl.

That's all for now.


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