2 + 3 = 4 (or why I have Mass Effect guilt)
Like many of you I'm currently waiting for my pre-ordered copy of Mass Effect 3 to drop through the door. I only recently finished ME2 (and DLC), it had sat on my shelf for a long time before I got around to playing it and I've massively enjoyed doing so. However, despite owning a copy of Mass Effect, I have to confess to have only played it for a couple of hours, why? I just couldn't get into it, I found it confusing to play and it just didn't capture my interest. So why did I play 2? Good question, it was actually a gift from someone. I'd seen reviews of the game which suggested that it was a big improvement on the first game and I wanted to give it a try. Having completed the 2nd game, I think I have a very good idea of exactly what transpires in ME and I didn't feel that not having played the 1st game was especially detrimental to my play through of the 2nd. Despite that though, I do have a certain amount of guilt that I haven’t experienced the original game. With that in mind I recently fired up ME once again and tried to give it another go, I figured the game and gameplay mechanics would now make much more sense and perhaps I'd be able to have a quick play through, perhaps even before ME3 comes out. Alas this was not the case; I still find it confusing, I don't get the controls and it just doesn't flow the way ME2 did. So, I'm back to just waiting for the finale, waiting to experience the end of something I never started. I wish I had stuck with the 1st game, I wish I could say that I had played through the whole trilogy, experienced all it has to offer, but I'm not sure that's ever going to happen. I'm not sure I can play 2 and 3 and then go back to 1.
So, there you have it - I have Mass Effect guilt.