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Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2?

Mass Effect.
28% (387 votes)
Mass Effect 2.
72% (987 votes)
Total votes: 1374
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Jesus. How about an option

Jesus. How about an option for "neither one"?

Neither one.

Neither one.

ME of the FPS sequel....

ME is better..... ME 2 like bioshock is to dumbed down to be taken seriously.

If they took ME added a default fast past option to skip the mako and travel micromanaging, then deepened the mako with more enemy types and moddfiy the mako for light weapon,heavy weapon,shield,jump,hover,armor then gave more add ons for weapons and armor so you can tweak it to death or leave the default option on and it handles that scary zombie killing micromanaging stuff so the console kiddies are not afraid to play something that makes you think a bit..... hey....I am not a happy camper.....

What was so intelligent

What was so intelligent about the first game? Putting points into your characters' abilities? I'm sorry, but those who complain that ME2 is "dumbed down" haven't listed reasons for ME1 being "a thinker". The first game was mind-numbingly straightforward. Combat didn't require any tactics. The ability to spam your entire squad's stable of ablilites watered down the combat experience even further. Even on insanity difficulty, ME1 was a cakewalk.

ME2, on the other hand, requires more thinking for combat. Your allies, instead of blank slates, actually have specializations that make them great for support roles. It takes careful consideration of who to bring on a mission to maximize combat effectiveness. Especially on higher difficulties, you have to equip the right weapons for the situation and make sure you have a proper mix of armor/shield/barrier debuffs to proceed.

While some complain ME2 is "dumbed down", I think it has been enhanced. Now I have to care about how I spend my points and who I bring on a mission.

Neither one

If you don't like either then you probably haven't played them. Or haven't played ME2. It's significantly different to the point that it begs Gears of War comparisons.

ZippyDSMlee wrote: ME is

ZippyDSMlee wrote:

ME is better..... ME 2 like bioshock is to dumbed down to be taken seriously.

I don't see how ME2 is 'dumbed down' in any direction.
Combat is more responsive and difficult. ME1 was a cakewalk for most parts, only at some points I had to spam medgel. I hardly ever used any other weapon than the assault rifle because there was never a need to. Now I see myself switching between weapons and ammo types during combat.

Enemy AI is better, i.e. actually does something. Friendly AI as well. In ME1 it hardly mattered who I running with me, had the feeling I save the galaxy pretty much alone anyway. Now my teammates are actually helpful. Hacking is also more diverse than in the first part.

Given, the old game had more skill-trees but that hardly mattered since I only took my first 10 points in assault rifles and the next in armor and intimidation anyway. The rest was just spent somewhere, didn't really matter that much. I don't feel how the old trees would be better than the new ones (side note: it makes sense to me that the last step to perfection in a skill is more expensive than the first steps).

There is no conventional rpg-style inventory management, which I count as a plus since I feel I spent too much time in ME1 comparing item stats every 2 feet since there was new loot and reducing my old pants to omni-gel.

In terms of interaction with NPC not much has changed, there is still the conversation wheel, and the new paragon and renegade responses are fun :) - no dumbing down here.

I think ME2 is more streamlined than the first one, not 'dumbed down' for the 'console kiddies'. The only 'dumbing down' I see is cutting conventional inventory management and the mako levels. And in my opinion that were good ideas. If your idea of a role playing game is collecting loot and inventory management then: ME2 is nothing for you. If your idea of a role playing game is to play a role in a story where your decisions matter and shape the story then: yeah, ME2 is pretty cool.

I haven't finished ME2 yet,

I haven't finished ME2 yet, so I'm not voting, but so far? I'd have to give the nod to the first Mass Effect. Why?

1. Stronger villain. Saren formed a good focal point for the player, he was distinctly the villain of the piece. ME2 has "The Collectors" who are a bit too corporate to work. They needed a front man.

2. TOO MANY CHARACTERS. Seriously, ME2. 11 characters is way too many. There's simply no way you can develop that many characters into being full people the way that ME1 managed with its six.

3. The Mako was better than planet scanning.

4. Just a generally stronger story. ME2 warbles. It's just "go here, find this person, gain their loyalty" nine times over. ME1 was a scavenger hunt too, but each location gave you another clue as to what was going on.

5. Environments (not level design, but environments) were better. Nothing in ME2 beats out The Citadel. I want a full, working Citadel back for ME3. (That said, the Normandy 2 is better than the Normandy 1.)

THAT SAID.

1. ME2's level design is superior. I don't think there are any cut-and-paste level designs.

2. The shooting is better. Yes, it is. There's more strategy and difficulty in the shooting in ME2. Powers are more governed. Variety is increased. It's more fun to shoot. And combat drones are delicious, speaking as an engineer.

3. The hacking/bypassing mini-games are better.

4. Having a yeoman is cool.

5. The story does have a better twist.

In short, I think ME2 improved the gameplay at about every level. But it whiffed the story by comparison.

I liked ME1 anyone who did

I liked ME1 anyone who did and was unfortunate enough to purchase ME2 is mad right now.. if you dont believe me rent it dont buy it.. everyone saying this game is a 10 or even saying its a good game is getting paid to say it or there just tools. This i dont even want to call it a game.. it just makes me angry i bought it thinking it would be fun.. ill never give EA any money ever again this was the last time.. and bioware im going to rent just incase. When a game is rated 10's and 100's I expect more its obvious EA controls most critical reviews with money. This site has just replaced metacritic because so far it honest and will be my top review site.

After finishing ME2 I have

After finishing ME2 I have to say ME2 is the better game in terms of gameplay.

But...

The loading screens, dialogues that cycled too easy and too linear mission structure make ME2 ultimately less immersive, thus ME1 is better in my opinion.

ME is my favorite game

ME is my favorite game franchise but did anyone else notice how in ME2 90% of the game was either getting teammate or doing there side quest which was fun but i was expecting more plot line. Plus the planet scanning is retarded all they needed to do was make the makos shields rise faster,put the rocket boosters in the back of the mako where they logically should be not the bottom, have the planets you visit not just be bunch of stupidly steep mountains and your good.

both have strengths and weaknesses

Overall Mass Effect's interesting plot and villains beat Mass effect 2's gameplay graphics. Mass Effect 2 has far superior graphics and the side quests don't look completely identical with no plot. But, I get kind of tired of here's a new companion, gain his/her loyalty heres another one... and 11 people is way too much to feel acquainted with. I wish Mass Effect 3 will have longer levels, less people and more background plot with your squadmates.

Anonymous wrote: Overall

Anonymous wrote:

Overall Mass Effect's interesting plot and villains beat Mass effect 2's gameplay graphics. Mass Effect 2 has far superior graphics and the side quests don't look completely identical with no plot. But, I get kind of tired of here's a new companion, gain his/her loyalty heres another one... and 11 people is way too much to feel acquainted with. I wish Mass Effect 3 will have longer levels, less people and more background plot with your squadmates.

I seriously, seriosuly, seriously hope that bioware saw your comment and took it seriously.

Mass effect 2 all the way.

I loved mass effect when I first played it, it was one of the best games I had ever played, I've completed mass effect 1 on every single difficulty that's a bit disappointing cause difficult doesn't change that much from casual to insanity.. But yeah it's a brilliant game but, mass effect 2 is superior to 1 in every single way, I love the combat, the characters the story, the cast for the voices everything and there's a wider diversity of choices, also they got ride of the stupi inventory that had to be emptied annoyingly everytime you got 150 items -.-. I am on my insanity playthrough of mass effect 2 and have got all dlc, this game mass effect 2 is the best game I've played, which is why it's so superior to mass effect 1 also I love the fact they got rid of the moko driving around crap, that was so annoying it had rubish weapons and drove terribly I hated that in mass effect 1 but if people miss it in 2 they should download firewalker that is much better than the moko and faster..

I agree completely.

I agree completely. Although I did like ME's story better, I felt like the combat was unbalanced. Powers took so long to recharge that I constantly found myself simply using my assault rifle instead of the powers (which were awesome) Mako was frustrating and inventory was needlessly complex. So, overall i consider ME2 to be the superior game.

Do not feel the same

There is plenty new and improved in ME2 but ME1 was just longer, more immersive and more difficult to finish.

I felt like the game had only three real missions: 1) Escape 2) Get IFF 3) Suicide - the middle was not interesting filling with repetitive combats

The difficulty was too easy - I started off on Veteran and with bit of mining (lets face it, some of those recruiting missions were boring) my team was so powerfull that blasting through IFF and Suicide missions was pretty much walk if park, including the final Human Reaper Larva boss - that was just ridiculous compared to the coold end boss in ME1.

I somehow feel I could have finished the game with Miranda and Jacob alone ...

I think what people mean by

I think what people mean by "dumbed down" is that the atmosphere of the game deteriorated appeared to appeal to less intelligent gamers. For example the whole gang wars aspect seemed just some huge play on bloods and crypts, which isn't something you want in a sci fi like Mass effect. The game made improvements in combat for sure, and the story was still compelling, along with the characters, but the wider world, the big picture aspect that isn't exactly a necessity was not half as interesting or compelling as ME1's. And I think that's something that really made the origional stand out amongst it's competition. But you can't blame the makers for that blunder, because it wasn't a blunder at all. They know most people don't give a damn about interesting back stories about the history of a world that only exists in fiction. The demographic of people who actually read the non-audio journals of ME1 is extremely low (at least I'm pretty sure) so they just saw no real point in taking the time to exemplify something many, if not most, players ignored.

Both me1 and me2 were

Both me1 and me2 were designed on the exact same game engine. That means there was no improvement graphics wise.

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