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- Malevolent Effect
- Left 4 Sims
I’m a year late than everybody else, but I’ve finally finished Mass Effect from Bioware. And I must say I’ve really enjoyed it. From start to finish I think I’ve enjoyed it – and feel far more satisfied from it – than just about any other game I’ve played in the last year. It’s a bit funny as well – it’s a game I didn’t get when it first launched, and a game that I started, then left for about three months partially due to my computer dying and partially due to my occasional inability to stay focused on one game for too long when playing for personal fun. So right from the bat the fact Mass Effect managed to sink it’s claws into me twice is definitely a good sign. The fact I want to go back and replay it almost immediately is another. More on that in a minute.
One of my other favourite games is another RPG epic Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. It went far beyond any real love for the series – heck, I’m not really a huge fan of the films or franchise. Lightsabers are pretty awesome and all that but beyond that I don’t really care about the Skywalker family tree. However, Bioware did craft a great story in that game, and everything about it just appealed to me. Given the freedom to create their own universe, with their own backstory and races – well, they’ve done an absolutely sterling job. Mass Effect did what I really like games to do – give me a fun and awesome adventure. And it certainly achieved that.
So about the replay? Well. Yeah. In a completely unoriginal and possibly ill-advised move, I think I’m going to shamelessly steal the ideas from John Walker and Tom Francis and replay the thing as a decidedly more… “evil” character (Or Renegade as the game calls it, as it’s not quite Good/Evil) with the addition of posting regular updates from my adventures here on my blog. Hopefully if I manage this, I’ll be able to keep it up throughout the playthrough. Although you can probably rest assured real life stuff coming up will mean I can’t promise any definitive regularity at the moment – heck, I’m just about to cease being a student and everything that goes with that – but we’ll see what happens.
First things first – a name for this semi feature. I’m not sure whether to go with Masochistic Effect or Malevolent Effect. Anyone got any preferences?