It seems fitting that my first post is about Mass Effect as it’s all I seem to be able to think about at the moment. I wrote this post several days before actually finishing the game to capture my anticipation, excitement and apprehension.
I’m stood on the edge of a precipice about to jump…I’m about to finish Mass Effect 3.
Yes, I know – I’m pretty damn late to this party. My love affair with the series only started very recently after several prompts from friends and family to play the goddamn thing and yeah, it’s amazing.
I’m not a lover of shooters – my aim is atrocious and I seem to end up emptying a round before finding my mark. I briefly played Mass Effect shortly after it was released but my terrible shooting meant I found it very frustrating and ended up ditching it for something else. I returned to the franchise some years later with Mass Effect 2 and the combination of uni holidays and improved combat (both in the game and personally) suddenly had me commanding the Normandy and feeling like a badass.
Of course, combat isn’t the reason I’m so deeply in love with the Mass Effect franchise. The narrative is so beautifully constructed with rich worlds and characters I just can’t say goodbye to. I’ve played and replayed 2 & 3 several times now but I can never bring myself to finish what I started and gut the bastards.
It’s become a bit of a running joke now – “Holly loves Mass Effect but she’s never finished the game!” – not anymore bosh’tet! By the end of 2013 I will have finished this game…and probably started a new playthrough straight away.
Commander Shepard, over and out.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with the ending?