Finally started playing this over the weekend.|
Sadly, mention must go out to whatever the hell is wrong with the online activation thing. It installed okay, but then hitting "Play" from the startup menu just crashed the game - every time. Just that message that "Mass Effect has stopped working..."
Online help in the forums brought up loads of people with the same problem (on Vista). And yes, I have SP1 and the latest nVidia drivers. Eventually I found that running it as Administrator bypassed whatever the problem was, but I really shouldn't have to do that just to play a game. Very shoddy imho - games should have accounted for whatever nonsense Microsoft put into Vista's UAC by now.
Anyway, once I'd finally got playing (an hour and a bit later...), this game seems really bloody good!
I'm playing as a male soldier Shepherd and so far picking most of the Paragon options in the dialogue. I can definitely see even at this early stage that this game could warrant a couple of plays through.
Movement and combat felt a bit unnatural after playing loads of FPS games recently, but by the time I got down to the first planet, it was pretty much okay.
The menu juggling for upgrades is a bit confusing at first - especially since I'd read the manual cover to cover whilst I was waiting for it to install, and I was crying out for some tooltips for the various icons. I'm sure it'll make sense in time.
The lore of the game seems really deep and - like the rest of it - should probably come good in time, but I did find myself wondering who the hell was who for a bit. Maybe I should actually read some of the Codex entries.
Anyway, all in all, it seems great and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in over the next few weeks.
#3544679, By Killerbee Mass Effect
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