Sins of a Solar Empire : Real-Time Strategy. Unrivalled Scale.
© 2003-2016 Ironclad Games Corporation Vancouver, BC. All rights reserved.
© 2006-2016 Stardock Entertainment

Has Anyone played Mass Effect and What did you think?

(Considering getting it, but not sure yet)

By on December 25, 2008 2:49:52 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Teal_Blue

Join Date 08/2008
+42

  Just wanted to know what people thought of the game to see whether i should try it.

-Teal

 

Locked Post 50 Replies
Search this post
Subscription Options


Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 3:01:33 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Opinions wildly differ, but I personally want to call it one of the greatest games in recent memory, with an actual, functional blend of RPG and Action, with an excellent story.

I'd hesitate to call it an action RPG, since I think that it adequately fullfills my own demands of an RPG, even with it's heavy action elements. Compare that to other, "classical" "action rpgs" that very rarely have any RPG elements whatsoever (Diablo 2, etc).

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 3:46:31 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I liked it, but it depends what you are expecting from it. If you are expecting another Bioware RPG, you'll be in for a shock, as you actually have to work at aiming. If you're expecting a tactical shooter, you'll probably be a little bored with the long yet well writen story. If you like them both, you'll love this game.

 

Overall, I recommend it, especially for sins fans, as they probably have the patience for it and will respect its original sci-fi story. While I have this for the 360, I heard that it works better on the PC if its a pretty good machine.

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 4:21:10 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Have they removed the copy protection yet? If the Steam release has only the Steam DRM then I would consider buying it.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 4:47:55 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I have it for the Xbox 360 and I enjoy it. One of the best games I have played in my opinion. I don't know how it is on the PC. By that I mean the came play enjoyment. I never liked first person shooter type games on the PC. (Huts my hand after awhile)

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 5:48:27 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I was really expecting something with a little more teeth. But this is what us pc gamers have to expect from ports, because of console's limited memory levels are smaller than you expect in a pc rpg. Every time you get in an elevator for example it's really a load screen.

The Witcher would be a better choice.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 6:00:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Its good. Mass Effect has great story, music, gameplay.... bad inventory system though kinda pisses ya off from time to time. Small levels and a decently long game 20hrs give or take but it has some replay value. Though I have it on my Xbox. I hope to god that EA does interfer at all with the production of ME 2 and 3... Still think it was a bad move on Biowares part to be owned by EA. Oh ya that damn elevator in the ship too... god seriously why is it so slow... damnload times. I would also agree with wbino witcher is another good choice too for your rpg needs.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 6:09:25 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

The main story was well-done but far too short. The optional content was much richer in amounts, but completely generic. The entire game felt like a set-up for sequals.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 6:33:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Pretty good. If you do get it, and have a powerful PC, the PC version has far better load times. And faster elevators. And a better UI. And better graphics.

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 6:48:57 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I liked it a lot. The story is very good, the world is interesting and well fleshed out, and the combat is actually quite exciting.

There are some awful MMORPG style grind quests though. Thankfully they are optional, but still a horrible boredom trap for the compulsive completionists among us. And the floating tripods...oh God.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 7:10:00 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Tamren,
Have they removed the copy protection yet? If the Steam release has only the Steam DRM then I would consider buying it.

No copy protection or DRM on the Steam version other than Steam itself. Just be warned that they haven't gotten the DLC (Bring Down the Sky) working with Steam yet, but they're working on it.

 

*edit* I'd seriously love to see Mass Effect and the upcoming Dragon Age on Impulse. Brad, make it happen!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 7:36:36 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Thankyou to everyone for their nice input, i saw it on Steam, and looked on Impulse, but didnt see it yet.

The trailers and YouTube scenes look interesting, but wasnt quite sure. I wanted another sci-fi game, but wasnt

sure how it would play. I have an older computer, 5 year old e-machine with good memory (2gb) and a 2.2 ghtz AMD chip

and XP SP2. My graphics card is a 256mb Nvidia and it runs some modern games well, depending on what they are. And runs Sins very well, but only if i have the graphics on medium, but that is okie.

I played HomeWorld and HomeWorld 2 and 3, and tried Genesis, but gave Genesis away to a friend as i really didnt care for the blood sucking ships. Haha, oh my!! I played MOO many years ago and liked it alot, and the Old Star Trek and the Star Wars Galaxies, which was my favorite, but couldnt handle the fee every month. It got to the point after awhile where it just seemed like too much of a luxury with other things to take care of. And i havent had a job except in the summer. During school it is too hard to do both, so i just concentrate on school. Anyway, wanted to say thank you to everyone for the great input and to say thank you.

Im guessing at this point that it may be like SW KOTOR, and that it sounds very neat, but maybe im not running a powerful enough computer. I had hoped maybe a new computer after the first of the year, but well, family first, so that will probably not happen, too many things that are more important.

Anyway, thanks for the help, take care,

-Teal

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 7:42:09 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

My graphics card is a 256mb Nvidia

TLI (too little information).  There were even 256MB 6200's made.

I played HomeWorld and HomeWorld 2 and 3

HomeWorld 3 doesn't exist.

but maybe im not running a powerful enough computer

Sounds likely.  Elaborate on your setup and I'm certain others can tell you for certain.  I haven't played it myself.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 8:35:33 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting wbino,
I was really expecting something with a little more teeth. But this is what us pc gamers have to expect from ports, because of console's limited memory levels are smaller than you expect in a pc rpg. Every time you get in an elevator for example it's really a load screen.

The Witcher would be a better choice.
It really depends on what you want or are expecting. The Witcher and Mass Effect are so radically different it feels sorta like saying "Don't play Half-Life 2, play Counter-Strike instead".

Personally, I love both, for very different reasons. Mass Effect & The Witcher, that is. Not HL2 & CS. I hate those.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 25, 2008 10:04:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Teal,
sure how it would play. I have an older computer, 5 year old e-machine with good memory (2gb) and a 2.2 ghtz AMD chip

That's a single core cpu I'm assuming, which I wouldn't recommend for Mass Effect. The minimum required is a 2.0ghz. And you need a 6800gt or better, which, as Sole Soul said, we need more info on about your rig.

If you run Sins on medium, you'll be on as low as the settings can go in ME. It's very, very hard on the cpu.

If you do decide to buy it, the inventory on the pc version is definitely more user friendly than on the 360 and I highly recommend the game. I have both ME and the Witcher and I think ME is the better experience overall, but the Witcher a better game. Mass Effect's story didn't really sink its claws into me, but I was hooked about halfway through and simply stopped doing side quests and the like (repetitve and dull as they were I didn't really miss them).

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 2:18:46 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have a 3ghz dual core and an 8800 gts 512. Would that be enough? It runs left 4 dead on maximum.

Steam DRM I have no problems with, once they get the DLC integrated I think I will give it a shot.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 5:39:08 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Quoting Tamren,
I have a 3ghz dual core and an 8800 gts 512. Would that be enough? It runs left 4 dead on maximum.

Steam DRM I have no problems with, once they get the DLC integrated I think I will give it a shot.

That would be able enough to run it.

 

It's a great game, just finished it a second time. Enough RPG element for me. But that is personal...

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 6:27:18 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting garion333,

....Mass Effect's story didn't really sink its claws into me, but I was hooked about halfway through and simply stopped doing side quests and the like (repetitve and dull as they were I didn't really miss them).

 

disagree on the first, agree on the second part

imo the main plot of mass effect is simply awesome, it´s just a really well made space opera with really cool characters, voice-overs, graphics (both how they look in-game and the general concept), atmosphere, etc....

somebody said dont expect a typical bioware rpg, but to some degree it is very bioware-ish.

also, i think the port to pc was, compared to the typical port, quite good. i.e. the whole interface was optimized to work with a mouse, so yeah, what do you want more ^^

the only real downside, or let´s call it let-down, are the side-quests (and thats where i agree with garrison). the non-plot planets and quests are so extremly boring and monotonous, i´d seems that they were made all within 10 minutes. so yeah, as long as you stay on the main story path (and thus might miss out on the high-level skills and items...) it is really a great game (oh and trust me about the side-quest stuff - i did them all -__-)

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 6:42:33 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

If ya got a good pc I would pick up the pc version. Yes I am also sure that Stardock will get Dragon Age... please. New pc soon oh boy!

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 6:47:57 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Mass Effect follows the Bioware formula to the letter, its not a bad thing but they could at least mix it up. I bought the PC version the graphics are pretty average most stuff past 30 feet from your character turns into a pixelated mess even with settings at max.  There are a few bugs which haven't been fixed ie proper AMD processor support I am still getting lower performance compared to a similar intel processor.

 

Complaints aside the main story is fairly good, the action is some what enjoyable when using crowdpleasers (shotguns), the dialogue is excellent.

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 7:56:27 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Ooh, Mass Effect with no Securom? Off to buy the game then, been wanting to play it for aaaaaaaages.

While I'm busy playing Mass Effect, please knock some sense into the Witcher developers so Stardock can sell the Impulse version in Western Europe. For all the bitching about piracy that game developers do, they really have some asinine restrictions on who they'll actually take money from

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 26, 2008 11:10:41 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting dunkellic,

Quoting garion333, reply 14
....Mass Effect's story didn't really sink its claws into me, but I was hooked about halfway through and simply stopped doing side quests and the like (repetitve and dull as they were I didn't really miss them).
 

disagree on the first, agree on the second part

imo the main plot of mass effect is simply awesome, it´s just a really well made space opera with really cool characters, voice-overs, graphics (both how they look in-game and the general concept), atmosphere, etc....

somebody said dont expect a typical bioware rpg, but to some degree it is very bioware-ish.

also, i think the port to pc was, compared to the typical port, quite good. i.e. the whole interface was optimized to work with a mouse, so yeah, what do you want more ^^

First off, my online name is garion, not garrison, but I like the way that sounds. I stole garion from a series of fantasy books so I don't really take it personal.

I'd like to expand upon my comment about the story. I think the story is rather generic. Sure, most sci-fi or fantasy plots (or realistic drama) are going to be fairly derivative is somewhat of a given. I believe that is true of Mass Effect. The plot is nothing new, you more or les save the universe, but it's how you go about doing so that is importatant. It feels natural (obviously after suspeding disbelief, but you are playing a video game), but most of that comes from the fact that the choices you make actually influence the plot. And I don't mean that in the way Fallout 3 gives you merely shifts around it's relatively arbitrary end "cutscenes" about how and why you did things (this only means something to someone who has finished F3), but I mean that the player influences the outcome in the game in a significant way. Sure, you can play a badass the entire game and have a change of heart at the end, but it is your choices at the end that determine the outcome. And the choices feel meaningful, unlike my experience with Fallout 3 where I never really felt confronted with a choice so much as different paths. Again, I don't know if I can articulate that idea without someone having finished one or both games.

ME is a flawed experience. Battle is engaging, but limited. The plot existsd but isn't as intruiging as, say, a book, but games are interactive, which books aren't. In that sense, ME transcends reading as you become the author, you choose your own adventure. Games have yet to reach the storytelling level of books, but rarely have movies come close to that high watermark and books have been around much longer. Games tell their stories in a different manner, a different medium. ME for me is not the most original story ever conceived, but the execution still leaves me intruiged and engaged, which is something I can't say for 90% of the games I play, RPG or not. And for that reason alone I think anyone who is interested should try the game. It may not be for you, but if the game strikes just the right chord, it can be a very rewarding experience.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 27, 2008 5:23:18 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Sole Soul,

My graphics card is a 256mb Nvidia
TLI (too little information).  There were even 256MB 6200's made.




Nvidia 256 7100

 

I played HomeWorld and HomeWorld 2 and 3
HomeWorld 3 doesn't exist.

 

HomeWorld 3 is HomeWorld Catacylcsm

 

but maybe im not running a powerful enough computer
Sounds likely.  Elaborate on your setup and I'm certain others can tell you for certain.  I haven't played it myself.

 

thanks for all the helpful info, i guess i'll just have to wait and see on the game.

-Teal

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 28, 2008 1:48:33 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Got it off Steam today. The game runs dissapointingly bad. For one thing it maxes out both my CPU cores at 100%/100% even when I am standing idle outside of combat. This seems to cause problems resulting in random crashes and freezing, perhaps due to overheating? The graphics are hella choppy, even on low graphics and with vsync on. I have never had problems with my onboard sound but mass effect has a lot of choppy static, unexplained looping noises resulting in strange "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrip" sounds. And in several conversations the sound shuts off momentarily right after people stop talking, cutting off 80% of whatever they were going to say.

I hope I can get it running better because I do enjoy the combat, once I figured it out.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 28, 2008 2:46:55 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Tamren,
Got it off Steam today. The game runs dissapointingly bad. For one thing it maxes out both my CPU cores at 100%/100% even when I am standing idle outside of combat. This seems to cause problems resulting in random crashes and freezing, perhaps due to overheating? The graphics are hella choppy, even on low graphics and with vsync on. I have never had problems with my onboard sound but mass effect has a lot of choppy static, unexplained looping noises resulting in strange "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrip" sounds. And in several conversations the sound shuts off momentarily right after people stop talking, cutting off 80% of whatever they were going to say.

I hope I can get it running better because I do enjoy the combat, once I figured it out.

I bought it too, and I had no major issues with it. Sound was a bit unstable and breaking up at some points, which was sorted by turning off the hardware sound setting and restarting the game (hardware sound in general is buggy in a lot of games for me). As for the graphics, I have no idea. Are you using an on-board video card? Could just be a driver issue too, I suppose.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
December 28, 2008 3:29:19 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I dunno the lockups are random. I just got a pretty severe one. I got rid of the sound stutter by tweaking a file. The default number of channels was only 28, I bumped it up to 64 and most of the problems went away. However in the casino all my sound shuts off and I only get random strange noises. Leaving the area solves the problem.

One lockup lasted for 4 seconds before the game resumed. The last one happened as I jumped to another planet for the first time. The normandy jumped into the system and the whole game froze solid as soon as Joker spoke his first line. Tabbing out wouldn't work. I tried Ctrl-alt-del and it brough up the system menu but it was also frozen. I had to keep tabbing between task manager and mass effect because my cursor would dissapear after a second. It took about 10 tries to finally kill the process.

I have no idea what the problem could be. I will turn off hardware sound to start with, I don't have a fancy sound card anyway so stereo is enough for me. What graphic settings I put on don't seem to affect the cpu at all with the exception of dynamic shadows (which appear bugged anyway) and motion blur and film grain which are waaaay too overdone.

Anything else I could try? Otherwise I will be limited to playing one hour at a time.

Edit: Went back to start the game up again and it wouldn't. Oh goodie. After I spent over 10 hours downloading it too. Verifying the Steam game cache didn't help.

Edit Edit: Things are getting stranger. I noticed that the computer was using 38% of its ram. Task manager quotes it as using over 500mbs. My computer when idle never uses more than 22-24% and on a fresh boot it starts at 18% A restart fixed the problem and Mass Effect will now boot up. But what the heck is causing this? Its like no other memory leak I have ever seen.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
Stardock Forums v1.0.0.0    #108433  walnut3   Server Load Time: 00:00:00.0000391   Page Render Time: