Sessler's Soapbox: Mass Effect 2-Making January Awesome

Posted: January 26, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Mass Effect 2-Making January Awesome
Adam sits down and explains why he's so glad that a game as good as Mass Effect 2 was released in January.

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  • BigBlackBackward

    I still haven't finished Mass Effect, so it will be a while before I get to 2, and frustratedly the same with Uncharted. While anyone reading this scoffs at my dated current play list, I just wondered if Adam listens to Dax Riggs...just remembered Adam said he was a Leonard Cohen fan., and Dax is a Leonard Cohen covering machine in between originals...random yes, but totally ignored, hell no.. someone will break down and check him out lol

    Posted: January 30, 2010 10:37 PM
  • Rorschach2814

    I just beat ME1 and I was a soldier class. Can I play a differant class in ME2 and still have the same story?

    Posted: January 30, 2010 9:17 AM
  • KABLEleb

    The first game I was actually iffy about, I loved the dialogue but when it came to the gun fights I wasn't over impressed
    But this is number 2 and there seems to be massive improvements done and Adam makes this game look awesome

    Posted: January 30, 2010 2:14 AM
  • power-o-pwn

    I've had several dreams like that... with several creepy video game points.

    Posted: January 29, 2010 10:21 PM
  • TheEarlOfGrey

    Adam Sometime you should do an soapbox focusing of the explosion of moral decisions in video games. Not for content but for the amount of in game moral choices and the frequency that they are appearing.

    Posted: January 29, 2010 8:34 PM
  • Martin23936

    I know how Adam feels. I played 48 hours in 4 days myself! And I don't regret a second!

    Posted: January 29, 2010 6:02 PM
  • Grehndel

    I never got hyped by the original ME, nor did the narrative engage me. The simple flaws that you say have been fixed really didn't help while trying to work through the experience either. I found the skill system wholly uninteresting and without any real depth. The AI, for me anyhow, seemed fairly worthless and I usually ended up isolated in combat. The moral context seemed unimaginative as well. Playing KotoR, moral choices not only affected character relationships, but also how the player behaved in combat(or at least it could, optionally). I guess that this made me feel like the skill system in ME, and to some extent the inventory, were a completely irrelevant part of the game. There was no synergy among the various aspects. Surprisingly though, Dragon Age completely engaged me, both in narrative and combat. I don't think it has anything to do with the fantasy vs. sci-fi settings, but I can't seem to nail it down.
    I suppose the most important decision, before I make the purchase, would be "Do the moral decisions I make affect how I shoot things." If the answer is 'no', then I'll just go play through Half-Life 2 or Borderlands again.

    I'm not a hater, but ME did not "satisfy my itch".

    Posted: January 29, 2010 3:53 PM
  • jedimasterchief9

    This is more of a comment to Adam Sessler, in all of his discussion of Mass Effect, he mentions how Bioware and Besthesda are pushing the RPG genre forward. Yet Fable 2 won GOTY of 2008. I am not trying to cause a flame war. I just got Fable 2 (and am loving it). I've beaten Fallout 3. I have not played ME2 yet. So is there just something I'm missing? Adam, if I recall correctly, reviewed Fable 2 (5/5). So does he just not connect with fable 2 as much or is fable 2 just evolutionary, not revolutionary?

    Posted: January 29, 2010 3:49 PM
  • ScienceOfSleep

    haha i love mining planets! why the hate? maybe thats just me.

    Posted: January 29, 2010 8:25 AM
  • knight5000

    mass effect 2 is good? no way!!

    We all expected this to be a great game, a huge improvement over the first. A soapbox praising it wasn't needed.

    Where is the soapbox explaining the horrid, inaccurate, ridiculous review of darksiders? Or the soapbox discussing the long-awaited release of the iPad and expected attempts (failing and successful) to transfer gaming to that platform??

    Xplay is more and more becoming a show to watch to see Morgan, and less a show that actually cares about gaming, and what the GAMERS AND FANS want to know about.

    Posted: January 29, 2010 8:04 AM
  • illywillie

    that is hilarious about the dialog trees during my play through of me1 I was working graveyards and had a whole series of crazy dreams cause i was playing myself to sleep have to love dialog trees.:)

    Posted: January 28, 2010 11:44 PM
  • Melankoly

    Dreaming dialog trees FTW.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 9:24 PM
  • Ariellog

    I don't like the fact they Downgrade the Stats system , i mean i am all for making the combat better but there was no need to downgrade the stats system but i get the game eventually.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 6:38 PM
  • gravy666

    This episode should be called...

    Massessler Effect

    Massessler. Combination of Mass and Sessler.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 4:21 PM
  • eric82496

    adam is awesome and so is mass effect

    Posted: January 28, 2010 4:13 PM
  • Variand

    I had the dialogue tree dream last night! Though my significant other isn't even talking to me because I'm working for Cerberus... (yes I made an Ashley Williams joke)

    Off the gameplay though, doesn't this whole Cerberus Network thing just scream Extortion?

    If you buy the game you get the network thing for free which gives you (i assume) mostly all free content, however if you rent the game or buy it used, you'll have to pay 30 bucks on XBL marketplace for it!

    This is definitely EA trying to force the purchase of their games in their fight against places like Gamestop, Blockbuster and Gamefly. It's a good move to increase their sales, but again, it's a form of extortion.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 3:30 PM
  • Jakous

    I have a Feeling that Mass Effect 2 is going to get Game Of The Year!

    Posted: January 28, 2010 8:21 AM
  • FractureC17

    Yesterday, last day of my 2 days off. I get up, dig out Mass Effect, which I had never actually finished, and started it up, because ME2 had just arrived. Realizing my save was gone, I started over, played through the whole thing in 1 sitting. Got around 2 hours into the second, and can definitely see some of the improvements.

    A couple of odd little nags I had were 1) I actually miss the inventory to some extent. An RPG without an inventory, it just kind of made me sit there for a while wondering what the hell is going on. 2) Another little thing that had me utterly confused was the crouch is missing. I probably almost killed my CRTL key trying to crouch for about 5 mins before I realized nothing was gonna happen.

    And I do almost kinda sorta regret getting the game. Not for any fault with it that I've found, but that it will be, like Dragon Age when it first came out, sitting on my shelf above my monitor, almost teasing me because I won't have much time in the least to devote to playing it. But if next weeks anything like this, I'll prove my social life has become nonexistent and finish this game on Tuesday.

    Great podcast as always Adam, but I should mention that I now have a bone to pick with you. After watching the episode about Bayonetta, I can already foresee that $60 of mine will soon be gone and my free time will be further divided up amongst even more things than I care to think about.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 4:22 AM
  • IroncladMerc

    What's the deal with this "podcast is ending, subscribe to the web originals podcast" message? But there is no Web Originals feed to subscribe to?

    Posted: January 28, 2010 3:21 AM
  • Hydrafiend

    Yeah this game is incredible, I have not played a better SP game since RE4.

    Posted: January 28, 2010 1:04 AM