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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  • Skwisgaar999

    Oh good. I am glad I am not the only mad one out there.

    When I first got Fallout 3, after about 10 hours of play, I dreamt that I was my character and I dreamt all in VATS, slow-motion and all.

    It was so great. I then woke up and played some more.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 7:01 PM
  • Ares42

    Don't you think you're giving ME2 the same treatment you gave ME1 ? You say the game needs the mining to pace the progression, but the blueprints for research are already paced out through the game anyways. If you just scan every system you visit you'll more or less have have all the metal you need by the time you get the upgrades (except for the cosmetic one).

    Just ask yourself this. If the game didn't have mining, what would be different ?

    Posted: January 26, 2010 6:58 PM
  • spiralking04

    Step ya game up JRPG!!!!

    Posted: January 26, 2010 6:51 PM
  • spicyfeed

    Adam rocks!!!!

    Posted: January 26, 2010 6:23 PM
  • Oposingthumb

    I played this game 5 hours today lol.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 6:20 PM
  • JimDanD

    Adam's married?

    Posted: January 26, 2010 5:59 PM
  • pmc_soap

    i kinda want this game now i was younger when mass effect came out then i played fallout and borderlands and i loved them i understand rpg's more and from what i am hearing the multiplayer is better but i really just want like 2 to 4 player co op i dont like playing alone and darkvoid come on that game literaly needed multiplayer

    Posted: January 26, 2010 5:55 PM
  • indo501

    this is one of those rare times where i wish i had a 360

    Posted: January 26, 2010 5:37 PM
  • zenmastersamuraimonk

    i didn't know adam was married is morgan married cause if she was that would break my heart jk.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 5:27 PM
  • Big_red42

    its not uncommon studies show that players get better at video-games if they have a good nights sleep, or even take a nap after failing at a tough level. its because when we sleep we are actually reviewing what happens to us when we were awake.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 5:26 PM
  • Bass.EXE

    January had Bayonetta, No More Heroes 2, and Mass Effect 2. February is starting off strong with Dante's Inferno and Bioshock 2. 2010 is looking great

    Posted: January 26, 2010 4:55 PM
  • teshazman

    ok where are the advise videos that Adam was talking about? better yet could someone just answer the question. . .

    is skipping mass effect 1 and going straight to mass effect 2 a good idea? would i be missing anything?

    Posted: January 26, 2010 4:55 PM
  • ArrenKae

    Very good note to end on Adam.

    I'm choking on this profanity filter.

    I might've had more but the only dream I remember incorporating videogame components was one where I was mining gold in a cave high in a cliff face, my aunt flew in on a witch's broom, I hopped on back to fly out, and beneath us the forest was rendered in Warcraft 3's engine.

    I played through Bioshock and the original Mass Effect in a weekend. Perhaps my enjoyment was lowered b/c I was borrowing the games and couldn't take a leisurely pace. I hated in the story how players had to serve the council. I like in typical rpgs how the player party is mercenary: players choose who/what the main characters are allied with and for how long. But I never felt the renegade choices were actually against the council (until the last mission), they were just an option to be a tough guy . Who wants to play a pacifist shooter (like Vash the stampede)?
    What made me dislike the game was the moral myopia in the story and how Bioware's owners and dev-team hyped unimportant decisions while not allowing important ones to be made. Playing a sentinel with Ashley as a love interest I never found Kaiden a compelling character. Listening to him talk about getting headaches was like visiting a boring old person. But the folks at Bioware talked as if the arbitrarily forced choice between him and Ashley was a deep moral decision. In the same game players are forced to commit genocide. The choice doesn't even come up to preserve the cure to the genophage. When Shepherd and everyone else talk they say they can't though there's nothing stopping them. The Asari, Salarians, and Turians haven't earned their council positions so forget 'em. Let humanity and Krogan allies take the council seats by force. There's a theme throughout the story of every alien culture leaning towards despotism. The Canadians must think states, which are parasites, can grow endlessly without killing the productive people they feed from. I hate the moral axiom in ME (which was also in Jade Empire and earlier games) that fighting for a ruler to maintain the current order is good but fighting for yourself to change the situation is evil. That's an irrational double-standard.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 4:21 PM
  • Nick_tha_stick

    Haha Sessler you make me laugh. I too... share your dream... if dialogue trees.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 4:16 PM
  • simpsnfan1204

    i pre ordered mine from best buy. except it hasnt arrived yet. :(

    Posted: January 26, 2010 4:08 PM
  • MyXxBitterXxHeroics

    well said mr. sessler.
    imho, this is bioware's 'dark knight'.
    it is just so good and it's impossible to not to get sucked into this world.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 3:19 PM
  • RookieBrawler

    I read the review and it was excellent.

    I couldn't connect with the first game at all, I had so many issues with it that I stopped playing altogether. The overarching dilemma for me was that the game didn't feel like it had proper pacing, although, like you said Adam, this game is streamlined to accomodate player who are more of my play style. Which is impatient and more consistent desire to action.

    I've been keeping track of this game becasue I always said the potential for the sequel would be grand. All these months later, it seems to have fufilled every little secret wish I had for it.

    The reviews out for Mass Effect 2 on other websites aren't as detailed as yours Adam,I thank you for being the one who was the final piece in persuading me to purchase this game. Typically if it has your seal of approval, its an experince not worth missing.

    Posted: January 26, 2010 3:16 PM
  • SherwinPR1486

    Holy crap man I gotta find a way to get that picture of you, Adam, it's freakin' priceless (the one of you in the Mass Effect suit that is).

    Posted: January 26, 2010 3:10 PM
  • Metalstorm98

    I want to dream dialouge trees

    Posted: January 26, 2010 2:16 PM
  • Warrior567

    overall i enjoyed this soapbox, but the begining middle and ends are just terrible

    Posted: January 26, 2010 2:13 PM