Mass Effect 2, part 6

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I was pretty much thrown onto Horizon at about the time I planned on quitting for the night. I did, and came back to play more the next day. Fighting through the collectors was not as easy as I hoped it would be. I did pick up the particle beam gun, which is a lot of fun! I made it most of the way through, but I was having a lot of trouble with the final few waves of enemies. There wasn’t much cover, and husks kept managing to sneak around my cover to attack me from behind. After a few very frustrating tries, I decided to quit for a while.

One thing about me is that in pretty much any game I play, I hate leaving my character outside or in a dangerous situation. Even though they are just a collection of pixels, I feel bad leaving them somewhere uncomfortable or dangerous. Maybe I relate too much to my characters, but oh well! I left Shepard right before more husks and collectors were going to attack.

I also dislike getting frustrated and it’s hard for me to admit that I should take a break and come back later. It feels too much to me like giving up, and I don’t like to give up. Playing video games has helped me with this actually. For one thing, it takes me longer to get frustrated than it used to. I’ve also learned that it is okay to take a step back, take a break (which is not the same as giving up), and try again later.

Anyway, I finally came back to play again today when my guilt for leaving Shepard in the middle of a battlefield outweighed my desire to avoid getting frustrated. When I came back, I did a lot better and the fights were not as bad as I feared they would be! I had to defeat the Praetorian, which I did mostly using the very fun particle beam.

Then, the awkward meetup with Kaidan happened.

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Kaidan, looking upset. Don’t look at me like that! 

He is not happy with me. I don’t like him being mad at me, but he kept talking about “our relationship” and stuff like that. Well, when I was playing the first Mass Effect I never meant to get with him. I just talked to him a lot and chose dialog options that were supposed to be flirty, but I didn’t realize were flirty. Oops. Sorry Kaidan. There’s no relationship here.

After all this, I just returned to the Normandy and talked to people. There are personal missions now for Jacob, Miranda, and Jack. I found out more of Jack’s backstory, and wow is it messed up. No wonder she is the way she is.

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Jack, looking super cool while talking about murder.

I also got more assignments for recruiting team members, and Tali is one of them! I’m happy, because I missed her. I also miss Kaidan and Liara, but it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting them back. I have a lot of options for what to do in my next play session.

Thank you for reading, and I thought I would mention that I am playing all of this on Steam. If anyone wants to add me, my username is sciopterix.

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Mass Effect 2, part 5

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I just recruited Jack onto my team, as you might have guessed from the featured image. I really didn’t know that Jack was female, but I started to suspect it because I picked up on the fact that nobody was using pronouns when they talked about her. For some reason that tipped me off that she was probably female. I’m glad to have another woman on the team, but her top is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. It looks so uncomfortable and not at all supportive. Maybe she uses biotic powers to hold it in place.

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When I was going into the prison, I didn’t expect much. I started to get suspicious when they kept reassuring me that they would hand Jack over and I could be on my way. I was thinking that it couldn’t possibly be this easy, and that they would turn on me somehow. Once again, I was right. The warden wanted to keep me as a prisoner. I had Garrus and Miranda with me, and we had to fight our way to the prison security room and then freed all the prisoners. Then we had to find Jack, who ran away as soon as she was released, leaving a trail of destruction behind her.

We finally caught up with her and convinced her to come with us. I decided to giver her full access to Cerberus files, because she might find out some useful things and tell me. I also don’t really know what she could do with the information, but I guess I’ll find out. I hope I don’t regret it!

I ended the game when I got dropped off on Horizon, where Kaidan Alenko is. I’m guessing that meeting up with him is going to be awkward, but first I have to fight through Collectors. I’m loving their creepy design!

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These are my current stats as well.

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Mass Effect 2, part 4

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Last time, I planned on recruiting the next member of my squad. I was successful.

I decided to go to the Warlord first, simply because he was closer to me than the Convict.

I landed on the planet where he was located, and pretty much immediately from there I had to fight my way through Blue Suns mercenaries. I’m really starting to understand the slightly different controls and use my squad members more effectively. I brought Garrus and Miranda with me this time.

We made our way through the mercenaries’ compound without too much trouble, and made it to the lab where the Warlord was. He tells us he is trying to make the ideal Krogan and has been giving the rejects to Jedore, a Blue Suns commander, so she could have an army of them. However, she isn’t able to control them. Also, if we want help from the Warlord, he tells us we have to kill her.

We went and did so, only to find that the Warlord has died also. Jedore released toxins into the lab, killing him. However, his latest ideal specimen of a Krogan is sealed and unharmed. We leaved the Warlord’s body but take his legacy with us.

Once back on the Normandy, I have to decide whether or not to release the perfect Krogan. I was feeling a little reckless and adventurous today, so I decided to release him. At first I was worried I had made a mistake, but I think I’ll be able to keep him on our side. He decided to call himself Grunt, and now he is part of my squad.

Next time, I’ll go recruit the Convict.

Mass Effect 2, part 3

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I haven’t had much time to play this week, and when I have played I mostly talked to people and tried to figure out anything that is slightly different from the first Mass Effect game.

For example, traveling is different, and I guess I actually need to worry about how much fuel I have left. Scanning planets is also quite different, because you have to send out probes and you only have 10. I haven’t figured out yet how to get more, and I used them all up on the first two planets I scanned because I thought I would have 10 per planet. Oh well!

The researching is also different, but I like how it works now. It makes sense to me that we’d have to use up resources to figure out new and improved technology.

I’m also having fun customizing my little cabin area. On Omega, I bought some fish and I couldn’t resist the space hamster, so I have some silly pets now.

I’m making an effort to talk to my crew as well. It’s fun to get to know all of them. Although sometimes I’ll talk to one of them, and after we’re done I’ll be notified that I got some morality points. Often I get a couple of renegade points, and I usually have no idea what I said that would earn me those. It seems a lot less clear cut than in the first game. I still have way more paragon points than renegade points.

I started out this game with more renegade points than I thought. I think it comes from me letting the council die at the end of the first game. I only did that because I didn’t know for sure they would die, and I thought it was more important for their ship to help out with destroying Sovereign than escaping. As far as I can tell, this now means that a lot of aliens don’t like me very much. It’s a little unfortunate, but I’ll just have to live with it!

Hopefully by next time, I’ll be done with recruiting the next member of my squad!

Mass Effect 2, part 2

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I’ve been having a lot of fun with this game. Playing around with the armor customization is fun. The featured image is a screenshot of what my armor currently looks like.

I’m getting used to the new hacking and bypassing minigames. Now that I’m a little better at them, they’re not as annoying.

I’m also getting used to the slightly different controls. In Mass Effect 2, I have to use space bar instead of E for interacting and Shift for battle options. I keep hitting Shift or E instead of space bar, but I’m starting to remember now. The way you heal up now is different too, and makes the game a little more difficult. Having to find ammo adds a little more challenge too, but I don’t mind.

I was able to recruit Mordin Solus, the Professor! It took lots of fighting through the quarantine zone on Omega. I took Miranda and Jacob with me because even though I didn’t think it would matter, I didn’t want to expose Garrus to the plague. Of course we ended up curing the plague thanks to the Professor, but I didn’t want to take any chances!

Now that I have Mordin with me, I can get the upgrades. The upgrades also work very differently from the previous game, but I like the change!

Now, on to recruit the next member! I don’t know who I’ll look for next, but currently I can find the Warlord or the Convict.

Mass Effect 2, part 1

I am very excited to jump right into Mass Effect 2! It took me a little bit of time, but I figured out how to import my character from Mass Effect to Mass Effect 2.

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The first thing that struck me was how much better the graphics are! I never thought Mass Effect’s graphics were bad, but these are just so much better. I’m so happy my computer can still handle it.

The beginning of the game was so intense! I think about how it would feel to lose two years with everyone thinking I was dead. It’s a distressing thought. I fought through the Cerberus base and met Miranda and Jacob. I don’t like Miranda very much yet, but she is a very interesting character. I’m eager to learn more about her. I miss my old companions though. I met the Illusive Man as well, and I don’t know if I trust him or not.

I also discovered how to customize my armor. I’m going to have a lot of fun with that!

Hacking things is also very different. I much preferred hacking in Mass Effect. In this game, it just feels like boring but slightly irritating matching games. It’s such a small part of the game though, so it’s really not a big deal.

So far, I also feel like I have a lot less freedom about where to go and what to do next. It’s nice in a way, because sometimes with the first game I wouldn’t know where to go next. I do miss having lots of options on where to go though.

I’ve been completing missions on Omega, and I’ve gotten Arcangel on my team. Once I found out that Arcangel was a turian I wondered if it was Garrus, and I was right! I’m glad to have him back.

Next, I am going to try to recruit the Professor to be on my team.