Mass Effect 2 Masterpost

Here are all my posts about Mass Effect 2 in one convenient place.

Mass Effect 2, part 1

Mass Effect 2, part 2

Mass Effect 2, part 3

Mass Effect 2, part 4

Mass Effect 2, part 5

Mass Effect 2, part 6

Mass Effect 2, part 7

Mass Effect 2, part 8

Mass Effect 2, part 9

Mass Effect 2, part 10

Mass Effect 2, part 11

Mass Effect 2, part 12

Mass Effect 2, part 13

Mass Effect 2, part 14: Jacob’s Loyalty Mission

Mass Effect 2, part 15: Samara’s Loyalty Mission

Mass Effect 2, part 16: Jack’s Loyalty Mission

Mass Effect 2, part 17

Mass Effect 2, part 18: DLC

Mass Effect 2, part 19: Tali’s Loyalty Mission

Mass Effect 2, part 20: More DLC

Mass Effect 2, part 21: More DLC and Miranda

Mass Effect 2, part 22: The Reaper IFF

Mass Effect 2, part 23: Legion’s Loyalty Mission

Mass Effect 2, part 24: The Suicide Mission

Mass Effect 2: My least favorite and favorite moments

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Mass Effect 2: My least favorite and favorite moments

I just finished playing Mass Effect 2 a couple of days ago. I really loved the ending. It was very satisfying and ended in a good spot, but still with the feeling there was more to do. I wanted to share some of my favorite and least favorite moments of the game. Here we go!

First, I’ll start with the negatives.

1. Forced Romance:

I accidentally had a fling with Kaidan in the first Mass Effect game, which is fine. I just hadn’t realized I was flirting with him at first and things got a little out of hand. It wasn’t a big deal to me though. In Mass Effect 2, Kaidan shows up again for a bit and tried to make me feel guilty about working for Cerberus and says something about “what we had”. He tried to make it sound like there was a relationship even though I just considered it a one night stand, and a virtual rebound for a  very bad breakup I had just gone through in real life.

Later on, right before the suicide mission, my Shepard was gazing at a photo of Kaidan. Given how I feel about our nonexistent relationship it didn’t make sense and just made me confused, not sad or nostalgic or anything.

I still have the option of starting a relationship with Garrus, and maybe I will just so I won’t have to deal with the Kaidan stuff anymore. However, given the aforementioned bad and real breakup, I don’t want any relationship even if it’s an in game one.

This is something I didn’t like from the first game, but I’m not a fan of how easy it was to get into a relationship with Kaidan. I didn’t even realize that I was flirting, I just thought I was being friendly. This is a problem I’ve had in real life too, when guys think I’m flirting when I’m just trying to be friendly.

2. Forced Choices:

There were times when I only made certain choices because I knew it would get me paragon points. At one point in the game I lost Miranda’s loyalty, and I had to get more paragon points to earn it back. At one point, I did something I would normally refuse to do just because I needed more paragon points. I convinced an asari not to break up with her krogan boyfriend. I wouldn’t do this in real life, because I don’t know either of them and it’s none of my business. I also didn’t like how convincing her to stay with him is paragon and breaking up is renegade. Staying together is not always a good thing and breaking up is not always a bad thing! Again, I knew nothing of there relationship and maybe she had good reasons for wanting to end it.

Now, to end on a better note, I want to share some of my favorite moments!

1. The time I headbutted a krogan:

2. The time Mordin sang for me:

3. The time Garrus complimented me:

(None of these videos are mine, I found them all on youtube.)

I know there were many more, but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment.

One last thing! These were my final stats:

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Mass Effect 2, part 24: The Suicide Mission

This post will contain spoilers.

I finished Mass Effect 2. I was already enjoying the game a lot, but now I really love it. I can’t wait to play Mass Effect 3 next, because as much fun as 2 was it felt like a leadup to even more.

I had a lot of fun playing the suicide mission. There were lots of decisions I had to make, and I really did feel responsible for my crew’s lives. Fortunately, I guess I chose well when I was sending off team members for special missions. I chose Tali to escort the rescued ship crew back to the Normandy so that I knew she would survive. I chose Miranda to lead the second team and Legion to hack the doors. They all did really well.

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I chose Garrus to lead a distraction force and Samara to protect us from the Collector swarms.

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I really liked how varied each situation was. Each segment of the fight had its own unique challenges. We all made it through to the center of the Collector base. Once we were there, I took Legion and Garrus with me and left the rest to hold the doors. There were lots of Collectors to fight, but I’ve gotten so much better at playing that they weren’t too much of a problem.

We eventually made it to the very center of the Collector base, where we could overload the core and destroy the whole structure. The Illusive Man called me at this point, and tried to convince me not to destroy the whole thing after all. He claimed the technology might be useful. We might be able to use it against the reapers. I rejected him, and destroyed the base. Before that though, we had to fight this thing which will probably give me nightmares!

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We took it down, and then hightailed it out of the base. Everyone made it back to the ship! I’m so happy I didn’t lose anyone. I had said before I would probably replay it if I lost anybody, but now I won’t have to. While it was fun, I don’t feel like I need to repeat the experience anytime soon!

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The Illusive Man talked to me some more, and was quite angry with me for defying him. I really don’t care though. That technology was awful and shouldn’t be used by anybody. I felt pretty good about standing up to him. Now, I’ll have to play through Mass Effect 3 to see how my decisions will play out! Thanks for reading!

Mass Effect 2, part 23: Legion’s Loyalty Mission

This post will contain spoilers.

I completed Legion’s loyalty mission during this session. The goal of the mission was to wipe out the heretic geth, who were trying to spread a virus that would turn all the geth into heretics. I loved learning  more about Legion and seeing more of the geth. I thought their ship looked really cool, and the sound effects while we were on the geth ship were so eerie and I loved that. Earlier while I was playing the layouts of different areas would feel a bit repetitive, but during this part I really felt like I was somewhere I had never been before.

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As soon as we got on board, Legion told me there was another way to save the geth. Instead of wiping them all out, the virus could be rewritten to keep any geth from becoming heretics. Thane was with me, and he was against doing it because he said changing them like that was worse than killing them. It was an interesting thought, and I didn’t decide what to do either way until the last minute.

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Legion told me if we cross the green lines, we would alert the geth. So I was careful not to, until we saw some geth hooked up to a hub and shot at them. Then they were alerted anyway, and we had to take them all down before we could move on. Most of the mission was like this, which was nice because I never felt ambushed.

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Finally we reached the center of the geth ship, where Legion could either delete or alter the virus. First he had to transfer files though, and while that was going on we had to hold off all the geth who had been alerted to our presence. They had to come through a kind of maze, and we had a good angle on them from above and took them out pretty easily. When the time came, I chose to rewrite the virus. I got to ask some questions first though, and a question I had was actually addressed. I was concerned that the other geth could just rewrite the virus again, but Legion told me it wouldn’t be a problem. It does seem like a better option than killing all geth who had the virus.

The rewritten virus had to be sent out with a powerful signal, and that’s when Legion told me that we had better get off the ship before the signal went out because it would kill unshielded organics. We had 3 minutes to get out, and of course there were more geth to fight. I made it out with 44 seconds to spare.

Once back on the ship, Tali and Legion started fighting. Tali said that Legion was scanning her omnitool for information to send back to the geth. Fortunately, my paragon points were high enough that I resolved the situation without losing anyone’s loyalty. I was so happy, because I didn’t want another situation like with Miranda where it took me so long to win back her loyalty. I don’t have very long, because I think I’m almost done with this amazing game!

Next time, I’ll keep edging towards the end of the game.

Pokemon Soul Silver, part 10: Blackthorn City Gym

This post will contain spoilers.

I haven’t posted about Pokemon in a long time, partly because I didn’t play it for a while. I’ve had some more time now though, so I spent a while getting my whole team up to level 40. It took such a long time! In the process though, my Ponyta turned into a Rapidash! I’ve always wanted one, and now I finally have one.

Once I was done with that, I finally took on Clair, the leader of the Dragon type gym. It wasn’t too difficult to beat her. My Ampharos was very useful in taking on her Pokemon, because some of them had water as a secondary type. Once I was done with the fight, she refused to give me my badge! I had to go prove myself in the Dragon Den.

I went through that, expecting to have a lot more difficult fights. However, there were just some trainers for fun. Then in the Dragon Shrine, I had to talk to some people and answer questions about my feelings on Pokemon. I don’t remember the questions exactly, but I answered in ways saying that Pokemon are my friends, it’s important to love them, and things like that. I don’t know if I chose the right answers or if it doesn’t matter how you answer, but they approved and made Clair give me the badge. Good! She was being such a brat.

After that, I got a call from the Professor asking me to meet him in New Bark Town. I went over there, and he and Lyra praised me for being such a good trainer. I was then given a Master Ball and told to go the Ecruteak City to talk to the Kimono Girls.

In Ecruteak City I ran into my rival. He was upset that the Kimono Girls had beat him. I had to go in and fight them. It wasn’t too bad because they each only have 1 Pokemon, but you can’t leave in between battles. After I beat them all, they told me about Lugia and where I could find it. I guess my next step is to head to Whirl Islands to capture Lugia.

Until next time! Thanks for reading.

Mass Effect 2, part 22: The Reaper IFF

This post will contain spoilers.

It’s been a little while since I posted, because I was letting myself relax after I took my test on Saturday. I don’t have the official score yet, but I’m quite happy with my preliminary score!

I finally jumped back into Mass Effect 2. As I guessed correctly, getting the Reaper IFF was a very stressful mission! I really don’t like fighting husks, and they were everywhere in this mission. I found that shooting their legs out from under them was helpful. Even though I was a little freaked out, I kept my cool. I’ve been a lot better about that lately, and I think it comes from getting used to it through playing. I had to fight my way through so many to get the reaper IFF. I was also excited to see Legion, finally! I already knew that a geth was going to join my team but I didn’t know when it was going to happen. Well, it just did.

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We made it out of the abandoned reaper ship with the geth’s inactivated body. Miranda, Jacob, and I argued a little about what to do with it, and I decided we were going to keep it. I then made it clear that we were going to activate it, and I was going to talk to it. They weren’t too happy about that, but oh well.

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Now here’s the part where I messed up. I went to the galaxy map, and got sent out in a shuttle leaving the ship behind. I then found myself playing as Joker, with the ship under attack and me trying to get to the AI core. I hadn’t activated Legion yet so I had to go back to a previous save, which unfortunately was about halfway through the mission to get the Reaper IFF. I had to play through it again, but at least it seemed a little easier the second time.

After I went through that again, I was careful not to go to the galaxy map. I went through the ship, making sure to talk to everyone. I then went and activated Legion. We talked about how the geth were divided, and it said it was on our side. In the game I accepted its help, but I doubt I would be as willing to in real life!

Next time, I’ll leave the Normandy to go on what I assume is Legion’s loyalty mission. So I’ll be playing as Joker trying to get to the AI core. He isn’t armed and can’t move quickly, so I’m guessing I’ll have to be sneaky!

Relaxing with Animal Crossing

As any regular readers know, I am pretty close to finishing up Mass Effect 2. However, I’ve been putting it off for a couple of reasons. One reason was that I am enjoying the game so much, I don’t want it to end. Now that I have Mass Effect 3 I’m more willing to finish it, because I know I’ll be able to continue the story. Another reason is that I’ve been busy studying for the GRE. I graduated from college about a year ago, and I want to continue my education. I’m finally taking it this Saturday so a lot of my free time this week has gone to last minute studying. Hopefully I’ll do well on it, and then I’ll have more free time again. If I don’t do well, I’ll have to study more and take it again.

However, I’ve still been finding time to play. Studying isn’t a very fun or relaxing thing to do so I take breaks often. One of my favorite ways to take a break is to play Animal Crossing. I only have Wild World but I really want to get New Leaf soon.

I’ve played it enough that I now have the biggest house you can get.

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You can also see a strange looking plant to the left of my house. I guess it’s a plant called Jacob’s Ladder. It means my town is in perfect condition.

I’m not sure why I find this game so lovely. I think it’s because I can just wander around the town, catching bugs and harvesting fruit. There’s not really any pressure to do anything. I also like the control I have over decorating my house. Not that I’m a control freak or anything, but since I’ve always lived with my parents or with roommates in college, I’ve never really had my own place where I can arrange it however I want. I’ve never even had my own room; it’s always been shared with at least one sister or roommate! Even though it’s not real, it still gives me a little satisfaction.