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Ha, yeah I think that's one scab that I may not poke at. I will confess that frypan's glowing review of Mr Fob's ending mod did spring to mind though.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 27 Apr 2017 00:13

DON'T DO IT. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SAVE YOURSELF FROM THAT ABOMINATION.

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 26 Apr 2017 00:15

Edit: Appropriate Music Choice.

So, after the recent ME discussions I started feeling a tad nostalgic and seeing ME1 and 2 sitting in my Steam library I gave in and installed them, and so for the first time in five years I played Mass Effect. Some semblance of thought follows.

This was my first time playing ME on PC, and with that came certain benefits like mods and console commands. I installed the HD patch which does a very impressive upgrade to the visuals, and since I have beat the game more times than I can count I felt no qualms about using commands to outfit Shepard and crew in cool armour that isn't in the game and Spectre X weapons across the board. I also added plenty of skill points which led me to discover that apparently the point trees unlock with levels and so you can't max them out from the get go.

The Mako doesn't seem to control as well as I recall it from the Xbox, but still fun to run around in, and man those planet scapes are still incredible. Standing on Luna and looking at Earth is still awesome too. Combat isn't the greatest, and AI certainly not a shining point but it's still pretty serviceable.

"Destiny Ascension you are all clear" is still one of my most favourite fist pump moments.

My main takeaway at the end of the game was how much potential this series had, Anderson's speech about how they would stand united when the Reapers arrived gave visions of an epic finale, and there seemed so much still to come. Really a shame how it all ended up though.

Some critiques / comments:

It's been talked about to death but Saren's plan is pretty hokey. I really think it would have made more sense for the Conduit to have come up after he had been disavowed. And for that matter how / when / where did he find out what the Conduit was? We only first hear about it from him talking about it, but nothing in the beacon on Eden Prime or Virmire tell us what it is, and Vigil is the one that finally tells us.

I can understand Sovereign being interested in relation to whatever the Protheans did, but how did they find out it would get them on the Citadel.

And the Conduit also operates more as a teleportation device than a relay, which I think has also been commented on.

On to ME2.

Going directly from 1 to 2 is very jarring, the controls are kind of weird, Space Bar now does everything, it goes from auto / sticky cover to having to enter it manually. Add that to the completely different inventory and skill / level system and it plays like a very different game. Also plotwise if you have done all the Cerberus stuff in ME11, Shepard's silence on them is pretty deafening. For him it would have been 2-3 months but you can't say anything.

It also feels weird because Shepard stays silent and most of crew is all warm and fuzzy about Cerberus, but then you hear news reports about Toombs and Kahoku, and get some remarks from your original team. It almost feels like they were pulling in different directions with Cerberus.

I installed some more mods, to get rid of planet scanning, instant complete hacking. Improved load times mod was incredible, apparently all those load screens were effectively videos that would play regardless of load time, with that bypassed things are so much quicker. I also added more casual outfits which let me have Alliance Blues back. It was a small touch but made me feel better by at least looking like an Alliance officer.

Also I think I've found the source of the ME3 face import glitch. Apparently if you edit your import it gives you a very generic (not Sheploo) face, but even if you hit cancel and use your import it assigns the generic face code to your Shepard, and if you just keep your import without editing you don't get a face code. Very odd way to handle it all things considered.

ME2 is still pretty enjoyable, but I don't really care for some of the corralling they do with Cerberus and such. The Lazarus project is still stupid, and in the grand scheme it didn't really advance the plot.

In thinking about that it brought to mind that I think our own osbornep suggested a while back on AWTR Prime that Shepard should have maybe been a POW of the Batarians instead of the Lazarus project, and I think that could have been used pretty well. We know they had the Leviathan of Diz, so that could have been used as a major goal.

Maybe Shepard and co are sent in to retrieve data, but since the Alliance and Council can't be involved they make a show of disavowing him. He's captured, maybe Normandy destroyed still. While in prison he makes contact with a Batarian resistance looking to overthrow the government. If Shepard helps them they'll give them data from the Leviathan.

Cerberus could break him out, or offer aid after that. The collectors could even still be involved helping the Batarian's either to try and get the Leviathan, or as a means to destablize the galaxy before the Reapers arrive. Anyway the end result could be advanced technology recovered from the Leviathan that would give the galaxy an edge against the Reapers, maybe even discover a few weaknesses.

What if. Two of the most maddening words in the English language.

Anywho, ME2 was still pretty fun all told, the suicide mission still pretty epic, and the end scene with the Reapers on the horizon but Shepard standing resolute with a datapad of seeming information on them? Dang if it didn't look like we were in store for something epic.

I imagine I'll probably stop there, I may get some DLC if the mood strikes me2, but I doubt I'll buy ME3 again.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 25 Apr 2017 00:49

Super late notice, but if anyone's interested I'll be streaming FTL today at 8:00 EST (four and a half hours from the time of this posting). I'll be naming crewmembers after viewers and getting them killed horrifically. Here's the channel: https://www.twitch.tv/jorjicostava12

by osborneposbornep, 16 Apr 2017 20:34

It could also be Linux based, in which case half the drivers don't exist yet, and Musk will spend most of his life compiling the code only to find it doesn't work. :-)

by edisnooMedisnooM, 12 Apr 2017 23:49

@FM

Speaking as a programmer: segfaults are bad, m'kay?

Plus, with our luck, most of it's written in C1, the backups have been silently failing for a couple billion years2, and the admins won't see the compute node failure messages until after their weekend.

Or worse, gods help us, they're Oracle customers. In which case we're triple-fucked.

by Delta VDelta V, 07 Apr 2017 04:35

@edisnoom & Delta

What? Do you guys have a problem with trying to segfault the universe?1

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 06 Apr 2017 18:52

@Delta

*Non-rude laugh incoming*Hahahahaha*Non-rude laugh complete*

Wow, well I mean it's not the craziest thing I've ever heard, although bizarrely surreal. The arguments aren't completely insane, and it may solve the ever present "Too much geography and not enough history" equation. We could even send Nova Scotia and Newfoundland1 over as the delegation since they have a close-ish language connection.

I kind of wonder what that would do to my dad, myself and my siblings though. We have British citizenship but only from my dad being Scottish2. If it becomes part of Canada do we become double3 Canadians, or do we retain the British part.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29

@Delta

Very interesting read, thanks for the link. Personally I think that as with any technology there exists the possibility for it to be horribly misused, but given the distinctly unknowable nature of the "tipping point" worrying about it endlessly probably isn't all that healthy. Just, you know, don't be stupid about developing stuff1.

Also that is a fair point, I supposed he could have his moon lair on Deimos or Phobos, which has the added advantage of sounding a bit more sinister.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29

@Kita

All right I'm going to have to give this a try.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29

And now, in the illustrious annals of Batshit Ideas That Are Actually Kinda Cool And I Wish They'd Happen: Scotland should join Canada.

I'm totally on board. No switching monarchs. Canadian provinces have more power1 than even present devolved Scotland in the UK. There are already a gazillion Scots or Scot-descendants in Canada2. We now have more of a trade agreement with the EU than Lesser Britain will have in the next decade. And, frankly, Scotland has approximately the population of the GTA — not an easy go of it by themselves, but also not a massively destabilizing influence for present Canadian politics.

Plus, y'know, the irony of the colony absorbing the kingdom. But let's leave that part out of the merger talks, eh?

by Delta VDelta V, 05 Apr 2017 04:08

@nooM

Well, he's certainly being consumed by the idea that eats smart people.

Also if he's on Mars, that's fine. If he's on Luna, things get Interesting. Luna's a good place to throw rocks from, y'know?

by Delta VDelta V, 05 Apr 2017 04:00

It's great against the Lynels!

… so long as you bring broadswords and eschew two-handed weapons. You can get the Lynel into a pattern of Perfect Guard > Counterattack > Repeat, but it happens too fast for spears or claymores to be useful. Bring a BUNCH of strong broadswords, because you'll break a few on these tanks. But, it's totally doable.

Seriously. I AM HYRULE'S ANGER INCARNATE AND I WILL RECLAIM IT FROM ALL WHO STAND IN MY WAY.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 04 Apr 2017 07:19

Dang, that would have been fun to watch. I mean he would probably have had a lock on the geek vote, and the number of referential campaign slogans he could use would have meant campaign signs would practically have written themselves.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:34

@Delta

I know I should probably be worried that he is sliding into mad scientist territory, but it is still kind of exciting that we get an honest to goodness Supervillain in real life.

I can't wait to see his moon lair.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:33

@Seijin & FM5K

They did have an announcement for an announcement1 planned for tomorrow which will probably have something to do with their patching schedule and plans.

Multiplayer is definitely something of a draw given how much of ME3's I played, but I'm not sure if that is a big enough draw for a full price purchase23. Speaking of, how's the whole no dedicated servers thing working out?

I have to confess, a while back one thing I thought would be most likely to get me to play MEA would be if they somehow managed to salvage the end of ME3. And the implication that maybe, just maybe, they went with Refuse or at least the Reapers winning, and the faintest of hopes that they might just possibly let us finish the fight in a slightly more palatable way4, gets me dangerously excited.

I mean I know they're not going to, but hope is dangerous thing, once it's roots are in, it can be next to impossible to get rid of completely.

@Kita

I know right? There is something inordinately satisfying about vanquishing an enemy that had hitherto remain nigh unassailable. I mean, it still isn't perfect against the flying ones, and against more than two it is still dicey, but considering that prior to that my strategy was hiding behind a tree and then swinging like a madman, this is game changer.

I can't believe I had more or less ignored the shield parry, going with dodge instead, but that thing is powerful. Haven't tried against the Lynels yet, might be worth a go though.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:33

@The Mani Mani

EDIT

Oh my God.

I AM HYRULE'S VENGEANCE. DEATH AND DESTRUCTION ARE BUT MERE SERVANTS THAT KNEEL BEFORE ME AND PROSTRATE THEMSELVES BEFORE MY MERCY!

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 02 Apr 2017 18:24

Dammit. I was kinda looking forward to that.

by Delta VDelta V, 01 Apr 2017 23:22

Appears to have been an early April Fools joke. Too bad.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 01 Apr 2017 22:54

@FM

This is why I write longer posts in something *other* than the comment box. (Usually it's Sublime Text, since that's what I use for coding anyways, and it holds on to unsaved data in a temp file like a proper editor.)

by Delta VDelta V, 01 Apr 2017 22:32
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