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Bullet66 Aug 3 @ 8:19am
Should I keep playing if not an RPG fan...?
I bought the ME trilogy on sale because the games get great reviews and I've read two of the books and love the lore. I am now about 6-7 hours into ME1. I can't say I've played (m)any RPGs, so I'm not really enjoying these fetch quests, long dialogue options and searching for artifacts and such. I just want to get to the action, I suppose. Any tips on how I could enjoy this more? Or should I just write it off and move on? I was really looking forward to ME2 and the ending of 3 (which I know nothing about, no spoilers).

Thanks,
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zızэмэИ Aug 3 @ 11:39am 
Blitz through ME1 as fast as you can - just do the main story. Then play ME2 and ME3 as thoroughly as you can.
Mr. McSuave Aug 4 @ 8:03am 
The original Mass Effect really is the most RPG focussed installment, but to be honest, if you aren't into long bouts of dialogue then the series really isn't for you.
zızэмэИ Aug 4 @ 10:14am 
The Mass Effect trilogy has been affectionately nicknamed "Guns 'n' Conversation" for a reason
SwobyJ Aug 4 @ 11:28am 
Keep in mind that... 6 hours in is the Citadel, yes? Yeah... the initial Citadel stuff and sidequests is one of the most (if not THE most) boring parts of the entire trilogy.

I have fallen asleep multiple times during it.

I'd say suffer through it for this single playthrough, if only because sidequests *do* get referenced and affect some small to larger things in future games (even if not in crucial ways).

For example, one character you meet in a ME1 sidequest on the Citadel, will be revisited in a major scene in a mission in ME2 in a cool way. And Shep and that character will remember each other, making the encounter feel more personal.

If ME1 is getting boring I would still encourage what zızэмэИ said - blitz through the main story (Eden Prime --> Citadel --> Therum/Feros/Novaria/Virmire --> Ilos/Ending) within 10-20 hours and bring that character to ME2. You'd be missing out on DLC and sidestories though QQ :( :( :( lol
Bullet66 Aug 4 @ 5:08pm 
thx, good replies. I was worried that if I skipped all the quests, I'd never level up and would be frustrated by how often I die. I might try the speed run. It helps that the game still looks pretty great and runs buttery smooth on my system.
SwobyJ Aug 5 @ 7:50am 
Originally posted by Bullet66:
thx, good replies. I was worried that if I skipped all the quests, I'd never level up and would be frustrated by how often I die. I might try the speed run. It helps that the game still looks pretty great and runs buttery smooth on my system.

You don't need to worry about your level on Casual or Normal. Barely on Veteran. Hardcore and especially Insanity are more for NewGame+ anyway.

I still wouldn't suggest a literal 'speed run' (like the 10-20 hour deal), but you just don't need to do every UNC (Uncharted World) and Citadel mission that you come across, but instead focus on the main storyline planets and move on (which is more 20-30 hours of play; the misc. sidequests add another 10-20 hours typically, making total gameplay for completionists often 50ish hours, but you don't need to make it that long if you focus on the main content).
ShinkuTear Aug 5 @ 2:01pm 
IMO, all that matters is if you are having fun. If you aren't having fun, then there isn't much point to playing, is there?

That said, I don't feel you should look at ME2 and 3 poorly because of somethings ME1 did that you didn't like. If you do stick through ME1 to the end for the other games(as others are suggesting), maybe you'll come to like it, maybe you won't and will never touch it again once you get to 2 and 3.

If you can't stand ME1, if it truly is no fun, and you can't bring yourself to beat it, then give ME2 or 3 a try, and see if the gameplay is more enjoyable there. You bought the series, may as well give all of them a fair chance, right?
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Sayez Aug 5 @ 2:53pm 
What ShinkuTear said.

Also, as mentioned in this thread, there will be references to some decisions you made in a ME1 playthrough in the story of a following ME2/3 playthrough. These are just minor though - you won't miss out on much if you just skip the first game.
SwobyJ Aug 5 @ 6:25pm 
But Wrex.
SwobyJ Aug 6 @ 10:23am 
I don't understand. Wrex is all the reason you need. :P
mistertropical Aug 6 @ 3:52pm 
garrus is the man.

and captain anderson aka keith david - they should make a mass effect prequel about capt anderson
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Edi Aug 7 @ 3:50am 
Wait, so you read books about the Mass Effect canon but you can't stand playing the game itself? :| I wouldn't be caught dead playing an RPG either, but with amazing games like the ME series, or Skyrim, or Fallout... I get over my RPG hatred. I think you'd miss out on a lot if you were to simply dismiss this series. But if you're not captivated by the story/atmosphere at all...
Sith Olus Aug 7 @ 7:21am 
Originally posted by mistertropical:
garrus is the man.

and captain anderson aka keith david - they should make a mass effect prequel about capt anderson
Garrus really....?
i thought he was one of the worse characters in the game even the whole trilogy, so bland, dull and boring, i really don't know why so many people love Garrus

@OP get over the fact that you don't like RPG's and give it a go, you'll be missing out on one of the greatest story telling games in video game history if you pass on it
SwobyJ Aug 7 @ 8:21am 
Garrus has bro factor.

As does Jacob - any people who like Jacob, do so for the bro. Grunt can be part of this too.

James is the bro in ME3 for those who missed out on attachment to Garrus.

Bro bro bro bro shooter shooter take cover gears of war bro bro its war bro.
mistertropical Aug 7 @ 2:58pm 
Originally posted by Sith Olus:
Originally posted by mistertropical:
garrus is the man.

and captain anderson aka keith david - they should make a mass effect prequel about capt anderson
Garrus really....?
i thought he was one of the worse characters in the game even the whole trilogy, so bland, dull and boring, i really don't know why so many people love Garrus

@OP get over the fact that you don't like RPG's and give it a go, you'll be missing out on one of the greatest story telling games in video game history if you pass on it

well Garrus might not be the most dynamic character ever, but he's at least as interesting as any Sith or Gears of War characters

i think i the Garrus character cause he seems genuine and on the ball
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