Mass Effect 2 for free

Discussion in 'General Game Help & Discussion' started by Jawneh, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Jawneh

    Jawneh ² ∞ & → Premium Member

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    You know that Origin On The House deal? Well, ME2 is the current flavor. Go pick it up. I don't think people's backlogs are long enough yet.
     
  2. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem Is that a pro Genji?! Premium Member

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    I've had the trilogy for a while.

    Did get Jade Empire for free in one of their "On the house" deals a while back, though. I'm sure I'll play it at some point... maybe.
     
  3. narcoticcoin

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    wow they put a game up that people might actually want thats amazing
     
  4. Gorge

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    damn, too bad it wasnt the first one. I havent made it more than a couple hours into that series. I've started the 1st game several times on friends consoles but never got to play it on a regular basis.
     
  5. Jon

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    EA wasn't involved with the original. Microsoft was. Even though EA eventually got the rights to the franchise, the original was made by Microsoft for the 360 exclusively. I'm not even sure EA would have the right to individually "sell" the original. As a trilogy, I know they can. I mean I suppose I don't see any reason they can't, but it technically wasn't their game.

    Also, the first one's gameplay left something to be desired. But the story was amazing. ME2 was the best of the series, IMO.
     
  6. The Eye in the Sky!

    The Eye in the Sky! That guy eating pie Moderator Premium Member

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    I've always rated the series like this:

    ME1 - Best overall story and villain/worst gameplay
    ME2 - Best overall game/characters/missions
    ME3 - Best gameplay/great story/terrible payoff

    If ME1's gameplay was like 2 and 3, I think it would be the 2nd best in the series because the story and villain(s) were so strong.
     
  7. Jon

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    I can agree with this. Except I wish they had spent more time on Saren. I read the first novel (ironic enough throughout a week of jury duty). The novel helps build Saren's character up more. I felt the game didn't have enough time to really delve into his downfall/indoctrination. He was easily the best villain in the series to date. Harbinger wasn't a good villain because there was no idea who he was. You just have to use deductive reasoning to assume what he is and what he's doing. ME3's villain (whose name I'm omitting for spoiler purposes) was atrocious. If you can defeat a main protagonist with nothing but a speech check, something is wrong. In fact, the true bad guy of the series, the Reapers, you never actually fight. And the ending is just plain bad.

    Combat/gameplay got better with each game, but the overall missions and characters are the best in 2. I mean, there's something to having a troupe of 12 people you recruit and use. And like the Witcher 3 sidequests, missions in ME2 were dynamic and unique. Each one was a little different, and there is maybe one fetch and grab type quest in the whole game.

    I'm actually nearing the end of a playthrough of ME2 right now. Last year I played through ME1 on backwards compatibility 3 times. ME2 and ME3 were released on back compat late last year, and while Infinite Warfare and FF15 cut into my playtime there, I've gone back now and have been playing it again prepping for Andromeda. I'm already level 30 (which I think that low cap was the worst part of 2, to be honest) and I've paused the main story at the Reaper IFF. I'll finish up the DLCs and sidequests before finishing the game. Then I'll sidle into an ME3 playthrough. I did play a bit of ME3 multiplayer before IW came out and it's still surprisingly busy (enough). There's also so many more characters and weapons I wasn't aware of from after I stopped playing. The ease of earning booster packs in ME3 MP and the rate at which you earn characters, weapons and upgrades is the most ideal of any MP I've ever played. It was really good. Still is. Without even spending real money on it. The fact you work together and don't have to compete against other real players, only support them? Even better.

    Don't listen to people say that the MP feels forced on you because it affects the campaign, either. That's BS. You can easily attain the best ending in the game without a minute of MP played.

    Mass Effect is easily one of the best series I've played, and I'm so glad they are all back compat right now.
     
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  8. dimmerwit

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    This was not true at launch. Before they changed the ending it was impossible to get the best ending without playing multiplayer. The Extended Cut reduced the Effective Military Strength required for the best endings to an amount low enough to be attained in single player. If you read older articles they might say this.
     
  9. Apollo

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    ME3 was a fantastic game with a fantastic storyline right up until that ending, it's a shame how that played out, but otherwise an incredible ending to an incredible trilogy. ME2, though, remains the absolute best game in the series and anyone that hasn't played it should absolutely grab it for free. Incredible series and I'm really looking forward to Andromeda, as well!
     
  10. Jon

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    You just had to attain all other points in the campaign, which wasn't hard to do, honestly, if you completed everything. It was 75 war assets each promotion in MP, and I on'y did that once (meaning my total campaign contribution from MP was 75). I easily attained more than the original 4100 (I think that's what it was) my very first playthrough. Honestly, the issue with MP was that you needed it to attain galactic readiness. If you didn't use MP, the mobile game or the datapad that's not active anymore, your GR was only going to give you about 50% of your war assets. At 100% GR, you got all your war assets. I never used anything except the MP, and it was only about a dozen games to get to 100% war assets.

    However, yes, it was the galactic readiness, not the war assets, which made MP needed. However, if you used the mobile app exclusively (and the datapad) you could still attain everything you needed without ever touching MP.

    This. It's a great game on its own. And I am fairly sure Genesis is a free download now. You can use that to make all the critical decisions from ME1 if you're worried about that.
     
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