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Mass Effect and Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga

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Just some quick notes on two games I've been playing lately, though haven't finished:

 

Mass Effect  is a futuristic Role Playing Game (RPG) set 200 years in the future with all sorts of aliens.  

 So far it's a fun game.  The conversation system is unique, and often makes me wonder if I said the right thing to a character, and if not: how it might affect me in the future.  These "cut-scenes", which would normally be out of the player's control, feel almost like being a director or script writer.  They also have a very cinematic feel to them, with interesting camera angles and characters which are in or out of focus.

 

The fighting is a lot of fun, though the enemy and friendly  AI is probably not that advanced.  It's  fun to give your squad simple orders; it's not so fun to see them just stand in the line of fire even after giving them an order to take cover.  

 

The most boring part of the game I've seen so far is the Citadel -- a giant space station/city which takes up more time running around/getting lost than anything else. Thankfully, they do offer fast transportation to about a dozen or so hot-spots.   

 

The vast number of planets to explore is pretty neat.  You start with the Milky Way galaxy, then can zoom into a smaller portion of the galaxy, then a cluster of stars, then a solar system and finally the planets themselves.  Most planets either need to be scanned for resources or already have info in the computer about them. Some, though, can be explored on the ground (to an extent). The latter is where you'll find ancient ruins or space pirate posts to explore.

 

Fun game so far.  I only wish we had an HDTV to fully appreciate the very nice graphics.

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Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga takes Lego Star Wars I and II and combines them, with better graphics, game-play and more levels.   

 

I never played LSW: I, but we played plenty of II.  So far, the graphics in the first half of Complete Saga seem very nice and polished, and perhaps even grittier than Star Wars II.  The game play was just like playing SW II, with some added unlock-able bonuses to help make the mundane go quicker. 

 

It also allows for 2-player co-op over Xbox Live. 

I'd highly recommend this game, if nothing but for the fun factor.  Sure, it's Star Wars made with Legos, but... it's STAR WARS made with LEGOs.   I wouldn't be surprised to find that those who played the separate games would also enjoy  this one. 

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Both are very good games, and I'd certainly recommend them for play.

 

Comments

For those of you old enough

For those of you old enough to remember the arcade classic Moon Patrol, Mass Effect has a vehicle with which the player can explore certain planets.  The Mako rover is so close to this, it has to be an homage -- see the second video on this page just to show how close it is (and yes, it actually will jump straight up like in Moon Patrol).

 

Pretty cool.  I didn't make the connection until about the third planet I visited. 

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