This is the beginning* of what may turn out to be an irregular series of posts even compared to my usual infrequency of posting. See, the thing is, I’m way behind when it comes to playing the games in my collection.
Of all the big games that attracted my attention during the seasonal crush of 2009 only a few like Uncharted 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have seen some serious play. Others such as Assassin’s Creed II and Brütal Legend have seen my PS3 but only for an hour or so.
As for games from that summer, the brilliant Batman: Arkham Asylum has seen a few hours of play and I really want to go back and finish that when I can find the time and motivation. Going back even further to autumn 2008’s games, I have played barely an hour of Dead Space and still have not finished Fallout 3, let alone its DLC.
I’m 120+ hours into that game and get so distracted by the world, the side-quests and just wondering what that building on the horizon is that I’m only about a third of the way through the main story arc using the trophies to gauge progress.
Recently it was simply the distraction of the prospect of a new game that led to me putting down Gran Turismo 5 and turning to a game from 2007. With Mass Effect 2 arriving on the PS3 at the start of this year I figured that my time off work over Christmas would be the ideal time to finally take my copy of Mass Effect off the shelf and play it.
Going into a game that has been around a few years like Mass Effect and being somewhat involved with and into video games it is impossible to go in ‘clean’. You will almost invariably have read about the game online or in the gaming press, maybe even had conversations with friends about it.
All of that was true for me with Mass Effect. It came with very strong recommendations from friends who I’ve talked about it quite a lot with and it’s been impossible to avoid picking up some information about it from the Internet just by an electronic form of osmosis.
So I went into Mass Effect with an accumulation of preconceptions and expectations formed over the years since its release. These Playing Catch Up posts will sometimes address those or simply consist of my musings on particular aspects of the game.
Basically they are a bit of self-indulgent mental housekeeping while I process my experience of playing the games and analyse what it is I have particularly liked or disliked about them.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy (or at least not intensely dislike) reading the words and join in a discussion in the comments about your own experiences, likes and dislikes of playing the game. While there may be minor spoilers I’ll try and avoid anything particular overt like significant plot points.
While this post is just an introduction letting you know what to expect of the subsequent posts in the series I hope it has piqued your interest sufficiently that you’ll be back at the same time tomorrow to read what I thought of Mass Effect.
In the meantime, in case you missed it first time round, you could always read how Fallout 3 managed to hook me at the second time of asking. You’ll find that tale at the link below.
*While this may be the official beginning of the series, the spiritual beginning was my Falling For Fallout 3 post.