The world of Mass effect is huge and for a person who hasn’t played Mass effect 1 and is playing Mass effect 2 for the first time on the Playstation 3, it might seem overwhelming and a little bit confusing. To try quell some of the confusion and give first time players the chance to make some key decisions, Mass effect 2 comes with an interactive digital comic. I, as a first time Mass effect 2 player applaud the effort but at the same time I feel that I have missed the full “effect” that my decisions have on the world.
How do you make decisions on people and events that you don’t have first hand knowledge of? During the digital comic section, I personally found myself without any understanding of what I was doing. It was like trying to cram before a big exam. The names of people and places were a blur. What the Hell is a Rachni again? I blindly killed friends, condemned a race of aliens to slowly die from something called the” genophage” and I made a crooked politician the human representative of the galactic council because I couldn’t remember which of my two choices was the crooked politician. One choice is as good as another right? Of course not. Did I feel anything for the lives that I was destroying even though I should? Not at all. While I appreciate the effort, I can’t help but feel that a better approach could have been chosen. To be perfectly honest, seeing a slide show after the epic introduction where your space ship gets destroyed, you get thrown into space and you’re slowly falling into a planet is anticlimactic.
I found the comic decision process tedious and boring. The experience was like a slide show presentation in an art history class. The images and events might be interesting but the experience still puts you to sleep. At some point I tried skipping it but couldn’t since you can’t skip the comic once it’s installed. I actually regretted even installing the Cerberus pack because I just wanted to get to the game. I almost would have preferred to have had decisions from the first game made for me for my first play through. The great thing about Mass effect 2 is that for the most part it is a self contained story and explains any information that is important from the first game.
I actually strongly suggest to first time Mass effect 2 players to not install the Cerberus pack. I think it’s a lot to take in before really getting a feel for the game. I feel that you have to play through Mass effect 2 to fully appreciate the decisions being asked to be made in the comic.
To check out the digital comic, click here.
Also don’t forget to check out the CoolStuff review of Mass effect 2.