Admittedly, when it was released, I wasn't very interested in getting it. It was a shooter. A shooter that took place in space no less. Definitely not my kind of game. (I can't stand the Halo series, for example.)
But I liked Bioware, the company that created Mass Effect, because they also created a game that I was very much in love with, Dragon Age: Origins.
And after much convincing from my boyfriend, I decided that I would give the Mass Effect series a try. So I borrowed the first Mass Effect when the third one was released a year ago, popped it in my Xbox 360, and started gaming. I'll admit I wasn't crazy about it. I loved the storyline, I loved the characters, and even the 3rd person shooting was pretty fun. But there was just something about it that made it seem to go on too long. I ended up taking a pretty long break right in the middle of the game because other games were holding my interest better than Mass Effect.
|Showing the (male) commander Shephard. He's a beast ♥|
Eventually though, I wandered back to Mass Effect, with promises from my boyfriend that Mass Effect 2 was worlds better. So I made it through the game, the ending was amazing, and I was excited to start Mass Effect 2. I was hoping it would deliver what the first one didn't. That it would have that special something that would keep me glued in front of my television set, that it would have nonstop action, a fantastic story, lovable characters, and hard choices to make.
It had all of that and more.
I fell in love. The characters I loved so much in the first one were back, better than ever, and the new characters that were introduced were instantly amazing. The story was still as great as ever, the action and game play were terrific (even though a lot of people complained about the gameplay differences between the first and second games), and I grew incredibly attached to my character, Commander Shepard.
Then the third game happened.
|Both covers: MaleShep and FemShep|
It felt like reading the last Harry Potter book all over. Death and devastation and despair everywhere, and me crying over fictional characters constantly. Before I played Mass Effect 3, I had only cried for one game. Just one. And that was Assassin's Creed 2: Brotherhood, where I witnessed the story of Ezio and Christina. (And I didn't even really cry in that, just tear up and sniffle). But Mass Effect 3 had me bawling like a baby constantly. It was nerve-wracking, emotional, and amazing to go into the last battle with the characters I had come to know and love. And even into the credits, I was crying.
The game was beyond amazing. And it is still my favorite game, even with all the others I've played since then. I don't think any game will be able to make me feel as many emotions as Mass Effect 3 did.
And now it's a year old. I have both of the newer DLCs, Omega and Citadel, but I've been putting off playing them for as long as possible. Why, you ask? It'll be my last time with Commander Shepard. Our last adventure before I have to say goodbye to her for good.
I know it probably seems silly that I'm so attached to a video game character, but I think those of you that love video games, or reading, or even movies, will understand the attachment you can feel towards a character that you've been through everything with. It's the feeling you might get when you watch Frodo struggling with Gollum in Mount Doom, when you read about Harry's wand connecting with Voldemort's... it's when everything that you've experienced with that character suddenly comes to a climax and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
That was how I felt all the way through Mass Effect 3. It gave me an experience that doesn't come often enough in fiction. So today I wish Mass Effect 3 a happy birthday, and I also struggle as I bid it farewell too.
|I'll miss you Commander Shepard.|
Thank you Bioware, for a truly amazing game that I will never forget.
And to my readers, I'd love to know what works of fiction you feel most connected to. Whether it be books, movies, or games, let me know in the comments below!
Until Next Time,
Bye Lovelies! ♥
(Also, because I had my camera out I took pictures of Meeko, so here's just a little mini photospam!)