So I just finished the first Mass Effect on my trusty Xbox 360 *yea yea.. 2007 called..* and let me just say before this rant that Mass Effect is probably the best single-player game that I have ever played. Let that sink in for a moment..
So what’s my beef? Well this is gonna be a weird sentence but when it ends, it really ends. I played through this game in about 15 hours, only doing the story missions because that’s what I wanted to focus on. I got so intrigued by the story that I wanted to finish it as soon as possible, I needed to know what was gonna happen. And again like I said before, it’s 1 of the best games ever and I enjoyed my playthrough a lot *as most of my friends know by now due to my excessive talk about it.*
The thing is, when I picked up Mass Effect, I bought the Xbox 360 Classics Best Seller Edition which is a double disc version and on that 2nd disc there’s a lot of nifty bonus material including behind the scenes photage and also the DLC mission, Bring down the sky.
Now this is where the problem comes in for me. You can’t actually continue on your save after beating the game, you can’t play the DLC, you can’t play do any of the extra missions, once you’re finished with the story, it is game over.
And some of you might say well, you can port your savefile to play the DLC and the extra missions and you’ll keep your level, stats and gear etc. But I say bullshit to that. I tried that, I ported my save and created a new game, I spawned at the start as you’re supposed to, but that’s not my guy. You’re not the captain of the Normandy, your Paragon and Renegade stats are all defaulted back to 0. Your crew is reset and all the chemistry you had is gone. Ergo my conclusion, it’s not my character.
I understand why they did it this way, they want the game to be over once the story is over but I don’t agree with that. Many of the side missions, as far as I understand, don’t have anything to do with the main story so why not be able to play them anyway.
I thought Mass Effect was trying to prove that it wasn’t all about the stats on your gear and what level you were. It’s rather disapointing to strip away everything that was so good about Mass Effect just to play the DLC after finishing the game. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m at a point where I don’t even wanna play the DLC, good thing it came free with this edition.