Assuming the Role: Part 2 – Mass Effect and Chrono Trigger

Hey there loyal followers!

So, what can I tell you – the last two weeks, I’ve been attempting to put my social life on hold, and focusing entirely on playing RPG’s.
The games I began with were Mass Effect (at home) and Chrono Trigger (on the DS for the journey to and from work).

So far, I have logged about 9 hours on Chrono trigger, and 8.5 hours on Mass Effect – I know it’s not much for 2 weeks, but even with a social life on hold, I’m a mega busy person.

Anyway, I’m writing this blog to give my first impressions of both games, maybe with some screen shots too.
I’ll try not to make it too boring.

Chrono Trigger:

In hindsight, this was probably not the best RPG to start with right away. You see, when you start the game, you are in a house, and not told anything, but to go to the village fair.
Now for me, being an RPG noob, I was completely lost and had no idea about the rules of the game – as in, that it would hold everything I did against me. Haha.
It wasn’t until AGES later that I realised there’s a tutorial house, which tells you all the things I wanted to know – it’s just shame no-one told me about it!

So yeah, the lack of instructions had me pretty lost – but if you are frequent RPG gamer, you would know these things before going in. However, from my point of view, it was a bit disappointing.

Now, that said, I simply cannot fault the rest of the game. It is possibly one of the most addictive games I have ever played. The dialogue is hilarious, the characters are awesome, and the music is just out of this world!
If you have never played this game, get yourself a SNES, or a DS, and GET ON IT!
I think I’ve broken my thumbs from non-stop play. You can’t imagine how lost I was when my DS ran out of power one day 🙁
But with a charger at work now, and one at home, that will not be happening again!

It’s Chrono – although I have renamed him Momo!



Mass Effect:
There’s not really a bad thing I can say about this game.
From the outset, it had me gripped – all the talk about astrophysics, aliens, fighting – what more could a gamer want?
I know I said I have only clocked about 8.5 hours on this game, but in reality, it’s actually well over 10. The thing is, creating your character, and reading through your journal and computer doesn’t count to the overall time when you save the game. And believe me when I say that I spend AGES reading my computer. I have to know everything about the game. Every species, every weapon, every planet, vehicle, whatever. So it takes me a long time to get through.
Not bored of it yet though – which is a miracle.
On the recommendation of Jodi, I played a soldier – as this is a bit closer to a FPS and so it has been quite enjoyable. I love that the guns never run out of ammo!
So far I have reached SPECTRE status, and investigated one planet on my journey after becoming a SPECTRE. So it’s still very very early days. Long ways to go yet.
If I have anything of a complaint, it’s that the game is very jerky when you move around. Loading the environment seems too much for the XBox, which is silly, as the game was DESIGNED for XBox… why would they deliberately make it difficult to render?
It’s not a deal breaker, but it is annoying when driving, or running, and the system struggles to keep up with your movements.
But other than that, I love it completely.
I can’t believe I’m actually playing RPGs and I haven’t given up yet. By now, I could have completed 4 FPS games, but I’m more than happy being still at the beginnings of two RPGs.
And I have to admit, there is NOTHING more satisfying than gaining EXP and levelling up! Maybe there is hope for me = Mo +100EXP

My character… you guessed it: momo Shepherd!

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  1. LOL in Mass Effect, Scott made a character named Mandy Shepard and then turned her into a total bitch. lol he said he was just making her realistic. *evil wife glare* hmm maybe he had a point…

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