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KilloWertz

Forgot to post my thoughts/review after beating last month's game Life is Strange: True Colors last weekend...

As a fan of the series, I knew going in that I was going to enjoy it. After beating it yesterday, True Colors is probably my new favorite of the series. I have yet to play Life is Strange 2, but someday I will fix that so I can say I've played the whole series. I also don't consider that "canon", but I still do with this one since Steph was in Before the Storm, giving True Colors a link to the past Arcadia Bay duo of games.

Anyways, the game gets pretty dark quite a few times, but never overwhelmingly so. The darkest being obviously when Gabe dies at the end of Chapter 1 and then in Chapter 5 when Jed turns out to be a villain and tries to kill Alex, sending her into a time loop of her worst childhood moments. I will also give them credit as I didn't see the Jed twist coming until right before it was about to happen. There's also plenty of lighthearted moments as well, and the things you do with the side characters and some of your choices you make actually matter, as there's several different ways parts of the final chapter can do along with several different endings (some things similar, but still, at least several variations of scenes and such).

I would love a spin-off with Steph as the main character like they did with Before the Storm with Chloe, as Steph was easily my favorite character of this game. I haven't played her Wavelengths DLC yet, but it's not supposed to be anything substantial from what I remember reading, so a full-fledged story with her would likely be pretty fun given her spirited personality from Before the Storm and now True Colors.

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BaldBelper78

Not really my cup of tea Mass Effect but am glad I’ve given it a good go. It just feels quite laborious to me.

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Clankylad

@KilloWertz You do find a pretty strong connection in LiS2 to LiS/BTS, but I’ll say no more than that! 🙂

Also, do give Wavelengths a go if you liked Steph. It’s a little bit longer than a chapter of True Colors, but you do get to learn more about her and what she’s like. It can be quite funny too.

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trev666

The thing that annoys me about the ending of life is strange true colours is how the choices really dont matter the ending is the same what ever. in the other games there were different endings

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trev666

@jarvismp with mass effect 1 theres lots of walking about talking to people that is alot of the game not alot of shooting. also the UNC missions are pure filler so if your finding those tedious skip those they are alot of copy and paste

things i would also recommend if your finding it tedious just do the main story eden prime, citadel, Artemis Tau cluster, noveria, feros, virmire and after can be done in under 10 hours.

for me it was one of those games that didnt grab me first time. then i played me2 then me3 loved them went back and now me1 is my favourite

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KilloWertz

@Clankylad Yeah, somebody over at Push Square told me the same thing. I plan on finally playing Life is Strange 2 at some point because of that fact.

That's good to know that Wavelengths is a bit longer than a regular chapter. With what you said, I definitely look forward to giving it a go at some point. I likely will wait a little while since I have other games to play at the moment, and maybe the add-on will go down in price at some point. If not, I'll still get it as it will be worth it for me, but maybe waiting will pay off literally.

@trev666 Technically there are some differences based on choices. If you choose to stay in Haven Springs, obviously you don't get on the bus and leave. Also, depending on what you do and don't do with some of the supporting characters, you will get different people to say goodbye to you. Yeah, some choices boil down to not being too meaningful, but I'm still glad some have at least some sort of an effect on the endings.

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ralphdibny

I think I've decided to give up on GreedFall. I've just had too much on this week (also I got out Guitar hero Wii and have been playing that in my downtime 😅) and not had a chance to play it so I definitely won't finish it by next Wednesday.

It's a shame, I wanted to get far enough in the game to know if it will get too difficult for me. Because if it doesn't then I would just buy the game. However it's unlikely that I will find out even if I play more this weekend and I don't really want to take a huge break from it because I'd struggle to get back into it.

So I think the only answer is to give up, even though I've probably put about ten hours into it!

Sooooo, this weekend I am hoping to a) write up some reviews over on the Push Square forums from the last few PS Plus games I played before my sub expired last week and b) to finally start Mass Effect. Though I am a bit worried that if I play it in any way like I played Greedfall, that it's going to take me forever to finish it and I might not get it done this month.

TuckNorris85

@Balta666 lol, I did start it about a week before it was officially announced as this month's game. I have played it about a dozen times now so I knew exactly what I was doing for the insanity mode, but in the original version, the difficulty was tailored to a new game plus playthrough, whereas in the legendary edition, it seems accessible right off the bat.

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themightyant

@Clankylad Thanks for the insight on Wavelengths, have been umming and ahing over whether to get and play it, but think I will now.

@KilloWertz Yep a couple of connections in LiS 2 though it's mostly entirely separate. Probably my least favourite of the LiS games, but still well worth a play imho. Slower burn for me. Play the short and FREE Adventures of Captain Spirit first if you can, it ties in nicely.

themightyant

ralphdibny

I was kind of on the fence about whether to actually play mass effect after my attempts to find time for greedfall failed miserably.

I did start it last night though, I think what slowed me down in GF was making painful attempts to explore everywhere and see every bit of the dialogue tree. I think I am going to be less precious about Mass Effect, if only to just get through the game in a reasonable time frame. I have a lot on in the next couple of week so my time will be limited.

I decided to go with female in the end, I couldn't find a nice way to customise the man. She still has a boy's name though (not John or Jane)

Anyway.... Heres my Shepherd!

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Does anyone else want to post a pic of their Shepherd?

themightyant

@ralphdibny Cool. Looking forward to seeing how you find it.

I'm about 7 hours in but i've been searching everywhere. There's something about this game that makes me want to soak up every bit of lore, read every codex etc. etc. I'm not usually so obsessive on this stuff, in fact the older I get the less I want to read, and often skip. But it just feels like such a cohesive world with a real history behind all the characters, races, their conflicts etc. I could probably tell you more about the Skyllian Blitz than the Falklands war, which is definitely a failing on my part but a testament to the effort that went into filling in all the history of the universe between now and then. Can't get enough.

My first impression is that the game world is a LOT smaller than I remember. The Citadel doesn't take long to get round at all, it's little more than a few large rooms in truth. This was made before almost every game was fully open world but at the time I remember this seemed truly grand in scope. It's almost like when you go back to somewhere you only knew as a kid and it seems so much smaller with the change in perspective and world experience.

Here's my Shepherd

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Yes it's the default male Shepherd! When I first played the game on launch day in 2007 I fiddled round with the character creator and everything just looked worse, like a bad fan-made skin. So after faffing around for about half an hour and eager to start playing the game I went back to stock Shepherd and never looked back across the whole trilogy. (FYI they've improved the character editor in this edition taking it from ME2 & 3)

Anytime I see anyone else's Shepherd it just looks wrong to me, like someone is trying to rewrite history, my brain says no, much in line with the earlier discussion on head canon. So for my own sanity I kept him exactly the same. He's always been MY Shepherd.

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themightyant

Balta666

@ralphdibny I am terrible with adding images on these websites but I allways go for canon Sheperd (male or female) as I already saw them prior and it just feels wrong to go against it

Balta666

ralphdibny

I've played a bit more of mass effect, I've done all the citadel sidequests I've unlocked so far and now I need to go and expose that guy now I have evidence against him.

I'm finding it hard to like this game in some respects. The map is hard to get to, I wish I could map it to a face button. Every other button on the controller seems to get my gun out which is tedious. Same with Journal entries, I wish they weren't hidden in the pause menu.

I don't normally play RPGs so I don't really understand all this gear I've picked up, what I should apply to characters, what I should sell, what I should buy and what Sell All Junk means.

I also don't know what I should spend my skill points on. So far all I've spent them on is increasing charm and intimidation so I could get the speech options to finish some side quests.
Because of my lack of skill point spending, I seem to be approaching the combat in this game like a third person shooter i.e. cover sniping enemies.

I'm sure I'll get into it at some point but I am just having trouble understanding it all.

On the plus side, I do like all the characters. While I was initially put off by the ugly characters (with respect to potential romance options), I can see now why some might pop up because of their voices and personalities, something that's not conveyed just by looking at a screenshot of an ugly alien face!

I think the tedium was enhanced by the keepers sidequest too. I was walking everywhere so I could scan them, now that I've found the last one I think I can use the fast travel points. Having said that, sidequests seem to pop up randomly with no apparent impetus so I am still a bit put off by fast travelling still. But I must have walked around the entire Citadel about 10 times already -_-

I do actually have one more citadel sidequest to finish up which is The Fan. I might look up to see where that guy is Gona be next before I go lay some truth on the citadel council.

@themightyant I totally get that kid thing. Stuff seems so small now as an adult if I ever see things I haven't seen in 25-30 years. The science and history museums in London are the biggest culprits. Even walking around my parents house just feels like there is a lot less space. Or if I find an old book or toy in the loft.

How far into it are you now then?? Nice default Shepherd though! I nearly made my initial male shepherd into a demon type thing with red skin lol. I'm glad I went with my female in the end though 😅

@Balta666 probs don't need to see another default shepherd but if you ever do want to upload screenshots, you can do so on a website called imgbb. Upload them and on the next page change the links to BBCode full linked or something like that. Click copy. Then paste it into a forum post. I normally delete the URL tags but it basically looks very similar to a spoiler tag:

[IMG]image URL here[/ IMG] without the space

If it's a copy and paste from imgbb like I just said then it will just display the image. If you ever want to paste an image from Google or anywhere else, you right click the image (hold press on Android) and click open in new tab. That normally (depending on the website) shows the image itself in a new window then you can copy and paste the URL of that image in-between the tags in the forum post!

trev666

@ralphdibny few tips to help your doing great

the citadel is a maze easy to get lost in so now youve done the initial exploring of the citadel use the fast travel terminals to get to where you need to go

with regards to your gear if the bars next to it are red its worse than what youve got so sell it. you pick up enough gear from decrypting chests throughout the game to get you though the game without buying anything all you need to do is equip new gear

with regards to skill points your doing the right thing maxing out charm or intimidate as soon as you can and after that max out a skill rather than put a bit in everything.

Bring a squad mate along who is high in decryption

With the fan quest he returns to the same place 2 more times after main missions so you need to speak to conrad verner 3 times in total. conrad verner actually turns up again in mass effect 2 and 3 if you do this initial fan quest

now the UNC side quests in mass effect 1 are copy and paste filler and can be tedious so if you find yourself annoyed just do the main quest.

Mass effect 1 is alot of walking about and taking to people, mass effect 2 and 3 play alot better

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ralphdibny

@trev666 cheers for the tips and the encouragement! It's really helped me to get going. I am beginning to see the appeal now that I'm out in the galaxy analysing planets and occasionally landing on them! I've been reading all the planet descriptions @themightyant but I've yet to dive into the codex entries. I normally skip codex entries in games (unless it's something I'm really in love with like Doom Eternal) because they use white text on black backgrounds which messes up my eyes. The planet descriptions are an eye pleasing pale blue over dark blue so hopefully the codex entries follow suit.

I think what I'm doing with regards to skill points is basically just using them when I need them. If I've brought a party down to a planet and I don't have enough decryption then I'll up that, same with electronics or whatever else. I've taken your advice and upped my charm/intimidate even more though I seem to be leaning towards paragon even if I've earned myself a few renegade points inadvertently. I haven't really upped any weapons skills yet but I've bolstered my spectre skills. I think ill wait until it seems like I know I won't need specific skills for context sensitive actions for now.

In terms of gear, I think I'm more confused about the upgrades that you press X to see. Is it all just equipped automatically because they all say press X to de-equip. I'm also not sure if the Sell list shows stuff that is equipped or not or whether it throws up a warning if I try to sell anything that is equipped. I don't want to sell equipped gear by mistake.

But yeah other than that, I've done the first world where I found the blue lady (exploring that whole nebula while I was at it) and returned to the Citadel to see the Fan and do a couple of other things. I've gone back out and now I'm at a meteor near Terra Nova. I think I'm basically gonna try and explore all the available nebulas before I tackle the next story world (unless I get bored). I completed one of the sidequests before I got given it and if that's how the game handles sidequests then I have no problem exploring first and just ticking them off when I get back to the Citadel. I'm also going to look up any points of no return later on and make sure I'm aware of them before I trigger them.

It must be a thing in RPGs where you actually have to play a fair amount of it before it clicks and you start to enjoy it. It was like that when I first started the Yakuza games too with Yakuza 0. Tackling the tedious stuff first (like exploring) makes the rest of the game more enjoyable by being able to fast travel to objectives. I was still in that tedious exploration phase in Greedfall before it left Game Pass but I think I'm Gona go ahead and buy that game as it's on the store for 12 quid and I'll make a point to play it after I finish Mass Effect.

trev666

Tera nova is quite a long mission as in the original it was DLC

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ralphdibny

Ah sweet I've worked out what mods are equipped but it's super hard to tell. The equipped mod flashes slightly 😅 and is at the top of the list if it's equipped when you go into the menu. I can barely see the flashing to be honest. I am Gona go through it all later and keep 6 of the best of each mod specialty and mark the rest as junk and sell it all.

Just done a mission that was fairly "close to home" on Earth's moon. I unlocked a specialty from it too. I ended up going with commando for that.

@trev666 I sort of thought it might be DLC because it was highlighted clearly quite similarly to the main story missions

trev666

they ironed alot of this out in mass effect 2 and 3. The original mass effect came out in 2007 as an early xbox 360 game so in alot of respects shows its age but the world building, characters and story which is what makes it great are all still there.

my favourite thing is where something you did or didnt do shows up in me2 or me3

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ralphdibny

I think I've got about 3 or 4 non-story nebulas left to explore before I move on to the second story world.

A couple things I really like:

I love the attention to detail when you land on a planet. If it says it orbits a Blue Giant star then that's what you will see in the sky, same with a Red Dwarf!

I love the alien music. The Citadel music is fine and all but I really like the tunes when you land on an alien planet, it's much more to my tastes!!

I am fully invested in the gameplay loop now. I'm really enjoying exploring different nebulas/systems/planets. I've got tons of gear that I'm yet to sort out and I've even spent all my skill points for all of the characters. I've made sure they all have the context sensitive ones but I've upped their specialties as well as their gun/power proficiencies. They seem to die a lot less during combat now, as do I! 😅

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trev666

cool glad your into it now Mass effect was one of those games for me as well i tried it on two separate occasions years apart before it finally clicked with me and i realised wow i think this might be my favourite game ive played.

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