Mass Effect 3 Day 4

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The game opened up after completing the Palaven mission, so we have some degree of free play from here. Palaven mission itself is short, took about an hour plus for a shooter-idiot like me to complete on normal difficulty setting. (On a side note, Mass Effect is the only shooter game that I play, because I get disoriented easily and have difficulties in dodging, running from cover to cover, and that is also the reason why I will never play a Vanguard class, and even as a soldier, I would prefer sniping and play a supporting role.)

Coming back to the mission itself, the battles are fragmented– you go for one battle, go back to camp, wait for instruction, then go for another, so on and so on. The flow of the game is broken, and lost the intensity along the way even though the background of the mission is in the middle of war that you can’t win. Very much different from my original perception of the mission– I thought it will be like a suicide mission, trying to pluck the Primarch from the middle of a Reaper invasion, how easy is that going to be?

The Palaven mission could be a lot better and more intense if there were pockets of small skirmishes in between you and your destination just like the Battle of Ostagar in Dragon Age Origins. Man, that was a classic.

Anyhow, good to see Garrus back although the ME3 Collector’s edition art booklet already spoiled the information for me, he is a nice comrade to have not only as an old friend but also his abilities against synthetics and shielded enemies. The surprise squad member is EDI. I suspected EDI will take over Dr Eva’s body as Dr Eva looks so much alike the EDI’s concept drawing in the art booklet, but didn’t expect it to become a full squad member. Great, will bring it to the next mission, and yeah, as James commented, it will be too much a distraction.

Met another old friend Thane, too bad he won’t be joining Shepard this time, and it is sad to see him waiting for his death in the hospital. I will be meeting another returning character, Aria T’Loak from ME2 in my next gaming session, and eager to find out what is she doing in Citadel? Did she lose Omega? To the Cerberus or to the Reapers?

Other notes on Day 4:

After further planets scannings, it is confirmed that there is no point of visiting any planets at all in this installment. All the planets are barren and will have nothing interesting unless there is a mission tagged to it. It might have some equipment that will add to your war asset if your scanner detected abnormalities. Good or bad? I really don’t know.

The good is, it is more realistic as Shepard will have no time to visit these planets solving others’ problems due to the Reapers invasion, but… isn’t he wasting time running around Citadel, trying to talk to random people, check on Ashley, and etc?

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