Mass Effect 1-3 Nephew Edition

Choosing

My nephew sometimes visit me and we talk about games. He is becoming a true nerd and I am proud of him. He is 12 years old now and the enthusiasm how he talks about his games really puts a smile on my face. I wanted to make an interview with him, but I only asked what is his favorite game and he started talking about it for at least 20 minutes. I only asked a few questions when I felt that I got totally lost.( I will use Italic when asking the questions) Children brain functions differently than ours so I think it is awesome to experience a game from their perspective. It is really chaotic so I only recommend reading it for those who have already played the games. Nevertheless the usual useful links are at the bottom of the page if you want to buy them. So without any formatting here is our discussion about his favorite game:

Why did you like these games?

My father used to play with it. Shepard is the hero. In mass effect one Shepard appeared. He became a spectre. It means special tactics and recon sys. They are people who are allowed to kill in a mission. His job is working instead of the council. The council are Salarian, Asari and Turian. These are the three main species in the milky way, but later mankind also became a main species.¬† In the first mass effect book you can learn much more about the characters. There is a Savering, a spaceship that isn’t really a spaceship, but a synthetic life form and Saren climbs into it. They talk with the spaceship to keep alive all the organic lifeforms. For 50 thousand years the Saverings species try to annihilate all organic life in the milky way, but Savering is the spaceship name and the race is reaper. Savering takes over control of Saren, but Saren doesn’t know it. Taking control called Indoctomation. At the end of the first game after Savering took control of Saren he returns as a robot. This is the end of the first part.

Team Members

Now lets talk about the team members. There is Garus Vakarian who is a Turian that worked at the Citadel. Savering wants to destroy it. He wanted to call there the other reapers. You meet Ashley Williams in your first mission. She is fighting against the get on Eden Prime when you meet. The Get are robots that a race called Qarian created, but this race took vengeance against its creator. This is why the get want to kill their makers who went to them and wanted to change sides to the reapers. There is also Kaiden Elenko who also follows you to your first mission, but doesn’t happen much with him. There comes a point where you have to choose which one of your followers gets sacrificed. Ashley Williams or Kaiden Elenko. On Weremien a heavier conversation takes place with Uldron Rex who is a Krogan, because there you find a Krogan antidote for Genofage. Genofage is a virus that makes Krogan impossible to be born. They found the cure for it, but it was a trap so lots more Krogan could be switched to Saren side. You must try to convince Rex that this is a trap, but for that to happen you must collect enough renegate points that you gain by being lawful or evil. Lawful choice is when you try not to kill lots of people. At mass effect 3 you can even choose rex as a teammate. Taly is one of my favorite helper besides Garus. Tari is a Galerian who you meet after fighting with a mercenary called Fist. She can be romanced if you are a man. The mercenaries try to take her away when you save her and asks her what this was. Sarin wanted her to take out her speech. What is it I know to interrogate. ūüôā Not in a friendly way. She comes with you on every quest and becomes a really good friend. Wait I write this down, because his name is hard: Liara T,Soni an Asari. Please delete that I write this down. Stop it! Ok I will definitely delete this part before posting.¬†You meet her at Feros which is a planet. Liara is a scientist who researches a race called protan that extinct 50 thousand years ago because of the reapers. Although she is a researcher she can fight too.

Mass Effect 2

Now comes mass effect two story.¬† At the beginning of mass effect 2 you start to play with Shepard, but he dies.¬† An unknown race lasers Normandy. This race was a legend in the terminus system, but many believed they were only made up by the council to keep everyone there. Shepard joins the Cerberus that is a company who doesn’t like aliens. Shepard doesn’t like this. His leader is the elusive man. He asks Shepard to help him beat the collectors.

Team Members

These are the teammates. Thane, ark angel, a.k.a. Garus who we know from the first game. Kasuni, Zaeed, Grunt who elusive man didn’t count with, because Okir was the first choice for the team, but he died while trying to save Krogan. Samara, Tali, Miranda and Jacob. They don’t need to be asked for help they are with you from the beginning of the game. Mordin(at this point I asked him to stop with the names, but he just had to check the internet for a picture to remember the rest of them) Jack and Legion who is a Get that didn’t help the reapers. All of the Get is controlled by an artificial intelligence. These were the teammates that you have to do Loyalty missions.(there are some others that I won’t mention)

Story

In the story you collect all of your helpers, but down the road you can do separate missions like shadow broker where you help Liara catch Shadow broker from the first game. He kidnapped one of Liara’s friend because she helped Cerberus revive you. There is also the overlord dlc. In the dlc. you must face a rouge artificial intelligence who is a man with autism and you help him escape from the nightmare that the Cerberus made. You send him to Grisomm academy. There are other smaller dlc.-s too. You meet with Ashley Williams and Kaiden Elenko on a planet where they started to kidnap people from a colony.

That is the end of the second game?

No of course not there is still much more. There is a mission, but it would take two long to describe all of it, but in the end they were prothean. At the end of the story you go to the collectors base and you defeat the collectors with the upgrades you installed to your ship. Your ship is the second version of the normand. You get to the base and choose some people who are good in all kinds of stuff. You rescue the team that worked in the spaceship. The reapers were the ones who changed the proteans to collectors. Harbringer was the reaper who who controlled all the collectors. You fight with a human reaper who the collectors worked on so they could create from a bunch of people they kidnapped from the collective and you get the option to give lots of reaper data to the elusive man or not. I forgot to tell you that in this mission lot of your teammates can die even the ones who were with you from the first game. When you defeat the human reaper you gain knowledge that the reapers are heading to your way and you have to stop them. In the end there is a dlc. in which you can stop the reaper arrival by detonating a mass relay, but you don’t stop them just slow them down. From here comes the third game.

Mass Effect 3

The reapers are here and they started to destroy the planet. Shepard doesn’t work for Cerberus anymore, but he is with the alliance again. The Cerberus is your enemy in this game and they want to kill you. They try to collect reaper technology for elusive man to control reapers. You can get a prothean helper if you go to Eden prime where it all started and you find out a bunch of things about the prothean and the reaper. There is a dlc. there about the reaper origins. They were also an organic life form in the beginning, but they changed themselves to robots. There is also the citadel dlc. where you fight with your evil clone that chronos made and you need some body parts from it. You meet with your usual helpers, but there is also James Vega and a prothean helper called Javik. You manage to help the council on their planets.

Ending

At the end there is the ending where everyone was angry except me. You must choose from three different choices. You can share your DNA with all the world and everyone will be happy. There will be peace between organic and robot life. The other choice is what the elusive man wanted, you control the reapers. The third option is what the alliance and captain Anderson who is your friend from the previous games wanted. Here you kill all the synthetic life and maybe you get to live at the end. In the other endings you die. I didn’t want to tell you everything, because that would be a huge spoiler.

Why where the people so upset about these endings?

Because most of the cinematic were almost the same so there is an extended cut dlc. that added a bit to those cinematic. The main difference is the color of everything that comes out of the citadel.

Why is this the best game if you must tell me in one sentence?

This is my favorite, because I played with it for several hundred hours during my life and it is a really good rpg. and I like sci-fi.

 

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Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and the Legacy of Void

Choosing

When I played with Prey 2017 and saw the incredible graphics and a good story I thought about Blizzard. I must write something about a Blizzard game. Starcraft is a game that every decent human being has already played. If you are not one of those people stop reading my blog and start to play it right now. There are no excuses. You can even download the Starcraft one for free Here. After you finished it and sucked up in its world you can advance to Starcraft 2. While I was playing it I wrote down some note that I wanted to definitely include in this post. A few days ago my computer died so there goes my notes. This is definitely the king of all strategy games so who needs notes anyway.

Races

There are three races in Starcraft two the Terrain, Protoss and the Zerg. The Terrain are the humans with advanced war technology. The Protoss are a race who has fewer numbers, but they make up with their supreme technology and the Zerg are the swarm. They are not so strong haven’t got any tech, but can replicate at amazing speeds so you can get overwhelmed by them easily if you are not careful. I know I said that there are three races, but there are actually a few more like the¬† Xel’Naga, or the purifiers but you should experience them yourself. It is too awesome to just write it down.

3 in 1

Starcraft 2 contains three different campaigns. The first one is the Wings of Liberty. The story continues where Starcraft one ended. If the unimaginable has happened and you don’t want to start with Starcraft one, but want to be up to date with the story line there is a cinematic in the game that summarize it for you traitors. In Wings of Liberty you control the Terrains and help Jim Raynor against Arcturus Mengsk by raising a rebellion. Arcturus was the one who got Sarah Kerrigan killed in Starcraft one, but you already know this. After Wings of Liberty comes the Heart of the Swarm. You control Sarah who has become a human, but not for long. You regain the queen of blades position soon and build a devastating army for vengeance.¬† The last campaign is the Legacy of Void where you control the Protoss. Artanis brings together the three separate factions of the Protoss agains Amon. Each of the three campaigns has its own unique characteristics. For example when I was playing with Wings of Liberty I could choose that I want to be with the ghost chick or the specter dude. After you choose on of them it affected your next quests. In Heart of the Swarm¬† and in Legacy of the Void the order you did the quests affected the dialog.

Cinematic and dialog

If you don’t like playing games you can just watch it’s story on YouTube, because it is great for a movie too. Starcraft 2 contains if I have to bet more than 2 hours of cinematic alone! And I didn’t count the in game conversations or between the maps dialog and extra Easter eggs. It has so many of those extras that I am sure you could fill in a book with just those. If you leave the game between missions to have a snack or something, in several occasions there are some conversations with the characters or an event occurs in the background.

Upgrades

Al three campaigns has upgrades as you progress them and all upgrades are totally different.

  • First there is the Terrain.They are called research points and you should try to collect as much as you can. You research Zerg and Protoss technology and after you understand it you can implement them in your army. You can trade them in the armory for advantages like no need for Scv to extract vespane gas or your command center can take over Zerg units for a short period of time etc. If this wasn’t enough you can recruit mercenaries too. They are from your units, but an upgraded version of them.
  • In Heart of the Swarm you upgrade Kerrigan herself and get better abilities when she gain levels. There is also the mutation upgrades and the evolution strains. Mutation upgrades are instantly available when you unlock a certain unit. Evolution strains are unlocked in the evolution missions and you can gain access to them in the evolution pit. There are always two different evolution which you must choose from. This makes the vast amount of units in Starcraft two even more. And the more different units the more different strategies so you are guaranteed to not get bored with the game later.
  • The last one is the Protoss. When you are playing with Protoss you are upgrading the Spear of Adun. It is the last of the great arkships capable of carrying an entire Protoss civilization. Its heart is the solar core and is a miniature synthetic and contained star powered by solarite. You can allocate its power to the various weapons and support systems. With more solarite you can allocate more energy. Before every map you can choose which are the helps you want to gain for that mission. The other upgrades are the unit upgrades. Your war council acts as a unit hub. As you progress through the story more units become available. With every new one you get three different versions of it, because you try to unite three Protoss factions. The Khalai, the Nerazim and the Tal’darim. There is also the Purifiers, but they are an ancient robotic race that the Protoss created. In the war council you can choose before every map which one of the units you want to use. I hope I wrote it down in a way that you can understand it easily or at least feel the complexity and the freedom you get with all of these different evolving systems.

Fun stuff

If these campaigns weren’t enough for you Starcraft main income and the love for it comes from multiplayer. Even in the ancient days before the era of internet playing you could play it with a local network and since a game usually lasted for 40 minutes or even less you could play it almost anytime when you and your friends got to a room with computers in it. There were lots of multiplayer modes and different maps with different unique methods even in Starcraft one. Just to pick one out I remember a map that was modified so you could play Zerg football. You shoot something with mutalisks and tried to reach with it the goal line. Maybe it was fan made I don’t quite remember it now. Nevertheless these mods¬† are also flourished in Starcraft 2. I don’t play multi ever, but there is one that caught my eye while reading about it. There is the realistic scale mod that changes the size and damage units in order to reflect what they are like in the actual lore. I watched some YouTube videos of it and it is quite hilarious. Speaking of which you should also watch¬†CarbotAnimations¬†Starcraft YouTube channel. It has little cartoon parodies of the game and they are really cool. My friend who showed it to me said that after blizzard noticed it they didn’t sue the creator for infringement instead they backed him up with money so he can improve it. Another thing is just how many people play this game, how huge it really is that in South Korea there are championships of it and the top players are considered national heroes and this is not a joke. The same friend told me that Korea has a football team and they wish was to meet the top Starcraft team because they are their heroes. Even the Korean army had a Starcraft team. Let this sink in while you are still reading this and not playing with it already.

 

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