Britt5091 Origins: I was finally able to play Mass Effect this weekend…

Welcome to Britt5091: Origins, where I dig up old blog posts I used to write for IGN’s community under the username Britt5091. Some posts may make you giggle, some may make your eyes bleed, and some may make you stroke your beard in a pensive manner. All you need to know is that these posts, no matter how terrible some of them may be, ultimately lead to everything I do now.

I was finally able to play Mass Effect this weekend
Sep 28, 2009

…but it’s already collecting dust.

I was finally able to sit on my arse and spend some much needed time getting to know the RPG/shooter hybrid that is Mass Effect. Though I’m only an hour into it (half of which was spent getting familiar with the controls) I can tell there will be good times to be had with this one.

Unfortunately the time hath come for my gaming to come to a temporary standstill. By the time I get home from work I barely have enough time to eat, work out, catch up on the news, etc. And with football parties taking up every Saturday and a few hours on Sunday, my free time is limited. Throw hunting into the mix beginning October 17th and I’m really down for the count.

Maybe, MAYBE, I’ll be able to squeeze in two solid hours on a Sunday.

Which is why it was stupid of me to start Mass Effect. I’m hooked on it already, but with only one or two hours a week to play I’m concerned I’ll forget the story and won’t become as immersed into the game as I should. It looks to be fairly deep and complex; therefore I want to be able to spend a good chunk of consistent time playing it.

This brings me to the newest addition in my collection, ODST.

The controversy, the hype, the fanboyism — it all caught my interest, which lead me to start paying attention to this game. It was simply too much hoopla for me to ignore. So when Bungie hosted an ODST panel at PAX earlier this month, I thought what the hell, I’ll check it out. And checked it out I did. Those dorks at Bungie won me over in under five minutes. And they made me laugh. A lot. Always a plus.

See, before ODST I’ve never had a bit of interest in this franchise. Part of that is due to my own ignorance and part of it is due to the fact I just bought my first Xbox (360) two years ago.

I’m happy to report I’m having sooo much fun with ODST. It’s perfect for my time crunch during the week. Just pop it in (that’s what she said), play a quick round of Firefight or spend a few minutes on the campaign. Done. Whereas with Mass Effect I know my self-allotted 15 minutes would turn into an hour to two hour long binge.

After many moons yearning for Mass Effect, I finally got my hands on it at the worst possible time. It was hard and painful, but last night I had to shelve Shepard for an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper.

All in due time, Commander. All in due time.


Update: July 3rd, 2012

…OMG. Okay, seriously, maybe it’s because I just fucking completed the Mass Effect TRILOGY two days ago, but reading this post made me well up. I’M NOT KIDDING. Oh, to be so young and not understand the impact Mass Effect would have on me; to not comprehend the bonds I would form with the fictional characters, the blood, sweat and tears I would shed for this franchise… 

Bit dramatic much? ;D 

But for serious, talk about timing! Like I said above I JUST finished the trilogy on Sunday. Today is Tuesday. Emotions are still running high and whatnot. /sniff



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