I’ve been really enjoying Mass Effect, the only issue being the free time sink that the game is to play. I’ve logged twenty two hours of play time so far, which is likely enough time to have blasted through the main campaign but I am the type of player who just cannot ignore the side missions.
The truth is that the game is truly epic and has a attention to detail that is second to none. Realistically, the only issues I have had so far are around inventory management which is fairly awful even compared to Fallout 3 (no hotkey to open the inventory directly? you have to open the inventory to switch weapons?) and just grotesque after having played a dungeon crawler like Torchlight where inventory management is a constant mini-game in of itself.
Evidently Mass Effect 2 fixed these issues, but I am pledging not to read about it until I finish the first one. I am not going to buy the game until at least its first price cut anyway, but knowing that there is a better game out there I could be playing will crush my desire to finish this one. After 22 hours, I need to have some closure.
If you play Mass Effect 2, please don’t tell me about it for a couple weeks 🙂