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Mass Effect Trilogy or The Elder Scrolls Anthology?

#21AlleRacingPosted 2/12/2014 6:47:21 AM
Elder Scrolls Anthology. I'm pretty critical of The Elder Scrolls series, but it definitely gets the nod over the terrible Mass Effect franchise. Arena and Daggerfall are pretty dated. I would say that Arena is the weakest entry in the series, as a lot of the features didn't get implemented until Daggerfall. It's still worth a play though. Daggerfall is pretty fantastic, I'd place it close to on par with Morrowind. The character creation gives you a ton of freedom (which also means the freedom to royally f*** it up as well). The first dungeon can be ridiculously hard though, so it might take you a while to get the ball rolling in it. Morrowind is the best game in the series in my opinion. It's a lot smaller than Daggerfall, in fact, it's actually the smallest game in the series in terms of absolute land area. Its world is probably the most alien of the five main games. It was also the first game in the series to integrate modding with the included Construction Set, so although the vanilla game looks and plays kind of dated (being 12 years old now), it can be easily modded to look much more modern with added gameplay convenience should you desire. Oblivion is pretty fantastic with some large caveats I didn't like, but thankfully the modding community was just as (if not more) prevalent as it was in Morrowind, and there is an abundance of very well crafted mods for Oblivion. I have a pretty similar opinion of Skyrim, though it did some things better than Oblivion and some things worse.

Born Lucky posted...
Morrowind by itself is better than the Mass Effect series, so . . Anthology.


Also this. Mass Effect had a promising premise, 'explore the galaxy' was its tagline back in late 2006 and early 2007. More like explore a bunch of pallet swapped planets with a cookie cutter base (there are literally only two different base models, one accounting for the base on 90% of side planets), and maybe some collectibles (Turian Insignia, Matriarch Writings, ore deposits). Pretty much all of the content that was done poorly was just not done in the second game. You don't even land on side planets, you 'scan' them from space and probe them in one of the most boring minigames ever conceived. Instead of the pallet swapped armours and weapons with incremental stats, you just have 1 armour (a couple more with DLC and Dr. Pepper codes) and 2 or 3 weapons for each category, sans heavy weapons. The combat was improved, but the environments have not, containing more chest high walls than the entire Gears of War series. Oh, the skill count was also reduced, with total possible investment in each skill being much lower as well. You get a slightly larger crew, which is nice, since the entire game is just gathering the crew for a single mission that doesn't seem to accomplish much of anything in the context of the first and third game. The third game... I'm sure you've seen more than enough criticism of it, it was (and still is) pretty hard to miss.
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#22Hicks233Posted 2/12/2014 6:57:39 AM
Mass Effect series - third person shooter with a raging stiffy for its story and characters. Solid design, art and sound. Squiffy ending to the series and sends "RPG fans" into conniptions because it isn't an interactive spreadsheet. Mods exist for visual enhancement and some minor tweaks as well as an attempt at making the ending suck less.

Elder Scrolls - Big dumb hero fantasy where you're just counting down til you are fed up of the "immersive world" and "exploration" - Bethesda are hoping that your growing fed up coincides with their next release. Sells itself on an illusion of freedom when it is a long, drawn out "whack things over the head til fed up simulator" - "go anywhere do anything" indeed. Mods exist for practically *anything* - the game engine screams in protest the more you add on though turning the game into a "fix the screwed up load order and compatibility simulator".

Alternatively get the Thief trilogy and enjoy some quality stealth, a tongue in cheek narrative with some entertaining characters and a very confused over its identity third part. Huge number of fan made missions and other odds and ends available for the series.

Want something of a survival/rpg style fps? Stalker trilogy. Unforgiving, wide selection of mods and a truly memorable atmosphere. It's an acquired taste but if you love it, then you'll love it for years to come.

Both series' are available with other miscellaneous odds and ends included as a bonus on gog.
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#23steker16Posted 2/12/2014 7:07:03 AM
mass effect trilogy is better than TES could ever hope to be, TES has nice worlds and atmosphere, but they have trash stories and trash combat, requiring multiple mods to make it a somewhat playable experience

sure each ME has its own issues but its a complete game, with polished combat(the first was meh at times), great voice acting, and a solid story(lets not get butthurt over the ending all over again, please)

i always describe each ME games this way:

Mass Effect 1 - a good RPG with mediocre combat
Mass Effect 2 - a good shooter with mediocre RPG elements
Mass Effect 3 - the good shooter aspects from 2 mixed with closer RPG elements to that of 1
#24Born LuckyPosted 2/12/2014 7:11:24 AM
Mass Effect series is a soap opera for ****, pretending to be a video game trilogy.

Period.
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#25triple sPosted 2/12/2014 7:22:02 AM
TES_Nut posted...
The first game is very different than the rest of the series. You got exp and leveled up wittesthat. 2 introduced the skill based system where you leveled by actually role playing your character. Redguard, if it's included in the anthology is extremely different and more like an action adventure instead of an rpg. I recommend elderscrolls. Me1 and 2 are good enough. 3 was a huge disappointment


Based off the ending? I swear, I don't understand why people play games some times. ME3 was a hell of a ride the whole way through.
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#26AlleRacingPosted 2/12/2014 7:30:29 AM
Hicks233 posted...
an interactive spreadsheet.


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#27jessica73Posted 2/12/2014 7:50:23 AM
ME3 was like being on a ride in a hooptie all the way through, maybe. That backfires constantly and has no passenger seat.

vanilla Morrowind alone dumps on all of them, throw in Skyrim, Daggerfall, and later Skywind, and it's clearly the better buy. Grab ME trilogy for $10
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#28ShubPosted 2/12/2014 7:53:56 AM
I think you'll get more play time out of the TES Anthology, especially with mods and stuff, but the ME series is worth playing.
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#29Epicness2012Posted 2/12/2014 11:37:04 AM
Nineteen99 posted...
YOeastonYO posted...
Flip a coin...get the other later. Both are amazing series and worth at least playing through once or twice.

Seconded.


Thirded. Ignore anyone who calls either series bad because of their own opinions.
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#30ShadowThaReaperPosted 2/12/2014 11:49:53 AM
Epicness2012 posted...
Nineteen99 posted...
YOeastonYO posted...
Flip a coin...get the other later. Both are amazing series and worth at least playing through once or twice.

Seconded.


Thirded. Ignore anyone who calls either series bad because of their own opinions.


Ignore fanboys who dismiss criticisms of some lackluster games.