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I thought Mass Effect 1 was ok. Should I play Mass Effect 2 and 3?
I have been playing western RPGs forever, and have always been a big fan of Bioware's work (especially BG1/2). I played the first ME, and thought it was just okay. I don't like the conversation wheel (I feel like it forces you to make choices based on racking up paragon or renegade points, and not knowing what my character will say really takes away from my ability to identify with the character) wasn't a fan of how side quests were handled (in a game where you are a freebooter or adventurer, it makes sense to do odd jobs for coin, but it makes no sense when you are a highly trained and ranked military professional on a critical mission) and did not really like the characters for the most part (I think romances in games need to die a horrible death, and romancable NPCs tend to get weird once you reach the point where you are expected to have romanced them, regardless of whether you even started the romance).
All of that said, I did like some things about ME1. I actually liked how they weaved stats into combat, I thought the world was interesting, and I liked doing things like punching the reporter in the face, and otherwise being a general dick (I never played a game before where the evil path was more jerk than bad guy, and thought it was hilarious). I also really liked the whole humans first vs being a member of galactic society theme, although I was dissapointed that the game did not really let me play as strongly human first as I wanted to. Based on my feelings on ME1, would I like ME2 and 3, or do they go further in the direction I don't like? I know for example that stats get more and more marginalized in combat (which I think is a bad thing in general) and that the romances became more important (which I am guessing means more awkward character interactions), but I also know people seem to like 2 more than 1, and 3 seems popular too.
I should also point out that I will play them on 360 (I actually own ME2 on PC, but I think I will stomach what I assume is half assed action combat better on a console than a PC, since I have a long history of playing real fps on PC) and that I have limited gaming time, so I don't want to play them unless they are really worth it. If it helps, this generation I LOVED FO:NV, Borderlands, DA1 and Skyrim, HATED FO3 and Oblivion, and refuse to ever play DA2 (I just can't support the "spiritual successor" to BG using the dialog wheel and dropping real equipment slots, and everyone seems to think the game sucks anyway).
Thanks for any insight or advice you can give!