She's completely unspoiled
and has never really played vidya games beyond Super Mario or Tetris or some old classic arcade games.
Having finished watching all of the X-Files together and looking for something new to watch together in this new world she expressed an interest in Mass Effect since the series is rather dear to me. Unfortunately, it was a rather daunting thing for her, since a previous attempt at Gone Home had her frustrated with trying to handle the Xbox controller.
Did I also mention that she has trouble making decisions sometimes in real life?
So we are going with the solution that she designed her character and makes all the dialogue or other choices, including major mission order and which squad members come on missions, I'll handle that pesky walking and combat.
There will be spoilers in this thread, obviously. Given that the trilogy is 13, 10, and 8 years old I don't plan to cover these unless requested. We haven't decided if we'll play Andromeda yet; not because boo Andromeda (I like it) it's just that Andromeda is just so much bigger I don't know how feasible it is.
Where we're at so far: Almost done with ME1. Have completed Liara, Feros, Noveria, Virmire, and all sidequests to that point including Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station.
We have Bree Shepard, a Sentinel/Bastion, Sole-Survivor Spacer that is mostly Paragon with some healthy Renegade tendencies. Her favorite squad people have been Kaiden, Garrus, and Wrex. She thinks Tali is an annoying child and Ashley is a bitchy racist, but softened on Ash after learning about her family and assignment history. Joker is too cocky. She didn't trust Anderson for a long time but likes Udina even less. Not a fan of the Council but hasn't hung up on them. She thinks Hanar and Elcor are awesome and I super can't wait for her to be exposed to Blasto and the all-elcor Hamlet.
She thought becoming a Spectre was rather exciting.
(Accidentally) romancing Kaiden, having rebuffed Liara rather hard. She didn't want to romance anybody because she though it was improper to fraternize within the chain of command. She totally (accidentally) banged the Consort though. She's glad she doesn't have to drive the Mako as it looks very frustrating.
Recap of major decisions:
Took Wrex to see Fist. Not major but funny.
Saved all the colonists on Feros, but did not have enough points to persuade the corporate Bean Counter and thus ended up shooting him. Spared the green Asari lady.
Spared the Rachni Queen on Noveria; this wasn't a difficult choice for her at all. She also helped Parsini arrest Anoleis and was about to shoot the cops that wanted to take her gun.
Virmire was last night. I have a couple pictures and some low quality videos, but I'll ask her permission before putting any of that up.
The conversation with Wrex was pretty tense for her. She didn't realize he might die until they had pulled guns on each other. Luckily she had done his family armor quest so that was resolved and he lived.
She sent Ashley to work with Kirrahe.
The Reveal: right after sending the Asari researcher running because she was going to nuke the place, she said "I bet Sovereign is from the Prothean time, or maybe even was a Prothean ship or something."Her reaction to talking with Sovereign right after that
There was a lot of "WHAT?! WHAT!? NO!" going on here. There was anger. There was questioning how she got in this position. There was demanding reloads of old saves to try and not get to this point. There weren't tears but it was close and there was definite sadness.
20 minutes of anguish and her going back and forth with herself and she made her choice. She tried to tell Kaiden to hold on just a bit longer and part of her was still hoping she could save both, but his response killed the rest of that hope. Ashley survives Virmire.
And that's where we left off last night. She talked with the Council and we called it a night.
Damn, I really wish I could experience this series for the first time again, but watching her experience it is almost as good.