No Origin-Story Comic For New Players In Mass Effect 3

A small but neat feature of the PS3 version of Mass Effect 3 was the "Mass Effect: Genesis" comic that allowed new players to go through the story of the first Mass Effect and make all of the decisions that would come into play in the sequel.

Mass Effect 3 is surely being designed with an eye towards bringing in new players—when I spoke with BioWare's director of marketing David Silverman, he made it clear that the game would be quite welcoming to newcomers. As he put it, viewers were able to come into Star Wars: A New Hope without knowing what brought on the conflict between the Empire and the Rebels. It was enough that the story had conflict and drama, clear drama, Luke, the Force, Vader, and the Death Star.

Mass Effect introduced the Reapers; Mass Effect 2 let us know what their plan was. Mass Effect 3 will be a the final big conflict, and so newcomers shouldn't have too difficult a time hopping on board.

Before our hands-on at PAX, we were shown two "Previously on Mass Effect" videos that detailed the story so far and explained the various races of the Mass Effect galaxy. When I asked Silverman if those videos would replace the comic that caught newcomers in the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2, he answered in the affirmative.

And while I thought the comics were a great idea, Silverman made the entirely valid point that really, the only people who cared about the decisions (Does Wrex live or die? With whom does Shepard hook up?) were the people who had already played the games. To newcomers, the choices didn't resonate that much. "Do I hook up with this girl, or this girl?" he asked. "Well… this one's blue, so, sure!"

Personally, I'm very interested to see how BioWare actually makes all the choices of the first two games play out in the concluding chapter. (Can't help but wonder if Conrad Vermer is finally going to go ahead and propose marriage to my FemShep. Or try to kill her.) And while it's certainly true that creating a comic that spans both games and lets players make every possible choice would have been more than a little cumbersome, it's a shame that i won't be able to see the full range of potential consequences without at least playing through Mass Effect 2 a few more times.


Comments

    Hm. Not sure this is a good thing.

    For players who *do* care about what carries over from the first and second games, it's really time-consuming and cumbersome to play through the first two games again. There is modding, but it doesn't work for ME2 as far as I know...

      Gibbed said he will be making it happen when ME3 comes out, it's just too hard to nail down how the choices are made in ME2 without ME3, so pacience my friend

    This is kinda annoying to be honest. I like a bit of choice in games (See Catherine), but I don't want to play through a 20hr game over and over again just to get different endings. Especially when I uninstalled ME1 ages ago to save space, but accidently cleared saves.

    It's a kinda cool idea, but I ultimately think it's lame in the end. Multiple endings really just mean you either screw up and someone dies, so you go to youtube to watch the "True" ending and pretend you got that one.

      The great thing about the PC version is there are tools you can use to make your own saves, or you can just download an already made save at www.masseffectsaves.com.

    um mass effect 1 pretty much told us what there plan was... or did you kinda miss the whole Ilum planet?

    Lol Conrad died a pretty horrible death in my ME2 playthrough

    Shouldn't the first sentence be "of the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2" not "of Mass Effect 3"?

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