Mass Effect Jun 25, 2019 23:13:25 GMT -5
Post by Wreckage on Jun 25, 2019 23:13:25 GMT -5
(This article is from last year, but I couldn't find an existing thread about it).
Jonathan Kaharl does a terrific job dissecting what made the Mass Effect trilogy exciting, flaws and all. He's clearly played through it multiple times and has a passion and respect for it. There's one brief part in the original game's article, though, that stood out to me as a bit odd. Regarding the vehicle you drive around in when exploring the surface of planets:
The Mako segments are also infamous for just plain breaking the game, as the tank can climb mountains with wonky physics, or spawn inside cutscenes with the right conditions, killing bosses with great ease.
I don't remember game-breaking being what the Mako is remembered for at all. I had to search on Google for Mako boss glitches and found one, maybe two viable boss fights where you can sneak the tank in with a bit of finesse and brute force. I do, however, very much remember how the Mako was very much a love it or hate it feature of the game, mainly due to its weird physics. Some people love how you can do crazy jumps and climb up cliffs with it, while others hated how it controlled and the tedium of driving it around. Jonathan obviously points out the oddball physics in the middle of the quote above, but it's within the scope of the Mako being well-known for game-breaking.
This is clearly a very minor part of the overall article, but considering how much of the game you spend in the Mako, I feel that the vehicle could have been framed differently here. For starters, it gives you a sense of the scale of the game's world and provides some variety from the normal combat missions. Or how it contributes to a sense of exploration in a game otherwise focused on galactic drama and combat. Thoughts from those of you that have played through the first Mass effect game?
Anyway, kudos again to Jonathan for the Mass Effect series of articles! This one little thing simply stood out to me enough to make me want to create an account and discuss it.