What is an RPG without the “R” and the “P?” [Mass Effect 3]

Earlier in the year, just prior to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, I aimed to tackle the original ME trilogy in a speedy manner. At the time, I only got through the first two games. Thanks to a recent lull, I was able to complete my original endeavor by finally doing a “speed-run” through ME3! How did things turn out? Click on to Virtual Bastion to find out!

VIRTUAL BASTION

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Just prior to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda in March, I chose to play through as many of the original Mass Effect games as I could. Due to limits in free time, I opted for a streamlined approach to the games in order to play each from beginning to end. I managed to make my way through Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 using the following set of rules:

  1. Play on casual to keep combat to a minimum.
  2. Choose conversation options from the right side (non-investigative) of the conversation wheel.
  3. If a high enough paragon level was attained, choose the paragon conversation options when presented.
  4. Ignore all extraneous interactions with anyone, anywhere.
  5. Ignore all sidequests.
  6. Ignore most looting opportunities.
  7. With team assembled, choose only two companions with whom to complete the game.
  8. Only upgrade Shepard and two companions.

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