I’ve been reading a post by Nerdist reader Robin Burks about the Mass Effect movie, and I have a confession to make: I didn’t like Mass Effect. No wait! Come back!
I really wish I could tell you why. The Dragon Age deal where Bioware said “Ta for making us lots of money, have a free copy of ME2” meant that my brother chucked me a copy of Mass Effect 2, so I thought I may as well play through the first again. And I didn’t enjoy it. At all.
I know that I don’t have to like what everyone else likes. I spend half of my time explaining to people that they’re wrong when they say that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is a good game, another third running away from said people, and the last part…I can only remember pain. Seriously, though, what is it that people enjoy about MW? The single player campaign (especially for the second) has to be the worst writing I’ve seen for a long time, and the multiplayer is the same old same old.
What’s worse is that I honestly can’t tell you why I didn’t like Mass Effect. Was the combat annoying just because I was playing it wrong? Did I just make the mistake of putting too much effort into the wrong skills? Or perhaps (and this one is the most likely) I just sucked at it, and I don’t like games where I’m not brilliant and therefore die 8 times because they have shotguns and all I have is apistolohgodohgodstopdyingshepardthisisgettingannoying. Ahem.
On the flipside, there’s several games I loved that nobody else thought much of. Bloody Good Time I thought was fantastic, but everyone else just said that The Ship was better at everything and wrote BGT off. Project: Snowblind is a game that most people haven’t even heard of, but it was a fantastic game that scratched the Deus Ex itch I had perfectly.
I can’t be alone in this. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t understand the rest of the world’s obsession with something. So, over to you. Any medium you like, what is it that everyone else likes and you don’t or vice versa? If I’d been writing this 2 days ago I’d be also saying that I wasn’t enjoying the new Deus Ex*; from the metal side of me, I don’t understand why people go crazy for Metallica (I can listen to them, but I think they’re a bit meh), folk me doesn’t like Steeleye Span or Penguin Cafe one bit, and don’t get me started on Torchwood: Miracle Day.
*It’s alright, I worked out it was my fault, though EIDOS could have do a lot better with their plot “twists”. You can see each one coming a mile away.