The launch of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition has actually provided us a distinct chance: to re-examine this trilogy in a brand-new light, and replay these games in one package, to see the through-lines and how they show a shift in a studio and a market.
They’re also a terrific pointer of just how much Mass Impact’s huge minutes still stick out, and the popular intro to Mass Effect 2 is definitely among them.
Occurring not long after the conclusion of the first Mass Effect, Mass Result 2 starts with a conversation. Miranda Lawson, a representative of Cerberus, regrets that Shepard did whatever right, and yet they’re being shipped to perform skirmishes versus lingering Geth.
The Illusive Guy, silhouetted against the huge space-window dealing with into a sun, chimes in when Miranda mentions what losing Shepard might indicate: “Make sure we don’t lose [them].”.
We bump over to the Normandy to see the bridge bickering, but it’s not long till the ship comes under fire. Shepard hurries to put out what they can, and when the gamer has control, they step out into the vacuum of area. They conserve Joker, however at the cost of their own life; and as the Normandy is lowered to ditch and salvage by an immense cruiser, Shepard winces in zero-G for a couple of moments, and after that lastly, stops.
All three Mass Result games have standout introductions in their own right. The first game drops you best onto Eden Prime, dealing with a dreadful and unidentified risk in both the Geth and Sovereign. And Mass Impact 3, obviously, reveals the first minutes of the Reapers’ invasion. The large destruction and feeling of vulnerability Shepard feels as they take off is something that haunts them throughout the whole game.
Mass Result 2’s intro feels individual. You know Leader Shepard isn’t actually dead. They’re on the box art. It still hurts to see this; to see the Shepard you made and shaped get blasted into space, yielding to particular doom. And all around them are pieces of the Normandy, the ship you called home throughout your first experience, scattered to the vacuum of space. That ship, your ship, is gone.
I wasn’t exactly anticipating a Metal Gear Solid 2-level twist, but I have to confess, I was stressed for a minute back in2010 I didn’t know who made it and who perished alongside Shepard that day. And today, 11 years later on, that introduction still hits difficult. Marching into that vacuum and watching bits and pieces zip, seeing the giant close-by world looming ever-closer to the wreckage, is all difficult to forget.
Sending Shepard into orbit and the waiting for arms of Cerberus’ Lazarus Job is something, however blasting apart the Normandy still feels like a gut punch. Booting back up into the very first Mass Result, it was heartwarming to be back aboard that old ship. And as Shepard can say later in Mass Impact 2, the SR-2 may be an upgraded variation, but it’s not the exact same ship. It can’t be.
And as Shepard wakes up from their two-year rest to discover the world moving on, and having to cope with a galaxy that’s moved without them, it’s a heck of a method to begin a video game. And I’m happy to say that yes, 11 years on, Mass Result 2’s introduction still hooks me right in.